I recently bought my 1924 Tudor and the seller made a point of telling me the crankshaft is marked " White Trucks". Another guy, who has known the car for a while also told me the same thing in a separate conversation. Anybody ever heard of this ??
Not "White Truck" but perhaps Transue-Williams", which was a major supplier to Ford.
Here is the Transue Williams mark on a crank, photo from an earlier post, see where someone could think this W T was White Truck
Great. Thanks for the info, I bet that's the mark they were talking about.
So, this leads to the question, are TW cranks worth bragging about? Are they really better, as the seller implied?
In my limited experience they're among the most plentiful, so no, I don't think they're anything to brag about.
The thing to look after is an "EE" marking on the later improved cranks - it stands for a better steel sort Ford was using during the last year of Model T production. EE marked cranks seems to withstand metal fatigue better than earlier types.
A White truck had a huge crank shaft with only two main bearings. One at each end and no center main. They had huge ball bearings about 3/4 of an inch in diameter.
This is a White truck 15-45 crankshaft. 1923. Later than the ball bearing one Frank mentioned.
Much larger than a T'