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What Am I for Wednesday 7/04/2018

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How about this rusty relic ?

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I would agree. COLEMAN


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I am going to take a WAG and say Lombard

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E-Series Coleman, pehaps a semi-tractor....

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Coleman for me as well. Hope everyone has a safe, and happy Independence Day.
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There is nothing more American than a Coleman four wheel drive truck. This is a 1937 model with a big 8 cylinder Sterling Petrel engine. Craig says it is an E series, and I'm certainly not going to second guess him on a Coleman. Brian Kelly had this first. This truck was for sale on ebay or Craigslist about a year ago.

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 1936 7 ½-ton Coleman E-57, Weicker Transfer & Storage #31 

This 1936 7 ½-ton Coleman E-57 semi-tractor was purchased new in September 1936 by Weicker Transfer & Storage, Denver, adding to their growing fleet of Coleman D-40 series stake-bed trucks, as well as Coleman D-40-series and E-series semi-tractors and lowboy trailers. This particular E-57, which Weicker added to their fleet as their “Truck #31," was very unusual in that Coleman only built (3) tractors with this extra-wide “crew cab,” with Weicker ending up with either one or two, and the third unit ending up in a Texas oil field. While Weicker had other truck brands in their large fleet, they wrote several glowing testimonials regarding their Coleman units, reporting they would out-pull (3) “ordinary” 5-ton trucks of the standard brands.

While Weicker did own several Coleman-built lowboy trailers, it appears this particular unit was often paired with a 1935 Freunhoff low-boy trailer for hauling 75-ton drag lines and such. When new, one of the very first assignments for this E-57 was to haul a power shovel to the base of Pike’s Peak during construction of the Catamount Creek Dam.

The original engine in this E-57 was a twin-carbureted L-head Sterling Petrel LT6 6-cylinder job displacing 779 ci and developing 177 hp, but “unconfirmed” reporting indicates that it now “may” have a Sterling "straight-8 with dual plugs." The unit is still equipped with a Coleman X-150 transfer case (Serial #951), which allows the unit to shift from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive, depending on road conditions. I am told the chassis serial # is “H756,” and if true, this is a very unusual departure from Coleman’s usual serial-numbering scheme.

QUESTION: If anyone has access to this unit, I would very much like to confirm the chassis serial number – it will be stamped all the way forward on the drivers-side frame rail.

My understanding is that the unit may be located in Wheatridge, Colorado, but that it has just recently been purchased by Buck Kamphausen, as he continues to add to his growing collection of early Coleman trucks and Coleman aircraft towing tractors. As a final note, I think it is very interesting that part of its original Weicker lettering is still in place, as well as faint traces of the original Weicker fleet paint scheme, which was a overall deep-brown with white lettering, which was outlined in red. In some cases, the chassis was also painted red.

I am inserting a general-interest photo of this unit in service, hauling a new passenger car to the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway depot in Manitou, Colorado. This photo is from page 93 of the July 1947 issue of Popular Mechanics, and the M&PP Cog Railway was just in the process of converting from steam-powered cog engines to two-car diesel electric trains at that time.

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