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This sign greets you when you walk in the FWD museum in Clintonville!
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I have been told this picture is from 1913 FWD pretty cool old truck.
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This is the very first four wheel drive in America "The Battle Ship". The vehicle rest in the FWD museum in Clintonville, WI
The "Battle Ship" still runs and can be seen in parades every year. I hope to see the old girl in a parade next year!
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I can not begin to imagine what was going through the minds of Otto Zachow and William Besserdirch when they
built the four wheel drive system to the car.
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These are just some of the vehicles in the FWD museum.
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This picture was taken in July 2010 during a visit to Oshkosh and Clintonville. This building is where
four wheel drive all began. The building is now the FWD museum located in Clintonville, WI. I would
suggest if you are ever close to Clintonville you need to stop in and see the museum. I will try and
post some pictures of the inside at a later date and time. I hope to visit the museum this year and
do some research. It is some what hard to believe that the four wheel drive concept was invented and made in this
building over a 100 years ago. WOW! Thank You Mr. Zacho and Mr. Besserdirch>
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This is the FWD Headquarters in Clintonville, WI I am unsure if they still use this building
as the built a new building just south of this one. This picture was taken July 2010
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This the new building that they built. I am unsure if they even use the FWD name or if it
is just the Seagrave name. July 2010. Next time I am up there I will have to stop in.
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This sign is what welcomes you as you visit the FWD museum. Wow 1908 over 100 years of
four wheel drive vehicles.
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This is my son on an old FWD built in 1918. We actually was able to go for a ride on this old girl.
I will never forget the experience my son and I had. Thanks Jim and Bill!
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This is the engine that powers the 1918 Model B Ammunition Truck. 93 Years old!
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I found this FWD outside of Clintonville, WI. The sad thing is this truck is setting outside just rusting away!
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The building on the top of this brochure is the old shop where it all began. This is the FWD museum
building in Clintonville! This is from 1943
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some FWD Service bulletins. I will need know approx. year, model, and the part
of vehicle you need info on( clutch, engine specs, axle,etc.) Have some dated
1936-1951, most of 1939-1942 era. (not everything covered but I may be able to help.)
I only check email occasionaly so please bear with me in my response back to you.
thanks. Randy Ledermann


Here's a (older) picture or the Portner truck referred to in the discussion forum. Bshoesey
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This note was posted on the Yahoo FWD site ( listed on a link below ). I thought it was very interesting and of great interest to our FWD fans. I'll invite him to join this site. Bill

Name's Bob Horton. My stepdad was John R; Horton of Appleton, WI. Dad was the Southwest Sales Manager for FWD from the late 40's until he died Christmas eve of 1959. He sold an awful lot of FWD units including fire trucks to the mountain states, special huge tire all-terrain vehicles to the Army and...he opened and retained the Halliburton account for FWD out of his "temporary" office in the Longhorn Motel in Duncan, Oklahoma. I grew up surrounded by big red FWD firetrucks, grey/green military units and red and grey Halliburton off-roaders...and the men who bought and drove them. They were pretty much all John Wayne, Red Adair types who smoked like chimneys, drank like there was no tomorrow, made good money and loved to spend it. ;-)

I'm not the mechanic or restoration buff that many of you seem to be; don't know what I'd do storagewise or financially do if the chance to buy one of "Dad's trucks" came up. But, it's nice to know that there are those of you out there who treasure your FWD's and revere the spirit and the legend of trucks that have quietly made such a difference in our country.

One funny story you might enjoy is that Dad loved it when he got the chance to compete in field trials against FWD's competitors. He always asked for his FWD unit to be the last to be tested...cuz he loved it when the bright red, shiny, factory new FWD unit had to go into the mud, pass its test...and then drag the sorry ... competitor unit out of the mud pit too!

Thanks for being here!

;-)

Bob Horton

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Here's a site for our FWD friends to share photos and news

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This truck was recently listed for sale by auction but disappeared from the auction website. Probably a Waukesha gas 145GZ (?) in the chassis and Cummins 270 powering the rear. The auction site for PennDoT and other Pennnsylvania agencies is

I check this periodically to see what gems are up for sale this month. Listings include PennDoT, the Turnpike and General Services, along
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with many other municipal auctions.
Another view of the FWD/Klauer Rotary previously offered for sale
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Nice FWD from Summit Township, Erie County, Pa

Tom Albrecht spotted this FWD truck at the Mack/Volvo dealership off exit 35 of I-90 in Pa, ready to plow the lot this coming season.
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In the early seventies GreenMtnMan was riding with his best friends' family to their camp on Lake Bomoseen. He got them to stop in West Rutland at a used car lot so he could snap this FWD with his trusty 126.

My name is kevin im from southern nh and i wanted to put some recent photos of my 68 FWD International Snow Fighter as i call it, These are the specs i know:
The truck is a FWD S-327
sn: 30332-R68
The motor whish is orginal is a INTERNATIONAL
model: RD-501
sn: 239542
U.S.A. REGISTRATION 67-C-1219
If any one has more infor on these trucks i would love to here about it.
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c. 1920 illustration or rear mounted winch, would be nice to have!

Grew up down the street from the Linn tractor plant, where many relatives and neighbors once worked, and next door to a Linn/Frink Sno-plow/Walter truck agency. I do free look ups of serial numbers, photographic recognition and advise on any Linn related questions you might have, and generally like to locate/excavate/photograph/identify old iron for fun.
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1949 Upstate NY FWD dealerships

Grew up down the street from the Linn tractor plant, where many relatives and neighbors once worked, and next door to a Linn/Frink Sno-plow/Walter truck agency. I do free look ups of serial numbers, photographic recognition and advise on any Linn related questions you might have, and generally like to locate/excavate/photograph/identify old iron for fun.
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Some vintage FWD pics from Upstate NY, a fleet parked next to a rail siding, and City of Utica? DPW putting on tire chains.

Grew up down the street from the Linn tractor plant, where many relatives and neighbors once worked, and next door to a Linn/Frink Sno-plow/Walter truck agency. I do free look ups of serial numbers, photographic recognition and advise on any Linn related questions you might have, and generally like to locate/excavate/photograph/identify old iron for fun.

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1941 Dyke's Auto Encylopedia illustration and brief description of Model B FWD truck. C. 1928 "Snow King" rotary plow (patented by Johnson) deltail showing special tool for straightening bent paddles.

Grew up down the street from the Linn tractor plant, where many relatives and neighbors once worked, and next door to a Linn/Frink Sno-plow/Walter truck agency. I do free look ups of serial numbers, photographic recognition and advise on any Linn related questions you might have, and generally like to locate/excavate/photograph/identify old iron for fun.
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1941 Dykes' Auto Encylopedia illustration of early 1930's FWD. Sept. 1931 booklet on snow removal details, costs of snow removal and aerial view of FWD factory.

Grew up down the street from the Linn tractor plant, where many relatives and neighbors once worked, and next door to a Linn/Frink Sno-plow/Walter truck agency. I do free look ups of serial numbers, photographic recognition and advise on any Linn related questions you might have, and generally like to locate/excavate/photograph/identify old iron for fun.

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Im wondering if anyone would know were a fella may be able to find parts for a FWD plow truck or know of a junk yard that may have a few of these trucks.
Im from Canada but bought a FWD out from Syracuse NY and there was a company called Patterson equipment that had bought a lot of FWDs stock but when I now try to call there it says the number is disconnected, so im assuming they are out of business?
If anyone knows if they still are in business or may know were I could find parts for one it would greatly be appreciated!
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Mark----Did you ever tell us specifically what FWD parts you needed ?
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I didn't find out until a few months ago that Patterson died and the family scrapped it all last summer(?), never advertised liquidation or anything and a friend who lived near there who should have known never said shit to me about it so I was a little annoyed. But I guess just as well as I have more than I have time or back to mess with now.


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The three photos of Milwaukee County plow #64 were taken by me at the Milwaukee County airport garage. There were three of these built in 2006 (if memory serves), some of the last built as FWD's. I believe Cal-Trans got some a year or two later.  and Ryan Pedone has some photos.


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