Alright, I guess Ill start from the top eh? haha Que 1948, a red Federal rolled off the assembly line destined for Emerson, North Dakota. It was used for a number of years before being sold to is second owner, a man of the same locale. He used it in parades and such for around... I think it was 5 years or so before he put it up for sale. That was 1976 IIRC. It was then sold to its 3rd owner who basically brought it home to his massive collection of random stuff and just let is sit out in a field. The man died and the truck was sold yet again in the late 90s to the man I purchased, or traded rather, the truck from. He contacted me through a Craigslist ad I had posted looking for heavy, old chevy 2 ton trucks. I had always wanted one and decided I could trade my Farmall H for one. He sent me an email informing me that he had a federal truck. Curious, being that I had never seen, nore heard of one before. I googled it and then decided I wanted the truck. A month later I took delivery of the truck and he took away the tractor back to his house. There was a second set of halfway decent tires that he said could be used as rollers along with buckets of random parts. As time progressed I put what I could back together and eventually got the lumbering behemoth running after having sat since the late 90s when it drove itself on the trailer after the massive ND flood. It had not moved more then a few feet since the 70s, so this was a momentous accomplishment for an 18 year old.
I posted this truck on the stovebolt website, thinking it was the best place for info, but I didnt garner much since it was so brand specific. So, I figure this would be an even better place.
Here is the truck as I first saw it.
Fastforward to this fall and here is it.
The old Hercules Flathead 6 runs halfway decent if it wernt for the dead No.6 cylinder. It pops, backfires but somehow manages to move itself along. I got the brakes all put back together after rebuilding every cylinder and re-plumbing the entire thing, but they still suck haha. The stuff I have completed so thusfar includes brakes, completely rewiring the entire truck, getting it running, fluid changes all the way around, repacking the front wheel bearings and such.
There is a plan in the works that might completely negate all the work I have done to the chassis but we will see what comes of it. It includes a Marmon Herrington ford from 47...