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Twin Engined trucks 03 May 2015 08:54 #158098

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Read with interest the recent Ridley posts and then came across Swishy's "Wotzit" which was a 1931 Relay 300A, another twin engined jigger.

There are also another couple of twin engined trucks worth a bit of a look, if anyones interested. The "Spangler", think was powered by twin flathead Ford V8's and aslo the "Eisenhauer", which I think had twin Chevrolet engines. Truly awesome jiggers in their time, well worth a look on Google.

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Re: Twin Engined trucks 03 May 2015 09:17 #158099

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Re: Twin Engined trucks 03 May 2015 09:19 #158100

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Ford did a couple of twin engined trucks Oct the years .... First ones were WW2 era cab overs with twin V8s and then in the 70s I believe the Poms put 2 engines in a few D series Ford's as a test .... Before the Transcontinental model came along
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Re: Twin Engined trucks 03 May 2015 09:22 #158101

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Looks like Ted beat me with the WW2 Ford ;)
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Re: Twin Engined trucks 03 May 2015 09:25 #158102

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Re: Twin Engined trucks 03 May 2015 11:05 #158103

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Shame Perkins never cottoned on .... Then again would take more than 2 gerkins to move most trucks

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Re: Twin Engined trucks 04 May 2015 10:07 #158104

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Thanks for the follow-ups, men!

Interesting that right up until the seventies (D series Ford and also Bedford) were still tooling around with the concept when you would have thought that there would have been ample power around in a larger single engine. Perhaps it was simply a way of using up a few old bits and pieces, or maybe like that bloke in the U.S. who let his spoiled son loose in the engineering shop. Kid was keen on boats, so he built one of the first wooden hydroplanes and dropped 4 (four, count 'em) Cadillac V8's in it. Reportedly went like the proverbial s--- off a shovel until the throttles jammed and a jetty and half a dozen spectators got wiped out.

Glad he never built a multi-engined truck, may have taken out half an interstate.

But it does go to show some of the brilliant, innovative ideas blokes came up with to get around the early lack of power for shifting large loads. Recall reading a bit about the bloke who had his own logging trucks, way back in early days. Used to load them like so many did back then, with cable and overhead winch. Modified a winch into a transmission for a truck. Great, geared to climb the proverbial brick wall only trouble was that the engine didn't have enough power to move both the geared down truck and the swinging load he put on it. Answer? Extend the chassis out the FRONT and drop another engine in front of it, make a straight twelve!
Seemed to work, how successfully was not given. And you have to remember that crude gasoline was relatively cheap so if you were getting 2-3 mpg out of log trucks in that mountainous country, you were probably doing all right.

How many Perkins would have been required on THAT conversion, Kenny?

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Re: Twin Engined trucks 04 May 2015 11:02 #158105

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Have heard of some guys in the US back in the 70s using old V8 Petrols mounted behind the cab with a belt system down to the tailshaft/rear of gearbox to get extra power on the big hills out west ..... The yanks will try anything :D ;D ::)
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Re: Twin Engined trucks 04 May 2015 11:25 #158106

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Angel gear was the other option to " increase power " lol

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Re: Twin Engined trucks 04 May 2015 12:15 #158107

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