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1918 Master Truck

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10-02-2006 05:51:38

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I have been searching the web for any information on the Master Trucks, but have found very little. Does anyone have any information they could share? I would appreciate anything at this point in time.

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10-02-2006 16:25:45

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 Re: 1918 Master Truck in reply to Rodney, 10-02-2006 05:51:38  
My Grandfather had one with his trucking company in South Haven, Michigan in the 1920's. It was his favorite truck, and was the one he drove. His trucking company was called Duffy's Express. He sold the company around 1929. The truck was chain drive and had solid rubber tires. I'm afraid there are no pictures.

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10-03-2006 09:19:11

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 Re: Re: 1918 Master Truck in reply to db, 10-02-2006 16:25:45  
Thanks so much for your information. The truck we found has the solid rubber tires , but it is not chain-driven. The back wheels are also duel. Everything is original on it and in really good shape for the age of the truck. In addition it runs really quite well.

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10-08-2006 18:27:11

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 Re: Re: Re: 1918 Master Truck in reply to Rodney, 10-03-2006 09:19:11  
A friend of mine, Frank Snyder, has just purchased a 1918 Master Truck as you describe including duel rear wheels. His too is in very good condition.

He does not have a computer. Could you give me your phone number and I'll have him call you so as to compair notes.

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10-02-2006 07:40:44

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 Re: 1918 Master Truck in reply to Rodney, 10-02-2006 05:51:38  
According to the book "5000 Marques; The American Car Since 1775", by Automobile Quarterly, a history of US car mfr's that also has a truck mfr list, Masters were built 1917 thru around 1929 (lots of builders died in the crash) by Master Trucks, Inc, later Master Motor Corp., later Master Motor Truck Mfg Co, and finally Master Motor Truck Co, all in Chicago, Ill. The corporate name changes sometimes meant financial reorganisation.
A 1926 New Departure Ball Bearing catalog shows for 1918: the M, 2 ton;the A, 31/2 Ton and a 6 Ton that they left the model designation off, probably a typo.
A 1924 piston catalog shows only one line for 1918: Models AE and AT, apparently both 31/2 Ton models, 1918-23 (catalog ends in 1923) with a Buda YTU engine. As I recall that engine was used in various other trucks, and God knows what else. Several other models are shown, from 1 to 6 Ton in other years.
The only ref I have for the late 20's is a Gates catalog, which showsfour models (no tonnage or engines) for 1925-27.
Always remember these reference books, and especially the parts catalogs, are often incomplete and sometimes don't agree.
Hope that gets you started; incidentally, that's a really nice book, and some are on Abebooks or Alibris for $4-5 + shpg last time I looked. Good luck.

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10-02-2006 08:26:59

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 Re: Re: 1918 Master Truck in reply to clueless, 10-02-2006 07:40:44  

Thanks Clueless this does help us and gives us a direction to go.

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