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Re: 1918 Master Truck

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Posted by clueless on October 02, 2006 at 07:40:44 from (

In Reply to: 1918 Master Truck posted by Rodney on October 02, 2006 at 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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