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David Sparks Ph.d Old Truck
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: July 03, 2018

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83-year-old Fran Everett is a collector of antique trucks. The Idaho Farm Bureau’s Steve Ritter crossed paths last week at Jackson family farm in Meridian. Fran was driving a real gem that he says is Armstrong powered, and, when brand-new, cost a whopping $1200. Here is a look. “It’s got a four cylinder Continental engine. It’s a 1919 GMC 1 ton. It has a custom cab on it with sliding doors and windows. I am Fran Everett and my hobby is old trucks so I thought I would bring down this old milk truck and show people how milk went to the creamery in 10 gallon cans. It looks pretty simple to drive. You’ve got a steering wheel and a couple of panels and that is it. Yes but it is Armstrong powered. The steering is pretty heavy and the clutch is stiff and not much room behind the steering wheel but… A guy could work on it if he had to… Oh yes but it’s 99 years old and hasn’t needed much in the line of repairs. What do you think they paid for this thing new? $1000 or as much as $1200 new.

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