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1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Bob McDaniel » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:34 pm

Some of you have seen this before but its been a while and its time to share again.

In 1980 I was staying with my Grandpa on the farm just up the road from the farm he was born on and decided to go down to see what was in the old barns that still stood near where the house had been. The barns were full of old farm items and doors and windows from the old house that no longer stood there and some newer farm equipment that was still being used to farm the land owned now by my Grandpa's brother. One building was smaller and had a dirt floor and a loft with a square hole in the middle of the floor and a rope on a pulley hanging over the hole. I found a way to climb up and have look in the loft and saw this cab sitting at one end by a window that had been covered over.
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I decided to ask about the old truck cab and was told if I could get it out of the loft it was mine so with the help from my Dad we lowered the old wood cab down the square hole with the rope that had pulled it up so many years before. I later found out this thing had been in the loft since at least 1942 and maybe longer. The parts found were the wood cab, fenders, cowl, hood, radiator shell, running boards, and later the floor boards were found in the pile and the wood doors were in another barn mixed in with house windows. I had no idea what make the truck was and never heard of a Indiana Motor Truck. IT took a while to find out it was built in Marion Indiana and the company built its first truck in 1910 and built up a strong business that later sold to Brockway in 1927 who continued to build Indiana's in Marion until selling the line to White in 1932. White moved the line out of Marion in 1933 and built an Indiana Truck till 1939. These trucks are all considered rare today and very few are known to exist of the early trucks.

It took me 32 years to track down parts and restore this 1925 to its original condition. Parts from other Indiana's were used but they had to come from the same model and year or the parts would be different size and not fit my truck. That is why it took 32 years to find the missing parts.

This is how the truck turned out, it looked just like this when it left the factory in 1925. Every part is painted its original color and even the stripe on the side of the cab is the exact size and in the exact location it was when it left the factory. I was lucky to find the truck with the original paint still in place but in need of a repaint. I also found the rear half of the frame still on the farm and it had some paint left in spots as did the rear wheels. The spec sheet for this model 11 Indiana 1 ton Truck listed the paint colors that matched what I found on my parts. I almost painted this truck red with black fenders but decided to make it right because this might be the only one left. I later found another 1925 model 11 so there are at least 2 of this make and model left.
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More info on this truck posted here along with some video of it. http://www.angelfire.com/in/Bobshome/in ... truck.html
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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Rich Eagle » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:40 pm

WOW!, Great job Bob.
Nice to see it again.
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When did I do that?

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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by AdminJeff » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:33 pm

moving this to General Discussion! This isn' OT...
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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Wayne Sheldon » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:58 pm

So nice to see this again! I had been wondering if you were still playing around with that great truck, as we hadn't heard anything of it for some time.
And thank you Admin Jeff, for all you do for us! And for saying this isn't OT. I very much agree, Vehicles that shared the roads and times of our model Ts are very much also a part of our model T's history.


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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Burger in Spokane » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:47 pm

So old and inefficient ! Probably doesn't even have A/C, heated seats, backup cameras, or cupholders ! :lol:
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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Ruxstel24 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:24 pm

Absolutely beautiful, well done !! 8-)


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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Dallas Landers » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:09 pm

Bob, thats a great story to go with a wonderful truck. I thought my TT was taking a long time. I think I seen your truck a few years ago at LaGrange for the steam and gas show. Ive been watching for it since but havnt seen it. As it came from the factory part is great. Thanks for saving this truck. It could have been scrapped as many others. I would like to see it in person again.

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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Henry K. Lee » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:36 pm

Thanks Bob for sharing, that is one cool truck!

All the Best,

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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Bob McDaniel » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:01 pm

Thanks for all the kind words from everyone. I had posted this in the new OT forum thinking no one wanted to see this because it was not a Model T but Jeff moved it here so to keep this legal and on topic I will confess that the top material was the same as sold by Lang's so it came from a Model T supplier.

My next project is going to be a T but it's hard to decide which one to do first so I need to finish the 68 Mustang in the background and get started.
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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Burger in Spokane » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:32 am

Tell us more about the family connection .... was it bought new by family ?
What else was there besides the cab and misc ? Chassis ? Drivetrain ? Were
these all the parts you had to hunt down ? If so, no wonder it took 32 years !

Wonderful to see these off-brands. A guy in my area has a 1920-ish Hug, with
a C-cab and dump bed on it. It is a large truck. I had never heard of such a critter
until I saw his. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Erik Barrett » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:52 am

Burger, good to have your presence back. As a TT guy myself, I realize there are other trucks. In fact I have one. I just don't enjoy it as much as my TT dump truck, so it's for sale cheap. Chain drive Mack AB.
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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by D Stroud » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:33 am

Dallas, your TT did take a long time, just not since you've had it! :lol: :lol: :lol: Dave
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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by ironhorse » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:16 am

Bob McDaniel wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:01 pm


My next project is going to be a T but it's hard to decide which one to do first so I need to finish the 68 Mustang in the background and get started.
Bob; I always ask my wife "which one next" She likes making those decisions! :lol:
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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Steve Jelf » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:43 am

Bringing it to Homecoming at the museum, Bob?
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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by Scott_Conger » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:18 pm

Bob

thank you for sharing! Most interesting truck, and before/after photos make it that more interesting. Kudos to you on your work and perserverance!
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Re: 1925 Indiana Truck

Post by John l » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:24 pm

Beautiful truck ,great restoration. Your workmanship is great.

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