1923 International Harvester Huckster
In the Philadelphia of the past century, the huckster was the man who came around with his cart of vegetables. The cart may have been mechanical or even horse drawn. He was the man from whom you bought all your produce. The huckster made his presence known by crying out loud what he had to
An unbelievable example of an International Harvester Huckster, this truck was used by a vegetable farmer to take his product to market, or auction. Hence the covered bed, to preserve any produce from wilting under the direct sun. This truck is a shaft driven version, as opposed to a chain drive which was prevalent for the era. Overall in good condition, the truck currently does not run.
Steel hood and bumpers painted jet black show no rust and are in good condition. An elongated extra window cab, and long bed are added to the metal hood cowling area and are wood with reinforcing metal straps. The long bed is tongue and grooved and shows no visible seams, or metal insert retainers, seen typically with truck bedding. Short sides with a “Y” topping, run the length of the bed, and show vertical stakes which hold a varnished natural color wood tongue and grooved ceiling. This is covered with canvas on top and appears to be in good condition. A heavy steel red frame holds the body, and engine bay, as well as the bed of this truck. Six spoke steel wheels topped by an International logo polished steel cap are framed by 4 650/20 tires appearing in good condition.
A newly refurbished and wrapped in vinyl 60/40 split bench buggy style seat runs the width of the cab. Dash is steel, framed by natural varnished oak, the original wood steering wheel, and sparse instrumentation. Rubber flooring has been installed, and the interior roof (headliner)of the cab is an extension of the natural tongue and groove wood that creates the ceiling over the bed.
A wiper motor, double rear view mirror, and a timing clock is seen on top of the windshield.
A large canister air filter is attached to a side mounted single carburetor, feeds an inline 6-cylinder gas engine. Some water damage is present on the front of the engine, but otherwise presents in very good condition. This engine currently does not run, and consigner states it is not known as to exactly why, however when he purchased the truck 20+ years ago, he drove it into the barn where it has spent that time since they shut it off. A 4-speed manual transmission connects to a heavy-duty differential and axles. Drum brakes can be seen on all 4 wheels through the spokes, and semi elliptical springs provide the suspension.
For a truck collector this example is an excellent starting point, as all issues seem to play to the mechanical side. As a 95 year old survivor, little is known about the real history, and exact model of this truck. For this age the truck is very good condition. A true piece of farming history still here today.