One of a Kind 1954 Semi Tractor Cab

One of a Kind Twin Engine

This One of a Kind 1954 Semi Tractor Cab is not a typical straight six powered unit. No, it is a twin straight six powered Semi Tractor Cab that is configured in a 1 of a kind way.

Twin Gauges
Twin Gauges

This Semi Tractor Cab is being sold here on EBAY by the original builders Son. It would seem that it has been sitting for years but, he has turned the engines over yearly to make sure that they do not rust up from lack of running.

Left 302
Left 302
Right 302 engine
Right 302 engine

This is what the details are from the sellers description of the vehicle- AS IS! HAS NOT RUN FOR MANY YEARS, BUT WE HAVE CHANGED ANTIFREEZE AND TURNED THE MOTORS OVER EVERY YEAR TO KEEP THEM FROM SEIZING UP.
MY DAD HAD THIS BRAINSTORM BACK IN 1952 AND STARTED OUT WITH JUST 2 CLEAN FRAME RAILS, TOOK GI 6X6 REAR END HOUSINGS SO ONE DRIVE LINE COULD GO OVER THE FRONT REAR END TO DRIVE THE BACK REAR END (EACH ENGINE & TRANSMISSION DRIVE EACH REAR END) POWER BY 2-302 INLINE 6CYL. GMC ENGINES WITH 4-SPEED DUAL RANGE AUTOMATICS. HE HAD THE FRONT & REAR AXLES WIDENED OUT SO THE ENGINES WOULD FIT BETWEEN THE FRAME RAILS ( I THINK 6″ to 8″) HAD SPECIAL RINGS TO BOLT THE 2-SPEED REAR ENDS 3rd MEMBERS IN AND THE AXLES WERE CUSTOM MADE ALSO, THERE IS 2 COMPLETE WIRE SYSTEMS ONE FOR EACH ENGINE, 2 GAS PEDDLES NEXT TO EACH OTHER, 2 BRAKE PEDDLES THE RIGHT ONE FOR THE FRONT AND BACK AXLES AND THE LEFT ONE FOR THE FRONT REAR END, 2 TACHOMETERS AND TOP IT OFF WITH A NEW INTERNAL SLEEPER CAB THAT WAS USED BY INTERNATIONAL AND A COUPLE OTHER MANUFACTURES AT THE TIME. MY DAD PASSED AWAY AND NOW IT’S MINE. I ALWAYS WANTED HIM TO RESTORE IT WHEN HE WAS ALIVE! HE WAS A USED TRUCK DEALER HERE IN SPOKANE WA. FOR MANY YEARS. OUTSIDE OF A LITTLE SURFACE RUST IT IS VERY SOLID!!!! THE REASON HE BUILT THIS BRAINSTORM WAS BACK THEN IN THE EASTERN STATES YOU HAD A 45′ OVER ALL LENGTH RESTRICTION AND NO HORSE POWER AND WANTED TO BE LIGHT WEIGHT. HE FINISHED IT IN 1954 IT WEIGHED 10,500 LBS FULL OF GAS WITH A SLEEPER CAB. MOST SEMI TRACTORS WERE OVER 14,500 LBS BACK THEN. IN THE 1st 6 WEEKS (IN THE EXPERIMENTAL STAGE) HE AND ANOTHER DRIVER WERE IN 18 STATES AND CANADA WITH PAYLOADS GETTING THE BUGS OUT. HE NEVER HAD A LOADED SEMI PASS HIM ON ANY MOUNTAIN PASS. YOU SEE THE ENGINES ARE NOT SYNCHRONIZED SO ONE ENGINE WOULD KEEP PULLING WHILE SHIFTED THE OTHER ONE A HALF GEAR. WHEN HE WOULD PASS THE UNITED BUCKINGHAM TRUCKS GOING OVER LOOKOUT PASS THEY WOULD HAVE A FOOT OF FLAME COMING OUT OF THE TOP OF THERE STACK TRYING NOT TO BE OVERTAKEN (THEY WERE THE KING OF THE ROAD BACK THEN AROUND HERE) WITH EXCELLENT DRIVERS TO KEEP FROM MELTING THE DIESEL (280 BUDA PUMPED UP) ENGINE.

Twin Drive Axles
Twin Drive Axles
Rear of Twin Sixes
Rear of Twin Sixes
Original Build
Original Build
Rear of Cab
Rear of Cab
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