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PURE GRUNT: HERCULES DIESEL

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE TOM SHAFER COLLECTION

Editor’s note: “Tractor Talk” will be back next month. In the meantime, here’s a double dose of vintage diesel goodness!

Harry Timken—of roller bearing fame—had a personal dream. He looked forward to a day in the future when America could create a modern highway system that would efficiently carry the bulk of the country’s freight. Effectively operated motor carriers would be able to supply the larger cities and also link the vast numbers of existing towns and villages generally left to fend for themselves by the railroads.

Timken, a well-known manufacturer and supplier of quality roller bearings, had an endless client contact resource list to contact in order to expand his business. He paid particular attention to developing markets. He also recognized that moving a wide variety of freight throughout any road or highway system required larger motor-powered platforms that were basically non-existent in 1915. In short, he recognized an opportunity for stronger engine designs utilizing much stronger internal components that were glaringly necessary to power the heavier-duty truck platforms that were increasing in both volume and payloads.

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