© Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Back in 2009 we purchased three vehicles at auction from the LeMay Collection in Washington state. The 1905 Advance steam traction engine and a 1918 Duplex flatbed truck have been on display outside the museum for some time, but the 1917 Mack AB flatbed truck was put into storage.
Recently, we moved the Mack into our carpentry shop to get it ready for display. It won't be a driver, but will make a nice addition to our outdoor exhibits. The AB, introduced in 1914 as a replacement for the Mack Junior, was Mack's first standardized, high-volume model series. It was offered in 1-, 1 1/2- and 2-ton forms. Over 51,600 ABs were produced between 1914 and 1936.
The AB was powered by a 30-HP, 4-cylinder engine with pair-cast cylinders. It originally came with a three-speed transmission and had a worm-driven rear axle; in 1915 chain drive was offered as an alternative. Top speed was around 15 MPH.
|John William Frame Photograph Collection P228-64;|
Alaska State Library
Except for their soft tops and dump beds, the ARC trucks look identical to ours. Once again, we have a great old vehicle to help us tell the story of Alaska's automotive history! Watch for the Mack to be put on display later this summer.
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