While looking through Michael J Semas’ exceptional postcard collection a fascinating image of this unusual rig caught our eye. This circa 1908 to ’12 chain-driven Spring Water Co. truck was quite a rarity in its own time when heavy duty trucks were just beginning to be built and sold. Note the large-sized front frame horns, large diameter wheels, hard rubber, vertical steering column and the driver’s seat located outboard of the frame.
Attached to the front of the truck is a crankshaft-driven power take off unit and pulley. The flat drive belt is kept in the center of the two sheaves by a slightly crowned shape machined onto the outside of both pulleys; in turn both drive a geared down two lever and connecting rod arrangement on the platform. The back in forth motion of this linkage operates a water pump visible behind the left-hand headlamp used for filling up the tank on the truck.
Updated – Thanks to reader Keith Canouse we now know this is an Avery Truck built in Peoria, Illinois. More information can be found in the enlargeable image above published in the “Automotive Trade Journal” November 1910 issue.
Tell us what you find of interest in this unique photograph. Both the maker of the truck and the location of the Spring Water Co. are a mystery.