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Ok, the guy who we are painting the stretched Pete for also has this sitting in front of his shop. It does run and drive and other than the front bumper seems to be original. It still has its aluminum frame and belt drive rear ends.

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Boltless and square ends, the bumper is after market. But that is a cool old KW COE.

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"Belt-Drive rear ends"... That's a new one on me. Could someone explain that one for me, please?

That is a cool looking old truck...

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Back when this truck was new (1950's),"twin screw" or dual drive rear axles were relatively un-common,the solution at the time was a set of rubber "drive belts" that connected the forward "live" axle to the "dead" rear axle,a trailing or "tag" axle making the truck (for all intents and puposes) a "dual drive" tractor (think chain-drive bulldog Mack) and it will make sense. Hope that explanation helps!...................................Mark

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Tht truck has a mean looking face! I like it! That would look real nice once restored!

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Good luck finding a replacement belt for that if it brakes. Is that a Page & Page rear suspension? What year & model is this Kenworth?

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Jim,not sure on the exact model (I'm a Mack man) but the truck is late 1958 early 1959 (first year for the "tombstone" shaped grille surround) vintage,indeed a Page& Page rear,with a Gates belt drive (believe it or not.Gates still makes replacement belts)...............................................................Mark

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Sorry it took so long, but here are a few more pics. The rear axle is the drive axle, and the front axle is powered by a belt that is ran by a large pulley inbetween each set of duals.

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That's really neat to see, though it appears the driver's side belt has turned inside out?

Thanks for the pics, Sam.

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Jim,not sure on the exact model (I'm a Mack man) but the truck is late 1958 early 1959 (first year for the "tombstone" shaped grille surround) vintage,indeed a Page& Page rear,with a Gates belt drive (believe it or not.Gates still makes replacement belts)...............................................................Mark

I believe it's a very early k model.

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Glad I can give back a little bit to this great group of modelers. It is a 1958, runs great, and is for sale if anyone is interested. :D

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Thanks for the answer! That would be a unique restoration project. I'd never seen or heard of this type of drive system...

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So I did a little digging, and if this is a 1958 then it is a 500-Series, most likely a 521 since only one of the rear axles is driven. And what makes this really cool is that is still works! Do you know what type of engine it has? Back then Kenworth used Cummins, Buda, Hall-Scott, & Waukesha if I'm not mistaken.

Just out of curiosity, what's the asking price?

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I'll find out the answers to both those questions for you. :D

...oh, and the front bumper that is on it, is going on the stretched pete that we are painting.

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So I did a little digging, and if this is a 1958 then it is a 500-Series, most likely a 521 since only one of the rear axles is driven. And what makes this really cool is that is still works! Do you know what type of engine it has? Back then Kenworth used Cummins, Buda, Hall-Scott, & Waukesha if I'm not mistaken.

Just out of curiosity, what's the asking price?

It is a 500 series, it has a 260 Cummins (think its turbo-ed), and they want $5000 for it. Runs like a champ.

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