Junkyard Gem: 1969 Walker Energy Truck


The sparsely populated and distant state of Wyoming has by no means been identified for automobile manufacturing, though Laramie noticed its first domestically manufactured horseless carriage on the roads in 1898. Nevertheless, you by no means know what you’ll find in a junkyard, and I managed to do this. Take a look at a real Wyoming-built automobile in a self-service yard simply south of the Denver metropolis limits: a Walker Energy Truck utility automobile.

Max Walker was a farmer in southwest Kansas with severe building expertise and loads of creativity, and he did every part from constructing his personal tracked farm autos to beginning a enterprise of smooth-looking gasoline-powered golf carts in 1957. started. These autos advanced into the primary rear-engined Walker Energy vans in 1962 after which additional enhancements to those very helpful utility autos constructed to be used in factories, airports, farms, and so on.

In keeping with an interview with the corporate founder's son, Max Walker constructed roughly a thousand Energy vans by 1968. Then attributable to lack of money he needed to promote his firm to an oil and mining group in Casper, Wyoming. The brand new Walker Manufacturing Company manufactured energy vans till it went bankrupt in 1970. I'm guessing the mannequin 12 months of this energy truck is 1969, but it surely might have been made any time through the 1968-1970 interval.

Max Walker went bankrupt because of the Wyoming chapter, however he bounced again and started manufacturing agricultural cab coolers in Greeley, Colorado (which is residence to certainly one of my favourite automobile graveyards). From 1980 he began making modern garden mowers. Max Walker handed away in 2011, however Walker Manufacturing continues to be making mowers as we speak. There's a variety of historical past in junkyards, if you understand the place to look!

Energy comes from an Onan boxer-twin four-stroke gasoline-burner. Early Energy Vans had 16-horsepower Onans, however I couldn't discover specs for Casper-built examples. Anyway, it's in all probability not the unique engine, contemplating what number of Onan constructed.

The ability goes by way of a centrifugal clutch and a quite simple transmission.

It has drive, impartial, reverse and a choke. What else you want?

There may be an off-the-shelf Stewart-Warner speedometer. Speeds above about 20 mph will need to have been thrilling. The odometer reads 7,723 miles.

It has been mendacity round for a few years, however such a easy machine with a generator engine that sells within the tens of millions shouldn't be too laborious to get again up and working. Not like most giant company chains, Colorado Auto & Elements will promote total autos, so give them a name if you wish to save on this rarity.

The Walker Energy Truck on this video is a rear-steerer, in contrast to as we speak's front-steering junkyard gems, however you get the thought.

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