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Four Wheel Drive: 1927

Four Wheel Drive: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Four Wheel Drive Auto Co., H Street N.E." And "Auto Laundry." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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FWD Model B

The Model B was the workhorse of WW1 and the basis for many of the later trucks, like the ones shown above. Many members of my family worked there. My Grandpa was chief test driver and head of the service department from the twenties to the early 60's.

Menominee was bought out by FWD in the 20's and moved and made in Clintonville, WI at the main plant.

This model or its cousin at work!

I have looked at this old photo attached here several times wishing I knew something more about the vehicle. Sorry there is no caption to go with the photo of this FWD in Northern Chile. One can see the refinery (Copper) and much of the miner's 'camp,' housing and other buildings, in the background. This is part of the mine-refinery-encampment called Chuquicamata.

The perfect

moose hunting rig.

20 cent gas redux

According to the inflation calculator (, what cost 20 cents in 1927 would cost $2.46 in 2008.

re: Menominee

Here's a restored Menominee truck built by D.F. Poyer Company, Menominee, Michigan. The link leads to lots of pictures and company literature.


The plaque on the chassis just inside the garage seems to read 'menominee' or something close. Is anyone familiar with that name as a car or truck? If I had been a kid in that neighborhood I'd be doing the same as the little guy on the step, just taking it all in.

20 cent gas

It's now $2.37 in my neighborhood. I wonder if wages are up a similar amount?

The Dumpinator!

This looks like a great companion to the Flattenator (are there any more pics of that monster?)


I find this interesting, because as a cub reporter in my home town around 1960, our newest fire engine was an FWD.

Been Around

I went to work for the Alaska Hwy. Dept. in '76 and there was an FWD plow truck at the highway camp I worked at then. It was a beast that moved a lot of snow. I had no idea they'd been around that long though.

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