1930 Model AA Dump Truck - Boys Time

Hanging out, fixin' things

Ron Fresquez
Dec 2, 2013
Photographers: Scott Kraus
A bunch of guys were hanging out waiting for a baby shower to run its course and they all headed down to the barn. "Hmmm, a Model AA pickup truck is in there, and it looks like maybe it wouldn't take much for it to run…I've got a screwdriver, you've got a rag, let's get to work!"
Well, the dialogue may not have gone exactly like that, but it might as well have. We heard about this story through Scott Kraus, who works at Eaton Detroit Spring. Scott's dad Mark gave us the backstory.
"Hmmm, a Model AA pickup truck is in there, and it looks like maybe it wouldn't take much for it to run…I've got a screwdriver, you've got a rag, let's get to work!"
This 1930 Model AA dump truck was bought back in 2004 for grandpa's business, Kraus Brick, to celebrate the 75th anniversary in 2005. Back then, they fixed the truck up a bit (left the fenders and frame as they were going for an authentic look) and took it to shows, the landscape supply place, and around town. The idea was to have a truck that looks like it has lived a long, useful life…but you might have used it yesterday, too.
Photo 2/11   |   1930 Model Aa Dump Truck
Sadly, the business shut down in 2010 and the truck has pretty much just sat since then. That made the opportunity during the baby shower just that much more meaningful. The crew drained the gas tank, cleaned out the carburetor, put new oil in the engine, added some lead substitute to the tank, and cleaned the spark plugs—then they were ready to go for a ride. There's just not that much work that needs to be done to a 1930 engine!
The truck is on a small farm that has sheep and llamas (the llamas protect the sheep from coyotes, foxes, and wild dogs). Now the truck can be used again to haul hay, feed, and such.
We loved hearing about this truck being brought back to life. Have you heard a similar story? Send us an email at Bob.Carpenter@sorc.com.

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