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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Eisenhauer's Five-Axle Straight Trucks

Posted March 26, 2010 12:01 AM by dstrohl

Where FoMoCo provided engines during World War II for the unique dual-engined Traco-E&L bomber parts haulers, GM engines were conscripted into a similar service after the war.

According to Crismon, around 1947, the Eisenhauser Manufacturing Company of Van Wert, Ohio, built the above five-axle straight truck as a prototype to see whether it was possible to build a truck that "would be able to carry a 20-ton payload on the two lane US highways of the day without the disadvantages of tractor-trailer combinations."

Obviously, sans articulation between tractor and trailer, the front two axles (and, it appears, the rearmost axle) steered. Even more unique, though, was the drivetrain: two 235-cu.in. six-cylinders stacked one atop the other, driving the first and third rear axles through synchronized manual transmissions.

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