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Posted By JMBAXT Thursday, March 24, 2011 5:37 AM
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Anybody know when the first truck cab air conditioner was introduced? And who might have made it? Your input would be appreciated.

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John Baxter

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John, I'm not sure about the trucks, but the 1st modern factory a/c system was offered by Packard in 1940 on their automobiles. It was probably many years later before it showed up in trucks, perhaps late the '50's.

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According to a book of the history of the automotive industry in Colorado by Bud Wells, the auto writere\ for the Denver Post, and Rocky Mountain News before its demise, there were 4 trucks commissioned by a trucking operator from, I  think, La Jumta Colorado in the late 30's. The builder was not ID'd. The trucks were diesel powered and the cabs had A/C.  They were the first trucks to ever have A/C and it looks like the beat Packard too.  There were no pictures. I have written the writer via Email for more info, but he did not write back, so I do not know who the truck builder was. It may have been a special project and built by Timpte, who normally built only trailers. The book seems to imply that. He has a small section on Colorado truck builders in the book. He also mentions Holmes. Harley Holmes built a handful of 4x4 trucks under his name as well as a model T Ford 4x4 conversion in the late teens and early 20s. This was the predecessor of Coleman trucks and used the Coleman type front driving axle,which Holmes designed. Between Holmes and Coleman, Holmes built a few trucks, not many, under the Great Plains name, before changing the name to Coleman when Coleman bought the company.

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for what its worth first truck i can remember seeing with fact installed a/c was a 1960 peterbilt conv.with a kysor roof mount
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subject: a/c trucks; The first i recall was the dry ice can hanging on the window of my dads 54 international as we sweated out the trips thru the central valley in CA. I do remember seeing the cab roof mounted units on produce trucks unloading in the SF. Oakland ca. area about the late 50s.We had a 62 pete cabover with the roof mount,[never worked] Maybe u can check with builder of that unit to see when first offered/built. I would guess Trans Con would have been the first to use it in numbers. two bits,,

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