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Kenworth CSE/CFE and Horizontal 'Pancake' Engine Info?

Posted By FireStar01 Saturday, August 29, 2020 7:01 PM
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The CFE had a Cummins engine.
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There's a few more out there, including what is probably the only image of the 8x4 Dromedary variant out there.

Hell... are any of these odd balls even still out there?

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These are the only photos I've ever seen of the Kenworth CFE...only offered in 1956 & 1957.

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Thanks Steve, I'll be sure to check it out! As for the CBE PZ, that's not even close to what I'm looking for. The CSE was, for all intensive purposes, a regular COE minus the tilting cab feature. The CFE was a full daycab *not really COE*, on account of the engine being a horizontal mounted down in the frame behind the cab, not next to.

Thanks for the suggestion though, the CBE has been one of my favorite oddballs for a while!
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They were known as a CBE - Cab Beside Engine. They used a standard engine as far as I know. It was like a COE except the cab was built only on one side of the engine. The cab could be taken off a COE and what you see on a CBE be put on.
Try searching here. Use CBE or half cab in searches.
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You might want to post this over on Just Old Trucks. There is a lot of diverse knowledge over there.
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Hello, I'm new here on the forum! I used to skip around on Hank's Truck Forum but that's gone so now I'm here. I own a 1979 Ford CLT-9000 with a Detroit 8v92TA and a Eaton 13 Speed, low rears, and spring ride. I intend to put it on the road but she's got a ways to go in the mean time.

Anyway, pleasantries aside, let me get to the purpose of this topic. I have very recently discovered the Kenworth CSE and CFE trucks, and have for all intensive purposes, fallen in love with the limited production COEs. Or rather, COE and Cab Forward Engine. What I'm looking for is any reference materials anyone has on the two trucks, mainly engines and transmissions that were offered, pictures of the interiors, particularly of the CFE model, which had a pancake engine between the frame behind the cab (I'm assuming). I can find something like five pictures of it on the internet, with no info in the way of engine and transmission options. I know Hall-Scott made a horizontal engine that was probably an option, and I read something about a DD 71 horizontal that I assume would have been an option, but I could be wrong. I'm also wondering what all there was available for horizontal engines in the mid to late fifties.

It'd also be interesting to know if any CFEs are still around, I'd love to see one in a not black and white picture. It would also be nice to see how the engine and transmission are set up in relation to the drive axle(s)

So to break it down, what I'm looking for for both trucks are
Spec Sheets (specifically for engines, transmissions, and axles)
Interior pictures for both trucks, exterior for the CFE
Any information on horizontal engines from the era

Thanks in advance, and I'm glad to be here!

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