What are friends for if not to help another friend find an old truck? Cole Williams of Cambridge City, Indiana, bought this 1955 unrestored Hendrickson in northern Indiana when he went truck hunting with his friend Bob Newton. Bob has always loved Hendricksons, and has gotten Cole hooked on them, too. They saw the truck advertised for sale and decided to take a look at it. Of course, they ended up bringing it home! The Hendrickson has held down several different trucking jobs during its lifetime. It was originally a fire truck when new, and then served as a county highway truck for a while before it became a farm truck. It is powered by an International Red Diamond engine with a five-speed overdrive main transmission and a two-speed auxiliary. The truck has two drive shafts – one to the front and one to the back – which was how you got your power divider back then. It is also equipped with a 17-foot bed and hoist and, these days, earns its keep hauling rocks and dirt around Cole’s farm. For now, the Hendrickson has no real interior, it’s just a basic work truck, but Cole might like to restore it one day. Cole has already restored an International Emeryville, and recently bought an unrestored 1969 Kenworth cabover. He’d like to get it back in service to haul his grain trailer. For more weird and wonderful “old time trucks” visit www.oldtimetrucks.org.
John & Shirley Sponholtz have been involved with old trucks for over 20 years. Shirley was editor at Wheels of Time for 12 years before going out on her own and starting Old Time Trucks magazine in 2004. John is an avid photographer who enjoys taking pictures of odd and/or rare trucks (he provides most of the pictures for this article and their magazine). John & Shirley, who are from Richmond, Indiana, have been regular contributors to 10-4 Magazine since 2006.