Iowa 80 Trucking Museum Receives '58 Kenworth

June 08, 2010

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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum has received a Kenworth KDC825C, which was donated by Ray S. O'Hanesian, Bettendorf, Iowa.
The truck, which O'Hanesian has owned for over half his life, is the last one of its kind that Kenworth produced, and it's commonly known as "Bullnose."

O'Hanesian purchased the 1958 Bullnose for $25,000, and it had over 5.2 million miles when he stopped counting in 1998.

Over the years, the truck has gone through several updates. The original wheelbase of 264 inches was shortened to 224 inches. The current engine is a NTC 380 Cummins set up to 420 horsepower, and the transmission has also been upgraded to a 5x4 Spicer.

In 1988, the truck was put on display in Seattle at the Kenworth plant. It has also been featured on the cover of the newsletter, "Kenworth Cruiser," and in Wheels of Time magazine. The truck will now be on display at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott, Iowa.

"We will display Ray's generous gift with pride," said Dave Meier, museum curator. "He has been a long time friend and we are honored that he chose to donate his truck to the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum."

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