Clessie Cummins Cross Country prediction About His Diesel Engines Year 1931 Coast to Coast & More Columbus, Indiana
Brief:It was 1931, and Clessie Cummins had big dreams. To promote Clessie's new Model H diesel engine, he predicted this truck (pictured above) would go 10,000 miles without stopping. Well, it did even with one bad tire and a minor steering problem.
The truck came to a stop two weeks and 13,535 miles later, beating a previous record.
Post by Ricky_Berkey on Jul 15, 2012 5:23:04 GMT -5
It was one of Cummins only experimentions with a 2-stroke diesel engine. They built two Indy 500 race cars in 1934: both on Duesenberg chassis, a 2-stroke engine and and a 4-stroke engine. Both cars qualified for the race with the 4 stroke driven by Dale Evans dropping out in lap 81. Evans took over the driving of the 2 cycle car and completed the race in 12th place, the highest finish ever for a diesel engine. It was reported that a cloud of blue grey smoke engulfed the car throughout the race.
As the engine cooled in the pit area after the race, the engine seized up . It was reported that the pistons and other components literally melted into the engine block. Supposedly Clessie Cummins removed the engine and somewhere along the way home it was dumped into the White River as he never wanted to see it again.