Big rig pulling trucks are awesome in whatever form they show up in, seriously. Whether they are worked, long-nose big rigs with huge diesel engines or machines like this with a stubby design and of all things, a big block gas engine, we’re in love. This is a 1962 Freightliner with a 440ci Chrysler big block gas engine, a special transmission, and a single big-ass big rig axle getting the power to the ground. The genius here is that you do not need to be an ace diesel mechanic to service the thing and you do not need to be a rocket scientist to get the driveline right, either.
Basically, if you have ever worked on a truck with a big block in it, you rule and could make this thing hum. The engine makes an advertised 500hp, which is not all that hard these days with a 440 and could be topped with a minimal investment. The rear gear in the truck is likely stupid tall but that is why there is a case in the middle apparently that takes the output of what’s likely a Torqueflite and steps it up hard to make wheelspeed.
Hell, what would it take to put this thing on the road? Imagine rolling into your local cruise night with a 1962 Freightliner that had more horsepower under it than the majority of the cruise stuff there? Hot damn that would be fun.