Stand/Drive and Sit/Drive
1949 Marmon Harrington Deliveral
Rutter’s owned four Deliveral Trucks. They were the hardest trucks to teach people to drive (this was like the Pak-Age-Kar pedal system). There were two men that we weren’t able to teach how to drive these trucks. These were unusual trucks and I wanted to try and find one for my collection but I thought it would be a big shot it the dark to find. Then a friend called me to say he saw an advertisement for one in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Don Chew, Historian for Marmon Harrington, the Company that manufactured the Deliveral Trucks, tells me that there are 5 Deliverals known to be in existence. I now own three of them.
This truck is in the best shape of the three and is the standard short wheelbase unit. The man I bought it from bought it at an Auction where Buddy Ebsen was present. He asked Buddy for his autograph and got it on the back panel of the truck. Buddy drew a picture of the Beverly Hillbilly vehicle on the back panel and signed it “Jeb Clampett”. Jethro and Granny’s names are written on the back also.
The Deliverals are front wheel drive trucks with a Willy’s front wheel drive power train. There are no rear differentials and therefore no drive shaft tunnels to step over. This allowed the body to be designed as a flat floor body. Loading was easy and the cubic space was very large. It was easy to over-load this truck, which would put a lot of weight on the rear and made the front end too light in the winter during snowy and icy conditions. A counter weight was designed and made out of concrete. It was bolted between the body and the front bumper in effort to counter the over-loaded rear body weight.