Truck, White Model 40-D; White Motor Company; 1924


Truck, White Model 40-D

About this object

The Southland County Council owned this White Truck from new and it was used for roading purposes around the district. This truck is unique for its worm drive hoist run by engaging a gear with the engine running. The worm drive behind the cab spins through a block and the block connections to two enormous chains that pull down the points that connect the rear of the tray. Many other hoists of this time were hand-operated.

The White Truck weighs a total of 3-3 1/2 ton and is believed to be the oldest tip truck still operational and is the only known example of a riveted deck.

The original restoration was completed by Ross and Graeme Stuart and the riveted deck was refurbished by Checketts Engineering, Invercargill. In 2006, Ernie Ward, Bruce Fraser and Allan Brown undertook a second restoration with all paint generously supplied by Southern Paints, Invercargill.


White Motor Company

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Place Made

North and Central America, United States, Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, steel
inorganic, processed material, metal, cast iron
inorganic, processed material, metal, copper
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, aluminum
inorganic, processed material, canvas
organic, processed material, vegetal, bark, cork
organic, processed material, animal, skin, mammal skin, leather
inorganic, processed material, ceramics
inorganic, processed material, glass
organic, processed material, vegetal, rubber
organic, processed material, vegetal, wood


h 2440 mm x w 2060 mm x l 5780 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Government (National and Local Politics)

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