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Today I looked a Marmon truck very clean truck had a 425 Cat in with a 15spd guy wanted $8500 personally I never heard of this truck, who made it and will parts be hard to locate for it, What is the story behind the Marmon truck?


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Today I looked a Marmon truck very clean truck had a 425 Cat in with a 15spd guy wanted $8500 personally I never heard of this truck, who made it and will parts be hard to locate for it, What is the story behind the Marmon truck?


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In 1963, after Marmon-Herrington, the successor to the Marmon Motor Car Company, ceased truck production, a new company, Marmon Motor Company of Denton, Texas, purchased and revived the Marmon brand to build and sell premium truck designs that Marmon-Herrington had been planning.

The Marmon truck was a low-production, handmade truck sometimes dubbed the Rolls-Royce of trucks. An overcrowded American truck industry and the lack of a nationwide sales network led to the eventual failure of Marmon trucks in the USA. The last Marmon was made in 1997, and the production facilities in Garland, Texas, were taken over by Navistarís Paystar division

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In 1963, after Marmon-Herrington, the successor to the Marmon Motor Car Company, ceased truck production, a new company, Marmon Motor Company of Denton, Texas, purchased and revived the Marmon brand to build and sell premium truck designs that Marmon-Herrington had been planning.

The Marmon truck was a low-production, handmade truck sometimes dubbed the Rolls-Royce of trucks. An overcrowded American truck industry and the lack of a nationwide sales network led to the eventual failure of Marmon trucks in the USA. The last Marmon was made in 1997, and the production facilities in Garland, Texas, were taken over by Navistarís Paystar division
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Marmons used to be popular with log truckers here in the northwest. Very reliable, and the truck was actually designed with the mechanics in mind. Things that were hard to see or get to on other trucks were easier to access. Very good trucks to use in the woods because they stood up to the conditions.
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Marmons used to be popular with log truckers here in the northwest. Very reliable, and the truck was actually designed with the mechanics in mind. Things that were hard to see or get to on other trucks were easier to access. Very good trucks to use in the woods because they stood up to the conditions.
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Not sure if it helps, but Marmon's have a pretty loyal following. There is atleast one club I know of that is dedicated to nothing but Marmon's. MarmonTrucks.com is the first website that popped up when I searched, contacting a Marmon collector could be a good way of determing the value(and sourcing parts) besides the obvious condition of the drivetrain etc. Like stated, I have always heard that they were excellent built trucks.
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[QUOTE=LOG HAULER;1052816]Today I looked a Marmon truck very clean truck had a 425 Cat in with a 15spd guy wanted $8500 personally I never heard of this truck, who made it and will parts be hard to locate for it, What is the story behind the Marmon truck?
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I have always grown up with those types of trucks, for me the c/o marmon this is the one that seemed the best to me, I saw it similar to the dodge c/o ford 9000 c/o and white 4000c/o or the old white road commander but i always saw it more luxurious and better quality to marmon.
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I drove a Marmon Conventional for one summer hauling aggregate.
It was perfect for a gravel pit tractor trailer. You definitely didn't have to worry about anything breaking.
My impressions of the Marmon was that of a simplistic and archaic truck that was designed by a neanderthol caveman. Definitely not designed with human ergonomics or comfort in mind at all. Everything was square, flat and hard. No real modern "anything" to it.
The dash was flat and simple, with switches were positioned to suit the simple design, and not with the drivers neck muscles in mind. The suspension components were outsourced from Neway.
It kind of reminds me of something the Russians would build.
Overall, I am sure the trucks gave years of good service because of their simplicity, but they closed their doors because a driver only needed to drive one for a little while before understanding how much more evolved the rest of the competition really was.

I would guess Marmon lovers were so passionate about their trucks was because there were so few on the road, and that made them different. Me? I would chose a Marmon last to anything else availavle.

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If you are man enough to open the hood, Then buy it. Great old school truck

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If you are man enough to open the hood, Then buy it. Great old school truck
yea I know right when i pulled the open it almost pulled me up in the air!!


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