Someone wrote:

On trucks I've seen that had a dogleg pattern, 1st gear was a "granny
low," used only when starting with a heavy load or on a slope.  Since
it's not a normal driving gear, it makes sense to put it outside the
normal pattern.

My brother's 1942 International K-7 straight truck has the following shift pattern:

1 2  5
R 3 4

Wonder what that pattern was called. The Big Dipper, maybe? :-)

Requires some concentration when driving for the first time, especially when you're splitting every shift with the two-speed rear end and double-clutching besides. And with 69 horsepower and scaling 17,000 pounds with a load, believe me, you NEED all ten ratios!


Dan Weeks
Freelance Writing and Photography

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