The Western Mountain Buckboard is a distinctly American vehicle born on the homesteads of the mountainous regions of the North-Eastern US. It moved West with the pioneers into newly settled lands. The original versions were nothing more than a seat bolted to a long spring board attached to two axles. Because it had no metal springs, its suspension came from the springy “buckboards” that made up the floor and body. Eventually it evolved into a versatile and useful work vehicle. Over time, more refinements were added for pleasure and enjoyment. With the addition of the front spring and the rear Shuler spring, Model Trailways’ model is an example of that evolution. The rear Shuler spring combines the features of the helical coil and torsion spring. This three-point suspension gave the vehicle much flexibility and enabled it to withstand the rigors of rough, mountainous terrain.
This page was last updated Jan 1st 2016.