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CANADIAN Kenworth
« on: October 31, 2003, 07:39:21 AM »
In some of the discussions about the good old days of the '60's and '70's, Doug and Carol Jo make reference to CANADIAN Kenworths.
So, were there special engineering or spotting features that made a CANADIAN Kenworth different from it's American siblings?

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CANADIAN Kenworth
« on: October 31, 2003, 07:39:21 AM »

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CANADIAN Kenworth
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2003, 07:52:11 AM »
A couple of differences that come to mind are the name on the side of the hood was different and Cdn KW offered an 'Arctic Insulation Package'.  I remember seeing new KW's coming out of the Kitchener St Burnaby BC plant with 'Canadian Kenworth' with a maple leaf between the words on both sides of the hood.  I don't know what the Arctic package consisted of, I do know that you still had to use hockey tape to seal up the doors after the truck had more than one winter on it or you'd freeze to death.  Hopefully you will get some more info from folk with better memories than I.

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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2003, 10:31:21 AM »
Here are some comparison pictures showing the difference between the U.S. built Kenworth trucks and the Canadian built Kenworth trucks in the 1960's.

All of these thumbnails will give you a larger picture when you click on them.

US Built Kenworth Cabovers


Canadian Built Kenworth Cabovers


U.S. Built Kenworth Conventionals


Canadian Built Kenworth Conventionals


If anyone has any other spotting features between the Canadian and U.S. built Kenworth trucks in the 60's please share them.
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2003, 02:34:32 PM »
I'm no expert here, but I understand the Canadian Kenworth COE as we know it was built as a version of it's US parent. The most outstanding differences was the early and almost always use of the KW "Bug" on the radiator grille, the very noticeable access door to electrical components, small BBC cab - the fibreglass roof did not arrive until much later in the truck's production.
Production was eventually standardised on the K-100 as built in the US, with it's larger sleeper cab, the foot step pockets below the door and the fibreglass panels around the headlights.

Carol Jo is probably much more of a KW expert and I expect we'll be hearing from him on this.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2003, 09:19:27 AM »
I think Hank pretty well covered all the difference. I have a 1953 American needle nose KW in the driveway so I just took some Canadian pictures out with me. I think the hoods were longer on the American version and on the truck I own the battery box just sits on the running board on the passenger side. As you can see in Hanks pictures the Canadian version did not use a running board but made an integral fuel tank that was molded into the design on the back of the front fender. All the American versions always had the fuel tanks behind the cab. one drawback on the Canadian version was on the drivers side that molded fuel tank shared the battery box so it was always small fuel capacity unless you ordered another tank. The luberfiner on the American version was cut thru the running board on the left side. The aircleaners were quite different on both versions

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Re: CANADIAN Kenworth
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2017, 09:31:26 AM »
 ;). Was Watching a YouTube video last night , the latest Rolling Interview of Big Rig Videos .. Billy Baker from St.Catherines,On... He completely restored a W900 and said the Job wasn't complete until he could obtain an Authentic Kenworth Emblem with the word Canadian formed in the Emblem..
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2017, 01:33:49 PM »
.. Billy Baker from St.Catherines,On...

...the legend. 8)...Jim. ;)

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Re: CANADIAN Kenworth
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2017, 05:50:16 PM »
this will get you guys thinking....  what about the Canadian built K900 models....  yes a W900 chassis with the drop front insert...  but a slightly modified K series cab....  I know a few were exported to New Zealand

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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2017, 10:36:52 AM »
this will get you guys thinking....  what about the Canadian built K900 models....

                 http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/532/KenWorth-Wednesdays?PageIndex=2

                                       ...1/2 way down the page. ;D...Jim. ;)
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Re: CANADIAN Kenworth
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2017, 02:24:21 PM »
They were probably built in Burnaby to take advantage of the "British Preferential" tariff and be imported at a lower cost.

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Re: CANADIAN Kenworth
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