Possible Pair: White 7400 and 4000

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Ever feel the need for a big rig? How about two of ’em? How about two big rig cab projects that need practically everything? Well, your prayers could be answered based on this listing here on craigslist for a 1960 and 1962 White trailer cabs, each powered by Cummins diesels. 

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This 1962 7400 model is the cheaper of the two, offered at $800 with no transmission. The truck is missing a fair amount of its trim as well, but it said to come with a good helping of spare interior parts. This is my preferred cab of the two options – I always loved flat-nose trucks like these.

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This earlier White 4000 has some fitment issues on the inside, as the cab is from a gas engine truck. You’ll need to do some cutting and welding of the firewall in order for the cab to fit around the diesel retrofit, but this one at least has a transmission and was running within the last 10 years.

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The seller has been trying to move these trucks on eBay for a while with no luck. He’s willing to cut a deal for the pair, but I’m not sure where to price these. Sure, they could offer up some good parts to a more worthy restoration project, but for that purpose, I’d want to be well under $2,000 for both. What would you do with this pair of White tractor-trailer cabs?

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Comments

  1. grant

    I’d scrap them. They’re inefficient and obsolete.

    • Wm Lawrence

      Pretty much describes everything we see here…

    • Leo

      No they need to go to a collector for restoration they are part of history. There are better places than ebay to find the right buyer for these. For example the American historical truck society has a good classifieds. We are far to quick to dispose and forget history in this day and age.

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  2. Dave Wright

    100.00 a ton……..

  3. angliagt

    I guess you could make a “Duel” tribute truck with the 4000.

  4. S Ryan

    Breaker19.
    East Bound and Down.

  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    They would definitely have to go to a dedicated individual who would restore them, or use them as parts trucks. I’m curious as to what motors are in them; it looks like the Cabover has got a Cummins….

  6. Howard A Member

    1st, the 7400 was nicknamed the “Japanese Freightliner”. Not because it was made in Japan, but was a cheaper version of the well known White Freightliner cabover, as things from Japan, at the time were considered cheaper than US products. They, as with all cabovers, were miserable trucks, and the Road Commander ( we called them “Road Commodes”) were the replacement for these. The “tag” axle on the back is an air operated “dead axle”( meaning no gears) and was used to increase load capacity, further compounding the low power problem. Let it “rust in peace”. The conventional 4000, however, was a much nicer truck. Still, pretty basic, as trucks go, and all the short comings of a 50 year old truck, but these were good trucks and for a collector to haul a trailer and display some vintage trucks or tractors, it would be great.This was when trucking was trucking, not these fancy “rolling apartments” they have today.

  7. Robert

    I like the 4000, I think it looks very cool and would like to make it work. Honestly, I want the 4000. I am 13, and have some saved money. If it were cheap enough and my dad would let me use his shop, I would love to buy it and restore it by the time I am 16.

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    • Howard A Member

      Hi Robert, love the enthusiasm. I’m 62 and I loved trucks from an early age too, and spent my entire working life around them.( much to my father’s dismay) The 1st heavy duty truck I drove was an International 190, that was similar to the White. Be advised, working on big trucks differs from cars, everything is big (and heavy) and parts are very expensive, but quite universal. While mechanical parts are still around, body, trim, or interior parts for the 4000 may be getting hard to find. I’d return it to a gas motor, replace the tube type tires for tubeless, and get power steering, as I’m sure this truck has manual steering ( even I have a hard time with that). Keep us posted if you get one. There’s a wealth of knowledge here. Good luck.

  8. Jim

    During and after I graduated high school I worked for a truck fleet that had both day cab and sleeper 7400’s and a bunch of 4000’s and White Mustangs, a few Diamond Reo straight trucks and a big mix of Mack R + U models. I loved trucks but working on those 7400’s was a bitch if it anything in the cab or electrical. If I had the means I’d drop the 4000 cab and sheet metal on a late model International with a DT engine and have a cool tow rig to go to the track with. The rest is maybe good for parts for a guy restoring trucks.

  9. David Miraglia

    Put them in a museum

  10. Robert

    Thanks Howard! I love just about any information I can get about this stuff. If I wind up with one I will let you know

  11. Dewy

    I had to drive one of those 7400 whites with a inline 238 Detroit with a 10 road ranger, if I had one I’d burn it, one of the most miserable trucks next to the Emeryville IH 250 cumins no AC, and the Emeryville with that oil door on the doghouse made it a sauna in the summer, how I survived those days in the seventies is a medical marvel. You young drivers have it great Beck then you had to want to drive more than you wanted comfort.

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