Knapheide Manufacturing Company to display heritage vehicles in Dogwood Parade

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One of three heritage vehicles to be displayed by Knapheide Manufacturing Company in the annual Dogwood Parade is this 1924 Ford Model TT. It has the original cab with the bed and sides of the grain body recently rebuilt by Knapheide employees. | Photo courtesy of Knapheide Manufacturing Company

QUINCY — To celebrate its 175th anniversary, the Knapheide Manufacturing Company will display its lineup of three heritage vehicles in its Dogwood Parade float. The parade will begin at 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at 24th and Maine and proceed down Maine to Sixth.

The Knapheide float will incorporate:

  • Knapheide Wagon — An original, early-1900s Knapheide wagon with original paint, the oldest Knapheide heritage vehicle.
  • 1924 Ford Model TT with Model 10 grain body — While the cab of this vehicle is original, the bed and sides of the grain body recently were rebuilt by employees based on advertisements and photos from that period.
  • 1955 Chevy 6400 with 12’ steel grain body — The 12-foot steel gain body was upfit on the chassis by Bert’s Truck Equipment, a Knapheide distributor, when the vehicle was new. The upfit is on loan from Wayne Gregoire, owner of Bert’s Truck Equipment, who bought it years ago from the original owner.
  • 1971 Chevy C10 with 8-foot service body — Knapheide engineers used original, hand-drawn prints from the 1970s to recreate the plans used by current and retired Knapheide employees to build the body from scratch.

Knapheide is celebrating 175 years as a family-owned and operated business in Quincy, continuing to provide customers with high-quality, work-ready transportation solutions. For more information on the company, visit

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