Did some more digging. It was probably used during the late 20's when the Bear River had just been declarred a National Wildlife Refuge and they were building miles of dikes in order to restore the wetlands in the area. I’m guessing they improvised this truck as a sort of suport vehicle for the operation.
Probably chosen for light weight, I would guess.
It’s actually a half-track.
The vehicle is a 1922 Franklin Model 9-B, but Franklin never made trucks, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. The cabin and bed could be from a late model Ford Model T Truck, but again, I’m not so sure. Or maybe it’s a Model T with a Franklin 9-B hood and front cowl, who knows. The insteresting thing is that…
I thought at first it might have something to do with the construction of the panama canal, but on second inspection I think it’s from somewhere else. The car might be early enough, 1904-1914, but I’m not sure.
Some of the guesses on Twitter have been that it’s a modified T, so you’re not alone in that line of thinking.
no but nobel prizes are never given to theories or things that aren’t “directly observed.”