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1939 Ford

Panel Delivery


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Engine Size
221 Flathead V8
Transmission Type
3 Speed Manual

1939 Ford Panel Delivery

1939 Ford Panel Delivery


The Sedan Delivery (also sometimes referred to a Panel Delivery), for the uninitiated, is a relatively obscure body style of a van built on a car chassis. Typically, these take the form of a station wagon body, but with steel panels where the rear windows would be. Historically, sedan deliveries had two doors, but modern versions typically have four. In the beginning, back when it was enough just to have four wheels and an engine, all light duty trucks were essentially sedan deliveries. A Model T with a car body was a car; one with a truck body was a truck. Even up until the 1940's, light duty trucks were basically beefed up versions of their donor car chassis (Model TT, AA, and BB, continuing the Ford analogy). While Wikipedia will point to some Model A Town Delivery as the first Sedan Delivery, to me it is too close to the Model AA truck to be considered a true Sedan Delivery.

For consignment in our barn find (outside section) a 1939 Ford Panel Delivery. This truck could be restored by the very ambitious restorer, for used as a parts car for a current project. This panel truck has large steel slabs on either side which enclose what would be the bed of a typical truck. With big fenders, and a long running board design, it offers up plenty of cargo space for interior storage.

All steel with copious amounts of invasive rust throughout, so you'll need to pick your panels carefully. The van does have the oval grille which can be saved, as well as the side panels for the back of the truck. Fenders are still intact, and the hood may be salvageable. Windows are original and no delamination is seen. An outboard spare without the cover is on the passenger side, and on back are dual swinging access doors which also have invasive rust.

An oiled and dirty wood floor makes up the decking on the back. Metal frames the interior, and there are wood shelves added to the paneled sides. The ceiling of the cargo area was draped with a material at one time, but now had begun to dry rot off leaving behind bare metal. Some rust through is noted between the body panels and the floor. Doors are pure metal with a stamped design to help strengthen them. Paint is rusting on the door panels. The dash is rusted, and the floor can be looked through due to missing panels for the floor. Dual buckets are on a platform and fronting the dash.

221ci are under the hood, and it's all original and unrestored with plenty of surface rust and corrosion. A 2-barrel carb is atop, and a 3-speed manual transmission for this delivery was used. Currently this engine does not crank or run.

Heavy surface rust is seen on the frame, floorboards and suspension components. Invasive rust is seen in one spot upfront near an engine mount. Some body hangers are heavily rusted and may be structurally unsound particularly at the floorboard areas. Leaf spring suspension is all around, and drum brakes are on all 4 corners.

Definitely a seldom seen example with its oval grille, and sedan delivery setup all the way from 1939.


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