Model A Pickup
1931 Ford Model A Pickup
1931 Ford Model A Pickup
The Ford Model A can be found in many iterations: coupe, to a roadster, to a sedan to a pickup. Henry Ford had a solid base in the Model A and appeased the masses with various options on that frame. Also, as with many older versions of cars, so many visual customization modifications have been done, that the original showroom look has been long gone.
In the case of this car though, mostly original intent as well as actual visual parts to this build, have been retained. The beneficiary of an older restoration and built to be driven, this truck presents nicely. It shows some aging, but for an 80-year-old truck, it's in very good condition.
With its utilitarian body design, straight panels bathed in dark green and nice fenders covered in black it all comes together as a pickup. Overall paint has its faults with some cracking particularly on the driver's door and running boards, and a touchup on the bedside, but it is classified as good driver quality. An older restored wooden bed with metal overlays has aged nicely with only minor chipping of the paint on the metal and is held together with metal rails running the length of the bed. Simple 19" green wire wheels can be seen through to drum brakes painted black and chromed hub cover. A black vinyl visor and top is seen over the cab and a vinyl textured roof is present and in good condition.
The smooth black door panels cover the doors and have shiny window cranks and door pulls to brighten them up. A black vinyl bench stretches across the small cab. In the center of the green painted metal dash is the Ford “mask” style gauge cluster, and to its stage left is the original steering wheel which is in very good condition and holds the timing and hand throttle adjustment levers. On the floor is a simple rubber floor mat that is fairly clean.
4-cylinders in the 201ci form pump out 40hp. A 1-barrel carburetor is atop, and a 3-speed manual transmission is on the back. 3.78 gears are in the banjo style rear axle.
All nicely preserved with only minor surface rust in sight. Black paint is on the underside of the bed boards and the wood is still good! Nice black makes for a well-done undercarriage that is meant to be used. An intact single exhaust system is installed. We note transverse leaf springs on both ends for suspension as well as mechanical drum brakes.
Once one knows the tricks to starting a Model A it's a breeze, and I'm well versed in this operation. This truck drives like a truck! No power steering, power brakes, and simple suspension, which is part of its charm, and is certainly not meant to be negative. A pleasurable drive was had around the Classic Auto Mall test track.
Overall good condition and meant to be driven and enjoyed. An early farm truck by early Ford manufacturing, now offered here in all its glory at the Classic Auto Mall.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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