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1930-31 Ford pick up info wanted


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Did the late 31 steel top pick up offer both the wide bed and narrow bed?

There are a few 30-31 pickups for sale with a right front spare tire only. Was it originally offered with a left front spare only?

Were the chrome radiator shell and chrome headlights an option from Ford or an owner added accessory?

Thanks in advance

Charley

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I believe that the May '31 wide bed truck replaced the standard version as an improvement and that bed style carried on to at least 1934, possibly later. In August , the all steel top was introduced;first all steel auto body in production! All model A pickups had the spare mounted on the left fender only as standard equipment. This was the only standard fender mount tire in the lineup. Incidently, only the spare wheel was standard equipment ;the tire was an option on all vehicles. I suppose there may have been dealer options on trucks ,but most people would not have paid the extra money for frivilous options. Therefore,there would be no right side spare,no varnished bed wood and no rear bumpers. Ford did not even polish out the paint on commercial vehicles except at special order (late 31) with the exception of special commercial vehicles such as ambulances or hearses or fleet purchases. Some fleets could order same color on both fenders and bodies and special color options,again at extra cost! Very few of todays"restored" trucks are done correctly,including the really high priced ones on E bay! Chrome was not used on radiator shells of Model A's except for a short time in late '28 or early '29 all others were nickle plated along with the headlamps until 1930 when Ford introduced his "Allegheny Metal" which was an 18-8 stainless alloy used until the end of production. 1928-29 Ford trucks all had black painted radiator shells and headlamps with lamps having a nickle retainer ring. No optional nickle! In1930 the standard trucks also used black painted shells and lamps (lamps now had ss retainer rings. Stainless shell and lamps were standard on the Deluxe Delivery,the Town Car Delivery , Station wagons and in May '31 on the Deluxe pickup,a smaller version of the service car. Remember,in those days commercial vehicles were built for work not show and only established companies could afford embellishments on their commercial vehicles. Hope this sheds some light! Note-- people take many "liberties" with Model A's,most are a detriment to the car! Jim

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The 31 wide pickup bed, though similar is different than the 32-34. The reason you see so many 30-31 pickups with the stainless grille and lights is because the original black painted parts have all rusted away.Also, any car with only one sidemount will have it on the left unless it is right hand drive.

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Guest justme

Was the 1931 wide bed offered with steel or wood on the floor of the bed?

Was the wood in the narrow bed painted on the top and bottom?

Could one get a narrow bed with a steel top cab?

Thanks again.

Charley

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The wide bed has a steel floor. The wood in a narrow bed is supposed to be painted the same as the body but many people like it varnished. I think you could still get the narrow bed for a while after the steel top came out but I'm not sure. Many soft top cabs had steel placed over the top when they started leaking. You can tell an original steel top by the steel framing. An original soft insert cab will most likely still have the wood framing

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Like Dave said the beds,cabs,hoods and windshield frames were all painted together so the bed floors were painted body color. Ford ,however, did not make an attempt to paint the undersides of bodies and beds. All wood was treated with a black preservative before assembly and many times the preservative was visible underneath due to lack of paint! Remember ,these vehicles were built to save money and to work,so embellishments were really nonexistant. Even the inside of the cab would not be completely painted and any exposed wood may or may not have been completely painted over. I'm sure that some narrow boxes made it to the assembly line even after the introduction of the steel cab,as it was Ford's practice to use up as many of the discontinued parts as possible on the commercial lines. You'll see many early 1930 trucks with 1929 parts intermixed! I also am pretty sure that parts were used indescriminatly in assembly as they came up on the line,(no special orders in those days) so trucks could have intermixed parts (like reg. cabs with wide beds or visa versa) untill surplus were exhausted. One thing,the rear fenders for the wide bed are specific and will not interchange with any other body style!

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