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It is my understanding that except for some trim pieces, they are the same as 1936 USA Dodge trucks. You may want to verify this, but opens up lots of parts and info on his truck.

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It is my understanding that except for some trim pieces, they are the same as 1936 USA Dodge trucks. You may want to verify this, but opens up lots of parts and info on his truck.

That is correct. 1937 Plymouth trucks may also have interchangeable parts.

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Here's a link to a 1936 Dodge pickup, so you can see if yours is about the same, including the steel bed floor. http://www.autorevolution.com/inv/vehicle.cfm?vid=726936

For bed parts, you can buy tailgates, front panel, hinges, etc. from Mack Hils at www.mack-products.com. I think everyone else buys them from Mack Hils. Since Budd made the beds for Dodge/Plymouth/Fargo trucks as well as for Studebaker and others, many of the Studebaker repro parts can be used. Reproduction steel bed floors are made by LaMonte Radwonski at Classic Enterprises. See http://www.classicent.com/dodge/. You can also get kits for wood bed floors from places like Bruce Horkey, who also has a range of things like bed sides for later Dodge trucks.

See http://www.horkeyswoodandparts.com/page36.php

The stake pockets on the older trucks look similar to older Studebaker and Chevy pockets but I don't think they are the same.

A lot of mechanical stuff, sheet metal, and soft parts are supplied by Gary Roberts, Jr. at http://www.robertsmotorparts.com/store/

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This would be a 1936 Fargo.   It has absolutely nothing in common with the 1937 Plymouth from the USA, sorry guys. The Engine plant  opened in Windsor Ontario Canada

in 1935, producing the 25 1/2"  flathead engine and went into the 1936 Model Year Chryslers, Desotos,  Canadian Plymouth and Dodge cars (except convertibles) as well as Dodge trucks and the introduction of the Fargo Truck line.     Unfortunately the 1936 Fargo is a unit on to its own. Our 1936 Canadian Dodge is different as is our 1937 Fargo. If you would like some information I can provide you a fair amount of information.  The picture attached is not the one my Family owns but this one will give you the key tell tale sign which is the front grill.

 

Tim Kingsbury

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On 8/13/2017 at 8:05 AM, 36 D2 Coupe said:

The cab on the truck in this picture is almost certainly a custom fabrication as it looks nothing at all like a stock Fargo 1/2 ton. I can't tell from the wheels but it may be a 1-1.5 ton truck in which case maybe the cab is correct.

Actually it isn't a half ton truck and it was the grill I was trying to draw attention to.  Just for information I will attach pictures of 3 more 1936 Fargos.  All of which I have seen personally and can guarantee are 1936 fargos,  not recreations, and 1 of which has been in my family since brand new.  Im not speculating on the Fargo line, my Grandfather was the GM of the Windsor Engine plant, when it opened in 1935 producing the engines for the Chrysler, Desoto car lines  as well as all Canada Dodge, Fargo and Plymouths, with the exception of convertibles which had 23 1/2" motors in them.   He bought a brand new 1936 Fargo, and bought a brand new 1956 Fargo which he bought for my Mother's 18th birthday.  I apologize for being so long to respond. I honestly didn't realize there had been a post on the thread.

 

Tim Kingsbury

fargopickupking@yahoo.com

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13 hours ago, Spinneyhill said:

There are three different grills there. Vertical bars, horizontal bars and more rounded with horizontal bars. Are these different models? 

The blue one uses '36 Plymouth style headlight mountings on the fender catwalk and has an unusual upper cab and windshield configuration so perhaps a heavier truck - 3/4 ton or 1 ton??

The red one has 1937 style grille bars so I suspect it is a '37 Fargo.

The last one - two tone tan - has a 1938 style grille and lower grille shell embossed in the style of 1938. It also sports a chrome band between the grille shell and the hood that was not present in 1936 and may even have been added by its restorer.

Finally in your second post. I am familiar with Danny Klacko's beautifully restored 1936 Fargo, having seen it many years before he undertook a very daunting project. Up close it is every bit as lovely as the picture shows with impeccable attention to detail. I believe it's the truck the OP was seeking parts for .

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Hi Guys -  I am very familiar with Dannys project and he got parts (for free) from me for his, and actually is now working on a 1936 Dodge.   All of the ones I put up are 1936 Fargos they are not 1937.  He had to use a 1935 hood and stretch it to make his and yes it was quite a project.  It is not the only one around although I have heard that quote.  My family has one that I still have the original bill of sale for. My Grandfather was the GM of the Windsor engine plant so I am not speculating. I have the original engineering books for it and on and on.  The 1936 is absolutely a model on to its own and the 4 horizontal bars in the center section is the key.  The blue one spineyhill, your correct, it has not a 1/2 ton it is a 1 ton and you will notice the front windshield has square top corners and the cab is different.   That one is the 3rd one off the line.    It indeed has the headlights on the fenders which

are never seen in a 1936 fargo pickup and I would have said was a different year, until my Dad and I saw a 3 ton in a field in Saskatchewan in 2004 and it had the lights on the fenders.  The gentleman whose field it was sitting in, we talked with. He had the original bill of sale, manuals etc, he just couldnt bring himself to part with it.  It was the square

front window.  On the two you posted Spinneyhill... The rat rod was a survivor truck in Winnipeg.  It was up for sale on Kijiji for $5000  and subsequently moved to the states, has moved hands more than once and  sadly is not much more than parts. The other one is Danny Ks.  You are right 36dcoupe that the restoration on the cream 1936 has used some things as he couldnt find certain things,  just like Danny did.   The guages are black and not cream, obviously the fog lights are add ones.  But honestly that truck is absolutely beautiful  and we would love to have it added to the family collection which stands at over 100 fargos and dodge trucks. The red one its 100% a 1936 that I can bet the farm on. 

 

On the original post I am not sure.. I never did hear from him, but I do know I was contacted by a gentleman from western canada who has one.  He doesnt want

pictures posted or his name out in the public.    His actually has a 1936 overdrive in it, something funny enough Danny K was talking to me recently about

one he acquired and wanted it gone over and I believe he wants it for his 1936 dodge.   The one out west, his Dad got the overdrive out of a chrysler during WW2 time frame

and put it in the pickup.  The engine and tranny for that truck is coming to my place shortly as he wants it rebuild front to back.  

 

They are out there.. While there was under 900 1/2 ton pickups made there were several thousand made when you factor in heavier that 1/2 tons.   While a lot of parts are different, there are parts from the heavier ones that do work in pickups. For example the gauges are the same as is the grill and hood, although headlights are not.

 

 

 

 

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fargopickupking - do you know about the '38 Fargo 1/2 ton hulk in a wrecking yard in Melbourne Ontario? I put Danny onto it thinking it was a '36 but no, it's a '38 he said. Just good for parts but if you have a very large collection, it might be useful. PM me and I can tell you a little bit more about it.

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