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Old 04-10-2020, 08:20 PM   #1
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Default '30 Huckster Questions

A few questions concerning '30 Hucksters.
Were the '30 Hucksters ever built with metal doors i.e. '30 Tudor/Pickup?
What is the leg room like in a Huckster compared to other Model A's?
Were the Hucksters originally built with painted doors, and bed?

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Old 04-11-2020, 12:35 AM   #2
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I am pretty sure Ford didn't build any hucksters, only station wagons. The closest thing to a huckster might have been built by outside company on a Ford supplied chassis. Are you asking about a pickup with canopy which I beleave was an option some time between 30 and 31.
Other wise? In most cases a huckster would be a body somewhat like a station wagon without the rear passenger doors that could be accessed from the sides for selling goods with the top going all the way from front to back. It could have a closed cab or not. Deliveries would be enclosed. Maybe a little more information on what you are look for might help narrow it down.
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Old 04-11-2020, 06:03 AM   #3
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Much like Red just said, hucksters were mostly home built, though a few manufacturers
like Martin Perry were known to make small runs. Metal, wood were all possible combinations.
and of course Ford made a few commercial bodies around 1931 in small runs. Henry was trying to broaden the body styles, in order to compete with the other manufacturers.


Hucksters are somewhat like speedsters, a blank canvas...........
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Ford's only departure from the Station Wagons were the Special Delivery and the Traveler's Wagon for 1931. They all had wood for doors. The all wood bodies were fabricated from wood parts that came from the Iron Mountain facility. Murray and Baker Raulang fabricated most of the bodies.
https://www.thehenryford.org/collect...t-sets/104973/
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Old 04-13-2020, 02:23 AM   #5
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Martin Perry brochure.
Bodies had medal clad doors.
Leg room was not tight, as the average height was 5'4".
It would be tight, today.
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Martin-Parry was one of the few companies that specialized in aftermarket commercial body set ups for Ford, Dodge, GM, and Whippet chassis. They were bought out by GM in 1930 so they likely started concentrating on the GM (Chevrolet) based chassis at that time. They became the Chevrolet Body Division under GM ownership.

Ford offered a canopy kit for commercial pickups toward the end of model A production. The one in the Martin-Parry brochure above appears to have the Briggs type early style pickup cab modified with extra windows and a special bed with canopy. Martin-Parry may have made their own cab though. Ford was still selling chassis with cowl for a time but they gradually phased that out for the smaller automobile & commercial chassis. AA truck chassis continued to be produced with cowl for bus production. There is a registry for these type vehicles.

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Martin-Perry Express:




Ford AA Express with canopy top - similar top was available for pickup:

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