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Old 09-23-2013, 11:08 AM   #161
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Nasty (Is that REALLY your name? What mother would name their baby "Nasty"??? )

I'm not aware of any Hucksters that were built on a truck (AA) chassis but it would be nave for me to say that it never happened. I imagine that some custom bodies invariably ended up on the heavier chassis but the intent of the "Huckster" design (i.e. farmer's market sales and similar uses) rarely required the heavy duty (but slow) haul-ability of the AA chassis. You might be getting an example of someone's thinking outside the box, so to speak.

Got any pictures???

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Old 09-23-2013, 08:37 PM   #162
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Be sure you also have good shocks on your huckster. The bodies tend to be heaver than most Model A's so you need good shocks to have a smooth riding rig.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:25 AM   #163
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Fred,

Good point!

Are overhauled original shocks able to carry the additional weight or are modern tubular ones necessary? Does anything have to be done to the rear spring or shocks to correct any back end sag due to the heavier body?

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I installed an aftermarket type of shocks on my rig. But they seem to not be doing a very good job. It could be the brand I used or I have not adjusted them correctly.

But I am thinking on maybe looking into modern tubular shocks. Being a huckster is not a "true" Ford model, I would think a few extra modern items would not affect it's value and may enhance it.

Anyway Harvey, that is my experience over the last three years or so since I finished my huckster.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:09 PM   #165
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The pick up body that I found has metal doors skins and a little
window behind the door. Would it be a Huckster?
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:19 PM   #166
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The pick up body that I found has metal doors skins and a little
window behind the door. Would it be a Huckster?
Doesn't sound like one. Got a picture?

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Old 01-09-2014, 11:50 AM   #167
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Hello All, First post on FordBarn but have been a member of the H.A.M.B. for quite a little while (same username).

I somehow managed to get the same Huckster that 358ciHD had posted about on page 4 of this thread.

Although he was probably 2 or three owners ago, the truck cab/doghouse obviously isn't a 30 but the entire running gear/chassis is 30 and appears to be in good working order. Just waiting on warmer weather to get out to the garage to tinker a little bit.

I plan on getting everything up to snuff for highway safety and will be replacing some of the wood pieces that have cracked but will be keeping the wood painted with a white coat of paint.

I've been trying to get my hands on a Model A for quite some time to use for shop runs and putting around town.

I'm not looking to completely restore this truck but have a fun little toy to get me where I need to go, if all goes well with running gear and whatnot a Mitchell Overdrive will be installed in the spring to achieve safe road speeds without fear of getting a semi-truck up my butt. . Also I plan on making a "rustic" looking roof rack to go over the vinyl top so I can haul the steel that I use to build motorcycle frames, handlebars, etc...

One question I have for you gentlemen is what do you use for the vinyl strip that covers the edge of the vinyl top to hide the screws/nails/tacks?

I've enjoyed the thread so far and look forward to future posts and learning from you guys.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:22 AM   #168
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Welcome Sailor Mike, to this side.

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One question I have for you gentlemen is what do you use for the vinyl strip that covers the edge of the vinyl top to hide the screws/nails/tacks?
Its called Hidem Welt, you can buy it by the foot from most all the Suppliers. Here is a Link for it http://macsautoparts.com/model-a-for...0R3CHL1066520/
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:31 AM   #169
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Welcome Sailor Mike, to this side.

Its called Hidem Welt, you can buy it by the foot from most all the Suppliers. Here is a Link for it http://macsautoparts.com/model-a-for...0R3CHL1066520/
Huckster and Mac's in the same sentance, goes together well.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:45 AM   #170
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Thanks JazzJR.

I was curious if Hidem Welt was what most of you guys used. Now I just need to get a large roll of vinyl top but have a little ways to go before I get to that point.

Will keep you all posted on my progress.

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Old 01-10-2014, 09:06 PM   #171
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Huckster and Mac's in the same sentance, goes together well.
In this case Mike, You have to be a Huckster. I try to buy Quality Parts where Possible. Snyders, Berts, Mikes, and Brattons
I'm not sticking up for Macs, ( they charge Me NY & FL state tax, and have High Shipping Costs, and slow shipping) but in this case, the Welting is .45 cents a Foot. The other 4 suppliers I checked sell for .80 & 1.00 a ft, and 2 or them I could not find a Listing for the Welt.

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Old 01-11-2014, 12:47 AM   #172
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In this case Mike, You have to be a Huckster. I try to buy Quality Parts where Possible. Snyders, Berts, Mikes, and Brattons
I'm not sticking up for Macs, ( they charge Me NY & FL state tax, and have High Shipping Costs, and slow shipping) but in this case, the Welting is .45 cents a Foot. The other 4 suppliers I checked sell for .80 & 1.00 a ft, and 2 or them I could not find a Listing for the Welt.
Mikes has it for $.65 A47305 and if you order on line you save 5%. Mac's at .$45 high priced/slow shipping does not sound like a deal to me, when you figure 50 feet it's a whole $10.00 more, But that's just me.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:49 AM   #173
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Thanks for the info, I'll have to check out Mikes. But I'll be doing the top more around springtime anyway.

Anyway, the truck is up and running this weekend! Just had to get a rebuilt starter (since the coil field was grounded out) and clean out the fuel lines and it was running smooth again!
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:42 PM   #174
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Guys,

Several you have suggested purchasing Jay's instructional DVD if building a Huckster from the Wagon Works plans. I purchased Jay's video cassette when I bought my "Huckster Van" plans from him and did not know that a DVD was available (and possibly wasn't at the time).

DVDs are sooooo much easier to use than video tape so I'm considering ordering one. However, can someone tell me if the DVD is a newer presentation, or is it identical to the video tape? I don't want to spend money on a DVD if it's no different than the tape.

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Old 02-05-2014, 05:02 AM   #175
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I called Wagon Works and talked to Jay's wife (Jay was still at work). She told me that the material on the VHS tape and DVD are the same. The DVD, while newer, doesn't include any updates or corrections that the VHS tape doesn't have.

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Are there AA Hucksters?

I am sure there were...maybe?

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Old 02-05-2014, 09:49 AM   #177
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Pluck,

From a post in this thread last September...

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I'm not aware of any Hucksters that were built on a truck (AA) chassis but it would be nave for me to say that it never happened. I imagine that some custom bodies invariably ended up on the heavier chassis but the intent of the "Huckster" design (i.e. farmer's market sales and similar uses) rarely required the heavy duty (but slow) haul-ability of the AA chassis.
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:32 PM   #178
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Any advice on painting the wood portion of a huckster? I want to paint it same color as hood, not sure what kind of prep the wood will need other then primer, I used maple so no filling is necessary.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:15 PM   #179
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Are there AA Hucksters?

I am sure there were...maybe?

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The term "Huckster" can occupy quite a middle ground.

Certainly this a "custom cab."



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Old 03-19-2014, 09:08 PM   #180
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I made a 1930 Model A version of the 1950 Mechanix Illustrated pickup/station wagon. I made the cab visor to match the Wagon Works Huckster Van I made. This was at the Beardsley Cider Mill last year. That is a great show! How do I attach a picture of it here?
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