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Old 06-04-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
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I started a Model A Huckster Group.

I know a Huckster is not a "true blue" Model A Ford type body but there are a number of them around. So all you "odd balls" let's join in together and share some ideas.
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:16 AM   #2
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Well I'm not ready to join as of yet. I just got my 31 p.u home and he's going to begin the next stage of his life as a Huckster. I got my body plans which I'm going to do some tweeking to but will still (other than wood body) be a stock Model A. I would like to ask, do you have any good pic's of how the cowl meets the wood cab? Fitting the cowl isn't in the plans.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:59 AM   #3
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I have a pair of hinges made for a huckster or woody. They are made correctly for a 1928-1929 style. Duplicated from an original set of hinges. Anyone interested, asking $300 plus shipping or I can deliver to French Lick, and I can send pics. 413-786-6318 after 6PM
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Me and a friend are building both the truck version and the panel truck version with their plans. The plans that we have are from 1995 so no DVD was available.The plans are easy to follow , and a person with even moderate wood working skills can have the body roughed together in a weekend. Getting it sitting on the frame also keeps you motivated because it looks like something ...Heck ... we even cut down the oak tree that we sawed up and had kiln dried for the lumber .This seems like the cheepest way to get into an "A"..... Oh , by the way , if you are very tall, don't forget to taylor the seating to fit yourself during your build


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"Oh , by the way , if you are very tall, don't forget to taylor the seating to fit yourself during your build"

This is very good advise. I am 6'2" and have a little problem getting my big feet in the door. I had the guy make the seat sit back a ways.
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New to the site and Model A's, I am bringing a 1930 Huckster back to life from being in a shed for 10 yrs.
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Just finished the body building platform for my huckster. Using a 28-29 cowl and it will be powered by a 1975 Ford 1.8 SOHC engine with a 4-speed transmission.
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I am building a convert 1929 version ( 1950's mechanic Illustrated ) of a Huctster and or convert woody wagon...along the same lines for sure...A 2-dr. called an Estate Wagon...I have the original info from MI and an artist drawing 2'x4' for inspiration..
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I am building a convert 1929 version ( 1950's mechanic Illustrated ) of a Huctster and or convert woody wagon...along the same lines for sure...A 2-dr. called an Estate Wagon...I have the original info from MI and an artist drawing 2'x4' for inspiration..
I remember that article...didn't they call it a "beach buggy or a beach wagon" or was that Pop Mechanics?
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Hey, I am interested!! Been loading pix of Hucksters from the internet and wondered if anyone has actual plans for Huckster bodies for an "A"?
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Hey Tinman1,
those might be the plans i've been looking for. how'd you get ahold of them ?
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New to the site and Model A's, I am bringing a 1930 Huckster back to life from being in a shed for 10 yrs.
Looks like it is on the way. Also looks like it is in good shape. Good luck.
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Hey, I am interested!! Been loading pix of Hucksters from the internet and wondered if anyone has actual plans for Huckster bodies for an "A"?
Steve, if you are interested is getting one already built, I purchased mine form Lentville A's in Holland MI. They have a web site at www.lentville.com.
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Hey all, I'm taking delivery on my new 1930 Huckster in the morning, from Lexington NC. I feel like a kid on Christmas eve! My first task will be doors. Can someone give me the dimensions of their doors? Thanks and it sure is nice to have found a Huckster group. Sincerely, Fritz
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Fritz, I'm building my Huckster Van from a set of plans and Video from the Wagon Works. I don't know if yours was built from the same plans ??

I just Finished Building and installed My Front doors about a week ago, the Height is 45" Width is 27". Glass size is 24' wide by 18' high. If I get time Tomorrow I'll take some Photos and Post them to this Thread. Good Luck on Building the Doors, little bit tricky doing the Dadoing and making the Original or Repo's Window Risers and Glass Channel work, but mine came out Great, if I say so myself. The Rear Doors were a Breeze, even with Oval Windows.

For those looking to purchase the Plans and Video, His name is Jay Cramer. He bought out the Plans and business from the Hudson Wagon Works of years ago. His Address is below, best time to reach him is after 7 PM est.

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Old 11-14-2010, 10:07 AM   #16
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This is my second go round on building a Huckster. I'm doing a Wagon Works body with modifications. You need to buy both the DVD and the plans. Can't tell you how many times I get ready to do something using the plans and then double check the DVD only to find that the old boy changed his mind! I'm doing a tailgate like the original huckster and a glass lift gate using Jeep Wrangler hardware.
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I know they look great in natural wood but, in the day, weren't most of the originals painted? I think the wood was usually painted green.
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:19 AM   #18
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The Salt Creek Chapter of MAFCA owns this one. It has a Lentville body. The whole project took about 3 years.
Any club member can drive it. We refer to it as "The Pie Wagon".

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Here are the Photos of Progress of the Huckster Van I am Building. I still need to install the rear Door Handle and Locks, Plus put the Black Vinyl Top on. My Son is almost finished, with the Front, and Rear Fenders, which I will Paint Black. I still have a lot of Mechanical work to Finish up Also. But all Progress will Halt, Car is being Stored off Property, as I will be Wintering in Florida for the Winter as of Dec. 1st. Next spring I will finish it, than Trailer it to Florida to Use.

For these who want to Know about the Seat, It came out of a Dodge Mini Van, (Durango) Back seat, it was given to me. I used Fabric Dye to color it from Red to Black. As you can see it is 41" long and will fit the 44" inside space with 3" to spare. I built the Base out of Oak, the same height as the metal feet that were on it. I will anchor it to the Floor, using a Continuous Hinge, that way it can flip it up, and Store Tools, Jack and Spare Parts under it. It also came with Seat Belts already anchored in the seat, on the front, under the drivers side, where I will sit, I'll mount a Electrical Kill Switch.
This type of seat could be used for any Model A, if you don't have a Seat.
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Here are the Photos of Progress of the Huckster Van I am Building. I still need to install the rear Door Handle and Locks, Plus put the Black Vinyl Top on. My Son is almost finished, with the Front, and Rear Fenders, which I will Paint Black. I still have a lot of Mechanical work to Finish up Also. But all Progress will Halt, Car is being Stored off Property, as I will be Wintering in Florida for the Winter as of Dec. 1st. Next spring I will finish it, than Trailer it to Florida to Use.

For these who want to Know about the Seat, It came out of a Dodge Mini Van, (Durango) Back seat, it was given to me. I used Fabric Dye to color it from Red to Black. As you can see it is 41" long and will fit the 44" inside space with 3" to spare. I built the Base out of Oak, the same height as the metal feet that were on it. I will anchor it to the Floor, using a Continuous Hinge, that way it can flip it up, and Store Tools, Jack and Spare Parts under it. It also came with Seat Belts already anchored in the seat, on the front, under the drivers side, where I will sit, I'll mount a Electrical Kill Switch.
This type of seat could be used for any Model A, if you don't have a Seat.
Nice looking Huckster. Looks like you are getting along well with it.

I have one of the "Pie" wagons as mentioned above. My pie wagon is used to haul grandkids in parades and other outings.
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Hey all, I'm taking delivery on my new 1930 Huckster in the morning, from Lexington NC. I feel like a kid on Christmas eve! My first task will be doors. Can someone give me the dimensions of their doors? Thanks and it sure is nice to have found a Huckster group. Sincerely, Fritz
Fritz, it would seem like the dimensions would depend on how the rest of the body is built. I assume the huckster you are getting has some sort of body on it. So you may want to wait until you get the rig to determine the size of the doors. Also do you want to put windows in them? What kind? etc..

Anyway, good luck with your project. It is fun to have a rig like this. When going to shows a person quite often gets more interest in a huckster than a "standard" type of Model A because it is something different that people do not often see at shows.
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Jazzjr, What a beautiful Huckster, and no better way to advertise your skills than the work in that jewel. Thanks for all the info. I have to go back and look at your pics again now
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My doors are on and the vinyl black sides with clear for the rear are up and snapped in. I'm no cabinet maker but my brother is, so maybe my doors will last until he can do it up right. They look allright to me, sliding windows, and my measurements came out to be the same as Jazzjr had posted. Now i'll hang handles and peep mirrors. If i could only find a gas tank fix without removing the tank, got a few small drips and the black stuff in my filter cant be good for my motor if it gets through. I'm thinking of an auxillary tank.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:47 PM   #24
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If i could only find a gas tank fix without removing the tank, got a few small drips and the black stuff in my filter cant be good for my motor if it gets through. I'm thinking of an auxillary tank.

I had the same problem. Had a small leak I could not get fixed and a bunch of stuff inside the tank. So I did take the tank out of the car even after I had the body on. Mine is a 29 so it was not that much of a problem-had to take the windshield out, all the bolts around the tank on the firewall, took the steering wheel mounting off. I did not have the wireing in yet so it was a little easer. But it came out rather easy. Then I cleaned it out well and got a coating kit from one of the vendors to coat the iniside. It stopped the leak and so far have had no trouble with it at all. With a little extra effort, I would think it would be worth it and so you would not have to get another tank.

If you need info on the kit I purchased, PM me and I will look it up.
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Thanks Fred, I was reading up on sealers, by the way, love your rear bumpers. I removed a make shift bumper off mine today, stood there staring and thinking of doing what you just did. My tank removal looks to be one big project, wish i could cut into it, clean it and re-seal it. I wont run my motor from it any more, for now i'll run it off a 5 gal. plastic tank.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:06 PM   #26
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Tinman, Do you have the name, and date of publication for the original article in Mechanics Illustrated? The huckster is built different than the above examples. From around San Jose Calif and built years ago. Thanks, Bob
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:43 PM   #27
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Fresh from barn 1928 30 years in the barn
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tinman. would also like to read the mechanics illustrated article. can you post it? thanks, bob
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My early 29 (Schurmeier Whitney). A solid and unrestored 'driveable dream'.
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What a great looking vech.....what's a Schurmeier Whitney ?
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the coach builder for this canopy express huckster. this link contains some history. http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/s/schu...schurmeier.htm
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I've owned a couple of Model A Ford Martin Parry vehicles.
I no longer own them, but here are some pictures.
One was a pickup and one was an estate wagon. There were both originally built by the Martin Parry Commercial body company and installed on new Model A chassis.
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My early 29 (Schurmeier Whitney). A solid and unrestored 'driveable dream'.
Dan, can you post more pictures of your huckster?? Great looking rig.
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Dan, can you post more pictures of your huckster?? Great looking rig

Sorry Dan, did not seeing your later post. Great pictures and nice rig. What are you going to do with it? Leave it the way it is??? or???
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This will remain unrestored. here are a couple other shots. sorry need to use photo bucket links at the moment. http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/g...29truck005.jpg
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I found the pictures. Very nice!
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I just bought this one a couple of months ago. Still real new to this hobby!

This one came from the movie The Thornbirds. Ended up for sale here in North Carolina and I couldn't pass it up. Don't know too much other than it came from the movie, no real history of the body or cowl section. The club here has great guys in it and they helped me put a new rebuilt motor in it along with a new clutch. No doubt...it gets it's fair amount of attention!
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Have fun with your new purchase. You will get a lot of attention with this kind of Model A. Kids at shows realy like this kind of car now days.
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One was a pickup and one was an estate wagon. There were both originally built by the Martin Parry Commercial body company and installed on new Model A chassis.
In the third pics that┤s Station wagon is your car Elcastor?
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I was wondering if there is any way to tell when a Huckster body was built and, if so, by who? I've read some of the posts here and they know what company built theirs and have some great history of the company, but how can you tell? Did original companies leave any type of marking or tag on the body? Can one look at certain features or parts and make a determination from that?

In looking at the photos here and on the web in general, it appears as though it might have been a free for all! Many design features appear to be in common, but no real "standard" seems to have been in place.

My Huckster came from Hawaii where it was used in the movie, but I have wondered if it was "built" specifically for that and was just cobbled together then, or if was a period body. It has several "unique" features about, such as the wooden windshield frame which I don't see on very many. Tends to make me think it was more of a prop than an original car. Still love to own and drive it, just wondering about its "upbringing"

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Anyone have pics of a huckster pickup??
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I was wondering if there is any way to tell when a Huckster body was built and, if so, by who? I've read some of the posts here and they know what company built theirs and have some great history of the company, but how can you tell? Did original companies leave any type of marking or tag on the body? Can one look at certain features or parts and make a determination from that?

In looking at the photos here and on the web in general, it appears as though it might have been a free for all! Many design features appear to be in common, but no real "standard" seems to have been in place.

My Huckster came from Hawaii where it was used in the movie, but I have wondered if it was "built" specifically for that and was just cobbled together then, or if was a period body. It has several "unique" features about, such as the wooden windshield frame which I don't see on very many. Tends to make me think it was more of a prop than an original car. Still love to own and drive it, just wondering about its "upbringing"

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I am no expert on this subject but I don't know of any way you could tell when a huckster body was built. In the early days (1929-31) someone would buy the Model A chassis and then build a huckster body on it. York-Hoover was one company that did this but just about anyone could buy the chassis and do their own thing. There may have been other companies also that built the huckster bodies that I am not aware of.

So this being said, you could find any number of ways people or companies would have attached the bodies to the chassis. The one we have is suppose to be patterned after the York-Hoover body and it attaches to the metal windshield window frame. I have seen pictures of ones that have wood around the windshield and a lot of other different "styles" of hucksters. They were build like now days when someone buys a Ford or whatever chassis and mounts a motor home on it but I think there were a number of people in those days, that did this.

If anyone knows more of the huckster history than I do (which I know very little) please post it. I would like to get more information about the history of hucksters.
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I am not an expert on this subject but the question I have is what is the difference between a huckster and a huckster pickup. Hucksters are like a pick up in that you can haul things in the back with a top over it and side curtains on it. Maybe a person considers a huckster pickup a pickup that has a top built over it??? Guess I don't know the difference.

This is our huckster.
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Well I guess I'm wrong in using the term Huckster. Possibly its just considered a woodie. What I like is the wood cab, but back to metal bed.

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Well I guess I'm wrong in using the term Huckster. Possibly its just considered a woodie. What I like is the wood cab, but back to metal bed.

I don't recall seeing one like this before, but I like it too.
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It seems like it would have been cheaper, and easier, to just buy a cab to put on it instead of building one out of wood. That said, I too like it. Very nice looking.
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WoW ! very nice.
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Its definitely a cool piece. I would like to see other pics if anyone has something similar.

Here's the front view:

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Here is a photo of one that I copied from the Internet awhile back.
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Yes very nice.
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This may be what you had in mind??? Found it in Hemmings classifieds.

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Actually what I had in mind was what my picture shows. Its the only one like that I have seen and wondered if anyone else had seen some?? I was just wrong on what to call it I guess?????
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I am going to revive the thread with my Huckster project.

I sold the roadster body so I could concentrate on the unfinished Huckster that I got with the Roadster from the estate of my friend Rich.

Rich built two of these in the 70s or 80s using parts of an old Huckster as a template/guide. One was sold to a friend or Club member and may be still out there. The other he kept as his own but did not finish it. I have all the original parts and drawings he made of the hardware.

I have put more pictures in an Album under my user name.

As you see this is a closed cab with wood frame doors with stamped metal skins and roll up windows. You may not notice right away but there are four hinges on the door not three as most have and because of the wood cowl I am assuming it is a 28/29. Right now it is sitting on the 30/31 rolling chassis from the Roadster body was on.

I will be posting more photos in my Album as I go through all the original parts and the hardware.

If anyone has any info on what this is a replica of I would appreciate it.
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I am going to revive the thread with my Huckster project.

I sold the roadster body so I could concentrate on the unfinished Huckster that I got with the Roadster from the estate of my friend Rich.

Rich built two of these in the 70s or 80s using parts of an old Huckster as a template/guide. One was sold to a friend or Club member and may be still out there. The other he kept as his own but did not finish it. I have all the original parts and drawings he made of the hardware.

I have put more pictures in an Album under my user name.

As you see this is a closed cab with wood frame doors with stamped metal skins and roll up windows. You may not notice right away but there are four hinges on the door not three as most have and because of the wood cowl I am assuming it is a 28/29. Right now it is sitting on the 30/31 rolling chassis from the Roadster body was on.

I will be posting more photos in my Album as I go through all the original parts and the hardware.

If anyone has any info on what this is a replica of I would appreciate it.
Looks like a great project.

I don't know what your body is a replica of but it does look like some huckster pictures I have noticed in the past of hucksters that were built in the 30's and were painted green. But it is hard to tell.

From what I have found out so far, it seems like there were a number of "huckster" type bodies made back in the Model A days. A number of companies made them after getting their chassis from Ford. The huckster body I have, is suppose to be a replica of one made by York-Hoover company. I have found pictures that look like the body I have but they were on Chev (can't mentioned that word here) chassis. So don't know if my huckster is a "true" Model A type.

Good luck with your project. Keep the pictures coming.
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Cool pics. So I could use the plans for that Huckster and build only enough to make a pick-up cab. I REALLY WANT TO DO THAT.
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Here is a link to a photo album of building my huckster out of some spare parts I accumulated over the years. It was built from Red Oak from some of my own trees that I harvested from my lot when I built my house. It is titled as a 1928 but has 30 wheels and has 33 rear fenders.

I have the most fun with this vehicle over my other Model A's. It is a summer weather truck with no side windows. Pull the pins from the door hinges and the doors come off. The rear window also comes out with the removal of four eye bolts. I haul different items for different parades such as milk cans, wooden crates, bushel baskets of apples, and beer kegs. It is fun to mix it up and find something else to haul. This truck always get a lot of thumbs up. Also when I built it I took the cab inner dimensions of my 1930 coupe to comfortably fit my 6 foot plus frame.

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Found out it is a Schurmeier Whitney replica with some slight differences most likely due to Rich not having a complete body to use as a template. I have been collecting parts 28/29 parts for the cowl and picked up a Briggs cowl also with the idea of possibly using it.

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I am going to revive the thread with my Huckster project.

I sold the roadster body so I could concentrate on the unfinished Huckster that I got with the Roadster from the estate of my friend Rich.

Rich built two of these in the 70s or 80s using parts of an old Huckster as a template/guide. One was sold to a friend or Club member and may be still out there. The other he kept as his own but did not finish it. I have all the original parts and drawings he made of the hardware.

I have put more pictures in an Album under my user name.

As you see this is a closed cab with wood frame doors with stamped metal skins and roll up windows. You may not notice right away but there are four hinges on the door not three as most have and because of the wood cowl I am assuming it is a 28/29. Right now it is sitting on the 30/31 rolling chassis from the Roadster body was on.

I will be posting more photos in my Album as I go through all the original parts and the hardware.

If anyone has any info on what this is a replica of I would appreciate it.
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Dave,

Nice photos. If I was going to do one from scratch I would go your route with the metal cowl and windshield posts. Rich simplified the design based on a single cowl post and windshield posts made from wood and wrapped in metal, a fairly complicated piece of woodworking and metalworking.

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Here is a link to a photo album of building my huckster out of some spare parts I accumulated over the years. It was built from Red Oak from some of my own trees that I harvested from my lot when I built my house. It is titled as a 1928 but has 30 wheels and has 33 rear fenders.

I have the most fun with this vehicle over my other Model A's. It is a summer weather truck with no side windows. Pull the pins from the door hinges and the doors come off. The rear window also comes out with the removal of four eye bolts. I haul different items for different parades such as milk cans, wooden crates, bushel baskets of apples, and beer kegs. It is fun to mix it up and find something else to haul. This truck always get a lot of thumbs up. Also when I built it I took the cab inner dimensions of my 1930 coupe to comfortably fit my 6 foot plus frame.

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Cool pics. So I could use the plans for that Huckster and build only enough to make a pick-up cab. I REALLY WANT TO DO THAT.

Here's a photo album of a restoration of an original that mine is a copy of.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1097090...LavmoXto96QmwE

Might be enough to get you going. Once you see them in person they are pretty simple, although the wood frame for the doors on mine are pretty intricate as they have roll up windows and finding the metal skins may be next to impossible. I thought of using the cowl windshield and doors from a Tudor or Fordor as the base, back before Rich passed and I bought the Huckster body.
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I am from New Mexico and just acuired a 1930 Model A Huckster with steel cab and wooden bed. I even have the original Blue Prints for the Huckster Build.

The wheels are not period correct 19's they have been changed for 16's

Truck starts right up and runs and drives. It has been in Arizona forever.

Can someone tell me what this thing may be worth.

I do not know much about these and thought it would be a great truck for parades, fairs, etc.

Thanks in advance,

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i have a 1929 and a 1931 i started by cutting down 4 large hard paples had them sawed into 1 and 2 inch boords air dried all summer then put them in my heated shop till next summer used a 29 and 30 cowl this all took about 3 years i had a great time still have both dont know how to post pictures
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I am from New Mexico and just acuired a 1929 Model A Huckster with steel cab and bed

Can someone tell me what this thing may be worth.

I do not know much about these and thought it would be a great truck for parades, fairs, etc.

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Do you have any pictures?
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I have had a few people tell me this truck is worth around 6k as she sits....not even including I have the original build plans.
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Looks like an interesting Huckster. Also getting the plans should be a plus for you. Also sounds like the 6K was a good price if the running gear is in fair shape. Have fun with it.
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So how do I put my hands on some actual plans?? Again, I am only going to build a cab, as I want a metal bed. Ex-tech teacher, but nothing to go from So the ability is here, but no measurements
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Pete's Ponies,

I found this in one of the posts on the Barn. Don't know if they still have plans or not but it would be worth a try.


The Hudson Wagon Works Huckster and panel van plans are available by contacting WagonWork2@aol.com

Here is another site you may try.
http://www.oldwoodies.com/resource-woodies-vendors.htm

Here is again another site.

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/a.../t-645487.html
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I sent an email, thanks
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whoops, the email got bounced back . I guess not a good email to wagon Works
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so anyone got pics of how the doors are attached to the cowl. I really want to do this. I love them.
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Sure appreciate the photos and comments...I just orderd plans from Jay adn look forward to getting started as soon as the Ohio weather warms. The seat yo mentioned, it is the third row seat?

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Its been a little cold here to do much work as my garage is not heated. But I tried to mock up the front section using a 29/29 cowl with cowl posts to use the stock windshield. Decided not to use the stock cowl posts as they are too narrow for the body as well a several other issues so I am back to using the the wood cowl posts with a small crescent filler between it and the lower cowl sides.

I found a windshield with a flat bottom that almost fit and I only need to slightly trim the cowl posts. I am not sure what it is from, maybe a Chevy? A soon as I get it mocked up I'll take some pictures.
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MJW, the fellow that did my huckster did use the 29 cowl posts. He did cut them off a bit but was able to use the regular 29 Model A windshield doing it this way. If you need some more info, send me a PM.
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MJW, the fellow that did my huckster did use the 29 cowl posts. He did cut them off a bit but was able to use the regular 29 Model A windshield doing it this way. If you need some more info, send me a PM.
Fred, Thanks it is hard to describe but the floor is wider than the posts so I could not use standard doors without modifying the floor and I would have to use the wood cowl posts to be able to use the doors that Rich made. Th Also the windshield frame I found will sit up higher as the roof is about 9 inches higher than an A so forward visibility is better.

Rich used a lot of mortise and tenon joinery some screwed together and some glued so making changes to the body would not be easy. There is no plywood anywhere it is all solid oak and hard as a rock since it is now close to 30yrs old and has been in dry storage all this time. I will take some more detailed pictures and add them to my photo album.
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I'm still nowhere on some Huckster style plans. Anyone else have ideas???
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Hi Pete,
No real "plans" but here is a quick sketch of what I would like to try. I am fascinated with commercial types so I would like to do a "woody screenside huckster" with metal front doors. The cowl and front doors could be from, say a Briggs 4 door sedan.You would have the doors done and not have to deal with building and hinging wooden doors. Plus all the sheet metal would be painted, contrasting the natural wood and black metal screens. The wood framing would be easy to join to a woody based pickup bed. Then a roof made woody style, screens on the sides and canvas curtains with leather straps. ! Add a tailgate with chains and... Voila ! The Model A Henry forgot to build ! I'm lookin for a cowl & doors for mine ! Oops, got to add the sketch in the next post
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I'm still nowhere on some Huckster style plans. Anyone else have ideas???
Here is the latest ad in the "Model A News" for the Wagon Works. I tried their web address and it did not work. But their address is: Wagon Works, 213 S.W. Kline, Ankeny, IA, 50023. Phone 515 964 5085 (evenings), Is this what you tried? If so, then guess they are not around anymore. Their web address shown in the ad if you want to try is: http://members.aol.com/wagonwork2.
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here the whip!
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I have contacted the sites and people who have been suggested to me from this site and others. I can affirm that they do not want to offer any help. However, I have found some basic dimensions that along with some simple math, some measuring, calculating proportions and using CAD measuring, I am in the process of coming up with a drawing with some measurements I may be able to build from. I have loaded all this onto a CAD program , so as soon as I have something worthwhile to see, I'll be sure to post it for all. Thanks
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Thank you very much I appreciate that
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Does anyone possibly have any knowledge if our huckster if from a newer kit? And if so the origin/maker of the kit/year kits were made?

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pby/lincoln: That looks like a homegrown one to me.
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I have contacted the sites and people who have been suggested to me from this site and others. I can affirm that they do not want to offer any help. However, I have found some basic dimensions that along with some simple math, some measuring, calculating proportions and using CAD measuring, I am in the process of coming up with a drawing with some measurements I may be able to build from. I have loaded all this onto a CAD program , so as soon as I have something worthwhile to see, I'll be sure to post it for all. Thanks
I know its been difficult I imagine most of the builders still in business want to build one for you not sell just plans. And for guys like me that have have/had Model A's and have a huckster body the Hucksters are not more than a big wooden box attached to a Ford or Chevy frame and cowl and doors and seem pretty simple.

If you are handy with CAD you can scale up photos based on known measurements like wheels. I have used Corel to export raster files that then get translated to a CAD file.

I am also sending you and email with dimensions for the Station Wagon from a book I have that I forgot I had that may help.
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Jay at Wagon Works is still in business, I just ordered plans for a Huckster Van. He has been responsive to my email inquiries. His email is wagonwork2@aol.com
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I am in the process of building using same plans. Do you happen to know the Dodge year? The cushion looked thicker than the ones I have looking at in the scrap yards. Thank you for posting pictures.

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what year was the dodge seat out of?
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Here are the Photos of Progress of the Huckster Van I am Building. I still need to install the rear Door Handle and Locks, Plus put the Black Vinyl Top on. My Son is almost finished, with the Front, and Rear Fenders, which I will Paint Black. I still have a lot of Mechanical work to Finish up Also. But all Progress will Halt, Car is being Stored off Property, as I will be Wintering in Florida for the Winter as of Dec. 1st. Next spring I will finish it, than Trailer it to Florida to Use.

For these who want to Know about the Seat, It came out of a Dodge Mini Van, (Durango) Back seat, it was given to me. I used Fabric Dye to color it from Red to Black. As you can see it is 41" long and will fit the 44" inside space with 3" to spare. I built the Base out of Oak, the same height as the metal feet that were on it. I will anchor it to the Floor, using a Continuous Hinge, that way it can flip it up, and Store Tools, Jack and Spare Parts under it. It also came with Seat Belts already anchored in the seat, on the front, under the drivers side, where I will sit, I'll mount a Electrical Kill Switch.
This type of seat could be used for any Model A, if you don't have a Seat.
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still trying to find out the year of the dodge that the seat came out of.
That is from a late 80's or 90's 1st generation Caravan it is the middle bench seat that is narrower than later years. I got one from 2000 that is 41inches wide after 2003 I think they went to 48inches wide.
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Jack B, I tried to locate the fellow who gave Me the Dodge Seat, to no avail, he has moved. He told me that it was from a Dodge Darango ??? Maybe mjw is correct, it may be from an early Caravan ?? I do remember he said it was from the Late 90's.

The Photos Below is what Prompted Me to Build a Huckster Van, as of now I am Engineering the Installation the Rear Bumper. Also I have included Photos of a Huckster Pick-up for thoes that may Not Want to Build the Van Version. Jay Cramer has the Plans for Both Versions, that I have Used.
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How can we reach Jay Cramer ? is he a Barner ? I am also interested in plans !
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To contact Jay Cramer, to buy the Plans and Builders Video, its best to call him after 6:00 PM Central Time @;

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I finally reached jay and had a couple discussion for what I want to do. he was very helpful and I'm getting a set of his plans.
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I just got a '30 Huckster today-The seller brought it to me, and he literally had to drive through a tornado to get here! (in Dexter,Mi). I had been buying parts from him via a Craigslist ad, and when he offered me this uncompleted Huckster, I had to have it, even though I've barely started on my '30 Fordor, and I had to really move stuff around to make enough room in the pole barn to shoehorn it in. I know nothing about it, and I don't even have any photos of it yet-it was raining as he pulled up with it on the trailer, and we were more concerned with getting it in the barn than taking pics. I suspect I'll have this one on the road long before the Fordor.
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Well I did get my plans from Jay. So what I need to do is figure if the back wall of the cab section is in the correct location to allow a full metal bed to fit. I don't want to use the entire plan and build a wood rear section,just the cab.
Now congrats on your purchase Jeep. We definitely need to see pics, so don't be long
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Jeep, congrats on your Huckster. They are a fun rig to have.

Just a comment about a Huckster. If it is made out of Oak, be sure you make sure the wood it treated well. Oak tends to "age" with moisture showing black spots that tend to grow and gives you a well aged look. A friend of mine has a Huskster just like mine and he kept it in a shed that let in the moisture. It ended up with these black spots and he has had a real problem trying to refinish it.

Anyway good luck with your purchase and have fun with it. Would like to see pictures also.
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Jeep, congrats on your Huckster. They are a fun rig to have.

Just a comment about a Huckster. If it is made out of Oak, be sure you make sure the wood it treated well. Oak tends to "age" with moisture showing black spots that tend to grow and gives you a well aged look. A friend of mine has a Huskster just like mine and he kept it in a shed that let in the moisture. It ended up with these black spots and he has had a real problem trying to refinish it.

Anyway good luck with your purchase and have fun with it. Would like to see pictures also.
Ha ha! Too late! I really have no idea when this was built, but the oak is pretty aged looking right now-lots of black spots. ( I got this from someone who got it from someone else) Whoever built it got about 75% done with it. The basic box and roof is done,along with the seat. One door frame has been roughed out, and there's no tailgate yet. It looks like he spent a fair amount of time on the chassis, as it is fairly clean and unrusted, but all the little brake bits, and the shocks are missing. The engine turns over, and I was pleased to find it full of clean oil . As far as the basic design of it, my huckster looks a lot like the one you have.
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Looks like you may have a "well aged" Huckster. But won't affect the way you can enjoy it.

I found I had to put shocks on the Huckster because of the weight of the body. It drove much better after-could go around a curve at more that 10 or 15 MPH!
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Found another picture of a woodie pickup, Huckster pickup whatever


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I just got my Huckster out of the garage and around to the movie rental shop & the gas station last night. This is the first time she has been out so I'm kinda excited.

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Looks great Eric!! Did you just build her?
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Just had our first really good breath of Fall air pass through the Carolinas, so I took the Huckster for nice long ride to the club meeting. What a great day! However, I am going to look at moving the seat around this winter. Not nearly enough leg room for my 6'4" frame! Thinking about try a seat spring cushion from a Roadster and moving the seat back to the rear about 5-6" to allow for some tilt to the backrest. Just beginning on this project...
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Here's a couple of pics of my Huck, built in the late 80s.
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Just had our first really good breath of Fall air pass through the Carolinas, so I took the Huckster for nice long ride to the club meeting. What a great day! However, I am going to look at moving the seat around this winter. Not nearly enough leg room for my 6'4" frame! Thinking about try a seat spring cushion from a Roadster and moving the seat back to the rear about 5-6" to allow for some tilt to the backrest. Just beginning on this project...
Tim M I know what you mean. I am 6'2" and have a similar problem. My seat is made of styrofoam rubber and the back is about 3 or 4" thick. I have been thinking about maybe putting in two bucket seats which may give me more room.

Have fun with youch Huck.
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My biggest issue is that cushion is just a sheet of plywood with 2-3 inches of foam. When you drive any distance at all, its like I'm sitting on the wood very quickly. Any spring motion would make to whole experience so much better. Even a little tilt of the back rest would be better, this sitting up real straight is like being back in grade school! Just trying to figure out how much at add to the side uprights that won't hurt the looks of the truck.

Got to keep these Hucksters doing business...ya know.
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TimM,

Yes I know what you mean about hard seats. Ours is the same way-about 1 hour in the seat is about all a person can take at one time. Last June some of our club drove their Model A's from Portland to Boise about an 7 or 8 hour drive on freeways @ 70 MPH. So that was a long trip in an A. We did take two days. We trailered our huckster over to Boise and drove tours over there for about 150 miles. Much better way to enjoy a huckster
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Just finished a body, looks like a model 150 28/29 wagon except it's a 2 door. Maple and birch plywood. Wish I could post pic's on here
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Hey Huckster guys, just posted pic's of mine. Can't get one in my profile pic, don't know why. Look up my profile and go to album. Hope you like it, Brian
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A great and easy wax is shine keeper from armstrong for wood. Does a nice job on running board rubber too. It's for vinyl floors. Lowes has it. Comes in gallon jug. Take a brush and brush into panel edge on door too. You don't want water down in that joint. Also, make sure the inside of the doors are sealed and the bottoms drilled for drainage. I've bee a woodworker for thirty years and did lots of boat work, trust me. Red oak and water don't get along. Another tip, where the outer door panel meets outer door frame. Remove inner door panel and caulk that joint with silicone or latex clear caulk, on the inside back edge. If that groove is not sealed or the edge of the plywood is not presealed you will get black stains. Also ply can delaminate. Putting a good coat of that wax down in the groove helps alot. Keeps wood from squeeking too. Hope this helps someone. Great to drive though, aren't they?
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Brian29, nice looking huckster. Almost like mine except mine is Acrylic blue.

Did you pick it up in Holland MI.? We drove back there and picked up my body a couple of years ago. Looks like Jon is still making them. They are nice rigs.

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Glad you liked the truck. No I did not pick up the body. The truck came out of georgia. They took the truck to Jon and had it put on. Truck has had a few issues, but I'm working them out. The latest was a bad tranny leak out the rear end of trans. This is a new restoration mind you. After removing the trans found it did not have sealed bearings and the rear baffle was in backwards. Being it was crushed, leaked like a sivv. I've learned alot, tell you that much!
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Glad you liked the truck. No I did not pick up the body. The truck came out of georgia. They took the truck to Jon and had it put on. Truck has had a few issues, but I'm working them out. The latest was a bad tranny leak out the rear end of trans. This is a new restoration mind you. After removing the trans found it did not have sealed bearings and the rear baffle was in backwards. Being it was crushed, leaked like a sivv. I've learned alot, tell you that much!
Did you reshape the slinger and reinstall it?
It needs to be in place because it's also a spacer.
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I put in a new one and replaced the bearings. Popped seal out of the inside. Should be a beautiful thing. Thanks for asking, Brian
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Hey, I was wondering if someone in the Huckster group, or any other for that matter, has any pictures showing how the side curtains are mounted on the sides of the huckster? Mine never has had any and I cannot find any pictures that show how the curtain is held at the top. Are there snaps or a bar across the opening at the top? I can see the ties that are used to keep them up, but nothing showing a close up of the whole top of the opening. Thinking about trying to make my own and need any information that I can get my grubby little hands on. Thanks in advance.
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Here's a huckster on the Cow Hampshire Craigslist. Lists out of Keene, NH and calls it a "woodie." It seems to have a 4 door cowl.



Very obviously a "car of parts" but heck, it's still a Model A. The owner probably dials in here once in a while. Looking at his shop he MUST be one of us.

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Guys,
Weren't some hucksters painted, all the same color as hood? I'd like it to be all the same color. What will the purists say?
Anyone know what type of rear fender to use? I'm using wagon wheels plan to build the huckster on '29.
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TimM, I have a huckster but do not have detailed pictures of the area you are talking about. Will have to get out in the A.M. and get some pictures. If I remember it has a board going from front to back which holds the top end and snaps all around the sides and bottom. But will get some pictures.
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Rick, I think Jon who made my body, just used some pickup fenders but they had to be cut to fit the body. Yes if I remember, I saw one of the "original" hucksters here on the Barn, that was painted green all over.
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Thanks Fred, I am looking forward to seeing how you did yours. I have looked at the photos that you have posted in your profile, along with any others I can find, I have not been able to determine just how it is attached at the top. I tried to imagine how the curtain would need to be notched somehow at the top or a pocket of some type, or......

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My Huckster has black painted wood, i bought it that way. Maintenance free.
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Thanks Fred, I am looking forward to seeing how you did yours. I have looked at the photos that you have posted in your profile, along with any others I can find, I have not been able to determine just how it is attached at the top. I tried to imagine how the curtain would need to be notched somehow at the top or a pocket of some type, or......

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Tim, here are some pictures.
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Fred, thanks for the pictures. In picture number 1, I assume that the curtain is attached somehow to the back side of the top rail? Maybe snaps or a bar of some sort? Then, the curtain appears to have a notch in the top which allows it to go around the rear post and the front edge (B pillar) for the buttons...right? Really can see that on picture 2 along the back opening. Boy....and I thought a total engine rebuild was tough...it holds nothing compared to side curtains???!!!

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"Lift the Dot" fasteners.

http://www.dotfasteners.com/lift_the_dot.html



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Thanks Joe, those are the exact type of fasteners that were used on the side curtains.
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Yes. I never imagined you were the first. (I actually saw it already on your LH pix.) IIRC, the ones on the Lyman were bronze (or brass) Now I imagine you can get them in stainless steel.

Bronze/brass would be more time period correct as "allegheny steel" (stainless) was a very new thing in 1930 when Ford adopted it for his autombiles.

But, like the Lyman, they'll eventually develop a "verdigris" of green.

Still, for you that may be part of the charm. I still smell the odor inside that cover in my mind's nose. Some things never leave you.

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Tim, you are correct. "In picture number 1, I assume that the curtain is attached somehow to the back side of the top rail? Maybe snaps or a bar of some sort?" It looks like it is stapled through a plastic strip that goes along the whole way.

Here are some more pictures taken of the coroner and inside on the top rail.
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Fred,

Thanks for all the pictures, most especially the one from the inside. Looks like just some hidem and tacks. Clean and tidy. Now that I see that, I believe I can come up with a clean install. Really appreciate the effort.
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Does Marc recognize hucksters? As someone new to this hobby it seems like they have featured a number of specialized trucks recently in their magazine. Could a huckster be the touring class?
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Rick,

I don't know if any of the clubs recognize hucksters. But the history of the hucksters is that they were produced by a number of companies back in the early 30's. These companies would buy the chassis from Ford (much like today where motor homes are put on chassis). Then these companies would build the wooden bodies on the chassis. One company was the York-Hoover company which built a number of these type of bodies. They also built mail delivery vehicles, and a number of depot hacks for the hotels to pick up people from the trains to bring them to their hotels. So this is just a short history of this type of vehicle and as you can see, I don't have a lot of details. Hope this gives you some idea how these body styles came about.
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I'm pretty sure a huckster or two went through Touring Class at the MARC meet last summer.
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I would think so, here are the critera for touring class, note number 5;

ENTRY CRITERIA
1.Model “A” type four cylinder engine
2.Model “A” front axle and suspension
3.Model “A” rear axle and suspension
4.Model “A” frame
5.Model “A” production type body and custom commercial bodies using Model “A” hood, cowl, and fenders
6.Model “A” production type fenders without alterations
7.No modifications such as chopped top or other body alterations
8.Must complete the mandatory tour
9.Must complete an equipment functional check
10.Owners are required to assist in judging activities (unless judging in Fine Point Judging going on at the same time)
11.Vehicle must not be entered in Fine Point Judging during the same meet

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Is this board still functional? I am looking to buy a 30/31 Huckster to use to deliver products for my Artisan Food business locally. I would like to build removeable walls that I can install on each side with advertising painted on them. Any input as to wear to find a good Huckster and if anyone has seen a Huckster with side walls installed I would appreciate any info on that. Thanks, Terry
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Hi Terry,

Welcome to this Huckster board. Your project sounds like a good use of a Huckster. I have a 1929 Huckster that I built from an old pickup chassis that I had for years.

About your question of where to find one. I see them advertised sometimes on EBay. You may also want to put an ad on "The Swap Meet" that you can access on this site. You can find it at the top of this screen. Or you can build one. Like I mentioned, I had the chassis for years but I purchased the Red Oak body from a company called Lentville A's. It is located in Holland, MI. They have a web site. Jon at this company use to build up hucksters for people. So you may want to give him a call and see what he has to say. Web site is: http://www.lentville.com/ and phone is: 616-393-0363.

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Thanks for the feed back. I spoke with Jon Van Lent yesterday. He is only building bodies now for others to mount on the running gear. I check ebay regularly and have a classified on the Model A club site. If anyone has or knows someone that has a Huckster I would love to see it.

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Thanks for the feed back. I spoke with Jon Van Lent yesterday. He is only building bodies now for others to mount on the running gear. I check ebay regularly and have a classified on the Model A club site. If anyone has or knows someone that has a Huckster I would love to see it.

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Terry, here is mine with the Lentville body on it. Sorry it is not for sale at this time.

Here was one on EBay (maybe you saw it) that did not sell for the price they wanted.
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Terry, here is another huckster you may want to look at.

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=107132
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MikeK from Salt Creek - are you going to bring the Huckster to Sharon tomorrow?

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I'd hate to see this thread die from inactivity so I'll reenergize it by posting my story...

I've had a set of Wagon Works "Huckster Van" plans since 2008. I picked up a restorable 1930 chassis in 2009 and it is now completely rebuilt and ready for the body, which I have not yet started.

The engine has been rebuilt with a counterbalanced crankshaft, a lightened flywheel with a V-8 pressure plate, one of Jim Brierley's "B"-grind cams, a 5.5:1 Snyder head, an oil filter adapter, 12V alternator, and an FS Ignitions auto-advance distributor. These mods are not intended to boost the horsepower as much as they are to "update" Henry's design. Except for the oil filter and alternator, the engine still looks mostly stock on the outside. I intend to include a Mitchell transmission but I haven't bought it yet.

The chassis is also mostly stock but I've installed modern (tubular) shocks on all four corners.

And being in the south, I plan to install an air conditioner. (Hardly an option down here!) Since it's practically impossible to find a leakless original gas tank these days (plus, I have yet to find anyone who hasn't been disappointed with tank sealers), I intend to install a custom fuel tank between the chassis rails and mount the air conditioner blower assembly within the hollowed-out stock gas tank. The stock Model A dash panel will be retained which will preserve the cab's original interior appearance.

I've learned that White Oak is best suited for outdoor use since it doesn't discolor from moisture absorption like Red Oak does, as others have previously noted in this thread. Therefore, I plan to build my body using White Oak with a Red Oak-tinted polyurethane finish. I hope to start on the body this Winter.

One of my hobbies is building and flying radio-controlled model airplanes and this Huckster is going to be my "Wooden Flight Box".

This Huckster is not my first Model A. My first is a WWII aircraft tug based on Model A running gear. (But don't you dare call it a Doodlebug! These tugs were factory-built by the hundreds during the war.)

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One of my hobbies is building and flying radio-controlled model airplanes and this Huckster is going to be my "Wooden Flight Box".

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Harvey, sounds like you have done an interesting job of putting together your chassis for your huckster. Will be a real machine when you finish.

BTW I emailed you some pictures of my bumper. Hope they help. If you need more, give me a note.
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BTW I emailed you some pictures of my bumper. Hope they help. If you need more, give me a note.
For those of you following along at home, I sent Fred an e-mail this morning asking about his rear bumper that he mentioned to another poster earlier in this thread. Fred was kind enough to respond with some high-quality pictures.

Most Hucksters that I've seen, including the Wagon Works plans, do not have a rear bumper. As much as I like the resulting "clean and uncluttered" appearance of the rear end, the harsh reality is that some kid will eventually back his Nissan into my parked Huck and splinter some wood. Not a pleasant thought!

As near as I can tell, I have two options: One is to install a "split" bumper as seen on most As. This type of rear bumper has an opening between the right and left mini-bumpers that is typically occupied by the car's spare tire or travel trunk. Unfortunately, we can't hang a tire or trunk on our Huck's tailgates/rear doors. Therefore, this type of bumper will protect the fenders but will barely protect the rear wood. Of course, there are some "filler bars" available for closing the gap between the mini-bumpers when a tire or trunk isn't mounted on a car but the resulting 3-section rear bumper looks a bit too complex.

The other option is to purchase a second front bumper and install it across the rear. This "full width" bumper will protect the entire rear very nicely but I wonder how many know-it-alls will insist on telling everyone that "Some idiot has put a front bumper on the BACK of his A"? I'm concerned that the court wouldn't approve of my response.

What to do, what to do? Your comments are solicited.

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Using a front bumper is a good idea. When doing my bumper, I thought about using a front bumper but I did have the split one on hand, so that is what went on.

The reason that started me thinking about a bumper was the fact that stupid old me, backed the corner of the huckster body into my garage frame. But the idea that Harvey is a important one if you plan to park among other cars. Even if you do this, I think the split bumper would work for most problems you may run into.

Good luck Harvey!
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Hello group. Glad to see there are other huckster folks out there. I just bought my 31 Huck, and am starting on the upgrades. Have a hood and bumpers on the way, plus a spare rim, since what you see is pretty much what I bought!
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Hi guys....
I know where there is a body it needs a lot of work and
It is in many pcs. What would be a fair price.
If fixed up like new are they worth any money
Not being a real ford

Thanks for any input...
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Hi guys.
I just talked with the owner of Lentville bodies, and am pretty sure I am going to be buying one of his bodies in the spring to put on my chassis.
I'm thinking that I will need to replace my cowl and windshield assembly, since whoever had the car before me did some not too professional fiberglass work.
Any suggestions on which cowl/windshield assembly I should be on the lookout for, such as a closed cab pickup, or a roadster, or a Fordor?
Or, I MIGHT be able to fabricate the frame and mounting points from wood myself, since I have a neighbor who can do very good cabinetry...
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Any suggestions on which cowl/windshield assembly I should be on the lookout for, such as a closed cab pickup, or a roadster, or a Fordor?
Skrain,

Back when I bought my Huckster plans from Wagon Works in 2009, I asked Jay that very question. His answer was...

"Your best bet for a beginning is a coupe, sedan or pickup cowl so you can just make the tapered adapter post to hang your new doors on. If you use an open car cowl such as a roadster, you will have to make a complete wooden front on the body and scribe it to the cowl. This would be quite a bit more work. The only cowl you want to avoid is a slant-windshield sedan, because you need a straight vertical door/windshield post."

Hope this helps,

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Thanks.
I've been looking at the pictures on the Lentville site, and it looks like the doors are pre-hung on a wooden frame. I think if nothing else, I can modify the slightly amateur fiberglass work that was done to my cowl, and fabricate the parts I need out of wood. With a good finish and spar varnished, I'm pretty sure I can make mine work.
Also, I have a couple of places on the look-out for a decent 30/31 cowl and windshield assembly.
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I've been looking at the pictures on the Lentville site, and it looks like the doors are pre-hung on a wooden frame. I think if nothing else, I can modify the slightly amateur fiberglass work that was done to my cowl, and fabricate the parts I need out of wood. With a good finish and spar varnished, I'm pretty sure I can make mine work.
Also, I have a couple of places on the look-out for a decent 30/31 cowl and windshield assembly.
Lots of mistakes of the past can be rectified with a sawzall...<G>
I purchased a Lentville A a few years back. It is on my old 1929 pickup. I have some pictures on my sign in stuff. I also had to rebuild my cowl and get another frame for the window. You are correct, Jon does have a wooden post in front of the doors that attaches to the old front door frame post (at least it did on my 29).

Before you do a lot of work and get parts for your cowl, I would ask Jon what you need to attach his body to. This may save you a lot of work and expense that may not be needed. He may have pictures so you can get an idea what you should do.


BTW the Lentville body is a top quality made wooden Huckster body. Jon does an excellent job of building these bodies. If you like Huckster bodies, you will like the body he builds. The only thing I requested over an above what he provides, is I asked him to move the seat back a little because I am 6'2" and needed more leg room. I also asked him to make me a wider seat than the one he normally provides. My big buns were always hanging over the edge of the seat. It is a great car to haul grandkids in parades or other functions. So far I think I have won 8 or 10 awards at car shows I have attended over the last 3 years or so. So it is an attention getting machine.

Good luck with your project. If you need any questions answered, feel free to PM me.

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Beautiful!
I hope mine comes out anywhere as nice as yours!
I'm thinking a Forest Green for the hood and cowl, Black fenders, and Apple Green wheels...
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Welcome HarveyH, and Skrain to the Forum and Huckster Future Owners. I built my own Body as You have Researched using White Oak, and a 1930 Sedan Cowl. It was a fun build, being that my Occupation was a Building Contractor, it was a easy build. I used the old Hudson Wagon Works Plans that Jay has bought the rights to. I used local cut White Oak. air dried and Planned it myself. A local Saw Mill will have the full 2" that you will need in some places, Total lumber costs was approximately $300 for the completed Body.
Rear bumper was no problem, I used the Sedan 2 piece rear bumper and built a frame out of 1 1/2 angle iron that attached to the main runners under the Body. If you build it your self you gain self satisfaction. If you do use a Lentville body, Have them run the grain of the wood on the Doors Horizontal, instead of Vertical. The sides of the Body runs the Grain of the Wood Horizontal, and the Doors should also, just looks out of place and wrong to Me? Good luck it what ever your choice is. I transported mine to Florida, myself in the rear of a 16 ft. Budget rental truck Nov. 16th last Year, and Drove it 1,750 miles until May 1st. Click on the Photo Below or go to My Profile for More Build Photos.


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Thanks Joe. Pretty cool!

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Hi, is there anything that makes a 1930-31 huckster much more valuable than another, or anything that would make on undesirable to a collector ?
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Nasty,

Hucksters were not built by Ford (Station Wagons were but not Hucksters) so they probably don't appeal to "collectors" in the sense that their value is based on their fidelity to an original model. That said, like most old cars, their value is usually based on their condition (i.e. chassis restoration and quality of paint and woodwork).

When it comes to Hucksters, the preference (increased value) for a particular year will change from buyer to buyer. You'll find that some folks prefer the earlier 28-29 cowl style and some prefer the later 30-31 style. Style aside, some folks might prefer the 1928 chassis since it is the first of the breed, and some might prefer the 1931 chassis as it will incorporate most all of the improvements made during the Model A run.

And since Hucksters don't really have a traceable lineage back to a specific Ford model, owners and builders often build their Hucksters as drivers instead of as show cars. Modern improvements such as electronic ignition, alternators, and air conditioning are often found on Hucksters and these mods will have a direct effect on the car's usefulness (value).

Therefore the value of a Model A Huckster can be tough to pin down.

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Gotcha, I did know that Ford didn't build the bodies (I did hear that they built seem, however) I just didn't know whether one built on a truck chassis might have more or less value than one built on a car chassis. And the one I'm getting does have a 12 volt alternator upgrade,and juice brakes, so that could be a plus to some and a minus to others I guess,lol! Thanks Harvey !
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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 na´ve 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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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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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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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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Doesn't sound like one. Got a picture?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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From a post in this thread last September...

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

Certainly this a "custom cab."



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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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I'm building a Wagon Works Huckster Van myself and would like to see some pictures of your Van.

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Harvey has a Stearman Bi Plane in his garage? Wow!...next time I am home in LaGrange, I want to stop by to fly that baby with you...
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Harvey has a Stearman Bi Plane in his garage? Wow!...next time I am home in LaGrange, I want to stop by to fly that baby with you...
I'm impressed that someone knows what a Boeing N2S-3 is! It may be awhile before it's flyable. I'm still restoring it.

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HarveyH, you can see my Huckster Van and Pickup in my Album page. I can't figure out how to post one here.
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Any picture on the 'net (including your album) you can put into a post
First right click any pix. See "properties." Then "copy" the properties, including the http and whatever the ending is (usually jpg.)

Then go to "Reply to thread - Advanced" however you get there.

Above the text box there is an icon that looks like a yellow postcard (yunno, showing a mountain and like a postage stamp?)

You then left click the icon, then when it prompts, you right click paste the properties of your desired pix into the line it gives you. Then left click press OK.

The pix should appear henceforth above or below your text. You can move the text around it to make it appear as you want.

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Thank you Joe. That is my Wagon Works body I made on a 31 chassis. I'll try to attach the pic of the 1950 Mechanix Illustrated Pickup/Wagon here.
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Getting closer. Choose the "big" pix when you take on the properties. You should be able to "edit" your previous post.

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I found this at a license plate show yesterday. Too bad the year isn't '30 or '31, but it's still going on the tailgate of my Huckster when I ever get it done.

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I found this at a license plate show yesterday. Too bad the year isn't '30 or '31, but it's still going on the tailgate of my Huckster when I ever get it done.

I never saw such a plate before. That is neat.
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Well I'm not ready to join as of yet. I just got my 31 p.u home and he's going to begin the next stage of his life as a Huckster. I got my body plans which I'm going to do some tweeking to but will still (other than wood body) be a stock Model A. I would like to ask, do you have any good pic's of how the cowl meets the wood cab? Fitting the cowl isn't in the plans.
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I restored a 1928 Model A Huckster years ago. Unlike the "woody" look of many Hucksters this one was fully skinned in metal and painted. I have attached a picture and a drawing that shows the "A" pillar and cowl. There was a metal trim piece that exactly matched the curve of the cowl and masked the joint. Here is a link to a drop box album with many pictures of the restoration.
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I made a full set of drawings of the body as I took it apart (The only way I'd be able to get it back together!) They are not "plans". They are just detailed measured exploded views of every sub assembly. Let me know if they can be of any help.
Nice job on this huckster. Do you still own it?
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No, unfortunately. I wish I did! I sold it to Progresso Foods. They added vegetable racks in the back and used it in their TV commercials. I often wonder what became of it.
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I have updated my dropbox album to include all the drawings of the 1928 Model A Huckster I restored. I hope they are a help to those building their own Hucksters.

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Huckster Group
I have almost completed my Huckster Van.
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Looks great Tom. Welcome to he group.

Just a question. Are you going to put a bumper on the bake of your rig? I found out the hard way that it was a good idea. Of course this was me but one of the first things I did when I finished mine was to back it into my shop door frame and messed up the wood somewhat. Put a bumper on it a short time later.
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I do have a nice back bumper. I have not decided to put in on yet.
I had alot of fun building this. Now it is time to drive a little!
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Old 07-19-2014, 03:29 PM   #197
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I do have a nice back bumper. I have not decided to put in on yet.
I had alot of fun building this. Now it is time to drive a little!
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Tom
Weston WV.
Have fun Tom. My son and I are taking our huckster and coupe to the Concours d'Elegance at Forest Grove Oregon tomorrow. This is one of the best cars shows here in the Northwest. I don't expect to get any awards for our rigs but it is a fun show to go to and see all the classic cars. Some of these rigs are in the million $ range. Plus a person gets free admission if they enter their car. So a person can have fun with their rigs in many ways.
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:27 PM   #198
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Pete...did you ever build the huckster cab pickup? I too like the look and want to build one.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:23 AM   #199
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Lot no. 2078 Scottsdale 2015. In the Ron Pratt collection, original paint, woodwork, fabric roof, interior upholstery and synthetic roll-down driver compartment partition with the original clear plastic window.
http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Event...N-WOODY-178654

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Old 12-12-2014, 01:16 PM   #200
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The way I understand it, not quite a "huckster" but sounds like a very expensive BJ item. Still a great looking rig and sounds like a great buy..
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:46 PM   #201
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Hey, don't let this thread die. Y'all post something interesting!

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Old 05-25-2015, 06:27 PM   #202
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I started a Model A Huckster Group.

I know a Huckster is not a "true blue" Model A Ford type body but there are a number of them around. So all you "odd balls" let's join in together and share some ideas.
I am building a 1930 huckster I have a long way to go yet but was a rusted mess when I bought it .Several people told me I was nuts, I am retired with alot of patience.
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