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Old 03-09-2020, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default 1931 Model AA Paddy Wagon

Doing a little research project and trying to find an original 1931 AA Paddy Wagon. It was owned by Chuck Bulger of Lawrence, Indiana. He had it at the 2005 MARC National Meet in Indianapolis. As I recall, It was a restored original from California. Chuck passed away in 2007. Any info on the whereabouts of this truck would be greatly appreciated. John M
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Old 03-09-2020, 09:32 PM   #2
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Hi John,

Check out the September/October 1993 M.A.N. It is the cover car and there is a short article on the construction of the truck. Chuck built the body himself, it's close to an authentic recreation but a few details give it away.

It was sold on eBay in mid 2008. At that time it was wearing IL plates and I believe was in Chicago somewhere.

I have the pictures from the eBay auction somewhere I'll share if I find them.

About five years ago someone on here found the remnants of a 285-A Deluxe Patrol, everything from the divider back was missing though.

Attached is a picture of a standard Patrol that is part of the Elliot Museum in Stuart, Florida.

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Old 03-10-2020, 08:06 AM   #3
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Doing a little research project and trying to find an original 1931 AA Paddy Wagon. It was owned by Chuck Bulger of Lawrence, Indiana. He had it at the 2005 MARC National Meet in Indianapolis. As I recall, It was a restored original from California. Chuck passed away in 2007. Any info on the whereabouts of this truck would be greatly appreciated. John M

From what I have seen/read about the Chuck Bulger vehicle, it was a home made body with 82-B closed cab doors. The Ford sold 290-A Standard Police Patrol used the same doors as the 85-B panel delivery. Check out https://aafords.com/closed-bodies/. There is a photo of the 290-A.


The Elliot-Museum photo posted above looks to have the correct doors.


Below is a picture of the Bulger AA.
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Old 03-10-2020, 11:23 AM   #4
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Thanks, let me know if you find the pictures or any info on the auction. JM
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Old 03-10-2020, 03:44 PM   #5
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Here are the pictures from the auction. They are dated July of 2007. I believe it was up on ebay a few times without selling before someone finally bought it.

As Neil said the doors on Chuck's recreation are standard doors and not the ones that were used on the panel based trucks. Additionally the divider is different as is the rear step. I cannot recall if the recreation also had the shotgun cabinets in it or not.

The Elliott Police Patrol came out of Alabama prior to restoration and is the only known extant Police Patrol. I have a picture of what I believe to be that vehicle from back when it was still in use. The Elliott patrol has a door that has been added to the rear area because, as I was told, Mr Elliott wanted to be able to transport his friends and families to events and felt it was safer to have a rear door on it.

John, do you still use your aol email?

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In 1958 I was looking for a Model A or AA truck for my business. I found an AA Police paddy wagon for sale in the area of Gloucester Mass and also a US Mail truck on the passenger car chassis in the same area. I drove to the area and looked over both vehicles and I purchased the Mail truck. As it would be used on trips to flea markets up to 125 miles each way the Mail truck seemed to me to be more suitable than the paddy wagon. I have no idea what became of it, but I kept the mail truck about 60 years and it now lives in Ohio.
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In 1958...I found an AA Police paddy wagon for sale in the area of Gloucester Mass.
Boston PD had at least two Standard Police Patrols; maybe the one you found was one of theirs!

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This is going to drive me nuts! The picture you sent has a 1931 Illinois plate on it so you'd think the truck is here somewhere. I wish the family would get back to me, it would make finding it much easier. We'll keep trying. Thanks! JM
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Old 03-11-2020, 03:35 PM   #9
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That looks like the one. It has a 1931 Illinois plate on it and they added a star to the door but where is it? Yes on the email address, too old to change. JM
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That looks like the one. It has a 1931 Illinois plate on it and they added a star to the door but where is it? Yes on the email address, too old to change. JM

FYI - Information I have found:


It was advertised in Hemmings for $45,000 in March of 2018. It was located in Escondido CA at that time. The story about it was in the September-October 1993 Model A News.


The owner's information was (may or may not still have this vehicle):
John Kreitzer
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FYI - Information I have found:


It was advertised in Hemmings for $45,000 in March of 2018. It was located in Escondido CA at that time. The story about it was in the September-October 1993 Model A News.


The owner's information was (may or may not still have this vehicle):
John Kreitzer
(619) 248 8332 mobile
john@calandmanagement.com

Might be worth $45,000 if the “prisoner” comes with it, or maybe that babe with the Tommy Gun that pops up on Ford Barn now and then.

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