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Old 01-12-2020, 08:38 AM   #1
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First I will say I grew up in my fathers full service shop. Steady repairs on
all make cars and trucks from the 30s & 40s so I remember all of those like
my children. So this customer, every day would use the phone booth (yes it
was wood with chicken wire in the glass) so that dates this pre 1957 when they
went to the blue aluminum booths. He would come with his daughter which I
went to school with. I know 33 or 34 Fords like the back of my hand. Has
anyone seen a 33 or 34 Ford pick up? Absolutely not from down under, left
hand drive with fenders on the back, unlike a ute not even close. To compare,
picture, a 1933 or 34 Dodge pick up, a car nose, fenders & doors but a pickup?
My only thoughts are, someone had this made maybe by Cantrell Body at new
but this guy a farm boy with no money; thats out. He came to our phone cause he couldn't afford a phone. Maybe he bought it after the war when all were a dime a dozen. I can't find anything about a pickup on a car platform ford made at this time. Any thoughts why a real pickup was not bought instead of dissecting a car???? sam
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Old 01-12-2020, 10:49 AM   #2
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Was it possibly a coupe which had it's trunk/rumbleseat removed and a wooden box installed in the opening?? Many Model A's were converted like this during the war.


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Old 01-12-2020, 11:13 AM   #3
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I've seen a few that were set up like a Hudson Terraplane pickup. Hudson used the car body and rear fenders but they grafted a cab closure just behind the front seat then added a bed. Folks used to convert all sorts of cars to pickups in the western farm states. They just used what they had at hand. Some looked good and some looked like a patchwork quilt.

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Old 01-12-2020, 01:40 PM   #4
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A friend has an "early" 32 tudor that was cut off behind the stock front seats and a wood back panel was constructed and metal tabs left from the body were bent over and nailed to the wood. He calls it "The Walton Truck"! There was a pretty nicely fabricated pickup bed made and put on the rear of the frame. This has all the early stuff that I looked at but I didn't catch the VIN. Next time I go to his house I will see what it was but he told my his grandfather bought it in April of 32. I suspect it has most of the recall stuff like bolted on K member legs etc done to it.
I think a lot of cars were converted this way after their value was gone and the person needed a pickup.
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Don't forget that there were a very few '34 Ford Roadster Pick-ups produced like this.....seems like I remember there being about sixty of them built. DD





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Old 01-12-2020, 03:45 PM   #6
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I thought that the 1933-'34 "roadster pickups" were with a "pickup cab", not a car body; as well as pickup fenders on both front and rear. These pictures look like a car body turned into a pickup.
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I thought that the 1933-'34 "roadster pickups" were with a "pickup cab", not a car body; as well as pickup fenders on both front and rear. These pictures look like a car body turned into a pickup.

You're right, totto! I got carried-away with what I THOUGHT I remembered. Here's the REAL deal. DD


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