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Old 02-27-2021, 11:51 AM   #1
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So looking for some information on restoring a 32 truck but cant seem to find anything. Does any one restore trucks anymore and would love to hear or see some. As a truck enthusiast I always wondered why you dont see a lot of stock truck.
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Old 02-27-2021, 02:46 PM   #2
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" Does any one restore trucks anymore and would love to hear or see some. As a truck enthusiast I always wondered why you dont see a lot of stock truck."


They're out there. The BEFORE and AFTER on my 1940 tonner.
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So looking for some information on restoring a 32 truck but cant seem to find anything. Does any one restore trucks anymore and would love to hear or see some. As a truck enthusiast I always wondered why you dont see a lot of stock truck.
If you want to see 1932 pickups, just do a Google image search for
'1932 Ford pickup truck' you will see all kinds.
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'32 Model B in final assembly.
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Old 02-27-2021, 04:56 PM   #5
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David, I like it.
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If your doing it, Iím sure itís correct but I canít imagine a utilitarian vehicle such bright color.......Mark
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Whatever you decide, you'll own it unless you give it away. I sold my first 32 hotrod pickup for 45,000 in 09, my second hotord pickup for 60,000 in 05, my third unfinished hotrod pickup for 35,000 in 09, which brings me to today and my current deuce hotrod pickup which is the best one to date and I'm asking 55,000 and have not had 1 serious offer. I'm not a restorer so I can't comment on their value but it seems like I've seen some for sale in the high 20's to mid 30's. You gotta love them to build them whichever way you go. David, yours is gorgeous. One of my favorite colors.
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Old 02-27-2021, 05:41 PM   #8
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Dave's truck is a railroad color and as a commercial vehicle, if bought in quantities,
could be the color/s the purchasing agent spec'd.
.......OK I had a sneak peek awhile back.......
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That color (golden orange) was a standard color choice for '32 and '33 commercial vehicles. It will eventually have black DT&I (Henry's railroad) logos on its doors.
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Beautiful truck Expavr and thank you for the pictures

51Merc its nut when you do google 32 truck 95% are hotrods. Now I am a hotrodder and do have a 1934 hotrod truck and 32 truck project. So dont have to go far to see one but I have one that is pretty stock and has some interesting 32 parts on her. So to restore or hotrod? Not sure yet
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It’s going to be a beautiful truck. I’ve been reading “Henry’s Attic” and there’re a lot of references to the DT&I......Mark
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Old 02-27-2021, 07:56 PM   #12
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DavidG thank you for the pictures and beautiful truck and restoration. I have a few questions. My 32 truck has two brackets on the Kmember that looks like pedal reinforcements but on both sides? I have never seen that before and a odd front crossmember.
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Old 02-27-2021, 08:05 PM   #13
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Krylon32 , you sir build some of the finest hotrods out and one of the top builders out. I hope you still have that expanding license frame I sent you for the roadster? I have a hotrod truck but love the stocker trucks as you dont see many. Plus this one got some weird cool stuff like this crossmember. So is this truck worth restoring or drive as is...
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Your truck has a very early chassis frame, not the first version, which had no 'legs' on the center cross member to form a K, but the second iteration. The purpose of those pieces riveted to the center cross member at 90 degrees is obvious in the photo below as it contains the inner socket for the pedal shaft before a separate pedal bracket was adopted (the one in the photo is obviously bent out of shape, unlike that on your truck's frame). Like yourself, I have no idea what purpose is served by the counterpart on the right side, especially in a LHD chassis.

Your front cross member is an early Model B-only version with wider spacing of the motor mount insulators than all of the '32 front cross member versions that followed (for both fours and V8s). Another example is shown below as is an extremely rare example of the insulator originally used with that cross member. Also shown are the two versions of the Model B front motor mount bracket reflecting the different insulator spacing. The wide version is quite rare. It is well documented that parts obsoleted by revisions weren't scrapped, but rather were used up on commercial vehicle frames.

I note in your first photo that your truck has one of the earliest versions of the firewall. It also appears to have the carryover Model A hand crank guide/spring U-bolt retainer with a small crank extension hole and two slots for the 'ears' on the hand crank extension rather than the later version with a much-enlarged hole for the extension and no slots.

Your truck may or may not have a low engine number (VIN) as nearly 40,000 Model B engine and transmission assemblies had been manufactured before the first one was installed in a production chassis (because of the decision to delay '32 model production until a production version of the V8 engine became available). There is evidence that once Model B vehicle production began, no particular effort was made to use those engine/transmission assemblies on a first-lin/first-out basis.
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:51 AM   #15
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David thank you for the information and didn’t know about the crank hole and will have to go back and read your book again lol. It also has no seam for the top of the cab and no brace for the visor. Is there anything else this may have as its a early build.


Yeah unfortunately I don’t have the motor or transmission as it was left on the farm. This was sitting since 1962 in a dry barn and was told the motor was there but not taken when it was sold.
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Itís going to be a beautiful truck. Iíve been reading ďHenryís AtticĒ and thereíre a lot of references to the DT&I......Mark
Iím about half way thru that book, I wish I had read it before I went to the Henry Ford, I could have been on the lookout for more of those items on display.
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Old 02-28-2021, 03:54 PM   #17
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Hop up,


Having an early cab with the non-removable roof and brace-less visor is consistent with the chassis. About all we haven't covered is the cowl vent, which likely is an early version as well (page 11-7, right side of photo).
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:29 PM   #18
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I have a 1934 pickup and it is restored to stock. Also have 1937 1 1/2 ton dump truck that was restored to stock. Best part now is driving them!!!
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Hop Up your license plate frame is on the roadster and looks good. The roadster is a keeper.
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DavidG yes I checked and yes it has the early lid.
Gary I knew it was going to a great home...
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