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Old 05-26-2018, 12:42 PM   #21
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When were these trucks taken out of service? 1950s?[/QUOTE]

The POD decommissioned them in 54, most postal authorities speculate each one had roughly 1 million miles of road usage....
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Old 05-26-2018, 03:24 PM   #22
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When you get Home and start to feel human again . Donít and I repeat donít try to play Superman and lift anything other than the dr gave instructions for. Give it a little time to heal . And your be as good as new again with no future issues . If you try to do other than what your dr. told you there will be another surgery in the near future. I had mine done several years back and have had no issues. A few people that I know that had the same surgery that did not follow directions have had to redo it all over again. Godspeed and hope your on the mend soon.
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Old 05-26-2018, 04:40 PM   #23
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Thank you Will- will try to go this week.

if I dont purchase it, will at least get some good photos and post for others to view.
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Old 05-26-2018, 06:40 PM   #24
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m2m: 1955
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Old 05-26-2018, 06:57 PM   #25
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thank you old car guy= was feeling good, skipped the pills and now a hurtin!
so took a pill and going to snooze...........
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:13 PM   #26
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Wow, these trucks made it to the mid-50s. Were they serviced by Ford dealers or the Postal service had their own workshop? My guess they serviced their own cars since they had specially marked plugs.
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:27 PM   #27
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Decommissioned in 1954, and the only portion Ford played was supplying the body by others chassis, body builders supplied the bodies and the POD garages married the two. Some electrical differences like tail light and cargo light applications varied by garage. Many unrestored postal trucks like mine are more of a Frankenstein, as due to Ford part obsoletion required the POD garages to pillage the junk yards to keep them going until decommissioning.

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Old 05-27-2018, 01:26 PM   #28
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Decommissioned in 1954, and the only portion Ford played was supplying the body by others chassis, body builders supplied the bodies and the POD garages married the two. Some electrical differences like tail light and cargo light applications varied by garage. Many unrestored postal trucks like mine are more of a Frankenstein, as due to Ford part obsoletion required the POD garages to pillage the junk yards to keep them going until decommissioning.

Were there any type of "POD service bulletins" giving POD garages tips on how to keep these trucks going?

Have there been any books or articles by guys that worked at these POD garages? Be interesting to know how many miles these trucks generally traveled before needing major engine repairs.


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Old 05-28-2018, 12:24 AM   #29
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I am surprised they lasted that long. Maybe I need to buy one since I own an old Post office that was also decommissioned in aprox. 1954. It was then remodeled as a residence for the retired postmistress.
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:28 AM   #30
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I am going to pass on the mail truck, but if anyone is interested- fellas name is Ross
585 259 6806
truck is located in Western NY and listed on CL.

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Old 05-31-2018, 09:01 AM   #31
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Restored? Unrestored? Link? Can’t find nothing......
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Old 05-31-2018, 09:04 AM   #32
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sorry Steve

go to syracuse cl and it is on there for 12500. older restoration-looks nice, but as I said, not sure if it is real or not.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:52 AM   #33
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It looks like it's home made. https://syracuse.craigslist.org/cto/...580867252.html


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Old 05-31-2018, 02:33 PM   #34
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Thanks, not the best pictures and many liberties taken in a reconstructed mail truck, could be a fun vehicle for one not looking to be correct....
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Old 05-31-2018, 02:51 PM   #35
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Ronn,
How are you doing?
I hope the pain is getting less and that you will be back to normal strength, soon.
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Old 05-31-2018, 03:37 PM   #36
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Thanks Neil!
feeling real good and just taking it easy. The ride out to see the truck is over 2 hours each way and decided this wasnt the time.

To those that say the truck is incorrect, for the fun of it, could you all please explain and yes, the pictures arent very good.
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Old 05-31-2018, 05:25 PM   #37
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I don't really see anything that is correct with the body.


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Old 03-03-2019, 10:12 AM   #38
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Greeting Gents:


I purchased the 1931 Mail Truck under discussion here a couple of months ago. It is a solidly built "reconstruction/representation" of a 1931 Mail Truck on a standard 103.5" Model A chassis. It is not, to the best of my investigation, one of the original PO trucks. No 3 digit serial numbers stamped on the driver's seat box, the interior cargo door frame or any where else I can find. I managed to trace some of its history, which is of interest to me, perhaps others. It does start readily, runs and drives well and is in well preserved condition. I would say the body is new from around the late 1980's to mid-90's, well built and very solid. When the snow breaks in upstate NY I plan to drive her down to Virginia over a 3-4 day run down 2-lane backroads. This is not a show queen, won't be while I own her. I can promise we'll log as many miles as we can on the backroads of the Shenandoah Valley.
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:57 AM   #39
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Thanks for the follow-up.
If you feel up to it, it'll be interesting to hear how the NY to VA trip goes, and photos would be appreciated.
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:44 AM   #40
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Nice to hear 34- thanks for posting!
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