This last picture show the truck entered in it's first car show, at the Watermellon Festival at McDade, Texas east of Austin, Tx. Mechanical drum brakes sit on each side of correct transversely mounted leaf springs to provide acceptable riding and stopping. With origins in the mid-20th century, panel trucks are similar in function to delivery sedans and station wagons in that they boast a small frame and open back end capable of hauling a large volume of items. This practice of using an aftermarket continued for the 1927 and 1928 models. I did notice some pieces that looked just like the truck Al and I had brought back from Michigan so many years before. Also in 1918 Chevrolet brought out it's model 490 Light Delivery chassis cowl. Looks original except wheels, but with 2500 pounds of weight and 300 horsepower, it will be a nice cruiser.
The classic profile of the car is interrupted only by correct body matched bear claw door hinges and correct chrome door handles that display the same patina as the radiator and headlights. He had the following to say about this truck. Click on this image for a larger view in a new window Click on this image for a larger view in a new window 1920 Dodge Pickup Fire Truck 1920 Dodge Pickup Fire Truck These pictures were submitted by Ed Arata, Sutter Creek, Cal. Though Model Ts were becoming dated by the early Twenties, people continued to buy them in record numbers. It has wooden construction throughout, with narrow, three-panel doors, a two-piece windshield, slightly crowned roof and a cozy bench seat.
The bottom of this Delivery is very clean with its black fenders and body braces still retaining significant gloss. In 1970, Al, and another friend of mine, Jack DeBrunner, had just purchased a large assortment of Model A parts and vehicles from a man in Cheboygan after Jack had spotted them, in a field, on his many trips to this Michigan City for his work. The fenders were probably removed to accommodate the second rear axle, which allowed use of tanklike treads. Al Audette, my long time friend, and I were making our way back to Cincinnati, Ohio after picking up a 1931 Model A Panel Delivery Truck from a field in Cheboygan, Michigan. . It's current owner is not known. However, the iconic look and classic appeal of panel delivery trucks goes far beyond the practical.
Two days later we went and picked up the entire kit and caboodle. He said we should go take a look at it, which we did. The end of an era came when Ford ended Model T production in 1927. Ford replaced the venerable Model T in 1928 with the completely new Model A. We also have the hose basket for the chemical hose and the hose reel, so now all I need is a 20 or 21 Dodge and I can recreate that rig. Another bit of negative news that year was that Dodge Brothers, Inc. I just figured it was a done deal.
Platform is flush for easy loading and unloading. As the nation entered the Great Depression, Ford trucks and Ford cars would continue to innovate, offering the nation's car buyers a quality product at a quality price. I would like to invite any one that has a favorite Pickup Truck of this period to E mail me a copy. Platform is flush for easy loading and unloading. Later in the decade, Dodge would absorb Graham to become another serious competitor to Ford. And William Clay Ford, Henry's third grandson, was born in 1925.
Whether your interest is practical or nostalgic, finding a panel truck or its associated parts is easy thanks to the large selection on eBay. He bought it on February 28, 2015 and plans to have it repainted burgundy to go with my butchers shop. Later in the decade, Dodge would absorb Graham to become another serious competitor to Ford. The Roadster was equipped with the same water cooled four cylinder engine as previous Model T's. Things stayed this way until the mid to late 1950's when most of the manufactures started to add car like features. The cop was nice and I'm sure he thought we were nuts, but we were able to fix the lights and continued on our way.
Click on this image for a larger view in a new window Click on this image for a larger view in a new window 1923 Star Woodie 1923 Star Woodie This picture was taken at Glenholme, Nova Scotia, Can ada. The rims allowed for easier flat repair, as the outer rim -- which held the tire -- could be separated from the wheel hub, which remained on the vehicle. We were so excited to have the truck home and all the parts that we had purchased, rebuilt, or made were being installed. He bought it in 1963 and drove it constantly back in the 60's and sold it mid 70's. Thirty-Two years had passed since I had my hands on that truck and now it was ours to restore.
Product Features: All welded frame construction. In 1924, Ford made big changes to the ways in which it built its trucks. The chassis cowl consists of the painted metal parts. I made him a little wager that he would never restore the truck. Nevertheless, Ford car and truck production set new records during 1920, and Henry kept expanding facilities at the River Rouge Complex.