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The first thing I did was to start getting it in shape for regular driving. It had been used for the occasional parade with no highway driving and I remember being told that it had only been driven about 30 miles in the last two years. It sat in a garage a great deal of the time and needed some serious updating. One of the best ways to keep a vehicle of any age in shape is to drive it regularly. However, I may have gone a little overboard. It's now mid-March of 2018 and it's still not back on the road. My plan is to have it ready to hit the road by Spring.
This is where I started. Looks great but the mechanics of it need a lot of work
Update on progress
1931 Ford Model A
The truck has been moved to a local paint shop to have the bed painted and a repair made on the roof before it too is painted
This is a late1931 Ford Model A closed cab pickup. I purchased it in New Hampshire and towed it back to Delaware on a U-Haul trailer.The following day I drove it over to the DMV for inspection and registration. The inspectors were more interested in looking it over than being overly concerned about what worked or what didn't work. It only had to meet standards established in 1931 and they were very few.
The maroon one is a new car I added just a couple of days ago. It is also a 1931 but it's a standard coupe. It was restore many years ago and is in need of some upgrading. See page three for more pictures and info on the coupe.
Getting started. The truck has a serious wobble in the steering which can be caused be a number of different things. So I began by pulling the steering column to replace steering gear box. In an effort to make it look more original I pulled the alternator out of it and replaced with a more age appropriate generator. I also much prefer the look of the earlier models that had a wood bed. Ford, beginning in mid 1931 started putting steel beds in their trucks. That makes this one what is called a "late 1931 wide bed" pickup. So I am going to do a conversion over to wood.
I am also replacing brakes, putting on new shock absorbers (they were completely missing), and replacing the front or rear leaf springs.