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Old 09-25-2023, 09:54 AM   #1
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Default Rare model A body styles......

we speak of 68cs, A400s, A 180s, town cars,



my question is, how many model A mail trucks are out there?
there are some rare deliveries as well. Any other body styles you can think of that arent generally addressed?
were there any race cars? Milk trucks, etc etc.
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Old 09-25-2023, 10:25 AM   #2
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A lot of Postal Trucks survived as they were kept in service by the USPS up into the 50's and 60's so they were kept in good shape (for the most part) as opposed to a lot of the other bodystyles that were left out to rot in pastures or beat up in private ownership.

Standrives are fairly rare but there are still a dozen or so out there.

It is when you get into the AA's that you start to see very low numbers of survivors since some of those vehicles only had 50 or 60 examples produced.
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Old 09-25-2023, 05:42 PM   #3
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The 66-A Deluxe pickup produced 293 units. Of those 27 are known to still exist today and about 13 of those are running.
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Old 09-25-2023, 07:31 PM   #4
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I have a 1928 79-A Panel Truck. Does anyone know the production numbers on these?
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Old 09-25-2023, 08:25 PM   #5
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1928 79-a 3,744
1929 79-a 22,012
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Old 09-25-2023, 09:50 PM   #6
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I have a 1928 79-A Panel Truck. Does anyone know the production numbers on these?
Well done keeping that in great shape.
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Old 09-26-2023, 06:12 AM   #7
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Australia had a fabric covered fordor, not fabric over metal skin, but fabric over the wood frame. From memory, only two still exist.
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WT what is a standrive? photo?
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Old 09-26-2023, 06:49 AM   #9
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WT what is a standrive? photo?
https://jcristmuseum.org/museum/1931...a-stand-drive/
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Old 09-26-2023, 06:51 AM   #10
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thx Dave! had no idea........makes sense.
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Old 09-26-2023, 12:10 PM   #11
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Similar in rarity to the Australian fabric covered Fordor, one body style that isn't generally addressed and which is probably the rarest of all Model A bodies is the German made 1931 Ford Model A with a body made by Drauz (of Heilbronn, Germany). Only a small handful were ever made in 1931 and only two survive today:



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Old 09-26-2023, 01:39 PM   #12
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I sure would like to have one of those deluxe pickups, with the side rails. (I see them stenciled with GE, and an old Fridgedair in the back some times.
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Old 09-26-2023, 01:41 PM   #13
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Brad, was there not a Glazer body made in Germany? I seem to recollect a couple of yrs back one selling. Maybe it wasnt an A?


That is an interesting car. somewhat elegant, but not 100% toward the back, for my taste.
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Old 09-26-2023, 01:42 PM   #14
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Gene, you only live once. Buy one, take a mortgage (lol) and sell it a yr later!
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Old 09-26-2023, 02:08 PM   #15
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Yeah, and finding one .... LOL
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Old 09-26-2023, 03:11 PM   #16
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dont think it would be impossible to build a replica either.......just sayin.
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Old 09-26-2023, 11:40 PM   #17
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That's totally cool! Thank you for sharing
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Old 09-27-2023, 04:12 AM   #18
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If they aren’t listed as a Ford production model….
Why would one think they are Model A’s?
Not to me anyway..
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Old 09-28-2023, 08:35 AM   #19
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I think the rarest Model A I've seen is the three window Coupe that showed up at the Queen Mary MAFCA meet back in 1976. I heard a while back that it's still somewhere in the LA area.
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Gary…
There were at least 2 versions of prototypes; never produced as a Ford product as far as I know!
Those would be super cool cars!
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Old 09-28-2023, 11:10 AM   #21
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Gene F - In the Model A era Frigidaire was owned by GM. So if the special pickup was hauling a Frigidaire it was likely a trade-in on a new GE. The brand was so popular many people came to describe any refrigerator (including GEs) as a Frigidaire. (Kelvinator was owned by Nash Motors, later purchased by AMC.) My grandmother, who kept all her possessions in tip-top shape and loathed replacing anything, had a refrigerator that was already very old in the 1950s, with a barrel-shaped heat exchanger on top. It ran on gas, just like the adjacent stove. The blue pilot light flame was clearly visible to my 5 year old self playing on the floor. My father attempted to explain how a gas flame made the refrigerator cold but it remained obscure to me. Now back to our regularly scheduled discussion on Model A Fords already in progress.
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Old 09-28-2023, 05:34 PM   #22
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David, those types of refrigeration / air-conditioners are known as absorbers. Thank you for the info.
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Probably the rarest of all, at least for US production - the 1931 Travelers Wagon, a Model A RV. Less than a dozen made - a few replicas but no known original survivors. It was an offshoot of the Special Delivery which was an offshoot of the Station Wagon. It had fold-down bed and wash basin, storage chest, water tank under the roof, screens and curtains on the rear windows, locks on the doors and roll-up windows in the front ones.
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Old 09-30-2023, 09:38 AM   #24
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the late Roger Kauffman in Ohio had an unrestored standrive in very good condition.
Red and yellow paint, with a fictitious logo he put on it.
It was on the cover of Model A News once.
Do not know where it is now.....
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