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Old 07-23-2020, 04:45 AM   #1
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From the Australian Museum web site:
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Old 07-23-2020, 08:26 AM   #2
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I majored in geology back in the 1960's and have many fond memories of fossil hunting expeditions, but we didn't travel in Model A's. One trip to the western US was in my dad's rusty '59 6 cylinder Ford station wagon. One of the guys riding in the back seat lost his geology pick through a hole in the floor. Our quest was middle to late Paleozoic crinoids, and anything else interesting. Our professor was a crinoid specialist, so he wanted young sharp eyes on the lookout for the next great specimen.
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The "Utes" were used for many interesting things. A friend restored one several years ago that had been used by the AAA (auto club) to map the roads in Mexico. There was a video about that outing, showing the 'A' being winched over big boulders, etc. I think it was later sold back to AAA?
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Nice lookin' Ute:



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I take it the AAA one was a US type. Probably more sophisticated than ours.
We never got the steel pickup bed here, so the one pictured is a factory Oz pickup. Lots of wood, simple panels, blacksmith made brackets for local content. They look surprisingly good tho.
1930 ones are a lot rarer than earlier ones and it seems to have been sold in 1932.
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I take it the AAA one was a US type. Probably more sophisticated than ours.
We never got the steel pickup bed here, so the one pictured is a factory Oz pickup. Lots of wood, simple panels, blacksmith made brackets for local content. They look surprisingly good tho.
1930 ones are a lot rarer than earlier ones and it seems to have been sold in 1932.
A 1930 car sold in 1932 is more than possible. No Model As were sent to Australia in 1931 and legend has it that the dealers revolted against Ford sending unordered cars in 1930. Even then, it was possible to buy a brand new 1930 model car (not only Ford) in 1933. The depression hit here very badly.
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Yes, the one I spoke of was US built, all steel. The AAA is a California Club, still very active.

A few 1931 Model A's were first sold in '32. A friend has a wide-bed pickup registered as a '32.
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