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Old 01-08-2021, 03:33 PM   #1
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What can you folks tell me about this truck? It's obviously early-40s Ford stake-bed. But I don't recall hood vents like that or the V/8 stamped in the sheet metal rather than an applied badge.


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Old 01-08-2021, 04:15 PM   #2
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is it in the outback?
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1940 tonner.
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The truck is a 1940 model. While the 1941 Ford Trucks look similar, there are slight differences. For example, the picture of your truck shows a V8 pressed in to the sides of the Hood. This pressing was only on the 1940 models. That is because in 1941, Ford offered a Six Cylinder Engine as an option, so, rather than having to supply two different Hoods, Ford merely offered a plain side Hood without the V8 pressings. Also, the 1941 Ford Trucks got an added approximately 4 inch wide Chrome Trim on the Hood extending down the centre of the Grille. So, what you have is a 1940 model.
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Old 01-08-2021, 04:31 PM   #5
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Yep, sure looks like a 1940 1 ton
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These are the Covers of the 1940 and 1941 Ford Truck Sales Brochures.
You can see the slight differences between these two years of Ford trucks.
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Old 01-08-2021, 05:02 PM   #7
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Here is a picture of a 1940 1.5 ton.

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Here are pictures of my friends 1940 Ford Truck. You can see the V8 pressings on the Hood which denotes that it is a 1940 model. Very nice.
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Just for the comparison, here are pictures of the beautiful 1941 Ford Fire Engine that is on display at the Early Ford V8 Foundation Museum at Auburn Indiana. Notice that the Hood does not have the pressings with V8 on them that the 1940 model has. That is because in 1941, you had the choice of a 6 or a V8. Also notice the wider Chrome Trim on the Hood, extending down the centre of the Grille. In 1942, Ford released an all new model Ford Truck, so these models were only available for two years, 1940 and 1941, but with slight differences as mentioned above.
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Aint seen no background like that in FlawDah when I went there. Looks more like Montana to me. That cab style is my favorite. I've owned lots of ford tonners and bigger, but only one that was the 40-41 like that. Is it yours?
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Aint seen no background like that in FlawDah when I went there. Looks more like Montana to me. That cab style is my favorite. I've owned lots of ford tonners and bigger, but only one that was the 40-41 like that. Is it yours?

Bodie State Historical Park, Bridgeport, CA
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Thanks all for the info!


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Aint seen no background like that in FlawDah when I went there. Looks more like Montana to me. That cab style is my favorite. I've owned lots of ford tonners and bigger, but only one that was the 40-41 like that. Is it yours?

Flaw-duh has some places that look like that...well, except for the mountains. But no, it's in the ghost town of Bodie, CA. I ran across the pic while web-surfing and was curious about it. I'm not knowledgeable about trucks bigger than a pickup, and not real knowledgeable about them. The truck isn't mine, unfortunately. Bodie is a CA state park - I imagine they'd frown on anybody trying to salvage it.
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That's a well preserved 40 Tonner which in its "hey day" looked like this.
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Dangit, ex, yer always killin' me with pictures of that thing! Maybe this summer will be when we meet up, tonner to tonner! Whidbey could be half way, or you and the Missus come to the island!
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Very nice 1940 Ford Pick-up. Thanks for sharing.
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I like seeing pics of these trucks.....I took this at the Coles Transportation Museum in Hamden, ME.........Mark
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Dangit, ex, yer always killin' me with pictures of that thing! Maybe this summer will be when we meet up, tonner to tonner! Whidbey could be half way, or you and the Missus come to the island!
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There was a good restaurant (pre Covid) in downtown Anacortes that I might be able to convince my wife that a 3 hour ride in the Tonner would be fair compensation for any aches and pains that might result from that trek. As an added inducement if the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival happens we can turn both wives loose to look at the posies and you and I can wander around some country roads in our old iron. Looking forward to it.

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Very nice 1940 Ford V8 School Bus on display at the Early Ford Foundation Museum in Auburn, Indiana.
Back in 2018 when I visited the Museum, it was wrongly listed as a 1941 model?
As mentioned earlier in this Thread, it has to be a 1940 model, as the 1941 Ford Trucks did not have the V8 pressings on their Hoods, as buyers got the choice between a 6 or a V8 in 1941 for the first time.
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Help out a poor uninformed "shoebox" guy. That school bus sure looks like it has "wide-5" wheels. Did Ford continue them past 1939 on trucks? Some of the other examples in this thread don't appear to have them.
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