1930 Ford Model AA Platform Truck

Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1930 Ford Model A
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1930 Ford Model AA 1.5 Ton Truck Purchased in the late 70's, early 80's, by the father of the current owner, the truck was taken apart and restored in the late 80's. It has only been driven up and down the road a bit and moved around on the property in that time but it has been started regularly and with a jump she starts right up. It is unknown if the engine is original. It is dated as a 1929 engine and the truck is very probably a late 30's build based on certain ID checks. It was very .....
typical for the engines to be built well before they were installed into the chassis of their vehicles, so it is very difficult to know if any Ford of this era is "numbers matching" without pulling the body and looking at the frame rail for the ID, which oft times is illegible due to time. One can see the lack of use in the near perfection of all the surfaces. This truck is in absolutely pristine, show quality condition. The flat head four was rebuilt and is the same engine that the cars had, the trucks made up for the low (40 hp) HP/Torque via gearing, with a four speed manual (as opposed to the three in cars) and a full floating, 1.5 ton rear axle. The manual transmission has 4 forward gears and a lock out reverse. Cable/rod activated 4 wheel drum brakes slow the behemoth down from a top speed of about 35-40 MPH. Tires are 6.00-20 Denman. The odometer shows 24,332 miles and that is believed to be accurate, the engine has less than 100 miles on it since being completely rebuilt. The platform bed is done in light oak and may be of original design, the owner is unsure. The color combination of the oak, the red 2 piece wheels and the black body really make the truck stand out, aside from it's rather massive size, 131.5" wheelbase. The seat has been reupholstered in black vinyl and is rather comfy for a simple flat bench. The truck runs and drives great (as great as a 1.5 ton 1930 truck can drive). Lights work, horn works, wiper works. The truck is turn key and ready to enjoy, driving, using as advertising, taking to shows, etc. Price is $25,000 Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see in person, or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
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AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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