This Model A Ford mail truck could deliver your project-car dreams
If you are like many vintage car fanatics you do a little window shopping from time to time. You’re often held back from chasing project car fantasies by the distance between you and the hulk of a car you’re looking at, thanks the unlimited reach of the internet, and the likely limited reach of your budget.
Bit it’s fun to think of what could be with project cars. And the latest to catch our eye is one that promises to deliver your dreams—after all, it is a mail truck.
Found on eBay, this vintage Ford was originally listed as a 1932 but the seller has updated the listing, as the very smart Model A community has chimed in to assist in creating an accurate account. The difference between a 1932 Model B and a ’31 Model A can be subtle to the uninitiated, as most are used to 1932 Fords all being Model 18 cars which came with the flathead V-8. The Model B was instead equipped with an evolution of the 40-horsepower inline-four that was the only engine option from 1928 to 1931.
If the engine was not the first giveaway as to the origin, other clues like the firewall-mounted fuel shutoff and front sheet metal make it all but undebatable that this is not a ’32. Another thing that is undebatable is that this project has potential to be cool all get out. I don’t think anyone is going to be surprised at the wear and tear on the wood body, but with some careful work it wouldn’t be absurd to think this could turn a lot of heads at a cars-and-coffee meet if it was mechanically sorted, and the rest more or less left alone.
The seller is being transparent in the listing and the Pennsylvania location means if you were to drive and pick this project up after the Sunday end time, you could stumble a little further and find yourself at the Hershey AACA fall swap meet, where you can find enough parts to build a Model A from scratch. So finding what you need for this—no matter what your plan is—should be pretty simple. What would you create with this as the start of your project? Tell us about it in the comments below.