The 1931 Ford Model A pickup (82-B) was a popular style because it combined the comfort of Ford’s main sedan, with truck usability. Today that diverse spirit lives in this exceptionally well restored and period correct motor example that would be an attraction at any vintage car show, truck show, or even parade.
The dark green paint looks great with the black fenders. This nice glossy finish looks very period correct, and while it looks like a subtle two-tone indoors, the green shines nicely in the sunlight. But the real standout opposing hue comes from the wooden bed rails that also match the wood on the bed floor. We like this look on a Model A because it boldly showcases the older style craftsmanship that came on the earlier vehicles. While the pickup was one of the most utilitarian of the Model As, it did come with the fender-mounted spare wire wheel, which was usually reserved for the Deluxe Ford models. Given the massive resources out there for restoring a Model A, it’s no surprise that this one fits together well with doors that close snugly and a nicely aligned hood.
Step inside and it feels like a time machine to 1930. That’s because all the major components feel correct and like-new, including the seat cover, door panels, and rubber floor mat. Even the dash looks freshly painted. This carries the correct later design that gave the center instrument panel more real estate and an interesting textured feel. And speaking of texture, there’s no other feeling out there quite like grabbing an older four-spoke steering wheel and feeling the history against your fingertips.
All Model As, even the trucks, got the same torquey 200 cubic inch four-cylinder engine, which means maintenance is easier that you would think on an 85-year-old pickup. The motor looks very correct in the engine bay. All the correct equipment is there, from the flat copper plug leads, to the original 6V generator, and the block wears just the right shade of Ford Green. It even has the gravity-fed Zenith carburetor in place. But don’t be afraid to lead the parade route in this classic because the belt, wires, and hoses appear well maintained. The three-speed manual transmission is light and easy to master with a quick double-clutch, and the four-wheel mechanical brakes are surprisingly effective given the Model A’s light weight. You’ll surely find that this pickup keeps up with local traffic easily, and cruises happily on those cool reproduction Firestone tires.
There are even rumors that this has a tie-in from a Hatfield from the legendary Hatfield & McCoys, but that’s not what really is attracting you to this Ford. Instead, you just love the idea of spending the Sunday driving a great classic that is just as deserving of the good life as you are. Call now!!