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    There's some confusion about what accessories came on the pick-up trucks. I understand the stainless steel radiator shell and headlamps were an option in 1931. I have also read that some 1931 trucks came with the 1930 radiator shells (no black painted inserts). If anyone has any real knowledge on this I would be grateful for some clarification.
    Might also be interesting to hear what options were available on the pick-ups.

    Thank you,
    Curly

  • #2
    I guesse at a price the dealer would put on any accessory you wanted. As for from factory I do not think there were any or atleast very few options. It was not like ordering a car now days. There were some color options that were special order. Rod
    Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.

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    • #3
      29-31 deluxe commercial used the stainless radiator shells non painted
      3 ~ Tudor's
      Henry Ford said
      "It's all nuts and bolts"


      Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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      • CarlG
        CarlG commented
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        But weren't the 30 & 31 shells the same for pickups?

      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        Yes Carl they were
        but you knew that

    • #4
      To follow up on Carl's comment; if the shells on 30-31 were the same, did they have the black painted inserts? (delux commercial)

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      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        The original commercial A shell was plain steel not stainless like the cars but looked the same as the 30 and was dipped in enamel.

    • #5
      Originally posted by Curly View Post
      To follow up on Carl's comment; if the shells on 30-31 were the same, did they have the black painted inserts? (delux commercial)
      The 30-31 Radiator Shells used on pickups was an all steel shell. There was not an insert.

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      • #6
        Originally posted by Curly View Post
        There's some confusion about what accessories came on the pick-up trucks. I understand the stainless steel radiator shell and headlamps were an option in 1931. I have also read that some 1931 trucks came with the 1930 radiator shells (no black painted inserts). If anyone has any real knowledge on this I would be grateful for some clarification.
        Might also be interesting to hear what options were available on the pick-ups.

        Thank you,
        Curly
        Where did you come up with the information that in 1931 that stainless steel radiator shells and headlamps were an option?

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        • #7
          Originally posted by Pickupman View Post

          Where did you come up with the information that in 1931 that stainless steel radiator shells and headlamps were an option?
          Ray Miller wrote a book titled, "Henry's Lady". It's an informative book and the illustrations are second to none. In this book he says very clearly that the stainless shell and headlamps were an option. The question about whether Ford did, or did not offer trucks with stainless seems to continue.

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          • #8
            I would stick with what is written in the JS bible..
            3 ~ Tudor's
            Henry Ford said
            "It's all nuts and bolts"


            Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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            • #9
              Here's a 1931 DeLuxe pickup but it doesn't show the front of the shell.
              Did some more looking and found some pictures on the MAFCA site and it looks like the DeLuxe had the painted inserts on the shell.

              Bob
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              Last edited by Bob C; 09-14-2017, 12:56 PM.

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              • #10
                Originally posted by Bob C View Post
                Here's a 1931 DeLuxe pickup but it doesn't show the front of the shell.
                Did some more looking and found some pictures on the MAFCA site and it looks like the DeLuxe had the painted inserts on the shell.

                Bob
                Thank you Bob. Did the DeLux trucks come in the standard bed configuration or did they only come in the General Electric bed configuration?

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                • Bob C
                  Bob C commented
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                  They only came with the bed pictured.

              • #11
                Curly if Timothy Kelly ever see's this thread maybe he can help!

                I think that's his truck in post #9

                He is a registered VFF user here..
                3 ~ Tudor's
                Henry Ford said
                "It's all nuts and bolts"


                Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                • #12
                  Thanks Mitch. The trucks are a fascinating branch of the family tree. Slightly more rare, a little less known, and maybe a bit more simple in some ways.

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