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History 1932 Ford Deluxe 3W Coupe, Murray Body # informal registry,how many are still around?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Randy P, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. Here's mine. Someday I'm going to blow it apart and ditch the restorod look and make it a traditional Hot Rod again. I'll look for the body tag when I gut the 70's GM red velour interior. Ugh! I would like to find some history on it too. It was originally bought in 1973 somewhere in LA by Kenny Walsh who brought it back to Ft. Dodge, IA and built it as a Hot Rod. I have pics of when it was sitting in front of a house in LA where he bought it. Kenny said it had roll bar mounts in it and may have been drag raced. The pics are still up in SD and I'll post them when I get them down here. The next owner, Dallas ????? changed it to the restorod look and put a lot of miles on it. It then passed through two more owners with me buying it from Don Bratt from Grand Rapids, MI in 1998.

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    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gw9kmkoQODh8u9nD7cpko9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-b3I3AlE0Eps/UCdpQ2Evp_I/AAAAAAAAGhI/irWsV9jPVpQ/s800/Old%2520cars%2520From%2520SD%2520to%2520AZ%2520100.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From August 12, 2012</td></tr></table>
     
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  2. ago
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    Posts: 2,199

    ago
    Member
    from pgh. pa.

    I knew I had an early car because of the early style cowl vent.
    Body Tag # 250




    Ago
     
  3. lucky ink
    Joined: Feb 18, 2011
    Posts: 333

    lucky ink
    Member

  4. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    Thanks, added it to the list!
     
  5. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    Just added 3 more from fordbarn postings, #s 4945, 8295, and 9020, which brings us to the magic # of "32"!
     
  6. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    Found another in Australia, B520A 9744, up to 33!
     
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  7. 53 effie
    Joined: Oct 21, 2004
    Posts: 236

    53 effie
    Member

    I looked for the tag on my 3W body this past weekend and found the rivets where the tag used to be but no tag...
     
  8. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    Just got e-mailed a new addition to the list from a fordbarn member, up to 36 now:

    239
    250
    267
    352
    441
    483
    694
    1636
    1701
    2095
    2643
    3103
    4054
    4749
    4945
    4988
    5429
    5576
    5628
    5652
    5956
    7538
    7622
    7993
    8214
    8295
    8612
    8830
    9020
    9424
    9548
    9744
    10293
    11333
    11746
    12660

    B520A-11333:
     

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  9. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,912

    Kiwi 4d
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    image.jpg Another with no tag, it was channeled in the late 50s early 60s now unchanneled so original sub frame long gone.
     
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  10. Another to add to the list.
    JustSteves old 3 window has 3346
     
  11. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,429

    Hamtown Al
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    I've got one but no tag. Only driven a quarter mile at a time since 1958 until I drove it to breakfast Dec 12, 2012. Used to be flat towed everywhere.
     

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  12. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    ...up to 37 now:

    239
    250
    267
    352
    441
    483
    694
    1636
    1701
    2095
    2643
    3103
    3346
    4054
    4749
    4945
    4988
    5429
    5576
    5628
    5652
    5956
    7538
    7622
    7993
    8214
    8295
    8612
    8830
    9020
    9424
    9548
    9744
    10293
    11333
    11746
    12660

    #3346:
     

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  13. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    Neat car!

    I've only been tabulating Murray body tags, but I think I'll go back through and count 3Ws and see what the total is with or without tags. Thanks!
     
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  14. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    up to 38 Murray body tag #s now, with the addition of B520A-4438:

    239
    250
    267
    352
    441
    483
    694
    1636
    1701
    2095
    2643
    3103
    3346
    4054
    4438
    4749
    4945
    4988
    5429
    5576
    5628
    5652
    5956
    7538
    7622
    7993
    8214
    8295
    8612
    8830
    9020
    9424
    9548
    9744
    10293
    11333
    11746
    12660
     
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  15. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    up to 39 Murray body tag #s now, with the addition of B520A-12173:

    239
    250
    267
    352
    441
    483
    694
    1636
    1701
    2095
    2643
    3103
    3346
    4054
    4438
    4749
    4945
    4988
    5429
    5576
    5628
    5652
    5956
    7538
    7622
    7993
    8214
    8295
    8612
    8830
    9020
    9424
    9548
    9744
    10293
    11333
    11746
    12173
    12660
     

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  16. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    It would sure make this thread more interesting if you could submit a picture of your 3W with your #. If you have trouble posting pics, e-mail them to me and I'll post them: RLP2211@yahoo.com
     
  17. captain scarlet
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,413

    captain scarlet
    Member
    from Detroit

    And the original cars without numbers?


    Singlefingerspeedshop.com. Detroit
     
  18. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    up to 40 Murray body tag #s now, with the addition of B520B-5714:

    239
    250
    267
    352
    441
    483
    694
    1636
    1701
    2095
    2643
    3103
    3346
    4054
    4438
    4749
    4945
    4988
    5429
    5576
    5628
    5652
    5714
    5956
    7538
    7622
    7993
    8214
    8295
    8612
    8830
    9020
    9424
    9548
    9744
    10293
    11333
    11746
    12173
    12660
     
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  19. I find it interesting that there are not any numbers higher than 13,000 yet. Where are they?
     
  20. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    We've identified that the 3Ws had two sequences of body tag #s, the B520A original trunk cars and the B520B original rumble seat cars. Some have told us what their prefixes are but not all and I haven't put that on the list, but I could.

    It's probably the case, since we have seen several late production 3Ws and the highest body number we've seen is 12660, that the B520A #s began with 1 and the B520B #s began with 1. I guess we'll know for sure if we run across an A and a B with the same number.
     
  21. Or we could start an Urban myth that the other 10,000 were not sold and still exist in a warehouse in Detroit...The property owner would sell them but it wouldn't cover the back taxes so they will probably just get crushed.

    By the way, Steve's is a B, Rumble, so that still holds true.

    Thanks
    Eric
     
  22. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1385822853.843497.jpg
    My dad's 3w coupe. No tags...


    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!
     
  23. mecutem
    Joined: Oct 6, 2002
    Posts: 603

    mecutem
    Member

    My car is in post 14........I just found the body tag. First part is hard to make out but the number at end is 4983. Another for the list. If ford made 23,000 or so of these 3 windows there should be at least a few thousand still out there.
     
  24. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    up to 41 Murray body tag #s now, with the addition of B520(?)-4983:

    239
    250
    267
    352
    441
    483
    694
    1636
    1701
    2095
    2643
    3103
    3346
    4054
    4438
    4749
    4945
    4983
    4988
    5429
    5576
    5628
    5652
    5714
    5956
    7538
    7622
    7993
    8214
    8295
    8612
    8830
    9020
    9424
    9548
    9744
    10293
    11333
    11746
    12173
    12660
     
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  25. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    [​IMG]

    This beauty brings us up to 42 Murray body tag #s now, with the addition of B520B-7762:

    239
    250
    267
    352
    441
    483
    694
    1636
    1701
    2095
    2643
    3103
    3346
    4054
    4438
    4749
    4945
    4983
    4988
    5429
    5576
    5628
    5652
    5714
    5956
    7538
    7622
    7762
    7993
    8214
    8295
    8612
    8830
    9020
    9424
    9548
    9744
    10293
    11333
    11746
    12173
    12660
     
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  26. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    This one brings us up to 43 Murray body tag #s now, with the addition of B520A-1747:

    239
    250
    267
    352
    441
    483
    694
    1636
    1701
    1747
    2095
    2643
    3103
    3346
    4054
    4438
    4749
    4945
    4983
    4988
    5429
    5576
    5628
    5652
    5714
    5956
    7538
    7622
    7762
    7993
    8214
    8295
    8612
    8830
    9020
    9424
    9548
    9744
    10293
    11333
    11746
    12173
    12660
     

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  27. leegboy
    Joined: May 30, 2012
    Posts: 10

    leegboy
    Member

    my 32 3 window came from Nebraska --not one rust out it is now in Michigan original wood body #B520 A 9221 and it is a rumble sear car with no bottom trunk lip channel and a roll down rear window
     
  28. captain scarlet
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,413

    captain scarlet
    Member
    from Detroit

    To add to mine. It is a 'B' body, original trunk car no roll down window, hinges and a striker panel.


    Singlefingerspeedshop.com. Detroit
     
  29. Randy P
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 417

    Randy P
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    This one brings us up to 44 Murray and Canadian Top & Body Corp. body tag #s now, with the addition of B520A-9221:

    239
    250
    267
    352
    441
    483
    694
    1636
    1701
    1747
    2095
    2643
    3103
    3346
    4054
    4438
    4749
    4945
    4983
    4988
    5429
    5576
    5628
    5652
    5714
    5956
    7538
    7622
    7762
    7993
    8214
    8295
    8612
    8830
    9020
    9221
    9424
    9548
    9744
    10293
    11333
    11746
    12173
    12660
     
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  30. This is mine 5" chop and 5" channel no floor no tag plan to unchannel.
    [​IMG]
     
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