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1942 Ford Pickup?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jstorm, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. jstorm
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    My dad is getting ready to paint this for a guy soon and he dropped it off last night. The owner said it is a 1942 but it does not look like any other 42 I have seen. My dad has a 46 Ford pickup and I thought the 42 looked like it. Just curious if anyone knew anything about this body style. It still has the flathead in it and is in fairly good shape.
     

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  2. AllSteel36
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    I'd say maybe it was titled as a '42? It's '41 I think.
    My '42 looks just like a '46/'47.
     
  3. jstorm
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    1941s looked like the 40. Its a rather odd looking truck.
     
  4. havi
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    That appears to be a '40 or 41 tonner front. It's possible the title says '42, since some states didn't title a truck until it sold. Here's a 41

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  5. treb11
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    only the 1/2 ton. that one is a 3/4 ton
     
  6. jstorm
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    1 ton express, after a lot of digging I found a site that had 2 small pics of that style truck. They were made in 41 and 42. Its a pretty cool little truck, I just had never seen it before.
     
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    Thats a good looking truck
     
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    Possibly, the owner is kind of an odd fellow. He traded a paint job for a running 1936 Chevy sedan, doors need new wood but its a great car.
     

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  10. chrisntx
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    from Texas .

    Your truck is a 1940 STANDARD pickup.
    The 1940 pickups that appear to have the same sheetmetal as a 1940 car are COMMERCIAL pickups
     
  11. chrisntx
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    from Texas .

    This is a 1941 STANDARD truck and not a COMMERCIAL
     
  12. havi
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    Wouldn't either style of the half ton pickup have the headlights in the fenders, and the hood not have the vents?

    I also looked at a 1942 sno-go, and it has the same grille as the 46/47's, so as most pages point out, such as wiki, how-stuff-works, etc... show the 42-47 as being the same. I would hazard a guess that maybe Ford used left over sheet metal to make 1942 1 ton express model. I'll talk to Chuck, and see what he says. I'm kinda curious myself.
     
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  13. arkiehotrods
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    The vehicle your dad is painting is a '40 or '41 3/4 ton or 1 ton Express, which rode on a 122-inch wheelbase compared to the 1/2 ton, which rode on a 112 inch wheelbase. The '42 Express shared the same front sheet metal styling as the '42-'47 1/2 ton pickup. However, as Havi suggested, it's possible that the state where it was first titled issued a '42 title instead of a '41, even though the model year was not '42.

    The source of my information is the Standard Catalog of American Light Duty Trucks, edited by well-known automotive historian John Gunnell and published by Krause Publications, the publishers of Old Cars Weekly, Old Cars Price Guide, and hundreds of automotive reference books.
     
  14. dudley32
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    Trucks and Sedans were made during WW II for the Military...usually from left overs
    or so I've been told...d32
     
  15. It's a 1940 Ford 3/4 or 1ton, 40s had the V8 emblem ahead of the hood louvers and was the last year for the 60 hp V8 - Most 42-45 cars and trucks have no chrome or very little because of the war.
     
  16. Dadstoy 2
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    Could have put the one ton front sheet metal on a half ton chassis and cab.
     
  17. dudley32
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    There's one running around here...Bed is much taller and the front clip is different than '41-'47...
     
  18. arkiehotrods
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    That hood is a '40 Express hood as Mark Boltjes said, and yes, the front sheet metal could have been transferred to a '42, as Dadstoy 2 said.
     

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