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Hot Rods Picked up a '39 Fargo Panel(and a Model A roadster!)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BarryA, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. BarryA
    Joined: Apr 22, 2007
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    I got a call a few weeks back about a 30/31 Model A roadster for sale. Obviously I jumped at this (don't find many over here) and started trying to make a deal.
    I was dealing with a third party as the owner had emigrated. A bit of back and forth and it seemed that we were going in circles. The guy kept mentioning the '39 Fargo that was for sale and eventually I asked for pics.
    Liking what I saw I made an offer for the pair, and this past weekend I hooked up a rented trailer and headed out on a 1000 mile round trip with a good buddy of mine. The puny little Hyundai pickup struggled a bit through some of the mountains and I was getting worried if we'd bitten off a bit too much....
    Arriving in J-Bay (surfer guys will know!) we found the A already stripped, and loading went really easy. An hour or so later we had it turned around and headed back. The return trip took a little longer: 2nd gear, 40km/h on some of the steep hills:eek:. Still the rig surprised me and we had no issues. We did have a lot of time to discuss plans, and much as I'd love to build the roadster, reality struck: There is no way I would get it built any time in the next few years, so I struck a deal with my buddy. He is going to build it, Mercury flathead and as many period bits as we can lay our hands on. I know there's going to be days when I will want to kick myself, but maybe I get some karma points in finding the 30/31 Coupe that I really want:D

    And in the meantime the Fargo keeps growing on me - Thinking I can make it into a really cool family wagon / tow vehicle.......
     

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  2. BarryA
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    And just to get your juices flowing, these were standing in the store where we collected from. The owner is trying to export these to Australia - not for sale....:(
     

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  3. Fortunateson
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    You scored with that Fargo I have a '42 and people always ask what the heck it is Check out: 39-47Dodgetrucks at Yahoo groups. Very friendly and Knowledgeable. Good luck with it.
     

  4. elba
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    That is a real nice GFARGO. Congratulations for the fined !
     
  5. BarryA
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    Thanks guys - Fortunateson I'll check out that group! I had never heard of one before much less seen one.
    I don't like the windows that were fitted later (assuming it was used as a hearse at some point). I may close up the sides again, though I'm more partial to doing roll down windows similar to the CarryAll in the pic below. They do look a bit off though and if I go that route I would rather enlarge them a little to fill the area inside the recessed panel a bit better. And of course match up with the door window to look factory.
    Going to sit with it a while though and let the ideas stew....
     

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  6. Austinrod
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    from Austin

    Was it a hearse in its past life


    Posted from Austinrod
     
  7. BarryA
    Joined: Apr 22, 2007
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    I guess it must have been Austinrod...
    I spent about half an hour going through the body yesterday - most solid vehicle of this age that I have ever seen - no rust whatsoever. A little mud here and there, but it doesn't appear to be covering any butchered metal. There are a few patches on the rear flange of both running boards that are a little hack, but that is it. So nice to find something in such great shape!
     
  8. Autodave
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    from Menifee,Ca

    Nice find! J-Bay...my dream location for a surf.
     
  9. BarryA
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    Thanks Autodave - when it is working it is pretty amazing (even though my surfing abilities are limited to muddling along on a longboard in messy 1-2' stuff down the road from me)
     
  10. volvobrynk
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    from Denmark

    Any Updates?
     
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  11. BarryA
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    No movement on this yet - I'll probably only be able to get onto it next year.
    The decision is pretty much made to fit opening rear windows like a Dodge CarryAll. Not comtemplating any other body mods, and I'll be getting it a little lower.
    I am throwing around running gear ideas - as much as I'd like to keep the flathead 6, I am hoping to make this a daily, but also capable of towing occasionally so a healthy mix of power vs. fuel consumption ( :eek::eek: blasphemy for a hot rodder I know;))
    I did pick up a free complete '72 C10 rear end, internals seem in good shape, 3.73:1 ratio. Width is spot on so I may go with this if the gearing works with whatever engine/trans I end up with.
     
  12. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
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    Love that panel. Why is he exporting to Oz if not for sale? A lot of good bodies went to SA and NZ as we produced or own 'different local' bodies, not the US versions.
     
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  13. BarryA
    Joined: Apr 22, 2007
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    The owner of the cars in post #2 emigrated there some time back....
     

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