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1938 Ford Australian Utility (UTE)

1938 Ford UTE 81A

Make: Ford
Model: UTE 81A
Type: Utility (UTE)
Year: 1938
Mileage: 999,999
Color: Green
Engine: '38 Ford 85 HP 21 stud
Cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Drive side: Right-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States

Description for Ford UTE 81A 1938

1938 Ford Australian Utility (UTE). The UTE is unique to Australia. As far as I know there are only 3 of the ’38 Models in the US. I found this one in Canada. The chassis were built in Canada and exported to Australia where the bodies were built and the final assembly was done.

This is a restoration in progress and is a Right Hand Drive.

See photos. First photo was taken in Australia before the UTE moved to Canada. The rest of the photos were taken in my shop


  • A clear New Mexico title in my name with the Canadian VIN
  • A new 21 stud engine (From Dennis Carpenter reproductions) It is my understanding that these engine are new but due to long term storage issues they had to be reworked. The over/under sizes are listed on the tag shown in the photo
  • The correct aluminum “Made in Canada” heads (2)
  • US made iron heads for spares (2) and one (1) US made aluminum head
  • Used intake manifolds (2) aluminum
  • Carburetors new rebuilt or rebuilt slightly used (2)
  • Water Pumps new reproduction (2)
  • Rebuilt oil pumps (2)
  • Rebuilt Starter and new starter drive & 1 used starter
  • Clutch pressure plate and disk. New or re-manufactured
  • Used fly wheel with pressure plate
  • Some gaskets
  • LHD dome muffler - slight modification for RHD
  • The original frame (unusable), with the Canadian VIN (You will need this for the VIN number) Includes the transmission and rear axle (last photo)
  • Two additional frames for parts, or to use
  • NOS Front spring
  • Many rear springs (used) to select from
  • Correct shocks including the correct front Canadian links. I also have the rear links but thy are too long and will need to be shortened 1/4-3/8 inch on each end. Also, if you want, I have the tooling I used to reproduce these.
  • NOS radiator
  • NOS gas tank
  • Used external oil filter
  • Many extra fenders (mostly rear - US made) – some NOS(?) some used. May need some slight modification to fit the UTE
  • Pair fender skirts
  • Five (5) powder coated wheels with new tires and tubes and 2 used tires
  • Five (very good reconditioned hub caps)
  • Reproduction (Bob Drake) reproduction bumpers - the UTE had only the front bumper but a rear could be added if you want - used front front bumper arms are included
  • Re-chromed bumper guards
  • Material to finish re-skinning the tailgate is included
  • NOS brake drums -two piece type (4), used hubs (4) relined shoes, springs, and NORS cables
  • Used brake backing plates
  • RHD steering column and gear box with new bushings
  • Reproduction '38 STD steering wheel
  • Complete set of ’38 Std. trim
  • Correct RHD wiring harness from Australia
  • Lot of instruments and gauges
  • New (Bob Drake) battery box
  • At least one generator
  • A Correct 1938 Radio
  • '38 STD. horn
  • Headlight (Bob Drake) assemblies (2) including hardware and lens (4) only one reflector, and one complete Headlight assembly.
  • Reproduction (Bob Drake) tail light assemblies (2)
  • Some light blubs
  • RHD dash (2)
  • A seat from a US ’38 Ford Tudor
  • Window channel kit (Bob Drake)
  • Window regulators NORS or very good used
  • Set of window glass (from A US coupe) may need some slight modification to fit the UTE
  • Heater
  • Reproduction glove box - will need slight modification to fit RHD
  • Many, many, more miscellaneous parts – too many to list
  • 1928-1938 and 1939-1941 Ford Canada Chassis Parts books. These are necessary to reference RHD parts (usually noted by an "F" in the part number
  • A CD with all of the UTE photos I’ve collected. This is the resource on how the many parts fit.
  • About $20,000 invested. Starting at $15,000 for the UTE and parts.

Sold as is - with no returns - be sure this is what you want and the condition is acceptable before bidding. Photos are part of the description. Questions gladly answered. Please ask questions PRIOR to bidding. I don’t do phone calls please don’t ask.

I am sorry about this but I was burned once on a cashiers check. My bank must verify Cashiers checks or they must clear the same as regular check.

$1000.00 non refundable deposit due via PayPal in 48 hours

The UTE and all of the parts must be removed no later than April 14, 2018