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1937 Ford Panel Truck 28615 Miles Red Panel delivery 221 cubic inch V8 Manual

1937 Ford Panel Truck

Condition: Used
Make: Ford
Model: Panel Truck
Type: Panel delivery
Year: 1937
Mileage: 28615
VIN: 183705938
Color: Red
Engine: 221 cubic inch V8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Local pick-up only
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Description for Ford Panel Truck 1937

Beautiful panel delivery. Single family ownership from new with service records dating back to the 1930s. Restored in the 1990s and still in fantastic condition. 85 HP flathead V8. Ready to have fun and enjoy!
Ford’s 1937 trucks were heavily redesigned with a new grille, bumpers, and hood to further distinguish them from their automotive siblings, although they maintain many car-like features. The proportions are excellent, showing that an artist was at work in the redesign, not just an engineer interested in maximizing practicality. The big barrel-shaped grill still echoes Ford design, as do the headlights and twin horns, but it’s more substantial and fits the bigger delivery bodywork. The bright red livery with hand-painted lettering is how it has looked from Day One, and while Henry Ford himself didn’t much care for red paint, it sure looks good here! We believe the mileage of 28,615 is authentic (it was only doing local deliveries, after all) and as a result the body never really had much of a chance to get rusty or banged up. We do have restoration photos, but none show any serious metal work or body rot, so it feels surprisingly tight and solid even today. Sure, there are signs of use and age after 25 years of show duty, but it still presents extremely well and we find it almost irresistible sitting here in the showroom.
No surprise that the interior is spartan, but this truck thankfully carries two bucket seats so it’s not just a single-passenger machine. Take a friend along! The seat covers and door panels are durable black vinyl that’s in great shape, and aside from a small tear in the driver’s lower cushion on the side, it’s almost unmarked. Beautiful cream-faced gauges are framed by a big three-spoke steering wheel and there’s an accessory heater under the dash, ideal for chilly winter deliveries. The windshield cranks open for ventilation, and there’s a cowl vent to assist, so the truck stays cool and breezy on warm days. There’s also a correct rubber mat on the floor so it’s very low maintenance. The cargo bay is obviously built to do a job, but it hasn’t been bashed or beat up and the overhead cargo light works correctly.
Mechanically, the panel trucks used the same engine, transmission, rear end, and most of the chassis as other Ford passenger vehicles. That means a 221 cubic inch Ford flathead V8 rated at 85 horsepower. If you’re familiar with flathead Fords, you know that they’re energetic and fun to drive, and even saddled with this much panel truck, it remains nimble on the road. The engine was rebuilt and detailed with Ford Green paint and a correct air cleaner up top, and they even included the right multi-colored spark plug wires that were standard on late-30s flatheads. We just installed a new radiator, so this truck should not have any problems with flathead fever. It starts easily with a little choke, idles nicely, and pulls the truck around with a pleasing V8 burble from the single tailpipe out back. Experts will spot a later voltage regulator on the firewall, which improves electrical system performance, as well as an accessory oil filter mounted on the driver’s side head.
We don’t believe the restoration involved removing the body from the chassis, but it remains clean and solid underneath with no issues that need attention. You will note that the brakes have been upgraded to hydraulic operation using period components, including a master cylinder mounted on the frame. Transverse leaf springs were a Ford trademark until into the ‘50s, although this truck features tube shocks in back, which were standard equipment in 1937 and a real innovation. The transmission shifts easily, clutch take-up is smooth, and with 3.78 gears out back, it’s pretty comfortable at 50 MPH. There’s also a brand new stainless steel exhaust system that sounds right and will last forever. Gorgeous artillery wheels with chrome “spider” hubcaps and Firestone wide whitewalls really make this panel truck sparkle.
Documentation is extensive, including gas ration cards from the ‘40s, maintenance receipts, restoration photos, original purchase records, and more. The history is tangible with this truck!
We’re smitten with this pretty panel truck. They’re unusual, they’re handsome, and it’s still practical today. Just imagine the fun you’d have with your company’s logo on the side, or take the paperwork with you to events and show everyone about how difficult it was even to deliver pretzels during the war. If you can’t find a way to have fun with this handsome little truck, you should probably take up a different hobby. Call today!
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