/ /

Barn Find/Ready For Restoration/Dual Rear Wheels/221ci Flathead V8

1937 Ford 1 1/2 Ton Flatbed Truck

Condition: Used
Make: Ford
Model: 1 1/2 Ton Flatbed Truck
Type: Other
Doors: 2
Year: 1937
Mileage: 47431
VIN: BB183378889
Color: Black
Engine: 221 Flathead V8
Transmission: Manual
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Morgantown, Pennsylvania, United States

Description for Ford 1 1/2 Ton Flatbed Truck 1937

1937 Ford 1 1/2 Ton Flatbed Truck


In 1937 Ford eventually offered its own platform stake bodies and, of course, third-party builders have been making them for yearsparticularly for trucks 3/4-ton and larger. In 1937, however, Ford introduced special, stylized platform stake bodies for half-ton trucks that incorporated fenders and raised the deck to make it easier to load and unload from docks. It was a stylish yet functional take on the reliable, practical old rack body. Ford's short, 6 1/2-foot platform stake body (though the fancy fenders disappeared) stuck around as an available option on half-ton trucks until 1968 when it was quietly dropped.

For consignment a barn find 1937 Ford Flatbed with some snazzy upgrades from the factory options bolted on. Dual rear wheels, a chromed grille, and a 221ci flathead V8, and suspension that raised the truck to be able to easily load cargo from a loading dock. She will need plenty of TLC however all is there and awaiting your loving hand.

Time has taken some toll on the metal exterior with plenty of dents and dings on virtually every surface. Some rust is noted but I would call it slight overall. An all wood bed has faded and warped over time. Running boards are well worn and allows you to easily climb into this tall truck. Noted on the rear dual wheels it appears the inside tires are slightly smaller than the outside so we can see them floating.

Original dash sports original gauges and steering wheel. Door panels are just the bare bones metal, gone are the door panel covers. Bucket seats have been added. The rubber floor is well worn and the original steering wheel sprouts from this floor. Utilitarian would be the buzz word for the interior.

Equipped with the larger engine available at the time, we see a fairly clean and nice looking 221ci flathead V8. There is a single 2-barrel carb on top, and a 3-speed manual transmission on back.

Our lift was not able to accommodate this truck but we did put best to peek underneath and we see good solid structural frame, body hangers that have surface rust, and some more rotting of the flatbed wood. Drum brakes are all around.

Unfortunately, we dared not start this engine as it does not have any coolant in it, and we would assume doing so would lead to disaster. As noted, the engine was at one point restored because it shows no rust, and good hoses and spark plug wires.

Flatbed trucks were not the craze in 1937 and we do not have exact numbers, but most were of the "stake body" design with rear fenders in metal and single rear wheels. And at the time in the history of this truck it very well could have been a "stake body", but it remains unknown. We do know now it's a flatbed, dual rear wheel 221ci flathead V8 with a chrome grille. A project for the blue oval truck aficionado.


Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 500 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.