1935 Ford Pickup: Beyond Patina

1935 Ford Pickup

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I don’t know what it is about old pickups, but they just age well. This 1935 Ford is definitely rusty and past the point of being called patina. I hate rust as much as the next guy, but boy does it give this truck an incredible look. I’m not sure you could make this safe to drive without fixing some of the rust, but if you could preserve the look while making it safe to drive, it would be a real eye catcher. I love the seller’s description, especially their statement about the “natural” rust! Find it here on eBay in Roscoe, Illinois for $3,250. So would you preserve the patina and “natural” rust or would you give it a complete restoration?

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  1. Kenzo

    I’d do what is required to make it road safe and drive it. If it was here on the west coast of British Columbia (very Greater Vancouver area) I would be there to take a serious look.

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  2. Rick

    Were trucks of the period made of thicker steel or a different mix of steel and something else than cars? It seems that they are quite often very solid.

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    • geomechs geomechsMember

      Hi Rick. That question came up at a restoration course I took a few years ago. We were told that automotive sheet metal has been 16-18 gauge for over a century. There are some exceptions in larger truck fenders. The big difference is that the metal in vintage cars and trucks is slightly higher in carbon. The carbon content was reduced in the 60s and 70s. Trouble with that is it tends to crack more but it still welds up quite well. I might add that the difference is so small that the tensile strength is still 60K lbs./square inch.

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  3. Paul

    looks like the bed is sagging in to me. I’d bet it’s too far gone.

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  4. geomechs geomechsMember

    Might be a bad crossmember or maybe a bent frame. I sure wouldn’t let that stop me. That truck is 80 years old and pickings are getting slimmer all the time. You’ll have to swap out the hood; it’s off a ’36.

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    • rick Parrott

      I have a 1935 ford pickup, the hood is correct, in 36 the ford logo was placed in front of the side venting which is also a bit different, the grille is similar looking straight on from the front but thicker the grille on this truck is correct for 1935. 1935 had wire wheels as shown the 36 has a solid steel rim. the 36 has a longer box and if you look at the windshield posts they go straight down to the cowling in 36 they slope out into the cowling great find enjoy it do not change the original design rick

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  5. jim s

    sold at $3250. i hope it gets back to work and not just parted out. great find

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  6. Jason

    Perfect yard art!

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  7. Paul Hogan

    If I Had The $$$$ it would be in my driveway. I do not care what any one says you just can’t beat the looks of a 30’s, 40’s & 50’s American Made Pickups. Thy by far are the best looking vehicle ever made bar none.

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  8. Johnny E Dahse sr

    Is this truck still for sale???

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