EXCLUSIVE: 1935 Ford 1.5 Ton Truck

Modern work trucks are mostly big square boxes and while some look great, none are as attractive as this 1935 Ford! It’s big, yet elegant with great lines and curves. It’s a 1.5 ton dually with a flathead V8 and 4-speed, so it should capable of hauling just about anything you’d need to carry. The cab is going to need paint and it’s missing a bed, but Mike M states that the body is solid and straight. The 239 cui V8 seems to have a stuck valve, but hopefully, it can be freed without pulling the engine. Overall, it looks like a good project. You can find it in Commerce, Georgia and you can contact Mike via the form below.

Seller’s Description: All original Henry Ford Steel Truck. Very straight with almost no rust. Only has some surface and 2 very small spots.

Price: $7,800 OBO
Location: Commerce, Georgia
Title Status: Missing

Body Condition: Straight and complete

Mechanical Condition: The mechanical brakes work, 59AB Mercury Flathead that will fire and try to run but seems it may have an intake valve stuck and it pushes exhaust thru the carb. Original 4 Speed transmission that shifts fine.

Classic trucks are still on the rise, but the market for 1 ton+ trucks hasn’t gone up quite as drastically as their light-duty counterparts. That being said, there’s a dedicated following for these trucks. This one will need work, but as long as the engine isn’t damaged, it shouldn’t be too hard to get it back on the road. With a flatbed installed and some fresh paint, it will look great and be fun to show off. So, what do you think of Mike’s 1.5 Ton Ford? Would you put this truck back to work?

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  1. Howard A Member

    I wish the seller a lot of luck, as interest for these pre-war trucks is fading. If it was on a modern chassis, it would be a hit, and probably what will happen to it, but as is, don’t see it happening.

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      I agree Howard. Cool looking rig, but what do you do with it?

      • Anton N Meyers

        Ive always thought of building a Retro-themed RV with something like this

  2. azd

    Price seems high, but the cab and grille are the main ingredients for a “Rudy Truck” copy, though few compare to the original.

    Personally I’d love to clean it up, put a flatbed on it, and be done.

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  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    This one is sure in a lot better shape than my ’35 pickup. If this was closer to home I’d be tempted. A flatbed to haul the John Deere D to the shows. It would be a lot of fun. I would frown if this one joined the ranks of those attempting to drop the cab on a modern chassis. That practice is starting to become another SBC transplant…

    A couple of brothers farmed about six miles east of town years ago. They bought one of these brand new back in ’35 and they hauled grain with it for over 50 years before they sold out to the neighbor. The truck, which still had its shine, disappeared shortly after that and both brothers passed away before I could find out where the truck went. Skuttlebutt says that it went to a collector west of Great Falls. I hope it did.

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    • Howard A Member

      You know, looking through “images” on google, I could be wrong. I see very little evidence of trucks like this modernized into what you say, this cab on a modern chassis. It seems, there’s enough of us around yet, that ARE restoring these to like new, and using them accordingly. Obviously, a 42 mph, rough riding, little for brakes, hard steering, and crashing the gears truck isn’t for everybody, but it’s great to see people still hold the past dear, and at one time, this was as good as it got, and in the mid- 30’s, you were lucky to have one. I’m with you, different gearing or 2 speed, to make it a bit more driveable, however, 55 or 60 mph in this may a handful, but I’d keep it original.

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        Maybe I’m a little over sensitive these days but I was at my friend’s place and he was making a ‘57 Chevy LCF into a street rod hauler. His original intention (so he said) was to modify the suspension and maybe drop in a 502 crate motor. Then he said he wanted to make it into a crew cab. I wasn’t all that fussy about that but I helped him locate the first one. Next thing I knew he found one that was actually in better shape. Well he pulled the cabs off both, scrapped the two chassis and is going through a tremendous amount of work putting it on a 5500 Duramax chassis. He originally said he wouldn’t do that. Our friendship is strained. In and around the Great Falls area I counted SEVEN cab transfers that cropped up within the last year. OK, I’ve said my piece; I’ll see what I can stir up on another site…

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  4. newfieldscarnut

    A true Barn Find .
    On the same farm since new and used to bring vegetables to the Boston’s farmer’s market . In later years it was used to pick up baled hay in the field . I would see this truck and two others with the doors off out in the field picking up hay through my teens and 20’s . I finally ended up with this one last year and the doors were in the barn to boot along with two of the original side gates . A great part of farming history and bygone days .

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Very nice! There were a lot of these used right through the 60s and beyond. They held up well because of the steel cabs. GMs didn’t do so well because they still used a lot of wood until ’37. But after that you saw a fair amount of early trucks working hard. Things have changed over the years; when I entered the repair trade back in ’71 a 50 year old truck still being used on a daily basis was unheard of. Today, a lot of grain is still being hauled with trucks that are 50 years old…

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  5. newfieldscarnut

    Sorry about the picture . It is straight in my file but it did a wheely for some reason .

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