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Finish It Your Way: 1931 Ford Model AA Panel Delivery

This truck is a little bit of a hodgepodge of different vehicles put together. The seller says they believe it started life as a truck from the Denver Police Museum which was one of 41 ever made by Ford. There are still remnants of the county property stencil on the firewall and an engine rebuild tag from a Denver Ford dealership. Identified by the seller as a 1931 Ford Model AA Panel Delivery, the truck can be found for sale here on eBay with a current bid of $1,275. Located in West Point, Virginia, as you’ll see from the photos, there has been a ton of work done to this truck to get it to the point where it is today. Have a look.

Here is a great look at the chassis! The seller says they cleaned, greased, and adjusted everything. They also straightened and painted the original long-splash aprons, running boards, hood, and cowl.

The carburetor on the original 4-cylinder engine has been rebuilt. The seller lapped and adjusted the valves, replaced two of the head studs, and converted the electrical system to a 12v negative ground set-up. All of the wiring has been replaced, which is a great upgrade as well.

The back end is where the story gets a little interesting. The back-half of the truck is from a 1934 panel. The rear cargo doors are from a 1930/31 AA. The wood-framed front doors are original to the truck and they are 36″ wide which allowed the seats to be moved back slightly to provide larger legroom for the driver.

I’m not sure what the new owner will do with this truck. Due to the miss-matched panels, a repaint is probably in order. I’m a big fan of original patina, but in this case, it would look great with a new paint job. It could definitely be converted back to a police replica or it would make a great delivery vehicle and advertisement for a business. What do you think?


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    I think someone did some fine work on this truck. Love to see it finished.

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    • Solosolo UK ken tillyUK Member

      This is just about the only Model A of any kind that I have ever given a second glance. Could be a great truck in time.

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  2. geomechs geomechs Member

    I like what I see. This project just needs to be finished. It would be a great business truck or even a service truck. Whatever the case I have no doubt that it will attract attention. It sure won’t be a speed demon, even you update the engine to a balanced crankshaft…

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  3. Tom Member

    As a business owner, I love panel trucks. Super cool and free advertising. Rolling billboards as I like to call them I have Chevy HHR Panel models wrapped. Very cool. Too old for me though. Someone is going to have a great truck when done hopefully advertising for them !!

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  4. JagManBill

    Sell the body, put a Phaeton-style (think Duesenberg) and create your own big tourer.
    since the panels don’t match, find a pair of doors and graft them in and make a 4 door Suburban-style cruiser out of it

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  5. Dual Jetfire

    I’d paint the body to advertise some catastrophically terrible 1920s consumer product, like Brachman’s Radium Meat Tenderizer or Smiths X-Ray Bunion Cure.

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  6. Brakeservo

    Wheels are unusual, I ve never seen an AA with wires.

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  7. Little_Cars

    Why does the driver’s side look so different than the passenger side? The passenger side panel body looks like it has always been mounted on the truck chassis. The driver’s side looks cobbled together like it was dreamt up with galvanized metal and a forming hammer on the door to create the divot for the spare. I do love the potential with this truck though.

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  8. Paul R.

    Both sides look similar except the “door ” is gone on the driver’s side.
    Both panels read the same,, As far as I can make out ” Valley Cash Market” and on drivers side “inspected meat” , I assume “government inspected”
    It would be fascinating to learn the history. Food regulation was just starting back then so that government inspected bit would be very important.
    Gets my ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval”

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  9. Brian W

    Mountain Top Speed Shop
    “From your dreams to the Driveway”

    Yeah, i can see that and just up the road in Va….

    Like 1

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