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What Would You Do? 1935 Ford Delivery


Just look at this one! I love the sign writing that’s still visible and the checkerboard pattern on the hood vents! There’s one problem–or opportunity–depending on how you look at it. There’s no engine or transmission! It’s up for sale here on eBay and is located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. 


When I was looking up information about the Schinderle Bakery, which was located in Iron Mountain, Michigan, I found this article detailing it’s closing in 2011 — and believe it or not, the panel truck is mentioned, although the article calls it a 1936. That is so cool! I’d want to contact the family to find out as much as I could–and then what? Do you restore it, or enjoy the way it looks now?


I wonder why the two fenders are in primer–and where did the original engine and transmission go? If you can make it through the seller’s description, you can see that while they have some more items, but you are still going to have to source a lot of things to get the vehicle roadworthy.


Yes, there’s a lot of work to be done, if you want to restore the vehicle. I am really torn about what to do with this one. I do know that if it were me, I’d be going back with as original a drive train as possible.


Now, for those of you that want to do something else, you certainly have a blank canvas. And it’s actually a relatively solid one, although obviously there is a fair amount of rust at the bottom of the doors and side panels. What would you do? I suppose you could preserve the paint that’s there, but how would you stabilize the rusty areas? And if you didn’t find an original type engine and transmission, what would you put in there? Be sure and let us know!



  1. Tracy

    Restore body to original with our paint scheme. Flathead V8, manual transmission if possible. Period style bucket front seats, small backseat (for the dog). This would make it our out of town road ‘car’.

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  2. Sean

    Id restomod it. All the looks of the time with reliability and comfort of a new car. And steering. And brakes….

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    • Tom Member

      Amen Sean. Restomod. Reliable, comfortable and use it for marketing your business. A very cool classic and a rock solid daily driver.

      OR, if the rust is too far gone, pretty up the outside to market your business and make it lawn art !

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  3. grant

    Restore the body, flathead Ford with period hotrod parts, this would look great with baby moons in black on black.

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  4. Mike Young

    Like many cars…. leftover designs. Prob was sold in ’36. Like the ’58 Ford Ranchero,which used a ’58 front end,with a ’57 rear end. Or something (as I recall) …

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  5. grant

    Tried to read the article about the bakery, but it’s behind a pay wall.

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    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Hmmm. That’s funny, I got to it ok. I’ll see what I can do later today. Thanks for letting me know.

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  6. Van

    What’s the best of the old flat head v8s?
    I’d make the whole thing match the back.
    Modern 5spd, aluminum heads.
    The back should have lots of wood well finished and detailed.
    Can’t help loving jag seats, read leather. Either early E-type buckets or mark 10 plush.
    Can you update the brakes with the original wheels and suspension? Can you get whitewall radials?
    I like it as is but I’ve driven cars with bad brakes.

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  7. hearsetrax

    just my $0.02 ……..

    but I’d try and restore the body and slip a clean early – mid 50’s frame under it
    and try and find a truck load of 50’s speed parts and leave it at that

    and put in some decent buckets

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Hi hearsetrax. If I was going to go to all the trouble of sliding another frame under the body I’d go with a rolling chassis from TCI, Fatman, or equivilant. You’ve got all the body mounting points plus the suspension, brakes, and the mounts for your choice of motor/trans. I’ve seen guys work for months trying to fit an S-10 chassis under something like this and what they end up with is an old car body, mounted on a newer chassis that looks like: an old car body mounted on a newer chassis; it never looks right. And all that is followed by a lengthy peeing contest with the local DMV to get the thing registered.

      I’ve got a couple of ’35 pickups; one was cut in two to make a trailer about 60 years ago and the other one is still fairly sound. The one is a no-brainer; it will be restored right down to everything but the 3rd brush generator, but the other, since the frame is already compromised, just might get the Fatman/TCI/etc. treatment along with a ’53 Merc flathead/C4 auto.

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  8. geomechs geomechs Member

    When a unit is as stripped down as this one, the sky is pretty well the limit. If it was mine I’d stick to the original lines and try to get it as close to period correct as possible. If I ungraded I’d tend to focus on a more modern flathead, warmed over and hooked up to a C-4 automatic. Upgrade the axles and suspension, and definitely install modern brakes. On the other hand, I have an extra Model 48 engine and transmission and I would be tempted to restore it completely bone stock, right down to the mechanical brakes. Whatever way I chose it would be a driver…

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  9. Fred W.

    After an experience with a car with mechanical brakes and a steep hill, never again. Granted it was a ‘teens car with rear brakes only but four wheel can’t be much better. It would take the strength of a gorilla to stop a 3000 pound panel truck.

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  10. Howard A Member

    Since we’re doing the cop thing, I’d go for a paddy wagon. Many a scofflaw rode in the back of these. While I’ve never driven a vehicle with mechanical brakes, I read, when properly adjusted, they worked fine, and in some cases, were actually safer than juice brakes. Or keep it original for a business promotional truck. Hemmings has one ( only a ’36) they use for outings. http://assets.blog.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/06/36%20Ford%202.JPG

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Hi Howard. For a stock unit, mechanical brakes aren’t that bad. Lots of adjustment required. A large parking lot on an early Sunday morning works pretty good for an test platform. I got a friend in Conrad, MT, who has a ’37 Ford sedan. He had an axle fail and the rear wheel started coming out. Fortunately he still had his front brakes and was able to stop safely. If that would’ve been juice brakes, he would’ve had no brakes at all…

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  11. Luki

    It would be a shame to erase the signage. Anything after that is fair game.

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  12. Luki

    People redo the atrwork and it never looks the same.

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  13. Don E

    Please God, don’t let it become a rat rod? !

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  14. Wayne Thomas

    Restomod with a Ford V10.

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  15. Jim

    I live a few miles from the Schinderle Bakery unfortunately it closed in 2011 you may find info on the on the bakery at Ironmountaindailynews.com

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  16. Doug Towsley

    Its all speculative since over $8,000 for a project core halfway across the country rules me out. However I for one LOVE this one. Id preserve the character and style while modernizing the suspension brakes and powertrain. *IF* I had the access to the parts of course a period powerplant would be cool however most dont and prohibitively expensive to source. So, thus, Id hit the insurance auctions and try to pick up a late model truck and use it as a donor.
    I just got back from a Motorcycle rally in California and we took my buddys 2013/4 Ford F150 and admit while not a Ford Guy thats a pretty decent hauler and truck. Pulled my grossly overloaded Cargo trailer just fine with cajones to spare, up and down the Mt passes.

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  17. Gil

    From the article: Joseph Schinderle also purchased a 1936 paneled truck from Perucco and painted the bakery’s name and phone number on it. The phone number, 1691R, was painted in yellow and known by those who enjoyed Schinderle baked goods.

    He used the truck to deliver the baked goods. The truck was recently spotted on a trailer in Iola, Wis. with a sold sign.

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    • Danny74

      So I guess somone bought it to restore but never got far and somone else got the shell and is selling it now. Hmmm, maybe the first buyer wasn’t restoring it but removed the interrior and guts to sell/part out as much as he could but leaving enough to be Abe to sell the remaining shell.?

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  18. dM

    I would be interested in learning more about the fate of this vehicle. I have a personal interest, as Schinderle Bakery and Schinderle’s Italian Maid were owned by my family. (I spent many hours wrapping hot Italian bread and scrubbing cast iron pans in my youth!) I’m hoping the original signage was kept intact and the vehicle was brought back to it’s former glory!

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  19. Randy V from the Northern/Lower

    I know that l’am to late on this one also !! But first l would like someone to drop a little six banger in it with a automatic trainee in her. And then when some good engineering have two light floors in it. One on top of the other floor would slide out with the drivers bucket seat, and lower into a ramp. I would ride my wheelchair up, it as it (the floor) goes up and level it self out. Then l would transfer myself to the drivers bucket seat, as the floor is rolling up to the stearing wheel. Buckle my lap belt seat belt. Look to my passenger make sure his or hers is buckle up also. And say here is your Trip to Iron Mountain for Building this for me. We would stop in Iron Mountain for couple of days. Then l would drive you to back then the little town of Kingsford. And bring you to that Huge Ski Jump if it is still there and have You Climb to the Very Top and take a few pictures of the cool four Wheeler Down Below that you & maybe other’s (with us also so how) make a Older guys wish to come True !!! Now That is What l Would Like to have done with her. And to all the Uppers up there remembers the old truck, they will Also remember the old guy with a story of how he and his wheelchair gets around in that old girl of a truck. And how he Double Dared the men (maybe Women) to climb that old ski jumped that he climbed back in 1967. Amen that would be my Dream…

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