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EFV-8 Club Forum / General Trucks Discussion / 1936 heavy flatbed questions

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01-10-2018 @ 6:32 PM
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New guy here, greetings to all from cold and salty Wisconsin. Cut my teeth (and a lot of other human parts) on a 47 coupe. Have now come upon a 1936 flatbed truck with heavy springs and dual rear wheels. S/N on frame is BB 183062278. Known history and appearance says it is all original, no chopped wires, tubing, welds or obvious modifications. Would appreciate any help in identifying the correct model ID and info on how this vehicle fits into the EFV-8 Club? Also wondering about common parts between it and other Fords of this era. Is the Club book on the 36 going to be helpful with this truck? Are there better places I should be looking for guidance? Goal is to get it back in operation working with what I have now. Have freed up the stuck V-8 85 and had Bubba do the distributor. In Spring we will see if it fires up. Any information or suggestions will be welcome. When I get up to speed here I will post a picture. It is in the original Vermillion Red with a company name lettered on the doors.

01-10-2018 @ 9:26 PM
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According to information in James Wagner's Ford Trucks Since 1905 -- you have a model 51 Ford truck. Now, any other information depends on the length of your wheel base. Is it a 131 1/2 inch or 157 inch wheel base? Then is it a stake bed or dump? There are several types of model 51 trucks.
The book says that model 51 Ford trucks were powered by the 221 cubic inch V-8.
As far as the Club's 1935-1936 Ford Book, most likely the only chapter that would be of help would be the chapter on the engine. The rest of the book deals with the 112 inch wheel base passenger car.
This information should help some what. Once you find the wheel base -- then you can also find the type of model 51.
There are a couple of large truck members out there and they probably will add to this.
I do suggest that you become a member of the Club, if you haven't already. Being a member will get you our award winning magazine, The V-8 TIMES , and access to our truck Tech Advisor who will be able to answer more of your questions.

01-11-2018 @ 8:38 PM
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Thanks for the quick response! I should have mentioned that I have the 131.5 inch wheelbase. Also, it is a stake or flatbed and I did join this organization last year. I will check the book you mentioned and as more complicated questions arise, I will be in touch with the Heavy Commercial advisor as you suggest. Meantime, I wonder if anyone can tell me if body and interior parts interchange with the 1936 pickup truck? Thanks in advance for taking time to help.

01-11-2018 @ 9:32 PM
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The majority of the interior cab parts are the same as a pickup. (handles, gauges, knobs, etc)
Front fenders are not.
Headlight buckets are the same, as is the grille.

I am sure there are a few other things that are also.

01-13-2018 @ 9:51 PM
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Thanks again nelsb01.

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