1930 Ford Model A Pickup
1930 Ford Model A Pickup
- Restored Truck
- 350 V8
- 153 Miles Since Built
- Ford Rear End
(Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1930 Ford Model A Pickup on a website other than our Garage Kept Motors site, it's possible that you've only seen some of our many photographs of the truck due to third-party website limitations. To be sure you access all of the more than 120 photographs, as well as a short start-up and walk-around video, please go to our main website: Garage Kept Motors.)
“Although the Ford stylists probably did not style the Model A with a pickup body in mind, its Lincoln-like lines and proportions looked just as good around a truck bed as any of the other body styles. Ford built over 48,000 pickups in 1930. Chevrolet launched its own factory-built pickup in 1931, starting a virtual war that rages to this day.” – Curbside Classic, April 2016
The authoritative website added: “… you might consider the Model A to be the world's first luxury truck. Henry Ford is remembered, mistakenly, as the father of the cheap car; in truth, Ford insisted that everything in his cars be of the highest quality. Their low prices came from distilling each piece to its simplest form and high-volume manufacturing. Henry Ford had no idea what the car cost to make, but deeply believed that by building the best car he could, people would buy enough of them for him to make a profit.”
And as to Model A quality: “Every chassis part was forged from the highest quality of steel. There would not be a single piece of stamped steel in this car's chassis. The Model A was also the first car in its class to use double-acting hydraulic shock absorbers (the same units used in Lincolns) and a safety-glass windshield. Even when early hot rodders massaged the 200 cu in (3.3-liter) engine to two or three times the original 40-horsepower rating, its internal pieces proved completely up to the task.”
Offered here is a customized 1930 Ford Model A Pickup in yellow over red. The custom work--completed just 153 traveled-miles ago--included both aesthetic and mechanical upgrades resulting in a very appealing, mechanically sound, one-of-a-kind hot rod.
The exterior yellow paint was professionally applied and exhibits excellent gloss across all body panels including the cab (firewall included), front grille and headlight trim, and the shortened rear pickup cargo box. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) The Model A-characteristic black fabric top is in place and was completely refreshed. Chrome brightwork on the windshield trim, headlight bezels (and support arms), radiator grille, door handles, and original taillights is excellent across the board. With the fenders removed, portions of the renewed, matte-black-painted frame and suspension components are visible. The rear cargo box includes wood cargo rails. Red steel wheels with chrome trim rings are mounted with Garfield® classic-car whitewall tires (the right-front whitewall shows some damage).
Inside, the cabin walls, door trim, and seat upholstery have all been renewed in bright red leather with the seats featuring a classic, vertically pleated design. The original dashboard remains in place and is painted in the yellow body color. SunPro® replacement gauges (speedometer, and engine monitors for oil pressure, coolant temperature, and voltage output) are mounted in the classic Model A center-dash arrangement. The steering wheel is stock, as is the floor mounted shifter for the automatic transmission which replaced the stock manual transmission. Floors in the cabin and rear cargo box are diamond-plate; the rear cargo box includes a red gasoline tank and the battery.
Forward of the cabin, the open-sided engine bay is host to a 350-cubic-inch V8. Wearing an open-sided, chrome air cleaner, orange engine-block paint, chrome valve covers, and performance exhaust headers, the engine is a delight for the eyes. The engine bay is perfectly clean. Viewed from below, the chassis is exceptionally clean, free of any damage, with no sign of rust. The full-length dual exhaust system, automatic transmission, and the Ford rear end are focal points.
The truck's original identification tag remains mounted.
While the more than 120 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this 1930 Model A Pickup in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
Some restored and modified vehicles shine only at car shows. This 1930 hot rod will actually create its own car show at every outing, including at the local hamburger place, the homecoming parade, or even at every stoplight. We're pretty sure its next proud owner will get used to all the attention.