1940 Ford canopy express truck - It's finished!

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I saw this 50 Chevy canopy express truck at an antique machinery show in September and thought it would be nice to make a model of it or something like it.

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I had a 40 Ford panel truck that I built over 40 years ago sitting on a shelf falling apart, so I decided to use it as a base for my model. I can't find a 40 Ford truck like this on Google, so maybe Ford never made any that year. I found pics of Model A's and 50 Fords,but nothing in between. So maybe this model is a phantom. Anyway, I cut openings in the sides and cut down the rear door to make it a tailgate.

I made side rails for the side openings, and a bulkhead between the cab and bed. The veggie crates and racks are made of balsa and coffee stirrers. Veggies are pictures glued into the crates. I plan to display the truck in the parking lot of my 1959 diner and ice cream stand dioramas. I plan to weather it a bit, since in the 1959 setting it would be almost 20 years old.

This is a mockup.

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Almost done!

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I plan to make the rolled up tarps for the sides and rear from some landscape fabric.

Sam

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Looks good Sam! I'm sure a huckster was available in 1940, or a body company would offer it since it was a popular vendor truck.

For the tarps, I would suggest using masking tape. Take the tape and spray the glue side with Testors Dullcote. That takes the sticky away leaving you with nice thin material with a pattern on it to work with. I use it all the time for things like this. It's also how I make my seat belts.

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I finished the truck today. Here some photos. I used masking tape for the tarps (Thanks Tom Geiger for the idea) Farmer Brown is selling some veggies at Dad's Garage on my diorama. I dirtied up the truck a little, since it is to be a farmer's truck and would probably be a bit dirty and worn after years of use. The chrome is naturally faded from the model being 40 years old. Paint is Krylon with a little bit of clear to keep the shine down. I hope you guys like it. It's something different!

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Very nice.

But 40 Ford Sedan Deliveries did not have Passenger car tail lights.

I sure wish AMT would hurry up and find & re-issue the old T Depot Hack!!!

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Very cool Sam! And happy to help. The tarps look wonderful!

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Very nice.

But 40 Ford Sedan Deliveries did not have Passenger car tail lights

Dan, those lights came with the original kit, so I used them.

Sam

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Sam, that looks really cool. I love the original idea, and the veggies look good too.

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Great idea, good execution.

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Very cool! B)

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Different and cool. :)

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i like this. it's a well done wreckscue (rebuild) and looks quite convincing.

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Cool I love that. i was at a car show last yr where they had a dodge and gmc of the same vintage like that.

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I really enjoy these different kind of builds. It just gives people something a little different to feast there imaginations on. Very nice job, and keep up the good work.

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Oops! I deleted two of the photos from my Flickr account. Here's a new one.

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Thanks, everyone for the compliments. I enjoy building unusual subjects, even if they don't have the mass appeal of the more often build hot rods, muscle cars, etc.

Sam

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Very nice. I think I like this one as much as your Ice Cream Truck.

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