A short version of the history as given by a former owner:
- The truck was found in the late 1980s in a barn in
Springfield Massachusetts near the B&M railroad tracks, close to
where the Basketball Hall of Fame is now located.
was somewhat of a basket case cosmetically, but did have the original
wood bed. From amechanical standpoint, the truck appeared to be used
little - the motor had very little wear and did not need to be bored
out when rebuilt.
- It was bought from a guy named Jay who worked
for the railroad. He had an old B&W newspaper photo of the truck
which showed the two tone paint and wood bed. The newspaper photo is
believed to have been lost in a basement flood after the restoration.
mechanical work, including the motor, was redone in the early 1990s by
Pioneer Valley Model A (Warren Paul). During this time Pioneer Valley
Model A was closing down and as a result, the truck received quite a
few NOS parts in the restoration.
- The bed was built by
Hampshire Restoration in Holyoke, Massachusetts using southern yellow
pine and a bit more metal than the original because of Massachusetts
- In 2004, the truck received a body-off restoration and painting.
- The engine number is from April 1931 and is supposed to match the frame, but it is a Ford replacement "diamond" block.