Category: 1942

War-era Ford pickup turns heads on North Coast roads – Juan Venter @NorthCoastCourier

Manufactured shortly before the start of World War 2 when Ford halted the production of 1942 Ford pickups, this one was found in pieces by local Ford enthusiast Poobal Govender and lovingly restored to mint condition.

A candy red Ford pickup that you might spot on the roads of the North Coast has a fascinating history.

Manufactured shortly before the start of World War 2 when Ford halted the production of 1942 Ford pickups, this one was found in pieces by local Ford enthusiast Poobal Govender and lovingly restored to mint condition.

Poobal, who owns a farm slap-bang in the middle of Seatides and Westbrook, picked up the iconic truck for R120 000 – even then a hefty price as the truck was in pieces.

With trucking in his blood, the retired trucking transport Ford owner who dabbles in the restoration of tractors spent 3 years restoring the Ford to an almost original condition, with the exception of some chrome work and a lick of paint.

What makes this Ford stand out is the 99.9% original engine, with the only exception being a modern alternator.

It even sports its original carburettor which is in near mint condition.

Poobal added custom 76mm stainless steel exhausts to highlight the already flamboyant pickup which originally hails from Rhodesia.

According to Poobal, he originally intended to buy a Mini Minor, which he enjoyed restoring at the time, from a Durban car dealer in 2013.

By chance he spotted the pickup and it was love at first sight.

Read on



Wayne Matthews started building this ’42 Chevy pickup with a simple desire: to have a head-turning truck from the year he was born. He got much more than that when he walked into Big Oak Garage unannounced and sealed a deal with shop owner Will Posey. After Posey and his crew were done with the ’42, it was a show-stopping hauler worthy of a 2018 Truck of the Year Early finalist nod.

The first step was to solidify a smooth ride with modern handling abilities. In came an Art Morrison chassis equipped with RideTech coil-overs to dampen the independent front suspension and four-link-suspended 9-inch rearend. Schott Magnitude wheels were added to each corner – 18×7 up front and 19×12 in the rear – and finished with custom knock-off center caps and Pirelli tires.

See the rest here


The Story Of The Davison, America’s First Urban Freeway – Ardelia Lee @DailyDetroit


Interesting article on Americas first Urban Freeway, the Davison in Detroit.

Construction of the five and a half mile freeway began in 1941 and was completed by November 1942. The freeway became the first one of its kind – an urban freeway meant to connect one part of a metro area with another with as little interruption as possible

Read Ardelia Lee’s article here

Salesman’s 1939 Ford coupe – Classic Journal


Here’s a pick of the day from a few weeks back by Ben Golfen at Classic It’s a lovely 1939 Ford V8 Coupe rocking the Flathead and a glorious colour scheme from the Swift Premium Co and has been in the same family since 1942!

Ben’s article on the car can be found here and The listing is here

Henry Ford Random Patents #4 – US 2269451 A Automobile body construction (Henry’s Plastic Car)


Henry’s Plastic Car


Henry applied for and was granted US Patent 2269451 A

This is an excerpt, including the spelling!

Provide an automobile body construction of improved’ construction. 1 v

More specifically, the object of my invention is to provide a body construction in which plastic body panels-are employed, .not only for the doors and side panels, but also for the roof, hood and all other ‘exposed panels on the body.

Plastic parts have many advantages in that they produce a quiet body, may be molded to exact sizes, may be formed economically from soy bean oil, may be readily replaced in case of accident, and result in a lighter construction.

However, there are also many disadvantages to g all such constructions in the past because the panels are not able structurally to resist the stresses to which such panels are exposed in the conventional body. In the present all-steel body the “panels are depended upon almost entirely to resist the many stresses set up in the body.

An object of this invention is, therefore, to

provide a body frame structure which will resist all normally encountered stresses independently of the body panels.

The full patent detail can be found here

It’s believed the war overtook things and the idea was never pursued.

There is also an interesting article on Henry’s plastic car by Ben Judge that can be found  here at Money Week