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Ford 1942-1945 military/gov't car & pickup production

Post by Bill K. » Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:56 am

I was looking through Tim O'Callaghan's new book, Ford in the Service of America, and there are interesting stats referring to military and government car and pickup manufacture.

In the appendix, the following data is given (keep in mind this is production for military and government only):

From February 1942 to March 1942, there were 12,420 1/2-ton pickups made, probably standard Ford vehicles.

From November 1941 to March 1942, there were 10,476 automobiles made, probably standard Ford vehicles.

In the chapter entitled Wheeled Vehicles, in a section entitled Civilian Type Vehicles, data is given referring to civilian-type vehicles produced after the February 10, 1942 shutdown of civilian production, stating that the passenger cars were built using parts already produced (the production of most of these vehicles was covered by 9 contracts, though there were a number of small orders throughout the war).

Thus, from 1942 (after February) through the end of the war in 1945, the following vehicles were built:

12,177 Ford Fordor sedans for the U.S. Gov't (painted in olive drab)
104 Ford Tudor sedans for the Justice Dept. (painted in black)
138 Mercury Fordor sedans for the U.S. Navy (painted in olive drab)
200 Ford Deluxe station wagons for the U.S. Navy (painted in olive drab)
3,500 4 X 4 1/2-ton pickups (civilian type) for the U.S. Gov't

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