1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by Bill M » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:23 am

If they are the original markings and paint then I think you have a unique vehicle there!
I have read a number of articles in Army Motors on staff cars and I have the impression they are rare.
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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by Ernie Baals » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:05 pm

Hi Troy
I am pretty sure that is is a civilian procurement car or a mock up
Contract cars never had the front civilian marking lights or rear civilian taillites. If they converted back to civilan form military the rear fenders would have holes for the military lighting. They had standard WWII tailights, just like the jeeps.
Also the wiring would be for a standard jeep type headlamp switch.
also the markings can not be original, during the war the dots were square, no round in the USA. and the font is wrong
Nice car though
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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by WP1 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:01 pm

Ernie, I don't think it's a mock up, but probably civilian procurement because there's OD paint in places that are hard to get to if you were just painting over the car. Stuff like the fire extinguisher bracket and other things have been there a very long time. I also found a old pennant from Ft Devens rolled up in the glove box! The blackout lights look NOS but were never installed, maybe issued with the car but never needed. Regardless it's a nice solid car seldom seen up here in rustland!

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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by AVG » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:16 pm

Congrats! Nice car! Well done! :shock:
I have a reg list from an Army Motors magazine!

Remember guys production seized on these civilian cars for specific purpose of making them staff cars. Whether they are or not, the intention was there to make the Fords, Chevys, Plymouth specifically. :idea:

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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by Bill K. » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:33 pm

Is anyone interested in contract #'s, specs, and dates for the military and gov't Ford cars of WWII? I just got done researching it. My scanner is broken, so I'd have to retype the data from the documents manually. I'm not going to do it if there's no interest. I found a draft in the archives detailing the 9 main contracts.

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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by WP1 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:44 am

Bill, I'd like to have a copy of that! Will you be at the Gilbert PA show next month?

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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by eddy ray » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:28 am

Hi Bill,
If you do this could I get a coppy to.
Thanks
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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by Ernie Baals » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:14 am

Hi Bill
I would like a copy too.
Please let me know what you would want for copying it.
thanks
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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by Bill K. » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:52 am

Guys, check your private messages.

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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by Plymouth 40 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:48 pm

Hi BIll

is it possible to get a copy also, that would be great , thank you ..
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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by gpsigler@mwii.net » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:34 am

Regardless of original or procured, a 1942 anything is rare as can be. You have a wonderful find! I'm jealous.
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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by suregrip413 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:28 pm

Sure looks good to me. That od has been on there a long time.
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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by WP1 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:20 pm

I spoke to Joe Hall owner of Vintage Wiring. He confirmed he knew the history of the car. Old time horder from Maine bought it surplus from Ft Devens and drove it home. It was stored for many years until the barn fell in on it, hence the dent in the roof. The old man died and the son sold it to the guy I bought it from. I don't know if I mentioned it previosly but I did find a felt penant from Ft Devens rolled up in the glovebox.

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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by WP1 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:58 pm

I suddenly have the urge to drive very fast so I'm going to buy a new Challenger soon. I will be listing this staff car for sale soon if anybody is interested email or call me for details, (603) 452-5403 wcdodge@hotmail.com

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Re: 1942 Ford Staff Car Barn Find

Post by WP1 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:07 pm

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