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1931 Ford Model A Light Truck
1931 Ford Model A Light Truck
The Model A was the first Ford to use the standard set of driver controls with conventional clutch and brake pedals, throttle, and gearshift. Previous Fords used controls that had become uncommon to drivers of other makes. The Model A's fuel tank was situated in the cowl, between the engine compartment's fire wall and the dash panel. It had a visual fuel gauge, and the fuel flowed to the carburetor by gravity. A rear-view mirror was optional,] In cooler climates, owners could purchase an aftermarket cast iron unit to place over the exhaust manifold to provide heat to the cab. A small door provided adjustment of the amount of hot air entering the cab. The Model A was the first car to have safety glass in the windshield.
The Ford flathead V8 (often called simply the Ford flathead, flathead Ford, or flatty when the context is implicit, such as in hot-rodding) is a V8 engine with a flat cylinder head designed by the Ford Motor Company and built by Ford and various licensees. During the engine's first decade of production, when overhead-valve engines were used by only a small minority of makes, it was usually known simply as the Ford V‑8, and the first car model in which it was installed, the Model 18, was (and still is) often called simply the "Ford V-8", after its new engine. Although the V8 configuration was not new when the Ford V8 was introduced in 1932, the latter was a market first in the respect that it made an 8-cylinder affordable and a V engine affordable to the emerging mass market consumer for the first time. It was the first independently designed and built V8 engine produced by Ford for mass production, and it ranks as one of the company's most important developments. A fascination with ever-more-powerful engines was perhaps the most salient aspect of the American car and truck market for a half century, from 1923 until 1973. The engine was intended to be used for big passenger cars and trucks; it was installed in such (with minor, incremental changes] until 1953, making the engine's 21-year production run for the U.S. consumer market longer than the 19-year run of the Ford Model T engine for that market. The engine was on Ward's list of the 10 best engines of the 20th century. It was a staple of hot rodders in the 1950s, and it remains famous in the classic car hobbies even today.
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This 1:18 Scale die-cast with some plastic parts, is a model that every collector should have. Being made from mostly die-cast metal, it has to be an extremely very detailed replica of that famous "Model A" range of motor vehicles & trucks. What can one say about the body. Paint is perfect with that red with black, with nothing to fault about its application on the vehicle. The doors open very wide, to give an unobstrutive view of the cabins interior.The tailgate opens and closes with real metal chains.Solidly made.
The interior has been reproduced in amazing detail. All the features such as gearshift, handbrakes, with full floor petal to complete scale. The dashboard with instrument panels and all nobs and switches are there. Searing is in complete harmony with the original.
Both our enging covers open to reveal that famous Ford Flathead V8 in absolute detail. Though not a criterium of the model, perhaps being able to take the entire engine covers would allow more and better detail, but other than this, could not fault the engine bay.
oOverall, you need this model. Built to last, quite heavy due to the amount of die-cast metal. But remember, it does have small parts, so still needs to be handled with care. If displaying, always put in a rustproof cabinet or container. With those small parts, if careless or too hard with a brush and cloth, you could lose those small parts. I have to with out a doubt give this model a 5.0/5.0. Robin Finlay 27/08/2022.
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