‘Wonder Bread’ Truck Project: A Fresh Idea? Or Half-Baked Craziness?

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Ford Box Truck

Rare, coach-bodied Ford truck is just about road worthy. And its history is as fascinating — and mysterious — as they get!

In the old days, delivery trucks were obviously much cooler than the slab-sided, snore-inducing rides we see today. But unlike many other classics from the ’40s, you sure don’t see too many Ford box trucks still around today. Most certainly none like this amazing 1947 Ford box truck, which still proudly wears its well-worn Wonder Bread livery. Even better? We spotted the amazing ride on Craigslist, where it’s up for grabs in the Fall River, Massachusetts area.

This isn’t your average old box truck, either. According to the seller, the body is an all-aluminum piece designed and built by Ward in New York. And, according to the current owner, last year the truck’s inline-six engine was checked out by Ray Helger, who owns Helger Bros. Speed Shop in Little Compton, Rhode Island. This is the very same man who’s been involved in the world of drag racing nearly since its inception!

Ford Box Truck

The inside of this unique Ford box truck is as spartan as it gets, with little more than a steering wheel, shifter for the manual transmission, and seat. Which, of course, is pretty much all you need in a utilitarian ride such as this one. But the unique bodywork of this old Ford box truck is undeniably intriguing. You don’t often see flat-nose designs from this era, and we’d imagine this one was pretty innovative for its time.

The seller claims that this one-of-a-kind Ford box truck runs and drives, but it needs a new master cylinder or rebuild. The original split rim wheels are gone, replaced by a set of custom Budd hoops that need some fitting. And oh yea, the rear doors are missing. But with a little bit of work, this Ford box truck could be back on the road. And you can bet it’ll be the only one riding around your town!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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