Ford in Miniature 1933-34 Trucks

1933-34 Ford Trucks

by Dave Turner

Dave Turner continues his exploration of Ford Vehicles in Miniature with details of the range of models available of 1933-34 Ford Trucks in a variety of scales and materials. This feature continues after the gallery.

The fabled side-valve V8 engine entered Ford history in 1932 and became extremely popular for use in both cars and commercial vehicles. Up to that time Ford styling for both cars and trucks had followed the same lines but when the new for 1933 Ford cars got a new modern rakish theme, the truck line continued the 1932 style, albeit with some subtle changes. Most noticeable was the gently raked-back grille that on its own gave the trucks a more modern appearance than the previous bolt-upright stance of 1932 models.

The smaller of the two ranges of Ford trucks for 1933 was perhaps confusingly called the ½ Ton Commercial Car, its wheelbase extended six inches to 112 inches from the previous year, which placed the rear axle significantly further back beneath the body. Alternatively the 1½ Ton BB range was adapted for everything else. It came on two additional chassis length of 131½ inches or 157 inches, while many applications such as buses had further chassis extensions.

Still in use were the 200 cubic inch four-cylinder and 221 cubic inch V8 engines, although the four was phased out for trucks during 1934. Examples of 1934 trucks can be easily identified by the Ford oval on the hood sides, the fine bright surround in the grille and the additional strengthening pressing on the rear of the cab just below the back window.

An interesting variety of models has been found, and as is often the case, AMT starts off the summary, their 1:25 plastic kits of 1934 pickups go back to 1962 continuing through numerous re-issues into the late ‘70s and then being re-issued twenty years later by Lindberg. Inevitably they were popular as a basis on which to construct the various resin transkits that US modellers favoured for many years, such as the half-ton panel van from All American Modelsin 1994.

Going back to the 1930s, the huge range of Arcade cast iron toys is said to include at least two 1934 Ford trucks, a pickup and a car carrier, but the very nature of many of these toys makes exact identification a matter of guesswork until an example is seen in the flesh. The US 0-gauge model railroad scene sometimes offers up some interesting vehicles, and among its specialist suppliers, Berkshire Valley included some metal and resin kits of 1934 pickups and stake-bed trucks in their range. These are 1:48 scale, and have been available for around 20 years and continue to be advertised on the internet.

While the majority of the more recent models of 1933-34 Ford trucks have come from the Tins Toys 1:43 and 1:24 range. Other names applied to them tend to add confusion as far as accurate recording is concerned. For example the 1:43 157 inch trucks can come with theUnique Replicas logo under the left-side cab step, or adapted with a pull-back motor on the rear axle, on the casing of which is the ‘Tins Toys’ logo, and featuring slightly less detail in their finish. They usually, but not always, lack exterior mirrors. In all cases seen so far the cab doors and the hood sides open, the latter revealing a reasonable likeness of the flat-head V8. While they are only claimed to be inexpensive toys they are excellent models with quite a decent amount of detail. They have a diecast cab with the various bodies in plastic, often with interesting loads although the tanker, dairy truck and tow truck feature more metal than the others. Inevitably the grille surround is un-prototypically plated in most cases reflecting their toy intentions.

The larger 1:24 versions sometimes feature Crown Premiums cast under the cab step while others have the SpecCast logo stamp. Too good to be toys, they are scaled up from the 1:43 versions and are in fact banks with a hidden coin slot and a release lever hidden within the spare wheel. The tow truck decals are identical on both sizes of model, down to the drivers name ‘Bob’ on the doors. The larger versions do have some extra detail but again the grille surrounds are plated, and the opening doors are still rather untidy.

During the 1990s Hobbycar of Lausanne Switzerland issued a whole diecast fleet of early 1930s Ford cars and small commercials in 1:43 under the Eligor banner. While the cars were all 1932, the trucks also came as 1932 as well as 1933-34 vehicles despite the base of all those seen being marked 1932. Many leaflets were issued of the models, some exclusively Ford, and these listed the 1932 trucks correctly, but the rest seemed to be given 1933 or 1934 dates at random. In fact none were 1934 vehicles, as they omitted the hood-side emblem as well as the cab rear feature. The number of liveries employed on all of these is both endless and unknown, but there are a few in the appropriate Ford uniform.

Jordan’s Highway Miniatures range of intricate 1:87 plastic kits includes a 1934 21-seater bus that takes a degree in watchmaking to assemble satisfactorily, but it makes for an unusual entry to the subject. Yatming produce various scales of model vehicles which come under various names, for example a nice 1934 Pickup in 1:43 scale is marked Road Signature and apart from some rather silly custom wheels and modern tail-indicator lights it represents a stock pickup. It lacks any Ford or V8 badges, but features the 1934 cab back panel. It was also sold in the USA as part of the K-Line model railroad range. The same thing in 1:18 scale is marked Road Legends and this features the same rear lights but more realistic wire wheels, albeit two inches too small, plus the correct for 1934 Ford V8 badges on the hood sides, and a towing frame mounted in the pickup box.

The National Motor Museum Mint issued many models from many makers. Three of the Tins Toys 1:43 1934 Fords, tow truck, tanker and stakeside, have been sold under the NMMM banner as well as the 1:43 Yatming pickup. A couple of additional 1934 trucks in 1:32 scale from NMMM have only their own name under the base. What they called a ‘Fence Truck’ was meant as a stakeside but looked more like a flatbed with a fence around it. The other was a flatbed with some loose chains. Both came on the same cab-chassis casting, the wheelbase of which was, unfortunately six inches too short, the 1932 pattern in fact, resulting in rather strange overall proportions.

US H0-gauge railroad accessories again and Wheel Works offer a huge range of Ford miniatures in white metal kit form. The parent company is called Micro Engineering, and that is what is required here. Low melt solder is by far the neatest method of construction but a moment’s lack of concentration can easily render the whole thing defunct; the steering and suspension are all in separate castings!

At the other end of the extreme, the ‘Let’s Get Small’ range of 1:8 scale resin kits by the late George Zurowsky included a 1934 Ford pickup, but whether it was ever made is uncertain.

1933

Eligor France 1990’s 1059 Pick Up “wood” box 105mm 1:43 Diecast
Eligor France 1990’s 1069 Pick Up “wood” box covered 109mm 1:43 Diecast
Eligor France 1990’s 1070 Panel Van 108mm 1:43 Diecast
Eligor France 1990’s 1080 Pick Up step side 1:43 Diecast
Eligor France 1990’s 1087 Tow Truck 1:43 Diecast
Eligor France 1990’s 1089 Tanker 1:43 Diecast

1934

AMT USA 1962 T143 Pick Up/Tow Truck 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1962 T134 Pick Up 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1962 2134 Pick Up 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1966 2334 Pick Up/Tow Truck 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1968 T233 Pick Up “Hillbilly Hauler” 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1969 T314 Pick Up/Stake Bed 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1967 3204 Pick Up 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1974 T145 Pick Up 1:25 Plastic Kit
AMT USA 1977 T234 Pick Up/Stake Bed 1:25 Plastic Kit
All American Models USA 1994 Half Ton Panel Van 1:25 Resin Transkit
Lindberg USA 1992 72155 Pick Up (AMT) 1:25 Plastic Kit
Lindberg USA 1993 72157 Pick Up/Tow Truck/Stakeside 1:25 Plastic Kit
Arcade USA 1930s Pick Up Cast Iron
Arcade USA 1930s Car Carrier Cast Iron
Berkshire Valley USA 1990s 200 Pick Up 1:48 Metal/Resin Kit
Berkshire Valley USA 1990s 201 Stake Bed 1:48 Metal/Resin Kit
Berkshire Valley USA 1990s 202 Stake Bed Long 1:48 Metal/Resin Kit
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Tipper 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 T4 157″ Box Van 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 T7 157″ Flatbed 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 T8 157″ Refrigerator Van 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 18356 157″ Dairy Truck 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 18903 157″ Stakeside 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 18902 157″ Towtruck 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Tanker 1:43 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Stakeside 1:24 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Towtruck 1:24 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Tanker 1:24 Diecast
Tins Toys China 2004 157″ Flatbed 1:24 Diecast
Jordan USA 229 Bus 1:87 Plastic Kit
NMMM China 2000 F34FTR “Fence” Truck  145mm 1:32 Diecast
NMMM China Flatbed  160mm 1:32 Diecast
Yatming China 2000 94232 Pick Up “Road Signature”  104mm 1:43 Diecast
Yatming China 2000 92257 Pick Up “Road Legend”  250mm 1:18 Diecast
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 101 Pick Up 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 102 Panel Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 103 Stake Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 108 Chassis Cab 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 109 Stake Truck Short 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 112 Tandem Log Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 113 Rail Wheel Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 114 Express Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 117 Service Truck 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 127 Flatbed 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 128 Flatbed with Trailer 1:87 Metal Kit
Wheelworks USA 1980’s 129 Dump Truck 1:87 Metal Kit