DOER. Model A trucks such as this 1931 example have rarely graced the pages of HOT ROD Deluxe through its 10-year tenure, which should not come as a shocker. Sure, Henry Ford’s army of men manufactured the model in large numbers, with about 480,000 of them rolling out of the factories from late 1927 until 1931. And only Tudors and coupes ended up selling better. Yet most early-days hot rodders never saw this Ford workhorse as prime hot rod material, unlike roadsters and, to a lesser extent, coupes.
Trucks were left to perform ungrateful tasks, such as carrying parts. And who wanted to pick up a date in an automobile featuring a cramped and rather uncomfortable cabin? Due to hard use doing commercial duty, these vehicles have not fared well over time, hence many wound up in salvage yards, a fact enhanced by the low desirability of the model. Finding survivors in decent shape can prove challenging today, although they cannot be considered mega-rare by any stretch.
A sign shop foreman by trade living in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Mark “Stewy” Stewart decided to give such project a
try, as he has owned and appreciated old trucks for years. He has additionally built a couple of hot-rodded Model A coupes of ’30 and ’31 vintage in the past; but his interest in automobiles extends to American classics of the 1950s and 1960s, too, having wrenched on a ’59 Impala, ’62 Plymouth Fury with a 413ci Wedge engine, ’66 Chevy II, ’67 Mustang, and plenty more. We should also mention his past ’66 Pontiac Acadian Canso, a coupe assembled for the Canadian market that has many traits in common with the ’66 Chevy Nova.
A friend tipped off Mark to this ’31 Ford pickup, which seemed rough at first sight. A closer inspection revealed a body in good shape; all he needed was a way to finance the car’s purchase. “My interest in hot rods started by building plastic models and collecting them over the years,” he explains. “I sold off a large number of them, which allowed me to raise enough cash to buy the truck.”
It would take another seven years before the project truly got under way, thanks to the vision of friend Laurie Peterson of Canada Customs & Hot Rods, located less than three miles from Stewy’s home. In fact, a whole cul-de-sac in the neighborhood happens to be a hub of hot rodding activity, as it’s home to not only
wanted a > Mark “Stewy” Stewart look for his “late ’50s to early ’60s” and friends Model A pickup project, Balogh Laurie Peterson and Luke that. Even helped him achieve just a 1960s the color was inspired by in the classic: the Mustang starring Mcqueen. movie Bullitt with Steve features a However, the paint job of extra little more flair, courtesy pearl and metallic flake.