Find Us!
563.468.5500

Trucks on Display

 

Below is a sampling of many of the trucks on display in our Trucking Hall of Fame® Exhibit Hall. Check out our app for more information, photos, and an audio recording for each truck.  Click here to download.

1930 Ford Model A Snowmobile


Engine Type:
Ford 200.5 Cubic Inch 4-Cylinder, 40 Horsepower at 2300 RPM

Transmission Type:
3-Speed Ford Sliding Gear

Truck Information:
This 1930 Ford A snowmobile paved the way with its innovative skis and mechanical brakes. Back then, customers could buy snowmobile conversion kits from a number of different manufacturers to use on their cars during the winter. When summer came, they would put the regular wheels and tires back on. The Postal Service converted Model Ts and Model As into snowmobiles using these kits so that they could deliver mail in areas that experienced rough winters. Ford made over 4 million Model A trucks from 1927 to 1931. It was the first car made after the Model T and with it, Ford aimed to combine mass production with exclusivity. The Model A was available in various models including coupe, convertible, sedan, town car, and station wagon. It was the first Ford to use a standard set of driver controls with conventional clutch, brake pedals, throttle, and gear shift. When new, it carried a price tag of $1,200. This particular truck was restored in 2010. It was painted dark green and black to represent the official colors of the US Postal Service – then called Post Office Department – from 1918-1955. None of the vehicles at this time were overpowered. This one had 40 HP with a 200-cubic-inch engine. Even today that is small. But back then, with low quality gas and low compression, it didn’t generate a lot of power. All the parts of the conversion kit were metal; it was a lot of weight to push. Back in the day, you would have seen a lot of these cars with homemade cabs on them and homemade boxes. People just did what they needed to do with the truck, modifying them as they saw fit. This truck has a battery and electric light and electric start too. Gone were the days of carbide and kerosene. Top Speed: 45 MPH (with tires)



< Return To Truck List
Go Top