The van body measures 75" wide to the insides of the 2" thick vertical ribs that support the outer panels. The van body is 73" tall at the edges and 76" tall at the center measured to the bottoms of the 2 thick ribs. The wheel wells that cover the dual rear wheels and tires are 6" tall by 15" wide and 30 long. The backs of these wheel wells are located 30 forward from the back of the van body. The driver's and passenger's side doors measure 38" wide by 67" tall and slide on tracks that go back into the van body.
There is a 42" wide by 2" deep box on each front corner of the inside of the van body to make a cavity that the sliding side doors are stored in when they are open. The rear door opening is 71" wide by 67" tall. I found this truck near Missoula Montana but it still has a 1951 license plate from Montana county number 1 so it may have served in Butte Montana many years ago. It is very completed except for the original porcelain enamel signs that were on both sides of the van body, radiator, cylinder heads, air cleaner, horn and headlamp reflectors, lenses and rings.
It has a 59AB flathead Ford V8 from 1948 or earlier that is missing both cylinder heads so it is stuck tight and will need to be rebuilt or replaced. This truck was missing 4 of the wheels and tires when I got it and I recently found them in a friend's collection. It now has 7 of the correct wheels with it so that means the are 4 on the back, 2 on the front and a proper spare. The front tires and the pair of rear outer duals hold air to make this truck easier to move around. I now have all of the correct wheel retaining nuts and sleeves even though they may not be shown in all of the photos of this listing.
The hood is a 1935 version so it has minor differences from the correct 1936 hood. The side emblem is in the center of each side on a 1935 hood while they are near the front on a 1936 hood.
Both of the side or front doors slide on a track to open or close. They still work and have the original locking latches on them.The driver's door does not slide back as far as it did originally. It is shown in the open position in these photos.
There is a materials rack welded to the floor and left side in the back. I will have photos of the interior of the van body soon. The roof of the van body is still very nice except for some minor dents in the right front corner. Both of the side doors slide as they should and the folding rear doors work fine too.
The previous owner used plywood to fill the holes where the glass was to keep rain and show from getting inside the body. The only rusted out spots I can find are on the outer lower frame of the van body as you can see in some of these photos. Please notice the original red paint on the back of the chassis in the last photo. That paint is still intact because of our exceptionally dry climate here in Montana.
We receive only about 13 of moisture in an entire year here including both rain and snow. Consequently, we have a dry climate that is relatively friendly to vehicles compared to most of the rest of the USA that is wetter and more humid. That system drastically reduces the size of the photos and I can only send 5 at a time. This is a very special truck and a draws a lot of attention wherever it is displayed. When I hauled it through Deer Lodge Montana where the Montana State Prison is located recently, 3 people assumed it had something to do with transporting prisoners.I have plently of relatively secure outdoor storage here and can store this for free for you for several months for you or a friend are planning a trip to beautiful Montana sometime in the future. I also have a very similar 1941 International Railway Express truck that I plan to list here soon. I found it without and engine, transmission, radiator and some minor grille trim parts.
I also have another 1936 Ford 1-1/2 ton truck chassis with a cab and a very scarce Eaton two speed rear axle assembly. That axle has mechanical brakes like this truck has and is shifted with a lever to the left of the clutch pedal.
That would have been dealer installed because Ford did not offer that axle from the factory until 1938 according to their parts books. I have been interested in and actively collecting vehicles for over 50 years and can not recall every seeing another Ford truck of this vintage with that retrofitted Eaton two speed rear axle assembly.
This very special truck can be restored for display or upgraded with a newer drivetrain for use commercially as a retail outlet, advertising sign or other commercial purpose. I have applied for a Montana title and should have it soon. The item "1936 Ford Railway Express Van Pickup Truck Hot Rat Rod 32 33 34 35 36 39 40 41" is in sale since Saturday, November 12, 2016. This item is in the category "eBay Motors\Parts & Accessories\Vintage Car & Truck Parts\Other Parts".
The seller is "toysanyone" and is located in Bozeman, Montana. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.