HISTORY OF THIS 1941 FORD “EXPRESS” PICKUP"

 “THE BUNDLE TRUCK”



 
 
 
 


 
 

 From:   Owner: John P. Phillips STINKYBUB@aol.com   (Jan 29, 2004 21:18 PST)



 
 
 
 
 

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The vehicle before you was originally purchased in Early 1941 by the Detroit Times Newspaper Company.
It was to be used in the delivery of bundles of newspapers. Hence the name it came to be known by as “The Bundle Truck”
This truck was driven on the streets of Detroit from 1941 through 1952.
It generally had two men operating it, one was, of course, the driver.
The other was a man commonly referred to as “A Jumper”.
He would stand on the running board and throw a bundle of “Detroit Times” newspapers to the boys and girls waiting at
their depots to deliver the papers in their “Radio Flyer Wagons”.
In 1952, my uncle Francis Hubert, a farmer from Brighton, Michigan, was in need of a heavy duty truck.
He contacted his brother, Urban Hubert, an editor at the Detroit Times, and asked him if there
was a truck available to purchase.
My Uncle Urban told Uncle Francis to come down to the paper and pick a truck out from the fleet.
He did and brought it back to one of his farms.
He used this pickup from 1952 through 1970. It was not daily driven.
He had other vehicles that he used for the day to day routines.
As a young boy, I would stay on the farm,  helping out wherever needed. I used to enjoy riding in the bed of this truck .
In 1970, Uncle Francis retired the truck to Polebarn, where it was put up on blocks.
It was started periodically, to lubricate the motor. In 1991 he asked me if I would like to take it home!
I had always dreamed that someday he would let me just drive “ The Old Ford”, as he often referred to it.
He passed away in 1995. I drove the truck all the way back out to his farm from my home in Redford Township,
On Old Grand River Avenue, On Memorial Day 1992.
I pulled up his driveway, went into his farmhouse and said, “ I have something to show you” He came out and
smiled from ear to tar.  He said he never thought that he would be able to ride in “The Old Ford”! again.
I have tried to keep the truck as original as possible, in his honor.
In 1996, at the Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village, “The Old Ford” Was honored by Speedvision Television,
as the only vehicle filmed out of 650 cars and trucks, with an interview of myself, John P. Phillips, relating a short
history of our Family Heirloom. The truck has received several trophies in the years past.
We have other classics but “The Old Ford” is very special to our hearts.

Thank You.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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