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1954 Ford Vanette

1954 Ford Vanette in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, TV Series, 1952-1966 IMDB Ep. 3.22

Class: Cars, Van / MPV — Model origin: US

1954 Ford Vanette

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle


Ddey65 US

2009-05-14 02:07


Actually, this is a Vanette, not an F-Series.

-- Last edit: 2009-05-14 02:08:36

Jale PL

2017-04-09 03:03


This van has clearly visible Vanette badge, like here:

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And this is the problem. From Ford was only the chassis, engine and cowl. Body was made by Vanette. According to Coachbuilt ( www.coachbuilt.com/bui/v/vanette/vanette.htm ), after the WWII Brooks & Perkins planned on resuming Van Ette production, "however their shop was filled with large government magnesium contracts [for turrets for the B-47 and B-52 bombers and some nation's first satellites] and decided to farm out the production of the Vanette. Consequently they formed a wholly-owned subsidiary in May, 1948 called Vanette, Inc. to handle the sale of the vehicle, subcontracting its assembly to the Glenn W. Way's Correct Manufacturing Co. of Delaware, Ohio. (...)"

But Vanette vans were produced from 1946 (and sold through Ford dealers):

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"Built by Correct Mfg., under contract with the Vanette div. of Brooks & Perkins, Vanette delivery vehicles were sold and distributed by a third Brooks & Perkins-controlled firm, the Universal Sales Co. of Delaware, Ohio. The trucks were sold through two different dealers groups. Universal Sales Co. distributors offer the truck as the "Vanette" parcel delivery for Ford chassis; while the Ford Motor Company dealers offered it as the Ford Model KZ milk and bread route delivery truck.

Post-War Vanettes were available in all the pre-war varieties including the new Wholesaler body and featured a new, much more attractive front end on the Vanette Senior models. Some large municipalities such as Cleveland, Ohio used modified Vanette ambulances in their Police and Fire Rescue departments."

It means that Junior (I think renamed as Close-Coupled), Senior and Wholesaler names were still used for these vans, even when they were sold through the Ford dealers as Ford Vanette. Here's brochure from 1949, from Ford, but with names Vanette Senior and Vanette Close-Coupled:

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"On or about July 1st, 1950 Brooks & Perkins sold off the Vanette operation to Glenn W. Way. 1951 literature now imprinted Vanette Division of Universal Sale Inc. , Delaware, Ohio. A division of Hughes-Keenan Corporation, Delaware, Ohio. (...)

In 1954 Universal Sales brought out the Duravan, a route delivery body built expressly for Dodge forward control chassis. A transcription from a large display ad in a 1954 issue of Fleet Owner follows:

"Five New Truck Bodies… which are designed for parcel deliveries are now being produced by Universal Sales Inc. Delaware, Ohio. The new bodies are designed to mount on the 1954 Dodge forward control chassis.

"Heretofore, bodies produced in the Universal line for parcel delivery have been designed for GMC, Ford and Chevrolet chassis only. The new models bear the trade name "Duravans," and will be available in both wide and narrow sizes, and on wheelbases ranging from 104 in. to 129 in. (...)

In 1957, the Hughes-Keenan Corporation, became a division of the United States Air Conditioning Corporation, a Minneapolis, Minnesota firm formed in 1937 to manufacture air conditioners for movie theaters. (...)

Hughes-Keenan continued to build on Ford chassis into the 1960s. A new budget-priced half-ton P-100 was introduced by Ford in 1961, although not as a cowl & windshield chassis. Ford continued to use the circa 1953 styling on the P-series into 1964 when the vehicle was dropped, however, totally stripped P-Series chassis remained available into the 1970s. By that time most Vanettes no longer featured the distinctive full-width Ford grills found on earlier models utilizing a horizontal louvered radiator opening flanked by single headlights mounted above the turn signals."

Different design from 1961:

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Then - from 1954 vans, with new body designed by DurAvan, were sold by Universal Sales as DurAvan Senior/Wholesaler/Close-Coupled, and by Ford as...? In brochures is Ford Vanette, but Vanette produced three types of body, then should be Ford Vanette Senior/Wholesaler/Close-Coupled, or just Vanette Senior/Wholesaler/Close-Coupled without "Ford"? More - these vans can have chassis also from Chevrolet and GMC. Are they also distributed by Ford dealers...?

Jale PL

2017-04-09 03:17


Here Universal Sales with their Vanette design is among other coachbuilders, not as the official Ford Vanette maker:

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(brochure from 1960 - Link to "www.ebay.ie" )

And here's something weird - van with front Vanette, but described as Boyertown, and rather it isn't mistake --> http://jingletruck.com/vintage-1958-ford-p-949

Moreover - same front has vans marketed as Gerstenslager (but they're generally huge)...

-- Last edit: 2017-04-09 03:28:57

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