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Tobacco and T-Ford parts in Rhodesia

c.1950 Chevrolet 3-ton truck
Reader Andre found another African image that he'd like to share with us, which we quite like. He wrote: "This picture shows a Chevrolet 3-ton truck of around 1950, being loaded at a rural tobacco farm in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). The load mainly consists of tobacco bales, but on top of the bales, near the front, appears to be a back axel and silencer of a Model T - Ford. Other machinery is also being loaded for repair in Salisbury (Harare). The bales are being send to be sold at the tobacco auction house in the capital." Now, we love it when there's so much detail from a picture. Places, faces, background and even recognition of those old parts. Oh - and it's good to know that even in Rhodesia in the 1950s people were caring about classics, too, isn't it? Feel free to share your (pictorial) memories with us, too!

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#5 Andre van de Loo 2017-09-08 10:43
The owner of the Chevrolet truck, who is still alive, remembers this being his first paying job as a private transport operator. The Ford parts, including the rear section of the body were being taken to someone's private home to be restored. This transport happened around 1962. The car parts may well have belonged to a Model A Ford. There was already a very active vintage car movement in Southern Rhodesia since the early 1950ś.
#4 Robbie Marenzi 2017-09-06 13:41
I think it's a Model A Ford. The Model T front wishbones are different and it seems to have front wheel brakes. Also notice the bead that comes all the way along the waistline from the radiator to the tail section, Model Ts did not have this.
#3 Phil Wallace 2017-09-06 13:10
Possibly the rear of a T body the guy on top is handling?
#2 john elema 2017-09-06 10:40
To me mufler and axles, both rear & front, seem to be Ford Model A.
#1 Jeroen Booij 2017-09-06 09:39
Quoting Stuart Penketh:
Have you considered that maybe they're not, connoisseurs of the marque, but merely taking it for scrap ?
No, surely not !


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