As we transition from the questionable unusable cars from the 1920s into the almost daily driveable cars from the 1930s, we keep finding Model As...probably because Ford built 4 million of the things from 1927-1931. However, instead of featuring stock street versions (the Model A has a standard pedal and shifter layout...so anyone could drive one) I find myself inexplicably drawn to weird stuff...like the Doodlebug. Find this 1930 Ford Model A Doodlebug offered for $4,000 in Thief River Falls, MN via craigslist. This post is part of DT's 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars; enjoy the ride!
The name Doodlebug was a colloquial name for Model As that had been converted into tractor-like things before and during World War II. At first it was because it was cheaper to get a used Model A and convert it into a tractor than to buy a new tractor. Later (namely after 1941), the impetus shifted a bit; automotive factories were busy cranking out tanks & planes so folks did the American thing and just built their own tractors from junk they had sitting around. The few that survive are a testament to the ingenuity and old school pigheadedness of middle America.
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