The photograph to the left shows a 1931 AA Express truck with cargo body type 195-A. This body type replaced the 89-A express body on the Ford production line in January 1931 and continued through February 1932 (the end of AA production). It continued in the Ford production line for the 1932 and 1933 truck line with modifications to fit the new frames.
The body was assembled prior to being painted cab color. The body interior and underside were painted the same color as the body exterior.
This body was larger than its predecessor with a cargo area of 102-1/8” long x 54” wide x 16” high. It was designed for use on the AA131 with the AA-5005-B chassis frame (used in 1930 through March 1931). The 10″ longer, new, AA-5005-D frame was introduced in April 1931. However, the 195-A express body cross sills were not relocated to utilize the additional frame support length. Thus making it backward compatible for service replacements.
The cargo floor assembly was made up of wood cross sills supporting wood floor boards with metal skid strips running lengthwise between each board. The front, sides, and tail gate were constructed of exterior sheet metal stampings with wood lined interiors. The front and side panel assemblies covered the edges of the cargo floor assembly and were secured to the floor with brackets and carriage bolts. Each side had an exterior support bracket at the rear-side. These brackets and additional side brackets supported the 7-1/2” metal skinned body flares.
The tail gate hardware consisted of three strap hinges with a single rod through all three hinges. Chains with hooks were used to secure the tail gate in the up position or at a 90 degree position.
The photograph show the 196-A canopy top with curtains and screen sides. These were available as optional equipment. The canopy top with curtains could be order without the screen sides.
Articles with body details are provided in the links below. Note that these articles cover both the 195-A installed on AA131 and 197-A installed on AA157. Articles are PDF files (fairly large and therefore take some time to open).
- AA Truck Talk – The 195-A and 197-A Express Bodies
- AA Truck Talk – The 195-A and 197-A Express Bodies – update