Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. So far, we've seen mostly 1960s and 1970s vehicles in this series, but we've seen a couple of 1930s machines (a 1937 Cadillac and a 1939 Chevrolet). Today we've rolled the clock back to 1932, with a new Oldest Alameda DOTS Champion. That's right, I've managed to find a 76-year-old truck parked on the street!


I was walking down Alameda's main downtown street when I saw this very weathered Ford parked in front of Juanita's. I didn't have my good camera with me, but my phone takes pretty decent shots.

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Hellhammer, who's way more knowledgeable about old Fords than I'll ever be, says this appears to be a '32 Model B truck with the grille from a Model B car. It appears to have the usual rat-rod small-block/automatic drivetrain and untouched vintage patina, and it has the look of a truck that gets used for everyday transportation (or for midweek birria runs, at least). What's 76 years, anyway?

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