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1931 Arcade Ford Model-A Dump Truck w/Side Dump Trailer
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Aug 12, 2012
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Toy Name: Arcade, #234 Ford Model A Dump Truck with Side Dump Trailer
Year: 1931
Description: Scarce cast iron set consisting of a modified Ford Model A Dump Truck cab combined with rocking Side Dump Trailer. The two pieces hitch together using a rare *peg-hitch instead of a wire rod. The Dump Body can swing to either side. Comes complete with original nickel plated driver.

The chassis of both the truck and trailer are bright red. The dump body is green. The truck has its original Arcade decal on the driver’s side door. The trailer has it own original Arcade decal on the left corner, left side, of the Dump Body.

The truck has four 1½” diameter nickel plated cast iron spoke wheels with unusually detailed embossing. In addition something I’ve never seen before are intricately knotted  strings around the tires which represent skid chains! The “chains” on both of the trucks rear wheels are original. The front pair have been newly restrung.

In terms of markings the left inside wall of the truck cab is embossed 233-1L. The right has 233-1R and Arcade. It also has part of its original braided pull string tied to the front axle.

Similarly the Dump Trailer has two rear 1½” diameter wheels. The left tire retains its original skid chain. The right was restrung. It also has two ⅞” diameter parking wheels in front. These are flat rimmed with perforated spokes. The four are all nickel plated cast iron.

The underside of the Dump Body is embossed Arcade. The right horizontal inner chassis wall is embossed 233-4R. The left is embossed 233-4L and Made in U.S.A.

Arcade produced another version of the Side Dump Trailer which used a simple wire hitch. It was also green and red, but all 4 wheels were 1½” diameter. The wire hitch is also more common than the peg-hitch version.

This set had resided with the same Wisconsin family since it was originally purchased in 1932.

*Peg-Hitch; Truck chassis slides under the trailer peg which lifts it into position making a solid coupling.

Size: 13¼” x 3” x 3”. Condition: Excellent overall with approximately 85% original paint remaining. Nothing has been touched up or repainted. Chips and wear exist where you’d expect to see them; cab roof edges, fender edges, hitch, peg, edges of trailer chassis, etc. The driver appears to have come free of the hole that it would normally sit. It’s wedged in between the interior walls of the cab with just a little loss of the original plating. I didn't want to try to force it into place. On the other hand 100% of the plating on the tires and wheels is intact and without any rust. The original “skid chains” on the trucks left rear tires have unraveled in three places where they overlap the rim, but they’re still in place. Approximately 95% of the original truck cab decal and 98%+ of the Dump Body decal remain.
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