Of many popular variants on Ford's Model AA truck platform none is more popular, or fun, than the popcorn and soda pop vending bodies that thrilled generations of kids at fairs, rodeos and beaches. The rugged AA was ideal, with a long wheelbase giving plenty of room for service windows, fountains and overflowing popcorn hoppers. It was also inexpensive to operate and rugged enough to travel, sometimes long distances, between events. The 1929 Ford AA has a remanufactured Cretors-style body adapted from those the company developed for horse-drawn wagons. It is fully equipped and operational with a multiple-pot steam table, popcorn popper, bun warmer, sink, double side awnings, condiment tray, root beer barrel, four fountain-style soda dispensers. A pop-up roof vent cools the truck's service area in summer. Propane tanks for the steam table are behind a wood exterior door and it has an onboard 120v generator and water tanks. In other words, it is a fully-equipped and self-contained food, drink and popcorn preparation and service facility. Painted red with black fenders, yellow steel spoke wheels, black wall tires and gold leaf accents, it is as merry and charming as a carnival midway and the paint, chrome and wood service body varnish are in good shape. The Cretors Company was established in the 1880's and is still making food service machinery including their ubiquitous popcorn machines in theaters across America. The appeal of popcorn and soda is as great today as it ever was and this Ford AA Popcorn truck is ready to go back in service attracting another generation of kids and their parents. It will be the hit of any birthday party, neighborhood gathering, company picnic, fair or cruise night.
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