Details on FarmOroad

The FarmOroad was introduced on July 20th 1950. To quote the Dealer Announcement: Here at last is the machine people have been longing for and wishing for- as a tractor, a powerful work horse for farming, plowing, cultivation, mowing, and so forth--a fast economical vehicle for road trips--a rugged truck for hauling and towing--a mobile power plant for sawing wood, spraying, etc., all combined in one lightweight, low-cost machine. That is the Crosley FarmOroad. Powel Crosley

Some detail photos and information that may be useful in your restoration. If you have details that should be added send them to me.

The factory photos are all of pre-production prototypes and some changes were made in the production units.

Serial Numbers by Model Year

The body serial number is located inside the engine compartment, Driver side of the firewall. (Serial Numbers start with "FR")

1950 - FR-100 to continued into 1951

1951 - continued from 1950 to FR-436

1952 - FR-1001 to ?

Production Estimates Based on Serial Numbers
One large obvious gap in the series between 1951 and 1952 of about 600 numbers and starting the serial number at 100 causes varied estimates from different sources.  Based on statistical analysis of know serial numbers as of 1/98 the estimate is less than 600 FarmOroads were built.

The FOR remained the same through all 3 years of production accept for minor running improvements. Other than serial number there is no good way to tell the year of a FarmOroad.  All were 63 inch wheelbase and 40 inch tread.  They used a heavy duty open drive shaft 5.38:1 rear. Weighed approximately 1100 lbs depending on accessories. They used a stock Crosley transmission with a 4:1 Auxiliary transfer case that also supplied power to optional front and rear Power Take Off.

Notes: Pickup Body Style

Box is removable  using two spring clips under outside back of body.

Hubcaps painted body color seems to have been used interchangeably with chromed caps.

The decal on the side was also on many units

Taillight assembly was removable so frame mounted equipment could be used.  The tail lights are flat not wedge shaped like CD models.

Right wiper was optional

The factory photo above shows the optional hydraulic draw bar.
Mounting lugs on tires for optional dual wheels for off road use.
Optional rear PTO.

Notes: Dump Body Style

Optional rear seat installed in dump box.

The tailgate opens and the bed dumps with same hydraulic cylinder used on draw bar. 

Wiper motor is mounted upside down, this is correct to keep the water out of it. Right wiper was optional

Notes: Dump Body Style

Dual wheels often had tractor tread installed.

Top looks close but has been redone.

Back would cover stock tail light installation.

Standard glass Lux lens as used on CC and VC models, flat plastic taillights not normal wedges used on CD model, lower reflectors are not suppose to be there, those are mounting holes to mount the assembly on the frame when used with out the optional box.

Dash layout, ignition switch is after market.

Seat cushions are built on a piece of plywood that gives you lift out seats.

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