CHASSIS NO: 98RC478598
• Famous Ford flathead V-8 engine
• Painstakingly refurbished and maintained
• Presented in original Ford Sheridan Blue
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239 cid Ford F-head V-8 engine, 100 HP, three-speed manual transmission, recently upgraded mechanical pump and brake master cylinder; wheelbase: 114"
Debuted for 1948 as Ford’s first new light-duty truck line for the post-war world, the first-generation F-Series replaced the old car-based pickups that were introduced for 1941. Advertised as the “Ford Bonus-Built” line, the new F-Series featured a dedicated truck chassis and offered in eight different weight ratings, it was the broadest truck offering in Ford history, with ½-ton pickup, panel truck, cab-over engine (COE), conventional truck, and school bus chassis and body styles available. Revised frontal styling featured a single-bar “toothy” grille – one that would immediately go on to become one of the most popular Ford truck design cues through the following decades. The first-generation F-Series' success proved to be a key starting point for the iconic nameplate that has now graced Ford trucks for generations. The power of the Ford F-Series cemented its reputation as a high-performance workhorse with plenty enough looks for weekend date nights - a reputation that has been carried on for generations.
Among the original F-Series’ advancements were flat, one-piece windshields, headlamps integrated with the grille, a wider cab, and options including a "See-Clear" windshield washer operated by a foot plunger, passenger-side windshield wiper and sun visor, and a passenger-side taillight. Twin horns and additional brightwork were further options. The inaugural F-Series trucks were produced through 1952. Aside from their good looks, a wide variety of Ford Motor Company engines powered this historic line of trucks, ranging from hardworking inline ‘sixes’ to Ford’s flathead V-8 and Y-Block overhead valve V-8s, making them well-suited for virtually any purpose – a trait that keeps them in high demand today. These trucks also provide a perfect canvas for the customizer’s unique artistry.
Due to a post war sales slump, Ford frequently had a surplus of motors left over from the previous year. In 1950, Ford used left over motors from 1949 in all early year truck production. This difference is distinguishable due to a change in location of the water hoses and distributor, the locations of each being changed with the new 1950 motors. The production stamps and location of the water hoses show that this example is an early 1950 model, one of the few equipped with 1949 engines. The 1950 Ford F-Series trucks were the last to receive the intimate smaller rear window before the change to a larger and wider rear window in 1951.
This specific truck is a tasteful example of an early 1950 production model, featuring both the unique 1949 motor and the smaller rear window. Acquired by the seller in 2011, this wonderfully maintained truck came painted in an original Sheridan Blue. Upon purchasing, the seller tastefully freshened the truck, adding new wood to the bed and side rails and a professional respray of the exterior. Since then, the truck has been shown at multiple events and stored in a climate-controlled museum where it is admired by all who set eyes on it.
Recently refurbished, with looks that have been the subject of painstaking deliberation and effort, this 1950 First-Generation Ford F-Series pick up is truly an eye-catcher with great useablilty offering its next owner great enjoyment for many, many miles to come.