Specifications: 106hp, 239.4 cu. in. V8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, front beam axle with coil springs and live rear axle with leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114".
With handsome styling and a comfortable seating position for both the driver and passenger, the 1/2-ton F-series truck has been Ford’s longest running model, first released in January 1948. For a number of years, Ford touted that it was the only light-duty truck available with a V8 engine, and the mighty flathead was a popular choice.
After a major facelift in 1951, only a few minor changes, mostly in the ornamentation and badging of the trucks, were provided for the 1952 model. This meant the return of using the chrome block letters spelling out F-O-R-D across the grille's top panel, and revised hood side trim with the series nomenclature identified. The Five-Star cab provided more sound insulation on the floor, in the doors and in the headliner, with seats designed to remain comfortable for the entire working day. This would prove to be the last year of this classic styling, but for many decades later these early F-series trucks would provide billions of miles of trusted and dependable service.
When the 1952 F1 pickup pictured here was built, the United States was still embroiled in the Korean War. While some limitations on certain products had been directed toward passenger car production, such as materials used in the chrome plating, commercial vehicles were still deemed a vital product, and there was no skimping when it came to building pickups.
A good solid truck, originally sold new in Colorado, this example has been treated to a complete frame-off restoration. Finished in an outstanding red and black color scheme popular in its day, there have been a number of upgrades including the chromed grille, front and back bumpers, chrome window trim, Ford step plates, dual windshield wipers, dual visors, cigar lighter, Ford script hubcaps, beauty rings and firestone wide whitewall tires. Fog lights and a driver's side spotlight provide ample illumination, while the original Ford Magic Air heater keeps occupants warm.
Under the hood, one will find an original flathead V8 backed up by a very rare, special order, four-speed transmission with overdrive. All of the wood in the pickup bed, including the smart looking side rails is fresh oak and protected with carefully applied varnish.