1948 Ford F1 Stepside
1948 Ford F1 Stepside
Launched in 1948, the F-Series was Ford's first new model after World War II. Ford had offered factory-built pickups as early as 1925, but they were largely car-based. In fact, it offered the same model for most of the 1930s. With its unique sheet metal, single-piece windshield, and multiple chassis designations (F-1 to F-3 pickups, with medium- and heavy-duty models going all the way to F-8), Ford showed a country it was ready to get back to work.
For consignment, the first year for this F1 showing as a 1948 Ford F1 Stepside pickup. This very cool working tool is in primer form, and could be left as is, and you have a great rat ride. Nice chrome and trim all around, no rust, nifty dog dish moon capped wheels, and a bulbous fender setup, running board to step side flanking a 6 foot bed truck. Interior sports some late model seats in broadcloth bucket form, a custom wood console, original looking metal dash with center instrument cluster, and an adjustable column steering wheel. And don't forget the long Lokar shifter as well as plenty of chromed and stitched skulls themed throughout the interior. It is summed up on the back of the cab, facing the bed with “Nuthin's Purfek”, but in reality, it is definitely very good as is, or drape some paint on this sucker DaVinci!
Straight rust-free steel panels in 1940's style drape this truck. All panels are painted with primer and are smooth to the touch. No rust, decent gaps, and save for the slightly unaligned hood, all good. Nice chrome trim throughout, no rust on this shiny add ons, and a new lacquered oak bed complete with more chromed mounting strips holding it all together. Right next to the back of the cab, is a custom oak box, which houses the battery, and offers some storage with enclosure. From its horizontal ribbed grille, single round headlights, bulbous fenders and snazzy running boards it definitely is one radical customer. Throw on the moon caps and deep dish chromed wheels wrapped in slightly oversize GoodYear rubber, and fire it up, and haul some stuff, including some ass!
With its bad-ass skull motif throughout, late model broadcloth buckets replace the original bench. A custom fabricated oak center console now is between the seats, and in front of this raising proudly towards the ceiling is a long handled Lokar automatic shifter. The dash is close to original, with metal painted metallic silver, new Auto Meter white faced gauges in the clusters, an aftermarket Werther AM/FM/CD radio, and a neat chromed cutout flame steering wheel on an adjustable column. This is all looked over by a carefully watching ruby eyed chromed skull in the center of the dash. Black metal door panels add to the utilitarian look, and some black carpeting covers the floors. Above is a silver insulating headliner with no fabric or vinyl covering it.
Stolen from a Caddy, a 429ci V8 mill is now neatly fitted under the hood. It is bathed in deep blue for the block and valve covers. A 4 BBL FiTech carburetor is now atop to feed fossils into this Caddy mill and strapped on back is a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission. Nicely chromed air cleaner, master cylinder, and other smaller parts adorn and add bling to this engine bay, which is otherwise in clean black paint.
Structural soundness abounds on this underside, with no rust, all solid steel, and a new Borla Pro XS exhaust system, in dual format. Disc brakes are now on all 4 corners, and power steering has been added.
She fired right up and purred like a kitten all be it loudly, but tastefully. It was off to the test track where it has nice acceleration, good handling, and smooth steering with straight bias free braking. The front door has a propensity to want to open on a right hand turn, but a bungee cord has been provided for your safety (sic!). All functions were functioning, and it is a comfortable ride with those now installed buckets. (Just do not do a sharp right!)
Take it to whatever level you want on this classic truck which other examples have proven to be really hot right now. This one can be kept in its rat ride primer gray, unfinished interior, beautiful oak lacquered bed, and rebuilt caddy engine form, or given a nice coat of paint along with anything else you can dream up. The basics are all there, turn the key and drive off to instant radical coolness.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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