When a series of vehicles lasts over 70 years, there must be
something special about them. Well that is absolutely the case with
Ford's F series pickups. The F series is not only iconic for being
popular for so many years but the introduction of the series put
pickups on the map. For the first time Ford separated its cars and
trucks by developing a chassis specifically designed for use in
pickups. The truck you see here marks the beginning of this change
in the pickup world which happened in 1948. It is called an F1 and
is the grandfather to all those Ford pickups you see driving around
every day. This truck has been entirely redone and is one of the
nicest out there. It is absolutely beautiful from front to rear and
basically a brand new F1. Driving down the road in this thing feels
like you just bought a pickup in 1948, the only difference is it's
nicer! It has had a fresh frame off restoration where not a single
inch was left untouched. It was a full custom build by Arvin's Shop
out of Minnesota. The process was all documented and build pictures
are available. The body is in excellent condition with zero issues.
It is coated in a nice Ford Candy Red paint which has a great shine
and zero imperfections. 20K was invested in just the paint and body
to make sure it was the cleanest looking truck on the road. All of
the original style chrome and trim is cleanly mounted in place and
shines like a mirror. Under all four corners are 15 inch custom
Billet Specialties wheels with fresh tires.
Pop the hood and you will be greeted with a fully chrome/polished
out 350 V8 crate motor. The truck only has 3,000 miles on it since
completed so it is basically a brand new motor. It has a MSD fuel
injected throttle body, custom valve covers, a MSD distributor, and
chrome everywhere you look. The motor is backed by a Tremec 5 speed
that transfers power back to the Ford 9 inch rear end with 3:50
gears. In addition to driving excellent the truck rolls down the
road very comfortably. This is due to the Fatman suspension that
was installed along with the new powder coated Fatman chassis. It
has power Wilwood disc brakes throughout as well as power steering
so driving the truck is like rolling around in a new car. Other
nice changes include the electric battery cut off and stainless
steel gas tank with the filler which was routed through the fender.
This is a very nice change because it eliminates the stock tank
which was mounted behind the seat inside of the cab.
The interior of the truck is all new and features a split bench
seat with Black and Red two tone leather upholstery. The Black
carpet is in great shape along with the Red Ford floor mats. The
dash is nicely painted Red except for the glove box door which was
painted Black for a nice contrast. It is topped with aftermarket
Autometer gauges mounted in a Billet bezel and a Custom Autosound
stereo system. The underdash Vintage AC system works well and blows
cold. In front of the driver sits a chrome Flaming River tilt
column and a Billet Specialties steering wheel. We can't write
about this truck without mentioning the fully redone bed which is
one of the nicest things to see on these old pickups. This one was
done with Dark Oak which looks perfect framed with the stainless
strips in between.
If you are on the hunt for a 1948 F1 that is better than new this
Pickup is one to check out. Our pictures don't even do it
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