For Sale: 1948 Ford F1 in Ft Worth, Texas


Vehicle Description

When you go old school, you need to do it right, and it's more than just starting with the right vehicle. This 1948 Ford F-1 pickup absolutely nails the original look with a perfect stance, awesome flathead power, and a great color scheme that seems to encapsulate all that is right with vintage American motoring.

Ford's F-1 pickups have almost always been perennial best-sellers, even before they were ever known as the F-150. One glance at this great-looking little pickup is all the reason you need for its success and the early post-war examples are the epitome of "old truck" fun. But this isn't some beat-up old farm hand; no, it's had a lot of work done to bolster its curb appeal, including slick red paint, black running boards, and fresh oak wood in the bed that looks extremely clean, all adding up to a high-quality little truck that has a great deal of charm. The Vermillion Red paint (or a very close facsimile at the least), arguably the most desirable shade from this era, looks particularly good on this big fenders, and even though the finish isn't a perfect trailer queen, the truck has a great look that makes you want to hop in and take it for a drive every time you pass it by. In fact, there's not a whole lot to complain about the paint and body, with an incredible shine from the finish that looks fresh, showing only very minor imperfections that's certainly expected. Bottom line, at this price-point you'd be pressed to find a nicer-looking vintage pickup. Factory trim, including the wonderful hood vents and nostrils, means it has an authentic old timey look and the wood slats in the bed and 'Ford' script embedded into the tailgate gives it an ideal old-school flair. The beautifully finished light-colored wood bed, which appears to be honey oak and is held together by chrome slats, is a nice complement to the red finish, giving this Ford another way to stand out in a crowd.

Simple is good inside, where you'll find a freshened cab with a neatly upholstered brown vinyl bench seat that's a nice contrast to the red paint inside and out. It's quite authentic everywhere you look, with simple metal door panels and a matching dash up front, and the vinyl mat on the metal floor below means that cleaning this cab up is an easy task. The original gauges inside the factory bezel offer a pretty good summary of what the flathead V8 is doing up front and the dials themselves are likely restored originals, which is always welcome in a truck like this. The tan plastic in the center stack is remarkably well preserved (it may easily be a reproduction piece, although those are sometimes difficult to source) and that's where the speaker for the optional AM radio would pump in the music, although it's ready for an upgrade if tunes are what you're looking for. A comfortable black steering wheel anchors the cabin, and the matching tall shifter for the 3-speed manual below is just a short reach away, but beyond that it's no-frills fun all the way with a Flathead at the helm.

You simply can't go wrong with a venerable Ford flathead V8. This is the most common 239 cubic inch version of the Flathead V8, which offers great performance and one of the best exhaust notes ever created. It's really nicely done under the hood, with bright Ford Red paint on the engine itself, a correct carburetor, a big oil bath breather, and an original generator still making the electricity through the 6-volt system. It starts up strong and runs great, and with all the recent maintenance and great care since the restoration, experiencing any "flathead fever" in the future doesn't appear to be in the cards, so long as that good care is continued. Using dual exhaust pipes and 'Cherry-bomb' style mufflers, it has a great V8 sound that's exactly right on a vintage pickup and despite its modest specifications, the truck feels quick and agile around town and doesn't mind cruising at decent speeds. The 3-speed manual transmission shifts easily and doesn't get grumpy and the rear end looks to be strong enough to handle any torque curve that Flathead V8 could ever throw at it. The wheels are steelies that were painted to match and are adorned with chrome beauty rings and 'Ford' center caps, all of which are wrapped in beautiful wide-white bias-ply tires that look appropriate on the old truck.

Flathead Ford F-1s have been popular for decades for very good reasons, and this truck delivers a motoring experience that's fun without the hard work. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1948 Ford F1
  • Listing ID:CC-1459070
  • Price:$31,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1948
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:F1
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Saddle
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:53577
  • Stock Number:4572-DFW
  • VIN:87HT120738

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