Bonus-Built pickups like this one are getting harder to find as we move deeper into the 21st Century. These were Ford’s first new pickup trucks after World War II.
Dressed in light blue with black running boards, this truck’s hue complements its rounded shape. The paint and chrome trim are in overall very good condition, with only a few blemishes visible up close. The bodywork is straight and solid and the engine bay is tidy. The chrome front bumper fits tightly to the body. The truck’s cargo bed has a wooden floor backing an external fuel cell. Note there is only a driver’s side windshield wiper.
This pickup rolls on Primewell Sport PS860 radials, size 235/70R15 at every corner. Each tire is mounted on a chrome, vented wheel. The wheels and tires are all in very good order. This truck has a 114-inch wheelbase and a 4,700 GVWR.
Under the hood is a 239 CID 24-stud Flathead V-8 engine breathing via side-exit exhausts. Backing this motor is a three-speed manual transmission. This nicely restored F-1 drives out as nice as it looks.
Inside, the two-tone brown bench seat is in near-excellent condition. The tan carpet is very nice and the brown headliner is in very good order. A three-spoke black steering wheel with assist handle is present. The inner door liners are blue metal with tan inserts while the blue metallic dashboard has a full array of gauges, however, the fuel gauge is inoperable. The door panels and dash all look great. A heater, floor-mounted shifter and a Sony AM/FM stereo with CD player hidden in the glovebox round out the interior.
The new trucks were introduced in late 1947 (going on sale January 16, 1948). Standard features included ashtray, glove box and driver’s side sun visor which was unusual on trucks at the time. Options included the “See-Clear” windshield washer (operated by foot plunger), passenger-side windshield wiper and sun visor, and Passenger-side taillight.
The most common first-generation model was the F-1 with a 6-foot bed with 45-cubic-feet volume of cargo space. The most noticeable change on the 1949 trucks was the deletion of the red pinstripes on the silver-painted grille bars. Wheels were painted to match body color, rather than the previous black wheels. Defroster added as an option. Running boards trimmed at the frame for ease of replacement. Passenger taillight became standard as well as reflectors on both sides.
Competition to this F-1 in 1949 included Chevrolet’s Advance Design 3100 truck, Dodge’s B-series truck, GMC’s New Design truck, International’s KB-1 truck and Willys-Overland’s Jeep.
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