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Old 03-24-2014, 06:22 AM   #1
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I started seeing this truck around 2006, when I began working for an old school but excellent auto parts store. They had storage units in back. A dirt floor pole barn. Well, it just so happens that the storage had been delinquent on this truck, for over a decade. There it sat until Oct. of last year, when I finally asked the store manager about it.

You could only see it from the gap on the door and I didn't even know what it was. I walked around the side of the barn, and there was a 3/4 inch hole in the wall. Through this hole I saw the nostrils and grill bars of 48-50 Ford F-1, and I knew I had to have it. $500, and it was mine! It is rough, but I enjoy a challenge. It's my first time for owning a flathead engine, and a vehicle this old. I had a few 60's and 70's cars before, so working on old cars is nothing new to me. I also have a bodyshop background, and own more than your average amount of tools. You could say I have enough experience to be dangerous, hehe.

So, here it is in all it's rusty glory. It will get upgraded enough to keep up on 65mph highways. If it was a small town I might leave it stock, but you'll get rear ended if you drive below 60mph around here. I also want to upgrade the heater and a/c unit if possible. Right now I am tearing it down to the bare frame, which will take me a month with the amount of free time I have. Small steps..









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Old 03-24-2014, 06:30 AM   #2
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Great find. Best wishes on your rebuild.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:31 AM   #3
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have fun with your project. Great truck!
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:40 AM   #4
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looks to be pretty solid!
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:47 AM   #5
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It has more rust on the right side, including the front cab mount. I can weld in new metal thankfully. I have a welder and all the cutting tools. There's also rust holes in other places too, but I can fix them all one by one. Thanks for the compliments!
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:49 AM   #6
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I had one just the same years ago
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:54 AM   #7
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Brings back memories from 15 years ago when I found my '48. It took me a year and a half to do a frame up rebuild. Enjoy!!
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:00 AM   #8
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Excellent project, have fun with it.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:04 AM   #9
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Good to see another F1 getting a second life - and Sheridan blue, no less! Not sure how much disassembly you'll yet need, but the front clip (fenders, grille, valances) are quite easy to remove as a single piece. You've already gotten to some of the tough -and always uncooperative - fender bolts.

Enjoy the journey!

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Old 03-24-2014, 07:04 AM   #10
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Great find, keep us informed on progress, thanks for posting!!
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:06 AM   #11
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Looks like a great project--------
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:23 AM   #12
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That's a great project to start with. The best part will be getting it back on the road and driving it! After tearing three or four of these old Fords down to the frame, and spending the time to get some of them back together, my preference now would be to get a vehicle like yours mechanically sound and safe, and drive it like it is. I love seeing these old Ford V8's running around in their original aged patina. I would walk past 10 original high point over restored vehicles to see one like yours. Welcome to the Fordbarn!
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:43 AM   #13
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FC,
I had a '51 F-1....loved it. It's amazing the power that can be generated
with a mild 8ba. Best thing I ever did was switch the rear end which had 4:27's to a
Ford 8" with 3:30's.
Great truck have fun with it !!!
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:12 AM   #14
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You have the nack to work on old trucks ( 3rd Picture)

A ~B F H~ & A 4" Disk grinder

The only thing you are missing is a big roll of duct tape O wait thats for reassembly LOL
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:20 PM   #15
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Good to see another F1 getting a second life - and Sheridan blue, no less! Not sure how much disassembly you'll yet need, but the front clip (fenders, grille, valances) are quite easy to remove as a single piece. You've already gotten to some of the tough -and always uncooperative - fender bolts.

Enjoy the journey!

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So was Sheridan blue a special order color?
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:25 PM   #16
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Ford Custom
Welcome to the barn.
I like your F1 find.
I have two of them. The first one "Green one" had more rust than yours. The red one was from Phoenix Arizona, great shape.
Have fun.

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Old 03-24-2014, 12:28 PM   #17
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Another F1 will breathe again! Great story and the best of luck with your truck!
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:39 PM   #18
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Welcome aboard. As you plan your project may I suggest that you study the threads on here about the T170 3 speed O-drive trans and the S-10 trans. You have gobs of room in that old truck where you can fit just about anything. If I had to do it over again and knew about the T170's I would have put that in my '36 because you can make it look stock. Then with a 3.70'ish rear end gear you can have good accel and cruise.

So, if you decide on something like this and find a cache of 170's here in Texas, let me know because I am thinking about re-working my truck with one.
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:44 PM   #19
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I believe that Sheridan was a stock color. Unfortunately, I've lost my old reference docs due to a hard drive failure (yeah, I know about backups). These are close and should help your efforts:

http://www.clubfte.com/users/earl/Re...aterial_2.html

http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/chipdisp...d&info=&page=3
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:30 PM   #20
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Yes welcome. The hardest part of this king of restoration is derusting everything to find out what is usuable. Fortunately most everything is available for it. This unfortunately takes deep pockets. It's aldo time to consider modifications. A good example would be to use a 525 Sagna steering box. and especially the F150 RTS T 170 transmission, It's a 3 speed with OD and looks stock and will work well with your present rear axle ratio. Improving your braking is another option along with a nice set of seat belts. I'm in the process of doing all this for my grand children..
There are allot of people on the barn here than give you allot of help along with good and bad ideas. Take care.
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