This 1952 Ford F-1 is an outstanding representative of the sturdy, first generation Ford trucks that helped chart an entirely new course for their manufacturer. Up until their arrival, Ford - as well as several other manufacturers - had been content to mount pickup bodies onto car-based foundations, so a strong argument can be made that this robust workhorse was a true forefather of the “built Ford tough” descendants to follow. Looking sharp and running great, this evocative truck harkens back to a time when the noble pickup was often an essential tool for earning a livelihood and still performed double duty when the workday ended.
Dressed in its eye-catching yellow and white color scheme, the truck has an earnest, authentic appearance, and would be a fitting vintage inhabitant of any working farm. The tasteful pairing of the two shades makes for plenty of curb appeal and some refinement here and there at the hands of a paint professional will elevate it to top form - there's nothing major to be dealt with, just the normally encountered badges of honor that come from actual, real world usage. Whether you opt to put the finishing touches on its already magnetic exterior or make the perfectly understandable choice to drive it as is, you'll have a good foundation to work with. The body on this classic is in fine shape, showing no signs of rust or any other damage, the collection of chrome on display is looking very clean - both the front and rear bumpers are arrow straight and blemish free - and the glass surrounding the cabin is as clear as can be. This color combination is really effective - it ties in nicely with the aftermarket wheels and the painted front grille is a great finishing touch.
Inside, the bright yellow surfaces and contrasting black bench seat make for a vibrant and enticing driving environment, while remaining totally in keeping with the truck's vintage heritage. Judging from its appearance, the bench seat's vinyl cover was only recently installed, as there are no real signs of wear on its surface and just below, the floor is lined with carpet in matching condition. This classic still features its original steering column, as well as its coil patterned, circular pedals and in front, the dash area also remains almost entirely in factory configuration, with the dual, multi-functional displays joined by a pair of aftermarket SunPro gauges to keep tabs on operating temperature and oil pressure. A pair of Kenwood speakers come included to pair with the AM/FM stereo already on board, but the system will need a bit of attention to get back up and running. In back, fresh and well-prepped wooden planks line the floor of the bed, interspersed with color-matched steel.
Raise the hood and you'll find a nicely maintained engine bay below, with a period correct 239 cubic inch flathead V8 at its center that's running strong and sounding great. The vintage powerplant has been kept mechanically stock, save for the single barrel Holley carb it's fed by, and pairs with a 3-speed manual transmission to form a drivetrain that's very much ready for the road without delay. An electric cooling fan now teams with the stock radiator to keep operating temperatures under control and new spark plugs have been added to help make sure this truck is running at its best as it cruises on its set of sharp 15x5 Baby Moon wheels wrapped with Grantland Milestar tires.
Few vehicles of any kind come through the ages looking anywhere near as good as this 1952 Ford F-1 and its reassuringly strong running condition is a huge asset. Call today!