This great-looking cabover 1949 Ford F-6 COE is in Great Bend, Kansas and is listed on eBay with an unmet opening bid of $4,800. It looks like it’s in nice condition, overall. Just think, if you had a TV reality show you could restore this thing in three days!..
The F-6 is Ford’s 2-ton chassis and it has a 14,000–16,000 GVWR. COE stands for “Cab-Over Engine” for anyone wondering about that. I’m guessing that this truck will be modified quite a bit, these are such unique-looking vehicles that they always seem to get turned into big Hot Wheels-looking trucks. Not that it’s a bad thing at all to modify them, if a person is going to use these trucks for actual hauling duty instead of car show duty, it makes sense to upgrade things a bit while keeping the classic shape intact.
But, man do they look great when they’re restored back to original spec! This truck is only “missing a few pieces”, and you should be able to find a company or two out there to help locate parts.
Steering wheel and horn button: page 13, etc… This is what the interior could look like again, and hopefully it will someday. There are a couple of plates missing on the dash, one for the GPS and one for.. er.. no, wait. You should be able to find those. The seller says that it’s “pretty much complete”, hopefully that’s the part that they’re talking about, those little parts and pieces. The seats will need to be redone, of course, and so will everything else. I can’t tell if the gauges were painted or if that’s just faded and could be buffed out? The floors look pretty solid and in fact the whole truck looks pretty solid without a lot of rust-through visible. You have to love Kansas for how it preserves its vehicles, compared to a lot of other states.
The seller doesn’t mention which engine this is, only that it’s a flathead six-cylinder. I’m guessing that it’s the base engine, a 3.7L 226 flathead six with around 95 hp. There was another optional six-cylinder engine so it could be a 4.2L 254 cubic inch flathead six with 110 hp, which was only available in the F-6. Most likely, only the numbers will tell for sure what it is. In any case, the seller says that the “truck is not currently running. Everything under the hood appears to be intact.” You’d want to pull the engine and at least clean it up and paint it so you may as well rebuild it. The hoses look new, though; weird. I love the look of these COE trucks, I can think of a hundred uses for this one. How would you restore this truck and what would you use it for?