We haven’t featured many trucks here on Barn Finds, but after looking at this 1951 Ford, we think maybe we should start. This one has been touched up cosmetically, but there are some nice surprises that make this very original old truck worth a second look. It is located in Tahoma, Washington and is listed on eBay with bidding at $8,600.
This truck isn’t just any old Ford. It is from the first generation of the F-series truck which is still in production today. Ford didn’t come up with their slogan “Built Ford Tough” for their cars. They were talking about these beasts. They were built to work, so it can be hard to find early examples in good shape.
It can be especially hard to find ones as well optioned as this F1. When we say optioned here we are not talking about amenities, we are talking about things like four wheel drive and V8 power. We take features like these for granted today, but they were not as common back then. Ford didn’t even build their own 4x4s in house at the time. The work was sourced out to a company called Marmon Herrington who built buses and performed these types of conversions.
Power from this flathead V8 was feed to all four wheels. It wasn’t a lot of power by today’s standards, but back in the fifties this thing had to be quite the crawler. The seller claims that it was originally used by the Forestry Department in Washington state. During its service it has only racked up 57k miles. The mileage is believable since this is not something we would really want to take on the interstate.
There is no denying that this tan truck looks sharp, but we sure would like to see it before the current owner polished her up. He claims that the last owner wanted to keep it as original as possible, so the paint and interior were worn and a little sun baked. Sounds perfect to us… The shiny paint and fresh interior are appealing though and the care of the last few owners has assured that this rare truck was preserved. We still think it would be happiest in its nature habitat on a ranch or up in the mountains. Anyone have a Ford truck story to tell?