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1950 Ford F1 Pickup: Build-a-Bed


No matter the condition, the early Ford pickups are among the most handsome trucks ever made. This 1950 Ford F1 is listed here on eBay as a rusty project that’s been sitting for 28 years, so long that the bed has completely rusted out. It’s got a V8 and a stick, and the whitewalls look good enough to roll on. They probably aren’t, but it’s fun to think you could drive this rig in its severely weathered condition. Ocala seems to be a hot spot for old projects like this, and it’s a local I visit often when traveling to a nearby town to visit family. While the Florida weather hasn’t been kind to this truck, a $1,200 Buy-it-Now isn’t too terrible of a price – but I’d be happier to walk away with it for $800 and get to work building a bed. How would you restore it?


  1. Texas Tea

    To much rust. Nothing more than yard art at best for a couple hundred dollars.

  2. Dave57210

    Not bad at all body-wise. The floor of the “box” area was wood and complete kits are available at “not bad” prices. I’ve seen them at swap meets selling for more than twice the ask on this one. So long as the frame is solid, it can be boxed, aftermarket front suspensions are common with R&P steering & disc brakes and just about any engine of your choice (mine would be a Caddy 500) plus automatic swaps right in!

    Add leather buckets, air conditioning, power windows, etc, etc. Could likely be a real show winner and nice cruiser for under $30,000!

  3. don

    cool old truck, to far gone, roof rusted out, and Florida truck, rust!

  4. DENIS

    I love those old Fords but it’s yard art…not one panel that I saw that isn’t rusted-through. I’d use the old flattie for a paper-weight on my desk. Even the hood is too rusty to hang on the wall…J-UNK.

  5. Howard A Member

    I agree, these aren’t near as rare as the REO, and it’s just too far gone. I’ve seen Florida vehicles rust from the top down due to the salty air. It ain’t pretty.

  6. pontiactivist

    I live in the lake Erie rust belt and I know of several of these in better condition. Most of them could be had for about the same money. I think I would keep looking.

  7. geomechs geomechs Member

    I’m kind of thinking that buying this would be better for a parts truck for a better project. However, the price isn’t bad. You can buy a repro bed for these and parts for the bodies are readily available. Much better than the ’47 that I own. Six of one, half-dozen of the other. How dedicated to the project are you?

  8. david salinas

    how much for the bed

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