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Five-Star Ford: 1952 Ford F1 Deluxe Pickup

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This project truck is in Ottertail, Minnesota; the seller has a few other vintage trucks for sale, too. The 1952 Ford F1 Deluxe Pickup seen here is listed on eBay with a current bid of just over $700 but the reserve isn’t met. This is a “five-star cab” model which was new in the later models with a wider rear window and redesigned dash. This would be a nice truck to get working and drive it as is, as an actual, useful pickup truck! What a concept.

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1952 was the last year of the “Bonus-Built” pickups from Ford, they were a replacement for the car-based pickups and were made from 1948 to 1952. These first-generation F-Series pickups were quite a revelation and they’re as popular now as ever. It’s hard to find original versions anymore, this one might be worth checking out if you’ve had one on your wish-list for a while.

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This is a similar truck that’s been restored, what a beauty!  The one for sale here is a long way from looking like that, but it could if you wanted it to. All sorts of parts are available from quite a few online sources. This truck looks pretty complete right down to the wheel covers. The bed will need a little help.

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A Minnesota truck without a heater? Oh, it’s on the seat. Here’s what the heater will look like after you’re restored it. And, what the interior will look like once you’re done. The seller says that it has solid running boards and cab floors and things do look pretty solid on this one. You can take the seat out and redo that or give it to your favorite upholstery shop along with the door cards.

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The seller doesn’t have any info on this flathead V8, so I’m guessing that it isn’t in running condition. The firewall sure looks great. You’d want to pull this engine and rebuild it anyway. This should be a 239 cubic inch engine with about 100 hp. Is this truck a worthy restoration candidate? It looks pretty solid to me and it would be a nice project, especially with all of the info, parts, and help out there. How would you restore this Five-Star Ford?


  1. vic castellanos

    very Nice.😍 Fixing up my Dads owned since 1967..

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    • AMX Brian

      This looks like the 52 we bought off of eBay from West Virginia. We were going to part it out, but it was super original, so after my grandfather got it running he sold it.

      My grandfather has a 51 F1. All three generations have helped him find parts and have worked on it with him. Found it on Craigslist. It in Vermont in a field next to an autobody shop. Someone had swapped in a chevy block that was bare. We replaced everything on the truck except for the hood and the cab. And we should have gotten another cab by the time all the patches were done. It’s been a long process but it’s almost back on the road after getting a new engine.

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  2. JW

    Nice Find !!!

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  3. Howard A Member

    HALLELUJAH!!! They’re still out there. I’d get it running and stopping safely, and leave it as is. I like the floor shifter. I think they went to the column shortly after this truck. There can’t be many like this left out there. Great find.

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  4. jim s

    this seller has 11 interesting vehicles for sale on ebay. i too would make this safe and put it back to work. great find.

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  5. jürgen

    Nice car .
    I would buy it, But shipping to germany and Taxes are Not cheap.
    So one mustang is enough.
    I love the barfinds Homepage! !
    Greetings from germany , jürgen

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  6. MJM

    It’s worth more than seven hundred but not a great deal more.

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  7. Leon

    I had a friend that had a 1950 F-1 that was column shift and also growing up had a friend with a 52 with column shift. As and ex trucker of all 48 states, I prefer the floor shift. My 1952 came with floor shift and the 239 flathead V-8.

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  8. Lion

    I was surprised to see a floor shift on this truck. My 52 has a floor shift but when I bought it I was told the tranny had been swapped out for an older one from the 40s. The column still had the old mechanism in place put no shift lever. Mine is unrestored but not beat as bad as this one, but my front fender seams are rotted through.

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    • Marty Parker

      This would be the 4 speed granny gear transmission. Three speed shifter was moved from floor to column mid year of ’50.

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  9. Oldcarsarecool

    I can hear the Sanford and Son theme song playing in the background . . .

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  10. Scotty G Staff

    Update: this truck went unsold at $2,075.09.

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