Behind The Woodshed: 1952 Ford F2 Pickup


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I figured when I saw the pictures of this pickup that it would be a non-runner, considering that it looks like it’s been out in the elements for a long time. I was surprised when I read the ad to find that it not only runs, it runs well, and was on the road in regular use until 2012! It’s currently found in Port Jervis, New York, and is being sold here on eBay, where the buy-it-now is $4,595 and lower bids are invited.


You want patina? Generally, that means you get rust along with it, and this truck is no exception. I’m not sure what, if anything is holding that left rear fender on! And whatever swiped the tailgate certainly left its mark. The wooden bumper is pretty practical, although if those bolts for the rudimentary hitch mount don’t go into something really solid, I wouldn’t try towing anything larger than a yard cart!


I love the hand-painted signage on this truck! It looks like the phone number changed somewhere along the line (maybe when the prefix switched from letters to numbers?) as the truck was used as a daily driver until 2008, presumably in the business. I found a 1980 ad for Woodshed Tree Removal here in Newburgh, New York with the same phone number.


The seller states that the frame is solid and includes pictures to show that. Of course, there’s surface rust and there are certainly some rusty spots in the body. The little bit we can see of the wooden bed doesn’t look bad in this picture, but I’d count on replacing it if someone hasn’t put in metal over it already (and maybe even if they have). Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the interior.


The flathead V-8 is all present and accounted for, although painted in a later Ford blue color, so it’s a safe bet someone’s been into the engine at some point. It actually should be a medium-light green color for this year. The seller states that there is a coolant leak at the water pump, but that a new part comes with the truck. What do you think — is this a truck you could find a home for?

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  1. randy

    I like it, I hope he gets his price. For me to pay that much for an old vehicle, I’d have to be able to use it as a daily driver without much more investment.

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  2. JW

    I totally agree with Randy on this one.

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  3. HoA Howard AMember

    “Woodshed Tree & Woodwork” on Forest Rd., of course. IDK, I think what we have here, is someone asked “what do you think we can get for the old Ford”? and someone else said, “On TV, I saw one go for 10 grand”. Aside from the motor ( can’t kill ’em) this truck is shot, and will need everything. Reason they stopped driving it, probably wasn’t safe. It’s been years since I’ve seen a rear axle like that, so it’s geared pretty low. Sorry, I love old trucks, but I’d pass on this.

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  4. John H.

    Take away the signage on the door, and most of the charm of this old truck disappears, replaced by the magnitude of work it would take just to make this roadworthy again. Perhaps the reason for the blue is a transplanted engine? Just too much money for this condition.

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  5. grant

    Ok so the truck is probably wasted, but the history is cool, and tracking down the old ad was a nice touch, Jaime.

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  6. geomechs geomechsMember

    This unit would be a lot of work but well worth the effort. More and more tonners and 3/4 ton trucks are being restored these days, probably because the 1/2 ton population is getting thinned out. Incidentally the correct engine color is red for light Ford trucks. The larger (255) motor would be off-white.

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