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Maintain And Drive Or Restore? 1950 Ford F-1

I wonder if Ford had any clue what would become of their modest pickup back in 1948 when the F-1 was introduced. Probably not, but to say that the F-Series pickup has been a success over the decades is the understatement of the century. The seller has this cool blue 1950 Ford F-1 posted here on eBay in Valley View, Texas, and the current bid price is $4,550, but the reserve hasn’t been met. Thanks to Larry D. for sending in this tip!

Ford’s F-1 came out for the 1948 model year as a totally redesigned pickup, designed to be a pickup and not a car converted into a pickup. The payloads were: F-1 = 1/2-ton, F-2 = 3/4-ton, F-3 = heavy-duty 3/4-ton, F-4 = 1-ton or optional 1-1/4-ton, F-5 was a 1-1/2-ton, F-6 = 2-ton, and the heavy-duty commercial versions were known as the F-7 and F-8.

The F-1 and F-2 came in both a panel truck and pickup, and this first-generation F-Series would be made from late 1947 for the 1948 model year, until the end of the 1952 model year. The pickup model only came in this stepside bed style. The F-1 was the first truly new American pickup after WWII, and in 1950, the structural indents would disappear, so it was a smooth-sided design. This Ford has new tires, which you probably guessed. Hagerty is at $16,700 for a #4 fair-condition truck, so this one has a  long way to go on the auction.

Sadly, we don’t see much of the interior. There are no overall photos, only detailed images – none showing the seat at all, which is unusual. I’d plan on spending some money inside, otherwise, the seller probably would have shown more of it to bring a higher bid price. Not that it’s a bad thing to have to fix a seat or source a new steering wheel, etc., it’s all part of the game, and often the fun, with owning old vehicles. There is rust to deal with, but for a truck that’s almost older than all the Kardashians combined (well, not really), this rig appears to be in solid condition. I love the current faded look, but how beautiful would it be if it were repainted in this gorgeous Bimini Blue color? Very beautiful, that’s how beautiful.

The engine looks cleaner than I thought it would, very nice. It’s Ford’s flathead-six with 95 horsepower, and the seller says that this one has been rebuilt. This truck has a four-speed manual, a new radiator, new rear brakes and drums, and new tie rods and kingpins in the front end. The seller says that it has 1,000,000,000 miles, which seems a little high… (cough) I sure like this truck. I would fix the interior, keep it maintained, and drive it as it looks now, for a while at least. How about you?


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    You’ve got to love a truck that you substitute the ignition key with a toggle switch.

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    • That AMC Guy

      These days a manual transmission is practically the only anti-theft measure you need.

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      • Arfeeto

        So true.

        I’ve bought three new vehicles–all manuals–in the last decade. In every case, the salesman I dealt with was unable to drive his own product.

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  2. Gene

    Darn ! Reserve met in my opinion. Hate auctions . Always seems to be ambitious reserves and a ringer in the crowd.

  3. Mountainwoodie

    Where’s Fred Sanford when you need him!

    “Dummy, come here!”

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    • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      Ha! “…’Lizbeth, it’s the big one, here I come…” (grasping heart)

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  4. John Vizzusi

    My neighbor has a 48 in his carport in this same condition. It came off a farm in Wisconsin. Its rusting away and my condo association told him to move it. Cost way more to restore than to sell.

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  5. Lee

    Well I would take good care of it but I would still drive the wheels off of it.

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  6. Todd

    Restore, restore, restore. They are really cool trucks. I’d buy it if I could.

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  7. Kaypay

    I’d make sure in was mechanical fit and drive it like it is, I learned to drive on a 49 F-1 would buy this if I was 20 years younger.

  8. TomD

    Not sure what you mean by ” The F-1 was the first truly new American pickup after WWII, and in 1950, the structural indents would disappear, so it was a smooth-sided design.”

  9. George Birth

    $4500 for a truck with 1M miles? Ol Fed Sandford would definitely had the big one. Actually $4K to $5K would be a fair price for this one. With that many miles something on it will fail.
    A personal inspection on this one would be a must. I hope the seller isn’t setting the reserve in the atmospheric zone. 1M miles will definitely affect the value.

  10. Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    Auction update: this one ended at $6,500 and no sale.

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