Moving Day: 1950 Ford F5

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Over the years, I’ve seen multiple vintage rigs used for commercial duty: ice cream wagons, food trucks, milk delivery and applicance repair, to name a few. But I’ve yet to see anyone in the moving business use an old-school work horse in their fleet – so maybe this cheap 1950 Ford F5 here on eBay could be the start of a new trend. It’s located in Florida with five days on the auction.

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This old Ford is a bit of a hodge-podge, with a Pontiac V8 and manual transmission up front, and sitting on a motorhome chassis. I can’t quite determine if that box on the rear was used for residential purposes or if this truck was a worker, but for the sake of its occupants, I hope nobody lived back there! The seller says the extent of the truck’s cosmetic issues are limited to mostly surface rust but that there are some holes in the body.

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The Ford has sat for many years and not much is known about its history. The dust inside would seem to confirm the years of dormancy. The tires are also dry-rotted which is going to make moving this truck to its next owner a real chore. Sometimes, the difficulty involved in moving a new project can be a deal-killer, but the seller has at least priced this truck cheaply enough that it may help a potential buyer account for transport expenses.

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From the rear, the loading gate and chains would indicate this Ford has definitely performed delivery duty in its day, so a moving van might make sense for the ambitious business owner; otherwise, it could likely be a solid appliance hauler or pick-up vehicle for large donations. Hopefully, the truck itself isn’t donated, as the scale of the work involved to make it road-worthy is going to require serious time and money. How would you use it?

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Comments

  1. Van

    Talk about a cool running billboard. This would great for any number of small business. I’D say clear coat the body and use gold leaf lettering. Maybe an antique mall.

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  2. HoA Howard AMember

    I believe that’s exactly what this truck was, a cross country moving company. (you can barely make out the name on the back) Since that tailgate doesn’t appear to go up and down, I think that was just a platform if they needed more space. You see that on modern moving vans. That added portion above the cab was indeed a sleeper, although, I’m not really sure how you got in.( maybe from inside the truck?) Years ago, many drivers would team in a truck like this, and crawl into the sleeper from outside while the truck was moving ( not too fast, though). Not sure where the Poncho motor came from. It was not unusual to repower a truck with whatever you had. Not sure what to do with it. I think Van is on the right track. Billboard with flowers around it.

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  3. Mark S

    Strip it down to the frame rails restore the cab and fenders, and scrap the box and sleeper. I’d then restore the chassie, shorten the wheel base, and replace the engine with a cumins diesel. Finally build an 8′ period looking truck box, and paint it red with black fenders with some gold pin striping on the red. With a fifth wheel attachment in the back you’d have a very nice care hauler or R/V hauler. Something that is both stylish and practical.

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    • grant

      Why not just build a custom chassis and build from scratch then? This is cool but I really don’t see anyone dumping a lot of money in it. But everyone has different ideas.

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      • Mark S

        Already has a motor home chassie most likely 70’s or early 80’s which would still have available parts at the local parts store and restoring a cab wouldn’t be that costly when you do it your self. Getting rid of that rusted out box would be the most difficult task.

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  4. Van

    That’s an Oldsmobile engine. If it’s a 425 it will have good torque.

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  5. MH

    Looks like a huge money pit if you ask me.

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  6. JCW Jr.

    Passenger door has a dent at bottom in the middle. Could be complete door is twisted and that is why the plastic is there to cover it up and keep the weather out. I agree with ditching the box. Maybe make a car hauler out of it?

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