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One Owner F-1: 1949 Ford F-1 Pickup


Recently acquired from the original owner this Ford F-1 Pickup has been parked for 35 years. Featuring solid bones, with mild rust, this one could likely be returned to street duty with a little time and effort. Currently bid up to $2,075, or buy it now of $5,000, this F-1 may be a pretty fair deal. Find it here on eBay out of independence, Kansas.


A little weathered, but all there, the inline 6 isn’t in running shape, but it does spin freely. The seller mentions that the engine was overhauled not long before being put into storage. Perhaps with a tune up and some fresh gas, this old Ford heart will live to beat again. Gearing is managed by a 3 speed manual transmission. The engine and bay looks reasonable, a good cleaning would brighten up the engine and bay a bit. There appears to be a missing coolant hose, but otherwise appears complete aside from the original air cleaner.


The interior on this F-1 wears a lovely patina. There is some mild surface rust on the dash, and on the doors, but there is still quite a bit of original paint left. The seat looks to be in decent well-kept shape, as it has been recovered at some point in its life. The steering wheel has a few cracks, and the gauges look a little hazy, but overall the interior isn’t too bad off. The body is pretty solid on this F-1 with the only apparent rot being in the passenger front fender, and maybe a little in the running boards. There is surface rust all over this Ford, but there is still some original paint remaining as well. The rear fenders on this F-1 are awesome. Not dented, dinged, or cracked. The cab looks to be nice to, but we are curious if the cab has some hidden rot. The passenger window glass is cracked, but the rest of the glass looks okay. The chrome, and trim work looks nice, more than suitable for a driver. The bed on this F-1 is very nice too. There is no heavy denting or rust in the bed, and the tailgate is very nice too. Almost as if this truck was used as a car instead of a hauler.


With a reasonable buy it now price, and a solid Ford overall, this would be a great opportunity to do a mechanical restoration and leave the appearance as is, or this F-1 would make a great restoration project. What would you do with this ’49 Ford F-1?




  1. Bill

    That is a beauty! I doubt it will be around long. I hope the new owner keeps the rust from getting worse. I’d be tempted to leave it as-is.

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  2. Fred W.

    Looks like the seat has been replaced rather than reupholstered (headrests).

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  3. Jeffro

    Shut up dummy!

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  4. JagManBill

    matte clear-coat and drive it

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  5. DEC

    So not one owner then.

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  6. JCW Jr. Member

    So for you that hate flippers here’s one. At least he put the title in his name.

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  7. geomechs geomechs Member

    I’m sure no one will be surprised at my comments: This is a restoration project, a bone-stock driver rebuild, right down to that 226 motor. Restore it, drive it and enjoy it until it’s time for the next caretaker…

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  8. Rolf Poncho 455

    i like a beaut restore only interior and drive train
    v8 motor and leaf the rest as is

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  9. Rustytech Member

    Wow sold for only $4500. What a refreshing difference form the day before with seller asking $10,600 for a truck in about the same condition. I am not a big fan of the patina look, but would be tempted to restore the interior and eng bay, stabilize the patina. I.e. Clear coat and just drive this baby.

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  10. Mike

    I have a stock air breather for it, if anybody is looking for one!!!!

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  11. Lion

    I have a 1952 like this, just a different grille, trim and dash. Got it at an auction in 1977 for $250.00. It has a V8, Canadian trucks did not come with a 6 cylinder. I have rebuilt everything in the drivetrain but never touched the body. Its pretty rough now and those front fenders are bad for rusting out along the seam. A guy flagged me down one day and offered me $2500.00 for. I said no way. Turns out he was a buyer from eastern Canada and has spirited away a lot of good relics from the prairies. Likely saved a lot of stuff. but still, its gone from here now.

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  12. henry lawrence

    I received this truck as a gift last year. The motor runs and is being restored.

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