Restore Or Rod? 1951 Ford F3 Pickup

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When I first looked at this Ford F3, I wondered who Larson was that is referred to on the driver’s door. Interestingly, they don’t rate a mention on the other side of the truck. There’s probably a story in there, but that’s a story for another day. Anyway, Larson’s old Ford F3 is listed for sale here on eBay. Located in Murdock, Minnesota, it is listed for sale with no title. Bidding has reached $2,025 at the time of writing.

This F3 certainly has a few dings and dents, but overall the body condition is not too bad for a pickup of this age. There are a few rust issues along the sides of the tray, and possibly a couple of holes in the front fenders. There are a couple of minor holes in the cab floor. It also appears that there may be some noticeable rust in the bottom of the door frame on the driver’s side, so both sides should probably be inspected fairly closely. The running boards also appear to have some holes in them, and should probably either be repaired or replaced, regardless of whether or not the new owner chooses to undertake a full restoration on the vehicle.

While the interior appears to be complete, I think that the seat is going to need more than a blanket throwing over it before you sit on it. It looks like the padding is past saving, so it will either be a full restoration, or the new owner is going to have to source a replacement seat. The original floor mat is also badly torn with some sections missing, so once again a replacement will need to be found.

Under the hood is a 239ci flat-head V8, which is backed by a 4-speed transmission. The engine turns freely, but it doesn’t currently run. It may not be a hard job to breathe new life into it, so let’s cross our fingers. The seller states that the transmission shifts freely and that the F3 rolls and steers. He gives no indication of the state of the brakes.

The viability of this F3 will be entirely dependent on the extent of the rust issues. If the frame is solid and the rust in the door pillars is not extensive, then it could be the foundations of either a full restoration or rod project. Regardless of the pathway that the new owner chooses, if you buy this can you let us know who Larson is, please?

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  1. HoA Howard AMember
    • Jimmy

      Howard my first thought also. Same deal the name on the drivers door only.

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    • Ken

      Fred Sanford was the laziest man on Earth. He made Lamont do all the work and then called him a big dummy. :)

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  2. glen

    We’re seeing some nice old trucks, all of which, should be restored!, sorry modders.

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  3. Todd


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  4. Jeff

    I have nothing against factory-spec restorations, but I think I’d want to actually use this regularly as a truck, and that would require some upgrades. If the frame is good, I’d rebuild the flathead, modernize the electronics (including ignition), convert to disc brakes, and restore the interior. If not for “Larson” on the door, I might not even paint it.

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  5. geomechs geomechsMember

    Driver quality restoration for sure. Then use it like a truck is supposed used: to haul stuff. And throw a little class into the mundane chores…

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    • HoA Howard AMember

      I think the F3 was kind of an oddball. Pretty sure it was a 1 ton,( but still listed a “heavy duty” 3/4 ton) and most buyers, either went with the smaller trucks( F1, F2) or went bigger to a stake bed ( F4, 5, or 6).

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      • geomechs geomechsMember

        The F3 was classified as a full-fledged Tonner. It had a 6800 GVW (for a tonner?) and morphed into the F350. I would tend to look at the F2 as an oddball. I think I might’ve seen one in my lifetime, and yet, the Chevy 3600 pickups were everywhere. The Binder K2/KB2 were classified as 3/4 ton trucks yet had the smaller wheels, but there were also a lot of them. If you wanted a Ford you either had an F1 or an F3. Then if you want a real weird one, look at an F4. The lumber yard had an F4.

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  6. Madmatt

    I think the door should say “Lamont” a.k.a “Big dummy”
    what a nice old truck to fix up…they are getting hard to find much nicer.

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  7. dennis

    I have a 51 ford f2 . its titled ,plated ,runs and is part of the family

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