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Built, Ford Stuff: A history of Ford F-Series pickup trucks – Matthew Guy @Driving

Built, Ford Stuff: A history of Ford F-Series pickup trucks – Matthew Guy @Driving

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These hardworking half-tons have been around since the end of the Second World War

With the introduction of a new Ford F-150 for the 2021 model year, we thought it a good time to walk back through the Blue Oval pages of history and examine some of the important changes the company has thrown at its stalwart pickup over the last seven decades.

1948 Ford F-1 (source: FleetLogging.com) https://fleetlogging.com/longest-living-trucks/

First Generation: 1948 – 1952

With a style all its own, the very first F-Series pickup truck marked the departure of car and truck design at Ford. Changing the configuration from a variant of pre-war vehicles to its own distinct design drove the notion that these were something more than an afterthought in the product catalog. Still there were little in the way of creature comforts. There was a bench seat, a steering wheel, manual transmission pedals — and that’s about all.

Its naming convention sounded for all the world like a bunch of tornadoes, starting with the F-1 as the half-ton truck, followed by F-2 and F-3 pickups that were three-quarter ton and one-ton, respectively. A number of engines were made available in this run, including the flathead V8.

1953 Ford F-100 (source: FleetLogging.com) https://fleetlogging.com/longest-living-trucks/

Second Generation: 1953 – 1956

As with most things during the post-war American boom, bigger was better — even in terms of names. This was the first time the familiar format we see today was used, with the F-1 being rechristened the F-100. Typical of the era, body styles were changed as frequently as underwear, with the 1956 model being unique in its looks, for example.

An automatic transmission popped up for the first time, marking the long march to making trucks accessible to a wider audience. These were still basic machines, to be sure, but options like seat belts and colour-matched seats signaled the company’s desire to make this model something more than a bare-bones work rig.

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1946 Ford Pickup Is the Revived Grandfather of Today’s Mighty F-150 – Daniel Patrascu @Autoevolution

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Ford and pickup trucks have gone hand in hand since times immemorial. Starting with the first one the Blue Oval made way back in 1917 (the infamous Model TT) and ending with today’s segment leader that comes in the form of the F-150, trucks have pulled Ford through hell and high water

The modern-day love affair of the public with Ford pickup trucks did not start with the TT, though, but rather with the vehicles the company started making from 1941. We’re talking about the multi-role Ford machine that was offered until 1948 in a multitude of body styles, from 2-door coupe to station wagon. In between, of course, was the pickup truck.

Playing just like the modern-day F-150 in the half-ton segment, that age’s pickup had a number of things going for it, and that made it quite successful in its time. Some people found the trucks worthy enough to have them preserved to this day when they get another shot at life on the custom market.

The one we have here is currently for sale on Bring a Trailer as the perfect re-incarnation of the F-150’s ancestor. Sporting a red body over a gray cloth interior, it looks more alive today than it ever did, thanks to the addition of hardware like steel bumpers, dual side mirrors, and a step-side bed with a wood plank floor.

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Slammed Ford Flathead V8-powered 1940 pick-up – Craig Parker | Photos: Chris Thorogood, @StreetMachine

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AN ARMY truck that’s been rusting in a shed in Eugene, Oregon, for up to 40 years doesn’t sound like the ideal candidate for a hot rod, but Adam Guglielmi has made it happen.

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