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Ford F-Series 1948-52

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Ford F-Series 1948-52
Ford F-Series

Pickup trucks have been part of the fabric of American society for almost a century, and none more so than Ford’s F-Series. It was the first all-new offering from Ford following the post-war resumption of civilian car manufacturing, and was advertised as “Built Stronger to Last Longer.” The models proved sosuccessful that the series became the best-selling vehicles in the United States for over two decades, and has remained in continuous production ever since its launch in 1948. FORD’S EXPERIENCE of producing pickup trucks from the 1920s onward meant that after World War II, the company was well placed to construct a brand new line of utility vehicles. Known as “Bonus Built” trucks due to their extra features, the F-Series from 1948 consisted of 1⁄2-ton (F-1), 3⁄4-ton (F-2), and 1-ton (F-3) payload variants, plus larger workhorses, such as the F-5, with massive load capacities. The F-Series looked like no pickups before: Individually designed cabs were separated from their flatbeds, unlike the adapted automobiles that had passed for pickups prior to the war. Ford trumpeted the originality of its trucks with lines such as “Star-Spangled New! Excitingly Modern! Strikingly Different!” Beneath the shiny exteriors were new engines that promised more power and economy than ever before in a pickup. It was a winning blend that immediately appealed to U.S. buyers; just under 110,000 F-1s were sold in 1948, making it the most successful year for Ford truck sales for almost two decades. Such was the strength of the original template that the descendents of the F-Series are still going strong more than 60 years later.

Ford F-1 (first generation, 1948–52)

Model  Ford F-1 (first generation, 1948–52)
Assembly  USA
Production  628,318
Construction  Ladder-frame chassis
Engine  215/226 cu in straight-six, 239 cu in V8
Power 95–106 bhp at 3,300–3,800 rpm
Transmission  Three- or four-speed manual
Suspension   Front and rear leaf springs
Brakes  Drums front and rear
Maximum speed  70 mph (112 km/h)

Ford F-1 1948-52 front view
Ford F-1 1948-52 rear view

Easy rider

The F-Series’ much-vaunted “Million-Dollar Truck Cab” was the result of a development program that sought to provide the driver and up to two passengers with comfort, space, and visibility that had not previously been available in a pickup. Externally, as seen on this 1948 F-1, the front end was a bold design statement consisting of a high hood line with nostril-style air vents, five-bar horizontal chrome grille, and headlights positioned either side of the bars.

Ford F-1 1948-52 specification
Logo Ford

Pickup heritage

The renowned Ford script was patented in 1909 after being used by the company in various forms during the first few years of the decade.

A couple of years later an oval background was added to the design, but on the F-1 just the script was pressed int othe steel of the tailgate
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