First Generation: 1951 Ford F-Series Bonus-Built

The original Ford F-series pickup truck hit the market for the 1948 model year and it was the only truck on the market to feature an all new post-war design. The chassis was not shared with Ford’s passenger cars and was purpose built for the rugged needs a truck owners in a pre-interstate world. Today’s example is crusty and rusty example of a ’51 model year F-series, but it has more character than anything that’s come from the big three in the last few decades. Find this 1951 Ford F-Series Bonus-Built offered for $7,500 in Brooklyn Center, MN via craigslist. Tip from PickleFork.

From the seller:

1951 Ford F1
condition: good
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 75000
odometer broken
paint color: red
size: full-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: pickup


1951 Ford F1 – Survivor – BARN FIND! Parked in Oct 1991 with 75, xxx miles.
Body Style: Short-bed Pick-up
Eng: 3.5L 215cid inline 6. (Not the flathead V8) w Holley glass-bowl carb & glass-bowl fuel pump .
Transmission: Manual; Three-on-the-Tree.
Rear End: W- 47/11.
12 Volt conversion completed.
Brand New Goodyear Wrangler AT tires. Brand new Brake shoes, drums, springs, cylinders, Copper-Nickle hard lines throughout. New Monroe Shocks. New Starter, Alternator, plugs, wires, coil. Filters, Fluids (even rear diff!)
Solid body and Frame. Fuel tank cleaned, etched, neutralized, 2 new fuel filters installed in line.
Truck was repainted at some point, and had different/non-stock interior seats installed. Additionally, the original Flathead V8 was removed and a newer 3.5 liter, 215cid inline 6 was installed. (but still of 50s or maybe early 60s vintage)
Yet to be finalized: Headlights, taillights, blinkers, gages, & Hvac.

She runs and drives now! She has heat for the winter!
Clean Title, Clean fuel tank, Good Clean Fun!

$7500 drives her home today.