Looking for a classic pickup that'll stand out in the crowd? Pull up almost anywhere behind the wheel of this 1951 Ford F-1 and it's a pretty sure thing no one will be mistaking it for anyone else's ride. This distinctive pickup features an array of inspired custom touches over its vintage foundation. Add to that its freshened drivetrain and a number of upgrades under its hood and you have a truck that's every bit as fun to drive as it is to gawk at.
Ford created the F-1 when, in the aftermath of WWII, the manufacturer set about creating a line of pickups that no longer shared an underpinning with any of its passenger cars. The F-1's rugged form lends itself well to the customization that's been added to the mix - the amplified front and rear fenders on this pickup would catch anyone's attention right off the bat. Those enhancements sit right next to a cab that's been left in largely stock configuration, down to the sizable visor looming over the front windshield, and features a front grille and headlights that, like the majority of the other trim on board, has been blacked out for dramatic effect. The blending of original and customized elements creates a very effective overall look. Riding low to the ground and clad in matte black, this truck will no doubt pull focus wherever it roams.
The interior is very nicely finished, with a pair of brand new black TMI bucket seats sitting astride a contrasting red center console that show very little wear on their detailed vinyl surfaces. A snug-fitting, new headliner has been installed, along with new trim panels and fresh gray carpeting that lines the floor. A lot of careful planning went into this driving environment - the pieces really fit together well, both spatially and aesthetically. Farther forward, the dash area also features a great blend of new and old - it's still mostly in the same overall configuration it left the assembly line with so many years ago, but it now sports Dakota Digital gauges in the instrument cluster and a retro-look aftermarket stereo at its center. An updated steering wheel sits on the tilt column just in front. The bed floor is lined with diamond plate and you'll find a modern 20 gallon fuel cell in place just behind the cab.
You might be inclined to think that streetability would be a secondary concern in a modded pickup like this, but this '51 actually runs and drives impressively well - you don't often come across this kind of ride quality on a lowered truck. It sits on a much more modern S10 frame, which definitely accounts for some of its smoothness. Power comes via a freshened drivetrain - the 350 cubic inch V8 sitting in the engine compartment is armed with an Edelbrock intake and carb and recently had its main seal replaced and the automatic transmission was serviced and resealed not long ago as well. There are a number of other outstanding upgrades on display here as well - HEI ignition teams with MSD plug wires to provide maximum spark, and a sizable radiator sits up front with an electric fan to keep operating temperatures under control. Power steering makes for easy navigation, while power brakes that feature front discs with slotted and drilled rotors provide dependable, fade resistant stops. This head turner rides on a set of jet black 17"" American Racing Torque Thrust wheels wrapped with Nitto tires.
With its undeniable presence and exhilarating driving experience, this 1951 Ford F-1 is a rare find. Call today!