Ford F-Series I 11948 - 1952
Model: F-Series (1948 - ...)
The first F-Series truck (known as the Ford Bonus-Built) was introduced in 1948 as a replacement for the previous car-based pickup line introduced in 1941. It had a flat, one-piece windshield and integrated headlamps. It had a wider cab. Options included the "See-Clear" windshield washer (operated by foot plunger), passenger-side windshield wiper & sun visor, and passenger-side taillight. The F-1 truck was also available with additional chrome trim and two horns as an option. All F-series were available with optional "Marmon-Herrington All Wheel Drive" until 1959.
Design of the F-Series truck changed tremendously from 1960 to 1964. From 1948 to 1950, the grill was a series of horizontal bars and the headlights were set into the fenders. For 1951 and 1952, the headlights were connected by a wide aerodynamic cross piece with three similarly aerodynamic supports. The rear window was wider in the later trucks and the dashboard was redesigned.
F-Series trucks were assembled at sixteen different Ford factories. Serial numbers indicate the truck model, engine, year, assembly plant, and unit number. The most common model was the F-1 with a 6 ½-foot bed followed by the F-2 and F-3 Express models with an 8-foot (2.4 m) bed.
The models are:
|226 CID Flathead 6||1948–51||95 hp (71 kW) at 3,300 rpm||F-1 through F-6|
|239 CID Flathead V8||1948–52||100 hp (75 kW) at 3,800 rpm||F-1 through F-6|
|254 CID Flathead 6||1948–51||110 hp (82 kW) at 3,400 rpm||F-6 only|
|337 CID Flathead V-8||1948–51||145 hp (108 kW) at 3,600 rpm||F-7 and F-8|
|215 CID OHV Straight-6||1952–53||101 hp (75 kW)|
|279 Y-block (EAL)||1952–55||145 hp (108 kW) at 3,800 rpm||F-7 only|
|317 Y-block (EAM)||1952–55||155 hp (116 kW) at 3,900 rpm||F-8 only|
|Ford F-Series I|
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