Ford’s popular F-Series pickup traces it start all the way back to model year 1948 as the company’s first post-World War II truck design. While the first F-Series design lasted only five model years through 1952, Ford did not rest on its laurels as it made many styling and functional changes during that run in order to keep the trucks fresh with buyers. For example, the 1951 models featured a restyled grill painted ivory with a “V8” emblem centered above it on models so equipped, a revised hood featuring new side spears, and a redesigned front bumper. Designers revised the bed with replaceable hardwood floor and an updated tailgate.
The 1951 example presented here features a recent restoration with only 1,800 miles that’s powered by an original rebuilt flathead V8 mated to an original three-speed transmission controlled with a floor mounted shifter. Topping the nicely detailed engine are three downdraft carburetors, a modern alternator, and judging by the yellow coil is likely an electronic ignition conversion.
The interior features more modern high-back bucket seats finished in black cloth (our guess is the seat source is a third generation Camaro, so please correct us if we’re wrong!). The dashboard houses a period correct AM radio and based on the photographs provided the truck does not appear to have power steering, power brakes, or an aftermarket air conditioning kit.