Extremely rare 1945 Ford Pickup truck

There were less than 20,000 of these trucks built and they were the first new trucks off the Ford assembly line right after the last military Jeep. You needed to have a business to purchase one of these vehicles, such as a working farm, sawmill, lumber yard, etc., these were not directly available to the public. This truck left the Ford plant with a mighty V8 engine. There was still a shortage of rubber and steel after WWII so this truck did not come with a side mount spare tire.

This truck has undergone extensive upgrades. It has a powerful Flathead stroker V8 with plenty of hotrod speed equipment. The entire wiring system is new and has been upgraded to a 12 volt system. The truck fires right up and runs great with plenty of power and that great Flathead sound. The new exhaust is fully welded, mandrel bent, with Fenton headers and Smithy mufflers. The manual transmission has been completely rebuilt as well. Later model self energizing brakes have been added for extra stopping power and the axle has been adjusted for extra camber which results in better steering and return to center of the steering wheel.

The gauges all work and have been completely restored and a retro style Rocket tachometer has been added. When the gauges were restored the odometer was set to the original reading, approximately 42,000. I assume that’s the original mileage but due to its age I really have no way of knowing. There are many original accessories as well, a vintage flip away suicide knob, steering column flashlight holder, restored and functioning heater and a toolkit with Ford script tools. The American red oak bed has been hand rubbed and really compliments this truck.

With an aluminum radiator, new water pumps and electric fan the engine never runs hot. It has a high torque starter, Optima battery and an alternator that has the old school looks of a generator. The engine has been completely rebuilt with a 4″ stroke Mercury crank, Ross dome top pistons, Thumper cam, Lincoln Zephyr valve springs, Edelbrock aluminum heads and intake manifold. The ignition is fired by a powerful MSD ignition system.

This truck has the modern amenity of an app controlled, JVC Bluetooth stereo with hands free calling, conveniently hidden in the glove compartment. It sounds great with a four speaker Mopar Infinity speaker system, also hidden out of sight. The windshield wipers have been upgraded from vacuum to a reliable electric Newport engineering two speed system.


  • completely rebuilt (less than 200 miles)
  • Stroker 4” Mercury crankshaft
  • Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads (vintage logo)
  • Thumper cam shaft with Lincoln Zephyr valve springs and adjustable lifters
  • Two piece valve guides with new keepers
  • Ross Racing pistons dome top with new pins and locks. 3.312 bore
  • Fenton headers with mandrel bent, fully welded dual exhaust system with Smithy’s mufflers
  • Aluminum Edelbrock intake manifold
  • Holley 4bbl 390 cfm carburetor with electric choke and Lokar linkage.
  • Electric fuel pump
  • Spin on oil filter conversion
  • Fluidampr wide belt harmonic balancer
  • Billet flywheel with new clutch, pressure plate and throw out bearing
  • Transmission has been completely rebuilt
  • Power master high torque starter
  • MSD distributor with Blaster II coil
  • New water pumps and motor mounts
  • Razorback aluminum finned air cleaner and matching breather
  • Aluminum radiator with electric fan and stainless reservoir
  • Chrome radiator hoses, new thermostat housings and thermostats

Brakes and suspension:

  • Brakes have all been upgraded to self energizing units with all new USA made drums
  • All new brake shoes, springs and wheel cylinders
  • New emergency brake cables and hardware
  • New master cylinder and brake lines
  • New kingpins and front springs
  • New tie rods and drag link
  • Front axle has been adjusted for camber, helping drivability and return to center of the steering wheel
  • All four original Haduille lever shocks have been rebuilt and restored
  • The truck has been on a frame table and completely aligned
  • Brand new 6 ply tires, all four


  • Rebuilt and restored original gauges (All gauges work)
  • Classic instruments Rocket tachometer
  • New firewall insulation and panel
  • New kick panels
  • Bluetooth JVC app controlled stereo with hands free calling installed inside glovebox.
  • Mopar Infinity speakers hidden under dash and behind the seat, four total
  • Fully restored functional heater converted to 12 volts with summer/winter valve
  • Original vintage flip away suicide knob
  • Original vintage column flashlight holder with flashlight
  • Restored toolkit with Ford script tools and pouch
  • All new door handles interior and exterior, new window regulator handles
  • New rubber floor mat and insulation


  • All new 12 volt wiring with 12 circuit fuse panel
  • New oil pressure, temperature and fuel gauge sending units
  • Powergen shorty chrome alternator
  • Optima red top battery
  • Steering column turn signal unit
  • All new battery cables, grounding straps and starter solenoid
  • New A-OOO-GA horn


  • Newport engineering 2 speed wiper system
  • Halogen headlights
  • New running boards that have been powder coated, front inner fender panels were also powder coated
  • New parking light and tail light assemblies
  • New chrome grill bar set
  • Front bumper mounted fog lights
  • Hand rubbed American red oak bed boards
  • New front and rear bumpers
  • Stainless hood hinge set
  • New hubcaps and beauty rings

Price: Auction

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Location: Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States