This 1949 Ford F-6 pickup is one of those awesome trucks we’re very fortunate to get in from time to time
You know, the one that you always wanted and didn’t think you could afford to buy or build. Well, strap in, because this hauler is beautifully built, turn-key ready, and one of the cleanest early F-Series examples we’ve featured in years. Highlighted with its slick, bespoke paint job and custom pickup bed, a comfy interior, and uber-dependable 302 V8 Ford power, this Ford truck is primed to fill that empty void in your garage.
The 1st generation Ford F-Series pickups are arguably the best-looking post-war trucks ever made, and there’s almost nothing you can do to make them unattractive (despite the best efforts of many restomod builders). Fortunately, all the right stuff is here: beautiful maroon paint, bright chrome trim, and a beautifully finished wood bed out back. The paint color is unique to this Ford – a combination of Scarlet Red from the Foxbody Mustang color chart (Code 2F from 1989 to be exact) and several parts of Black – and it looks very appropriate draped over the curvy, substantial 1949 pickup. It’s a steel body, although fiberglass fenders and running boards were seamlessly incorporated during the build, so you never have to worry about rust in the places these trucks are historically known for rusting. All the body panels line up better than new, the gaps are exact, and the surface area is laser-straight from any angle. Great bodywork typically begets great paintwork, and the finish certainly doesn’t disappoint, as it was laid down to a top, driver-quality standard with nary an imperfection to speak of. Other than a minor imperfection here-and-there and some light swirls left over from car washes (which could easily be remedied via a buff-and-wax), there’s not much to complain about. It still looks pretty fresh, too, with professional workmanship throughout and a uniformity that really looks great when shown off with such a deep, rich color. Those fat fenders look smoother than new, that big clamshell hood fits well, and even the running boards were so neatly finished you’ll want to jump over them on your way inside. Even though it’s been driven a bit, everything still shows exceptionally well, but it isn’t like those trailer queens that never see the light of day, so you won’t be afraid to drive it every chance you get. The chrome grille, bumpers, brightwork, and badging were all shined up to provide a perfect contrast to the dark finish, while the bed out back was expertly finished with paint-matched side panels, black wood slats, polished hardware, and a cleverly-mounted spare tire tucked underneath a vinyl cover.
The interior has been modestly updated without losing any of its vintage character. There’s still a bench seat, but the soft black vinyl cover is a lot more comfortable than the original, and there are matching black carpets on the floor in place of the factory rubber mat. The factory door panels were covered with custom panels that match the seat, and billet hardware controls the door locks and windows, and the inside of the cabin and headliner were all lined with durable, black vinyl that looks incredibly clean and insulates the cab from the outside world. The original dash was painted to match the exterior, and the original gauge cluster was swapped in favor of a billet panel filled with an array of Dolphin digital/analog gauges that keep a keener eye on the upgraded engine under the hood. The cockpit is framed by a handsome, thick-rimmed, three-spoke steering wheel attached to a modified Chevrolet steering column, and it’s joined there by an upgraded gear selector that manages the C4 3-speed automatic transmission below. Lap belts were added for safety, a set of billet pedals replace the old units, the heater/defrost unit works great, and a Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit manages upgraded speakers mounted inside the kick panels and behind the seat. It’s comfortable, stylish, and easy to drive, just the way you would have done it if you were building it for yourself, right?
There’s a 302 cubic inch Ford V8 under the hood doing a great job of moving the vintage truck and offers a great, rumbling soundtrack. It’s neatly dressed in chrome valve covers and an Edelbrock chrome air cleaner, and a Holley 4-barrel carburetor ensures that it’s plenty potent out on the road. The block is clean and tidy and it’s dressed up in Ford Blue, a bit of chrome, and fresh hoses/wiring/plumbing throughout. Underneath, there’s a Speedway Mustang II front suspension and it brings rack-and-pinion steering, coil springs, and power front disc brakes, and there’s a 9-inch rear end swapped-in from a ’75-76 Mercury Comet out back, and it’s filled with 3.00 gears that allow for easy, highway cruising. The C4 3-speed automatic transmission is the perfect dance partner for the powerful 302 V8, and the soundtrack is drastically improved with the help of a great-sounding dual exhaust system that exits under the rear bumper and uses Cherrybomb-style mufflers for a little added ‘oomph’. 15-inch Rally wheels complete the vintage look with shiny beauty rings and Ford hubcaps, and they carry 205/70/15 blackwall radials with plenty of grip.
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