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Pick of the Day: 1951 Ford F1 Pickup

Smooth lines and big sound from this head-turner


The F-Series truck has been an American favorite for over 70 years now. Chances are, you or someone you know have owned one of Ford’s top-selling pickups. And as popular as they continue to be in the new-vehicle marketplace, classic Ford trucks garner just as much love if not more when compared to the new ones.

The Pick of the Day is a 1951 Ford F1 pickup listed for sale on by a private seller in Bluffton, South Carolina. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Fully restored gem!” the listing states. “No corners were cut on this restoration. Beautiful cherry wine paint with no flaws. The bed is beautifully done with heart pine and chrome.”

It’s a bold move for any seller to say that a vehicle’s paint finish is flawless. But in this case, I scrutinized the photos, and the statement appears accurate. The attention to detail comes through in the interior where we see that the seat, the door panels, and the headliner are upholstered with intricated pleats. The dash has been body-colored in red, and the banjo-style steering wheel has a clean look to it.

The subtle gold-painted “427” lettering on either side of the hood is the only real indication that there is something a special going on underneath. Chevy-powered Fords are somewhat commonplace in the resto-mod community, but this custom build has ramped things up a notch by leveraging a big-block.

Power comes from a Chevrolet 427cid big-block V8 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine bay is detailed to the max with plenty of chrome and aluminum accents. Speaking of chrome and aluminum, the polished wheels with knock-off spinner caps are the perfect finishing touch to set off the sleek look of the exterior.

The first-generation F-Series set a precedent and put the wheels in motion for Ford’s unmistakable success. When it was developed in the 1940s, Ford reportedly invested $1 million into research and tooling for the new cab alone. The effort paid off, and even today, this truck has its place in the hot rod hall of fame.

“This truck is ready to turn heads everywhere it goes, and it has the power and sound to back it up,” the seller concludes. The asking price is $105,000 for this one-of-a-kind truck.

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. I have a 1949 Ford F3 pickup that I’ve put a Flathead V8 in. I think it has a 239 Flathead in it. Is that the right size Flathead engine? I forgot if that was the size. Help me if that was the right size. Been a few years ago. I like that 1951 though! Now I have aspirations to finish mine! Court

  2. Shame on any FORD owner who stuffs a Chevrolet engine in their Ford.

    Ford made the V8 engine famous with the flathead.

    They continue to make the best V8’s on the market.

    Instead of a big block Chevy, why not a big block Ford 460, bored and stroked. The 460 is more robust with 9/16 inch head bolts.


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