Ford’s F-Series are arguably the most popular range of trucks in the United States of America, with a history dating back to 1948 and spanning fourteen generations to date. How did it all start? Way back in 1948, the first F-Series marked the divergence of Ford’s car and truck businesses, and was also known as the Ford Bonus-Built. Available as a two-door pickup or four-door panel truck, the F-Series quickly gained a reputation for being tough and workmanlike. This is a resto-modded 1949 Ford F-3 302ci from Texas with just 75 post-restoration miles. F-3 signifies that it’s a ¾ ton truck with a heavy-duty rating. If classic Ford trucks are your thing, step right this way!
Ford reportedly spent a million dollars on research and development in the cab of the first-generation F-Series as they were determined to provide a more comfortable and spacious experience than the competition. This 1949 Ford F-3 302ci proudly displays that cab and overall design in attractive blue paintwork rolling on white-wall tires and gunmetal-gray off-road style rims. All lights and chrome bits look good, and new door sill scuff plates are present too. The interior features a mix of body-colored panels and brown trim, particularly the brown bench seat and a brown rimmed steering wheel that’s attached to a modern steering column with tilt and telescoping function. The steering wheel and horn button have reportedly been replaced too, as has a driver-side window vent during the restoration. A period-look modern Ford radio sits in the dash too.
This 1949 Ford F-3 302ci get’s it go-factor from a 302ci (5.0L) V8 small-block crate engine coupled to a 5-speed T5 manual transmission with pressure plate, flywheel, and pedal modification done. A new oil pressure gauge, electric cooling fan, and additional fan as well for enhanced cooling are present. IFS front suspension with transmission mount modification is installed, as are front disc brakes for better stopping. It’s also reported that the crate engine was installed complete with pulleys, carb, headers, water pump, fuel pump, alternator, distributor, plugs, wires belts, and hoses. A dual exhaust setup lets the engine exhale a bit better, and also emit more of that lovely V8 rumble.
Car Location: Texas Small Block Ford 302ci Crate Engine w/ pulleys, carb, headers, water pump, fuel pump, alternator distributor, plugs, wires, belts and hoses Dual exhaust set up Hydraulic clutch slave and brake booster 5 speed T-5 transmission w/ pressure plate, fly wheel, pedal modification Seller reports a 4 on the floor transmission New oil pressure gauge Electric cooling fan Second fan added to cool engine better Drive shaft modification and balance IFS front suspension w/ transmission mount modification Front disc brakes New door sill scuff plates Replaced steering column w/ modern tilt/ telescope feature Replaced steering wheel and horn button Replaced a driver side vent window during build Wide white wall tires Billet spacers for front disc brakes 8 bolt pattern
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