Being one of the most popular workhorses of the time, the F1 had many fans as it was tough, reliable and could be ordered with the optional 239ci (3.9-liter) Flathead V8. The F1 was Ford's first new production vehicle following the war, and it had increased room over pre-war models, plus greater refinement, something that truck lovers were to demand more of in later models. As the trucks were built rugged in the first place, this one has needed little to cope with the extra power provided by a small-block Ford V8. A 9-inch (229mm) Ford rear axle puts down the torque well, but apart from that, just the gearbox has changed, with all fitting where they're supposed to without major modification. The original suspension remains, with lowering blocks on the front leaf springs to get the nose 'in the weeds' and the rear having the axle put above the leaf springs, instead of below, as standard.
Ford F1 (1948) Specifications
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