1957 - 1960 F100 & Larger F-Series TrucksDiscuss the Box Style Ford Trucks
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Here's one from James Wagner's book 'Ford Trucks Since 1905'. I bet it was built by one of the companies that Bill mentioned. There are 30 pages of fridge truck photos and a large amount of text concerning them in this excellent book. If you don't own it, put it on your wife's christmas list.
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"The unusual pickup shown opposite was built in the E.J. Graf Ford dealership in Winters California,from a 1959 Ford F100 Styleside Pickup of 118-inch wheelbase.The stock cab was cut out just behind the doors and spliced with 26 1/2 inches of sheet metal. The Styleside box was cut off by that amount.
The rear windows came from a wrecked '49 Ford business coupe and the original pickup seat was moved to the rear for a back seat. A split back front seat froma wrecked 57 Ford Club Victoria was installed for the front seat.
This pickup,which will be used for hunting as well as business,has four-wheel drive that will take it through the roughest terrain.
The job required two hundred hours of labor and $250 for Parts and material." http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/a...b/CIMG1255.jpg
According to the Nov 1959 Ford Times: "The unusual pickup shown opposite was built in the E.J. Graf Ford dealership in Winters California, from a 1959 Ford F100 Styleside Pickup of 118-inch wheelbase.
1976: The owner of Graf Ford died, his daughter took over the operation without informing FoMoCo. 1977: FoMoCo found out, cancelled the dealerships franchise, awarded it to the local Chrysler/Plymouth dealer.
June 1977: I stopped by Sac-Cal Motorcraft Distributors on the way to Harrah's swap meet to buy B6Q 4V Holley 'teapot' carbs. Owner knew I bought/sold NOS Ford parts, told me what had happened at Graf Ford, but I was unable to go there until after Harrah's swap meet ended. If I had only known beforehand what was there.
When I did get there, daughter had just removed the large mid-1930's Ford script neon/porcelain signs, beat on them with a hammer, then stuck them into a dumpster. Unbelievable, what the hell was she thinking?
In the "one car" showroom were parts bins with 100's of WWII surplus 1941/48 flatty distributors. Upstairs was a 1957 T-Bird white padded dash that had been there since August 1956!
Graf had every parts catalog, every shop manual since Model T days, well over 200.
There were so many obsolete parts that my 1976 Econoline couldn't possible carry them all, so I called Preston Ledbetter, owner of F100 Parts Unlimited in San Jose (ex Ford partsguy and a pal of mine), told him to bring his flatbed PDQ!
Preston and I bought all the obsolete parts/catalogs/manuals for 200 bucks (her price, we didn't argue!). After loading all the stuff in our two vehicles, I told her I would have paid 5 grand cash for the two neon/porcelain signs she ruined.
Bill / Retired Ford Parts Manager / Part number research: 1928/2001 trucks & 1928/89 passenger cars.
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