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Old 06-02-2013, 08:51 PM
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What is the top speed of my 1948 Ford F2 Flatbed with 3-speed transmission?

I have a 1948 Ford F2 with the original 226 c.i. I6 engine and the stock 3-speed synchronized transmission. I was curious as to the top speed of it or the fastest the truck can go while not putting too much strain on the engine. I was also looking for a longbed for it(who isn't) and they are VERY hard to come buy in decent condition. If anybody gets a lead on one for a reasonable price please let me know!

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Old 06-02-2013, 09:02 PM
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My 48 f-1 with 226
I can do 50 all day long
I just put electronic points
if feels it has more power
have not had it a good open road

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45 MPH unless you're going down a steep hill with it out of gear
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Welcome Brandin. Do yourself a favor and post your location in the upper right corner of the posting box. You can do it through the control panel you used to enter your sign up information.

As for top speed. I have a fair amount of experience driving a truck like yours. I've taken a few fairly long trips with. Are you sure you have a 3 speed? I'm pretty sure your truck came with a 4 speed. It doesn't really matter because in high speed the tranny is 1 to 1. The top speed in my '49 F-2, with the 226 and four speed, is about 50 mph, after that it starts to let me know it doesn't like it. I can get it up to 55+ but I don't like pushing it. Going up long hills I lose speed and top them out at about 30 mph or less. Downshifting a non-synchro four speed going up hill is fun. Going down hill can get a little interesting if you let the truck get away from you.

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Here is an RPM/Speed calculator you might be able to use. You will need to know how many RPM is reasonable for your truck.

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Thank you all for the help! I put my location in and if it didn't show, I am from Kure Beach, North Carolina. It is the 3 speed synchronized transmission, not stock for the F2's though, my bad. It was put in as a replacement for the 4-speed. And 50 mph seems to be the magic number, I won't push it past that
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Welcome to FTE, Brandin. My uncle used to run a charter fishing boat out of Southport, NC. It's been a while since I've been there, but I used to love visiting.
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Brandin, just one small suggestion, add your state to your location so we all will know where Kure Beach is without having to look it up. We're on the World Wide Web.
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Yep, I know Newt. I keep tabs on him in Face Book whenever I occasionally stop in.
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He told me about you, he said the heater in that's in the truck he got from you. The truck he had belongs to me now, and I am following in his footsteps and doing everything original. And thank you very much!
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Glad to see the truck stayed in the family. I think Newt told me his sister was getting the truck, that must have been you mom.
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You're right about that, and I love the truck!
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