Fight Club: 1945 Ford is a War Era Survivor
Ford has been pumping out trucks, in large quantities, for a long time now. But there was a time when it’s production was limited beginning in January of 1942, a measure taken to ensure that valuable materials were allocated as America went to war.
The War Production Board decided to allow manufacturers to increase production for the civilian market in early 1945, and Ford responded by building more trucks. It was a challenging time for both Ford and consumers who were looking to buy new vehicles.
These conditions mean that Ford trucks produced during this time aren’t exactly easy to find, including this 1945 example. The blazing red classic looks great despite its lack of chrome (which was hard to come by during the war), with an exterior and interior that remain mostly stock in appearance.
Updates have been made in the drivetrain department, however. A 351 Windsor provides much more power than the stock mill, and it’s backed up by a C6 automatic transmission and 9-inch rear end. Those modifications – along with a Fat Man independent front suspension and four wheel disc brakes – bring this classic Ford up to modern driveability standards.
With a dearth of early to mid 40’s Ford trucks out there, it’s nice to see such a nice example every now and then. Even though this one isn’t completely original, it is unchopped and could be easily converted back to its original spec. It’s a nice tribute to a turbulent time in the American automotive industry.
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