Rusty but Rad 1951 Ford F-1 Gets a Frame-Off Restoration

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1951 Ford F1

Forum member’s F-1 project is still a work-in-progress, but we are certain that the end result will be amazing!

Over the course of the past year, Ford Truck Enthusiasts forum member “Splash440” has been walking us through his frame-off restoration of a 1951 Ford F1 pickup. Based on his most recent update, he still has a long way to go, but the results of his efforts thus far have been nothing short of incredible.

The Introduction

Back in January 2017, the OP introduced us to his new-to-him 1951 Ford F1 pickup. As you can see in the first images, the truck was in very rough shape when he got it, leaving little room for anyone aside from a full, frame-off restoration. Fortunately, that was what the OP had in mind, meaning that this battered old Ford F-Series was going to get a new lease on life.

1951 F1 Interior

I recently purchased a 51 F1 and plan to restore it to mostly original condition with the exception of safety upgrades. I would love to have my grandfather’s truck, but it has long since been sold for scrap metal. I have the paperwork for multiple years (registration, repairs etc.). This at least allowed me to know the details on the truck. After some time I found a truck identical in every way to my grandfather’s truck.

VIN Number: F1H1NR25284
Gross Weight: 4700
Wheel Base: 114
Horsepower: 87
Horsepower at RPM: 3100
Transmission: 3 speed
Gear Ratio 3.92
Color Code M (Meadow Green)
Production Code 23L602

My plan is to keep the flat six but add some period correct performance items such as a split exhaust and intake manifold. I am not new to car restoration but this is the first, Ford, Truck and Flathead.

So it begins…

That first post included a dozen photos of the truck in its poor state of repair, showing some rust on a fairly solid body, although the bed was trashed and there was some sheet metal in need of replacing elsewhere on the antique Ford truck.

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