’52 Ford F5 Is the Car Hauler of Our Dreams

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1952 Ford F5

The seemingly unholy combination of vintage Ford F5 and modern day underpinnings makes one lustworthy pickup.

Obviously, we love our modern day haulers around these parts. But we have an extra special, no so secret soft spot for vintage medium and heavy duty pickups. Whether they be COEs or converted dump trucks and hay haulers, it doesn’t get much cooler than an old Ford commercial pickup. And this 1952 Ford F5, which we spotted over at Mecum Auctions, stands out in that rather crowded field for many obvious reasons.

For starters, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Somebody clearly poured a lot of money into this thing making it a rolling piece of hard-working art. Thankfully, the cab and front end were left mostly original and given an attractive two-tone paint job. But the rest is pretty much modern day big rig/flatbed car hauler, with lots of chrome to boot. It might sound like a strange combination on paper, but there’s no doubt it works flawlessly in the real world.

Ford F5

Despite retaining the vintage appeal of an old Ford F5, the rest of the truck is built to work. It all rides on a modern air suspension. Heck, it even comes with two flat beds and one dump box along with the pictured car hauler bed. And the drivetrain is straight out of a modern day Ford – a 6.8-liter V-10 fitted with a Kenne Bell blower for extra power. Behind it sits a 4-speed transmission with overdrive for highway trips.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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