Tasteful 1952 Ford F1 Combines Best of Old and New
Most restomods go too far in their quest to mesh old and new. But this gorgeous 1952 Ford F1 is the perfect mix.
The restomod movement has existed for decades now. And yet, a concrete definition of the term eludes us. You’ll find everything from chopped up Frankenstein builds to simple engine swaps carrying this term. Heck, some even attach it to old rides with nothing more than modern rolling stock. But finding a classy, well-done restomod typically proves rather difficult. Which makes this gorgeous 1952 Ford F1 even more special than it already is.
The classy vintage hauler belongs to a gent named Warren Herreid from Minnestrista, Minnesota, who deservedly received a feature for his truck over at Throttle Extreme. But what makes this tasteful 1952 Ford F1 stand out from the sea of restomods out there are the things that it doesn’t have. You won’t find some crazy pearl/flamed paint job here, nor a bunch of chopped up fenders. In fact, on the outside, you’d likely never guess that it was anything but a nice vintage cruiser.
Well, unless you have a rather keen eye. Because the notoriously cramped cabin of this O.G. F-Series has received a 6-inch stretch. Underneath, however, you won’t find anything resembling old. A full G-machine chassis replaces the original and sports goodies like an IFS, coilovers, and big Wilwood brakes. The old school steelies have even been stretched and widened to fit fat modern rubber.
Perhaps the best thing about this 1952 Ford F1, however, is what lies under the hood. Eschewing the evils of Chevy power, Herreid insisted on dropping a fresh Coyote 5.0-liter V8 in his pickup. With a Boss intake up top and R70W transmission behind the new lump, you get the best of all worlds. Loads of power, decent economy, and dead solid reliability. Throw in timeless style and a modern chassis, and what more could you want from a truck (or life)?