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Old 03-13-2018, 12:40 AM
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Back in the Ford Game - 1950 F1

Finally got back into a Ford Pickup with an absolute "bucket list" purchase. Got her out of Wyoming via an auction in Utah.

1950 F1 - Flathead 6 with 4 spd. Only 49K original miles!!! Only had a re-spray, new tires, and "consumables", otherwise it's all original.

I plan to keep it that way, except for maybe a 12V conversion, a radio, new rubber on the doors and windows, and new interior bits for a refresh. May do a wood bed later on, too.



 
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:11 AM
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B-utiful truck! Wow!!!

Don't need to convert to 12 volts but, those battery cables are too small in diameter for a 6 volt system. I believe someone made a mistake there. 6 volt battery and ground cables need to be heavy duty, 1/0 or better 2/0 AWG
 
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Welcome to the world of Bonus Built Fords! I'm with Tedster on the battery cables. It appears that some of the wiring was replaced - I would give it a once over if you haven't aready.

What is the function of the **** mounted on the steering column? Haven't seen one in that position.

The four speed was an option on the F1s and would be non-syncro. You will get plenty of double-clutch shifting practice once the nor'easters give you folks a break.

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Welcome back. Very nice Truck.
 
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Oh my! That is a beauty!
The battery cables may be way to small, but the engine to cab ground is good.
Keep us updated on all you do to her.
 
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That truck is just way too nice! You did real good!
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Thanks, all!!

I did notice how small the gauge was on the battery cables. The voltage regulator looks new, as does some of the other wiring, and it appears they didn't take the 6V system into consideration when choosing wire size. I'll update the cables once this white stuff stops falling up here, and will consider leaving it 6V for now, at least for the summer. I did the conversion on my '58 Volvo, so I know my way around the process.

FortyNiner, I drove it around town a little bit to get a feel for the non-synchroed joy that is the 4 speed. I was starting to figure it out before I put it away for the coming storm. That will be part of the fun of driving it. And that **** on the steering column is the 'cigar' lighter. Where are they normally located?

Now I have a lot of reading to do on this forum to get up to speed on these trucks.

One question I have right off the bat....does the hood go up any higher than the standard opening position? I thought I've seen these cranked way up to take photos. I'm not a big fella, so getting under there shouldn't be a problem, for the most part.
 
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As I recall, the cigar lighter was usually a book of matches, or a zippo.

If you haven't already done so, getting a 1949-52 Shop Manual will give you plenty of good reading while the snow hangs around.

The hood opening isn't the biggest. The pics you saw likely were with a modified hinge setup.
 
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I appreciate the info! I actually have a shop manual on the way as we speak

I guess one of the POs got tired of using his/her zippo, eh?
 
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I would also highly recommend the Ford Master parts catalog
https://www.hipoparts.com/1948-56-fo...ts-catalog-cd/

Any pictures of the Volvo? Volvo had some cool old vehicles.
I enjoyed Stargate and there was one episode that Carter was driving a 61 Volvo. I wasn't sure what it was at first, but I immediately had to look it up when I first saw the car. Yeah, it's a sickness.
 
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Thanks, Harrier.

Here's the old Volvo. It's quite modified underneath to make it more user friendly, but all original outside . It's for sale, as a matter of fact.






 
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Welcome from Maine.

Nice looking truck.
Is that a 2nd temperature sender that is located on the top of the cylinder head? I see the traditional 226 one on the driver's side of the engine too.
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I was wondering what that sender was. I don't know much about the Flathead 6 just yet, but I do know it's not hooked up to anything, lol. Do these pull engine temp from the coolant or oil? Thought it was oil pressure at first, but they usually only have on connector.
 
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Wow very nice truck indeed!...... needs nothing except for you to enjoy it!....... agreed the battery cables are to small giving you a slow crank when you push the button...
 
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All that Volvo needs is a NRA sticker in the window and you're all set.
 
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