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Question for you 48 to 52 owners

I was wondering if there is one symbol that is synonymous to those year trucks regardless to model size like the front hood emblem of the 53 to 56 F series.
 
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Originally Posted by 56panelford View Post
I was wondering if there is one symbol that is synonymous to those year trucks regardless to model size like the front hood emblem of the 53 to 56 F series.
that's a good question? I know the 48-50 has the monkey grille and it is different badging for the front hood compared to the 51-52
 
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Great question, John.
As far as a symbol or badge I don't think there is one.
As far as an outwardly visible feature, about the only things I can think of that are shared among those five model years are the cowl flap, front and side windows, and doors.
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Oooh, oooh, oooh, I've got it!!

Saggy door handles.
 
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Oooh, oooh, oooh, I've got it!!

Saggy door handles.
THAT'S IT !!!
 
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Fat Fender Fords

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The one thought I can think of, and it's kind of odd. Ford used the same "FORD" for the panel between the hood and grill for '48-50, skipped '51 and then again used them for '52. I have always wondered why they did that. Maybe someone found a big box of them in a warehouse some time in late '51 and company execs wanted them used up.
 
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Script tail gate
 
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I'll agree with the saggy door handles. That or, they shared the same hub caps?
 
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Originally Posted by bigwin56f100 View Post
Script tail gate
Ah, but the tailgate changed slightly in, I think, mid '49 or '51. The latches were moved below the top tube. (Also I think, not quite sure of the exact change)
 
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Originally Posted by bobj49f2 View Post
Ah, but the tailgate changed slightly in, I think, mid '49 or '51. The latches were moved below the top tube. (Also I think, not quite sure of the exact change)
The tailgate latching change corresponded with the bed redesign in mid-'50 to the flat panel side style.
 
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Originally Posted by 56panelford View Post
I was wondering if there is one symbol that is synonymous to those year trucks regardless to model size like the front hood emblem of the 53 to 56 F series.
Well, there you have it folks. Proof of the theory that the 53-56 trucks are the best!
 
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The F-1 (and up) badging is unique to that era.
 
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I thought of something else.
48-50 had the open crank starter hole in the lower grille, and was a knockout hole in the lower valance of the 51-52.
So you could hand start these 48-52 trucks, but wasn't an option on the higher compression 53-56 trucks.

I plan on bringing the crank handle with me to the Central Penn Truckstock later this year and we can all give it a try.
I know you have to be very careful when using a tool like that to avoid breaking a wrist. It sure won't be a "Hold My Beer" event.
Tom
 

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