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Old 01-12-2006, 10:08 PM
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Daddy's got a new toy to suck up his cash!

Just bought this for 500.00 from a neighbor who collects old vehicles....Nice little 48 F1 shortbed project truck...


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Old 01-12-2006, 10:38 PM
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Looks like a good find. Welcome to the site, even though you aren't too new. Good luck with it.

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Looks like a great project! Have fun with it.
 
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The Y in your Vin # would indicate it should be an F3 not an F1. We went through this recently with another member and we are still puzzled as to the how's, what's, and why's of it all. When you get an opportunity, can you check the VIN plate on the firewall and look for numbers stamped into the passenger side frame rail to see if the mathc. Also, could you check your fiurewall to see if there are any numbers stamped into it? Would really appreciate it. BTW - yours is one of the earliest trucks in the database/registry by Vin #.
 
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Old 01-13-2006, 02:58 AM
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Looks like it could be a very nice truck! How did you manage to pick it up so cheap?
 
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:25 AM
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Texan2004:The VIN plate on the firewall is totally washed out. I'll take a look at the frame rail later on this afternoon. I was initially told that this was a 50 model, but I was unsure since I thought all 50's had a painted grille, not a chrome one. Took awhile to find the vin engine year, and was quite pleasantly surprised.
 
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:27 AM
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racoonbandit: Don't consider 500 cheap for it. I think I paid what it's worth considering it's condition. Here in OK, you can get oldies on the cheap. I'm negotiating with the same guy on a 53 Pontiac Hearse in good condition, once owned by a Bluegrass band.
 
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:32 AM
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One thing I'm curious about, folks. On the front of the truck, right in the middle of the FORD name, is a V8 symbol. Is this stock, or is this some old farmer's way of customizing his ride? Saw a few other things that weren't stock, ie:apparent spotlight mount on roof, side tire mount, turn signals mounted on fenders....Love any input!
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The V8 emblem is not stock on a 48-50.
 
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Old 01-13-2006, 09:45 AM
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Yup, it looks like it will soak up $8,000.00 to $10,000.00 of that extra pocket change right off the bat, my 51 did.
 
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It's funny how "absorbant" rust can be.
 
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Suckin up the cash!

I figure that most of my costs will entail new tools to do work I need to do. Tig Welder, grinding tools, bigger air compressor, etc...
 
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You DO NOT include the cost of tools when tracking the cost of your ride as they can be amortized over many other projects...

You do not include bondo, welding consumables, spray bombs, etc as they are consumables.

That way, when you eventually sell it a loss to build the next one, it won't seem like quite as big a loss...

You do not ever let your wife see your spreadsheet anyway. ...not if you ever want to do a second one....
 
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Fergie - Words of wisdom (as usual).

mrlightrail - Make sure one of your first purchases is a 4 1/2" angle grinder. It has been far and away the most useful tool I own. In fact, I own three of them: one has a cutting wheel, one has a flapper disk and one has a wire cup brush.

I'm also very fond of the MIG unit I bought. It is a small Lincoln unit that runs on 120V. I have learned to do a lot with it and fabbing by welding has been the most rewarding activity in working on my 56.
 
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I figure that most of my costs will entail new tools to do work I need to do. Tig Welder, grinding tools, bigger air compressor, etc...
A TIG there you go taking all the fun out of the project right off the bat. You need to struggle with one of those Harbor Frieght Mig units first. I love those Tig Welders I used a Miller for several years in the last factory I worked in. Sure wish I could talk the old lady into one, maybe someday.
I use one of those angle Die Grinders with my compressor. It uses a smaller wafer thin cutting wheel and can get into tighter spots. I like it because the air it exhausts flows onto the metal being cut, and helps cool it down
 

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