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Checking out a 1948 F4 This weekend!!!

 
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:02 PM
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Post Checking out a 1948 F4 This weekend!!!

Im going to take a look at a 1948 F4 this weekend and I dont really know prices on old trucks. It is a fully operational farm truck with a working flatbed dump. Also has a working flat head V8 which im guessing is probably original but dont know for sure. The only rust it has is a baseball size spot of surface rust and thats it. It does need new kingpins some minor brake work all which i can do in my own garage. The right front fender has a dent in it too from a tree branch that fell but doesnt look bad either. New tires on the rear too.

Is this worth $1200 bucks

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Sounds reasonable to me. I'd be sure to reach under the rear cab corners to make sure there is no rust out there, and I'd take a small magnet with you to check for bondo in the usual spots.
Best of luck with it.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:01 PM
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Before investing too much, check for a title. Titles on farm truck are sometimes non-existant. Depending upon your state DMV laws, title could be impossible to obtain.
If it has a title or if your state is fairly easy to obtain a title then the deal sounds good. If there is no title and your in a state that's hard or impossible to get a title then you need to take that into concideration on how much you want to spend on a truck you may never get to drive out on the road.
 
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:29 PM
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I talked to him and he has the title, its licensed in Minnesota too (same state). Ive really been looking forward to getting this truck, its been about two weeks now and im finally going to check it out this weekend. I will defiantly throw some pics on here when i get it.
 
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I bring up this subject every time someone mentions they are going to buy a big truck. The very first thing you have to think about are the wheels. If the truck has stock wheels it will have either 18" wheels, if it came from the factory with duals on the back, and 20" wheels, if it came from the factory with single rear wheel. I have found that most F-4 either switched the 18s for 20s or added an additional 20" wheel on each rear wheel. Either way, if the truck has stock wheels it will have the Ford "Widow Maker" type wheels. These wheels are of such bad design you will be hard pressed to find someone who will work on them. Do a search of this site for "Widow Makers" and you'll find a lot of information about them. You'll have to find replacements which are a bit difficult to find. Read this link on my web site to get more information:

Ford two piece rims

Ok, now onto your truck. If it's as nice as you stated $1200 doesn't sound bad at all. Lately with the price of scrape steel and shows like Barret Jackson Auction the price of old iron has sky rocketed. Check the frame, unlike the larger F-5 & 6, the F-4 has a single layer frame and is not prone to the layers collecting rust and separating. There were fewer F-4s made than the F-5 & 6. I think this was because they weren't big enough to haul heavy loads and were too big to haul the small loads. I personally think they're a great "big" truck to restore because they're lighter weight and don't have the frame rust issues that the larger trucks have. Plus, as I stated, there were fewer made.

Good luck and post some pictures as soon as you can.
 
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yet another one !!!!!!!! the f-4's seem to be coming out of hiding here as of late .
 
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heck yeah that sounds like the truck i bought last year
 
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Here are some pictures of it. I dont think it needs too much restoration. I cant stop smiling!!!





 
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That's a nice looking truck! Sounds like a good deal, too. Congratulations!
 
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great nick for an old girl thats for sure!!
 
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Hell that trucks worth more than that even if the engine was gone...buy it!
 
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My golly thats a good looking truck..and for the price!, wow..

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I don't think you should waste your time with a relic like that. I'd pass on it.

BTW, where did you say it was. I mean, if you could PM me with the name of the seller I'll do my best to prevent the next poor sole from being suckered into such a deal.


Nice truck, I'm really jealous, I can only find beat up crates. That'll be $1200 well spent, enjoy.
 
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d-m- that thing is nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wish mine was that nice !!!!!!!!!!!! i could be driving it while the 53 is down . im with bob though you shouldna mess with that and go find a nicer one , one of the others here will take care of that for you ...................
 
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All right now you guys are just making it hard on me. I already had trouble sleeping last night cause i was exited and i still have one more night to go. I just keep thinking what if he talkes to the wrong person find out its worth more!!
 

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