1948 Ford F-47: Cool Canadian Classic
This 1948 Ford F-47 might look an awful lot like a 1948 Ford F1, and there's a very good reason for that.
The early history of Ford trucks in Canada is truly fascinating. In the early days, customers could opt for either Ford or Mercury pickups, which were essentially the same thing yet marketed separately. Yet, they carried different model names from those that we could purchase here in the states, including this 1948 Ford F-47 we spotted over at Hemmings.
Of course, this old Ford looks pretty much just like an American F1. And that's because it basically is. The biggest difference is that from 1948-1950, Ford replaced the truck's tonnage ratings with a series designation that represented the truck's gross vehicle weight rating.
Math Is Fun
Each of these numbers was derived by dividing the GVWR of the truck by 100. Thus, the F-47 (or Mercury M-47) indicates a GVWR of 4,700 lbs. Pretty simple, eh?
As you might imagine, this particular '48 still resides in Canada, as do most of these trucks. But this one is certainly a little more special than most after coming off a recent frame-off restoration.
The seller claims that every single component of this F-47 is new or rebuilt, from the electrical system (which has been converted to 12 volts) to the body and interior. But much of it has also been modernized just a tad in the process.
In addition to the updated electricals, this old Ford has been treated to some sound deadening to quiet the cabin, as well as dual exhaust and power front disc brakes.
On the inside, this F-47 has been treated to new carpet, floor mats, seat upholstery, visor, headliner and door panels, as well as a restored original gauge cluster. Interestingly, the rare original radio remains but no longer works after the 12-volt conversion.
No details were missed in this rebuild, including the door seals, glass, gaskets, seals, weather stripping, and grommets. Everything you see or touch is in impeccable condition.
Power for this F-47 comes from the original rebuilt Flathead, which has been gussied up a bit. Things like EAB heads, a 0.060" bore, and new pistons aid performance, while everything else has been rebuilt for reliability.
On the outside, you'll find a mix of NOS sheet metal and original panels, all of which look absolutely perfect painted in the original green and matte black colors. Overall, this '48 Ford is one of the finest Canadian pickups we've ever seen, and a great reminder of the slight variations sold up north!
For help with the service of your truck check out the how-to section of Ford-Trucks.com.