Gateway Classic Cars of Charlotte is proud to digitally present this 1949 Ford F1.
After World War II, Ford's wartime effort toward producing B-24 bombers, jeeps, tank engines, and other military hardware ended. When civilian passenger cars and trucks were put back into production, Ford had the same truck and car design since 1941. After the 1947 Model Year was introduced, a completely new design was planned, which could appeal to various applications, extending further than just having a single purpose. The development objective included making driving easier with a comfortable and roomier cab. When introduced, Ford's new truck would be the only truck featuring an all-new post-war design. Ford departed from sharing a common platform with its passenger lineup and developed a purpose-built truck frame specifically for the F-Series.
That was then, but this is now. This performance-focused build propels the '49 F1 into the modern age with many upgrades improving performance, comfort, and drivability! From the outside, you will already be able to tell this is not your grandparents' F1!
This classic Ford F1 is anchored securely to a Custom Boxed Frame Chassis by TCI, then lowered 2" via the Wilwood drop spindles on a Mustang II Independent Front Suspension and RideTech Coil-over Shocks. Open the shaved doors via the remote door-popper, and when you take your seat in the new custom leather bucket seats, you will know you are in for a treat. The classic 13" Grant Wood Banjo-style steering wheel sits on an Ididit tilt steering column, helping smoothy turn the Rack & Pinion power steering rack. An all-new dash cluster that keeps a period-correct look. However, it has been rewired using a Painless harness for reliability. Retrosound Bluetooth Audio system and Vintage AC controls are just a short reach away to keep the cab comfortable and full of your favorite songs.
Turn the key and let the MSD HEI Ignition light up the FiTech EFI four-barrel carb and inject life into the ATK Chevy 383 Stroker motor. The ATK 383 motor was dyno tested at 435HP, and that was before the additional performance goodies were applied; the owner estimates those add an additional 50+ HP. When ready to hit the streets, grab the Lokar shifter and put the new 700R4 transmission in gear. The sound of the rumble resonates through the Sanderson Headers, custom 3" Magnaflow stainless exhaust, and Magnaflow 14" mufflers. All that power turns the 3.73 gears in the Ford 9" rear end. 17x8" Centerline wheels on the front and 17x9" on the rear give you plenty of tire contact to put down the power this truck has. Hydroboosted Wilwood disc brakes on all four wheels bring this all to a stop safely so you can load up the spar-varnished maple wood bed.
This truck is for you if you want a great modern build in a classic package. Take it to the local car show or be the fastest delivery vehicle to the farmer's market. This fits any setting where timeless looks and modern performance would be desired! Don't let someone else pick this up before you do. Contact us today!