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The F-Series truck was first introduced in 1948. Also known as the "Ford Bonus-Built", it replaced Ford's previous car-based line of pickups. It was very modern looking due to it's headlights that were integrated and a flat, one-piece windshield. Many options were available, including a windshield washer operated by a foot plunger and a passenger side windshield wiper (previously only the driver had a wiper). The passenger side of the truck also gained a sun visor and a tailight.
The design of the F-Series truck changed very little from 1948 to 1952. One one the design changes included the grill. From 1948 to 1950 it was a series of horizontal bars, with the headlights set into the fenders. For both 1951 and 1952, the headlights were connected by a wide cross piece with three aerodynamic supports. Also, the rear window was a little wider in later trucks and the dashboard was slightly redesigned.
First generation F-series trucks were built a no fewer than 16 different Ford plants. Using the serial number, one can determine the model of the truck, the engine, year built, which assembly plant, and the unit number. The most popular and common model was the F-1 with a 6.5 foot bed, closely followed in popularity by the F2 and F3 Express models which had 8 foot beds.
The following models were produced during the First Generation production years:
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