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1950 Ford longbed 3/4 ton pickup

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Chief 83

07-07-2015 18:40:27

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A friend of mine has the above pickup. I know he has too much stuff and he knows it also. So today I looked at the truck. Flathead V8 with a 4 speed, long bed. He"s had the truck forever and it"s never run in the time he"s had it. Not much in the way of dents but there is some filler here and there. Tailgate is shot. Of course the wood in the bed is dust. The cab floors are very rusty and will need new ones welded in--and maybe a bit more extensive repair in that area. He kind of wants to sell it and I kind of want to buy it. I won"t be offended if we can"t make a deal. I"ve offered $1000 and he is sleeping on it. Is it worth much more than that? I kind of thought with the amount of work its going to take that the grand might even be too much. What do you all think?

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Stan - Florida

09-07-2015 09:11:15

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 Apology for prior post in reply to Chief 83, 07-07-2015 18:40:27  
Chief - Sorry I questioned you about a 4 speed in an F-2 or F-3. I just dug out an old sales brochure on the "52 Ford trucks and discovered that the standard transmission was indeed a 4-Speed.

The 3-Speed on the floor was an option.

Apologies offered.


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old weldor

07-10-2015 21:12:52

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 Re: 1950 Ford longbed 3/4 ton pickup in reply to Chief 83, 07-07-2015 18:40:27  
That's a load for a 3/4 ton in the condition you describe. If it was an F-1 it would be worth more because it's more desirable. Is the flathead motor stuck? If not that would help the value.

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Stan - Florida

07-09-2015 18:59:19

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 Re: 1950 Ford longbed 3/4 ton pickup in reply to Chief 83, 07-07-2015 18:40:27  
Just curious - are you sure it"s a 4 speed? We had a "52 F-3 (Heavy Duty 3/4 ton) and it had a three speed with the shifter on the floor.


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07-07-2015 20:18:23

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 Re: 1950 Ford longbed 3/4 ton pickup in reply to Chief 83, 07-07-2015 18:40:27  
You're in the ball park if it's a complete truck. Being that it's a long bed, it's an F-2 or F-3 most likely having the stock 4.86/1 axle ratio that will struggle to get you past 45 mph. The 4 speed has no synchros. If it's an F-2 you are fortunate because it has 16" one piece wheels that can be kept in service. If it's an F-3 it has 14" rear drums that aren't available anymore, and it has two piece 17" wheels having outer rims today called widow makers, trade name is Firestone RH-5. Probably no shop will touch them, and they should be scraped. Problem is the 14" drum won't take commonly available 16" wheels. There are two tubeless varieties that work, either 17.5" or 19.5", but they can be hard to find. All that said they are real trucks and have a strong following. The F-3 is my truck of choice, I have several. Stu

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