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If This 1951 Ford F-1 Looks Out of Place, Blame the Paint

Since the start of December, our special Celebration Month coverage brought to light some incredible builds based on America’s two favorite old pickup families, the Chevrolet C/K and Ford F-Series. Most of these machines went for rugged or extreme looks in the hopes of wowing crowds at events and turning heads on the road.
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The F-1 featured here can do all of the above, but not because it’s highly customized. It will first catch the eye thanks to one element only: the paint job.

Called Rose Gray Metallic, the color wraps all around the body, goes into the engine bay, and on the door panels and dashboard. It’s not a bad hue to look at, but on a pickup truck, it seems out of place, at least to these eyes.

Why? Because we could imagine it on everything else, especially on Toyota Camrys of old, but not on an American-born and raised F-Series. Anyway, it’s there, and we have to live with it.

Moving past the paint, this truck brings soft custom changes to the table, starting with the 15-inch chrome wheels, going through the rounded fiberglass fenders at the rear, and ending with the oak and metal strapped bed.

Inside, the pickup shows a vinyl wrapped bench, the original and restored dashboard gifted with two round gauges, an aftermarket Pioneer sound system, and a newly-painted steering wheel.

The truck hides under the hood an engine more than suited for it, a 350-ci (5.7-liter) V8 topped with a 4-barrel Quadrajet carburetor and tied to a 4-speed manual transmission. Performance specs are unknown.

The F-1 is presently for sale, and the dealer in charge of finding a new owner is asking $20,900 for it. If you can get past the paint (provided that’s an issue for you), that’s not half bad for a truck in this condition.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.


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