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Customs Chopping a 1952 ford F1

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 66gmc, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    A co worker told me about this truck at the local pick a part. I went there today with plans to pull the steering box for my roadster project. After seeing the truck I knew I couldn't leave it there to die. I ended up striking a deal for the whole truck, and they even delivered it to my driveway.
    Is there any way to tell the difference between a 51 and 52? I know the hood on it is off an earlier truck.
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    EDIT: 04/07/20 Skip to page 5 for the exciting conclusion of this project.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2020
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  2. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,320

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    Nice save!
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  3. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,005

    from Dublin, OH

    Looks reasonably complete, right down to the hubcaps!
    Should make a great project.
    Have fun with it.
  4. 3340
    Joined: Jun 4, 2010
    Posts: 569


  5. i am not sure how to tell those years apart, but there is a year that the bed side had a feature line down the bed.
  6. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,443

    rd martin
    from indiana

    vin tag should be inside glove box door. should be able to figure out from that.
  7. Is the vin tag still on the inside of the glove box door?
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  8. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    its canadian built so the vin tag is on the firewall. From my research so far the last letter in the first half of the serial number indicates the year, which on mine is P, which apparently stands for 1952. I was just curious if there was any other differences in the trim or body.
  9. spurgeonforge
    Joined: Oct 18, 2013
    Posts: 417


  10. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,564

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Ya did good! (insert Sanford and Son music here):D...;)
  11. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,591


    The local Pick-A-Part in Anaheim, Ca. has thousands of cars and trucks. There all dated on the window with white marker, and none has a date older than 2-months old. A 100% turn over of the inventory 6 times a year. You did good and saved that truck.
  12. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,815

    T&A Flathead

    Good for you. It has more life left in it, it's not destined to be scavenged.
  13. I owned and drove one of those back in the day about 50 years ago. paid $24 at a auction at the Windy Hill Ranch. I had been setting many years. I put a 12 volt battery on it and it spun over pretty good. wouldn't hit a lick. It was getting gas and fire. It was atop a big hill. My older brother and I pushed it and got it rolling. And I had it spinning over really fast. And at the bottom of that hill it fired up. No brakes license or insurance I just drove it on home. Mine had a granny 4 speed and flathead 8 engine. I still have the engine and trans. Sadly I hauled the body off to the scrapper many decades ago.
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  14. Who the hell sold that to a pick n pull?! Way too good to get picked apart. Looks pretty solid. Nice save.
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  15. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 2,407


    It should be a 52 which has FORD emblem spelled out on the panel directly below the hood. The hood shown in the last picture is a 48-50. Nice save, my dad had a 51 years ago when i was a kid.
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  16. mopacltd
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 890


    Nice job, Canuck. I love it when a plan comes together!
  17. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,861

    Corn Fed

    You're lucky you were able to buy it complete from the salvage yard. Some places wont sell a complete vehicle once it enters their gate.
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  18. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    Thanks! thats the info I was after. It looks like between the serial no and the Ford emblem its safe to say that its a '52. The hood came off a 48-50 1 ton that was in the same yard.
  19. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,306


    Nice save. Someone must have been cleaning up some property they just bought to send it there. Those are by far my favorite year trucks. What are your plans for it?

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  20. Great save. Pretty solid, never find one around here like that.
  21. Wow....who would send that away to die? Good on you for grabbing it
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  22. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,699


    Nice save.....yard art....
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  23. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,522

    Jalopy Joker

    Congrats - come with a salvage title?
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  24. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    I have been casually searching for an old truck to turn into a daily driver/shop truck. I was looking for something in better shape to start with, but I would like to save this truck.
    Im not doing anything crazy with it, I want to keep it simple. The plan as of now is to rebuild the front suspension, lower it a bit, swap out the rearend, and as much as I hate to say it drop in a sbc. I will hammer the dents out and patch up the rust holes, and run the thing in primer for the time being.
    I have a couple other major projects on the go, so this will be more of a budget build that I can drive daily and not worry about rock chips or door dings.

    Where I live vehicles dont have titles, and getting registration and plates is a relatively painless process. I wasnt expecting them to sell me the complete truck, but I guess that proves it never hurts to ask.
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  25. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,594

    from Berry, AL

    Funny, but that song just suddenly popped into my head just before I read this!
  26. Good save! I tried to buy a Gremlin body in perfect condition from U-pull-it in Nebraska and they said not for sale at any price...against Nebraska law.
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  27. Steve Ray
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 673

    Steve Ray

    Must have been a Big Dummy.

  28. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,111


    Bought many complete cars from junk yards. Just got restored salvage titles for them.
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  29. clunker
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
    Posts: 1,613

    from Boston MA

    Someone was gonna scrap that truck? Hold on! You hear that Elizabeth?! I'm comin' to join you honey!!!

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