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whats the story on 42-47 Ford trucks. some say ugly some say pure art.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 65fordguy, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,496


    Not my truck but a 20 year build anc still not on the road,,needs the tail lights wired so maybe next year or the year after.....oh,, and now he thinks the exhaust is too loud....

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    Joined: Jun 28, 2011
    Posts: 388

    from Dinuba

    Thanks, 38fordpickup, I'll hang pedals with your help! I have two of those cars...
    I bought awesome '47 front end sheetmetal only to be told it was 3/4 ton. Damn. Found another 46 cab and chassis in the hills, have to bring it home.
    The problem with these trucks is that they came after the 40 Ford. Tough act to follow.
  3. 1941coupe
    Joined: Jul 4, 2010
    Posts: 400


    my 1946 original 59AB flathead converted to 12v with altenator 68 ford torino rear, rust free and runs like a top:cool:

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  4. mattlance13
    Joined: Oct 1, 2011
    Posts: 63

    from california

    thankyou alot of work, hopefully it will be road worthy by the end of summer
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 3,395


    Here's one way to fix the "ugly" grille - a push-off board:

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  6. Here's the 47 I picked up earlier this summer. Runs great, needs a little wiring and she'll be on the road...I just need to find the time to get that done!!


    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 3,395


    What great patina. Clear it to preserve and drive it.
  8. Just wax her, keep her all waxy and put a roof over her head. Purest carnuaba wax. She sure is fine.
  9. Yeah, I love the character is has. Here it is when I got it, been sitting since 91. All I did was wash it, needs a good coat of wax!

    I do need a set of grill bars if anyone has any


  10. dragsled
    Joined: May 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,976

    from Panama IA

    I like em so much that I'm in the process of swapping a 47 cab onto my dragster hauler:D,,, Tim Jones

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  11. What frame is it on? think its gonna be a good fit with the fenders?
  12. dragsled
    Joined: May 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,976

    from Panama IA

    It's on an 89 Ford , as for the fenders ,I'm going to use a set of 1 1/2 ton fenders plus, I'm planning on welding in a V section running the lenght of them to widen the fenders if need be, , Tim Jones
  13. landseaandair
    Joined: Feb 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,411

    from phoenix

    Found in Apr. '64 PHR.

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  14. jalopy45
    Joined: Nov 5, 2005
    Posts: 527


    Not that I consider the 42-47 grille ugly sometimes something different and pleasing turns up. The '46/47 Mercury truck grille is still at the top, Nostalgia Sids' 47 passenger graft and this one I found at Hot August Nights in Reno this year. .,[​IMG] , [​IMG]
  15. Johnboy46
    Joined: Nov 10, 2012
    Posts: 99


    Great to see your "new" truck Chris. I've still got your old one, and am still using and abusing it. Did the Hotrod Hayride again this year along with several other shows and weekenders, as well as driving it daily. In the six years I've had it I've done about 12,000mls. I hope you are proud of the compliments other HAMBers give it . That's why I'll never change it. It just sits RIGHT.
  16. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,279


    I always thought they were ugly, we had a couple (1 PU, 1 grain truck) on the farm as a kid, Dad must of sold them as they dissappeared but at the time I didn't care. Last January at Barrett-Jackson there was one that stop me in my tracks, something about it appealed to me, first time I liked one. Simple truck, stock except for a drop axle, chrome wheels and some goodies (duel carbs/ heads) on the motor. I guess I wasn't alone, it ended up be the talk of the auction when it hammered at 85K. Last weekend in Vegas they sold a bone stocker for 47K so I guess even ugly trucks have their place in the sun!
  17. ronnieroadster
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 810


    Its an aquired taste for a truck not so bad looking.
  18. Lytles Garage
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 621

    Lytles Garage

    Just brought my 47 pickup home today, took about 10 min. to get it running!! don't know what im going to do with it ?? It must be Chris's big sister, mine has a V/8 !! Chris
  19. gilles d
    Joined: Nov 20, 2011
    Posts: 238

    gilles d
    from winnipeg

    Here's one I built a while ago 429 c6 image.png
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  20. jailbar joe
    Joined: Nov 21, 2014
    Posts: 373

    jailbar joe

    heres mine
    been on the road 8 years and nearly 100,000 k's....the grille was only temporary when I built it..but I guess
    it will be there when I hand it over to my daughter
  21. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,695


    I never saw this thread before and I haven't read all the way through it. BUT...

    There used to be one of these trucks that showed up at Good Guys Indy that had a Tornado drivetrain in the bed (thus; rear wheel drive). It was red and somehow it had the ugly cut off of it. Anyone know the truck or have a pic??? That truck ran HARD and looked good.

    b-t-w; if this has been covered please disregard.
  22. As far as I'm concerned, there are NO "ugly" old trucks of any make!
    Trucks have a purposeful, mean and brute stance that cars don't. I like that.
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  23. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,565

    from oregon

    When I was in high school in the early 70's, a guy had a 46 with a bonafide 327/365 hp Corvette engine in it along with a B&M 4 speed Hydro. It never was the greateet looking truck, even after it was freshly painted, but once you went for a ride in it; you tended to overlook such a trivial matter of aesthetics.
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  24. Hier
    Joined: May 26, 2015
    Posts: 5


    I agree, there are NO ugly trucks (before 4 headlights) for me. I like them all - some more than others.

    Many years ago I was on my way home from work in a snowstorm and noticed a stray dog just sitting by the road. He had given up.
    I stopped and picked him up and took him home. When I got him cleaned up I thought "this is the ugliest dog I've ever seen". After a few days he was my best friend and he was the best dog I ever had. He was with me for over 17 years and I still miss him.
    I like everything - some more than others.
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  25. A Minus
    Joined: Jan 10, 2016
    Posts: 54

    A Minus

    I like the 57-60 & 61-66 trucks better but I would not say 42-47 is ugly.
    53-56 are the Ford trucks everyone loves that I have never cared much for
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  26. Engine man
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,476

    Engine man
    from Wisconsin

    I've always thought that the guy who designed those trucks died before he finished the front end. The lines are nice on the rest of the truck but the grill area just doesn't match.
  27. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,446

    King ford
    from 08302

    I love them with unmolested front tin, but Sid's with the 47 car front clip is SWEET!
  28. LOWDUG37
    Joined: Jan 31, 2007
    Posts: 916


  29. I had a lot of fun putting this one together, it went to a new owner in WA this past fall.
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