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Readers Respond: What was your first F-Series truck?

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From the article: My First F-150 Pickup Truck
What was your first Ford F-Series pickup truck? Was it a model from way back in Ford's history, or a contemporary pickup? Did the truck look as good as it ran, or was it like mine -- with a body that had seen better days? Did you trade it for another truck, Ford or another make, or do you still have your first F-Series pickup? Let's share stories.

64 F100 4x2

I have owned this model pickup for 38 years now. I have done virtually all phases of maintenance to date including three engine rebuilds, four paint jobs including one cab interior, full chassis rebuild with the exception of R&R windshield, seat reupholstery, and muffler work. I upgraded the stock 3 speed with a T98b1 Borg Warner HD 4 granny four speed. Now I intend to upgrade the brakes with a new dual power front disc sytem and drums rear while replacing EVERY part of the brake system with new parts. For more than 30 years it was my daily driver. Preceeding my acquisition of this pickup we had a 64 F100 4X4 new from the factory. At one point we had a 7,500 pound payload in the 4X4 both off road and over the highway successfully. These F series Fords are awesome pickups and really stand a beating. The 4X2 I now have is expected to last another 50 years at least as a testimony of Made in U.S.A. integrity. Chevrolet, Dodge, and Ford all make good trucks, but Ford is preferred.
—F100forever

early 1960 f100 styleside unibody failur

The unitized box and cab on the eary 1960's F100's did not allow for the necessary flex between the cab and rear portion, thus cracks occured in the body sheet metal as a result. In 1964 Ford redisigned with separate box and cab and greatly improved the overall engineering as a result.
—F100forever

1960 Ford 2-Ton Flatbed

I had recently completed a tour of duty in the US Army and returned home to Southern Missouri where everyone either harvested lumber or starved. I bought a 1960 Ford 2 ton flatbed with a Y block. It wasn't fast but there was no hill it would not climb. Everyone who saw me and that white truck was envious because it was so well-suited for the task. Many times I loaded it so heavily I would park it in front of our house and use railroad jacks to lift it slightly because I was afraid it would break the springs. Then, early in the morning, I would drive it to a sawmill to sell the timber. My dad told me later he would listen to me pulling away and I shifted 7 or 8 times in the first quarter mile.
—Guest Mike England

Ford F100 and Ford f2 truck/s

My first F-100 i brought at 20 years old and still have it today at 61. Three years ago I brought a '52 f2 EX Texas and spent 2 years on the restoration. It went on the road in March, 2011. The outside is all original. Long bed / 302/Boss/c4 auto, painted Baygee Gold, as FORD called this model GOLDEN CAB series. She's now called GOLDIE F100.
—Guest Dave Swale

2002 F-150 with Chronic Windshield Leak

Due to a chronic windshield leak, my 2002 F-150 truck is undependable, therefore no good.
—upik

My F-150

My first and only 1975 Supercab with 390 4v. Has air and power options. Great truck still only 130k and runs like new....
—Guest Smb

The Coolest Gramma Going

I bought a 1957 Ford pickup truck for myself for my 70th birthday, just love it -- a 272 y-block, 4 on the floor, all original, solid as a rock. My grandkids and great-grandkids think I am the coolest Gramma going, it's never too late for girls to have fun -- right?
—Guest cathy

1978 ford f150

I'm 16 and I have a 1978 f-150 with a 400 m and a c-6 trani. It's a 4x4 and had a stepside bed, but I live on a farm and the stepside is worthless for hauling, so my father and I built a really nice flat bed that looks really cool. I love my ford and never in a million years would I sell it.
—Guest Hill

1947 FORD 1/2 TON PICKUP

My first Ford truck really wasn't my first Ford truck. More like it was my third Ford truck, but it was my favorite one. It was a 1947 Ford 1/2 ton pickup that I purchased from a co-worker as a restoration project. I worked on it for about a year and then hurt my neck at work. After two surgeries and 3 years of fighting with the pain, I could no longer work on it and was forced to sell it. I reluctantly sold it as a project truck that was fully disassembled and ready for meadia blasting. WORST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE! I would still be unable to work on it but found a few people who would have loved to help me get it back on the road. Now I am just driving an 86 bronco in dire need of work instead of a beautiful 47 FORD PICKUP. Moral of the story, DON'T GIVE UP THE ONE THING IN LIFE THAT YOU WORKED THE HARDEST TO FIND.
—Guest hiplaces

1970 Ford F-100

This will be my first f-series truck to own. My dad is going to pass this '70 Ford F-100 to me. I am applying at certain locations around my neighborhood to get a job so i can pay the registration and plates. The color that i will paint it is blue with red emblems. I will also get the engine painted blue with the rest of the engine compartment red. It has a 302cu 205 hp engine 2wheel drive with a manual transmission. It is a '70 Ford F-100 Sport Custom Styleside longbed (8'). Hope I start a collection of every single Ford model ever made including the cars such as the Model T, N, K, Z, A, AA and etc...
—Guest Angel

My first F-series

My first F-series Ford was a 1951 F-5, which I owned twice. Bought it for $400 and used it to move 3 times -- it was my daily driver for 4 years. Proved everything I was told wrong; slow: I put 8.25-20's on it and it'd run 60-65 all day; bad mileage -- It averaged 10 mpg, loaded or empty,fast or slow; overheat -- Once I replaced the thermostats it never went over 190, even towing my '66 Catalina, full of belongings, 145 miles down the freeway on a 102 degree day. And it was dead-nuts reliable! Sold it when rules changed where I lived and they wouldn't allow anything over a 1 ton. Moved away from Reno, came back 4 years later and got it back, with a bad fuel pump, had to move and gave it to a friend. I found it 3 years later in a wrecking yard and could have bought it back for $150, but the truck had already been gutted, so I passed. It was a great truck -- I shoulda kept it.
—Guest James

First F100 Pickup Truck

I purchased my 1st F100 when I was 14 years old. Me and my dad towed it home. The truck had a 223/stick. We spent that summer rebuilding and painting it and drove it for many years, then stuffed a 390/c-6 in it and a Dana 60 out back. I still have the truck and I'm 46 years old. It still drives fine. I also have had a '76 F250 and an '84 F250 and currently own a '90 F250 and a '72 F250, all of which run. The '90 and '72 are 4x4s. Yeah, I like Ford trucks.
—Guest pat mcsweeney

Intergrated Truck Beds

Very few of these trucks' windshields survived without a crack developing if loaded heavily. Believe you me, they would carry a load.
—Guest joe hunt

1953 to 1956 F series

I owned a 1954 F100 in 1961 when in high school, then a 1956 F100 in 1965. I now own a 1954 F-250 that's very rust free. It needs paint and new wood in the box but really is a decent old truck. It has an original 239 overhead V8 and four speed transmission. The truck is light blue. the rear axle is the Timkin type, split housing very low gearing with a 4.86 ratio. This makes for a speed of about 50 to not feel like it may be hard on the engine. I do wonder if the axle will bolt in from a 1956 or so with a Dana axle and maybe a higher ratio. I wish to use the original wheels and hub caps -- the wheels are 16-inch with eight lug nuts, not split rims. I also wonder if a five speed overdrive from a larger Ford truck with a Y block would bolt in?
—Guest Wayne

Old Ford Pickup

My first truck was (and still is) a 1937 Ford pickup with an 85 hp V8. The original owner bought it new and then got sick of some of the negative characteristics (religion-inspiring brakes, overheating, etc.), so he parked it in his farm grove in 1951. The good part of this is that in 14 years of use, rust didn't get to it as much as if he'd driven it until 1966, when I bought it for $20.00. The bad thing was that when he did use it on the farm, he had beaten the snot out of it. Anyway, I've had it for 43 years, and although it still appears stock, it now has disc brakes, a Ford 302 V8, a 4th gear overdrive manual transmission, suspended pedals and 12 volt electricals. I just got it re-painted, the first time since 1968. When it was in the body shop for the first time (1968), the owner told me that a local farmer had stopped by, looked at it, and said "Why the hell would anybody want to fix up one of these - they were no damn good when they were brand new."
—Guest Lynn Luepke

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