1950 Ford Pickup

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Since our last DOTS pickup was a Dodge, and the one before that was a Mazda wearing Ford emblems, it's about time we saw a genuine Dearborn truck in this series. And you can't get much more genuine that this 1950 Ford F-1 pickup, which I spotted surrounded by high-end German iron in an upscale East End neighborhood.

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Hank Williams' "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It" was shooting up the country charts when this truck was new, although odds are you wouldn't be able to hear the song in most of the non-radio-equipped pickups that year.

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The big hood vents are a little odd-looking, but they do add some style to an otherwise utilitarian example of postwar industrial design.

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Given this truck's neighborhood, where a small two-bedroom house sells for $650K, I'm pretty sure it never hauls anything more serious than the occasional sack of potting soil. But it could haul several bales of hay, a case of Dutch Lunch beer, and a bunch of your shotgun-brandishing friends out on a roadsign-blasting mission.

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Engine choices for '50 were a 95-horse flathead six or a 100-horse flathead V8. I don't see any V8 emblems on this truck, so it's probably got the six.



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Ford never put logos on those trucks to denote weather or not they had a V8. I don't think that got started till '55 or so. It could be either engine and you'd never know. My dad's got a 48 and a '49 F1, the '48 has the six, and the '49 (his pride and joy) has the Flathead.

You guys have a pretty sharp eye too. Only '50 models had a completely smooth bedside like that. older trucks had recesses stamped in the bedside. Looks like someone at one point put turn signals on the truck and did a poor job up front. If I remember correctly turn signals weren't even an option on these trucks. However if you really cared for the truck you could put dual filament bulbs and sockets in the corners of the grille.