The truck is
shown on the right (the green one) below during Epiphany of 2001. It is a 1951
(3/4 ton) "Express" pickup. Express is the model and bears no
relationship to how fast it moves. The truck next to it is a
friend's 1949 Chevy
1-ton. They like to talk about the old days together. Since this
photo was taken, lights were added to the wreath which are wired to the
The truck came off the assembly line on November 5, 1951, at
the Ford plant in St. Paul. It has
the original drive train, brakes, suspension, interior, and body.
An original grill installed was by the previous owner who also
repainted it. (The
grill was missing when he bought it.)
I drive it
year-round. In the winter, it does need the engine heater to be plugged in.
Work Done on the Truck:
- Engine and Drivetrain
- Ford model 7HA, 6 cylinder, 226 c.i.d., "flathead" (L-head, or
side valve); only 95 hp but lots of torque; 4-speed non-synchronized
transmission (indestructible but needs double-clutching); 4.86:1 rear
end (good for pulling heavy loads but not for highway driving).
- Brakes & Suspension
- Four-wheel drum brakes, kingpins, and stock leaf springs on
each wheel and solid front and rear axles make it ride like ... well
... a truck.
- Tires & Wheels
- 6.50 x 16 (front) and 7.00 x 16 (rear) on 8-bolt,
drop-center steel rims.
- "Express" model with 8' wood-floored bed (stock) painted
"Meadow Green," its original color.
- Load capacity and GVW
- Rated hauling capacity is a little less than 1,500# with the
current tires. It has a gross weight of 5,700# which means it weighs over
two tons empty!
I have loaded the bed 12" deep with limestone and also with over two
cubic yards of black dirt and the only effect is that the ride is a
For a list of what has been repaired and/or replaced, click here or click "Work Done" above.
Parts are easy to obtain. Many parts are available new
including water pumps, brake parts, and fuel pumps. Other parts, like starters and carburetors,
can be rebuilt. A surprising number of
parts (tune-up parts, shocks, oil filters, etc.) are available at your
local auto parts store. Here are some of the parts people I have used.