After getting the ’49 home Paul wanted to make it more of his own, so he installed a Ford Cobra Jet 429 backed by a C6 transmission with a Gear Vendors overdrive unit that makes the F-1 scoot along. A TCI front suspension was then added by Dave Gerry Street Rods followed by a Currie Enterprises 9-plus rear end with 3.50 gears. After all the frame work was complete Paul started on the bodywork. He knew he wanted to keep the stock look but with a slight change so he commissioned J&S Customs of Salmon Arm, B.C., to help him along. The hood was pie cut in the front 2½ inches and all the fenders were slightly modified to flow better with the truck. The doors were then extended on the bottom to match the bottom of the cab. Smoothie running boards were ordered and the metal was added to match the modified fenders. The door handles were shaved and smoothed to the door along with the gas tank fill hole. A rear roll pan was added and ’49 Ford sedan taillights were frenched for a clean look. Tons of bodywork was done to this truck so we ran out of room but I think the most important part of this truck is that Paul and Lea enjoy driving it when the weather is good. In fact, the farthest trip they have been on is from Vernon, B.C., to Pleasanton, California, for a car show.

Paul and Lea Worth

Vernon, B.C
1949 Ford F-1

Chassis

Frame: stock modified
Modifications: boxed
Rearend / Ratio: Currie 9+ / 3:50
Rear suspension: 4-link
Rear brakes: Explorer disc
Front suspension: TCI IFS
Front brakes: Explorer
Steering box: Rack-and-pinion
Front wheels: Boyd Coddington Junkyard Dog17x8
Rear wheels: Boyd Coddington Junkyard Dog 18x10
Front tires: BF Goodrich G-Force 245/40R17
Rear tires: BF Goodrich G-Force 285/40R18
Gas tank: Fat fender street rod shop

Drivetrain

Engine: Ford Cobra Jet 429ci
Heads: Cobra Jet
Valve covers: Ford motorsport
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock Performer RPM / Edelbrock 650 cfm
Ignition: MSD
Headers: Sanderson
Exhaust / Mufflers: Spin-Tech Stainless steel / 3”Ceramic Coated
Transmission: Ford C6 Added Gear Vendors overdrive
Modifications: rebuilt by Kim at Interior Transmissions of Vernon, B.C.
Shifter: Flaming River

Body

Style: ’49 Ford F-1
Modifications: chopped and sectioned
Fenders front / rear: stock fenders reworked
Hood: Pie cut 2½ in front
Grille: stock stainless steel w/extra grill bar
Bed: stock with Ash wood done by Bruce Horkey Woodworks
Bodywork and paint by: J and S Custom and Sean Cummings Salmon Arm, B.C.
Paint type / Color: PPG / Granite Green metallic
Headlights / Taillights: Silver bullet with turn signals/ ’48 Ford car
Outside mirrors: billet painted
Bumpers: Sacramento Vintage Ford

Interior

Dashboard: stock modified
Gauges: Classic Instruments All American
Air conditioning: Classic Auto Air
Stereo: Pioneer
Steering wheel: Flaming River
Steering column: Flaming River
Seats: buckets from an Isuzu Rodeo
Upholstery by: Elgin Chipchase at Capricorn Upholstery
Material / Color: Leather / Green
Carpet: Green German Square weave