1948 Ford F-1
Dennis Calhoun of Brookfield, Missouri, wanted to share a few images of his homebuilt 1948 F-1 with us and we thought we'd share 'em with you. Dennis said that when he got ahold of this baby it was well worn to say the least; in fact all the sheetmetal was in pretty terrible shape.
The bottoms of both front fenders were gone, the back of cab had been cut with a cutting torch, and what was there was filled with dents and gashes. Even the inside of the cab was pretty much trashed (though he did say the doors were in pretty fair shape). There was no dash, the firewall looked like Swiss cheese, and the floor had 41 holes drilled in it. But with all that rust and damaged sheetmetal Dennis still tackled the job.
Dennis began by refurbishing the chassis, equipping it with completely upgraded steering and suspension, including a Fatman fabrications IFS and a Currie 9-inch held in place by a pair of ladder bars. He then built a balanced and blueprinted 552-cube, 460-based monster motor fitted with aluminum heads, a tunnel ram dual-quad setup, and a Billet Specialties True Trac system.
With the chassis and running gear taken care of, Dennis then turned his attention to the F-1's body and bed. The cab, front end, and bed were massaged into pristine shape, the rear window split, and the stock hood heavily customized. The bed floor was refurbished using the steel floor pan from a later-model Chevy pickup, and the cab interior was treated to a custom dash as well.
Dennis told us now that this two-year project has been completed he's getting ready to start his next project – a 1956 F-100 with a 4-inch chop and channel.
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