October 17, 2019
It might not have been all that unusual 60-some years ago, but it’s not very common to see a 1951 Ford F-5 COE these days — especially at a car show. The F-5 was one of Ford’s b-i-g trucks, it’s cab-over-engine design a boon to drivers who needed to navigate narrow city streets. This one has a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of 14,000 pounds — bigger rigs had a GVW of 22,000 pounds! For MY 1951, Ford offered over 180 models of trucks, from pickups & panel deliveries, step vans & stake trucks, to dump trucks & flatbeds, and semis & school bus chassis models. The lineup ranged from the light-duty F-1 thru F-4, the heavy-duty F-5 & F-6, on up to the extra heavy-duty F-7 & F-8. This black flatbed F-5 was seen at this fall’s Apple Fest Car Show in Hilton.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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