This 1950 F-1 Ford Is This Way By Popular Demand

This 1950 F-1 Ford Is This Way By Popular Demand
Scooter’s Truck Stop
By Scott Strenzel, aka Scooter

1950 F-1 Ford, Scooters Truck Stop, Scott Strenzel, Truck Round-Up, Auto Round-Up, Onsted Kiwanis, Michigan International Speedway Show Car Nationals, 1950 Ford 1/2 ton pickup truck, 360 V-8, 1968 F-100 in the garage, NOSR panelScooter got the invite to cover the Onsted Kiwanis–The Michigan International Speedway Show Car Nationals chaired by Brian Ahern. I was running around compiling information and saw a crowd by something on display. Turned out it was a cool 1950 Ford 1/2 ton pickup truck, owned by 24-year old John Hutchins. It has more than the gross weight limit of natural patina that everyone has been telling him to leave the way it is. And so, John had begun to like the idea of a mechanically perfect driveable piece of history without having to worry about dust, dirt and fingerprints, etc. Besides, he also has a shiny, built-up, 360 V-8, 1968 F-100 in the garage too.

He and his father found out about it at a swap meet a few years ago. They took a drive and had the guy fire up his vintage John Deere and haul it out of the barn with the brakes locked up and flat tires. The deal was made and the work began. John has since installed a complete wiring harness; every piece of the stock brake system you can buy and the same for the fuel system as well the generator, starter, battery, regulator, and related parts and pieces. Plus, he tore out the totally shot and wrong motor and replaced it with a correct flathead that has been rebuilt including the carburetor. He has had to replace the driver’s window, the windshield and rear glass. It has a stock 6-volt system and he has even put on a set of new correct tube-type 16” bias ply blackwalls with NOS hubcaps on this F-1. The new exhaust system is a single muffler stock setup for it in keeping with the way it was styled.

He also had to replace the rusted floor with a NOSR panel and the three on the floor shifter hump pan to get it weather tight. So now it’s safe and dependable, so he, his mom and his dad can cruise around in each of their Ford pickups with their son. I’d say the Hutchins are true Ford truck people. I love it.

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