Published on July 12th, 2011 | by Gearhead Diva
Who Could Resist the Sanford & Son Truck?
Making a regular appearance on the hit comedy television series, Sanford and Son, a rusted and faded red 1951 Ford F1 pickup was the unsung third partner in the misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.
Part of the first F-Series truck (known as the Ford Bonus-Built), it was modern-looking with a flat, one-piece windshield and integrated headlights. Options were the “See-Clear” windshield washer (operated by foot plunger), passenger side windshield wiper & sun visor, and passenger side tail light. The F1 truck was also available with additional chrome and two horns as an options. All F-Series were available in “Marmon-Herrington All Wheel Drive” until 1959.
An all-new grille design, with a large horizontal bar spread across the front of the truck supported by three bullet-shaped teeth, was the big styling change for 1951. Front fenders were also restyled, as was the front bumper. The rear window was made larger for better visibility, and a redesigned dashboard had an ashtray and glove-box. Cargo beds now used a hardwood floor rather than steel.
There were two different options available: 226ci flathead 6 and 239 ci flathead V8 with 3 or 4 gears, which generated 95 and 100 hp, respectively. Considering F1′s 1/2 ton weight, these engines were powerful enough to manage a fair gross vehicle weight rating.
The 1951 Ford F-1 used single PT tires, 6/6.50-16 and a DC rim type. Such tires were high standard back then; they were strong enough to support up to 1,215 pounds, depending on specifications.