How to Identify Old Ford Trucks


Ford Motor Company began producing vehicles in 1903 and before long had revolutionized transportation in America. Not long after the first cars appeared on the roads, Henry Ford built his first truck. Classic Ford trucks span the years of 1920 through 1970, with many diverse models gracing the scene during those years. There are several ways you can identify an old Ford truck.

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  • Pictorial guide to classic Ford trucks
  • Look for tire skirts. This body feature, which was a signature 1930s and 1940s style theme, covered the top 1/3 of the tire like a skirt. Many classic vehicles have this form of detailing; however, Ford truck skirt tails descended to the base of the tires, just above the ground. The body work did not simply cover the tire, it encompassed the outer form.

  • Examine the hood of the classic Ford truck and notice the V-shaped design it embodied. As with many automobile hoods, the area near the windshield is wider than the area near the bumper. Although this is common, a Ford truck would come to a much more narrow, sharper V than other makes and models. The hood would rise above the body and pull in over a foot in width from over the tires. The V would then accumulate at the grille.

  • Notice how the grill is set down below the skirting of the tires at a depth most modern vehicles do not attempt. The headlights of the classic Ford truck are set directly beside the low-lying grill with their simple, rounded design. The grill would commonly have five silver bars that ran horizontally between the lamps. On the edge of the hood, there is a small, one bar encasement that mimics the fashion of the grill below.

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