• From 1950 Ford F1 to 2018 F150: How Much Has the Pickup Changed in 68 Years? (Video)


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    1950 Ford F1 & 2018 F150

    How much has the pickup truck changed in 68 years? We find out by taking a 1950 Ford F1 flathead V8 and a 2018 Ford F150 EcoBoost V6 for a drive.

    The first generation F-series (F1) had a few configurations. You could choose between a straight-six or a V8. There were two-door pickup truck and panel-van version of the F1. The truck you see here is a 1950 F1 with a flathead V8.

    There are millions of ways in which one can configure a new F-150, if you count all of the different trim levels, packages, and options. The 2018 F150 you see here is a STX trim crew cab 4×4.

    1950 Ford F1 2018 Ford F150
    Engine 3.9L (239 cu-in) flathead V8 2.7L (164 cu-in) twin-turbo V6
    Power 100 hp 325 hp / 400 lb-ft of torque
    Transmission 3-speed manual 10-speed automatic
    GVWR 4,700 lbs 6,900 lbs
    Payload 1,000 lbs (approx.) up to 2,470 lbs with 2.7L
    Base price $1,287 ($13,166 with inflation) $27,380 (XL 2WD 2-door)

    The new truck may have all of the modern comfort, safety, and performance, but does it have the old school charm? On the other hand, the classic F1 is a challenge to drive on a two-lane highway. The truck has its own mind when it comes to steering, and 45 MPH feels like terminal velocity.

    Have you driven a classic truck lately?

    Check out the old-school truck fun in the video below.


    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    19 thoughts on “From 1950 Ford F1 to 2018 F150: How Much Has the Pickup Changed in 68 Years? (Video)

    1. Another great video. Classics aren’t as great as we remember. Nostalgia goggles. But they have a charm that can’t be duplicated. Is the raw connection to the machine. The noise and vibration, and oh so much the smells!

      1. It kinda like my Jeep Liberty CRD. Overall, no one would call it a good vehicle since its so heinously engineered, but the sound, torque, vibration etc make it worth owning.

    2. In 68 years you’d think we could get a simple, user repairable, 500k mile truck. We could, but no one demands it. They demand complexity, styling, death inducing distractions built into the infotainment system, and creature comforts that may or may not last the span of a lease. All at a ridiculous price.

      1. Um, the 1950 F1 was simple, user repairable, and could run 500k miles with enough repairs.

        You also had a slim to none chance of surviving a fender bender, couldn’t safely drive 70, ran a very high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in city traffic, had no AC, no anti-lock brakes for wet roads, terrible headlights for night driving, required frequent tune-ups, and had no bluetooth connectivity for hands free driving…

        In 68 years we’ve demanded incredibly capable, comfortable, fuel efficient, clean, durable, and safe vehicles… and all that comes with a price tag

    3. The new truck has certainly gone up in price dramatically and unlike the 1950 model which will continue to go up in value, the 2018 will only go down.

    4. I like the capability of the 2.7. I remember crossing the Appalachians in an old C10 back in the day and it seemed like a painful forever. Nowadays, I can zip through like it’s nothing through many states, without worrying about gas or stopping because of driver fatique. New technology is definitely worth it for people who drive cross country, but the old relic is nice to cruise to the ice cream parlor on Sunday.

      1. Does yours burn oil? Our 2.7 burns almost a quart every 1k miles. I don’t think it’s a ring problem, I made sure the rings got seated the right way.

    5. The difference between the F1 and the new F-150 is that the door latches on the old truck probably don’t let the door fly open like the new ones. 1.34 million defective door latches. The door latches all kinds of problems since 2015. Better late than never I guess.

      1. Yeah now that you mention it, it is pretty odd bizarre that TFLT hasn’t written anything about that huge recall. 1.3 million trucks with a pretty serious safety defect seems awfully news worthy. I mean, they wrote about GM’s steering software update to fix a low speed steering glitch and Ram’s recall for a water pump bearing that could fail and in extreme cases cause a fire. Yet no mention about doors that could fly open at high speeds? What gives?

    6. You know the airdenamics between the two might not be to far off.
      Another thing old Henry might be marvel at is the use of aluminum for the truck.

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