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January 16, 1948 – Ford F-Series trucks go on sale
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January 16, 1948 – Ford F-Series trucks go on sale

Up until 1948, Ford's cars and trucks had shared the same platform and styling queues. That all changed when Ford launched the Ford F-Series trucks, which went on sale on this day in 1948. Badged F-1 through F-8 in order of ascending capabilities, the new trucks proved to be extremely popular. Starting with the 1/2 ton F-1, with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,700 pounds, up to the F-8 with a 22,000 pound GVWR, there was an F-Series for every driver and every job. Above: 1965 Ford F-100. By Sicnag - CC BY 2.0. Top: 1949 Ford F-3. By Vauxford -CC BY-SA 4.0. The first generation remained in production through 1952 before being replaced by the larger second gen trucks. The third generation, introduced in 1957, saw cab overs become their own line and in house four wheel drive pro...
Dusty & Rusty – 1951 GMC Truck
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Dusty & Rusty – 1951 GMC Truck

On June 28, 1947, Chevrolet released a brand new series of half, 3/4 and one ton medium duty trucks billed as Advance-Design. Featuring a major post war redesign, the trucks were also badged as GMC New Design. Together they were marketed as stronger and sleeker than the trucks they succeeded, the AK Series. The sales folks really had their work cut out for them, as the Chevy and GMC trucks were the best selling rigs in their class between their introduction and 1955, when they were replaced with the Task Force series. This handsome 1951 GMC isn't specified by its rating, but we do know it hasn't ran in 35 years. Does that make up for the lack of other information? If old blue turns you on, even though it doesn't, it could be yours for $5,900 a bit east of Pittsburgh, PA. Let's check it ou...
Dusty & Rusty – 1949 Chevrolet 3100
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Dusty & Rusty – 1949 Chevrolet 3100

As the world healed from World War II, American automotive factories refocused production from military to civilian for the first time since early 1942. While many automakers wouldn't offer a brand new design for the sedans and coupes until 1949, four years after the war ended, Chevrolet was an early player in postwar styling, at least for their trucks. Midway through 1947 Chevrolet debuted the Advanced Design series, available as the 1/2 ton 3100, 3/4 ton 3600 and 1 ton 3800, as well as the heavier-duty Loadmasters. Advertised as larger and more powerful than its predecessors, the series would lead truck sales among US brands from its debut in 1947 until it was replaced in 1955 with little restyling. This Advanced Design 1949 Chevrolet 3100 is offered on Craigslist out of Chesapeake, VA,...
Dusty & Rusty – 1935 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton High Cab Pickup
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Dusty & Rusty – 1935 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton High Cab Pickup

The 1930s were obviously one of the most fun times in the United States. Everyone was roaming the country in search of work, running from insane dust storms, staying fit by eating very little and generally just having an excellent time. Oh wait, that's all terrible. What's also terrible is the condition of this 1935 Chevrolet High Cab 1/2 Ton Pickup that rolled out of the factory at the height of the Great Depression. Understandably, not a whole lot of these metal on wood cabbed trucks survive today. Not only were parts as scarce as bread, but the war effort saw a lot of old workhorses turned into bullets. Fortunately, this one on Craigslist from of Milwaukee was saved from Uncle Sam and a long list of other possible fates. But with a $15,500 asking price, does this old truck have a chan...

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