When Ford introduced the F-1 pickups for the 1948 model year, they were the company’s first new postwar vehicles. Called “Bonus-Built” by Ford, these half-tons were noticeably different from their predecessors. The sheetmetal was redesigned, the cab was bigger and there was now a one-piece flat windshield. But despite the changes, Chevrolet pickups still outsold Ford by a considerable margin.

To paraphrase a famous saying, beauty truly is in the eye of the trucker and when Ford’s F-1 series from ’48 to ’52 was focused on the general consensus, it always seemed to be an ugly duckling. There’s no question that F-1s have never been as popular with rodders and restorers as the F-100 series but when we see an F-1 like the ’48 owned by C.G. Mouch of Brusly, Louisiana, we start to wonder why.

Originally built over the course of three years by Paul Cammack, owner of Gaines Body Shop in Overton, Kentucky, on its first outing to the NSRA Street Rod Nationals, there was an offer to buy it that he couldn’t refuse. The truck changed hands and ended up in a collection where it was driven a mere 50 miles in 2½ years. C.G. spotted the truck and in his words “fell in love.” It took persistence in the form of phone calls every two months, not to mention selling his C4 suspended, big-window ’56 F-100 to make it happen, but C.G. finally got the F-1 he wanted.

A member of Ramblin Oldies of Denham Springs, since bringing the ’48 home C.G. has hauled in a number of trophies, racked up 5,400 trouble-free miles, and we’ll bet this beauty has made lots of truckers take another look at F-1s. CCT