In 1953, the Korean War ended, and Ford marked its Golden Anniversary with their first truck redesign since 1948. Ford's 1953 trucks received a longer hood that flowed into the front fenders, along with horizontal grille bars. Cabs were also new, boasting more glass area.
A set-back front axle made the 1953s look nose-heavy but allowed for a tighter turning radius. Series designations added "00" to the end, meaning this light-duty pickup went from being an F-1 to being an F-100.
This also was the first year an automatic transmission was available in trucks (in the F-100 line), but would prove to be the final year for the flathead V-8.
The former F-4 continued its one-ton rating as the F-350. This nomenclature is still used today.
A 1951 Ford Sedan Delivery ambulance fronts a 1953 F-700-based fire truck at the Dearborn, Michigan, fire station.
Also in 1953, the former Ford F-2 and F-3 trucks were combined into the new 3/4-ton F-250 truck.
Ford's famous flathead V-8 engine was retired in 1954. Find out what replaced it on the next page.
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