Nice shot of matching 1959 Ford trucks; one hauling the other one, along with some more cars and another pickup in the trailer.
Reminds me of this Ford ad from 1960. (I always found Wally & Beaver kind of annoying, the way they talk–but the cars look nice). Wonder if that Victorian house is still standing:
Weird to see Wally & the Beav sing Ford’s praises. Wasn’t Ward a Chrysler man for the entire run of the series?
A cute advert .
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one in use, but Ford’s website shows the modern incarnation of this, the F-750 Diesel tractor. As always, it shares the same basic cab structure as an F-250.
I’m not well-versed in medium-duty trucks, but I think the goofiest re-use of a light-duty pickup cab is the medium-duty Dodges of the 60s that used the basic cab from the A-100 pickup.
I just have to chime in and say my first car was a 1959 Ford. The worst car ever, except it brings a laugh to us who remember all it’s failures.
Fat Freddie also had a ’59 Ford Tudor sedan, he loaned it to Freewheeling Franklin one time and it wound up burned to a crisp .
Always a fun story with those cars 🙂
The worst 1959 Ford has to be this one, used by the Manson gang that fateful night to drive to the Cielo Drive residence of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski. And it still exists (though a substitute was used in the Tarantino movie).
I remember base truck models of this era having white painted front grills & front bumpers. While many were repainted in colors tp match fleet buyer livery, this photo is the first time seeing one these apparently being delivered from the factory with a black painted front bumper.
Something about the grills on these trucks always looked wrong to me.
Looks like it was pulled from the generic grill bin and slapped on at the last minute
That orange stepside looks great, just the right combination of Eastern European utility vibe, with postwar American crewcut optimism.
Nice memories. I like the video with Beaver, too. As for Fred, how ca you say what you said? “You’re ahead in a Ford all the way. It has the style for fifty-nine.” Well, Rosie Clooney sand that. I believed her. Of course, I was living in Manhattan. We didn’t need a Ford or any other car for that matter. Oh, and another thing, “The World’s most beautifully proportioned car.” Rosie again in another commercial for the fifty-nines. Regarding using light-duty cabs on medium-duty trucks, the cabs were always reinforced structurally to accommodate the heavier service.
Always thought the Cleavers where a Mopar family!
Great to see this colorful photo–and time to pull out a wire-service “oops” image of factory inattentiveness:
The lead single axle semi is a Big Job ! And the blue long box in the trailer, mid position is a 4 wheel drive (also seldom seen)
I own a F300 fuel truck with a 223-6 cylinder. By the paint at the bottom of several layers it appears it was a Mobil Oil tank unit, but is now painted a deep dark green and was used for years as a field service truck on a farm.
I love all these trucks from ’53 onward for their admirable styling. Seldom seen today…… sadly
One of the things I always liked about the ’57 ~60 Ford light rucks was the cab solidity ~ they could be totally rusted out yet the doors hung well and opened and closed like new .
Not so much my beloved GM trucks of the same time .
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