1950s Ford Truck Aluminum Radiator
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1950s Ford Truck


Most of the news coming out of Ford Motor Company in 1955 centered on the redesigned car line and the introduction of a new sporty personal car named Thunderbird. As for trucks, changes were kept to a minimum, with little to note besides revised grille and exterior trim pieces.

Yet another change to grille design differentiated the 1955 Ford trucks from the 1954s. The vertical guards were dropped in favor of a V-shaped dip in the upper bar, which again carried an indicator of a six-cylinder or V-8 engine.



Less obvious were the switch to tubeless tires on F-100s and the newly optional power brakes. This 1955 Ford F-800 Big Job dump truck boasts the tandem-axle setup introduced in 1954, which was becoming very popular.

Not surprisingly, the F-100 with 61/2-foot bed was Ford's most popular truck in 1955.

Despite all the emphasis placed on exterior styling over the years, such as the snazzy logo on the 1955 Ford F-100 truck shown above, interiors had gained little in the way of "character" by that time (see below).

Wrap around windshields and larger engines aimed to give Ford trucks a competitive edge in 1956.

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