BaT Auction: 1947 Ford Model 79W 1.5 Ton
This 1947 Ford Model 79W is a 1.5-ton cab-over-engine pickup that has reportedly been driven less than 1,700 miles since a refurbishment in the 1980s. The work was completed by a Ford restorer and former National Director for the Early Ford V8 Club of America and included a trim- and glass-out repaint, cosmetic alterations, interior refreshment, refurbished suspension, and more. Power comes from a 1949 Mercury 8CM flathead V8 paired with a 3-speed toploader manual gearbox, both of which were reportedly rebuilt. New tires were mounted by the selling dealer and the brakes were gone through just prior to this auction. This COE is offered by Cascadia Classic with a clean Oregon title.
A 1938-model front grille and 1940-model bed were installed during the cosmetic portion of the 1980s refurbishment. The bed has been modified around the rear fenders to fit the chassis, which was shortened in the rear. The original 1947 front grille is included in the sale. Imperfections include paint checking on the lower part of the driver’s door as well as various chips. The exterior is shown from multiple angles in the extensive photo gallery below.
Turn signals have been added along with additional brake lights, the latter of which are affixed with a custom rear bumper mount. Four new Firestone Deluxe Champion 8.20-15 tires were mounted roughly 20 miles ago. A new brake master cylinder, wheel cylinders, and hoses were fitted by the seller prior to the auction.
The electrical system was converted to a 12-volt setup during the work, and new wiring was installed. The seats were reupholstered, and the headliner, wind lacing, and window seals were replaced.
The cabin received new paint and a correct thin-rimmed 2-spoke steering wheel remains fitted. The gear lever for the 3-speed toploader can be seen above. The odometer was reset during the refurbishment and now shows just under 1,700 miles.
The 1949 Mercury 8CM flathead V8 was rated at around 110 horsepower when new. The engine and transmission were reportedly rebuilt during the 1980s work along with the Dana 53 rear end, which is said to feature a factory 3:31:1 ratio and positraction. The exhaust system flows through dual pipes with Cherry Bomb glasspack mufflers.
The seller believes the leaf springs to have been re-arched and the suspension and steering joints replaced during the refurbishment. The additional undercarriage pictures in the gallery are noted as showing an old set of tires prior to their recent replacement.
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