For sale here is a 1947 Ford stakebed truck that currently has green paint on it. I called all of our old grain trucks like this 2 ton trucks but I believe that it is probably correct to call this one a 1-1/2 ton truck. In any case, in the glovebox it says that this 1947 Ford truck is a Model 798T. The original engine number was 799T1430467. However, there is now a 302 V8 engine stuffed under the hood. My dad also put in an easy to shift standard manual transimission. It's a lot nice than the old double clutch and grind version. One unique thing about this 1947 truck (I believe) is that it has a 3 speed rear end. I've always thought that was kind of rare but I really don't know much about it.
My dad purchased this truck in 1983 and he used it to haul grain, cattle, egg cartons and stewing hens. Since he took some long trips with it, he added a second fuel tank. The 302 Ford engine under the hood turned it into kind of a hotrod and my dad enjoyed passing other vehicles in this 1947 Ford coming up the local Lewiston Hill.
This 1947 truck hasn't been used by us much in the past 10 or so years so it is time for it find a new home. It sat since about 2004 but started with almost no trouble the other day and seems to be running fine. It does have an automatic choke on it that might not be working perfectly since I have to dump a little gas in the carburetor to get it started.
This is a very solid truck with little rust and few body issues. There is surface rust since the paint isn't the best and there are several dings and dents in the fenders. But, they aren't anything to be concerned about. Any decent body and paint person shouldn't have any trouble getting it to looking good. As for other minor problems, the catch is missing on the driver's side causing the door to swing to the point where the mirror hits the hood. Speaking of the hood, it stays up but only one hinge is holding it up.
The 302 engine is a very tight fit and there wasn't enough room for a regular fan so the engine is cooled by electric fans. This usually doesn't present much of a problem unless you're working the truck hard on a hot day. The brakes were up even though the truck recently sat for 6 or so years. I just put a new battery in this truck.
This 1947 Ford truck has a bed that is close to 12 and a half feet long and 91 inches wide. It doesn't have a hoist. Right now, there is tin on the wood bed since we last used it for grain. The wood bed is in decent condition but not good enough to hold grain without the tin. As for loads, in the glovebox it says that with a governor that the truck is rated at 12,500 to 13,500 lbs depending on whether it has a governor or not.
According to the odometer, this 1947 Ford truck has 43,075 miles on it but I really don't know if it has turned over or is working properly or what. So far, I've just driven the truck out of the shed and hosed it off. I remember that the odometer on some of our old trucks wasn't working right but I really can't remember if this was one of the trucks with that issue or not. I really hadn't thought about it until I started to create this ad!
This truck is already in good condition and it could be used for hauling wood, restored to original condition, or turned into a hotrod. The options are all there and it would be good for all three uses. It's a nice old truck! It's not a perfect truck by any means but there aren't any serious issues with it. My dad put the used 302 engine in it back in the 1980s and it seems to be running fine today. The body has plenty of surface rust where the paint is poor and there are various dings and dents in the fenders. But, as I said these would be small problems for a body and paint person. As for the interior, my dad fixed it up pretty nice for a farm truck. Again, it's not perfect but it's not bad. That pretty much sums up this 1947 Ford truck and I'm not sure what else to say about it. If you are interested in it, respond via email or call either (208) 882-1653 or my cell at (208) 301-4178.
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