Fresh out of the sawdust factory: 51 Ford F-1 Pickup truck

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Project by toyguy posted 01-27-2015 03:28 PM 22019 views 16 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fresh out of the sawdust factory: 51 Ford F-1 Pickup truck. I have always loved the classic lines of the first generation F series trucks (48-52). This all wood, stand way off scale model recreates these lines well. This toy truck measures roughly 18 inches long, 7 inches wide and 7 inches high; putting it in around the one inch equals a foot scale. However as said before, this is not a true to scale model, but more of a stand way off scale; Looks real from twenty-five feet away. Although not perfect by any means, I made a lot of mistakes in this one; I think it turned out very good.

Plans: Like any of the plans I have built from Toy & Joys, plan 117 51 pick-up, did not disappoint me. One of the more difficult plans I have attempted from them. As is stated on the plan, some advanced wood working skills and machinery are necessary. I might also add a great deal of patience is also required. And don’t forget to stock up on your sand paper. No matter how many mistakes I made, this was still a fun project to complete.

Materials Used. This truck has been built using only the hard woods listed: Walnut, Padauk , Maple, Oak and a few dowels and craft store items. The wheels are through T&J plans and have been altered to fit my needs. All wood glue used is the original Titebond. The door outline was done with a black sharpie. The decals were printed on white decal paper with my ink-jet printer. NOTE: This was my first time using Padauk. I found this wood to be great for machining and workability. It certainly accomplished my desired colour and appearance. However be forewarned, this wood will leave everything in your shop with a red tinge covering. I even have a shirt now that is reddish.  It should also be noted that no stains or wood colouring of any kind was used. The entire model has received a few coats of rattle can Varathane, all wood colours are in their natural state.

Dedication. I have never built any of these toys where my good friend Manny Dasilva hasn’t said, “hey when you going to make me one of them”. I always seem to promise him, but never seem to deliver. Manny runs a high performance car shop in Breslau Ontario. He is very well known for his outstanding work on Corvettes and other fine automobiles. Manny, I think this toy would look great on display in your office. Hence the Dasilva Motorsports decals; this one is for you Manny. I will deliver it within the next few days/weeks as time will permit.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 01-27-2015 03:35 PM

Wow Brian, that’s great. I saw that on T&J and took a liking to it also. Problem is I have too many projects going on.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 03:39 PM

Nice.. One of my favorite trucks also

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 04:00 PM

I know what you mean by the red dust, I built a dresser last year with some Pad auk highlights, what a mess. Wow, Nice truck. How many hours do ya think, Ed

-- Ed Port Republic

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 04:07 PM

I know what you mean by the red dust, I built a dresser last year with some Pad auk highlights, what a mess. Wow, Nice truck. How many hours do ya think, Ed

- Edwin

Ed I really have no idea. Just get started and then keep going till it is done. I would guess about 30 hrs. There abouts.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 04:07 PM

Wow! This is a nice piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 04:21 PM

Very nice. I love old vehicles, toys and wood. So this is a great project :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 04:42 PM

Wonderful work Brian! For some reason I haven’t been getting my email notifications when you post your work, but this one came through. I have been having some issues with my email. I just had a look at your gallery and there are lots of beautiful projects I’ve missed. I hope this is not happening a lot more than I know about.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-27-2015 04:57 PM

Very well done!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#9 posted 01-27-2015 05:22 PM

Ooooh, Aaaaah. Even with wind shield wipers. Terrific job.

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#10 posted 01-27-2015 05:48 PM

Beautiful work, great detail, totally outstanding!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 01-27-2015 07:02 PM

I love this beauty. Also the colours are great. How did you make the out side of the wheels black and the sides white? Different wood?


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#12 posted 01-27-2015 07:04 PM

That is incredible! nice work!

-- “Anyone who doesn’t think money is grown on trees hasn’t bought any lumber lately.”

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#13 posted 01-27-2015 07:05 PM

I have made a few of them ,not a plan for the beginner,You did a great job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#14 posted 01-27-2015 08:42 PM

Fabulous work Brian, just love the attention to detail & finish, 2 tone no less.
Bet Manny displays this with pride, take a bow man :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 01-27-2015 09:14 PM

i really love what you have done here, this is super nice, all the detail looks great.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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