48, 49, Maybe 50
I generally like the cars which were made in the 60s or
earlier, for a variety
of reasons. No,
it’s not because I think they were better than those of
today. They weren’t, today’s are better. But, besides being the vehicles of
the ones made in those times were easy to identify. As good and
efficient as the cars and trucks
of today are, they all look basically alike.
The pickup shown in this painting, though, does bend the
rules. Oh, there
is no doubt that it is
a Ford. It just looks like one. The question, though, is
what year is it? Ford introduced the F1 as their basic ˝ ton
pickup in 1948.
However, with one small
exception, they did not alter the design for the
following 2 years. A part made in 1948 would exactly fit the
1949 or 1950
model. The only difference
is that when initially made in 48, the grill was
chromed. Later that year and continuing into 49 and
50, they eliminated the
chrome and painted it silver. So, I guess this pickup could be a 48. But it
has been restored so the truck could
be a 48 or a 49 or 50 model F1, using
a 48 grill. Or the grill might have been originally
painted and chromed
later. So the
question remains – is it a 48, 49, or maybe 50?
For me, the painting also marks my entry into the world of
reflection. It is a challenge
that I’m enjoying so I hope the viewer
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