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1949 Ford F3 Pickup

This '49 Ford F3 spent its life on the farm & had some rust to deal with. It is in the middle of a full Schwartzification with a new chassis, drivetrain, and custom sheet metal work to preserve the original body lines.

Frame & Suspension

  • Schwartz Performance G-Machine chassis system
  • Power steering rack
  • Ridetech single-adjustable coilovers
  • Racing style splined sway bars
  • Wilwood 13" brakes, 6 piston front, 4 piston rear


  • Ford Performance Gen 2 5.0L Coyote engine, 435hp
  • Ford Performance wiring harness & ECU
  • Vintage Air Coyote serpentine drive
  • Custom air intake


  • Upgraded Ford 4R70W & torque converter
  • Custom steel driveshaft
  • Moser 9” full floater, 31 spline axles
  • 9” third member with TrueTrac differential, 3.50 gears

Wheels & Tires

  • 20x9 front, 20x12 rear wheels by Circle Racing, painted gloss black

Paint & Body

  • Extensive rust repair / custom metal fabrication by Schwartz Performance
  • Modified bed sides to keep long bed like original (originals were too rusty to repair)
  • Custom bed floor fabricated from aluminum diamond tread plate
  • Bedliner applied to bed floor & underneath truck
  • Mopar "Destroyer Grey" paint by PPG, paint & bodywork by Steve Nick


  • Vintage Air Gen II Mini A/C system
  • Dakota Digital VHX gauges
  • American Autowire wiring harness
  • Power windows & locks
  • Custom distressed leather interior w/orange stitching by Rod's Design

Other Features

  • Champion aluminum radiator w/electric fan
  • Stainless rear-mount fuel tank w/internal pump

F3 Arrival gallery

Disassembly gallery

New chassis and body fitment

Sheet metal fab and repair gallery

Assembly before paint gallery

Body shop and paint gallery

Final Assembly gallery

Interior gallery

Completed gallery