Pipe Dream: This 1950 Ford F1 Is a Cool Classic for All the Right Reasons
We’re drooling over Weaver Customs' “Friction.”
What would it look like if you took the beloved truck you tinkered with during your teenage days and finally turned it into something totally killer? Randy Weaver, owner of Utah-based Weaver Customs, did just that. And the fact that this 1950 Ford F1 classic pickup technically belongs to his twin brother makes the build even more meaningful. Sibling rivalry? That seems like a hard no—at least when it comes to this classic truck, aptly named Friction. But come to think of it, could that name hint at a little bit of conflict between the two?
When Amsoil recently posted a video about the 1950 Ford, we had to give it a watch and marvel at this modern machine, which you may remember it from the 2019 SEMA Show. While we love this build for so many reasons, its color, the creativity on display, and the Cummins under the hood are near the top.
The Axalta gray exterior paint and ber-sophisticated red cabin by JS Custom Interiors is spot-on, being both trendy and timeless at the same time. The Axalta color on the F1 looks a little more vibrant than the Leadfoot Gray of a Ford Raptor, almost closer to Raptor's Cement option. Either way, it's love at first sight with this F1. Combined with the red interior, we're sold. The overall package is completely elegant yet subtly menacing, and we think all new vehicle manufacturers should offer a similar gray and red combo on every single truck they offer.
The guys 'n gals at Weaver Customs didn't over-mod the exterior. It doesn't need that kind of overcompensation. However, there are tons of refined body modifications—all constructed from 18-gauge sheetmetal—that ooze craftsmanship and creativity. There are the handmade grille bars that Weaver took from five teeth to four, the custom hood, and the supercar-style rear end, for example. A leaned-back windshield with flush-mount glass gives a modern look, as do the shaved door handles and suicide doors. Custom brake ducts in the bedsides cool the massive Wilwood discs. The prominent custom three-piece wheels (20x15 rear, 18x10 front) feature center caps that match all the fasteners on the truck. And last but certainly not least, Friction has crazy pipes running through the cab and into the bed-mounted intercooler, just to be different and because
the Windsor under the hood has been replaced with a 1997ish Cummins 4BT twin-turbo P-pump diesel chugger mated to a 47RH transmission that Weaver claims makes 600 horsepower and about 1,000 lb-ft of torque. The clack-clack of a Cummins diesel is not what you'd expect when this F1 pulls up, and that's the very reason we dig it. We're not sure why Weaver went with a 4BT, but we like the out-of-the-box thinking. Maybe it just needed an excuse to get crazy with the intercooler piping, which Weaver says stays pretty cool in the cab.
Regarding the build, Randy Weaver recalls, "To grow up to see this thing through the ranks of being an old flat-black hotrod with a blown Windsor in it to this really killer masterpiece that's going out and taking everything by storm it's a real breath of fresh air."
Check out the video and photos of Weaver Customs' 1950 Ford F1 Friction build, a truly beautiful and modern take on a classic farm truck.