February 8, 2013
LIMA —“More Ford trucks on the road, on the job, for more good reasons,” reads the print ad for Ford Trucks in 1945. This was a year of change for Ford Motor Company. Henry Ford finally retired, leaving the company in his grandson, Henry Ford II’s hands. The War Production Board allowed automobile companies to produce more vehicles for the civilian market starting in early 1945. Ford took this opportunity to boost production of its truck lines. During 1945, only 1/2 ton pickups were built. On May 3, 1945, the 31,000,000 Ford was built and it was a pickup.
John and Sheron Stacey, of Lima, brought their 1945 Ford Truck to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. They’ve customized their ‘45, making it a rat rod. The low profile on this truck looks like it’s a fun truck to drive, as well as look at.