10 May 2017

The Wrenchmen: Jill’s 1948 Ford F-1

She stomped on the brake pedal and it just went to the floor. Complete brake failure ruined one of Jill’s earliest experiences with the classic Ford truck she had just bought, and forced her to park it indefinitely. That’s where Hagerty’s Wrenchmen, Matt Lewis and Davin Reckow, stepped in. Along with a complete brake system replacement, they addressed the ’48 Ford F-1’s other “small” issues, and helped Jill get her family’s classic truck back to cruising.

57 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Josh Fowler Oak grove LA May 10, 2017 at 14:20
    Hey guys. Love the show and Hagerty's channel! I have a '52 studebaker 2r5 that hasn't run since the 70s. Would love to have your help! As a matter of fact, I need it. Help out a an ole veteran. Take care
  • 2
    Al Davis Leavenworth, KS May 10, 2017 at 17:31
    Terrific video guys! What a great truck! It seemed like it was moving down the highway very nicely and it made me wonder if had the original transmission and rear-end or if that had been changed some time along the way.
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    Butch O'Connor Sparta, NJ May 10, 2017 at 18:26
    I didn't see the driver or the boy wearing seat belts, or then later when they left the school. Maybe the Wrenchmen could have installed them if they weren't present? Love the show!
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    Dan Ludwig CO May 10, 2017 at 19:18
    I am having a hard time finding someone to work on my 1939 Plymouth and would like to know more about how the wrenchmen decide on what they want to work on. I need several things done, new springs, new wheel brake cylinders & fix brake system, tuneup, fix radiator, new water pump, shocks, replace the drain plug in the rear end, check and tighten up front end - a lot of work. I am not comfortable doing it on my own.
  • 5
    Kenneth James Brentwood Tennessee 37027 May 10, 2017 at 19:33
    I have a1964 Buick LeSabre with 300 engine four barrel carburetor and I think I have a blown head gasket call it getting into the oil would love some help thanks
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    Glenn Wright Sunderland Ontario May 10, 2017 at 19:44
    I love Jill's truck! I bought a 67 F100 short box /big block that is from Georgia and love it. I am starting to work on it and hope to put it on the road very soon. It is a similar colour and a real iconic American working muscle machine ! I found some 1967 plates too !
  • 7
    Neil Ossipee NH May 10, 2017 at 19:46
    Thank you I love the shows please keep them coming
  • 8
    Paul Shinn California May 10, 2017 at 19:53
    Bravo!!! Best episode yet. Good work, men! Please keep the momentum. Might also include some of the hardships and how the W.M. worked through each problem. That's very helpful.
  • 9
    Ken Wisconsin May 10, 2017 at 19:53
    If you're going to take your son in the truck, seat belts would be a very good idea!
  • 10
    Mahi Majanovic Augusta GA May 10, 2017 at 20:42
    Come on down to Augusta GA. I will feed you some good BBQ if you help me with my original 1936 Chevrolet 5-window business coupe.
  • 11
    Steve California May 10, 2017 at 20:48
    Glad to see that she laid some hands on the vehicle. One concern, Hagerty: the truck doesn't appear to have seat belts. That's a dangerous vehicle to be in w/o seat belts. Hopefully, she had them installed by now.
  • 12
    Jason Joseph Indian Head Park Illinois May 10, 2017 at 21:05
    Great job, nice story, cool truck!! As with most older engines, I recommend to substitute one quart of modern day engine oil with a high Zinc-ZDDP additive. This helps the camshaft and lifter survive in the world of EPA modern oils. Pennzoil make a GT platinum oil just for flat tappit engine with lots of Zinc, perfect for applications such as that sweet old Ford F1!!
  • 13
    Jane Walker UT May 10, 2017 at 21:24
    Would love to have the wrenchmen in my neighborhood... After 23 years of this guy, that guy, the other guy. I finally got to drive my Dad's 1950 Chev 5 window to a cruise-in with the Grandkids. Barely got it home and have had nothing but trouble ever since. A friend discovered that even the motor mount bolts were loose. I'm lucky I didn't get hurt or hurt someone else. Where can you find reliable help now days?
  • 14
    Don Duffey Arlington heights, il May 10, 2017 at 21:43
    What a great story! Love the comments around passing it to the next generation!
  • 15
    Rebecca Mills California May 10, 2017 at 21:56
    Great story about this truck's history and hats off to its new owner who recognized its true value and is making the effort to keep it on the road and doing what it was built to do--work! Years ago I had a '47 flatbed Ford and I sure wish I would have had this kind of help with it--pretty sure I'd still have it! Enjoy your wonderful truck and keep on truckin'!
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    RON REINTJES DOVER,FL. May 10, 2017 at 22:29
    If your ever in the Tampa/Plant City area of Florida,I've got a 68 Ranchero and a 54 Customline that would love to see you..Really enjoyed seeing what you did for Jill's 48 Ford P/U....
  • 17
    Jim Funicelli California Ky May 10, 2017 at 22:54
    Love the help you give to the novice that are interested in our hobby. It's great to see how your help keeps their love alive. Like all that reply would love to have your help also. I am not able to perform repairs like I used to due to health problems. Keep up the good work and keeping the hobby rolling along.
  • 18
    Carl Beck Clearwater, FL May 10, 2017 at 22:59
    Great idea for a show - great show. Amazed at the amount of work that went into that project - Hats Off for doing a complete job.. The owner has to be thrilled! Keep it up..
  • 19
    Steve R. Boulder Colorado May 10, 2017 at 23:12
    Very cool and a great truck! Sometimes you guys look exhausted...that's nice to see instead of hyped up over-exuberant hosts ala HGTV. It's relaxing to see real people. Nice job on the brakes etc. Its inspiring me to do the brakes on my 63 IHC C900. They went soggy over the winter. The hard part for me is cross referencing the parts for a weird model like the C900. That '48 sure is cool and a great backstory too.
  • 20
    scott CA May 10, 2017 at 23:53
    Please add seat belts to Jill's truck!!!
  • 21
    Lance Infinger Cantonment Fla May 11, 2017 at 01:07
    Great work guys. I've been keeping a 67 427 corvette coupe on the road since 1972 that I paid cash for from my paper route. I need help with the automatic head lights opening and closing to have everything working!
  • 22
    kevin adams Howell Michigan May 11, 2017 at 13:28
    Just bought a 1950 Dodge B2B panel truck. I have wanted one for years and finally found one. The body is in great shape but it needs some mechanical attention. The brakes pull when applying and pulls opposite side when driving. Muffler too loud, small oil leak, cracked glass in side windows. All just small but would love to have it gone through and checked over. Thank you
  • 23
    Marci Rose Parker, CO May 11, 2017 at 14:36
    Hi Matt and Davin (Hagerty's Wrenchmen)! I loved reading this story on how you helped Jill and getting her 1948 Ford F-1 back on the road again. I have owned my 1968 Firebird 400 for nearly 40 years. I was a single mom for most of these years and always had to put my Firebird on hold. I would love to have your help getting it running and back on the road! I am an American muscle car girl through and through! Thank you!
  • 24
    Ray T Cleveland, OH May 11, 2017 at 15:09
    Just wondering if they added any zinc additive to the oil, or was it already in it.
  • 25
    Bill Senefsky Sun City, CA May 11, 2017 at 15:51
    Just discovered you show, so impressed watched all that was posted. We are into Mercury's, and have several problems with 1995 Panther platform that even several shops can't get a handle on,, Can we contact you?
  • 26
    Michael A. Wagoner TX May 11, 2017 at 16:16
    Well done. Hagerty always does good work. This was a good little video. I have told many folks that Hagerty is about the best classic car insurance you can get. Their customer service is amazing. I also think they probably have the best magazine for classic cars and trucks. Much better than the ones you can buy. Thank you for sharing.
  • 27
    W A Young Indianapolis May 11, 2017 at 16:51
    Great effort. Really needed the correct oil for this older vehicle. Needed 15W/40 of Classic Car Motor OIl. 1600 PPM ZDDP.
  • 28
    Clay Michigan May 11, 2017 at 05:48
    That was great of u guys, to help Jjll with that big brake job. Thats what the hobby is all about, helping each other. Keep up the good work, Clay
  • 29
    Jack Hamilton Conway Ontario Canada May 11, 2017 at 06:43
    Way to Go Jill I have a 1948 Mercury M47 Pick Up Truck with a 238 cu.in. flat head 8 Way to go Jill enjoy your truck
  • 30
    john sport san diego california May 11, 2017 at 07:16
    Hey guys love your program I have a 1962 Buick skylark convertible that has not run in 10 years right now it won`t start could really use your help ??
  • 31
    Jim Lenig 65 Camel Town Hill Rd. Danville Pa 17821 May 11, 2017 at 07:54
    This episode is way cool for two reasons, i love to see women and children embrace the beauty of old cars and trucks. Second reason is i am working on the same 48 to 50 ford F-1 truck. I just completed installing a S-10 5 speed and put in a new wiring harness. After a few more small things i will be driving it around. Can't wait. Thank you for these great videos.
  • 32
    Gil Union City, Ca May 11, 2017 at 08:20
    I am a Huge Fan of the F-1's, I have a 1949. Gil
  • 33
    John Perrotti New Jersey May 11, 2017 at 08:30
    I have a 52 i have had it for about 20 years. I drive it alno dr t evetyday and just about every day have to do something But i love i enjoyed your story Thanks
  • 34
    Bill Krieger Illinois May 11, 2017 at 08:32
    One thing maybe you guys forgot - there are no seat belts and the boy looks really young.
  • 35
    rob miller canada May 11, 2017 at 08:34
    ihave a front steer drum brake Chevrolet clip in a hotrod I don't know what make or ,odel gm it is. I need a new center link but cant find one with out make or model. it has 283 motor and power glide trannie . the link is 29 inches in length. can you help
  • 36
    John Brennan Williamstown, NJ May 11, 2017 at 08:51
    Having trouble bleeding the brakes on our 1941 Ford Convertible, could use some expert help. Thanks
  • 37
    Paul Foster Pennsylvania May 11, 2017 at 09:17
    My father in law has a 1948 F1 with a flatbed back on it. He says it is original but my research says only the F2 ( 3/4 ton or bigger trucks) had a flatbed? Anybody know how I could verify this?
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    John Hulbert Houston, Mo May 11, 2017 at 09:35
    Hello, I am really looking forward to the videos. Keep up the good work. I have a 53 Dodge B-3-C pickup truck and like the lady in the video, the brakes went out on it on the ride home from buying it. The seller's response, when I called him from the side of the road, was "Well, the brakes worked when you test drove it. It's your problem, not mine"! I noticed in your video that you installed a new brake master with 2 reservoirs. Can you give me a heads up on where I can get one for my truck? Also, does anyone make a disc brake setup that will fit a 3/4 ton truck? Thanks much. John
  • 39
    Vic Ide Grand Ledge, MI May 11, 2017 at 09:36
    Great work! Shows that with a little "know how" and a love of classic vehicles, they can be kept alive for the next generation.
  • 40
    Tom C Potterville, MI May 11, 2017 at 10:00
    Loved your video. The Wrenchmen did a real thorough job getting that old F-1 back on the road....and SAFE again! I have a '50 F-1 streetrod that I am about to upgrade the rear suspension (Chassis Engineering kit) for a better ride and handling, and retrofit a wood bed for the factory optioned steel bed. Keep up the good work
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    Dan Saucier WA May 11, 2017 at 10:15
    Strange, lines replaced, no wheel cylinders, at least rebuilt? Saving a buck on bonded vs. riveted shoes, or N/A? Last thing is to "set the points"? Confused.
  • 42
    Mark kwiatkowski Milwaukee May 11, 2017 at 10:43
    Love seeing vehicles in survivor condition. They can be just as nice as some vehicles that are completely restored.
  • 43
    Michael j Sutter Coldwater,ohio May 11, 2017 at 10:59
    Love your videos a lot of these guys at car shows don,t know what end of the screwdriver to hold should be a separate class for people that do. Love the videos maybe the buy and sell guys will learn something. Thankyou again for insuring me, every bolt has been taken of and put back only by me no other way thanks again just an old car wrencher
  • 44
    Alvin bell Bellefonte,pa 16823 May 11, 2017 at 23:43
    I had 2 50 Plymouth in the late 50s drove them daily liked them very much.
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    tommy thayer Camano Island, WA. May 11, 2017 at 23:46
    I'm jealous. I'm Jills big brother and I've been building classics for 40 years and she gets her first vehicle on a Hagerty Video. NICE WORK LITTLE SIS!!!!! Seatbelts are easy. One thing at a time. Do it your way. Love Tommy
  • 46
    Joe illinois May 11, 2017 at 12:04
    10w40 seems kind of thin for that engine--depends on how tight it is. Dual master cylinder is a good upgrade. I'd put seat belts in it. Looks like a great old truck.
  • 47
    Diego Chacón Guatemala May 11, 2017 at 12:14
    You should do it international!
  • 48
    Tim Gosselin Tacoma, WA May 11, 2017 at 12:23
    Love this clip. Great to see a couple of knowledgeable guys fix some basic stuff the old fashioned way: in the garage, on the floor, under the car. No fancy tools, no lifts, no museum-like shop. And topping it off, they are helping someone who wants nothing more than to have her old truck run so she can drive it. They made her, the truck, and me feel great.
  • 49
    Shelly Fostoria, OH May 12, 2017 at 14:37
    Loved this video! My husband has his 1969 Cougar insured with Haggerty and we will soon be adding my 1950 F1. I inheritied the truck from my dad who inherited from his grandfather. I really hope one day mine is running like Jill's. I had the same issue brake lines failed in 1986 and my dad parked it.
  • 50
    Dan Chillicothe, Ohio May 12, 2017 at 15:17
    Give me a break. Seat belts in a 48 classic F1. Why not air bags while we are at it?
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    Michael Adirondack Mtns Upstate, New York May 12, 2017 at 07:59
    That was a great video. Keep up the informative and entertaining videos. I own a 1948 Ford F1 Pickup ....same Forest Green. I noticed that Jill's F1 is a 6 cylinder....mine is a flathead V8 and four speed tranny on the floor. When Jill started her truck...it has that identical sound as it cranks. These old BEST BUILT Ford Pickups sure get plenty of looks and thumbs up when driving down the road. They're best in ( or near) original and restored conditions. Yes I've seen them rodded up and modified but my favorites are just like Jill's. Happy Hagerty Motoring.....and get some seat belts installed on that bench seat.
  • 52
    Jill Traverse City MI May 13, 2017 at 08:07
    It has lap belts in it! Just can't see them in the video
  • 53
    Gary Guerin Ontario May 13, 2017 at 22:07
    Hi, I like your info. I was wondering if you work in Canada? Thanks Gary Guerin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 54
    Christian Michigan May 13, 2017 at 23:35
    I understand the principle of mechanics and safety but don't know anyone who has installed seat belts in their classic, me included.
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    Bobby Toman Southold Long Island NY May 14, 2017 at 10:38
    Love that you help out the way you do, I have a 66 ford t bird and I love driving it o the memories 😎
  • 56
    Tony Green Bay, Wisconsin May 15, 2017 at 08:42
    Great work on an awesome old Ford. I have a 71 Corvette and can't get the wipers or heater to work so can't drive it in rainy or cooler weather Anyone know of any good vette mechanics near me? Thanks again for the show I love watching you guys work!
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    Bob Dalton, Georgia May 16, 2017 at 20:46
    I enjoy "The Wrenchmen" videos. I am working on a "62 Bullet Bird", 1962 Thunderbird. An old car and old man, neither run very fast, but we are still running. Have a bless day.

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