Oldgas.com Home  
Home | Help | Events | Auctions | Parts | Pictures | Contact
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
#743945 Tue Feb 18 2020 11:01 AM
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 5
6
60Buick Offline OP
Member
OP Offline
Member
6
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 5
I just bought this beautiful machine and I'm very excited about it. I have quite a few antique cars and trucks but this one is a unicorn for me. The 1st vehicle I ever bought was a 52 Ford pickup and have regretted selling it since the day I sold it. I also love fuel tankers, I don't know why I just always have. You could say that I root for the truck when watching the movie "Duel". I always said the perfect truck would be a 52 Ford Tanker. This is the only one I have ever seen or heard about.

I was hoping some of you could give me an idea of what this truck would have done in its service life and maybe fill me in on any little bits of interesting information on this type of truck. Would it have fueled airliners, fueled filling stations or possibly construction equipment? I figure the body was built for a specific purpose. What I do know is it was recently being used to fuel farm equipment. I was told it was bought from a mine before that. The owner of the mine also owns a few aviation companies so I'm guessing it was a roadside display at an airport for a while.

The truck is a 52 Ford F8, they were called "Big Jobs". It still retains it's original engine and 6 volt + ground electrical system. It's very original, which is a huge plus for me. The body was built by Quaker City Iron Works in 2/53. It runs and drives and is surprisingly rust free but according to my friend that looked it over for me it has a lot of paint cracks which could mean its loaded with body filler or it just had a bad paint job. I do plan to enjoy it as is for a while and eventually restore it as is should be.

20200212_124259.jpg20200212_124318.jpg20200212_124341.jpg20200212_124356.jpg
Please use For Sale forums to sell

Please - NO offers to Buy or Sell in this forum category

Statements such as, "I'm thinking about selling this." are considered an offer to sell.
Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #743946 Tue Feb 18 2020 11:04 AM
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 5
6
60Buick Offline OP
Member
OP Offline
Member
6
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 5
More pictures

20200218_115402.jpgreceived_211287936691714.jpegreceived_495081184521610.jpegreceived_659696878168110.jpeg
Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #743947 Tue Feb 18 2020 11:14 AM
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 13,168
Likes: 4
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 13,168
Likes: 4
appears truck is ready for service, congratulations on your newest accusation .. ... cool


RANDY
Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #743949 Tue Feb 18 2020 11:30 AM
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 1,689
Likes: 5
Veteran Member
Online Content
Veteran Member
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 1,689
Likes: 5
Pretty cool, looks like it is in really good shape. We have an old IH that is yard art by the pole barn. They are fun to look at but I think it would take some muscles to drive it.


Have gas all the time
Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #743952 Tue Feb 18 2020 12:01 PM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 509
G
Petro Enthusiast
Online Content
Petro Enthusiast
G
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 509
I would say it was used to fuel helicopters at an airport during the 60s and 70s and maybe longer. lotsa Bells with jet engines around then.

Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #743956 Tue Feb 18 2020 12:29 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,744
Veteran Member
Online Content
Veteran Member
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,744
Got to live the dream....nice!

Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #743964 Tue Feb 18 2020 04:21 PM
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 8,117
Likes: 24
Moderator
Online Cool
Moderator
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 8,117
Likes: 24
Good looking tanker truck. Great find with it being solid and running. I'll bet it has some stories to tell. Could have had several careers hauling different fuels for different owners.


Jim "Oldgas" Potts
Your host and moderator
Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #743966 Tue Feb 18 2020 05:39 PM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 739
Likes: 1
A
Petro Enthusiast
Online Content
Petro Enthusiast
A
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 739
Likes: 1
Very nice ,enjoy

Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #743970 Tue Feb 18 2020 06:26 PM
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 1,682
Likes: 3
Veteran Member
Online Sleepy
Veteran Member
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 1,682
Likes: 3
Love the look of the cab!

Last edited by RedHat; Tue Feb 18 2020 06:26 PM.

Looking for Michelin items + NJ oil company related items (Mohawk, Guardian, Whiz, etc) + animal-related petroliana + Gargoyle/Shell/Sinclair items
Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
RedHat #743997 Wed Feb 19 2020 09:14 AM
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 44
O
Active Member
Offline
Active Member
O
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 44
Super nice. Always enjoy photos of old vehicles that will be saved from scrap. My son bought one similar and is on his farm now. Believe his also came from a small airport.


Anything oil and gas.
Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #744004 Wed Feb 19 2020 10:18 AM
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 5
6
60Buick Offline OP
Member
OP Offline
Member
6
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 5
Thank you for the compliments everyone!
It potentially fueling helicopters years ago makes sense. The area is pretty rural and I doubt there would be much demand for Jet A other than helicopters.

I'm guessing this truck would have stayed pretty local is what ever it did. I can't see one going on long hauls. I'm guessing that was left to the tractor trailers.

Any pictures of the one your son has on the farm? Id love to see it.

Last edited by 60Buick; Wed Feb 19 2020 10:19 AM.
Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #744026 Thu Feb 20 2020 08:01 AM
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 988
Petro Enthusiast
Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 988
Good looking truck, Great condition for it's age. Looking inside the rear of the truck there is a large Jet Vessel for filtering water. Indicates an intended use for Jet A Fuel. But other distillates work fine (ie: farm use)
Typical farm service trucks had multi compartment tanks. Wonder why "Flamable" is miss-spelled? Looking at all my old tanker photos they all spell it with 2 M's. Trucks from that Era did not have placards, just Flammable or Inflammable on them.

Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #744217 Mon Feb 24 2020 10:38 AM
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 14
D
Member
Offline
Member
D
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 14
HEY!!! I saw you post this over on Ford Truck Enthusiasts, too! I'm on there as "Reforder".

This is such a great vehicle, and it's great to see you over here, too!

Re: 1952 Ford F8 Tanker Truck
60Buick #744218 Mon Feb 24 2020 11:17 AM
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 5
6
60Buick Offline OP
Member
OP Offline
Member
6
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 5
I hope to get it home this coming weekend. It's a good 4 or 5 hours from my home. I'll check to see how many compartments it has and take some better pictures.

What is the "large Jet Vessel" that you mentioned? Is it the large canister on the right in the rear? I guess it is just a large fuel water separator?

I have a pretty good guess as to what this truck did new, of course it's just speculation.

BLK, a mining company acquired this truck in 1989 according to the title. They were in Mt Hope WV. The owner of BLK also owned Beckley Aviation at the local airport not 10 miles away.

That airport opened in 1952, the truck is a 1952. The first commercial flights from the airport were Piedmont Airlines DC-3's. The large1800 gallon tank is enough to fill 3 of them it's over kill for general aviation aircraft at a small airport. The last aircraft that Piedmont flew out of that airport were turbo prop YS-11's and they burn Jet A fuel. Piedmont went out of business in 1989 the same year the truck was acquired by BLK.

Last edited by 60Buick; Mon Feb 24 2020 11:18 AM.

Moderated by  Oldgas, Ryan Underthun, Watchdog9 

Link Copied to Clipboard

Click for an eBay Search Form and lots more live petro auction listings

Copyright © 2020Primarily Petroliana Interactive, All Rights Reserved

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.4