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Wheels in the grass, with Jim Corbran

Filed under: You Auto Know

Quick — call me a tow truck!

I think you can guess the next line, so I won’t bother. This abandoned 1957 Ford tow truck is currently parked next to what appears to be an equally abandoned service station in Silver Creek, N.Y.  Judging from the six-lug wheels I’d guess it’s an F-350. And also judging from the lack of a V-8 badge on the grille (and the lack of holes which may have indicated there was once a badge there), I’d also guess it’s packing Ford’s 139-hp six-cylinder engine. V-8s were optional in 1957, the first year for this new body style. If you wanted to jazz-up your ’57 Ford truck, you could add such nicities as an electric shaver (!), an oil filter, or turn signals! My, we’ve come a long way, haven’t we?

1957 ford F-350, Silver Creek, N.Y.

1957 Ford F-350, Silver Creek, N.Y.

...from the brochure

...from the brochure

optional radio - whoo-hoo!

optional radio - whoo-hoo!

restored 1957 F-350 in Denver, CO

restored 1957 F-350 in Denver, CO