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1/34 scale Ford F-650 with Maintainer Service Body

November 1, 2017

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Henry Ford built his first vehicle, which he called a Quadricycle, in 1896. It rode on four bicycle wheels and was powered by a four-horsepower engine. Instead of a steering wheel, the Quadricycle had a tiller and the gearbox had only two forward gears with no reverse. Ford founded the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899 for the purpose of manufacturing more vehicles, but it lost financial backing and was dissolved. The company was reorganized into the Henry Ford Company in 1901, primarily because his racing ventures had attracted renewed investor interest. (In 1901, Ford designed the 26-horsepower Sweepstakes and defeated Alexander Winton’s 70-horsepower Bullet in ten laps around the one-mile oval of the Detroit Driving Club.)

Henry Ford left the company the following year with the rights to his name and $900.00.  After finding additional financial backers with the help of some business associates, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated.  This time his venture in the automobile industry became immediately profitable.   

In 1908 Ford Motor Company introduced Henry Ford’s Model T and put the whole world on wheels with a simple, affordable, durable automobile.

It was not until 1917 that Ford Motor Company introduced its first ever truck, the Ford Model TT.  This truck was based on the Model T car and had a reinforced chassis and rear axle, and was rated at one ton. Throughout WWI and WWII, Ford Motor Company supplied many vehicles to the Allies during war efforts.

In 1948, Ford introduced the F-Series line of trucks. This new series of trucks was Ford’s first postwar truck design and used a purpose-built truck platform instead of the original car platforms previously used. Throughout the years, Ford built various successful F-Series models.

In 2000, the F-Series became ‘Super Duty’ with the introduction of the first generation Ford F-650 and F-750 models. These new models were medium-duty commercial trucks and appealed to businesses and municipalities. The Ford F-650 delivered modern styling, comfort and convenience features that customers were surprised to find in a commercial vehicle at that time.

In 2002, our 1/34 scale diecast metal replica of the Ford F-650 medium duty truck was first introduced into our product line and featured the authentic styling, outstanding detail, and meticulous craftsmanship for which we are known in the industry. 

Looking forward another fifteen years later, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are proud to introduce another model combination featuring this iconic Ford F-Series cab/chassis. So without further ado, we are pleased to introduce our 1/34 scale Ford F-650 with Maintainer Service Body into our growing product line.

This authentically detailed 1/34 scale diecast metal replica features a fully detailed cab interior, authentically designed aerodynamic sloping hood that opens to reveal the incredible engine detail. The cab features the authentic Ford badging along with many chrome-plated accessories including the front grille and bumper, side mirrors and grab bars, exhaust stack, wheels, and toolboxes.

The Maintainer service body features a telescoping crane, a boom that raises and lowers and swivels 360° on its base, working cable reel, top-mounted compressor, work bench rear bumper with vise, hydraulic pump cabinet, rear outrigger details, tool boxes and detailed undercarriage. This new model combination is comprised of over 150 component parts and measures 8” long, 3.5” wide, and 3.625” high.

We are excited for this new model and trust it will find its way into your collection soon!

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