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The All-New 1949 Ford on Display at the Titus Motor Company

Both the Ford Motor Company and the Titus Motor Company located in Tacoma, Washington, went all out to showcase the new 1949 Ford design features to the public. With the exception of the engine and transmission, the new and modern slab-sided design moved away from the old-fashioned transverse “buggy” springs used by Ford since the first decade of the 1900s.

The special angled-display stand visible in the photos was available from the Automaker so that Ford dealers could show-off the new ladder type of frame, equipped with an independent front suspension system incorporating upper and lower control arms and coil springs.

Outback was a new driveshaft and rear axle assembly that replaced the old-fashioned “banjo” type of rear end, which was equipped with a torque tube and inner drive shaft used by Ford since the introduction of Model “N” in 1906. This assembly is located by conventional longitudinal elliptic springs.

The Titus Motor Company was related to the Titus Manufacturing Company also located in Tacoma that rebuilt Ford “Flathead” V-8 engines and was featured here recently. Titus-Will Ford that began operations in 1938s still in business today.

Share with us what you find of interest in this photograph courtesy of the Tacoma Public Library.

24 responses to “The All-New 1949 Ford on Display at the Titus Motor Company

  1. The introduction of the new 1949 Ford was an exciting event. Unfortunately the car was rushed to market and Ford didn’t get it right until the 1950 model. But the power train was excellent as was the overdrive unit. 1953 was the last year for the reliable old flahead V8 engine and the best year for this model series.

  2. Looked at this picture earlier this morning and had to leave as it is so disturbing. Today one would not encourage a toddler to be near such a dangerous exhibit.

  3. Did Ford supply the stand ready to assemble or did they simply provide the plans and expect the dealer to have it fabricated locally?

    I have the factory supplied drawing for a wooden easel that 1946-1948 Chrysler dealers were supposed to build on their own (right down to specifying the paint colour) to display the showroom presentation album for those model years of Chrysler.

  4. Back in 1959, during high school, my friend Roger purchased a used ’49 ford Coupe. I’ll never forget seeing his prize purchase for the first time. I opened the passenger door only to see the ground. The floors were totaling rotted away. We have come a long way today in preventing rust.

    • By the 90´s with a friend we found a 51 doctor coupe under a three laying there who knows how may years,he purchased it and we towed it home with my Land Rover… .we chage plugs ,cleaned carb and contact points and she started (6 in line). Of course brake rubbers and pump needed to be overhauled but car worked nice it was absolutely original paint, hupholstery even headlamps ! Of course when attemp to wash the trunk and rear seats floor it started to disapear in a rust mud under the water jet…. (I think that rats urine had done their work too).BTW it had the speedo in miles ,here in my country all cars are delivered with km speedos.

  5. I am looking for information on what type of gas station that was converted into a gas station/restaurant. And then the gas station was converted into a home for our Mother and six daughters on 11352 New Kings Road in Dinsmore, Florida. Dinsmore, Florida is near Jacksonville, Florida. Our mother and six daughters lived in the gas station house until I was almost 6 years old. I was born in 1958 and came home from the hospital when I was born into the gas station house. We can not find any information on what type of gas station it was, but we do remember how it was on the outside and inside. And I have a hand drawn sketch of the gas station house, but it will not let me send it somehow. If you know, or if anyone who can recognize the company that the gas station house was originally we would really appreciate it so very much!!! Thank you!!!

    • Lorene, does Dinsmore have a ‘historical society’ of sorts? I’m trying to think of anywhere there that would have old photos. Another idea is to contact the local newspaper (hopefully its been in business for decades) many papers keep an archive of photos used over the years, and perhaps one of their photographers took a photo of it for a story at one time. If so, I’d bet the gasoline brand would show somewhere on the building, or a stand-alone sign near the street? Hope this helps.

      • Thank you so much for replying! Yes, they do have a historical society, my older sister has been there, and they have nothing about that gas station that became also a restaurant. And then someone started making the gas station a house, but never finished the walls inside. I will check with the local newspaper, as I have already checked with the city, and the city records that are digital do not go back that far. Thank you so very much for the suggestion! I had not thought of the local newspaper. As what us 6 sisters remember, there was no street signs or anything else to indicate what type of gas station our home was originally. Again, thank you for your reply! Lorene Williams.

  6. Are you restorers out there taking note of the undercarriage finish’s and inspection markings ? What a great photo !

  7. I can remember that my Dad had his 58 Plymouth up on a stand, something similar, in our garage of our family home. I may have been 8-9 years old at the time, something wrong with the transmission, and Mom didn’t want me near it, I still handed Dad the wrenches.

  8. Some engineer type will explain that the danger is the car rolling over on the passenger side, that kid is fine. Bob

  9. Re: The ’49 Ford chassis display: The Foreground guy with Fedora — Is almost a dead-ringer for Dr . Robert Oppenheimer, the Los Alamos (Secret) Lab oratory Nuclear Physicist of Atomic Bomb notoriety. About: lifting the ’49 Ford Sedan for installing a Support Stand for safe viewing by the public: I vote for: A Clark Fork-Lift Truck ! WHY? The ability to Grasp the LHS (or RHS) Frame Rail , (forks spread out), — and Steel “Safety Shoes”, Grub -Screw fastened to the Fork ends — to act like: “Open hands” to cradle the rail while lifting it — to the 45 degree angle for setting the viewing stand(s). This requires tying the steering wheel so that it won’t rotate and utilizing rubber based steel brackets designed to cradle the RHS rims as a fixed —pivoting floor support ! In this manner, the “Lift” or the Lowering of the display to transport it , — by “popping on wheels” is easily accomplished. The Clark Fork Lift became the “Workhorse” for many Car agencies , because of being available from the WW-2 “War Surplus” market, — for “pennies on the dollar”!!! An excellent engine hoist , with “Tilt” and other movements that a chain host does NOT have!!! They take up less than a car- space when not in use ! and can enter MOST show- rooms . The same display can later be re-assembled, — and sold to a Customer , if no “One – way”modifications are done to the chassis . The ’49 represents Ford’s first car without a solid front axle and 1/4 elliptic leaf springs —and the first car without a Torque -tube and 1/4 elliptic sprung — rear axle! The ’51 shoebox had “Automatic” available, an already proven Ford concept, in Mercury & Lincoln Models. The flathead V-8 was last used in ’53 models.

      • That included the nice Meteor, Meteor Rideau and Monarch (Mercury equiv.). All are officially recognized in judging rules as “part of the family” by The Early Ford V8 Club of America. We also understand that some Australian Ford chassis for 1954 with the 8BA style flathead V8 blocks were sourced from Canada (British Commonwealth nations) for final assembly down under. The reason was based on fact that Canada Ford Ltd. engine plant in Windsor, Ont. was not fully setup to build the new Y-Block 8 cyl. to meet demand right away, so it came out a little later in 1955 models without paying any import duty to U.S. since it was manufactured in Canada.

    • Corrections/Comment expansion:
      1. Mercury did NOT offer an automatic transmission until 1951* as well (Merc-O-Matic), nearly identical to the Ford version (co-designed with Borg-Warner as a 3 speed with air-cooled torque converter). It performed superbly because of the 255 c.i.d. Mecury engine with it’s 4.0″ stroke yielding more low end torque for the excellent 2:1 torque converter. Yes, like the Ford-O-Matic, it shifted 2nd to 3rd in Drive mode, but that was no issue due to the fine torque converter doing its job for the heavier Mercury car. The low or 1st gear was true Low gear if the driver needed it (long steep driveways, etc.). The trans. was equipped a rear pump (same in Ford) to allow full compression braking down to about 15 MPH by simpling letting off on accelerator and pulling lever to Lo. It would only allow downshiftting when rear pump gave enough pressure and trans internal governor allowed the down shift with accelerator fully OFF. It also allowed easy push start of the engine if you needed to in a pinch (low battery and you had a nice down hill or could tow/push car safely).

      2. Lincoln began to offer a GM built heavy duty 4 speed Hyrdramatic beginning late 1949 and through 1954 due to obvious market demand in luxury segment. Lincoln dealers trained on (internal Lincoln Service network) and serviced these transmissions. Parts were fully supported internally. No Lincoln owner had to go to a GM dealer for service! It was a good (just slightly jerky at shift points like most Hydros, always starting out in 1st gear with quick shifts to 2nd and 3rd going on out to 4th) and a proven reliable design, but not made by Ford Motor Co.

      The new superior Lincoln Turbo-Drive auto trans became available on 1955 year models.

      * For the historians: Not counting the 1942-only LiquaMatic Drive (expensive option) offered for Mercury, Lincoln and Continental’. Virtually all were recalled early on and refitted with standard engine/transmissions since the dealers were really not happy about training requirements, some service complexity and customers were a bit befuddled about throttle and clutch manipulation requirements (kind of like the early Fluid Drives on other makes). Only one display unit has been preserved and is on display at the Early Ford Foundation Museum in Auburn, IN. The transmission is fully covered in 1941-42 Mercury & Lincoln Service Bulletins.

  10. As a young motor head in 1948, I was excited when the Ford dealership in Glenwood Springs, Colorado hide their 1949 Ford in our garage until it was time to unveil it to the public. New car introductions were a big thing back then.

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