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.
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