BC Vintage Truck Museum, Cloverdale, Surrey BC Canada

1947 Ford 1 ton Pickup

Model  79Y 122" wheelbase Body style 81

Donated by Bob Rorison Surrey, BC


Called the "Tonner" because of it's one ton carrying capacity. Note the tear drop rear fenders, longer truck bed and the 17 inch split rim wheels It also had the rear sliding window and the 1000 Horsepower V-8 engine offered by Ford at the time.



The truck spent most of it's life in Hope, BC. It was used during the construction of the Fraser Canyon highway in the 1950's and the 1960's from Hope to Cache Creek The construction included 7 tunnels built between 1958 (Saddle Rock) and 1964 (Ferrabee).





The longest tunnel in China Bar (1961) It was purchased by a family in Hope in the 1970's where father and son rebuilt the truck to it's present condition. The tires were hard to find but they were able to purchase them from Dairyland who used the same tires on their milk delivery trucks.


The Truck was stored in a shed in Hope. Bob Rorison found it, purchased it from the family and brought it to the Lower Mainland Bob rebuilt the seat and cleaned up the interior and engine compartment. Bob donated it to the BC Vintage Truck Museum in 2016.



100 HP 8 cylinder 239 cu. in gasoline engine.

4 speed manual transmission

Wheelbase: 122"




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Thank-you to the following sponsors to date; City of Surrey, Cobra Electric, Lark Construction, Jim Winter Collectible Car Appraisals

Zappone Trucking LTD., Tom Devlin Realtor, Ken Johnson Trucking LTD., Super Save Group, Willowbrook Chrysler, F & G Delivery LTD.

CBS Parts Ltd., John Aldag MP Cloverdale Langley

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