This phrase comes from the automotive industry crisis of 2008 when the "Big 3" American car companies (Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler) where in financial trouble and looked to the government for a bailout. Initially it was believed by the American public that all three car makers would be getting hand outs, but soon after talks started concerning Americans forking over hard earned tax money to foot the bill of these privately owned companies, it became apparent to Ford that nothing but bad press was going to come from a bailout. So they silently withdrew them selfs from bailout talk, and instead "secured a line of credit in case they require a bridging loan in the near future". This left Chrysler and General Motors to take all the bad press from the American public and led to the phrase "to pull a Ford".
Rob: Yeah we got drunk as hell and started a riot. The cops came and we all got busted. Except Jeremiah, he was no where to be found after the riot broke out.
James: Man, he totally pulled a Ford on your asses.