1954 Ford F100

110324_rpm_f100_1530This super cool 1954 Ford F100 just came up for sale at the shop. At first glance the truck looks very good with good paint and trim, of course the next thing to look at are the floors and the cab corners which are both solid. The panel gaps are good and the floors seem to be in great original condition. This F100 has the appropriate 4 pointed star on the grill that indicates that it is powered by a 6 cylinder engine which is rare to find because so many have been converted to late model V-8 engines and automatic transmissions.

What always strikes me about these 1950s American trucks is their incredible simplicity, everywhere in the engine bay are basic and proven ancillary items such as the Holly Carburetor, AC fuel pump and Delco Electrical components. We are going through our normal process on cars that are new to us which include re-coring the radiator, rebuilding the generator and starter and replacing all of the brake components. We always overhaul the generators and alternators on old cars because it’s cheap and typically no one services these items until they fail.  If it were an aircraft, you service components based on strict intervals so you don’t fall out of the sky, but on a car, the risk is much less as you roll to a stop on the side of the road which makes maintaining things like starters or generators less urgent. When we finish these projects, the truck will be driven and sorted so the next owner can feel confident when driving to the hardware store… and returning home.

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  1. Ryan and Jesse Jelley said,

    March 29, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    This is really a beautiful truck. They sure don’t make them how they used to do they? Even though I love newer exotics, there is still a draw to the classics and the sounds they produce. Not to mention they are so much easier to work on!

  2. bob said,

    July 31, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Usefull tips for 1954 Ford F100. Thanks friend!

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