1953 Ford F100 Pickup
The first restyling of Ford's popular F-series truck included an
expanded cab, stylish new grille, and longer hood that flowed into
the front fenders. Changes from the first F-series Pickup to the
second generation went beyond a face lift. Ford expanded the
truck's wheelbase, with longer front and rear leaf springs fitted
to improve ride quality while still maintaining hauling ability.
The front suspension was set back to allow a tighter turning
radius. A new cargo bed, measuring 6 1/2 feet by 20 inches, would
be used all the way up into the eighties.
Right out of 1953 to potentially your driveway, we have a fully
restored and slightly rodded Ford Pickup truck. Bathed in Torch
Red, (like a burning flame), shiny Eagle wheels, an engine in 302ci
form, and a like new beige interior, this truck is low hanging
fruit ripe for the picking out of our beloved Hallowed Halls here
at the Classic Auto Mall.
Very nicely done with well minded gaps, this straight steel
exterior is bathed in fireliscous Torch Red which is just
delightful. The front grille has been retained and is blindingly
blingy chrome highlighted by the traditional Ford V8 emblem. Some
chromed trimmings kept to a minimum are seen throughout and are
beautifully shiny and pit free. This is a step side model so there
is a running board attaching the front and rear rounded fenders.
The cab has a long rear glass for much better panoramic vision, and
on back a new Honey Oak lined bed which is highly lacquered
stretched between the cab and the smooth tailgate. Below the back
bumper has been shaved and now below we see chromed tipped round
exhaust. Nice flush mount rectangle taillights are grafted into the
custom rear roll pan, and those snappy Eagle 3 spokes with slicing
scimitar blades are nicely polished and wrapped in blackwall BF
Goodrich Radial TA's.
A press of the remote and the handleless doors open and we are
greeted with some beige leather covered panels with stitched in
flames for highlighting. Satin finish billet actuators and a billet
bezel for the power window switches and beige covered armrest
complete the look. The original seat has been upgraded to a bench
covered in beige leather with smooth bolsters and tuck and roll
stitched inserts with a beige piping for delineation. In front is a
beautiful metal dash bathed in the Torch Red and sporting a billet
cluster with Autometer gauges. A custom laser cut flamed billet
steering wheel is atop a tilt column and is fronting the dash. As
we move across the dash, we see fully smoothed over steel all in
body matching red. Reaching for the sky from the tan carpeted
floors is a long stem Lokar shifter, and also, we can see the
billet style shiny pedals under the steering wheel. Smooth beige
leather wraps the roof and rear of the cab thus ending our interior
A heave of the large hood which now has been hinged to open
forward, and we can bask our eyes on the mechanical jewel of a V8
in 302ci configuration. Ford Racing valve coverings and air cleaner
assembly all in chrome have been added for the bling factor along
with a mirrored firewall. On back is now a 3-speed automatic C4
tranny which pushes power rearward to Ford 9" rear axle and
pumpkin. All looking fab in the mirrored and red engine bay.
Up on the lift and we see plenty of steel which has been painted
black. This covers the frame, flooring, suspension and body
hangers. Only a slight misting of road dirt and a few hints of
surface rust but no invasive rust is seen throughout. rockers.
Headers feed into a stainless steel exhaust system with unnamed
stainless steel mufflers. All of this snakes their way backward,
and leaf spring suspension is seen on all 4 corners on its way
back. Disc brakes have been added on the front and drum brakes are
seen on the rear.
Care needs to be taken as we fired this truck up and it came right
to life. Plenty of power but it needs to be used responsibly as
with any truck or car with full leaf spring suspension.
Acceleration felt limitless, braking was bias free even during our
panic stop test and handling was on par for a truck of the era.
Thankfully power steering was added for the low speed tight turns
and we note neither heat nor A/C has been installed.
A very nice presentation all around gotta love the Torch Red with
the wonderful complimentary beige leather interior, and snappy
Eagle bladelike wheels. A modernized version of a truck from an era
when most of its drivers wore uniforms with their name stitched
above the breast pocket. I'll take two with a dollop of high-test
F10-F100 1/2 Ton
D-215ci Inline 6 Cylinder
C-Chester, PA Assy Plant
13890-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.