Daily driver with a 302 engine and C4/C6 transmission with a 9" / 3.70 rear end. It has a front clip from a 1980 Camaro. Everything has been replaced on the front suspension and it drives nice. The rear has new aftermarket mono leaf springs with a 4" drop. They are custom designed to fit into the original shackles. I have been focusing on drivability. I started with the suspension so it would drive straight and I would feel safe in it. Then, I was going to tackle the drive train.
5/14/2015 Purchased truck
5/23/2015 New motor and transmission mounts (stock motor mounts and urethane transmission mount)
6/05/2015 New rear leaf springs
6/12/2015 New passenger door latch
6/24/2015 New quieter Cherry Bomb chamber mufflers
7/17/2015 Front suspension overhauled: new ball joints, tie rod ends, and brakes
7/24/2015 New steering wheel
8/8/2015 New tail light lenses and plasma bulbs
9/11/2015 New steering intermediate shaft with u-joints
9/28/2015 New front control arm urethane bushings
11/16/2015 New steering box and power steering pump
5/18/2016 New CPP brake booster, master cylinder, and proportioning valve
6/30/2016 New aftermarket upper control arms installed to provide more caster
-Engine burns a little oil (probably could use a rebuild).
-Transmission likes to skip second gear. I have to let off the gas or go slow for it to shift. It probably needs a rebuild, but a 4 speed would be nice. TCI Transmissions has a nice 4 speed with automatic overdrive for around $2,000 that would be a good match.
-The rear end looks to be original.
-The paint is not so good. It looks good at a distance, but has cracks and the cab roof is flaking.
-The two side windows are cracked. This seems normal for these old trucks and I have all the catalogs to buy new glass and trim.
-The original fuel, battery, oil, generator, and speedometer are not connected. There is an add-on fuel gauge below the dash.
-The seat looks like the original frame with a small whole in the upholstery. It is not bolted down, but I am not sure why not.
-The carpet was too thick under the gas pedal, so I removed a little. Overall, the carpet needs to be replaced.
-The head light high beam switch is not connected.
-Heater core is connected, but not the fan. Vents don't move. The cables are probably rusted.
-The rear tires are the wrong width. It has 10" rims and 8" tires. The tires match the front which has 8" rims (P215/75R15).
-The front wheel bolt pattern is Chevy 5x4.75 and rear is Ford 5x5.5 (the best solution for matching rims is to get Chevy axles when rebuilding the rear end)
-These trucks only came with a passenger key lock. I replaced it, but it is very finicky so I just don't lock it.
This 1959 Ford F100 is a great example of what Blue Oval fans refer to as the third-generation F-Series trucks, or those built between 1957 and 1960. This generation was important to Ford’s truck-building future as it incorporated a number of design and engineering elements to modernize its trucks and gain distance from GM and Dodge offerings. Things like full-width clamshell hoods, larger cabs, refined interiors, larger boxes and more offered a glimpse of things to come from Ford. Today, these classic pickups command very respectable price premiums and continue to offer exceptional returns, but more importantly, they bring a huge level of classic-car ownership enjoyment. Still a minority at car shows and events, pickups are huge crowd pleasers and a great ride to cruise Main Street in.