NEATLY RESTORED POWDER BLUE BEAUTY, FORD FLATHEAD V8, 3-SPEED, DUAL EXHAUST!!
When you go old school, you need to do it right, and it's more than just starting with the right vehicle. This 1951 Ford F100 pickup absolutely nails the mid-60s custom look with a perfect stance, awesome flathead power, and a great color scheme that seems crazy on paper but really works in person.
You'd think that powder blue would be a mistake on a V8 truck with an attitude, but it turns out that it's exactly right. Of course, it helps if the truck in question is one of the best-looking pickups ever designed, the Ford F100, but if you hadn't seen this one in person, you'd probably never believe how right it looks. A big part of that is the clean bodywork underneath, which only enhances the shine and gives you something to look at beyond the subtle paint. Nothing on the body has been chopped, shaved, or deleted, although the use of white paint on some of the trim works extremely well in this case. The finish is shiny and bright, a perfect 1950s hue that seems right at home on the vintage pickup's rounded bodywork. A few chrome bits remain, including the bumpers, the hood trim, and the door handles, and the bed has been finished in dark-stained oak. You'll also note there's a trunk in the bed for more secure storage and a nice-fitting tonneau cover to keep the elements out.
The interior keeps it equally simple and it's every bit as effective as the exterior. A gray cloth seat cover is both comfortable and practical, which is definitely something you want in a truck that's going to get driven. The door panels are nothing more than painted steel, but the use of two-tone coloring makes it look artistic, not merely functional. Rubber mats on the floor are easy to maintain, especially in a truck, and the big steering wheel offers a commanding view of the road. Original gauges are in good order and look surprisingly up-to-date with their silver faces and orange needles. It's not much for creature comforts, but that's true of a lot of great customs, but there is an AM/FM/CD stereo head unit under the dash. An under-dash heater is a welcome option and aftermarket turn signals have been added and it's remarkable that they were still optional even in 1951.
The engine is a venerable Ford flathead V8, which is always a welcome choice in a vintage hot rod like this. It's brightly painted in corporate read paint and uses an original-style 1-barrel carburetor, so it looks quite correct and hasn't been over-dressed for duty. Heck, it still runs the original-style generator, which has been recently rebuilt. It's backed by a 3-speed manual transmission and the stock rear end, so it's still ready to work as a pickup yet scoots through traffic without feeling too truck-like. Custom flathead exhaust headers feed a custom dual exhaust system with glasspack-style mufflers so it has that vintage hi-performance sound and the suspension has been lowered just enough to give it a nasty stance without killing ride quality. Big BFGoodrich wide whites on simple black steel wheels with chrome trim give it an almost factory look that's just different enough to stand out.
A very neat little truck that's a lot of fun to drive and easy to love if you're from a certain era. It's one of those vehicles where old and new are seamlessly blended to create a fantastic cruiser. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Cloth Interior
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