SUPER STRAIGHT NORTH CAROLINA TRUCK, CORRECT RAVEN BLACK, 292 V8, AWESOME F100!
When you're building an old pickup truck, this 1954 Ford F100 is the ideal template: straight on the outside, stock on the inside, and with just a few mechanical upgrades to make it viable on today's highways. If you like how the old ones drive but need a little more polish, then this is your truck.
Starting with a laser-straight North Carolina truck, the restorer went over every square inch of sheetmetal and made sure it was as good as it could possibly be. Forget patina and keeping it ready to work, they wanted the factory correct code A Raven Black paint to leap off the truck's curves at onlookers. That shiny finish is the product of modern paints, but there's plenty of hard work underneath, and the results speak for themselves. You'll note there are no waves or ripples in the panels and the reflections you see are distortion-free and crystal clear. Even in our showroom, this little black truck seems to stand out somehow. Of course, the warm wood bed floor and removable stake sides certainly help, and the classic white-painted grille and stepside rear fenders give it an old-fashioned look that's immensely appealing. The insides of the bed were lined with spray-in bedliner materials, but check out how straight even the INSIDE of the tailgate is-nice, right? No frills, no add-ons, no graphics, just the cleanest little Ford you've ever seen.
The all-black interior is basic Ford pickup, too, but it's immaculately done. The reproduction vinyl seat cover duplicates the factory patterns, but someone put in the overtime making it fit. Rubber mats and steel door panels continue the basic theme, but the execution is what grabs your attention. Factory gauges still live in their trapezoidal instrument panel, but modern Auto Meter dials down low keep an eye on the engine. An AM/FM/cassette stereo was neatly installed under the dash with hidden speakers in the kick panels, so there was no cutting or hacking of the original sheetmetal, and that original Ford heater is still fully functional. Three-on-the-tree shifting retains that vintage feel while you're going down the road, but the tight build means the truck doesn't feel as old as it looks.
The original 239 cubic inch V8 was replaced with a slightly larger 292 cubic inch version, so performance is quite good given the truck's light curb weight. A chrome Ford Motorsport air cleaner works better than the original oil bath unit and lives atop a Holley carburetor that's a big step up from the original "teapot" unit that proved to be so problematic. It starts easily and runs superbly, with a muted V8 burble from the single tailpipe. The chassis is quite stock, so it has that old pickup ride quality that's pleasingly bouncy, although it's been fitted with recent tube shocks to help with the bumps. Cream-colored steel wheels with Ford hubcaps and trim rings wear staggered 205/75/15 front and 235/75/15 rear blackwall radials to complete the blue-collar look.
A wonderful little truck that's finished to a standard that's way out of proportion with its price. The ones to own are those that someone built for love, and you can see just how much someone cared about this Ford. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Cassette Player
- Vinyl Interior
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