1954 Ford F100
(Featured on 19th June 2013)
Sellers original description:
Award-winning 1954 Ford F100 with some custom parts added. Let me start off by saying emphatically that I AM BY NO MEANS an expert on what is valuable or desirable in the classic car and truck world, and have never owned a classic vehicle before I bought this truck. I AM NOT a classic vehicle buff or a buff on any type of vehicle in fact, and my knowledge about anything to do with vehicle parts, mechanical things, engines, customizations, or restorations is slim to none. All of the information posted below is information gathered second hand from other people, plus what little information the dealership had available for me (they sold the truck to me on consignment from a private dealer).
That being said, I have always loved the look of old trucks and I happened to be cruising the interwebs one day when I saw this gem for sale, and after looking at a few pictures I fell in love with it and bought it the next day sight unseen from a few states away. I flew to St. Louis from Augusta, GA and purchased the truck and drove it back to Augusta over the next two days. What I learned from those two days of driving is this:
1) The truck seems to be in amazing mechanical condition, but this is coming from someone who knows little about mechanical things. All I know is it fired up immediately every time I turned the key, and it drove nearly 900 highway miles at 75-90 mph without a single problem throughout the entire trip. The only thing I noticed is it seems to pull to the right a bit when at high speeds. I didn't notice any pulling at speeds under 55 mph.
2) This truck is scary to drive! What I didn't think about when I bought it was the fact that an old truck like this means it would most likely not have power steering. I have never driven anything without the power steering and it was quite unnerving at first. After getting used to it though, it wasn't so bad, but I prefer something I don't have to muscle around so much.
3) Everyone loves this truck! I couldn't believe how many smiles, waves, "nice truck"s, and honks I got, not to mention every time I stopped for gas people were asking me about it and asking to snap photos. What I mean is, if you don't like attention, don't buy this truck.
I'm selling it because quite honestly this is too much truck for me. I've only had it for a few weeks and I already know that it will eventually just end up sitting in my storage unit, (beautiful as it is) because I am nervous whenever I drive it. It has no seat belts and no power steering. Compared to today's cars it is quite unsafe. I'd rather see it go to someone who will enjoy it, and take it to shows, and show it off.
Not knowing much about the truck, I entered it into a big car and bike show not too far from my house. I was hoping to have some of these old guys who actually know what they are looking at take a look at the truck and give me more information to pass on to you, the potential buyer. I took some notes throughout the day and here is what they said. Bare with me if I get things wrong, I honestly have no idea about these things, I just wrote down what they said.
Engine Size: 312 cubic inches, and looks like the original engine.
The dealership posted it online as being 239 cubic inches, but the first thing the manager told me when I got there was that he was just making an educated guess at the engine size from a few minutes of online searching. Many people at the car show looked at it and everyone that commented on the size agreed that it was a "wide block" 312 engine. (One man said it was either a 272, 292, or 312, and you could find out by finding a stamp on the engine block) One gentleman said in the 1954 model you could get the thunderbird engine as an option in the F100, and it looked like thats what mine was.
- Engine looks original and has original water pump on it.
- One gent said the fuel pump looked like it had been updated.
Custom exhaust manifold - people kept commenting on the exhaust manifold. Many people said they've never seen one like it before. One man said it was custom-made from straight stock in a machine shop. It looked pretty basic (square tubing) and I'm not sure why it was such a big hit but I will provide close-up pictures so you can see for yourself.
Electrical wiring - a few people commented on the wiring in the truck. It is all centrally located under the hood on the wall behind the engine, which separates the engine compartment from the cab. All the wires come together onto a metal strip which is located right in front of where the driver sits. They said it was great because of ease of access and protection from water damage.
Transmission: 3 speed, "3 on the tree." From my long trip back from St. Louis I can say that it shifts very well, very smoothly. Slipping it back down into first gear from second gear is better done when the truck is at a complete stop.
Radiator: original radiator
Chrome Exhaust stacks: They said these were custom exhaust stacks, added to the truck at some point. The noise through the stacks is quite loud when you step on the gas. On a side note, the truck is very quite when turned on and not moving.
Frame: in great shape and has been powder coated at some point.
Custom gauges: "Stewart Warner" gauges in the interior. The gauges are all wired with lights and all lights work.
Headliner: said to be nice, and in great condition. No tears or sagging.
Custom grille: got quite a few compliments on the custom grill.
Paint: overall very nice, with some minor chips here and there. The bed paint is not in great shape, but many said it was an easy fix.
Wood bed: wood appears to be in great condition.
All lights and turn signals function properly, as does the cab fan, cab light, wipers, and e-brake. There is an AM/FM radio as well, which functions well. The only issue I have with the truck is the driver side door does not close on the first try every time. I had an older gent look at it and he said all I had to do was loosen the latch on the door jam and tap it down a little with a hammer and tighten the screws back up. He said the hinges were in great shape, and nothing was wrong with the door itself. The odometer reads right around 9,200 miles. One gent said the engine was probably overhauled and the odometer may have been replaced or reset at that time.
There was a certified appraiser at the event so I bought an appraisal from him to see what the truck was actually worth. He looked at it in and out and wrote me a slip for $25,000.