Easy project 1955 Ford custom

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The paint and bodywork look very presentable

If you have hot-rod fever but lack the wherewithal for achieving your obsession, here’s what appears to be a good-looking “old-school hot rod” offered at a reasonable price and which apparently just needs some spiff up to the interior.

The Pick of the Day, a 1955 Ford custom two-door sedan, looks pretty clean in the photos and is in decent running condition, according to the Greene, Iowa, dealer advertising it on ClassicCars.com.

The chrome bits have a lot of sparkle

“This is a nice-looking old hot rod that has had a lot of nice things done to it,” the dealer says in the ad. “It just needs some finishing touches to make it yours.

“It was painted with a bright-silver metallic color that was done to a nice driver quality a few years back. It gets up and goes with it’s a 390 4bb V8 engine which is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. It sits beautifully on a nice set of chrome rims and has a good-sounding dual exhaust.”

Sounds pretty sweet so far, and the custom work seems nicely done, including the frenched headlights, shaved door handles, cleaned-up body trim and bright-chrome bumpers, grille and wheels. The simple paint job looks ready for some custom pinstriping.

The forward part of the interior has been updated

The interior work has been started, with a set of black bucket front seats, but the rear seat, headliner and interior panels definitely need some attention. That seems to be about it if everything else checks out.

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Drivable now as long as you don’t look around inside, but if you want to impress your pals or significant other, you’ll need to finish it up before taking it out.

The asking price of $10,995 should make it easy to get into this running project, and if everything has been done right so far, it shouldn’t take much get it up to snuff. And if the new owner does everything right, there could be some upside here.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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