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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1953 Ford F100 Pickup

Custom F-Series with Chevy big-block power

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Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 1953 Ford F100 pickup.  

The scooped hood of this early F-Series is a subtle clue that there is something special going on inside the engine bay. That’s where a 502-cid monster big-block Chevrolet V8 has been installed to give this truck plenty of “go” to go with its “show.” This customized F100 has a four-speed automatic transmission and has been upgraded with front disc brakes, a Kenwood audio system, and a dual exhaust system. It is offered by a dealer with a clear title.

The F-Series has been a home run hit with American buyers for decades. This example comes from the second generation which was produced between 1953 and 1956. Building on the prior truck, this new version provided increased payload, improved steering, a wider cab, a deeper bed, and a shorter wheelbase. This custom F100 was refinished in white and has a smoothed body with color-keyed accents, including a tilt-forward No Limits hood, shaved door handles, and wooden bed planks.

Footwork comes from a set of 18-inch American Racing wheels in staggered 255/55 tires up front and 265/45 in the rear. The chassis was upgraded with tubular A-arms up front, a three-link setup in the rear, and a coilover suspension which gives it proper stance for a performance-oriented build. Stopping power comes from disc brakes up front and drums in the rear.

In line with the restomod theme, the interior was similarly modernized with new charcoal cloth upholstery for the bench seat and the headliner. Other features include power windows and a Kenwood stereo system.

About that powerhouse: While some consider it blasphemous to install a Chevrolet inside a Ford, there’s no denying that the 502cid V8 is more than capable. Performance modifications include an electric fuel pump, an aluminum radiator, a serpentine belt system, and a 2.5-inch exhaust system. Needless to say, this truck hauls more than cargo – it also hauls butt.

The auction for this 1953 Ford F100 pickup ends on Monday, July 10, 2023, at 12:15 p.m. (PDT)

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.

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