Every so often, we come across a stalled restoration project that is so close to the finish line that we are very tempted to take it over to see it through. This 1952 Ford F1 Pickup we found here on Craigslist in Severna Park, Maryland has us debating whether to call ourselves and feature the step-by-step build on our YouTube Channel. Please comment below on whether you’d like to see us do just that! With the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool listing a #2 “Excellent” condition value of $36,300, we think there’s a strong chance we could at least break even putting this truck back together and then selling it to the next caretaker. There are several reasons we are tempted on this one.
First, the frame and rebuilt drivetrain appear to be in place to now make it a “roller”. We love that the original 239 cubic inch flat head is rebuilt and slightly warmed over with some nice go fast pieces. We also love the seller added front power disc brakes for safety and a modern aluminum radiator for reliability. Second, all the paint and body work appears to be complete and nicely done in the original “White Suede” that the owner proudly states is all steel with “extensive work to the fenders and cab.” It just needs the time and hands to put the remaining pieces together. Third, the seller has an updated 12v wiring harness and related hardware ready to be installed with the original gauges that have already been rebuilt. The re-wiring and related trouble shooting is often what stalls projects like this, so we’re wondering whether that’s the case here.
What’s not mentioned nor shown is how many other original parts are included with the truck versus what is still needed to buy. In particular, we get the sense that nothing has been done to get the interior pieces ready, so you’ll need to confirm what the plan was for that. Also, with the truck in this state of assembly, we’d opt to install a Vintage Air type kit to ensure the truck is comfortable to drive in all temperatures. Like the seller states, “the majority of the hard work has been completed.” so we’re very tempted to make the call. If you decide to do it before us, Good luck with the purchase!