Reboot Ready: 1955 Ford F100 – Sold!
Certain classic trucks were just made to be customized and for many years one that was at the top of most Ford enthusiasts’ wish list was the second generation Ford F100 such as the 1955 short bed example listed on Craigslist in New City, New York featuring a number of modifications included a V8 and automatic transmission conversion. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for a stock six-cylinder example confirms this private seller has his F100 priced $400 below the current #3 “Good” estimate of $13,900. Ford introduced the completely redesigned second-generation F-Series trucks for the 1953 model year. Increased dimensions, improved engines, and an updated chassis were features of the second generation. Ford also revised the model nomenclature of the F-Series that remains in use today: The half-ton F-1 became the F-100 (and eventually F-150), the F-2 and F-3 were combined into the 3⁄4-ton F-250 while the F-4 became the one-ton F-350.
Hagerty Insurance provides a nice summary of the second-generation F-series in their valuation tool:
“Ford truck people went back to the drawing board five years after the F-1’s debut, this time shelling out a reported $30 million on what arguably represented Detroit’s earliest application of an ergonomic study—at least as far as truck development history is concerned. The result was the F-100, a milestone pickup if there ever was one.
A lot of design money was spent on the 1953 F-100’s “Driver Engineered” cab, which was created using the “Measuring Man,” a life-size model of Average Joe Trucker. “Driverized” features like improved control locations, sound deadener in the doors and an even wider seat guaranteed that Joe and his buddies would feel right at home. Also new was an enlarged one-piece windshield for added visibility.
A high-compression 223-cid OHV six-cylinder replaced the F-1’s 215-cid six in 1954. But more momentous that year was the appearance of Ford’s first modern OHV V-8, the 130-hp 239-cid “Y-block,” which finally superseded Henry’s good ol’ “flathead.”
The second generation of Ford’s F-Series truck line was one of the first post-war pickups to gain collector status as happy Ford owners began holding onto these trucks in the 1970s. As such a lot fewer were left to rot out on fence lines. A lot of these trucks, however, saw engine swaps and less than authentic restorations, which makes a bone stock example exceedingly rare today.“
Hagerty’s last sentence could not be more appropriate as the velour interior and the aluminum wheels hit this F100 received its first update in the early eighties. While the style of this second generation truck remains timeless, the dated modifications are ready for a complete reboot. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Cool looking running ’55 F100 – $13,500
– its a driver with lots of potential
– bought to restore/ modify, but did not do anything besides drive it because it ran
– originally a factory 6 cylinder
– previous owner put in what he said is a Ford 400
– automatic transmission (believe its a Ford C6)
– seat belts
– front disc brakes (manual, but have the booster to convert to hydraulic disc brakes)
– frame appears to be solid
– fenders are solid
Too many toys and too little time to enjoy. Someone who wants to drive a classic pickup for a fraction of the cost of whats out there will buy this F100. Someone who wants to bring this truck to another level will have a great place to start.
Truck will need a a new battery, new fuel tank and possibly a starter. Truck has run very well, but lately not consistently firing up. I have a video of it running recently, which sounds great.
I have no interest in trades, unless you are trading cash. Only offers considered will be cash.
If you are interested, you can email their questions and phone number and I’ll call you.“
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