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Blank Canvas: 1953 Ford F-100 Pickup

While it might sports its share of minor dents and dings, this 1953 Ford F-100 is a solid vehicle that has very little rust. It started its life fitted with a 239ci flathead V8 and 3-speed manual transmission, but with both items now missing, it represents a blank canvas for the next owner to make their own personal mark on. Located in Denver, North Carolina, it is listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set a BIN price of $3,200 for the F-100, although the option is there to make an offer. This is another vehicle that has generated some interest since it was listed, with 116 people currently watching the listing.

The F-100 sports all of the minor dents and dings that you would expect from a workhorse that is 66-years-old. However, the floors and frame appear as though they are really solid. There is some rust present below the doors on both side, but areas like the cab corners look quite good. It is missing the front bumper, and the floor of the bed is also gone, but these are all easy fixes. The rear window and passenger glass are also missing, and the driver’s window looks like it might be cracked, but what remains looks like it might be okay.

There’s not a huge amount that we can learn about the interior of this old Ford, except that the dash appears to be both complete, and in pretty reasonable condition. The seat will definitely need a new cover, as from what is visible in the photos, it looks to be beyond just throwing a blanket over it. While the engine and transmission are both now long gone, the owner says that the F-100 rolls and steers freely.

This 1953 F-100 offers the new owner plenty of scope for personalization. It could be restored to its original condition, could be the base for a really nice custom, or as a rat rod. I don’t know which way I would be inclined to head with it, but regardless of which path the new owner chooses to follow, the result could be a potentially really nice vehicle.


  1. geomechs geomechs Member

    It’s a worthwhile project. Really too bad the engine and transmission are missing. The engine might not be as much of a problem as a transmission. I know where I can pick up a couple of 8BA engines. A person might be tempted to drop in a newer engine and bring it closer to the present time. Of course, if it was up to me, it would get another flathead…

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  2. Howard A Member

    I’d think the seat would be the absolute least of your concerns here, it needs everything for heavens sake. Is this all that’s left? I think some of those Sweetgrass trucks were much better.

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  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    One of my biggest frustrations is the engine and transmission missing. Obviously pulled for some work many years ago and then magically disappeared. I know of some occasions where the engine was ripped off. There was an incident at a swap meet some years ago where a ‘hot’ engine and other parts showed up. The owner stamped a series of numbers into all the stuff when he pulled his car apart. I might add that’s something I do although it didn’t work with my ’38 Ford Std. A bunch of parts disappeared off my ’47 Ford pickup. I put the word out that the stuff was ID’d. Several pieces mysteriously reappeared where I was storing it. Still looking for the air cleaner though.

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  4. Scott

    Howard you are absolutely, this truck needs EVERYTHING !!! It is a good base for a project but the seller thinks it is worth far more than it actually is.
    Unless they are willing to deal considerably they will continue to own it for a long time to come.

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  5. Alex Redding

    What’s wrong with the RF fender? No picture of the front, something’s cheesy in Denmark.

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    • JimmyinTEXAS

      There is a pic of the right front fender on the ebay ad. It has a dent over the headlight but not crashed to he** or anything. About like the rest of the truck.

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  6. Im

    Second photo down shows RF fender. BOTH front fenders are close to junk. MAYBE a $1200-1500 truck in my opinion…..

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