Classified Find: 1954 Ford F-100 Pickup

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Older Pickups were once considered nothing but workhorses, with many ending their lives discarded in a field or farmyard when their useful days were done. Now, they are one of the most desirable vehicles in the classic world, with many receiving faithful restorations or serving as the foundations for a custom build. This 1954 Ford F-100 is a perfect example of the breed, and it is a blank canvas for anyone contemplating creating the Pickup of their dreams. It is listed exclusively here on Barn Finds Classifieds in Lynchburg, Tennessee, with a clean title. It could be yours simply by handing the seller $4,000.

As a starting point for a project build, they don’t come much better than this F-100. It had the typical rust in the lower cab corners and cowl, but these are now memories. The repairs require finishing touches, but the buyer could undertake these when they strip away the light surface corrosion. The only other rust the seller notes is on some of the body seams, which is typical. As with the surface corrosion, treating it should not be challenging. The Pickup is structurally sound, but I can see the benefit of tackling this project with a frame-off approach. The frame is rock-solid, but restoring it would eliminate the chances of future problems while providing an opportunity to achieve a high-end result. The buyer needs to shop for trim and glass, which is readily available.

This Pickup’s interior is another aspect of the vehicle representing a blank canvas. There is no seat frame, but that isn’t the end of the world. If the new owner plans a custom build, it affords the opportunity to bolt in some more modern buckets that would improve comfort and lateral support. The dash is essentially complete, but the painted surfaces require a refresh. This can be one of the most satisfying aspects of a classic Pickup restoration because dismantling the interior and returning the paint to a pristine state is straightforward. If the owner has reasonable preparation and painting skills, they can make it look like a million dollars without spending anywhere near that much! In my mind’s eye, I can see leather-wrapped seats, the dash wearing paint to match the exterior (or possibly something contrasting), carpet on the floors, a nice leather-wrapped wheel, and a hidden stereo to provide tunes on the move. Your vision might be different from mine, but that is one of the things that makes the classic scene fascinating.

If you haven’t already been sorely tempted by this F-100, perhaps examining the engine bay could be enough to pique your interest. Although the original engine and transmission are gone, it is a roller with its factory driveshaft. This is where things become genuinely interesting because there is a world of possibilities for potential buyers to consider when assessing what to slot under the hood. The obvious choice would be a V8, but which one to pick? The easiest option would be a 302 or 351 because they are a dime a dozen, and kits for such conversions are available “off the shelf” at many performance shops. Adding fuel injection would provide a low-care solution, and bolting in a more modern transmission would make the F-100 a viable and relaxing daily driver. The world is your oyster, so let your imagination run wild.

This 1954 F-100 offers its new owner a world of possibilities, which will only be limited by their imagination. I can envisage it wearing a period-correct paint shade but with mechanical and interior upgrades that provide improved performance, safety, and comfort. One of the attractions of these old classics is the ready availability of parts to slot a more modern V8 under the hood, which will probably be the path chosen by the buyer. If you found it in your workshop, what would be your approach? More importantly, are you tempted to act on those dreams and contact the seller?

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  1. angliagt angliagtMember

    Lynchburg,Tennessee,home of Jack Daniels.

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  2. Dave

    Thank God Adam wrote “rust” and not “patina”. Who knows what could happen then…

    All seriousness aside, is this missing the front bumper and grill? Are those cheap or at least easy to come by?

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    • Yblocker

      Anything, and everything is available for these trucks, although the only new grilles to be had are for the 56, 53-55s might be hard to come by. The 56 bolts right on.

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  3. Barstow

    This was featured back in Feb 2023.

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    • angliagt angliagtMember

      This IS February 2023,isn’t it?

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      • 370zpp 370zppMember

        Alternate universe perhaps?

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  4. Robert West

    Pretty solid! This is my favorite era of trucks, both Chevrolet and Ford. Nice to see the seller is realistic with the price.

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  5. Yblocker

    I have a fully restored 56 F100, with a few “custom” touches. These are my favorites, so I’m a little biased when it comes to these trucks. This one obviously needs a lot of work, but I’ve seen worse, and there’s numerous parts suppliers. One thing I noticed on this one, is the lower panel between the front fenders isn’t right for a 54, but maybe it was replaced, or maybe the front clip was replaced, who knows. The price isn’t crazy, and the most sought after classic trucks are always worth restoring, these are the ones that started the craze years ago.

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  6. Junior Samples

    Putting MY finishing touches on a 1953 F100 as I write this…have several parts left over that I decided not to use…& am about a hour or so from this truck…and, I started just about where this one sits now. Been in our family since 1955…

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  7. Motorcityman

    LOVE the body style of these trucks!
    Knew a guy in Riverside CA. that had a Chevy from these years sitting in his garage needing restoration. Was his Dads truck that passed away in the early 80s.
    I think it was a “Cheyenne” model?

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    • Yblocker

      No Cheyenne in the 50s.

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  8. tom Mackay

    Does it come with a bottle of Jack?

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  9. Gary

    A no on the bucket seats idea. Needs to be a bencher so the squeeze can nestle up while we’re cruisin’.

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  10. Tony T

    $4,000.00 US? Uh, …

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