Daily Driver? 1954 Ford Two Door


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It’s refreshing to see that this old mild custom street rod features a Ford engine instead of the all-too-predictable Chevy small block that we see so often these days. This 1954 Ford two door sedan is for sale on here on craigslist in Hackettstown, New Jersey and has alot of curb appeal, at least to me.


Although the seller does not provide very much information, and only a very few pictures, this car does look very solid and almost driveable as-is, though I am not sure why the seller could not fix the headlights before advertising the car for sale. And where are the hubcaps? You might want to update the steering wheel, which appears to be from the seventies. Otherwise, the interior looks great.


This Ford is powered by a 302 engine of unknown vintage and source. The paint looks pretty good, the color is appealing, there is no rust visible, and the pin striping adds just the right touch. I do worry that the missing headlight and trim rings suggest there may be other unseen issues with this car though.


Given current pricing trends for street rods and customs, the $12,000 asking price, seems a bit on the high side, though not completely unrealistic as a starting point for discussion. If this car is truly as solid and sanitary as it appears in pictures, this might be a good deal for someone. It’s got a great look to it and should not need much work to be a summer cruiser.

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  1. Howard A. Howard AMember

    This is really a cool find, but this car has had extensive work done. It looks like it’s been updated with a lot of later model Ford stuff, the whole steering column, brakes (?), power steering, so may be a whole different front end. This was the car of choice for a cruiser, and here it is. Gonna cost ya’ though. ( btw, Adam-12 fans, Jim Reed ( Kent McCord) drove ( not really) a ’54 Ford drag car in the episode “Who won?”

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  2. Charles

    For 12K one would think that they would take a minute and install that missing head lamp…

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  3. JW454

    I’m sorry but, I don’t see 12K here. Not the most desirable year/ body style, missing parts, unrestored interior, poor braking system for the added power… etc. 12K is going to be a hard sell IMHO.

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  4. DENIS

    I kinda like the old car but he will have to get real on $$ or find someone on medical marijuana….not much of a marketer but prob left the headlight out to get your mind off other maladies….

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  5. Terry J

    This is my actual first high school car circa 1965. Had a ’49 Olds before that, but it never moved under it’s own power. ’54 was the first Ford OHV V-8 at 239 cu in (same as the flathead the year before). The 302 in this one is a good upgrade. I paid $150 for mine and earned it shoveling cow crap out of a huge barn at $1 and hour. $12k is a bundle for a ’54. My next car was a ’55 Crown Victoria.Today $12k for THAT car in this condition would be more like it I think, but the buyers will let the seller know what this nice ’54 is worth. :-) Terry J

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