No Bondo Project: 1956 Ford F-100

This 1956 Ford F100 is said to be a bondo-free pickup with very little rust to speak of. It doesn’t run at the moment, but did when it was parked years ago. Paint is said to be original black lacquer, and the seller notes the overall body condition seems to indicate an accident-free past with no alterations from stock. You’ll find the F100 here on eBay with bidding over $6K and the moment and no reserve.

The bidding surprised me, as the truck presents well but is clearly still a major undertaking. The body really does look impressively solid, and the seller points to the way the doors feel when they close and the fact that there is no major sagging of any of the panels as a strong indicator to how un-messed with this truck remains. The original tailgate is nice to see, too.

The interior is mostly original, with the black paint scheme continuing inside the cabin. The seller says the dash and gauges are in excellent condition but true mileage remains unknown. No holes are visible in the firewall and wiring appears to be unmodified, so this F100 has escaped the resto-mod fate so many of them have succumbed to. The headliner is also original.

The engine is believed to be numbers-matching with the correct gas tank and original sending unit still hooked up. For all of the details the seller provides, it’s surprising not to see more of a diagnosis done as to why it doesn’t run. I’d like to think it would be fairly easy to get an F100 of this vintage running again, but the unknowns around the engine doesn’t appear to be spooking any bidders.


  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Nice looking F100-We’d buy it in the blink of an eye, though we prefer early model Dodges trucks..
    A couple things to clarify, though-what is the empty fuse holder connecting, where did this truck originate if it’s being sold in LV NV but has front/rear 1956 Colorado plates and why does this have the VIN plate have Phillips style screws instead of those special rosette rivets?
    This looks like it could be one of the cheaper basic restorations-if everything about it is kosher..

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    • Darrun

      I don’t think Ford used Rosette rivets in the 50’s. Check some of the other 56 trucks on Ebay. Their VIN tags are held on with screws also. The green truck on ebay is very original,and its tag is the same.
      In the 70’s Ford tags were on the door with large rivets, that weren’t rosettes either.

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      • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

        I see what you mean, Darrun. That’s something I’ve never really paid close attention to before in these finds.
        So, either crooks were dumber back then, people were more honest or the law and cops was harder on lawbreakers messin’ with peoples cars..? Hmm-an interesting moment in our history.

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    Love the fat fender Fords! Like the man just above says, if it’s kosher this is a gem of a find.

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  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    Love the fat fender Fords! Like the man just above says, if it’s kosher this is a gem of a find. Nice catch on the screws….

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  4. bobhess bobhess Member

    Sorry… no edit available. Site’s doing weird stuff lately.

    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      Bob, I’ve learned the hard way recently that though “Early Access” is a great bonus, the drawback is we don’t get to think about what we said (or wrote) hence the lack of the “Edit” feature..

  5. Dan

    If the truck doesn’t run, then how does the seller know the transmission shifts well? Whatever the case, this is a great truck. I hope the buyer doesn’t hack it up.

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  6. geomechs geomechs Member

    These used to be all over the place out west. It’s difficult to find one complete like this one. Of course if it ventured my way it would get the restoration treatment.

    This reminds me of an old farmer out west. When he turned the farm over to his son he moved into town. But he was up early every morning and drove his pickup to the farm. His eyesight wasn’t all that good but he compensated by driving only 15-20 mph. I might add that he was quite short in stature and all you could see behind the wheel was the crown of his hat and his pipe. Local law enforcement finally had to put their foot down and take his license. He only lasted another year or two before he passed on. Too bad; the road to the farm was never the same without that blue Effie…

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    • Rube Goldberg Member

      I’d sure paint it, if you could match that color today, that is,,,,,

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  7. Rube Goldberg Member

    This a great find, and a plausible price, unlike that GMC a while back, and I feel this is a much more collectible truck and in better shape. This is all these trucks should go for. Being a SW truck is a big plus. Even has the “arm burner” crossover pipe. What a dumb idea that was. Wouldn’t take much to make this street worthy.

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  8. Joe Haska

    I have a real love affair with these F-100’s ,1953 to 1956, I am presently working on my 5th one. I would not pay more than 6 to 7K for this truck, it has some real plus attributes,but if you want a nice driving truck that is also very pleasing from a cosmetic stand point, the numbers don’t add up. If you do 90% of the work yourself and the finished product is a well done truck, you are going to spend 30 thousand dollars, depending on what you started with. Good news nice trucks sell for 30K plus. I sold my last one for 40K, good price, but it was not a homerun from the profit side, more than I spent, but the labor (the profit) wasn’t that much. Why would I do another one ,they are fun and easy to build also a blast to drive and for a retired person, if I can break even and have some funds to start the next project, its a win for me. Just keep in mind it is not that cheap, parts are expensive , if you do it right!

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  9. TimM

    Really nice looking truck inside and out!! Would make a nice cruiser and being its matching numbers it should be preserved to the way it is!! Paint it though!!!

  10. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    1956 is the best of the years and has a lot of one year parts….you can tell by the bidding….nice truck !

  11. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    My brother who is nine years my senior owned a 55 f100 back in 59. It was a really cool truck. It was white with red interior. It had a 272 v8 3 speed column manual trans. It had a 4″ drop axel in front with reversed gold wheels. It had custom dual exhaust with chrome bumpers front and rear. The tail lights were from a 36 Chevy car and were integrated into the pan just below the tailgate. The bench seat was custom made and covered in red leather. The back window was the large style for that year. I consider it to be the nicest pickup I’ve ever seen. Ofcourse he got married in 64 and sold the pickup to get a AMC classic sedan.
    God bless America

  12. KKW

    No big deal, but the engines in these trucks were painted yellow from the factory. This one isn’t yellow.

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