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Patina King: 1950 Ford F100


When I think “old pickup truck,” this old Ford is exactly what I think of. Located in Bessemer, Alabama, and offered for sale here on eBay, this truck looks like a perfect candidate for driving it as-is, at least cosmetically. The seller is a person of few words, but they state that it runs, drives and “has brakes.” I guess that’s better than not having them, but I think I’d check things out before driving it any distance! The ad also states it has rust(!) and is equipped with an inline 6 and a 3-speed transmission. The pictures show it to be reasonably solid except for the lower edges of the doors and lower part of the cab. It would have taken me a while to figure out the battery location on these old Fords! Does this truck fit into your plans?


  1. SoCal Car Guy

    It’s NOT a 1950, it’s a1953-55 (I’m not sure which, am not familiar with the grill differences between those model years and didn’t take the time to do a quick search).

  2. Todd Zuercher

    That’s a ’55.

  3. DENIS

    I fixed up one of those and sold it so I had money to get married and take a 3-day honeymoon….shoulda kept the truck:-) lol They drive like hell and I still love ’em(Mustang II R & P) Seat may require some light stitching… 460 BBF, hot-rod primer, bigs n littles…OH YEAH!

  4. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    @SoCal & Todd, thanks for the correction :-)

  5. JW

    I love these old Ford pickups over the Bowtie ones, the grille or lack there off just suits me fine. The simplicity of these trucks just begs modify without regret. Heck look at that dash and see what’s not there it’s absolutely beautiful to me. I’m a real simpleton I’m afraid.

  6. jim s

    seller has a very nice 51 chevy 4 door on ebay also. this truck does need some work but if frame is good everything else can be fixed/upgraded. is that the correct motor or has it be replaced with a later model? nice find.

  7. The Walrus

    I’m generally no fan of FoMoCo design, but these are fantastic. That ‘manuel’ transmission sounds exotic. Wonder if it speaks Spanish.

  8. Charles H.

    The ebay add says that the VIN plate show’s it as being a ’55

  9. Jason

    Bessemer, Alabama: birthplace of Bo Jackson!

  10. bigdoc13

    When I was a teenager,my family had only one car. Due to that fact,I was not allowed to use it for dating. My uncle had a 1956 F100 that he let me use for dating. I loved that old truck. It was unhurtable(my word).Lots of good memories.

  11. Dan h

    Power disc brakes, electronic ignition, fuel injected 350 sbc crate motor with trans,fresh interior, done. Wouldn’t touch the exterior.
    Cool truck!

  12. Howard A Member

    Yep, a ’55. ( just like me) The dip in the center of the grill with star for 6 cylinder, and V-8 for the,,,V-8, is the giveaway. There seems to be a big desire for these style pickups, and it’s coming from women. My ex-gf grew up on a farm and the 1st vehicle she ever drove, was the “family farm” Ford pickup. Seems, as parents pass away, folks like to reconnect with their past, and are going for these, which, I think, is great. While this one is a bit tattered, remember, these were worked hard, and put away “wet”, after all, it was “just a truck”. Every farm had one (or more), and I’d bet, there are plenty left in those old rickety barns. Just be prepared, this is about the best you are going to find.

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Hi Howard. Rode hard and put away wet was the order of the day for pickups. Starting around ’49 a lot of pickups dotted the landscape with Ford leading the way, at least in our part of the country. There was a guy in our neighborhood, ‘Grandpa Balog,’ everyone referred to him as, drove a blue and white ’56. He’d drive from town to the farm every day. Unfortunately his eyesight wasn’t too good so he had to squint and hunch down low behind the wheel. He never drove more than 20 mph so the deputation left him alone. But for 20 years you could count on seeing that blue and white pickup creeping down the road, nothing behind the wheel but a hat and a pipe. I might add that his was the first ‘Effie’ I ever saw in our region with a 6 cyl. Everyone else liked the V8s.

  13. geomechs geomechs Member

    Looks like rust in the usual places but otherwise a worthwhile project. Lots of parts available. I’d be willing to take a project like this on.

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