South Dakota Farm Truck: 1958 Ford F-100

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The F-Series has been Ford’s primary workhorse truck since the late 1940s. The F-150 is still the most popular pickup sold today. The third generation of the truck was produced between 1957 and 1960 when Ford widened the front bodywork to integrate the cab and front fenders. This edition from 1958 spent some time in South Dakota where the seller believes it may have been a barn find. It now calls Chatfield, Minnesota home and runs well, but could use some bodywork and paint. This old Ford is available here on eBay where the bidding stands at $1,025, though the reserve has yet to be tested.

These late 1950s pickups were offered in two body styles, with the separate-fender box version called the “Flareside” while the “Styleside” boxes (the seller’s truck is the former), brought the pickup bed, cab, and front fenders into one package. The 1957 models featured single headlights, while 1958 and later editions would adopt the new, federally approved quad peepers. The F-100 continued as the ½ ton-rated trucks, though capacity could go up to one ton with the F-350s.

The seller has owned the pickup for a couple of years and some work has already been done. New floors were welded into the passenger compartment last year. A new rear window has been installed while the windows in the doors are now plexiglass. The truck’s original wheels and dog dish hub caps were sand-blasted and repainted. Mechanically, the carburetor and generator have both been rebuilt. So, we’re told it’s now a good running transport, even at 99,000-plus miles.

Under the hood resides a 292 cubic inch “Y-Block” V8, but it may not be original as sources indicate the 292 wasn’t offered until 1959. Before that, the 1957s and 1958s were equipped with a 272 when the inline-6 wasn’t chosen. This truck also has the “3-on-the-tree” manual transmission. The pickup has an overdrive set-up, but the seller doesn’t believe it’s hooked up. Everything but the gas gauge seems to be in working order.

As the photos indicate, the body needs some work. There is some rust in a few places and the driver’s door has a big dent in it. You’ll probably want to reupholster the bench seat first since the fabric is gone where the driver sits. The front tires are new, but the rears are more than 40 years old and should be replaced. This looks like a Ford that’s been well-used but still has a lot of like left in it given some good old-fashioned TLC.

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  1. Rick

    The original valve covers probably would have been painted black. And, the brake master cylinder would have had a single chamber, although the upgrade to the tandem chamber was a good idea.

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  2. Jay McCarthy

    Stick a Crown Vic steering assembly under this beauty, make it stop and turn so much better

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  3. R.Lee

    Pop had one, exact color and V8. The front exhaust crossover I always thought of as a heat sink in the summer and cooked you. Put some wooden blocks on the hinges to get airflow under the hood.

    The hoods of that era from any truck made for good snow sleds pulled behind trucks. Fun, fun, crash, fun fun…….

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  4. Ben

    This is my truck. It is still available as of 7/19/22. Feel free to call/text: 507-271-1431

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  5. R.Lee

    Sold 4K

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    • Ben Volker

      Nah, still available. Reserve wasn’t met. But it’s close! Feel free to call/text: 507-271-1431

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  6. Ben Volker

    Just relisted. Bid your price!

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  7. R.Lee

    Ben what did you settle on?

    Seemed like a fair price for a shorty.

    Good for you on being realistic.

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    • Ben Volker

      Sold just today. $4500. Going to Austria.

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