When Tim Jones was 15 years old, his dad talked him into buying this '53 F-100 that was rusted out and sitting in a farmer's field in Spencer, Oklahoma. After they loaded up the truck and brought it home, Jones sat in his yard wondering how in the world his dad convinced him to buy something for $50 that seemed so hopeless. Fortunately for Tim, the family was into trucks, and instead of Sunday family dinners they had family truck day. The family would get together out in the garage and start hackin' on the '53. In just nine months the truck was up and running, and Tim's worries about whether he made the right decision were out the door. In those days Tim's dad said exnay on the V-8-ay, so the truck ran a 283 six-banger while the rest of it was completely stock.
The truck sat since 1992 while Tim got the rest of his life up and running, but when things leveled out it was time to restore the sleeping giant. Tim stripped the truck down to the bare bones and started from the ground up. The front suspension was hawked for a Mustang II IFS. The new frontend sports 11-inch power disc brakes, which Tim says are night and day compared to the old setup. The not-so-hot "hot rod" 283 was swapped for a '73 351 Cleveland backed by a C6 tranny and a Ford 9-inch rearend. Tim also had the frame powdercoated blue and the body sprayed in DuPont Mexico Blue. With the truck now done, Tim looks back with one thing in mind, "That's the best $50 investment I've ever made."
Rocky Mountain News
Here's a truck you don't find everyday. This '55 F-100 was actually used by the Rocky Mountain News as their delivery truck back in the day. In fact, when owner Gerald Evans found the truck in 1998, it had newspapers stuffed in the rear fender that dated back to the early '60s, with the hefty price tag of 15 cents for a paper! In the TV schedule there were only five channels! Oh, how things have changed. Since finding the truck, Gerald has been in the process of breathing new life into the FoMoCo truck.
The panel was torn apart down to the last bolt and rebuilt from the ground up. Up front, Gerald whacked off the subframe from a '71 Camaro and grafted it to the truck's chassis. He also used the Camaro's 350 and Turbo 350. The most unique thing about the '55 is that Gerald built the front end to tilt forward. He used a fiberglass hood and trimmed the fenders to keep the weight down. By using a convertible electric/hydraulic lift system with Buick hood latches and some custom bracketry, the front end was fully functional. On the inside Evans found some Bronco II seats he used up front along with a custom-built center console. He took Ford minivan seats and stuck them in the rear of the panel to make a seven-passenger vehicle. Lastly, the Indian Turquoise and Ivory White paint job was laid down. And because Gerald liked the truck's history, he had vinyl graphics worked up that matched the original Rocky Mountain News logo.
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