Roadside Attractions – 1953 Ford F-100

A few days ago, on a day hot enough to make the devil sigh, I stopped by the old Dillon’s parking lot on Battlefield to take a look at this old pickup. This has become sort of a used car lot/hangout/probably something illegal place, but once in a while there’s something interesting enough for me to gear down and pull in for a minute.
First, a little background on my love of the 2nd-generation F-Series pickup. When I was a kid, I had a purple 56 F-100 on my desk. I loved that thing, but back then I loved low-rider trucks and chopped cars. My tastes have changed a little over the years.
Anyway, this old Dillon’s parking lot has turned into to sort of used car emporium, as you can see from the background. There are even some vans parked back there. I don’t usually stop, especially when it’s as hot as blazes outside, but this F-100 stood out next to the other cars.
According to the sign in the window, this is a 1953 F-100, one owner, just 23,000 miles, and is a daily driver. The body is very clearly all original, but something tells me there’s been some work done underneath, especially with the suspension.
With just 23,000 original miles, this truck could be the steal of the week. It’s got expired California plates, but it’s here in southwest Missouri, but I guess that wouldn’t be a deal breaker. At $8,500, I think this is a little overpriced, but if it’s as dependable as the seller claims, then it might be a good deal.
What say you?
[Photos Copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]

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  1. 0A5599 Avatar

    The math doesn’t compute. A one owner, 63-year old daily driver should have more than 23,000 miles on it. Maybe he is a senior who forgot odometers used to reset to zeros after 99,999.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      That mileage is about right if the owner has driven it precisely one mile each day since buying it new. The trip from California to Missouri must have been the last straw.

    2. mzszsm Avatar

      Maybe gramps did a lot of backing-up.

  2. GTXcellent Avatar

    One of, if not the, prettiest trucks ever designed. ’53 would have been the last year for the flat head….hmmm…Isky cam, Offy heads, Strombergs, swap out the smoothies for some Cragar S/S rims (just a personal preferance so lay off. It’s my day dream dammit!)…

  3. ConstantReader Avatar

    Maybe 23,000 miles since the total rebuild. Daily driver? Ummm….

  4. marmer Avatar

    It’s a six, or at least it started life that way. The three-pointed star in the center of the grille denotes a six. A V-8 would have the V-8 symbol. If it’s still a six with the original four-speed transmission and brakes, I wouldn’t want to drive it on a modern highway.