by Jackie Wilson
After it left the factory, this 1950 Ford F1 suffered greatly at the hands of an amateur restorer, who stripped it off paint and left it to fend for itself in the elements. But fortunately, Jeff Lilly saved the old Blue Oval before it became an unrecognizable pile of rust.
The fantastic craftsmanship, incredible attention to detail and general awesomeness isn’t going to surprise anyone familiar with Lilly’s work. The original color is unknown, but after decades of neglect, it’s great to see the Truman-ear sheet metal basking in its fresh canary yellow paint, and power-wise, the new crate 302 is a big improvement over the straight six which originally provided motivation.
While the curves have been massaged a bit, the original look of this classic piece of Detroit Iron has been mostly preserved. But the disc brakes, independent suspension, trick stereo system and supple leather interior leave no question that every inch of this truck has been gone over with a fine-tooth comb.
Click on the photos to see our gallery of this gorgeous project!