My daughter is very interested in a 1955 Ford F100. I have found many online, looking for one that is a project, but a lot of the 55's that I am finding are missing the engine. I can't seem to find any engine's for these, can someone point me in the right direction.
what engine/transmission do you want? I doubt your daughter, unless she's a serious gearhead, would be very happy with the stock standard non syncromesh tranny (the original automatic is only for the masochist/purist restorer.), and you will probably not be happy with the cost of the complete rebuild likely needed on a 60 year old engine. They are plenty of newer engine tranny combos that could be swapped in, The engine compartment is very spacious and there are bolt in mounts available for all the popular combos. I suggest you download or order a free copy of the Mid Fifty catalog: Home - Mid Fifty F-100 Parts They carry about anything you might need. Popular swaps are Ford 302 (5.0) or 351 V8 with C4 automatic, Chevy small block V8 with 350 automatic or manual tranny (this suggestion will draw flack on this pro blue oval site, but is very popular and easy otherwise) The late model electronic fuel injection motors and overdrive trannys (manual and standard) are gaining popularity and aftermarket support since they are plentiful, inexpensive and economical to drive. The best suggestion I can offer is to not be in a rush to buy, shop around and spend the money for a truck in good condition and drivable, by the time you can build a project she will probably be married and moved away, even if she is now 12.
AX totally hit the nail on the head here (as always.) Like he said, don't run into a purchase, regrets are WAAAAY more likely, get one that will drive, even if just around the yard for a bit, otherwise it gets harder to look at the thing without dreading all the work that has to be done, it'll keep you (and her) more interested, and you might just fall in love with a "patina" finish The users here are very friendly and knowledgeable on just about anything to do with these trucks. Most of all, just remember to have fun with it!
I went through this a few years ago with my parents looking for my first truck. As AXracer mentioned you may not want to rebuild an engine. I ended up getting a 55 F100 with a 292 out of a 61 F100 and I thought it would be easier and cheaper to rebuild it than it was, but boy was I wrong.
However, talk it over with your daughter what she thinks she would prefer. My dad still wishes I replaced my 292 with something new, but I personally prefer what I have now and that is what counts.
Welcome to FTE,
Depending on your skills you may want to steer clear of the newer electronic fuel injection engines. They're a substantially harder swap than a old carburetor and point/ electronic ignition engine. Also be carful of the electronic controlled overdrive transmissions usually behind them.
FYI unless it has been converted a 1955 has a 6 volt system. If you want 12 volt factory you'll have to go the the 1956 F100.
Yes, all 56's are 12 volt systems from the factory. 55 back were 6 volt and I don't believe 12 volts were even an option. If you're seeing a 55 with 12 volts it's been converted. If you don't know the seller well I'd count on having to redo the wiring even on a conversion. Back in the day guys did some crazy stuff. Don't forget Generator (or Alternator if converted), Regulator, Starter, Electric Wipers (if equipped) and the Gauges all need conversion to 12v too. And replacement of all the 6 volt bulbs!!!
You can get most of the stuff with the engine if you work it right.