1953 Ford F-500 Is One Cool Heavy Duty Project

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Ford F-500

If you feel like you’ve seen just about every 2nd gen F-Series build imaginable, how about a heavy duty Ford F-500?

When it comes to the much-lamented 1953-1956 Ford trucks, the vast majority of projects you see are of the garden variety. And by that we mean regular old two-wheel drive F-100s. So when we see a cool (and obviously unique) project like this ’53 Ford F-500 surface, you know we have to take note. And that’s exactly what happened right here in the Ford Truck Enthusiasts forums when member HVFDFirefighter1618 scored this incredibly cool heavy duty hauler.

“Well, it is officially mine. I will be taking the bed and the cab off. Going to strip the frame to bare metal.  The sheet metal looks to have been sprayed underneath with an undercoating that is flaking off (looks like tar). I’m so excited to dig in.”

Ford F-500

Owning something this unique is obviously a good thing for many reasons. But the OP quickly discovers that no project is all peaches and cream. The first niggling problem is one that us height-endowed folks already know about. Squeezing into older Ford trucks, even heavy duty ones, can be a bit of a problem for the long-legged.

“I am 6 foot 4 inches tall. I noticed when I sat in the truck, It will be hard to push the pedals. Seat is as far back as it goes.”

Ford F-500

Unfortunately, as other members point out, there just isn’t any way around this problem. Nor a way to circumvent the difficulty of finding parts for the Ford F-500. But the OP is obviously motivated to get this project finished. And the fine folks in the forums are clearly just as ready to help guide him along the way, as always.

This project is just getting started, so you’ll want to stay tuned for future progress by heading over here!

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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