“Glass Pearl” 1951 F-1 is a Killer Custom

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The term “custom” is pretty broad and can describe a number of different styles of car.  Whether you removed the fenders from a 30’s Ford or did an all-out French and shave on the body, there were and are many different ways to build a custom hot rod.

There’s only one thing required to call a car custom: it has to be cool. This 1951 F-1, dubbed “Glass Pearl,” certainly fits the bill as a polished jewel that stands out from the crowd.  The end result of the build is a truck that has fittingly graced the pages of HopUp magazine.


The ’51 is a perfect blend of old school and new school.  The paint is a modern Sea Glass Pearl (a Toyota Prius color, surprisingly), yet the body and chrome are mostly stock, save for hidden tailgate latches.  It sits on period correct Coker wide white tires and chrome hub caps, yet an air ride suspension brings the ride up to modern standards.


The drivetrain is all new school – 302 ci Windsor V8, automatic overdrive transmission, and Dana 44 rear end. But the sound coming from that mill is classic, thanks to a set of glasspack mufflers.  The interior, at first glance, looks stock, but it’s all custom tuck-and-roll, white-and-blue metallic upholstery with the modern switches hidden out of sight for a clean look.


The end result is a timeless classic whose beauty is more than skin deep.  This is a truck you can drive anywhere in comfort while also racking up awards at car shows.  And that is what you call a proper custom.

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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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