1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina

Decades of external influences made this 1955 Ford F-250 a little weathered, but that's certainly not a bad thing.

By Brett Foote - June 10, 2019
1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina
1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina
1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina
1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina
1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina
1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina
1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina
1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina
1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina
1955 Ford F-250 Gets to Keep Its Well-Earned Patina

Builds Character

In the old days, any vehicle that didn't have a nice, shiny paint job was frowned upon at car shows and meets. But these days, people like to retain the character of trucks like this 1955 F-250, owned by Ford Truck Enthusiasts member 8pack

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Eviction Notice

Personally, we think this old Ford looks pretty awesome just that way it is. But obviously, it needed some work to get it running and driving reliably once again. Not to mention displacing a family of rodents from the inside.

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Few Problems

When 8pack took delivery of the truck, he soon discovered that the engine was seized, the bed wood was pretty much gone, and there was some rot on the tailgate. 

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Mechanically Sound

Honestly, not too bad for an old truck like this. 8pack quickly revealed his plans for the build, which included the fact that he wasn't going to restore it. Rather, he plans on using it as an around town hauler that's mechanically sound but original in appearance.

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Closer Look

A little closer inspection revealed a small rust hole in the driver's cab corner and the driver's side running board. The roof was also badly dented in, but 8pack was able to roughly bend it back into shape.

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Patch Up

Instead of patching up those holes, however, 8pack plans on simply spraying them with some rust converter and reinforcing them with steel or aluminum bar stock.

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Buffs Out

Soon, the real work began. 8pack started by polishing up the stock badges and emblems to make them shiny again. He also began cleaning up the core support and discovered it was in pretty good shape.

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Safety First

That's just the start of a long process, of course. While 8pack plans on keeping most of his truck original, he is thinking about swapping to front disc brakes for safety purposes.

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Few Changes

He also has a new engine lined up to replace the old one and needs to replace things like the weather stripping and seat covers. And obviously, add seat belts and replace the old glass.

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Just the Beginning

This build is just getting started, but we're excited to see how it all turns out in the end. So be sure and keep up with future progress by heading over here!

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