Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This 1961 Ford F-100 Unibody is one cool truck! From the gorgeous two-tone paint and smooth bodywork to the strong running 302 under the hood, it's a fresh take on an old favorite. Someone has invested a ton of time and money to make this one-of-a-kind pickup truly stand out, and you'll really have to see it in person to get a full dose of its awesomeness.
First off, the modern two-tone GM White-over-Kia Dark Cherry paint job looks fantastic on the upright Ford's sheetmetal. There are a few neat body details that are enhanced by the modern paint treatment, and the relief line running the perimeter of the body is a natural color break. The paint also emphasizes the wonderfully ornate front fenders, which flow neatly into the grille up front, which has also been painted to match. You were probably so busy looking at that gorgeous two-stage paint that you didn't notice that the front grille "Ford" emblem was outlined by hand in dark cherry to match the lower body and painted on in white to match the upper buddy, a neat detail that makes even knowledgeable folks do a double-take. The bed itself is finished with spray-in bedliner material that was tinted to matching dark cherry and looks almost unmarked but is tough enough to still be used as a pickup should. The few pieces of bright trim that do remain, including both bumpers, are in excellent condition and add just the right amount of sparkling jewelry.
The interior is classically simple yet incredibly elegant at the same time, with exterior-matching two-tone vinyl upholstery on the original bench seat, simple door panels, and a color-matched cherry dashboard with white gauge bezel insert. The factory instrument panel is flashy enough to look custom all by itself, a look certainly furthered by the six beautiful Dolphin gauges now providing the driver with the engines vitals. An aftermarket wood-rimmed steering wheel sits atop a tilt column and somehow looks exactly right in this '60s hauler and the A/C unit needs just a few finishing touches to be fully-functional. Road noise is limited tremendously thanks to plenty of sound-deadening materials and plush carpets on the floor, protected by matching Ford floor mats, and the Hurst shifter topped with the white cue ball protrudes out of the floorboard and controls the T5 5-speed manual transmission. The cab shows minimal use and the subtle design and tasteful materials won't go out of fashion like so many over-done customs you see.
The engine is a rebuilt Ford 302 cubic inch small block V8, which is a nice upgrade over the truck's original 292 cubic inch unit with a 2-barrel carburetor. With a newer intake manifold and a Holley 600CFM 4-barrel carb, this one really wakes up and gives this vintage pickup the moves of a muscle car. The engine bay is quite clean and functional, and the important stuff is right, because it starts easily and idles without getting cranky, thanks in large part to an HEI distributor and there's no evidence that this was ever a rusty truck, and service access is still good. Dual exhaust with long-tube headers and throaty Xlerator mufflers gives it the right tone, and the rebuilt T5 5-speed manual transmission and 9-inch rear don't mind working once in a while. There's new Monroe shocks underneath, power steering up front and power front disc brakes to help in the stopping department, and it sits exactly right on those polished five-spoke wheels with 255/70/15 Cooper Cobra radials all around.
This is a nicely done pickup that's unusual enough to get second glances and so beautifully built that everyone who looks will stick around to see all the details. Call today!
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