Tag Archives: ’54 Ford F-100

The Fordolet Project Continues

13 Feb

Did the heads today… lapped in the valves, new double springs, to match the 280 degree, .480/.480 cam.  In a couple of days, I’ll go back over and finish putting in the crank, camshaft, pistons and timing gears. Had a couple of distractions today, so didn’t get as far along as I had hoped.

Found out the body work is all done on the cab and bed. Chassis should be done by next weekend, and I want to have the engine ready to mount, so I can lay out the mounting modifications. Who’d a thought that Ford didn’t allow for mounting a Chevy engine in their trucks, eh?

(Click to enlarge, but be warned, they’re large files)


'54 F-100 chassis

The chassis before chopping it to add the new front end

We want to close up the C-channel frame with some stainless sheet metal before painting it. Makes for nice clean runs for wiring and brake lines.

Heads like new

Heads are ready to go!

I had hoped to finish the heads, and install the pistons, crank and cam today.  Just wasn’t to be, I guess. Ah well…. it’ll still be there tomorrow!

Cleaning a piston

Taking a "break" to clean up a piston for a custom ashtray

Not much of a break, but once I get started, I like to keep on… getting back up to speed ain’t as easy as it used to be!

351 Cleveland

This is the 351 Cleveland we pulled out of the truck

The 351 ended up at the dump, as we couldn’t find anyone interested in it, and it was taking up too much space. Pity! A great engine.

'54 F-100 bed

How the bed looked when bought

As you can see, the bed was pretty rough. When we’re finished, it’ll be red oak, with polished stainless, boltless deck runners. The tailgate will have invisible latches, instead of the stock chains and hooks.



351 Cleveland Build-out Should be Fun

27 Sep

My brother-in-law bought himself a little project the other day, and has enlisted my help in restoring it. It’s a ’54 Ford F-100 stepside pick-up, which is really in pretty good condition. It’s been stored inside, has very little rust, and the body is intact.

A bonus… at some point, someone had dropped a 351 Cleveland into it, which will be my part. We still haven’t decided whether we’ll use that, or opt for a more economical small-block 302, and sell the 351. If so, I’ll probably go ahead and rebuild it anyway, just ’cause! I figure if he decides to sell the 351, we can get enough for it to pay for the 302 block and a good chunk of what he paid for the truck, too.

And then, I’ll get to build the 302, too! I’ve never done a small-block Ford V8, and the 302 offers a lot of options. If I can talk him into getting rid of the semi-automatic transmission that came with the truck, then I’ll grab a 4 spd. standard and beef it up a little. Should be a fun few weeks.

The even better part… I’ll be doin’ the part I like, while he’s stuck with all the welding, grinding and sanding on the chassis. We’ve already picked up a Mustang II chassis, and will be integrating that front end into the ’54, once I get the jig built.

And the very best part of all… we’ll be doing the job at his place, so HE can listen to HIS wife bellyache about the dirt, noise and clutter for the next few months, instead of ME having to put up with it.

Hoo-boy! I don’t think the poor guy has a CLUE about how much he’s gonna suffer for this! Been there, done that, and got the scars to prove it!

I intend to take a lot of before-during-after shots, and will be posting them now & then. Especially some choice pics of his wife raising hell about it.

Ah…. life is good!