1954 Ford F-100
Carl Maglia
Victor, Montana

CLASSIC TRUCKS reader Carl Maglia was kind enough to share a few photos and a bit of background on his pride and joy. Carl originally found this 1954 Ford F-100 sitting in a Montana horse corral. After talking to the ranch owner about the truck and asking him if he wanted to part with it, with a little haggling over the price he picked it up for $500. Upon getting it back to his garage and starting the teardown he got a big surprise – the solid-looking pickup was actually a rust bucket buried in body filler.

Carl began this three-year project at the young age of 69 and finished it at 72, he did the entire frame-off rodstoration and fabrication work, as well as all body and paintwork, in his home shop. When he started the project he didn't set out to build just a show truck, just a good-looking daily driver. Carl started the project truck by boxing the frame and replacing the stock front suspension with a 1974 Olds Omega front clip. Out back he hung a GM corporate 8.5-inch rearend equipped with a 3.73:1 ratio gearset.

The GM rearend was hung using Eaton Detroit Springs Easy Ride leaf springs supplied by Mid Fifty F-100 parts. The engine is a 1968 Ford 302 bored .030-over and blueprinted by Croiser Kinetics of Missoula, Montana. The transmission is an AOD built by Brown's transmissions of Billings, Montana. The good-looking interior was stitched by Custom Upholstery, also of Missoula. After all the frame and engine fitting was done Carl started the body and paintwork, which he completed during the course of one long, cold, and snowy Montana winter.

When he started the project he didn't set out to build just a show truck, just a good-looking daily driver.


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