Ok, so the seller of this ’50 Ford pickup admits that it’s too perfect to qualify as a rat rod, but the influence is obvious and awesome, and the unusual result is totally successful. I love the brutally low stance, super wide Mickey Thompson Sportsmans, minimal chrome and custom lace paintwork on the roof. I could hardly believe it when I spotted it at a bid of $510 and no reserve.
The truck was taken to bare metal before respray, and anything rusty was replaced. Under the ’50 Ford body is a ’64 Chevy truck frame, and the engine is a stock 1989 Mustang high output 302 with roller rockers and lifters, and all new seals and gaskets last month.
The seller recommends new brake shoes, a return spring for the brake pedal and a more effective radiator, although he says the truck has never boiled over. He also says there is no door or glass hardware installed. He has the originals, but “would never install them on this truck.”
It all looks like an incredibly expensive labor of love that’s ready for that last 1%. 1,905 1948-1952 F-series pickups sold on eBay Motors in the past three years, averaging $13k for the best examples. Adding the search term “rod” narrows the results to just 306 trucks, with an average price of nearly $16k.
See the listing for this one here, with reserve already met.