Ride Of The Week 05/03/2021: Dustin Maurer's 1951 Ford F-1
A Soup That Eats Like A Meal
That Campbell's Chunky reference in the title is a nod to having the best of both worlds. That's exactly what Dustin Maurer has in his 1951 Ford F-1 Restomod Pickup. It's a truck that rides like a car. Dustin shares his journey with classic cars and how it led him to this build.
“About 10 years ago, one of the guys I worked with had a pretty hopped-up older car and took me for a ride. From that moment I was hooked on the old cars. I had always been into modifying my current vehicle and doing whatever I could to make it stand out and go faster. I started talking to my dad about getting an older car to restore but had no idea where to start or where to look. That’s when he told me a story about a 1973 Mustang Mach 1 he had as a kid that he drove and worked on. I thought it would be a cool 1st project to buy and work on together. That’s where it all started. Fast forward to today and we’ve since restored a ‘73 Mach 1, a 1970 Mustang convertible, and this, My 1951 Ford F1 pickup.”
Dustin was never really into trucks but laying eyes on these early ‘50s Fords, it was love at first sight.
“I thought it would be a really fun project to essentially take a truck and make it drive like a car. That’s when I found this F-1. I debated for several months on what drivetrain to put into it because I wanted it to be reliable, fast and fun. I finally decided on the Coyote motor and this was the first time my dad and I tackled something non-carbureted. It was a great learning experience and a ton of fun all at the same time. The truck is a blast to drive and handles phenomenally!”
And it looks damn fine too, Dustin! Thanks for sharing.