1959 Ford F100 Review

1959 Ford F100 312 cid Thunderbird swap from North America

Model year1959
Year of manufacture1959
First year of ownership1963
Most recent year of ownership1976
Engine and transmission 312 cid Thunderbird swap Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance195000 miles


Built Tough!


Engine upgrade from a 292 cid Ford motor, which was the original to a rebuilt 312 early Thunderbird engine. The old motor was still good, but I wanted more power to haul bricks and stone, and pull a trailer. Did this swap myself one weekend since it was so easy to work on.

4-speed manual transmission failed at 185000 miles. This, too, was easily swapped for a good used transmission for about $75.

General Comments:

The most amazing thing about the 1959 Ford truck is how THICK the body metal was. So thick that big cars couldn't door-ding the sides in parking lots no matter how hard it was hit.

The new trucks look pretty, handle better and have A/C, but they can't take the beating that the 50's Ford F-series could.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2005

26th Mar 2005, 10:30

I have a '59 with a rebuilt 223 that I wouldn't take anything for. She is big green and until I get her painted, UGLY LOL. I love this truck and would rather driver her than the 2001 ranger she replaced. Older trucks have character that the pretty trucks now can never match.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review