DTO: Drag and Drop: 1953 Ford F100 with Ford Explorer chassis

Debuting in 1954, the second-generation Ford F100 sported a 110-inch wheelbase, which is just 1.5 inches off of the second-gen Explorer. Sandwiching one body to the other frame together must be as easy as dragging and dropping elements in Photoshop, right? Regardless of the labor put into it, the result is the restomod you see here. In flat black with 20-inch chrome torque thrust wheels, it’s sure to be embraced by tasteless casuals a discerning buyer looking for modern convenience with an old-school facade. Find this 1953 Ford F100 restomod for sale in Dallas, TX for $22,000 via craigslist.

You may remember the second-generation Explorer from the Ford Exploder tire controversy, or the one Saleen used for the Saleen Explorer XP8. Its 5.0-liter fuel-injected pushrod Windsor engine offers a useful 211 horsepower and 274 lb-ft of torque over the F100’s output of maybe 100 horsepower. Also useful are disc brakes all around, modern HVAC, a CD player, and such novelties as seatbelts.

The seller emphasizes the gas tank’s new location under the bed, like we’re supposed to thank him or her for it. It is assumably safer and results in more even weight distribution, but hold your applause until you look at the fuel filler cap: square in the middle of the bed. That placement isn’t the sole wrench in the gears of an otherwise work-ready hauler; this truck spilled Pumpkin Spice Latte all over its blue-collar timesheet long ago. It’s just a bit inconvenient.

This build is more civil and significantly less expensive than an F100 show truck. However, it raises a big question: what poor sap got stuck with a 1996 Explorer body with 1953 F100 mechanical components? “It may look like a mommy-mobile, but under the hood is a straight-6 with 100 horsepower! Also, the interior gave me tetanus.”

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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.