1953 - 1956 F-100 Pickup Trucks

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1955 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck

1955 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

F-100 Pickup Trucks at the 2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

In mid May of 2009, Knoxville, Tennessee was the host city for the Ford F-100 Supernationals. Daily rains tried to break up the gathering, but the truck enthusiasts proved they were up to the challenge and stayed around to finish the show.

The show was born about 15 years ago as a 1953-56 F-100 event, but has grown to include all years of Ford trucks and even a section for Ford performance cars. This '53-'56 gallery illustrates that a pickup truck can be whatever you want it to be, from a pure restoration to a radical custom. You can spend thousands of dollars for professional work or you can perform DIY work on the truck in your own garage.

A recent trends in street rods is the rat rod -- vehicles that (at first glance) look like they'd been parked in a barn or field for decades. Take a closer look and you'll see that the weathered appearance isn't an accident. In fact, getting the rat rod "look" can be just as expensive as any customization.

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

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Heavily Customized 1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck

Customized 1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

This '56 F-100 truck has loads of custom features, like a forward tilting hood, a dump-style bed, lowered suspension and a modern powertrain. Chrome and polished aluminum is used throughout, and a mirror under the bed reveals that the frame and suspension is as detailed as the rest of the truck.

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Lowered & Customized 1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck

Lowered 1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

Door handles and vent windows were eliminated when this 1956 F-100 pickup truck was customized. Additional modifications include lowering, 4-wheel disc brakes and a custom, 2-tone paint job.

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Heavily Modified Ford F-100 Pickup Truck

Modified Ford F-100 Pickup Truck
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

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1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck

1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

This nicely restored 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck attracted lots of lookers.

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1953 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck Converted to 4WD

1953 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

Many of the pickup trucks at the Knoxville event were lowered. This owner took the opposite approach, raising his F-100 and adding a late-model 4WD system.

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1956 Ford F-100 Rat Rod

1956 Ford F-100 Rat Rod
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

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1956 Ford F-100 Rat Rod with Dodge Viper V-10 Engine

1956 Ford F-100 Rat Rod
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

Don't let the truck's exterior fool you -- there's a Dodge Viper V-10 Engine hiding under its hood.

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1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck

1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

Satin paint looks good on this lowered '56 F-100.

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1956 Ford F-350 Pickup Truck

1956 Ford F-350 Pickup Truck
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

I think this 1956 Ford truck is an F-350, but it could be a heavier duty model.

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1956 Ford F-100 Panel Truck

1956 Ford F-100 Panel Truck
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

Ford's panel trucks were used mostly by businesses that needed to carry cargo or equipment in a dry environment.

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1955 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck

1955 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck
2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals, Knoxville, TN. © Dale Wickell

2009 Ford F-100 Supernationals

The reflections visible on this truck give you an idea just how glossy its paint job is. Wide whitewall tires with trim rings and small wheel caps offset and accent the bright red paint.