A classic panel van is an excellent way for surfers and business owners to enjoy the vintage fun

There’s just one problem: they’re not fun to drive like sports cars. But the fellow who updated this 1954 Ford F-100 Panel Delivery took care of that for you with a complete resto-mod build. There’s now a powerful V8, overdrive transmission, and four-wheel disc brakes. And did we mention it’s riding on the fully independent suspension of a C4 Corvette?!

The Ford trucks of this era already looked terrific with the rounded hood and well-defined flared fenders… and to this distinction, you add the rarity of the panel van body. The matte black is the ideal attitude for a restomod like this where it’s both aggressive and a bit elegant. And the darkness consumes not only the body, but also the grill, running boards, and bumpers. Its darker attitude helps draw attention to the remaining brightwork, like the classic Ford V8 badge up front and the polished American Racing wheels. And speaking of those alloys, they can’t help but showcase the upgraded attitude where you can see the lowered stance, upgraded brakes, and larger/wider rear set for a powerful appearance. It’s an overall cool style where the fit and finish snubs its nose at the upper class. It stands eye-to-eye with the family-style SUVs but makes those luxury wagons every time it rumbles away and shows them its tail lights.

Panel delivery vehicles were developed for utility, but this custom build makes sure to add in custom comfort, too. It starts with a set of Mopar bucket seats finished in supple leather. This has excellent bolstering for all-day comfort. They both power adjust, and there’s even a cup holder center console. The Grant steering wheel is on a tilt column, and you get a good view of the clean newer gauges. The fundamentals are in place, so you can drive it and enjoy it from day one. Plus, it leaves room in your budget to decide what you want the next level to be. A big stereo? Air conditioning? A fully furnished cargo area to showcase your business? This is your blank canvas.

The forward-tilt hood looks sporty and gives you a great view of the 302 cubic-inch V8 upgrade. It’s a nice-looking powerhouse that has extra muscle thanks to a Holley four-barrel carburetor, a ProComp intake, and headers feeding the side-exit dual exhaust. There are also good supporting pieces, like the HEI distributor and an aluminum radiator with an electric fan. It’s a powerful package, and you’ll love that you can utilize it to the fullest. After all, we bet you’ve checked out the undercarriage photos that show you this one has the fully independent sports suspension borrowed from a C4 Corvette. So this classic Panel Delivery will handle like no one ever would expect from a 1950 machine! And there’s the grip of modern sport tires and upgraded four-wheel disc brakes with drilled & slotted rotors for even more driving confidence. Plus, power steering and a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive make it a solid all-around cruiser.

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Location: Concord, North Carolina, United States