1953 Ford F100 Trucks

Ford Truck VIN Tag Image 1953 was an important year for Ford trucks. Ford pickups were 50 years old and Ford launched the first F-100 pickup. A 50 year anniversary horn button was installed in 1953 Ford trucks. The new F-100’s were a little larger inside the cab and more attention was paid to styling over the F1. 53 was also the last year of the Flathead V8 engine, making the 53 Ford truck an interesting transition between the first 50 years of Ford trucks and the last 30.

1953 Ford trucks came with a 6 volt wiring system, vacuum wiper system, straight front axle with drum brakes and no turn signals. Optional equipment consisted of a Deluxe package made up of 6 chrome “teeth” on the front grille and chrome gull wing surrounds on the side of the hood.

3 Engine options were available: O.H.V. 6 Cylinder-215 cid, L-Head 6 Cylinder-254 cid and the L-Head 8 Cylinder-239 cid (Flathead). Most 53 F100 trucks came with a 3 speed transmission shifted on the column. V8 trucks had a chrome V8 emblem on the center of the grille while 6 cylinder trucks had a chrome 3 pointed star.

Most parts interchange between 1953 – 1955 F100 trucks and some 1956. 53 – 55 ford trucks are basically the same except for trim and engine options. The grille on the 53 F100 is unique to that year. Front parking lights are the same on 53 and 54 F100 models, as well as the lower valance that runs below the grille. Gull wing chrome and the F100 hood emblems are the same on 53 and 54 F100 trucks.

1953 Ford F100 Truck Parts

53 F100 Production Numbers
YearPickupsPanel Trucks


YearModel Code


YearTruckSerial Code
1953F-100 ConventionalF10
1953F-250 ConventionalF25
1953F-350 ConventionalF35
1953P-350 Parcel DeliveryP36
1953F-500 ConventionalF51
1953B-500 School BusB51
1953C-500 Cab ForwardC51
1953P-500 Parcel DeliveryP51
1953F-600 ConventionalF61
1953B-600 School BusB61
1953C-600 Cab ForwardC61


1953 Engine Codes
DO.H.V. 6 Cylinder-215 cid
ML-Head 6 Cylinder-254 cid
RL-Head 8 Cylinder-239 cid (Flathead)


53-55 Transmissions
33-Speed Regular
3HD3-Speed Heavy Duty
AUTO3-Speed Automatic
3OD3-Speed Overdrive
4SYN4-Speed Synchronized
5DIR5-Speed Direct
5OD5-Speed Overdrive


Assembly Plant CodePlant Location
HDetroit Truck
KKansas City
LLong Beach
PTwin City


1953 Paint CodePaint Color Name
ARaven Black
BSheridan Blue
CGlacier Blue
DWoodsmoke Gray
GSeafoam Green
RMeadow Green
SSSpecial Order