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Happy Yellow 1955 Ford F-100 Makes Side-Mounted Spare Tires Cool Again

With some notable exceptions that mostly come from the off-road scene, side-mounted spare tires are a thing of the past. No modern-day vehicle goes for this approach - hell, some cars are better off with repair kits these days anyway - and that’s a bit of a shame.
1955 Ford F-100 side-mounted spare tire 16 photos
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Ever since the first cars started offering them (that happened right from the early days of the industry), spare tires were generally fitted outside of the vehicle’s body, either at the rear or on the passenger side. Slowly, this piece of hardware moved into the trunk, under the trunk, and in some cases, got eliminated altogether.

In the case of pickup trucks, the place you’d want to look for your spare tire is under it, between the rear axle and the rear bumper. On the custom car scene, some people turn to the bed as a storage location for the hardware, but very few opt to hang it on the side.

The builders of this 1955 example of a custom Ford F-100 were daring enough to go for a side-mounted spare. And we must admit, this arrangement doesn’t look half bad.

Of course, just hanging the thing out there wouldn’t have had the desired effect if it wasn’t for the bright yellow sprayed all over the body, perfectly complemented by the whitewall of the five tires.

The build is the result of restoration work that focused on all the elements of the pickup. The yellow of the exterior wraps around a perfectly contrasting black interior, which is kept simple and sports only the addition of custom gauges.

The engine on the truck is a 292-ci (4.8-liter) linked to a 3-speed manual transmission and showing 92,000 miles (148,000 km) of usage.

The 1955 Ford F-100 is for sale, with the dealer in charge of finding a new owner for it asking for $64,900.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

 
 
 
 
 

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