1953 International T-100
1953 International T-100 -
- 383ci/475hp Stroker V8 Motor w/Turbo 350 Transmission - $35k into the body and paint - Ford 9-Inch Rear End - Camaro Sub Frame
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A '53 International on the road is a rare thing these days, but a bright purple, chopped, all custom '53 International is an anomaly! This custom truck has hours and hours of work and imagination that have helped make it what it is as you see it here. The list of what is standard is extremely short compared to all the custom touches on this truck. The more you look at it the more details you see. This International had a feature in Trucks Magazine, and is an AutoRama class winner.
It's hard to miss the wild exterior paint and styling - this truck looks ready to go down the strip at high speed. Low to the ground, bulging fenders, chopped top, smooth tailgate, rear spoiler, and w-i-d-e Cragar wheels on the rear are just a few exterior highlights to rattle off. A body color, debadged grill is flanked by simple round headlights and square turn signals. Hand painted pin stripes break up the yards and yards of purple that cover the curves, bulges, and custom body lines. Over $30k in body and paint work were put into the exterior.
The interior is finished in tweed, which has a slight purple tint to it. Overall the interior is pretty sparse, just left neat and simple. Bucket seats, Painless wiring switches, a Hurst shifter, Grant steering wheel, and an array of AutoMeter gauges are about all there is inside this purple custom creation. The chopped roof makes it a cozy place to be.
Under the hood is a 383ci Stroker V8 mated to a TH350 transmission. The engine is said to produce approximately 475 horsepower, which is delivered to the massive rear tires through a 9” Ford rear end. Speaking of tires, the polished Cragar wheels are wrapped in Mickey Thompson tires at the rear and BF Goodrich at the front. The engine bay is tidy and features plenty of dress-up parts and pieces to further enhance the look. The engine is cradled by a Camaro subframe. As you can see in the pictures, this truck sits really low. This is possible thanks to coilover suspension, so ride height is adjustable if you don't want it as low as it sits in our photos.
Custom trucks aren't a rarity, but an International pickup customized to the extent that this one has been are rare. Hours of blood, sweat, and tears have gone into this one of a kind truck, which is sure to leave jaws on the floor at shows or events. Be sure to check out all the photos and video on our main website: Garage Kept Motors. Call if interested or e-mail with any questions. Thank you for looking.