Stephen "Steamer" Stanley's 1953 Ford Sedan Delivery -
well worth the 15 yrs it took to finish it

It took a house fire, polite suggestions by his wife and neighbors, but finally "Steamer" restored his beautiful and rare 1953 Ford Sedan Delivery.



by Stephen "Steamer" Stanley, Napa, California

I purchased this 1953 Sedan Delivery in 1984 from the original owner, who used it to deliver tea in San Francisco. The cost was . . . $750.00. This was a heater delete model with a 6 cylinder, 3 speed column shift, no clock, no radio and only one sun visor. A basic model that was popular with fleet managers and tradesmen.

About a year after I acquired the Sedan Delivery our house was destroyed in a fire and the Sedan Delivery was badly damaged. After rebuilding our house, I stored the car in the garage. Periodically, my wife would ask me to get that piece of junk out of the garage. Unable to convince her it was a “Project Car” in need of a little attention, I would roll it out by the side of the house. My neighbors echoed the same sentiment as my wife and would politely ask if I would keep the car hidden. Well, 15 years later the light bulb with on and I decided to restore this classic.

Body parts were difficult to find as most of these Sedan Deliveries were used, abused and eventually made their way to scrap metal yard (smelters). However, I did find a junk yard in Napa that had a few Sedan Deliveries lying in rust with a few salvageable parts.

The power train is a Ford 302 (325 hp) with all the goodies -- Edelbrock carb, Hooker Headers, MSD Ignition all coupled to a C-4 automatic shifted by a B&M shifter. A persistent vapor lock issue was finally solved by the addition of 2 wooden clothes pins -- strategically placed -- on the fuel line. Old timers will well remember this trick ! The rebuilt suspension is stock, including the original drum brakes. Wheels are American Mag Torq-Thrusts. Paint is a sweet candy apple red .  .  . (Continued on the website).


  325 HP Ford 302 has Edelbrock carb, Hooker Headers and MSD Ignition. Old fashioned wooden clothes pins were added to the fuel line to cure a vapor lock issue -- now that's old school.

  The original "bucket" seats were tastefully recovered.