Back in the 50s (that resin cab is later)..there was a factory hood scoop and hood bird (hood ornament) optional on these old trucks. A friend of mine has a 56 that he and his dad searched the U.S. and Canada for every option available to put on it. AM radio\speaker, the better heater, the foot pump windshield washers,the big back window cab (only an option in 56), etc.
Mine only has two options..a heater with defrost (not the fancy one) and the spare tire mounted on the rear fender. That was only an option in 56 (not earlier).
Most of these things are repops now and added to any year..but several were not available until 56.
In fact, the Y-blocks are the same. Transmissions vary in the bigger trucks...not sure of what is in what size. Stock F-100 and 250 (3/4) ton was often just a 3 speed on the column. Then there was a 4 speed (floor shift) that had a granny gear also in some of the 3/4 tons.
Beyond that..not sure at all. Sorry
EDIT: 53 had the flathead still. 54 had an odd duck Y-block. 55 started the normal y-blocks.
when you go into that too...how many original 32 fords are left (just using that as an example)? yet..you go to a car show..there are hundreds (different styles) and yet all are labeled as a 32 ford. They are styled after..but are not the original car. Clones..or kits or whatever you call them.
If I remember right, Coddington got in trouble over titling some of his cars in CA as older cars..and nothing on them was old.
We are pretty far off the topic of model cars here. I am a newbie where that is concerned. No clue if any of the old kits (or assembled) are worth anything.
Yes...your correct in the real world. If chevy dipped an "A arm" at a certain angle in a certain color of black paint and someone put a red check mark on it at inspection...it better be there for a concourse restoration. It gets crazy at some point. LOL
Ford back in the day did not have the numbers matching part of it that chrysler and chevrolet did. There is no positive way to match the engine (only the year\size of the block). Yet...you see them advertised as numbers matching. Weird.
Mine will never be a concourse restoration. Its a very common vehicle and would not be worth any more "restored" than it is restomodded modern safety features added. I have only owned one vehicle in my life that I wish I had again...restored to factory specs. Oh well.
The man has a point. I see so many that say "frame off restoration"...and very very very few are. Anything that was not offered from the factory or as a dealer option is customized. Even the term restomod would be appropriate. I dislike anyone saying restored...when they are not.
With that being said, I own a 1:1 56 Ford F-100. Almost stock...but not quite. I would never claim it was restored. I have power brakes (hidden under the cab), dual reservoir master cylinder, radial tires, auto meter gauges (under the dash), headliner, and carpet. I have the original rubber floor mat, if someone ever wants to go back stock.
I will add seat belts (have them), when I redo the inside. Most of that is safety related changes (other than carpet and headliner the PO put in). The rest of the truck will remain stock.