Ford F-Series fourth generation

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Fourth generation
1963 Ford F-100.jpg
1963 Ford F100
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Mercury M-Series
Production 1961–1966
Assembly Cuautitlan, Mexico
Dearborn, Michigan, USA
Edison, New Jersey, USA
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Long Beach, California, USA
Norfolk Assembly (Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
General Pacheco, Argentina (Ford Argentina)
Hapeville, Georgia, USA
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
San Jose, California, USA
Wayne, Michigan, USA
Lorain, Ohio, USA
Oakville, Ontario, Canada (Oakville Assembly)
Salisbury, Rhodesia (FMCR)
Body and chassis
Class Full-size pickup truck
Body style 2-door pickup
4-door crew-cab pickup
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine 223 CID (3.7 L) Mileage Maker I6
292 CID (4.8 L) Y-block V8
240 CID (3.9 L) I6
300 CID (4.9 L) I6
352 CID (5.8 L) FE V8
Dimensions
Wheelbase 115 inches (2,921 mm)[1] (short bed)
128 inches (3,251 mm) (long bed)
Chronology
Predecessor Ford F-Series third generation (1957–1960)
Successor Ford F-Series fifth generation (1967–1972)

The fourth generation Ford F-Series was a line of pickup trucks and commercial trucks produced from 1961 to 1966 by Ford Motor Company. Lower and wider than its predecessor, the new F-Series introduced several firsts to the truck line. In Canada, the F-Series continued to be distributed by Mercury dealers as the M-Series.


1961-1962[edit]

Along with the traditional separate Styleside/Flareside boxes, Ford introduced unibody trucks; these integrated the cab and the box into a single body.

1963-1964[edit]

Due to poor market reception, the unibody trucks were dropped after 1963. The only way to distinguish the 1963-64 models in appearance from the later models of the fourth generation is that the turn signals are horizontal to the headlights, for the 1965-66 models the turn signals are placed above the headlights.

1965-1966[edit]

While the body remained largely unchanged, the 1965 F-Series was given an all-new chassis. This would go on to underpin the F-Series until 1979; consequently, many parts from 1965–1979 interchange such as brakes and motor mounts. An all-new Twin I-Beam front suspension was introduced with coil springs; 1965-1966 F-Series trucks are distinguished a "TWIN I-BEAM" emblem on the front fender. Twin I-Beam front suspension would go on to be adopted across the light-duty Ford truck lineup and is still in use in the 2013 E-Series vans. To give the 1965 F-Series the same passenger capacity as the majority of its car lineup, the F-Series now included a 4-door crew-cab model.

In 1965, the 300-cubic inch (4.9 L) straight six was introduced (a larger version of the 240-cubic inch Six). It had 7 main bearings and timing gears (no chain or belt). The 300 six would remain in the F-Series lineup until the end of the 1996 model year. With the introduction of the 208-hp FE V8, output surpassed 200 hp in the F-Series for the first time

Models[edit]

1965 Ford F-100 4X4
  • F-100 (F10, F11, F14): 1/2 ton (4,000–5,000 GVWR max)
  • F-100 (F18, F19)(4×4): 1/2 ton (4,000–5,600 GVWR max)
  • F-250 (F25): 3/4 ton (7,400 GVWR max)
  • F-250 (F26)(4×4): 3/4 ton (4,900 GVWR max)
  • F-350 (F35): 1 ton (9,800 GVWR max)

The Camper Special was built heavier for the slide in campers that were becoming increasingly popular during this time. Ford still offered a "Low GVWR" version of each model. In 1965, the Ranger name first appeared as a styling package for the F-Series pickup trucks. The interior featured bucket seats (from the Mustang) and a curtain over the gas tank which was behind the seats in the cab.

Powertrain[edit]

Engine Years Power
223 CID Mileage Maker I6 1961–64 114 hp (85 kW)
262 CID Mileage Maker I6 1961–64 132 hp (98 kW)
292 CID Y-block V8 1961–64 170 hp (130 kW)
240 CID Straight-6 1965–66 150 hp (110 kW)
300 CID Straight-6 1965–66 170 hp (130 kW)
352 CID FE V8 1965–66 208 hp (155 kW)
1961 Ford F-100 Pickup 
1966 Mercury M-100 
1966 Mercury M-350 Tow Truck 
1966 Ford F-100 with optional toolbox in side of bed 
1962 Mercury M-100 

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