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1966 Ford F-250 Camper Special Specifications

by Chris O'Toole

When you own a Ford, you don't just own a truck. You're driving a staple of American history that dates back to the first mass-produced car, the Model T. Today's Fords combine that history with conventional appearance, but the 1966 Ford F-250 Camper Special is a living remnant of a time when the outdoors weren't so hard to come across. If you're lucky enough to have a '66 F-250, count your blessings and know the specs so you can maintain this classic truck.

Engine

The output of the F-250 is modest by today's standards. While some models feature a V8, most F-250 Camper Specials have a straight-six engine. Expect 150 horsepower if your truck has a 240 V6 and 170 horsepower if it has a 300 V6. At most, the engine has a towing capacity of 3/4-ton. The 4.9-liter engine is 300 cubic inches in area and features seven bearings and timing gears, but no timing belt.

Chassis

The Ford F-250 was designed as a heavier truck for the purpose of the slide-out camper that was popular at the time. To support the camper, the F-250 features a 129-inch wheelbase with 16- by 6.5-inch tires. The standard weight of the truck is about 3,500 pounds but can support a camper of 3,000 pounds or more. Early models featured two-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive was eventually added standard to the truck.

Build

The Ford F-250 was a drastic shift away from the usual truck of the era. It features a twin I beam suspension, supported by coil springs, to assist in the extra weight that the Camper Special hauled. Additionally, Ford introduced a four-door model, which had not been featured on any of its trucks before. Ford continued its tradition of offering a low gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for the F-250. With the addition of Mustang bucket seats, the truck became the number one compact pickup on the market in 1966.

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