1966 Ford F-100 Specificationsby Angela Johnson
The Ford Motor Company began manufacturing its F Series -- a line of full-size pickup trucks -- in 1948, to replace its previous line of car-based pickups. The 1966 Ford F-100, considered a fourth-generation model in the series, has since become a revered, classic truck.
Ford manufactured its 1966 F-100 with either a 240 cubic inch, in-line six-cyinder engine, which offered 150 horsepower, or a 300 cubic inch in-line six-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower. It had seven main bearings and timing gears, but didn't have a belt or chain. Ford also offered an optional 352 cubic inch, V-8 big block engine that boasted 172 horsepower.
Body Style and Chassis
The heavy-duty, half-ton F-100 came with either a two- or four-door crew cab, which remain popular options today. The two-door featured a 115-inch wheelbase with a 6.5-foot box; the four-door had a 129-inch wheelbase and an 8-foot box. Both styles had 7.75-by-15 tires, painted silver hubcaps and a padded dash, maintaining the same wide look that came with the change in the F-series' body in 1961.
The F-100 had the twin I-beam independent front suspension system with coil springs first introduced by Ford in 1965. This system allowed the two front axles to work independently, to absorb road shock and make for a much smoother ride on rough terrain as well as highways and city streets.
Ford offered a three-speed manual transmission as its standard on the F-100. Optional transmissions included a four-speed manual, an automatic and a heavy-duty, three-speed manual. The 1966 model marked the year Ford first manufactured the F-100 in two- and four-wheel drive.
Pricing and Options
In 1966, buyers could order a basic F-100 model for $1,951. Ford offered two different fender style options as well. The Flareside option, which had the fenders outside the box, boosted the truck's price to $2,069. The Styleside, which put the fenders inside the box, cost $2,085. Ford also offered a Stake Bed -- a flat bed with removable gates -- for $2,156. The two-wheel-drive truck had a total gross vehicle weight of 4,200 to 5,000 pounds., while the four-wheel-drive version weighed 4,600 to 5,600 pounds.
Angela Johnson started as a freelance writer in 2008. She brings over 14 years of experience as a marketing manager and public relations coordinator in the travel industry. She holds an Associate of Arts in fashion merchandising from Brooks College and a Bachelor of Science in child development from California State University, Fullerton.