What Are Some Specifications of the F-100 Series Ford?


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Introduced in 1953, the Ford F100 included a longer hood, horizontal grille bars, new cabs with a wider glass area, a new hood emblem and an automatic transmission option. The F100 is also called the Second Generation and encompasses Ford trucks from 1953 to 1956.

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In celebration of its Golden Anniversary, the Ford Motor Company completely re-designed the F-Series line of trucks in 1953. This was the first re-design since 1948. Ford also changed the trucks' designation from Bonus Built models to the Economy Truck Line. The model designation was a change from the former F-1 designation, and the naming scheme change remains in place today. Improved engines and an updated chassis were additional upgrades of the F-100.

The 1953 F-100 was the last model to have a flathead engine, as the flathead was replaced by the 239 CID overhead valve Y-block V8 in 1954. With the new, six-cylinder engine, power steering became available as an option in the F-100. Additionally, the F-100 introduced a few new interior amenities, such as dome lights, cigarette lighters, arm rests, sun visors and radios. In 1956, seatbelts became available.

The F-100 was classified as a full-size pickup truck, and it was manufactured as a two-door pickup or a two-door panel truck. The layout included a front engine with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

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