1966 Ford F-100 V-8 / Specs, All Details

The truck featured in this article is the 1966 Ford F-100 Half Ton Pickup. The fourth generation of the Ford F-Series is a line of pickup trucks and commercial trucks that were produced by Ford from October 1960.

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1966 Ford F-100

Ford F-Series Fourth Generation

In 1961, Ford introduced a new team of F-Series pickup trucks. Longer and lower than its predecessors, the trucks had larger dimensions and new engine and gearbox choices.

One of the most dramatic changes to the series was the Stylesid, which featured a new integrated cab, and box. This particular feature would end up being discontinued after a few years.

In 1966, buyers could order a basic F-100 model for $1,950. Ford offered two different fender style options as well. The Flareside option, which had the fenders outside the box, raised the truck's price to $2,069. The Styleside, which put the fenders inside the box, cost $2,085.

To create the look, the Styleside was extended forward to become part of the cab. The new configuration eliminated the gap between the bed and the cab, removing an area where trapped dirt, mud snow led to corrosion.

fourth generation ford f seriesFord felt the new design would offer a cleaner appearance and increased strength.

This 1966 Ford F-100 is a wonderful example of designers and engineers doing everything correctly.

In 1966, a new "Low Silhouette" pickup featured a single speed transfer case and mono-beam front axle.The truck sat lower than a typical 4WD pickup but had a 2 inch higher break-over point. The mono-beam front axle used coil springs and large radius arms similar to the twin I-Beam used on 2 wheel drive trucks.

Other changes for 1966 were minor and primarily cosmetic.

It was a terrific year for Ford trucks. A restyled grille was the only change of note to the 1966 F-series pickup trucks. It was the second year of the "Twin I-Beam" front suspension system where the two front axles work independently to absorb road shocks. It also holds wheel alignment which reduces tire wear.

In combination with the new Flex-O-Matic rear suspension which adjusts spring stiffness, you are guaranteed a smooth ride. Flex-O-Matic is a progressive suspension system. When the vehicle is unloaded, the suspension is designed to offer a nice ride, but as the vehicle is loaded down, more of the spring rate comes into play, firming up the suspension. They operate better than standard springs/shackles if you plan on doing any kind of hauling or towing.

While 1966 was the first year for new options such as the 360 and 390 cu. in. V8 engines, it was the last year featuring this body style. Ford's F-Series trucks were restyled for the 1967 model year.

Ford chose 1967 to introduce its next generation (5th) of F-Series pickup trucks. Body lines became more squared and flat side panels were accented with a narrow indentation, which was highlighted by a stainless molding on the Ranger models.

Truck interiors became more "plush" (by 1967 standards) with the addition of a padded dash, padded sun visors, and seat belts with shoulder anchor harnesses, all as standard equipment.

Dual brakes were introduced in 1967 but engine choices remained the same as with the 66 models.

1966 Ford F-100 Specifications

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. Also, was an option for either a 360 or 390 cubic inch V8 engines.

ford f series model historyFord 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.

First year for "Twin I-Beam" front suspension.

There were two wheelbase lengths for 1966. These were 115.0 inches and 129.0 inches. 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.

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The F-Series has been America's best-selling truck for the 40 consecutive years since its introduction.

Ford's F-series followed changes in how buyers perceived trucks. Pickup trucks went from being something people used only for work to actually being a style and lifestyle statement of their own. Today there is certainly a collector base for earlier F Series Pickups.

As mentioned above, the 1966 Ford F-100 came in both a 115.0 inch and a 129.0 inch wheelbase. Average weight was about 3,200 lbs.

Current 1966 Ford F-100 values range from about $16,000 to $23,000 for excellent to museum quality trucks. Prices would be well under $10,000 for F-100's in good to fair condition.

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1939 Ford Deluxe Tudor Sedan / Specs, Model History

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The automobile featured in this article is a fine looking 1939 Ford Deluxe Tudor Sedan. The 1939 Fords were introduced on November 4, 1938.  Ford’s designs of the 1930's are iconic to this day for their upscale styling, standard features and high collector interest among automobile enthusiasts.

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1939 Ford Tudor Sedan

The 1939 Ford Design

There are automobile enthusiasts who contend that the 1939 Ford Deluxe was among the best looking models the Ford Motor Company ever built.

Design credit for the 1939 Fords go to legendary Ford designer Bob Gregorie along with certain styling touches by Edsel Ford.

Bob Gregorie was a yacht designer turned successful auto designer. Gregorie was named head of Ford's design department in 1935. When he retired from Ford in 1946 he returned to yacht designing. Gregorie had worked closely with Edsel Ford until the younger Ford died unexpectedly in 1943. Edsel Ford's passing eventually ushered in significant management changes at Ford Motor Company and it began Henry Ford's gradual withdrawal from the very company he founded.

1930's ford carsThe 39 Ford had a relatively long hood that included a low V shaped grille with vertical bars. Each bar has a different curve. Some maintained that the hood and grille looked somewhat like the bow of a boat. This design would last through the 1940 model year until longer and wider bodies came around in 1941.

Ford Deluxe and Standard Models

The 1939 Fords were once again divided into the Deluxe and the slightly cheaper Standard models. Whereas the new 1939 standard Fords looked very much like their previous year counterparts, Deluxe models received a more stylish front end as well as hydraulic brakes that were new for the whole line-up for the year. Model year 1939 would prove to be the last year for the floor shifted manual transmission until the popular Ford Thunderbird of 1955.

In 1939 The Ford Motor Company started using Lockheed type hydraulic brakes on their automobiles for the first time. Prior to 1939 Henry Ford believed that hydraulic brakes were essentially unsafe and was the last automaker to finally employ them. 

The 1939 Fords were once again divided into the Deluxe and the slightly cheaper Standard models.

1939 Ford Deluxe Two Door Sedan Specifications

Engines for the 1939 Ford Deluxe was a 221 cubic inch Flathead V-8.

Transmission was a floor mounted three speed manual.

Suspension was front and rear leaf springs.

Brakes were hydraulic drum.

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Fords best selling automobiles for 1939 was the Tudor and Fordor Sedans. 124,866 Standard and 144,333 Deluxe Sedans were built by Ford ranging in price from $680.00 to $745.00. Sedan options included bumper guards, radio, heater, clock, side view mirrors, deluxe hub caps and 16 inch white side wall tires.

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39 Ford Deluxe dashboard

Fords largest engine was a 90 horsepower V8 with 221 cubic inch displacement, a bore of 3 1/16 inches, a stroke of stroke, cast iron block and three main bearings. Ninety horsepower engines were used on the Model 91A.

Fords smaller 60 horsepower engine had a displacement of 136 cubic inches, a bore of 2 3/5 inches and a stroke of 3 1/5 inches. They were used on the Ford Model 922A. Both engines were fitted with Stromberg carburetors. All 39 Fords used a sliding gear three speed transmission, single dry plate clutch, shaft drive, 3/4 inch floating gear axle.

Ford built 487,000 vehicles for the 1939 model year. Out of that total 144,300 were Two Door Sedans.

The 1939 Ford Deluxe Collector Car

These vintage Fords have been favored by auto enthusiasts for decades. The 1939 convertible coupe models are considered rare cars. A total of 10,422 of the models were built for 1939. This was during a year that Ford Motor had total production of 487,000 vehicles. The Ford Deluxe was built from 1937 through 1940.

1939 fordThe very rare 1939 Ford Woody Wagon in museum condition has been known to sell at auction for north of $200,000. Total Wagon production in 1939 was only 6,155 vehicles making this a very rare collectible. You may find like condition Deluxe Sedans in the $50,000 to $60,000 range with Deluxe Convertibles garnering somewhat more. In any event, all of the 1939 Ford models that are restored to pristine condition with a high degree original parts are considered high priced vintage collector cars.

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The 1937 Buick Special / Specs, Photos, More

Featured in this article is a great looking 1937 Buick Special. Production of the Buick Special ran from 1926-1958 and from 1961-1969. During it's years of production the Buick Special changed from a full size model to a compact model and then to a mid-size model.

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1937 Buick Special

The Buick Special was introduced in 1936 and was Buick’s full size entry level car. Some might say that the 1937 and 1938 Buick Specials were the best looking automobiles during those two years.

Big Innovations at Buick During the 1930's

Setting aside the fact that the 1930's are known for the Great Depression which placed millions of people out of work and caused car prices and production to decrease significantly, the were big changes on the design and mechanical departments. Prior to the 1930's, car design coach works were very angular. The 1930's saw an emphasis placed on streamlining and graceful curves.

Competition was obviously intense during the difficult 30's and innovation could help sell cars. The year 1933 was particularly disastrous and is often recognized as the worst of the Great Depression. As an example, Buick sold a bit over 250,000 vehicle in 1927. For the 1933 model year Buick sold just under 50,000 units. The Buick division was hurting but General Motors was determined to keep Buick afloat and the fact the Buick was a part of GM helped save the day.

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New grille on the 37 Buick

The innovations brought into the market from Buick during the 1930's included the introduction of the famous 320 cubic inch, straight eight engine that was put into their big series cars. This occurred in 1936. This new designed engine would continue to be used through 1952. Also in 1936, Buick emploted hydraulic braking for the first time.

To mention a few more innovations brought out by Buick in the 1930's, these included a self shifting automatic transmission, aerobat carburetors, turbulator pistons and knee action independent front suspension.

The 1937 Buick Advantage

Buick promoted many advantages of their 1937 models. This included a powerful engine in it's OHV Straight Eight. Also, a Uni-Steel body by Fisher...Anolite pistons...a sealed chassis...hydraulic brakes...large trunk space...safety glass and more.

Buick also touted the fact that prices were some of the lowest in the automaker's history. The country of course was still caught up in the Great Depression which put some automakers into bankruptcy.

Styling Changes

There were styling changes for the 1937 Buick Special. Most notable was the change in grilles. The 36 Special sported a single grille and vertical bars. The 37 model had horizontal bars and a vertical divider bar down the middle.

Fenders were altered to have squared off ends and the height was lowered almost two inches along with the floor. As a result the space in the passenger compartment remained the same.

The 1937 Buick Special was available in eight different styles. These included a convertible phaeton, sport coupe, business coupe, convertible coupe, a two and four door touring sedan with an optional trunk

1937 Buick Special Specifications

The 37 Buick Special was built with a Overhead Valve 248 Cubic Inch Straight 8. The engine delivered 100 HP.

buick special late 1930'sThe gear box was a three speed manual floor shift.

Brakes were four wheel hydraulic drums.

Some of the options available on the 1937 Buick Special included a heater, dual side mounted tires, defroster, white side wall tires plus a grille guard. A buyer could also pay for a  dash installed radio with a built-in speaker.

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The kind of innovations that Buick introduced during the latter half of the 1930's make these automobiles highly desirable among antique auto enthusiasts.

The years of 1936, 1937 and 1938 and the innovations from Buick during those times represent  the division’s return to being a real market leader. These were new designs and new engineering that were truly progressive. More innovation was seen in 1939 but those three years from 36 through 38 helped keep Buick popular for many years to come. As a result of the progress that Buick made during those years, the division in 1938 moved up to fourth place among American production cars with about 174,000 vehicles.

buick special historyThe 1936-38 Buicks are relatively rare. Values and asking prices for those for sale differ greatly due to overall condition and degree of originality and restoration. As of this date we see a 1937 Buick Special Model 49 with an asking price of $19,000. A 1937 Buick Special Restomod at $35,000 and a 1937 Buick Roadmaster at $27,500. All vehicles mentioned have been restored to varying degrees. Also a 37 Buick Coupe at $26,000.

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