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.

1966 ford f 100 specs

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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1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible / Specs, Photos, More

 

Our featured car is a 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible. This very popular Pontiac model came into being in 1967 during John Z. Deloreans tenure at General Motors. The first generation Firebirds included the 1967 through 1969 models. The first generation Pontiac Firebird  offered two different design options for buyers. These were a  2-door hardtop coupe and a convertible.

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1969 Pontiac Firebird

1969 Restyling

The 1969 Pontiac Firebird received a restyling similar to the same year Camaro's. Restyling included broader fenders with a new front end that separated the headlights from the grille. There was a minor change to the interior and with the exception of these three things the Pontiac Firebird had the same elements as the 68 model.

The Pontiac Firebird and the Chevy Camaro

Both being models from General Motors, some may think that the first 1967 Pontiac Firebird was merely a repackaging of the Camaro, but that really is not an accurate picture. There is no doubt at all that the Pontiac Firebird when it was first introduced in 1967 was influenced by the Camaro particularly with the Firebird hitting the market five months after the Chevy Camaro. The Firebird may have never have been developed had it not been for the Camaro but there was a basic difference. The Pontiac Firebird utilized genuine Pontiac engines. The Firebird would clearly distinguish itself from Camaro and would attract much more popularity during the 1970's.

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Distinctive Firebird front end

Pontiac Firebird buyers had the choice of six and eight cylinder engines. The Firebird was using a Camaro chassis and some body panels. Regardless, the Firebird’s styled split front grille, beaked hood, and GTO slitted taillights gave it a distinctly Pontiac appearance. What really set the Firebird apart from the Chevy Camaro was found under the hood. The Firebird offered a good selection of Pontiac engines.

As an example, the “Sprint” version got the buyer a 230 inline 6 with a 4 barrel carburetor rated at 215 HP. Either one of the six cylinder engines was linked to either a three or four speed manual or two-speed automatic transmission. The majority of Firebird buyers however chose one of the available V8 engines. At the bottom was Pontiac’s 326 V8 with a two barrel carb that was rated at 250 bhp. A special “H.O.” (High Output) version of the 326 V8 along with a four barrel carburetor was rated at 285 HP. The biggest V-8 was the 400 V8 that was taken from the Pontiac GTO and it was rated at 325 HP.

The 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM

Of special note for 1969 was the introduction of the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Pontiac had to pay the SCCA for use of the Trans Am name but it turned out to be well worth it. The Trans AM name is very recognizable even today. The Pontiac Trans Am was built with the Ram Air III at 335 HP engine hooked up to a heavy duty 3-speed manual, or the Ram Air IV at 345 HP with a 4-speed manual. The Trans AM with a great sports look came with a rear spoiler, dual hood and fender scoops, lower sports suspension, large performance tires, bigger anti-sway bars. The model had a race car look of blue stripes on a white background. The Pontiac Trans AM was known for great looks and superb handling.

1969 Pontiac Firebird Specifications

As noted above, there was a variety of engines and horsepower available to Firebird buyers. In 1969 there were eight different engines available. There were two Inline six engines and six V-8's. Horsepower ranged from 175 to 345.

Brakes were front disc with rear hydraulic drums.

Front suspension was independent coil springs and rear was longitudinal springs and live axle.

1969 firebird dashboard

Firebird dash

Wheelbase was 108.1 inches, overall length 191.1 inches, width 73.9 inches and height 49.6 inches. Average curb weight was 3,500 lbs.

For the 1969 model year, there were a total of 87,708 Pontiac Firebirds built. For the same model year there was a total of 697 Trans AM's produced. As a comparison, Chevy produced 243,000 Camaro's for 1969.

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First Generation Pontiac Firebird Collector Values

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The first generation Pontiac Firebirds are very popular collector cars. When you consider that under 700 Trans AM's were built in 1969 and of those only eight Trans AM convertibles were built, you have some rare cars indeed.

At this date, valuations cover a wide range due to overall condition, originality, mileage and model. In general the Trans AM's are valued higher. Asking prices are generally from $25,000 to $75,000 with exceptions on both ends.

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1968 Jeepster Convertible / Model History, Specifications, More

The vehicle featured in this article is a terrific looking 1968 Jeepster Convertible. The Jeepster can be an off road vehicle but it also is truly a street vehicle. What you had here was a vehicle that could be used off road with carpeting, seating for four and air conditioning. Something you wouldn't see in off roaders at the time although it didn't take long for competitors to come up with similarly appointed off road vehicles.

1968 jeepster specifications

1968 Jeepster from Kaiser-Jeep

For the 1968 model year there were three Jeepster models available. These were the Jeepster Hurricane Convertible with a 134 cubic inch four cylinder engine delivering 75 HP. The Jeepster Dauntless Convertible V-6 with 160 HP and the Jeepster Dauntless Convertible V-6 with 160 HP and with a three speed automatic.

Jeepster From the Jeep

One of the most versatile and long lasting automotive brands that has survived the decades, and continues to be very popular, is the Jeep. The Jeep brand itself had it's start around 1940 as one of the most popular US military vehicles ever built. The Jeep brand has changed ownership several times over the decades, changed designs many times as well, and continues to be one of America's top selling brands.

The term "Jeep" was used to describe The Jeep MB or Willys MB. As is the case with some other car nameplates, the term "jeep" has a few different versions as to how it was arrived at. The first version is that army mechanics at one time used the term "Jeep" to describe any new untested vehicle.

1968 jeepster

The off road Jeepster

It was after the war that Willys-Overland Motor Company began building the new Jeep civilian model which they named the Jeep CJ. The company also came out in 1950 with their new Jeep military version which was called the M38. The new M38 was designed off the 1949 civilian jeep. With a reputation of building military vehicles during World War Two, it's no surprise that the Jeep name had car buyers thinking of ruggedness and durability.

Willys-Overland, Kaiser-Jeep and American Motors Built the Jeepster

Willys-Overland produced the Jeepster from 1948 through 1950. During those three model years 19,100 Jeepsters were built. The original Jeepsters were positioned to fill the gap between the post war Jeep CJ and the one ton family wagon. They were designed by well known industrial designer Brooks Stevens. The company was said to have failed to market the Jeepster effectively including little advertising and which led to the production stop after the 1950 model.

The Jeepster name came back in 1967 being produced by Kaiser-Jeep which had taken  over Willys-Overland back in 1953. American Motors took over Kaiser-Jeep in 1970.

1968 Jeepster Specifications / Kaiser-Jeep

Base models came with a 75-horsepower F-Head 134 cubic inch four-cylinder engine. This wasn’t a lot of power, but neither was it unusually low for this model segment, and the Jeepster wasn’t considered heavy. For those willing to spend a bit more, there was the 155-horsepower, 225 cubic-inch Dauntless V-6 brought over from Buick.

This engine allowed the Jeepster to hit 60 mph in 12.6 seconds and a top speed of 87 mph.

When American Motors began Jeepster production in 1972 all engines were Inline Six Cylinders.

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The outside mounted spare tire differentiates the model from the Commando

Gearbox was a three speed manual.

Leaf springs comprised the front and rear suspension.

Overall length was 175.3 inches, width was 65.2 inches with a wheelbase of 101.0 inches. Curb weight was 2,835 lbs.

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Jeepster dash

Jeepster Collector Cars

The Jeepster has been a very popular vehicle and collector values for the earlier models are strong. As an example, restored 1950 Willys Jeepsters are currently in the $30,000 plus price range. Interestingly enough, you might find prices a bit higher on the later model Jeepsters in the same restored condition. The Jeepster model itself is considered a true piece of automotive history and this should go a long way in keeping it's popularity high.

Most of the Jeepsters produced were Commando models and the non Commando Jeepster more luxurious model is identified with the spare tire mounted on the rear outside the vehicle. Commando models had the spare tire inside. The non-Commando models are indeed much more rarer.

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