1964 Ford F-Series Specs
A modest list of styling changes and new options graced the F-Series for 1964, but the implications of those changes would ultimately have a greater impact on the evolution of pickup trucks in general.
That's because buyers who entered Ford showrooms for this model year weren't simply treated to yet another new grille design.
Now they could choose a variety of interior color schemes with more upscale trim. They had numerous exterior colors to choose from. They had new convenience options such as a lockable tool box built into the bed, and for the first time, they could get air conditioning.
A longer wheelbase allowed for a smoother ride, and additional sound deadening made things a bit quieter inside as well.
These changes were fairly small for 1964, but in the grand scheme of things it was a fairly large step towards the F-Series becoming a comfortable-yet-capable, everyday passenger vehicle. And even bigger changes were just over the horizon.
1964 Ford F-100 Video
We are not affiliated with the producer of this video... nice truck though:
What's New For 1964
Another slight grille change separates this model year from the rest, but the changes are much more than skin deep. Long-wheelbase trucks gained an extra six inches, and the unpopular integrated Styleside cab/bed (unibody) was dropped. New, larger vertical taillights have an increased reflector area to meet ICC lighting requirements. There was a new, optional right-hand spare tire carrier location (between the cab & wheel well in the box).
All trucks gained new double-walled pickup beds with easy-to-use, single-handle tailgates with "husky" heavy duty tailgate straps, and an all-new 262 cubic-inch inline six cylinder engine bridged the gap between the base I-6 and optional V-8. In addition to the new engine, Ford offered a new Heavy Duty Options package which conveniently bundled the numerous equipment upgrades previously offered separately.
Backing up the F-Series line was a new 2-year/24,000-mile factory warranty (up from 1-year 12,000 miles in 1963).
The self-adjusting feature on the drum brakes is now standard on the F-100 lineup. The secondary brake shoe lining thickness was increased to give 32% longer service life to the brakes.
1964 F-Series Model Lineup
F-Series models for 1964 included the F-100, F-250, and F-350, with four-wheel drive available on the F-100 and F-250.
Styleside and Stepside (Flareside) beds were available in either 6.5 or 8-foot lengths, with 8-foot beds now riding on a longer 128-inch wheelbase frame. Standard and Custom were the two trim levels available, with Custom trucks offering enhanced trim and additional options.
Here's an excerpt from the original 1964 F-100 Ford Trucks brochure:
New Separate Styleside Box - This new Ford pickup box design has double-walled side panels and tailgate for extra strength and to protect exterior sheetmetal from damage. The new boxes are 6 1/2 feet long with 114-inch wheelbase and 8 feet long the new 128-inch wheelbase is six inches longer than previous models.
New Tailgate Latch - The '64 Styleside pick up has a new, unique, one-hand-operated tailgate latch located at the top center of the tailgate. Ford's new double-wall tailgate is extra strong, yet you can open it level or snap it shut with only one hand. Latching is automatic No chains to rattle ... no hooks to fumble.
New Husky Tailgate Straps - Heavy steel hinge-type tailgate straps are tough enough to support a ton ... automatically support the tailgate in a horizontal position when the latch is released. To permit lowering the tailgate to a vertical position, straps detach from the tailgate as easily as old-style chains.
New Lockable Tool Box - Optional with the new separate Styleside pickups is a tool storage compartment, conveniently located ahead of the right rear wheel. Storage compartment maximum dimensions are 6 5/8" x 18" x 17 1/2" with the 6 1/2-ft pickup box, and 6 5/8" x 32" x 17 1/2" with the 8-ft box. The compartment is below the pickup box floor and does not interfere with the cab or loadspace.
Also, from the brochure is this next bit.
Additional Value Features Are...
- New, larger vertical taillights with increased reflector area meet ICC lighting requirements
- New optional right-hand spare tire carrier location (right front area of pickup box) provides safer curbside access to spare tire. Left-side mounting is also available. Underfloor mounting is standard.
- New Heavy-Duty Equipment Package is available.
Engines / Powertrain Specs
A new 262 cubic-inch inline six cylinder engine joined the 233 cubic-inch I-6 and 292 cubic-inch V-8 engines to power the F-Series.
The new engine slotted perfectly between the two existing engines, producing 152 horsepower and 237 lb-ft of torque. The three-speed manual continued as the base transmission, with heavy-duty three or four-speed manuals and the Cruise-O-Matic automatic all optional.
|Engine||Availability||Gross Horsepower / Torque|
233 cid I6
|F-100, F-250, F-350||
135 / 200
262 cid I6
|F-100, F-250, F-350||
152 / 237
292 cid V8
|F-100, F-250, F-350||
160 / 270
Standard Features & Available Options
Major standard features include:
- 38 pounds of insulation used in the interior
- 233 cubic-inch six cylinder engine
- Integrated cab/bed design for Styleside trucks
- Three-speed manual transmission
- Color-keyed vinyl bench seat
- Dome light
- Driver side sun visor
- Ash tray
- Single-speed windshield wipers
- Rear view mirror
- Turn signals
Major options/packages include:
- 262 cubic-inch I-6 engine
- 292 cubic-inch V-8 engine
- Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission
- Heavy Duty Equipment Package (70 amp generator, heavy-duty clutch, heavy-duty front / rear springs, extra cooling radiator)
- Air Conditioning
- Two-speed windshield wipers
- AM radio
- Two-tone exterior finish
- Perforated headliner
- Driver door zippered storage compartment
- Cigarette lighter
- Passenger sun visor
- Driver door arm rest
- Additional seat cushioning
- Interior chrome trim
- Satin finish instrument cluster
- Bright metal grille & head lamp housings
- Bright metal windshield trim
- Chrome rear bumper
- Chrome hubcaps
Available exterior paint color choices for 1964 include:
- Rangoon Red
- Bengal Tan
- Raven Black
- Pagoda Green
- Holly Green
- Caribbean Turquoise
- Academy Blue
- Skylight Blue
- Wimbledon White
- Pure White
- Chrome Yellow
Red 64 F-100 photos shown are used with permission of ClassicCarLiquidators.com
1964 Ford F-Series Resources
- KillBillet.com - 1964 F-100 Build (lots of pics)
- Slick60s.com - Frame-off '64 F-100 Restoration Photos
- 1948-79 Ford F-Series Forum