1965 Ford F-Series F100 F250 Specs
It could be argued that 1965 signaled the beginning of the modern F-Series pickup truck.
At the very least, 1965 forever altered the course of the genre, delivering pickups from a single-use, rough-and-tumble destiny to a bimodal machine strong enough to haul heavy loads of cargo, yet comfortable and luxurious enough to serve as a daily-driven commuter vehicles.
What's more interesting is that 1965 didn't mark a significant design change for the F-Series; the fifth-generation trucks were still two years away but the few changes that did occur in 1965 amounted to nothing less than a major leap forward in F-Series evolution.
What's New For 1965
Without a doubt, the biggest news for the F-Series was the introduction of Ford's Twin I-Beam independent front suspension for two-wheel drive pickups.
By this time Chevrolet had already launched a more traditional independent front suspension on their two-wheel drive trucks, which made them more comfortable for passenger duties but at the same, the design raised questions about durability.
Ford's approach essentially split the original single I-beam into two sections, with each mounting to the frame off of the center point. As such, each front wheel gained independent motion while retaining the strength and durability of a solid axle.
F-Series ride quality was significantly enhanced, and the basic Twin I-Beam design was such a hit that it would stay with Ford pickups for the remainder of the 20th century.
Other changes for 1965 include more styling tweaks for the grille, with front marker lights moving to positions above the headlights.
Ford's first ever Crew Cab debuted midway through this model year as a special-order option; the first Camper Special package was unveiled, and the iconic Ranger nameplate was introduced, denoting a new luxury trim level that offered items such as carpeting, bucket seats, and an optional center console.
New for '65 was an optional bright-metal side moldings on separate Styleside bodies.
1965 Ford F-100 Videos
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1965 F-Series Model Lineup
Though extremely rare, F-Series trucks gained an extra set of doors to mark the first factory Crew Cab, available only as a special order option.
Equally rare was the new Ranger package, which served as a sporty top-of-the-line model with carpeting, bucket seats and other trim enhancements.
Two-wheel drive F-100 and F-250 trucks received the new Twin I-Beam suspension, while the beefier F-350 soldiered on with the single I-Beam front axle. Four-wheel drive was available on F-100 and F-250 models, while Styleside and Flareside beds were available across the line. In addition to the Ranger, Standard and Custom were the only other F-Series trim levels.
Engines / Powertrains
More power accompanied the many changes for 1965. Both inline six-cylinder engines increased in size; the base mill became a 240 cubic-inch I-6 with the now-legendary 300 cubic-inch I-6 becoming the mid-level option.
For the power seekers, a 352 cubic-inch V-8 served up 208 horsepower. 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|
240 cid I6
|F-100, F-250, F-350||
150 / 234
300 cid I6
|F-100, F-250, F-350||
170 / 283
352 cid V8
|F-100, F-250, F-350||
208 / 315
1965 Ford F-100 F-250 Truck Brochure
Here is a rather large excerpt from the original 1965 brochure:
BIGGEST TRUCK NEWS IN YEARS!
F-100 AND F-250 TRUCKS OFFER MANY NEW FEATURES FOR '65: In addition to Ford's great new Twin-I-Beam independent suspension, 1965 F-100 and F-250 Fords give you a host of new features.
NEW DURABILITY: Study these new Fords carefully and you'll discover that they are built to last longer. For example, the new Twin-I-Beam suspension, new SAE standard parallel-rail frames, new bigger engines, progressive-type rear springs, rugged new transmissions, and extra corrosion protection for critical areas give Ford trucks greater durability than ever before.
NEW RIDE AND FEEL: Ford's exclusive Twin-I-Beam front suspension and progressive rear springs provide superior riding balance that must be felt to be believed. You can detect virtually no front-end dive when brakes are applied, no "mushing out" on curves, no loss of steering control when you need it most!
NEW PERFORMANCE: Three new more powerful engines, a 240-cu. in. Six, a 300-cu. in. Big Six and a 352-cu. in. V-8 give the 1965 Ford F-100 and F-250 trucks more power than ever before. From swift and sure to screeching hot, these new Fords deliver the power - when and where you need it!
NEW ECONOMY: Ford's new larger engines can cruise at lower engine rpm's, therefore last longer and use less fuel than their predecessors. Oil change and chassis lubrication periods have been extended to 6,000 miles or six months. Result: less truck downtime and lower maintenance costs.
NEW COMFORT: Driver comfort has been substantially increased by Ford's unique Twin-I-Beam suspension; repositioned shock-absorbing steering column; increased head and leg room; redesigned fresh air ventilating system; smaller, more effective heater, and brake and clutch pedals that require less effort to operate.
NEW STYLE: 1965 Ford F-100's and F-250's are handsome trucks. New grille, color-keyed interiors and new optional bright-metal side moldings on separate Styleside pickup bodies make them the most attractive trucks on the road.
Standard Features & Available Options
Major standard features include:
- 240 cubic inch six cylinder engine
- Three-speed manual transmission
- Twin I-Beam front suspension
- Color-keyed interior
- Fresh air heater
- Dome light
- Driver side sun visor
- Ash tray
- Single-speed windshield wipers
- Rear view mirror
- Turn signals
Major options/packages include:
- 300 cubic-inch I-6 engine
- 352 cubic-inch V-8 engine
- Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission
- Ranger Package (bucket seats, carpeting, optional center console)
- Camper Special Package #1 (heavy-duty front/rear springs, 55-amp alternator, high-capacity radiator, oil & amp gauges, western style mirrors)
- Custom Camper Package #2 for F-250 (package #1 plus deluxe fresh air heater, emergency flashers, two-speed windshield wipers, windshield washers, driver storage compartment, dual horns)
- Deluxe Camper Package #3 for F-250 (packages 1 & 2 plus padded dash, seat belts, two-tone paint, chrome bumper, passenger side tool storage compartment)
- Air Conditioning
- AM radio
- Emergency flashers
- Dual horns
- Two-speed windshield wipers
- Two-tone exterior finish
- All-vinyl seat trim
- Deluxe interior trim
- Perforated headliner
- Padded dash
- Seat belts
- 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 bumpers
- Chrome hubcaps
Available exterior paint color choices for 1965 include:
- Rangoon Red
- Raven Black
- Navajo Beige
- Holly Green
- Caribbean Turquoise
- Springtime Yellow
- Arcadian Blue
- Marlin Blue
- Wimbledon White
- Pure White
- Chrome Yellow
1964 Ford F-Series VIN Decoder
The VIN plate is stamped on the rating plate. The first three digits identify the series: F10 = F-100 2WD, F11 = F-100 4WD, F25 = F-250 2WD, F26 = F-250 4WD, F35 = F-350
The fourth digit denotes the engine: B = 300cid I6, D = 292cid V8, J = 240cid I6
The fifth digit denotes the assembly plant:
- A = Atlanta, Georgia
- D = Dallas, Texas
- E = Mahwah, New Jersey
- F = Dearborn, Michigan
- G = Chicago, Illinois
- H = Lorain, Ohio
- J = Los Angeles, California
- K = Kansas City, Kansas
- L = Michigan Truck Plant, Michigan
- N = Norfolk, Virginia
- P = Twin Cities, Minnesota
- R = San Jose, California
- S = Allen Park, Michigan
- T = Metuchen, New Jersey
- U = Louisville, Kentucky
- W = Wayne, Michigan
- Y = Wixom, Michigan
- Z = St. Louis, Missouri
Last 6 digits denote the production sequence.
1965 Ford Production Numbers
|Model Number||Body Type & Seating||Factory Price||Shipping Weight|
|F100 - 1/2 Ton - 115 in. wheelbase|
|81||Chassis & Cab||$1,852||2,850 lbs|
|83||Flareside 6.5 ft||$1,966||3,170 lbs|
|83||Styleside 6.5 ft||$1,981||3,225 lbs|
|F100 - 1/2 Ton - 129 in. wheelbase|
|83||Flareside 8 ft||$2,002||3,325 lbs|
|83||Styleside 8 ft||$2,018||3,360 lbs|
|F250 - 3/4 Ton - 128 in. wheelbase|
|81||Chassis & Cab||$2,013||3,110 lbs|
|F250 Crew Cab - 3/4 Ton - 147 in. wheelbase|
|F-250||Chassis & Cab||-||-|
|F350 - 1 Ton - 132 in. wheelbase|
|81||Chassis & Cab||$2,177||3,425 lbs|
|F350 - 1 Ton - 132 in. wheelbase|
|83||Chassis & Cab||-||-|
Total Production Notes:
- F100 = Chassis & Windshield - 1; Chassis & Cab - 7,367; Platform & Rack - 148, Platform - 25; Flareside - 34,184; Styleside - 178,581
- F250 = Chassis & Windshield - 166; Chassis & Cab - 5,995; Platform & Rack - 874; Platform - 150; Flareside - 7,500; Styleside - 42,044
- F350 = Chassis & Windshield - 118; Chassis & Cowl - 759; Chassis & Cab - 17,063; Platform & Rack - 3,996; Platform - 442; Flareside = 2,085; Styleside - 1,934
1965 Ford F-Series Resources
- AmericanRestoMods '65 F-100 Resto (1,200+ photos)
- '65 F-100 Restoration Progress @ Corral.net
- 65 F100 Layin' Frame Buildup @ TruckTrend.com
- 1965 Crew Cab Ford Truck Photos @ Pinterest
- 1948-79 Ford F-Series Forum
Note: All F-100 photos shown on this page except for the first and last ones are used with permission from vintageautohausandimports.