1966 Ford F100 4x4 Specs
Does the fourth-generation F-Series represent the most significant period of development and evolution ever for Ford pickup trucks?
Consider the F-Series firsts that belong to this generation: Twin I-Beam suspension; bucket seats with a center console; Camper Special packages; Crew Cab; 200-plus horsepower V-8; Ranger nameplate. And that's not including the power-assist additions that appear in 1966, the final year for the fourth-generation trucks. Compared to the option-laden, extremely refined pickups of today, it's hard to image how a 50-year-old design could rank at the top.
But the 1960s in general was a decade of change so perhaps it's a fitting sign-of-the-times that so much happened to the F-Series is a fairly short time span.
Building upon the firsts mentioned above, Ford engineers would continue to tweak this basic foundation through riots, political chaos, changing energy markets, and nothing short of a cultural revolution. And in just another decade, this basic foundation would help make the F-Series the best selling truck in America.
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What's New For 1966
F-Series trucks became easier than ever to drive thanks to optional power steering and brakes, offered for the first time in a Ford pickup. Some previously optional items such as padded dashes and seat belts became standard, and of course the grille was slightly restyled to add a bit more flair to the Ford front end.
It sported two long slots above what would become known as the egg crate, connected in the middle to give the F-Series a mildly aggressive look that's quite popular among classic F-Series enthusiasts.
1966 F-Series Model Lineup
Crew Cabs were still special-order only and as such are quite rare. The Ranger trim package is also a rare find, serving once again as the sporty F-Series by offering bucket seats, carpeting, deluxe interior trim and an optional center console.
Most F-Series trucks were either Standard or Custom, available with two or four-wheel drive for the F-100 and F-250. Flareside and Styleside beds were available across the line in either 6.5 or 8-foot length.
1966 F-Series Engines / Powertrains
Engine and transmission options were unchanged from 1965, though the addition of optional power steering and power brakes did add a bit of plumbing and extra equipment under the hood. Power ratings were unchanged.
|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
1966 Ford Pickup Trucks Brochure
Here is an excerpt from the '66 brochure:
Two front axles ... one great ride!
New 1966 Ford pickups have a unique advantage over all other pickups: two front axles. Two front axles for smoothness. Two front axles for toughness. A separate axle for each wheel. Each axle operates independently, so each wheel rolls lightly over the bumps. Jolts are isolated, not passed from one wheel to the other. You get a new kind of hold-the-road stability you never expected in a pickup truck.
You enjoy new freedom from sway. Flatter cornering. Better control on curves. The front end stays steady. So steady that it doesn't dip or dive even on sudden stops. Remarkable? Here's what makes Ford's easy ride all the more remarkable: Ford engineers achieved it with a tough, all-truck suspension. Twin-I-Beam is a unique combination of big-truck type I-beam axles and I-beam radius rods. A combination that holds wheels firmly in line, reduces front end repairs. Today, most owners use their pickup trucks for pleasure as well as work. The 1966 Ford is built to give you more of both.
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
- Padded dash
- Dome light
- Seat belts
- Driver side sun visor
- Ash tray
- Single-speed windshield wipers
- Windshield washer
- 4-way emergency flashers
- 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
- Power steering
- Power brakes
- Two-speed windshield wipers
- Ranger Package (bucket seats, carpeting, Ranger emblems, optional center console)
- Deluxe Appearance Package (Standard cab only, includes laminated glass, tinted windshield, deluxe fresh air heater and defroster, mirrors, two-tone paint, AM radio)
- Camper Special Package (heavy-duty front/rear springs, 55-amp alternator, high-capacity radiator, oil & amp gauges, western style mirrors)
- Custom Camper Package #2 for F-250 (Camper Special Package plus deluxe fresh air heater, two-speed windshield wipers, driver storage compartment, dual horns)
- Deluxe Camper Package #3 for F-250 (packages 1 & 2 plus padded visors, body-side moldings, chrome bumper, passenger side tool storage compartment)
- Air Conditioning
- AM radio
- Dual horns
- Two-tone exterior finish
- Deluxe vinyl seat trim
- Perforated headliner
- Deluxe interior trim
- Driver door zippered storage compartment
- Cigarette lighter
- Padded visors
- Cab lights
- Clearance lights
- Body side moldings
- 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 1966 include:
- Rangoon Red
- Raven Black
- Sierra Beige
- Holly Green
- Caribbean Turquoise
- Springtime Yellow
- Arcadian Blue
- Marlin Blue
- Wimbledon White
- Pure White
- Chrome Yellow
1966 Ford F-Series Resources
- 1966 F-100 Restoration
- Photos of Tom Holden's '66 Restoration
- 1966 Ford F100 Brochure @ Lov2xlr8.no
- 1948-79 Ford F-Series Forum
All photos of the black 66 F100 shown here are used with permission from ClassicCarLiquidators.