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1970 Ford Trucks: F-100

Ford continued to lead the charge of pickup trucks with more options and attractive features for the new decade. It would prove to be a vital evolution for the pickup truck, as the 1970s would challenge the auto industry in ways nobody could have foreseen.

Green 1970 F-100

New concerns over vehicle emissions, vehicle safety, and by the end of the decade, fuel economy, would forever change the course of the automobile, and the cost - at least temporarily - would be horsepower.

For a society accustomed to big power, finding a way to make the pickup more than just a heavy duty work machine would become a work-in-progress throughout the decade, starting with 1970.

1970 Ford F-100 Video

This is a video of an amazing 1970 Ford F-100. We are not affiliated with the producer of this video:

What's New For 1970

1970 saw the introduction of an important nameplate that still exists on the F-Series today.

The Ranger XLT slotted in above the Ranger as the new top-of-the-line Ford pickup, featuring luxuries such as full interior carpeting, a sound-absorbing headliner, bright interior trim with woodtone inserts, and up-level exterior décor such as a woodtone tailgate panel. That's not to say the lower trim levels were left behind; chrome front bumpers also became standard F-Series equipment for 1970, helping the lineup gain a few points in aesthetics.

70 Ford F100 Dash

1970 F-Series Model Lineup

F-Series models for 1970 included the F-100, F-250, and F-350. Styleside and Flareside beds were available in all models. A Crew Cab was offered in the F-250 or F-350, while four-wheel drive was available for the F-100 and F-250.

Four trim levels were available across the entire model lineup, including the entry-level Custom, Sport Custom, Ranger, and Ranger XLT. These trims primarily reflected differences in cosmetic additions, with items like air conditioning or power steering still considered options over and about the highest trim level.

Available in 1970 & 1971 was an available Electric Power Pak. This was an underhood generator that provided 110/120V AC power. From the 1970/71 dealer brochures:

Electric Power Pak provides regular household current (110/120 volts) for your electric tools right on the job site. This underhood 2500-watt generator set is driven by it's own one-cylinder 5.5-horsepower air-cooled engine. Ford's optional Electric Power Pak is very handy for those in need of on-the-job portable electrical power for a wide variety of power tools, and for camping.

1970 Ford F-100 Explorer with 19 miles

We are pleased to present a number of photos in this article of a 1970 F-100 Sport Custom with the Explorer package whose color is... Explorer Green. It was featured in the Ford display booth at the SEMA trade show in 2008. It was provided to them by National Parts Depot. All photos shown on this page are of this truck.

It is a 100% original truck and it was like going back in time. Yes, it has just 19 miles on the odometer. That is not a typo. What an amazing truck, we were stoked to get the chance to check this truck out in person. Here are some photos of a 40+ year old truck in brand new, off the showroom floor condition, enjoy:

19 original miles on a '70 F-100

70 F-100 Green Rear View

1970 Ford pickup interior

1970 F-100 Engine

70 F100 Door Panel

70 F100 Dash

Engines / Powertrains

The 240 cubic-inch inline six cylinder provided the standard power across the entire F-Series line, with the manual three-on-the-tree serving as the standard gearbox for the F-100 and F-250. The F-350 used a four-speed manual, which was optional along with the Cruise-O-Matic auto transmission on the rest of the F-Series lineup.

Popular engine options included the 302 V-8 for the F-100, with the 390 V-8 serving up the big power needs.

Engine Availability Gross Horsepower / Torque
240 cid / 3.9L I6
F-100, F-250, F-350
150 / 234
300 cid / 4.0L I6
F-100, F-250, F-350
165 / 254
302 cid / 5.0L V8
F-100
205 / 300
360 cid / 5.9L V8
F-100, F-250, F-350
215 / 327
390 cid / 6.4L V8
F-100, F-250, F-350
255 / 376

Standard Features & Available Options

Major standard features include:

Major options/packages include:

Available exterior paint color choices for 1970 include:

1970 Ford F-100, F-250, F-350 Production Numbers

Model Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
F100 - 1/2 Ton - 115 in. wheelbase
81 Chassis & Cab $2,384 3,160 lbs Note 1
83 Flareside 6.5 ft $2,510 3,475 lbs Note 1
83 Styleside 6.5 ft $2,550 3,540 lbs Note 1
F100 - 1/2 Ton - 131 in. wheelbase
83 Flareside 8 ft $2,610 3,690 lbs Note 1
83 Styleside 8 ft $2,650 3,705 lbs Note 1
F250 - 3/4 Ton - 131 in. wheelbase
80 Platform $2,775 3,705 lbs Note 2
81 Chassis & Cab $2,615 3,370 lbs Note 2
83 Flareside $2,740 3,790 lbs Note 2
83 Styleside $2,780 3,805 lbs Note 2
86 Stake $2,830 3,885 lbs Note 2
F250 Crew Cab - 3/4 Ton - 149 in. wheelbase
81 Chassis & Cab - - Note 2
83 Pickup - - Note 2
F350 - 1 Ton - 135 in./159 in. wheelbase
80 Platform 9 ft - 4,310 lbs Note 3
80 Platform 12 ft - 4,600 lbs Note 3
81 Chassis & Cab $2,720 3,725 lbs Note 3
83 Flareside $3,505 4,290 lbs Note 3
86 Stake 9 ft $2,830 3,885 lbs Note 3
86 Stake 12 ft - 4,945 lbs Note 3
F350 Crew Cab - 1 Ton - 164.5 in. wheelbase
81 Chassis & Cab $2,770 3,835 lbs Note 3
83 Pickup - - Note 3

Note:

  1. F100 = Chassis & Cab - 2,688 ; Flareside - 13,551;
  2. F250 = Chassis & Windshield - 131; Chassis & Cab - 6,366; Platform & Rack - 650; Platform - 130; Flareside - 4,683; Styleside - 121,265
  3. F350 = Chassis & Windshield - 152; Chassis & Cowl - 149; Chassis & Cab - 27,511; Platform & Rack - 5,341; Platform - 609; Flareside - 1,570;

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase GVW 4x2 GVW 4x4 Tires
F100 115 in / 131 in 4,200 - 5,000 lbs 4,600 - 5,600 lbs G78 x 15
F250 131 in 6,100 - 7,500 lbs 6,300 - 7,700 lbs 8.00 x 16.5
F250 Crew Cab 149 in - - -
F350 135 in / 159 in - 6,600 - 10,000 lbs 8.00 x 16.5
F350 Crew Cab 164.5 in - - -

1970 Ford Trucks VIN Decoder

The first three digits identify the series:

The fourth digit denotes the engine:

The fifth digit denotes the assembly plant:

Last 6 digits denote the production sequence.

1970 Ford F-Series Resources