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1971 Ford F-100

Ford's F-Series emphasis for the early part of the 1970s was undoubtedly in the style department, as the company continued to inject car-like trim options into what most people considered a work vehicle.

1971 Ford F-100 Short Box White & Blue
1971 F-100 Blue and White

Despite being primarily a carryover year, 1971 wasn't without change. Many of those changes were made by choice, while others were a product of the changing times.

1971 Ford F-100 Video

We are not affiliated with the producer of this video, we are including it here because it shows a really nice example of a 1971 F-100:

What's New For 1971

A redesigned grille that would adopt the nickname "egg crate" made its debut in 1971. The new design maintained the vertical split in the middle, but added a single horizontal bar running from left to right, creating six prominent slots per side.

Ford continued to develop new trim levels and packages, including the Explorer trim package, of which the name would ultimately lead to another revolutionary Ford truck known today as the Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle.

Minor color changes graced the 1971 line as well as some mandated changes - notably the first exhaust emission systems and fuel vapor containment devices were installed for 1971. Horsepower levels in the F-Series would be relatively stable for a couple more years, but increasing emission standards would soon take a significant bite out of performance that wouldn't be recovered for at least a decade.

1971 F-100 Interior

1971 F-Series Model Lineup

Keen to not interfere with a good thing, Ford stuck with the model and trim lineup revisions the company had implemented the previous year. Pickup shoppers could choose between the F-100, F-250, and F-350 with either Styleside or Flareside beds.

Blue White F-100 71

These trucks could be outfitted with four trim levels, starting with the entry-level Custom and moving up to Sport Custom, Ranger, and ending with the Ranger XLT. Four-wheel drive was available for the F-100 and F-250, while Crew Cabs were offered for the F-250 and F-350. Camper Special packages were part of the F-250/F-350 family, offering heavy-duty equipment, wiring harnesses, and sliding rear windows to better accommodate slide-in camper shells, which were becoming quite popular.

Available in 1970 & 1971 was an available Electric Power Pak. This was an underhood generator that provided 110/120V AC power, for more details, see our 1970 Ford F100 page.

Engines / Powertrains

New exhaust emission control systems were mandated for 1971, though power ratings were essentially unaffected. The standard 240 cubic-inch inline six cylinder did lose 10 horsepower and 4 pound-feet of torque, but the other F-Series mills - all of which carried over from 1970 - were unaffected.

The three-speed manual continued on as the base transmission option, with the three-speed Cruise-O-Matic auto becoming more popular by the day. The four-speed manual was the only other transmission option; it was a popular choice for those seeking heavier duty applications.

Engine Availability Gross Horsepower / Torque
240 cid / 3.9L I6
F-100, F-250, F-350
140 / 230
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 1971 include:

1971 Ford Trucks VIN Decoder

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: A = 240cid I-6, B = 300cid I-6, G = 302cid 6-cylinder, H = 390cid V8, Y = 360cid V8

The fifth digit denotes the assembly plant:

Last 6 digits denote the production sequence.

1971 Ford Pickups Production Numbers

Model Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
F100 - 1/2 Ton - 115 in. wheelbase
81 Chassis & Cab $2,647 3,160 lbs Note 1
83 Flareside 6.5 ft $2,810 3,475 lbs Note 1
83 Styleside 6.5 ft $2,810 3,540 lbs Note 1
F100 - 1/2 Ton - 131.5 in. wheelbase
83 Flareside 8 ft $2,928 3,675 lbs Note 1
83 Styleside 8 ft $2,928 3,740 lbs Note 1
F250 - 3/4 Ton - 131 in. wheelbase
80 Platform $3,255 3,780 lbs Note 2
81 Chassis & Cab $2,979 3,370 lbs Note 2
83 Flareside $3,145 3,790 lbs Note 2
83 Styleside $3,145 3,805 lbs Note 2
86 Stake $3,288 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 $3,470 4,310 lbs Note 3
80 Platform 12 ft $3,530 4,600 lbs Note 3
81 Chassis & Cab $3,104 3,615 lbs Note 3
83 Flareside $3,253 4,185 lbs Note 3
86 Stake 9 ft $3,508 4,550 lbs Note 3
86 Stake 12 ft $3,568 4,945 lbs Note 3
F350 Crew Cab - 1 Ton - 164.5 in. wheelbase
83 Chassis & Cab - - Note 3
83 Pickup - - Note 3

Notes:

  1. F100 = Chassis & Cab - 2,580 ; Chassis & Cab 4x4 - 96; Flareside - 10,106; Flareside 4x4 - 591; Styleside - 332,131; Styleside 4x4 - 12,870
  2. F250 = Chassis & Windshield - 43; Chassis & Cab - 5,467 ; Chassis & Cab 4x4 - 649; Platform & Rack - 398; Platform & Rack 4x4 - 87; Platform - 40; Platform 4x4 - 23; Flareside - 2,684; Flareside 4x4 - 635; Styleside - 117,820; Styleside 4x4 - 16,164
  3. F350 = Chassis & Windshield - 143; Chassis & Cowl - 150; Chassis & Cab - 28,432; Platform & Rack - 5,087; Platform - 412; Flareside - 1,349;

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase GVW 4x2 GVW 4x4 Tires
F100 115 in / 131.5 in 4,500 - 5,000 lbs 4,600 - 5,600 lbs 8.25 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 - - -

The photos of the blue & white F-100 shown above are used with permission from Fred Brown (recyclin4u).

1971 Ford F-Series Resources