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1972 Ford F-Series Trucks

1972 marked the end of the fifth-generation F-Series, but it also marked the end of an era. Stark changes were on the horizon for the F-Series, as oil embargos and emission regulations would force automakers to find cleaner, more efficient solutions to the questions of power and performance.

1972 Ford F100

Those solutions would prove to be elusive; it would be more than a decade before the F-Series would begin to see appreciable horsepower once again. An actual increase in horsepower from the 1972 model year would take even longer - 27 years to be exact.

Until then, the F-Series would have to rely on styling, comfort, convenience, and overall capability to win favor with the motoring public. That theme, which began in earnest with the fifth-generation Ford pickups, would ultimately become their legacy to the F-Series line.

1972 Ford Ranger F100 Pickup Video

We did not produce this video, but we are sharing it as it is a beautifully restored and upgraded 1972 Ford F-100 pickup. What a superb truck!

What's New For 1972

With the sixth-generation F-Series waiting in the wings, 1972 was virtually a carbon copy of the 1971 model. Aside from minor changes in the grille and color palette, two new temperature-related packages were offered

The Northland Special package offered among other things an engine block heater, while a Super Cooling package delivered just the opposite; a larger capacity radiator to help cool the engine in hot climates or hard working situations.

1972 F-100 Green White Two Tone

1972 F-Series Model Lineup

F-100, F-250, and F-350 trucks filled out the model line, with trim levels ranging from Custom, Custom Sport, Ranger, and Ranger XLT, the latter of which offered exterior and interior trim levels comparable to passenger cars of the day.

As with prior years, Styleside and Flareside beds were offered with every model, Crew Cabs were available on F-250 and F-350 trucks, and four-wheel drive was optional on F-100 and F-250 models.

Ford continued to offer Camper Special packages for the F-250 and F-350, which included items such as heavy-duty suspension, extra cooling capability, a camper wiring harness, sliding rear window, Western long arm mirrors, and a full compliment of gauges.

1972 F-100 Interior

Engines / Powertrains

All engine and transmission options carried over from the 1971 F-Series with no change in power or ratings. And with declining horsepower figures on the way for 1973, 1972 would be the final year for "easy" performance. From this point, an actual horsepower increase for the F-Series wouldn't be realized until the 260-horsepower 5.4 liter Triton V-8, and its 360-horsepower supercharged variant for the SVT Lightning performance truck - 27 years and five generations later.

By then, the 1972's standard 240 cubic-inch I-6 for the F-100 would be long gone, as would the standard "three-on-the-tree" manual transmission. The 360 and 390 V-8s wouldn't make it through the next generation, while the 302 V-8 would gradually become the engine of choice for those seeking power and economy. The 300 I-6, however, which replaced the 240 as the standard mill for the 1972 F-250 and F-350 - would become the savior of the F-Series line until the power returned.

Engine Availability Gross Horsepower / Torque
240 cid / 3.9L I6
F-100
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 1972 include:

72 F100 Rear View

The photos shown here of the green and white two-tone 1972 F-100 are used with permission from racer3de.

1971 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: A or 1 = 240cid I-6, B or 2 = 300cid I-6, G or 3 = 302cid 6-cylinder, H = 390cid V8, Y or 8 = 360cid V8

The fifth digit denotes the assembly plant:

Last 6 digits denote the production sequence.

1972 Ford Production Numbers

Model Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
F100 - 1/2 Ton - 115 in. wheelbase
81 Chassis & Cab $2,550 3,160 lbs Note 1
83 Flareside 6.5 ft $2,703 3,475 lbs Note 1
83 Styleside 6.5 ft $2,703 3,540 lbs Note 1
F100 - 1/2 Ton - 131 in. wheelbase
83 Flareside 8 ft $2,739 - Note 1
83 Styleside 8 ft $2,739 - Note 1
F250 - 3/4 Ton - 131 in. wheelbase
81 Chassis & Cab $2,870 3,370 lbs Note 2
83 Flareside $3,020 3,790 lbs Note 2
83 Styleside $3,020 3,805 lbs Note 2
F250 Crew Cab - 3/4 Ton - 149 in. wheelbase
83 Chassis & Cab $3,368 - Note 2
83 Pickup $3,518 - Note 2
F350 - 1 Ton - 135 in. wheelbase
80 Platform 9 ft $3,335 4,310 lbs Note 3
81 Chassis & Cab $2,985 3,725 lbs Note 3
83 Flareside $3,120 4,185 lbs Note 3
86 Stake 9 ft $3,375 4,550 lbs Note 3
F350 - 1 Ton - 159 in. wheelbase
80 Platform 12 ft. $3,393 - Note 3
86 Stake 12 ft. $3,433 - Note 3
F350 Crew Cab - 1 Ton - 164.5 in. wheelbase
83 Chassis & Cab - - Note 3
83 Pickup - - Note 3

Note:

  1. F100 = Chassis & Cab - 2,461 ; Flareside - 3,034; Styleside - 457,746
  2. F250 = Chassis & Cab - 7,674 ; Flareside - 3,004; Styleside - 187,348
  3. F350 = Chassis & Cowl - 80; Chassis & Cab - 42,084; Platform & Rack - 6,656; Platform - 749; Flareside - 11,889; Parcel Van - 1,054; P-400 - 6,251

1972 Ford F-Series Resources