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1976 Ford F-100 F-150

Ford struck gold with the new "heavy half-ton" F-150 in 1975, and the 1976 model year would continue to see success with the newest truck in the F-Series line despite being primarily a carryover year.

1976 Ford F100 SuperCab Orange Regular

With performance slipping further and further away, emphasis on design, customization, and functionality became the focus for Ford designers. Fortunately, the image-conscious 1970's consumers loved it, and the fruits of Ford's labor would soon catapult the F-150 to the top of the pickup truck market.

What's New For 1976

A minor grille redesign set the 1976 F-Series line apart from earlier trucks. The new grille retained the two-piece look but removed all but one horizontal bar, creating the trademark "egg crate" look that would evolve over time, but remain in some form with the F-Series for almost 20 years.

The new grille also incorporated rectangular headlight openings, though the lights themselves would remain round for the next couple years. Overall, the grille changes were subtle but noticeable, giving the F-Series a slightly more aggressive look. The F-150, which debuted in 1975 as a two-wheel drive truck, received a four-wheel drive 4x4 option. It also soldiered on without a catalytic converter, meaning it could run on regular leaded gasoline.

1976 Ford Truck Commercials Video

We are not affiliated with the producers of this video, we are just sharing because we found it interesting. It's 15 different Ford truck commercials from 1976.

1976 Ford F-Series Model Lineup

All models and trims carried over from 1975 - F-100, F-150, F-250, and F-350. All models save for the F-350 were available with four-wheel drive, while the F-350 Super Camper Special utilized a 140-inch wheelbase in Regular Cab format with "super single" tires to better accommodate large camper shells.

All three trim levels (Custom, Ranger, and Ranger XLT) were available with all models, as was the SuperCab. Crew Cabs were available with the F-250 and F-350.

76 F150 4WD

1976 Ford F100 F150 Specs Engine / Powertrains

Powertrain options were also a carryover from 1975, though 1976 would mark the end of the line for both the 360 and 390 cubic-inch engine. Horsepower was still in short supply, though torque levels remained strong enough to keep the beefier F-Series models a good choice for moderate to heavy hauling or towing.

The 300 cubic-inch inline six cylinder was standard in all Regular Cab two-wheel drive models. SuperCabs and four-wheel drive versions of the F-100 received the 360 V-8 as standard.

Transmissions ranged from the standard issue three-speed manual for all two-wheel drive models except the F-350, which used a four-speed manual along with the four-wheel drive trucks. The SelectShift three-speed automatic was an option for any F-Series pickup.

Engine Availability Horsepower
4.9 liter/300 cid I-6
F-100 / F-150 / F-250 / F-350
5.0 liter/302 cid V-8
5.9 liter/360 cid V-8
F-100 / F-150 / F-250 / F-350
6.4 liters / 390 cid V-8
F-100 / F-150 / F-250 / F-350
7.5 liter/460 cid V-8
F-150 / F-250 / F-350

76 F100 Green Mint

1976 Ford F-Series Recalls & Defects

Recall ID 76V141000 addressed a leaking hose at the fuel inlet tube to the carburetor, affecting upwards of 60,000 vehicles. An issue with the steering box led to recall ID 76V218000, which replaced bearings in the steering gear. Another fuel/carburetor issue resulted in recall ID 76V161000, which called for the replacement of defective carburetors on 16,000 vehicles.

1976 Ford F-150 Standard Features & Available Options

76 F100 Ranger XLT Regular Cab 4WD Pink White

Major standard features include:

Major options / packages include:

Available exterior paint color choices for 1976 Ford trucks include:

1976 Ford F-Series Resources