1986 Ford F150
The final year for the seventh-generation F-Series would pass quietly. From its introduction in 1980 through the last production truck in 1986, the seventh-generation built on the success of previous F-Series pickups and solidified Ford's position as the manufacturer with the most successful pickup trucks by far.
In 1986, the F-Series had already held the title of best-selling truck in America for 16 years, but in just a few more years it would even eclipse that title to become the best selling vehicle in America, period. Much of that credit goes to the broad appeal and impressive capabilities of the seventh-generation F-Series, which kept loyal buyers close while introducing scores of new customers to the world of Ford trucks.
1986 Ford F-150 Videos
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What's New For 1986
1986 was essentially a carryover year, biding time before the restyled eighth-generation trucks made their debut. All gauges (engine temperature, oil pressure, ammeter, and fuel level) became standard equipment.
New exterior colors included Colonial White, Medium Silver Metallic, Dark Spruce Metallic, Dark Shadow Blue Metallic, and Dark Grey Metallic.
And to make the selection of optional equipment easier, Ford created several Preferred Equipment Packages, which would become a staple of F-Series ordering for consumers. Lastly, the optional white styled steel wheels were removed from the options list, as was the Regular Two-Two paint scheme, which covered the roof and upper cab panel.
1986 Ford F-Series Model Lineup
All trims and models carried over unchanged from 1985. Standard served as the basic trim level, followed by XL and XLT Lariat. F-150 models were available in Standard or SuperCab format, with either a Styleside of Flareside bed. The Standard cab is sometimes called a single cab, SuperCab is Ford's name for the extended cab version, and Flareside is Ford's name for the stepside bed which is a short bed.
F-250 models were also available as either a Regular or SuperCab, including the F-250HD. F-350 models were offered in Regular or Crew Cab form, with optional dual rear wheels on two-wheel drive models only. The inline 6 cylinder engine remained the standard power plant for most of the lineup; the F-350 and F-250HD received a 5.8 liter engine instead.
1986 F-Series Powertrains
As with the models, powertrain options carried over unchanged. Fortunately, the previous year offered some of the most powerful engine options in the pickup truck world, including the fuel-injected 5.0 liter V-8, a normal and high output version of the 5.8 liter, the big block 7.5 liter V-8, and the torque monster 6.9 liter diesel.
Transmission options also remained the same, though 1986 would finally mark the end of the line for "three-on-the-tree" three-speed manual.
4.9 liter/300 cid I-6
|F-150 / F-250 / F-250HD (2WD only)||
122 / 255
5.0 liter/302 cid V-8
|F-150 / F-250||
185 / 270
5.8 liter/351 cid V-8
|F-150 / F-250 / F-250HD / F-350||
150 / 280
5.8 liter/351 cid V-8 HO
|F-150 / F-250||
210 / 305
6.9L /420 cid V-8 Diesel
|F-250HD / F-350||
170 / 315
7.5 liter/460 cid V-8
|F-250HD / F-350||
225 / 380
1986 Ford F-Series Defects / Recalls
A single outstanding recall (ID 41236) for the 1986 F-Series addresses a possible fuel leak stemming from a faulty fuel line coupling.
Beyond that, worn out suspension components and rusty body panels are the chief issues affecting the last of the seventh-generation Ford pickups.
Custom 1986 F-150s
Anecdotally some of these trucks get customized, especially as time goes on. Popular changes include lifting the trucks' body or suspension so they are considered "lifted", or doing a prerunner style truck.
1986 Ford F-150 Standard Features & Available Options
Major standard features include:
- 4.9L six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection
- Three-speed manual transmission
- Twin I-Beam front suspension (Twin Traction Beam on 4WD models)
- Bright hub caps
- AM radio
- Power steering
- Power brakes
- Halogen headlamps
- Day/night rearview mirror
- Easily removable tailgate (Styleside models)
- Molded door trim panels with padded armrests
- Folding seat back
- Full analog gauges (temperature, ammeter, oil pressure, fuel)
- Inside hood release
- Door vent windows
- Chrome front bumper
Eight Preferred Equipment Packages (500A through 507A) were available depending on trim level.
Standard: 500A, 501A, 502A
XL: 503A, 504A
XLT Lariat: 505A, 506B, 507A
- Two-tone paint
- Chrome grille
- AM/FM stereo
- AM/FM stereo with cassette
- Air Conditioning
- Interval wipers
- Day/night mirror
- Headlamp-on warning buzzer
- Courtesy lights
- Electronic digital clock
- Cruise control
- Power windows
- Power door locks
- Manual steering (F-150 Regular Cab only)
- Tilt steering wheel
- Sliding rear window
- Captain's chairs (SuperCab only)
- Skid plates
- Center console (SuperCab only)
- Cloth seats
- Dual fuel tanks
- Box-mounted spare tire carrier
- Cast aluminum wheels
- Sport wheel covers
- Argent step bumper
- Chrome step bumper
- Automatic locking hubs (4WD only)
- Limited-slip rear axle
- Transmission oil cooler
- Extra Engine Cooling Package
- Super Engine Cooling Package
- Handling Package (Heavy-duty springs/shocks, front/rear stabilizer bars)
- Camper/Trailer Towing Package (extra engine cooling on 4.9L, 5.0L and 5.8L, heavy-duty flasher, heavy-duty alternator, ammeter and oil pressure gauges, bright low-mount swingaway mirrors, Handling Package, external transmission cooler for automatic transmission, oil cooler for 7.5L engine, trailer wiring harness)
Interior trim colors for 1986 include Chestnut (brown), Regatta Blue, Canyon Red, and Medium Grey. These colors are coded to certain exterior paint colors and may not be available in all interior/exterior color combinations.
Available exterior paint color choices for 1986 include:
- Raven Black
- Colonial White
- Medium Silver Metallic
- Bright Canyon Red
- Dark Canyon Red
- Light Regatta Blue
- Dark Grey Metallic
- Dark Spruce Metallic
- Light Desert Tan
- Desert Tan Metallic
- Dark Regatta Blue Metallic