1956 Ford Trucks

1956 Ford Truck Model ID1956 Ford F100 Big Back WindowIn most people’s opinion, the F100 reached its finest design in 1956 making it the favorite of the 53-56 Ford trucks. Many changes were implemented that make this truck the best of the 53-56 Ford pickups.  The easiest and quickest way to recognize a 56 over the 53-55 F100 models is by the cab. The slant front windshield pillars from 53-55 F100 are gone in favor of a more refined wrap around windshield on the 56 F100. A lot of people call the 53-55 trucks “slant cabs” because of the windshield and front cab pillars that slant up to the roof. This 56 cab design change leads to many additional changes. 53-55 slant cab trucks had a triangle shaped vent window to match the slant. 1956 F100 models have a more rectangular shaped vent window. Of course the door windows and division bars are different from slant cab models also. One of the most sought after options on the 56 F100 is the big back window truck. There were fewer of these made and they literally had a huge back window. The front grille & parking light assemblies are unique to 56 models. Because the headlights sink into the buckets on the grille, 56 F100 air deflectors have a dished out area for the headlight bucket to have room.

Inside, the dash gauge area was arched. 1956 also saw a new 12 volt electrical system. Vacuum wipers were gone in favor of an electric wiper system. Rear tail lights were the shield type.

The engine line-up for the 56 F100 consisted of a 223 straight 6 cylinder as well as a 272 V8, though there were 3 versions of the 272 available in 56. There was a 2V carburetor light duty 272 engine and a 2V carburetor heavy duty 272. The third variation of the 272 was a 4V carburetor heavy duty engine.

1956 Ford f100 Details 1956 Ford F100 Truck Parts

56 F100 Production Numbers
Year Pickups Panel Trucks Big Window
1956 137,581 14,023 6,200


Year Model Code
1956 6


Year Truck Serial Code
Regular Light 18,000 GVW
1956 F-100 Conventional F10 F11
1956 F-250 Conventional F25 F26
1956 F-350 Conventional F35 F36
1956 P-350 Parcel Delivery P35 P36
1956 F-500 Conventional F50 F51
1956 B-500 School Bus B50 B51
1956 C-500 Cab Forward C50 C51
1956 P-500 Parcel Delivery P50 P51
1956 F-600 Conventional F60 F61 F63
1956 B-600 School Bus B60 B61 B63
1956 C-600 Cab Forward C60 C61 C63
1956 P-600 Parcel Delivery P60 P61


1956 Engine Codes
D O.H.V. 6 Cylinder-223 cid
V O.H.V. 8 Cylinder-2V Carb (L/D)-272 cid
Z O.H.V. 8 Cylinder-2V Carb (H/D)-272 cid
R O.H.V. 8 Cylinder-4V Carb (H/D)-272 cid


1956 Transmissions
Code Type
3 3-Speed Regular
3MD 3-Speed Medium Duty
3HD 3-Speed Heavy Duty
AUTO 3-Speed Automatic
3OD 3-Speed Overdrive
4SYN 4-Speed Synchronized
5DIR 5-Speed Direct
5OD 5-Speed Overdrive


Assembly Plant Code Plant Location
A Atlanta
B Buffalo
C Chester
G Chicago
D Dallas
F Dearborn
H Detroit Truck
K Kansas City
L Long Beach
U Louisville
E Manwah
M Memphis
N Norfolk
R San Jose
S Somerville
P Twin City


1956 Paint Code Paint Color Name
A Raven Black
B Dark Blue Metallic
D Light Blue
E White (for two tone)
G Light Green
R Torch Red
U Meadow Green
M Yellow
H Gray
P Prime
SS Special Order

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