Ford F-Series Trucks, 1967-1972

Ford F-Series Truck History

1968 Ford F-100 Ranger Truck
1968 Ford F-100 Ranger Truck. Photo © Dale Wickell

Here is a look back at the features and updates Ford offered in its 1967-1972 F-Series pickup trucks:

1967 Ford F-Series Trucks

Ford chose 1967 to introduce its next generation of F-Series pickup truck. Body lines became more squared and flat side panels were accented with a narrow indentation, which was highlighted by a stainless molding on Ranger models.

Truck interiors became more "plush" (by 1967 standards) with the addition of a padded dash, padded sun visors, and seat belts with shoulder anchor harnesses, all as standard equipment.

Dual brakes were introduced in 1967, a safety feature that prevented a localized failure from taking down the entire system. Engine and transmission choices remained the same as they were in 1966 trucks, but Ford increased its power train warranty to 5 years or 50,000 miles.

1968 Ford F-Series Trucks

Federally mandated reflectors mounted on the side of the hood and rear of the bedside made it easy to distinguish a 1968 truck from '67.

Ford made engine changes this year, replacing the trucks' previous 352 V8 with either a 360 or a 390 version.

Buyers who opted for heavy duty suspension also received Ford's Flex-O-Matic system on the rear springs, which featured a longer spring and a pivoting spring shackle that adjusted itself to suit the load in the bed.

Brakes received another update -- the contact area on the F-100's drum style brakes increased by 45-percent.

Air conditioning systems became a little more modern with a new unit that was integrated into the heater box. Ford claimed it would keep the cab 35 degrees cooler than previous add-on AC units.

1969 Ford F-Series Trucks

For 1969, Ford offered three special models of the F-Series: the Contractor Special, the Heavy Duty Special, and the Farm & Ranch Special.

  • The Contractor Special featured heavy duty springs, dual swing lock mirrors, a rear step bumper, a lighting package and an optional under-hood electric power pack.
  • The Heavy Duty Special came with a larger battery, a more powerful alternator, heavy duty springs, a rear step bumper and a gauge pack.
  • The Farm & Ranch Special offered a heavy duty alternator, a larger battery, heavy duty springs, side moldings and side boards for the bed.

Until now, custom models had a painted grille, but in mid-year Ford made a switch, giving all trucks a bright aluminum grille. Another mid-year change was the addition of a 302 V8, available as an option on 2WD pickups.

1970 Ford F-Series Trucks

In 1970, most F-Series changes were cosmetic. Ford split the trim levels into four categories: Custom, Sport Custom, Ranger and Ranger XLT. The XLT featured interior trim as nice as most passenger cars of the time, another indication that Ford was trying to satisfy buyers who wanted to combine hauling capability with comfort and style. ​

F-Series engine and transmission choices remained the same for 1970.

1971 Ford F-Series Trucks

Only minor changes were made to the F-Series in 1971. All trucks received fuel tank vapor control systems to keep fumes from escaping into the air, and California models also received an exhaust emission control system.

Minor changes were made to trim and upholstery.

1972 Ford F-Series Trucks

F-Series trucks underwent just a few changes for the last year of this generation.

  • All engines received emission control systems
  • 4WD trucks had a new 3,300 lb. rated front axle.
  • Ford offered a cold weather package that included an engine block heater, a larger battery, a more powerful alternator and a limited-slip rear axle.