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1956 Ford V8
Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
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In an effort to match the sales of the new Chevy Task Force Pickups that had debuted last year, Ford's F-Series trucks were revamped for the 1956 model year. Along with a new grille, the most noticeable change was the "Full Wrap" windshield, which extended over to the door posts, increasing the field of vision. A "Full Wrap" window was also available for the rear window, and today is one of the most sought-after options. 6,200 F100's came equipped with the larger rear window.
Three versions of the enlarged V-8 were offered: a light-duty 2-bbl, a heavy-duty 2-bbl, and a heavy-duty 4-bbl producing 167-horsepower.
Other changes for 1956 included a switch from 6 to 12 volt electrical systems. Vacuum-style windshield wipers were discontinued in favor of the more reliable electric-motor wipers. Inside, a restyled dashboard improved driver's visibility. Also new was Ford's "Lifeguard Steering Wheel", whose deep-dish design put a greater distance between the center hub and driver's chest. Other safety items included new door latches and optional seat belts. The 223-cid six-cylinder became the standard engine. Over 137,000 F100s were produced in 1956, the last year of fat-fendered Ford trucks.
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