1956 Ford F100 Trucks

1956 brought one of the most sought after classic trucks around. The 1956 Ford F100 is widely thought of as one of the best looking trucks to build. While the 56 Ford truck is similar to the 53-55, many changes were made over the previous slant cab trucks. A new front wrap-around windshield was added which forced a change in door styling. Almost all of the door parts that fit 53-55 trucks, do not fit the 56. An optional wrap-around style rear window was available. Today, these big back window 56 Ford trucks are highly prized and sought after.

Up front, a new grille was used, more like the 1953 version, except deeper, using frenched style headlights and bezels. Because the headlights sit back in the grille, 56 air deflectors were made with an indentation allowing the headlight bucket to sit back further. The Chrome V8 grille emblem was unique to 56 as well as the hood side emblems. When ordered, custom cab emblems were mounted on the doors near the bottom of the side window.

1956 brought about a 12 volt electrical system along with electric windshield wipers. This was a big step in the right direction compared to the vacuum type that barely cleaned a windshield.

Engines available for the 56 F100 were a 223 straight 6 cylinder and 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. Ford Truck VIN Tag Image


56 F100 Production Numbers
YearPickupsPanel TrucksBig Window


YearModel Code


YearTruckSerial Code
RegularLight18,000 GVW
1956F-100 ConventionalF10F11
1956F-250 ConventionalF25F26
1956F-350 ConventionalF35F36
1956P-350 Parcel DeliveryP35P36
1956F-500 ConventionalF50F51
1956B-500 School BusB50B51
1956C-500 Cab ForwardC50C51
1956P-500 Parcel DeliveryP50P51
1956F-600 ConventionalF60F61F63
1956B-600 School BusB60B61B63
1956C-600 Cab ForwardC60C61C63
1956P-600 Parcel DeliveryP60P61


1956 Engine Codes
DO.H.V. 6 Cylinder-223 cid
VO.H.V. 8 Cylinder-2V Carb (L/D)-272 cid
ZO.H.V. 8 Cylinder-2V Carb (H/D)-272 cid
RO.H.V. 8 Cylinder-4V Carb (H/D)-272 cid


1956 Transmissions
33-Speed Regular
3MD3-Speed Medium Duty
3HD3-Speed Heavy Duty
AUTO3-Speed Automatic
3OD3-Speed Overdrive
4SYN4-Speed Synchronized
5DIR5-Speed Direct
5OD5-Speed Overdrive


Assembly Plant CodePlant Location
HDetroit Truck
KKansas City
LLong Beach
RSan Jose
PTwin City


1956 Paint CodePaint Color Name
ARaven Black
BDark Blue Metallic
DLight Blue
EWhite (for two tone)
GLight Green
RTorch Red
UMeadow Green
SSSpecial Order