1956 Ford Trucks

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
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