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Ford F-Series Trucks 1957-1960

Ford F-Series Pickup Truck History


1959 Ford Truck Ad

1959 Ford Truck Ad

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1957 Ford F-Series Pickup Trucks

Ford F-Series trucks experienced their third major redesign in 1957. Panels with squared lines replaced the second generation's rounded appearance and prominent front fenders, and a new hood extended the full width of the truck. The straight lines and a widened cab eliminated the need for running boards to connect the front and rear fenders, so Ford added an integrated step-up just inside the doors.

The traditional Flareside cargo box was still available during this generation, but Ford offered buyers a fresh new look with the Styleside, which had flat exterior sides and wheel wells inside the bed. The Styleside bed was outfitted with a steel floor, while the Flareside's wood floor was retained.

The Ford Ranchero was a significant addition to Ford's '57 lineup. A cross between a car and a pickup, the Ranchero was designed for the person who wanted the occasional utility of a pickup, but didn't want to give up the smooth ride of a car.

In 1957, before his name became well known, Lee Iacocca became Ford's Truck Marketing Manager.

1958 Ford F-Series Trucks

Ford gave the F-Series a power boost in 1958, upping its top engine from 272 to 292 cu. in. and increasing horsepower from 171 to 186.

Most additional changes to 1958 F-Series trucks involved trim items.

1959 Ford F-Series Trucks

In 1959, Ford began building its own 4-wheel drive pickups, rather than sending them out to Marmon-Harrington for conversion. The trucks were offered in both Flareside and Styleside bodies and with a 6-cylinder or a V8 engine.

Late in the production year, Ford made several changes to the truck's frame in order to increase its strength. Rear cross members were beefed-up with 50-percent heavier gauge steel; reinforcing gussets were added at the side rails and where some of the cross members attach to the frame rails. The end result was an 18-percent increase in torsional strength.

At about the same time, Ford began offering its Powr-Lok locking differential on 2WD F-Series trucks, a unit that automatically transferred power to the wheel with the greatest traction in order to improve control in adverse driving conditions.

1960 Ford F-Series Trucks

In the last year of the third F-Series generation, Ford redesigned the front end and improved the materials used in the trucks' interior.

Four-wheel drive pickups received cab strengthening in the mount area and around door openings. Heavy-duty front and rear springs that had been optional on '59 4WD models were now standard equipment. Ford also made improvements to brakes and steering.

1959 Ford Truck Ad features the new Styleside box and the Ford Ranchero.

F-Series Trucks History

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