1955 Ford F100
The first restyling of Ford’s popular F-series truck included an expanded cab, stylish new grille, and longer hood that flowed into the front fenders.
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The first restyling of Ford’s popular F-series truck included an expanded cab, stylish new grille, and longer hood that flowed into the front fenders. Changes from the first F-series Pickup to the second generation went beyond a face lift. Ford expanded the truck’s wheelbase, with longer front and rear leaf springs fitted to improve ride quality while still maintaining hauling ability. The front suspension was set back to allow a tighter turning radius. A new cargo bed, measuring 6 1/2 feet by 20 inches, would be used all the way up into the Eighties.
1955 Ford F100
Highlights for Ford Motor Company this year included a redesigned car line and the introduction of their new personal-luxury car, the Thunderbird. As for trucks, changes were minor, most notably a revised grille and new exterior trim pieces. Power brakes became optional, as did a new custom cab truck option, featuring chrome “Custom Cab” door emblems. Engine combinations remained the same as last years. 1955 saw an industry-wide switch to tubeless tires. Although Ford’s truck sales this year were the highest since 1929, they were still second in sales behind rival Chevrolet.
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Cab improvements included a wider, more comfortable seat, sound deadener in the doors, and a large, one-piece curved windshield. The truck’s rear glass was also enlarged. Ford redesigned the instrument cluster to an easier-to-see single unit. Dash switches were relocated, bringing them within easier reach.