Ford F-Series (1953-1956) second generation

The second generation trucks were given their now familiar names: The F-1 became the F-100, the F-2 became the F-250, and the F-3 became the 1-ton F-350.

The Ford was redesigned for with a more integrated look. The pickups also acquired their now familiar names: The F-1 now became the F-100, the F-2 now became the F-250, and the F-3 now became the 1-ton F-350. Optional interior amenities were new, including a dome light, lighter, arm rests, sun visors and a radio. On March 13, , the Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission became an option.

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The 1953 F-100 was the last year for the flathead in the US. Models in Canada, however, (Mercury M-Series), retained the flathead. 1954 saw the introduction of the new 239 CID overhead valve Y-block V8, dubbed “Power King.” The six-cylinder engine’s displacement was also increased from 215 to 223 CID and power steering was introduced as an option. In the 239 Y-block was replaced with the 272 and 292.

The F-100 is a one-year only body style. The F-100 is easily identified as it has vertical windshield pillars and a wrap around windshield as opposed to the sloped pillars and angled windshield of the 1953-55. The model also offered a larger wraparound back window as an option. Starting in , Ford offered the very rare “Low GVWR” versions of each model. Also in , seat belts became an option.

Second generation trucks were built in Brazil from to as the F-100, F-350 and F-600.
F-100: 1/2 ton (5,000 GVWR max)
F-110: 1/2 ton (4,000 GVWR max)
F-250: 3/4 ton (7,400 GVWR max)
F-260: 3/4 ton (4,900 GVWR max)
F-350: 1 ton (9,800 GVWR max)
F-360: 1 ton (7,700 GVWR max)

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