1976 Ford F250 (Specs And Features)

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When Ford introduced the ‘76 F series, it invited customers to take “a closer look”. What are the specifications and features of the 1976 Ford F250?

The 1976 F250 was part of the sixth generation of F-series pickups to set the groundwork for 46 years of truck dominance. The F250 had three trim levels; Custom, Ranger, and Ranger XLT. Production numbers were 189,631. The truck came with a standard 6-cyl, but three V8 options were available.

When Ford began its climb to the top of the mountain some four-plus decades ago, the company was buoyed by the remarkable sales of the ‘76 models. America was celebrating its 200th birthday, and patriotism with a dash of American muscle was all the rage. The independent spirit that our nation felt that year made its way into truck lineups as more and more owners wanted pickups that could get the work done. The 1976 Ford F250 was a part of some of the best years this country has ever experienced. The war was over. The nation was strong. Highboy work was getting done. So what makes the 1976 Ford F 250 a great truck and one of the most sought-after restoration projects around? Well, let’s explore that question with a review of some of the qualities this vehicle had to offer.

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What Are The Features of the 1976 Ford F 250?

Ford was under the gun to convince the American public to view their truck as the best on the road. With the popularity of the F-100, and F-150, the company used a “tough yet thrifty” campaign to convince owners that Ford could offer the best of both worlds. The oil embargo of ‘73 was still fresh on folks’ minds and consumer sentiment was shifting toward more fuel efficiency. Still, there was a need for ¾ ton light Fords to keep industry and agriculture flowing.


The 1976 Ford F 250 came with a standard 4.9L 300 cubic-inch inline-6 cylinder, though there were three V8 options available (360 cubic-inch V8, 390 cubic-inch V8, and 460 cu in V8).

Engine Specs for HP and Torque
300 cu in 4.9 L Inline Six 101 Horsepower
360 cu in 5.9 L V8 145 Horsepower
390 cu in 6.4 L V8 160 Horsepower
460 cu in 7.5 L V8 239 horsepower

The inline six-cylinder engine had stood the test of time (1960 - the mid-90s), but it never satisfied truck owners much. For years the six-cylinder was hit or miss, with only 7.2% of the F250s being built with the inline six (most owners opted for the larger V8s). The company also made a small 302 cu in V8 but did not offer it for sale on the 250.

The 1976 ¾ ton pickup offered a couple of primary transmissions with a four-speed manual or SelectShift three-speed automatic. (According to Ford records, over 53% of owners sought to outfit their light trucks with Cruise-O-Matic transmissions).

For years the Ford Motor Company had refused to adapt their 4-wheel drive trucks, which caused their 4x4 trucks to sit much taller than the competition. (The term “highboy” gets its name from the higher stance of these 4x4s). Unfortunately, the taller structure also created a rollover hazard.

Power Steering and Brakes

The F 250 came with standard power disc brakes (100% of units are so equipped). The company used power steering for over six years (since 1973), but it was still considered an upgrade rather than standard equipment.


In 1976, the company kept the split front grille it had used for years. All pickups had recessed square headlights, and the brand lettering was displayed as part of the grille (Two years later, the co-sections would give way to a single front with the lettering featured on the front lip of the hood rather than as part of the grille).

Regular cab F250s came only with an 8’ bed in Styleside or Flareside. However, you had the choice of a 6.5’ or 8’ bed with the SuperCab (the shorter bed was the only option for CrewCabs).

Owners could have one of 15 different paint colors on their vehicle. Many customers opted to outfit their particular vehicle with custom two-toned color schemes, often using Wimbledon White as an accent color.

Trim Levels

The 1976 F-series line was offered in three trim levels (Custom, Ranger, Ranger XLT), with a fiberglass box cover over the back of 8-foot Stylesides, if owners wanted one. Many opted for the stylish cover and the optional locking toolbox on the side of the truck behind the cab.

There was a Camper Special, which could handle 8’ - 12’ slide-on camper shells. The option was allowed with a V8 engine and the Cruise-O-Matic transmission.


Built on independent front twin-I-beam suspension underneath, providing a good comfortable ride and consistent cornering capabilities. The Ford f-250 truck had heavy-duty rear springs on the back wheels designed for heavier payload capacities. The double-walled construction offered additional strength for the bed. Ford continued to strive to keep rust from accumulating in the bed by curving the edges to save time during maintenance.

Capacity and Payload

The customer driving the 1976 Ford F-250 has a max GVW of 8100 lbs and a maximum payload of 3,625 lbs. The 8-foot box included 73.6 cu/ft of cargo space.


The f 250’s truck interior was color-coordinated bench seating with color-coordinated door panels. The bench seat configuration in the SuperCab allowed additional passengers to sit in the back, or owners could convert the 5-foot by 2-foot rear space for tool storage. One of the neat features of the ‘76 was the flip-out rear windows to give backseat customers fresh air since many were not equipped with air.

With seven inches of standard foam inside the seats, the overall seating felt good and the carpet on the floor, which the manufacturer had first introduced into their Lincoln sedans, added to the atmosphere.

Ford’s Speed Control (cruise control) was an added option that owners could purchase, but not many opted for it. The instrumentation displays were easy to read, and the faux wood trim edging on the dash was reminiscent of the work in many of Ford’s sedans.

What Were the Production Numbers for the 1976 Ford F250?

The units were built in North America, Argentina, and Australia.  

Pickup No. of Units
F250 Regular Cab 121,216
F250 Reg. Cab 4x4 62,863
F250 SuperCab 29,056

While there are no official records, it is estimated that less than 2,000 CrewCab units were made.

What Are The Model Options for the 1976 F 250?

The following were some of the options for the 1976 Ford f 250.

Options Number of Units With Option
Automatic Transmission 53.6%
4 Speed Manual Transmission 43.3%
Power Disc Brakes 100%
Power Steering 86.2%
V8 engines 92.8%
Trailer Towing Equipment 2.9%
Four Wheel Drive 30.1%
Air Conditioning 24.8%
Cruise Control 13.9%

What are the Specifications of the 1976 F250?

Below are some specifications of the 1976 Ford F250.

Item Specification
300 cu in 4.9 L inline 6 101 HP - 223 lbs/ft of torque
360 cu in 5.9 L V8 145 HP - 243 lb/ft of torque
400 cu in 6.6 L V8 169 HP - 327 lbs/ft of torque
460 cu 7.5 L V8 239 HP - 341 lb/ft of torque
Length 212 inches
Wheelbase 132.99 inches - 139 inches
Wheelbase Width 64.5 - 64.8 inches
GVW Weight 7700 lbs - 8100 lbs.
Payload 3,625 lbs.
Towing capacity 4500 lbs with braked trailers
Cargo Space (8’ bed) 73.6 cu inches
Fuel Type Regular or unleaded gasoline
4x4 Optional
No. of cylinders (Regular Cab) 6 (300 cu inline) - 8 (360 cu V8)
No. of cylinders (Super Cab) 8 (390 cu V8 or 460 cu V8)
# of seats 3 - (Bench style - Regular Cab)
6 - (Bench style - SuperCab)
6 - (Bench style - CrewCab)
Transmission 4 - speed Manual or Cruise-O-Matic
Front suspension Independent coil spring
Rear suspension Leaf spring
Front Brakes Disc
Suspension I beam
Tire size 265/75 R 16 or 235/80 R 17
Rim Size 6J x 16.5 E10
Body Type Pickup
Doors 2 (Reg./SuperCab - 4 on CrewCab
MSRP $4,313 plus tax