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Identifying 1967-1972 Ford Pickups

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See 1967 Ford Trucks Model Year Differences for features exclusive to '67 trucks.

Parking Brake Assemblies

Shown in these pictures are comparisons of the parking brake assemblies. On the left in each picture is the '67 version, with one pulled from a '68 on the right in each picture. While structurally different, they do interchange.

Clutch & Brake Pedal Assemblies

Shown in these pictures are comparisons of the clutch and brake pedal assemblies. While structurally different, they will interchange.

  • In Fig. 1, you can see the rubber bumper stops used for both the clutch and brake pedals on the '67 version, while the '68 version only has one for the clutch, but mounted behind the pedal arm instead of in front. The '67 version does not have a spring return bracket on the clutch pedal, whereas the '68 version does.

  • In Fig. 2, compare the shapes of the pedal arms. You can see each is shaped and angled slightly differently. Also note that the brake pedal arm on the '68 version has a bracket for a brake light switch, which the '67 assembly does not have. It's stoplight switch is mounted on the end of the master cylinder pushrod.

  • In Fig. 3 you get a better view of the clutch pedal return spring bracket on the '68 version, missing on the '67s, and the rubber bumpers for the clutch pedals which are mounted in different locations.

Fig. 1
Left: '67 version
Right: '68 version

Fig. 2
Left: '67 version
Right: '68 version

Fig. 3
Top: '67 version
Bottom: '68 version
Dash Knobs and Bezels

The dash knobs and bezels differ slightly when comparing the '67 versions with '68 and later versions.

In Fig. 1, you can see the font used on the two lighter bezels is similar, but the '67 version on the left has a thinner font style. The '70 lighter on the right has a much bolder font style, plus the silver button center is sunken in just a bit more.

In Fig. 2, you can see another comparison. On the left are two choke cable assemblies. The top version is a '67 and the '68 version on the bottom. Note the differences in knob thickness and edge details, which is also obvious in the side view of the two cigarette lighters. Also note the differences in thread pitch of the choke cables, the different style retaining nuts and the locating stud on the '68 bezel.

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Ignition Switches

Pictured at right is a side-by-side comparison of the three different ignition switch styles used in Ford pickups during the '67-'72 era. On the left is the '67-only switch, which utilized a single hot stud which protruded through the push-on connector, which in turn was held on with a small nut. In the middle is an example of a '68-'70 ignition switch, in which the harness connector was pushed onto bullet-style connections. The '71-'72 version on the right, introduced in mid-'70, utilized a similar style but used spade-type connectors.


Lower Valance Panels

The front valance panels appear identical for all '67-'72 F-100 thru F-350 trucks, with one minor exception: The turn signal housings on the '70-'72 trucks were bolted onto the valance, requiring two holes drilled for them. The '67-'68 valance panels don't have these holes. However, there are also some other subtle differences, as shown below.

 '70-'72 valance panel (left)
'67-'69 valance panel (right)

Top: '67 valance panel
Bottom: '70 valance panel

The '67-'69 panels have sharp distinct edges, whereas the '70-'72 panels' edges are softer (more curved).

Top: '70 valance panel
Bottom: '67 valance panel

Though it's not very obvious in this picture, the frame notch is 1/4" wider on the '70-'72 panels.


Top: '67 valance panel
Bottom: '70 valance panel

The turn signal area is 1-1/4" wider on the '70-'72 panels. This means that the later panels will work on '67-'69 trucks, but not vice-versa. The early panel will not fit the later truck's turn signal indicator, unless an early grille is also used.

Here's a shot of a '70-'72 valance panel used with a '69 grille. Notice the extra space in the valance next to the turn signal indicator...
 ...and here's one more. The '70'-72 valance panel works with the '67-'69 grilles, but with the wider turn signal notches, it just doesn't look quite right:

Upper Valance Panels and Lower Hood Latch Receivers

There were two different lower hood latch receivers, which required changes to the upper valance panel.  In the left picture, the '67-'68 latch receiver is on bottom and the '69-'72 style is on top. You can use an early-style latch receiver with a later valance, but not vice-versa. The later receiver will not fit an early valance panel.
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Top: '67-'68
Bottom: '69-'72

Dash Trim

1969 was the first year for woodgrain trim on the dash. The woodgrain trim used on the dash of the '69 Ranger models differed slightly from that used on the '70-'72 Ranger and Ranger XLTs. On the left is the '69-only Teakwood style, while the Burl Walnut style used on the '70-'72 dashes is pictured at right.
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The hood's outer skin is identical on all '67-'72 F100 thru F350 trucks. However, the inner bracing is a little different on the '67s. The '68-up hoods had an additional hole that the '67s didn't have (shown at upper left). In addition, the side bracing is very slightly different (shown at lower left), with the '68-up hoods having additional supports. Also some '70-up hoods don't have any of the larger holes along the side bracing, as shown at lower left. These items wouldn't matter to anyone who's not doing a 100%-correct restoration.

In addition, '67 and some early-'68 hoods had a small hood support bracket with a rubber pad which bolted to the firewall and supported the rear part of the hood (shown upper right). Late-'68/later hoods didn't have this bracket, but used an additional rubber bumper at the trailing edge of the hood (shown at lower right).

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NOTE: Apparently, somewhere between unit number D44611 and D58990 of the '68 model year the factory ceased using this rear hood support. The graphic at right (which needs to be updated to reflect the unit numbers listed here) shows the mounting location and how it was phased out. However, an interesting aspect is that all the '68 trucks we've seen so far which did have the rear cab support bracket all were assembled at the Kansas City plant.

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Shoulder-belt mounts

Shown in this picture is the two different locations for the upper shoulder-belt mount of a 3-point seatbelt setup. The '67-'69 trucks had them located on the back wall, next to the rear window. The '70-'72 trucks had this mount moved around to the side panel.

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