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1967 Ford Trucks Model Year Differences

 

1967 was the first year of the 'bumpside' body style, used from '67 through '72 and was a major redesign of almost all aspects of the truck from the previous model year. While the suspension design was largely carried over from 1966, the body was all new.

However, due to increased Federal safety mandates for 1968 which required certain features for passenger safety, many areas of the cab interior were again redesigned a year after it's debut. This resulted in the 1967 model year cab as being a 'bastard child' of the bumpside trucks, meaning many things about this model year's cab was different from subsequent '68-'72 bodies. This page will detail the many differences between 1967 cabs vs. 1968-1972 cabs, as well as a few notable exterior and drivetrain differences.

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DOORS

One of the most significant differences for the 1967 model year body was to the doors, required due to more-stringent safety regulations. While the door shell itself was relatively unchanged, allowing interchangeability as a complete unit with '68-'72 cabs, there are many one-year-only features.


1967 Ford pickup doors have a lever-style door release and no push-button provision for locking the door. To lock this door, you would push down on the release handle on the driver's side or pull up on the passenger-side handle. So the door release/lock mechanism is '67-only. The passenger-side armrest was optional.
 

 


The '68-'72 style had a squeeze-type release  a redesigned armrest to wrap around the release handle for better protection. It also included a door lock button, as well as a redesigned window crank handle, designed to break away in a collision. Armrests for both doors were standard equipment.
 

 

All glass, weatherstrips and division bars remained the same and are interchangeable.
 

The inner door structure was redesigned to accommodate the new door release hardware and armrests, and the inner (steel or upholstered) door panel was obviously changed to accommodate this. The inner window crank hardware remained unchanged and is interchangeable with '68-'72 trucks.
   

Vent (wing) window handles
The vent window release handles were redesigned to eliminate sharp edges which could injure an occupant in a collision and the scuff plate lengthened accordingly. The vent window assembly is interchangeable as a complete unit with '68-'72 doors.

 

OTHER IN-CAB DIFFERENCES
Glovebox door release button
In an attempt to minimize passenger injury in the event of a collision, the 1968-1972 glovebox door release button was rounded off, eliminating the sharp corners of the '67 version. The glovebox door itself and the latch mechanism are fully interchangeable.
   
Radio and heater controls
1967 AM radios were smaller than the '68-'72 versions and had no pushbuttons for station selection. Due to it's smaller size, the dash opening was also smaller. The larger 1968-1972 AM (and '71-'72 AM/FM) radios included pushbuttons for station selection. Although a manual AM radio without the push buttons was available for '68-'72, it was the same physical size and will not fit a '67 without dash modification, nor will the matching bezel. A radio delete (cover) plate was available for each, but are not interchangeable due to differences in size.

The 1967 deluxe heater controls were via a push/pull cable and were located immediately below the radio. 1967 trucks with the Economy heater had a single control located by the ignition switch, and would not have the three controls pictured here...the area beneath the radio would be blank (pictured at right).

The '68-'72 heater controls were a slider design to minimize cab intrusion and would also control factory-installed A/C, if so equipped.

   

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

In the top pic, 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 recessed just a bit more.

In the bottom pic, 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.

   

Ignition switch
The 1967 ignition switch on the left in this shot and is another one-year-only item. It 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.
   

Ashtray
The ashtray receiver from a '67 pickup is attached to the dash with one center-mounted screw on top and two side screws (one screw along each side). The '68-'72 ashtray receiver is held on by 2 screws each on top and bottom and has a ball-bearing track on each side. The handles of each are also slightly different. The ashtray assemblies are not interchangeable.

Pictured at left: A white '67 ashtray vs. a green '68-'72 ashtray.

   
Rearview mirror
The '67-only in-cab rearview mirror attached to the top of the window frame with screws and was available in chrome (optional). The '68-'72 models had mirrors which were glued to the top of the windshield glass.
   

Parking brake mechanism
Shown in these pictures are comparisons of the parking brake assemblies. On the left in each picture is the '67 version, with one from a '68 on the right in each picture. While structurally different, they do interchange as an assembly.
   
Clutch/brake pedal hanger assembly
The hanger bracket under the dash is another one of those strange '67-only pieces. As you can see at left, the '67 (bottom) pedals' pivot point is 3⅞ inches inches from the firewall to the middle of the pivot pin, whereas the '68-'72 assembly (top) is 5 inches from the firewall. This also means the master cylinder or brake booster pushrod for the '67s had to be longer. While the hanger assembly is interchangeable as a complete unit, it must be mated with a correct matching brake booster or master cylinder. For more information on this, visit Comparing Clutch/Brake Pedals and Brackets.
   
Transmission tunnel adjustment hole cover
While all '67-'72 trucks have an indention in the low-hump transmission tunnel cover for a small cover plate, only '67s have the hole punched out and the small cover attached with four screws. This was an access hole for adjusting the rear band on an FMX transmission, using the adjusting screw on the upper right-hand side of the transmission case. Similar-era Ford cars also had this access hole/cover in the floorpan.

At right: the Ford truck shop manual shows how the hole is used to adjust the transmission band.

1967 is also the only year Ford didn't install a taller bolt-on transmission hump cover when a truck was equipped with an automatic transmission, since this was the last year of the smaller FMX automatic transmissions (still verifying).
   

 

EXTERNAL DIFFERENCES
Hood side emblem
The 1968-1972 hood emblems were redesigned to incorporate a built-in reflector.
   
Cowl lacing
The cowl lacing for the hood, located on the upper firewall inside the engine compartment, was about the only difference that wasn't specifically safety-related. The '67 cab had the cowl lacing mounted lower on the firewall with round holes than subsequent model years, which used oblong slots.
   
Front cab mount inspection plate
The front cab mounts on 1967 models used a 4-bolt inspection plate, while '68-'72 trucks used an inspection plate with a bottom locating tab and attached with a single bolt on top (shown at right). This 1-bolt plate was used up through 1979 on all F100/350 trucks.

Interestingly, although the covers are different (4-bolt vs. 1-bolt), C5TZ-81111B80-A is shown as the only part number for this item in the the '65-'72 (1979 Final Edition) MPC and individual-year MPCs from 1965 thru 1979.

   
...and as long as we're discussing the cab mounts, notice how the rubber isolator that extends from the inner fender to the cab mount is attached with two bolts at the cab mount on a '67, whereas the later trucks just use one there.
   

Hood braces
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.

As a side note, '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).

   
Radiator grille
The front grille is '67-only, but not related to safety. Each model year truck during the '67-'72 era had a different grille and was simply a styling change during each model year.
   
Aluminum side trim
Aluminum beltline trim (referred to as 'bright body side moldings' by the factory) was optional an all models, including the Ranger, though the trim was standard for trucks with a deluxe two-tone paint job and not available on base-model trucks except with the two-tone paint. The '67 (and some early  '68s) narrow side trim was 1-1/4" wide, compared to the wider (1-1/2") trim used on '68-'72 trucks. This trim was also used on '68 trucks up to serial number C56,001, so it's not specifically a '67-only item.
   
Tailgate trim
1967 styleside tailgates were not available with a center filler panel. The tailgates on standard-cab trucks were either plain (with no chrome trim) or, if with a two-tone paint job, they had a single chrome strip along the base of the tailgate, where the two colors met. Ranger tailgates were equipped with stainless perimeter trim and chrome tailgate release handles.
1968-1969 tailgate trim was identical to the '67s, except that in addition to the perimeter trim, the Ranger models also got the argent filler panel (C8TZ-99425A34-A).

Single chrome strip with two-tone paint

 '67 full perimeter trim

'68-'69 Ranger - full perimeter trim with small argent filler panel (also used on early-'70 models)
   
Rear reflectors
1967 was the only model year in which rear reflectors were not mandated. Each subsequent model year had slight variations and placements for the reflectors.

1967
No reflectors

1968
Side reflector, no
rear reflector

1969
Both side and
rear reflectors

1970-1972
Rear reflector and lighted
side marker light
 
   
Underdash wiring harness
While this should be assumed without saying, for the sake of being complete it should be mentioned that the 1967 wiring harness is a one-year-only item, due to the unique ignition switch and heater control wiring.
   
Engine - 352 cid
While the 352 cid V8 engine was used in some previous model years, 1967 was the last year it was installed in a Ford pickup. Therefore, while not '67 specific, it's included in this list as the only year the 352 was installed in a '67-'72 Ford pickup.
   


1967-only 6 3/4" brake booster

Brakes
The front and rear brakes shoes for 1967 F100s were slightly narrower than subsequent years. In fact, Ford's 1968 sales literature touted the new bigger brakes with "...over 45% more lining area..." over the 1967 model year.

1967 F100's 11" x 2" (front) and 11" x 1 3/4" (rear) brakes increased to 11 1/32" x 3" (front) and 2 1/4" (rear) for 1968. Optional power brakes in 1967 consisted of a 6 3/4" vacuum booster, which was increased to a 9" booster for 1968.

 

 
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