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Body Trim and Emblems



Side Beltline Stainless Trim

Stainless 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. There were four different styles of  side trim used on Ford's '67-'72 light-duty trucks:

  1. 1967-only narrow trim (1-1/4" wide)
    This was the only style available in '67 on Custom Cab and Ranger models. All models with two-tone paint got this trim, to cover the area where the two paint shades meet. Not available on base models except with two-tone paint.  This trim was also used on '68 trucks with serial numbers up to #C56,001.

  2. 1968-1972 medium-width trim, black accents (1-1/2" wide)
    This was the only style available for '68-'69 Custom Cab and Ranger models. All models with two-tone paint also got this trim, to cover the area where the two paint shades meet. The '70-'72 Custom (base model), Sport Custom and Explorer models also used this style if the "bright side moldings" option was requested.

  3. 1970-1972 wide trim, black accents (4" wide)
    (Ranger and Ranger XLT only) This trim was considerably wider and completely covered the beltline bump.

  4. 1970-1972 wide trim, woodgrained accents (4" wide)
    (Ranger XLT only) Only Ranger XLT models could get the wider trim with woodgrained accents, which matched the tailgate and dashboard trim appliqués.

Fig. 1  -  1967-only narrow trim

Fig. 2 - 1968-1972 medium-width trim

Fig. 3 - A side-by-side comparison of the narrow and medium-width styles

Fig. 4 - 1970-1972 Ranger XLT wide trim w/woodgrained accents

Fig. 5 - The wide trim style used on '70-'72 Rangers and Ranger XLT trucks had a cut-out at the rear to accommodate the rear marker light (above right). If a similar-year truck was equipped with the medium-width trim, the trim stopped in front of the marker light (above left). Both examples here are 1972 models. (NOTE: The Explorer emblem shown above is a one-year-only item for the '72 models. Explorer models from previous years had no exterior emblems, though some did have a glovebox emblem. '73-up Explorer models had a similar box emblem, but was slightly different.)

Lower Body Trim
Base - Not available
Custom Cab - Optional: 2¾" wide style
Ranger - Standard: 2¾" wide style

Custom - Not available
Sport Custom - Standard: wide style
Ranger - Standard: wide style; Optional: narrow 1¾" style
(beginning with serial #F70001)
Ranger XLT - Standard, narrow 1¾" style style
(beginning with serial #F70001)

(NOTE: The optional narrow-style trim did not extend past the rear wheelwells, vs. the wider style which did.)

CLICK HERE for a listing of part numbers for all lower-body trim for all models.

Fig. 6 - On top is the optional narrow-style trim available on '70-'72 Rangers and standard on  similar-years Ranger XLTs. On bottom is the standard wider trim used for all years.

Fig. 7 - A junkyard XLT with the narrow trim

1967-1969 Model Exterior Emblems

Fig. 8 - On top is the '67 emblem, on bottom is the '68-'69 emblem

There were three trim levels available for '67-'69 trucks: base, Custom Cab and Ranger. Base models had no exterior or interior model insignias.

1967-1969 Custom Cab models had these emblems mounted just behind the doors on each side. The '67 emblems had red accents whereas '68-'69 versions were accented with black.

Fig. 9 - The '67-'69 Ranger emblem, mounted at the rear of the bed on each side

1970-1972 Model Exterior Emblems

Fig. 10

Fig. 11

There were four trim levels available for '70-'72 models: Custom, Sport Custom, Ranger and Ranger XLT. The mid-year 'Explorer Special' models had no exterior identification, except on the '72 models (see Fig. 5 above).

Fig. 12 - The 'Ranger' script for the '70-'72 trucks was redesigned, and could also include the additional separate 'XLT' emblem.
Trucks which were delivered from the factory without a standard pickup bed, such as a chassis/cab, flatbed, etc. had the model emblems mounted on the front fenders, like on this '72 F350 Camper Special ex-motorhome.

Camper Special Emblems


Fig. 13 - The 1967 Camper Specials had emblems mounted up on the side of the cowl panel.

Fig. 14 - The 1968-1969 Camper Special emblems were moved down to the lower front fender.

Fig. 15 - The '70-'72 Camper Special emblems were redesigned and moved back up to the side of the cowl panel.

Fig. 16

Crewcab Emblems

Here are two different styles of emblems used on the '70-'72 Crewcab trucks (earlier crewcabs had no emblems). These would also be mounted on the sides of the cowl panel (see Fig. 15).

Fig. 17 - 1970-only emblem

Fig. 18 - 1971-1972 emblem

NOTE: I'm still researching the correct usage of these emblems. Fig. 17 is on a '70 F250 and Fig. 18 has been seen on a '71 F350 and a '71 F250, leading me to believe that the top version was the '70-only version and the lower version used in '71-'72.
     Also, these emblems should have elements of color in them, similar to the gold in the Camper Special emblem in Fig. 16 above (I believe). If you can supply better examples of what I have pictured here or any additional info regarding correct model year or trim level usage, please e-mail me.

Other Emblems

1969 Contractor Specials decal

Fig. 19

1969 Farm & Ranch Specials decal

Fig. 20

Heavy Duty Special

Fig. 21

The 1970-only Farm & Ranch emblem

Fig. 22

The 1970-only Contractor Special emblem

Fig. 23

1968-'69 trucks equipped with a 390 c.i.d. engine got special emblems mounted on the front fenders. Regardless of whether it also had Camper Special emblems or not, they were mounted in the same place. These were the only trucks of the '67-'72 era which had any kind of engine displacement emblem/decal.

Fig. 24

Glovebox Emblems

The '67-'69 base or Custom Cab models did not have a glovebox emblem, nor did the '70-'72 Custom (which was the base model for those years).

'70-'72 Sport Custom emblem, for trucks without the Explorer trim package

Fig. 25

Some '70-'72 Custom and Sport Custom models equipped with the Explorer trim package got this emblem

Fig. 26

(Note: I've seen more verified factory Sport Customs and Explorers which do not have any glovebox emblem vs. those that explanations to offer.)
'67-'72 Ranger emblem

Fig. 27

'70-'72 Ranger XLT emblem

Fig. 28

Taillight Trim

Fig. 29

Fig. 30

Fig. 31

Fig. 32

There were two different styles of taillight trim...a 2-hole version and a 3-hole version, with the 3-hole being the most common. Trucks with two-tone paint had a chrome strip along the bottom of the tailgate to hide where the colors met, and  so were equipped with the 3-hole version (Fig. 29), also used with tailgate perimeter trim (Fig. 30) or a full-size tailgate panel (Fig. 31). Trucks with either no tailgate trim or the smaller center filler panel got the 2-hole taillight surrounds (Fig. 32). In other words, if any tailgate trim extended out to the edge of the tailgate, the 3-hole surrounds were used.

Grilles and Headlight Trim

There are two different styles of headlight fits '67-'69 trucks and another fits '70-'72. The two styles are NOT interchangeable. The early style was available in either aluminum or steel, whereas the later style was only available in aluminum. The '67-'68 doors did not have any accent paint, but the '69 Ranger doors were trimmed in black, and '70-'72 versions had the area around the headlight blacked out for all models.

Fig. 33 - The '67-'69 style (left and) the '70-'72 style (right)

Top: '70 grille shell
Bottom: '71-'72 grille shell

Fig. 34 - In this picture you can see the differences in the length of the grille insert mounting tabs. In addition, there are variations in the physical locations of the mounting tabs.

The '67-'69 versions are 3 basic pieces: the grille shell and the two headlight doors. The '70-'72 grilles are 5 pieces: the grille shell, the two headlight doors, and two plastic grille inserts. In addition, the '71 grille assemblies had two horizontal chrome strips, one for each side.  All grilles were available in either steel or aluminum versions.

NOTE: The grilles used on the '67-'72 trucks are interchangeable as a complete assembly. That is, you can put a '67 grille assembly onto a '72 and vice's a simple bolt-on. However, the '67-'69 grilles and the '70-'72 grilles cannot mix parts. Mounting a '70-'72 grille assembly on a '67-'69 truck requires you also use the later lower valance panel, which has wider turn signal indicator notches. (See the 'Lower Valance Panel' section on Page 2 of 'Identifying 1967-1972 Ford Pickups' for more information.)

Fig. 34 (left) illustrates the differences in the length of the grille insert mounting tabs between the '70 and '71-'72 shells. In addition to the two extra mounting tabs on the '71-'72 shells, the four main tabs on each side are spaced a little differently. The top two are close, but the bottom two are very different.

The 1967 grilles consisted of 6 equal-sized and equally-spaced horizontal bars, and the turn signal indicators are integral. Standard cab and Custom Cab models got a steel grille assembly, whereas the Ranger models got an all-aluminum version. There was no Ranger grille emblem for that model. There was no accent paint anywhere on either version.

Fig. 35 - '67 standard and Custom Cab models

Fig. 36 - '67 Ranger models

Fig. 37 - '68 Custom
Cab models, close-up

The 1968 grilles consisted of 7 bars. The top, middle and bottom bars were wide, with two thinner bars between the top/middle and middle/bottom. Base models got a steel grille assembly and the Custom Cab models could get either a steel or all-aluminum version. The Ranger models got an all-aluminum version with a Ranger emblem mounted on the center bar. Both grille styles had black accent paint on the vertical grille bar supports, to give the impression of 'floating' horizontal bars.

Fig. 38 - '68 Custom Cab models

Fig. 39 - '68 Ranger models

Fig. 40 - 1969

Fig. 41 - '69 Ranger

The 1969 grilles were identical to the '68 grilles, except that there was no accent paint on the vertical bar supports, and the center bar had a groove along the top. The groove was painted red for the Ranger models but left unpainted for all others. Standard cab got a steel grille assembly, whereas the Custom Cab and Ranger models got an all-aluminum version. Ranger grilles have a Ranger emblem mounted on the center bar and blacked-out headlight doors.

Fig. 42 - 1969 standard and Custom Cab

Fig. 43 - '69 Ranger models

The 1970 grilles were completely redesigned, with a new shell and new headlight doors. The turn signal indicators are now mounted on the valance panel, and are visible from either the front or the side. All models got the same version: an all-aluminum grille shell with removable plastic inserts with a grid pattern that are interchangeable side-to-side. There was no longer a grille-mounted Ranger emblem.

Fig. 44 - '70, all models

Fig. 45- '71, all
models, close-up

Fig. 46 - '71
NOS grille

The 1971 grille assemblies again had a redesigned all-aluminum grille shell and completely different plastic inserts, which included two vertical bars and a single horizontal bar with a chrome strip for each side. There was only one version for all truck models.

Fig. 47 - '71, all models

The 1972 grille assemblies were identical to the '71 versions, except that the plastic inserts were slightly different, with a single horizontal and vertical bar for each side. There was only one version for all truck models.

Fig. 48 - '72, all models

NOTE: The '71-'72 plastic grille inserts are interchangeable between those two years, but each year has a right-side and left-side piece, so they cannot be swapped side-to-side.

Tailgates and Tailgate Trim

1967 styleside tailgates were not available with a 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),(Fig. 51). This trim was also used on 1970 models with serial numbers before F70,001.

Filler panel dimensions
Style Dimensions Letter Height
Black or argent 61-7/8" x 5-1/8" 3"
Full-size 66¾" x 12-1/8" 3-5/8"

Fig. 49 - Single chrome strip with two-tone paint

Fig. 50 - '67 full perimeter trim

Fig. 51 - '68-'69 Ranger - full perimeter trim with small argent filler panel (also used on early-'70 models)

Single-color standard-cab trucks got no chrome trim or filler panel. Standard-cab trucks with two-tone paint got the single lower chrome strip where the two colors meet. Two-tone Sport Custom and Explorers also got the small black filler panel. Rangers got the full-size argent filler panel. Ranger XLTs got the woodgrain filler panel and chrome tailgate release handle.

Fig. 52 - '70-'72 plain

Fig. 53 - '70-'72 Sport Custom and Explorer - small black filler panel. Chrome perimeter trim available.

Fig. 54 - '70-'72 Ranger - full-size argent filler panel

Fig. 55 - '70-72 Ranger XLT only
Additional Tailgate Information
The '64-'66 tailgate WILL interchange with the '67-'72 trucks and the body lines will be correct. However, note the difference in the letters. The '64-'66 letters are of a sans-serif style font, whereas the '67-'72 letters are of serif font.

Fig. 58 - '67-'72 style tailgate on a '73-'79 pickup. While the two generations do have interchangeable tailgates, the body lines will not line up correctly.

Fig. 56 - This is a correct
'64-'66 tailgate

Fig. 57 - '67-'72 style tailgate
on a '66 F-100

(Fig. 59)  -  '73-'79 tailgates have an argent tailgate filler panel which at first glance is similar to those used on the '68-'69 trucks, but the panel is smaller (only about 55-3/4" wide) and uses a sans-serif font.

NOTES: I'm still researching additional details regarding the correct model usage for the chrome tailgate release handles. Also, the general trim parameters listed above are correct, but an individual ordering a truck could have specified some trim that wasn't standard or deleted from his order some trim that was. There really is no written-in-stone mandate on any of these, and the above information is to be used for general reference only. The only exception to this that I'm aware of is that '70-'72 Ranger and Ranger XLT tailgate trim were for those trim levels ONLY and could not be added to Custom or Sport Custom models.

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