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Ford USA pickups: books - history, models and technology

A book on Ford 4x4s and pick-ups? Here are books on the history and technology of North American Ford light commercial vehicles, including the Bronco.

Ford Tough : 100 Years of Ford Trucks

In July 1917 Ford Motor Company introduced a one-ton chassis for commercial trucks, marking what many historians feel was its official entry into the dedicated truck business. Sure, after-market pickup beds could be added to a Model T car to convert it to a pickup, but with the debut of the rugged Model TT truck chassis, Ford was firmly in the truck market.

Eight years later, Ford introduced its first factory-produced pickup, a sturdy half-ton job the public loved. During the century that has passed since that first Ford truck chassis, the F-series has become the best-selling truck in the world, and the best-selling vehicle of any type in America.

"Ford Tough: 100 Years of Ford Trucks" tells the entire Ford truck story from the very beginning, when Ford got its start in truck production. This book provides the history of the wide array of models Ford has built over the past century, including the Model A roadster pick-up, stylish 81C pickups, legendary 1948 F-1, Bronco, Courier, Ranchero, and Econoline.

Author:Patrick R. Foster
Specs:208 pages, 28 x 24 x 2.2 cm / 11 x 9 x 0.87 in, hardback
Illustrations:100 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Crestline Books (USA, 2020)
Book: Ford Tough : 100 Years of Ford Trucks

Ford Tough : 100 Years of Ford Trucks

Language: English

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Ford Bronco: A History of Ford's Legendary 4x4

In 1966, Ford launched the Bronco, offering increased refinement, more power, and an innovative coil-spring front suspension. The Bronco caught on quickly and soon established a reputation as a solid backcountry performer.
Ford moved upstream with the introduction of the larger Bronco for 1978, witnessing a huge increase in sales for the second-generation trucks. The Twin Traction Beam front end was introduced in the third generation, and further refinements including more aerodynamic styling, greater luxury, and more powerful fuel-injected engines came on board in the generations that followed. Through it all, the Bronco retained its reputation as a tough, versatile, and comfortable rig, both on and off the paved road.

With the reintroduction of the Bronco for 2020, Ford is producing a vehicle for a whole new generation of enthusiasts that looks to bring modern styling and performance to the market while building on the 30-year heritage of the first five generations of the Bronco so dearly loved by their owners.

From the development process and details of the first trucks through the 1996 models, author Todd Zuercher shares technical details, rarely seen photos, and highlights of significant models along with the stories of those people whose lives have been intertwined with the Bronco for many years. This book will have new information for everyone and will be a must-have for longtime enthusiasts and new owners alike!

Author:Todd Zuercher
Specs:192 pages, 28 x 21.5 cm / 11 x 8.5 in, hardback
Illustrations:90 b&w and 384 colour photographs
Publisher:CarTech Inc (USA, 2019)
Book: Ford Bronco: A History of Ford's Legendary 4x4

Ford Bronco: A History of Ford's Legendary 4x4

Language: English

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Ford Bronco 4x4 1966-1977 - Brooklands Performance Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the Ford Bronco 4x4 models from the years 1966-1977. Describes the Ford Bronco 170, Sportsman, Camper, V8 and 200.

  • The articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

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Specs:140 pages, 27 x 20.5 x 0.9 cm / 10.6 x 8.1 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:300 photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 1998)
Book: Ford Bronco 4x4 1966-1977 - Brooklands Performance Portfolio

Ford Bronco 4x4 1966-1977

Language: English

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Ford Bronco - An Illustrated History

At last, the complete 30-year history of Ford's popular utility vehicle from the 1966 model year right up to the last Bronco rolling off the assembly line in 1996.
Introduced in the Fall of 1965, the first Ford Bronco immediately captured over half of the utility vehicle market segment, stealing sales from both Jeep and the IH Scout.

Join noted ''Ford-storian'' Paul McLaughlin as he thoroughly covers each of the five distinct generations of the Bronco, with heaviest emphasis on the early, more collectible models. Paul was right there from the beginning, and his authoritative text is augmented with period ads, brochures, and other archival pieces to provide a well-rounded look at these desirable vehicles.
For those looking for even more detail, Paul also supplies comprehensive option lists, spec sheets, and production numbers. Finally, a book for all fans of Ford's Bronco.

Author:Paul McLaughlin
Specs:128 pages, 27.5 x 21.5 cm / 10.8 x 8.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Iconografix (USA, 2015)

Ford F-100 / F-150 Pickup 1953 to 1996 : America's best-selling Truck

This is the story of the most popular pickup truck of all time, the Ford F-150, and its predecessor, the F-100. This book records over forty years in its long life, during which time the Ford pickup has remained true to its origins, a vehicle that, when called upon, can deliver a solid day's work, off road or on, day after day, year after year - each one built `Ford Tough.'

Over the years the Ford pickup has sold in astounding numbers to become part of everyday American life.

Packed with hundreds of mostly colour illustrations, and technical specifications, this book also includes advice on restoring the first F-1 pickup of 1948 and the original F-100 of 1953.

Author:Robert Ackerson
Specs:160 pages, 25 x 20.5 cm / 9.8 x 8.1 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2018)
Series:Veloce Classic Reprint
Book: Ford F-100 / F-150 Pickup 1953 to 1996 : America's best-selling Truck

Ford F-100 / F-150 Pickup 1953 to 1996 : America's best-selling Truck

Language: English

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Ford Ranger - The Complete Illustrated History

One of the most popular pickup trucks to ever hit the highways and byways was the compact-sized Ford Ranger pickup that was in production from 1983 through 2011. During that 28-year period, more than 6 million of them were produced and many of them are still working today.

This book covers all models of the Ranger from the XL to the sporty Splash, 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive models from the earliest days through to the last days when Ford decided to end production in 2011.
It includes information about standard and optional equipment, specifications and other pertinent facts, more than 200 photographs, and also includes Ford's compact-sized sport utility vehicle, the Bronco II, which was based on the Ranger platform.
Ford Motor Co. recently began producing a mid-size Ranger that is available throughout North America.

Author:Paul G. McLaughlin
Specs:128 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:200+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Iconografix (USA, 2016)
Book: Ford Ranger - The Complete Illustrated History

Ford Ranger - The Complete Illustrated History

Language: English

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1942 - 1948 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury Service Manual

1942-1948 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury Service Manual - Cars and Trucks

Ford Motor Company

English | paperback | 222 p. | 2020

Ford Pick-ups & Bronco (1973-1979)

Ford F-100 thru F-350 Pick-ups & Bronco (1973-1979) - Six-cylinder inline & V8 models

J. H. Haynes, Dennis S. Yamaguchi

English | paperback | 304 p. | 1988

Ford Pick-ups & Bronco (1980-1996)

Ford F-100 thru F-350 Pick-ups & Bronco - Gasoline engines (1980-1996)

Mark Christman, John B Raffa, John H Haynes

English | paperback | 352 p. | 2012

Ford Ranger & Bronco II (1983-1992)

Ford Ranger & Bronco II (1983-1992) - Gasoline engines

Homer Eubanks, J. H. Haynes

English | paperback | 396 p. | 1989

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