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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery)     Photo Credit  Orlando Classic Cars
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery)
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery)
Body Style  S  Sedan Delivery (Courier)     Body Type  78A     Prod Total  8,757  (Note: 1955 Prod Total 7,754)
 
Engs    Trans    Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)    Tires    Payloads    GVWs    Prices
 
Courier / Ranch Wagon
Sedan Delivery. 2 dr. 1 pass (driver). Base trim.
Ford I-6 223  A   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $1,740 (Wash. D.C.) / $1,725 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), Tires 6.70 x 15," Payload 830 Lb, & GVW 4100 Lb
Ford V-8 272  U   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $1,840 (est) (Wash. D.C.) / $1,825 (est) (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), Tires 6.70 x 15," Payload 711 Lb, & GVW 4100 Lb
 
Courier / Parklane
Sedan Delivery. 2 dr. 3 pass. Top trim.
Ford I-6 223  A   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   I-6 Courier/Parklane price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), Tires 6.70 x 15," Payload 830 Lb, & GVW 4100 Lb
Ford V-8 272  U   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   V-8 Courier/Parklane price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), Tires 6.70 x 15," Payload 711 Lb, & GVW 4100 Lb
 
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery)
 
Engines

Ford I-6  223 CID   A Code   Std eng
6 cyl  in-line  2 overhead-valve
3.62 in bore x 3.60 in stroke   4 main bearings
137 hp @ 4400 rpm   202 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr   w/ all drives
1-barrel carb   Single exhaust
Ford V-8  272 CID   U Code   Opt eng
8 cyl   90°-V   2 overhead-valve (int 1.78," exh 1.51")   Y-Block
3.62 in bore x 3.30 in stroke   5 main bearings
173 hp @ 4400 rpm   260 lb-ft torque @ 2400 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr
176 hp @ 4400 rpm   264 lb-ft torque @ 2400 prm   8.4 to 1 cr   w/ Fordomatic
Twin-Jet carb (2-barrel)   Single exhaust
 
Drives
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.27 (opt none), Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.54 (opt none), Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)  (Courier & Station Wagon)
4.09, opt 4.27, w/ std Conventional Drive
4.27, opt (none), w/ opt Overdrive
3.54, opt (none), w/ opt Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
Tires   Opt tire prices not found
Std 6.70 x 15," 4-ply, tubless, blackwall
Opt 6.70 x 15," 6-ply, tubless, blackwall
Opt 7.10 x 15," 4-ply, tubless, blackwall
Opt 7.10 x 15," 6-ply, tubless, blackwall
Steel rims 15 x 5"
Click Tires, Payloads, & GVWs (below)
 
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E-code Colonial White exterior paint color   Base trim level
AJ-code Interior w/ dark brown skiver-grain vinyl seat covers
Data plate decoded below
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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Base Trim
•  One sun visior    •  One armrest     •  One door outside rear view mirror
•  One front bucket seat (driver) w/ dark brown skiver-grain vinyl cover (AJ-code), back folds forward
•  One opt auxiliary front right bucket seat (passenger), back folds forward & whole seat tilts up forward
•  Door & cargo area side panels of smooth medium brown pressed wood
•  Cargo area floor of plywood on full-welded steel pan, underfloor storage w/ 2 hinged lids & spare tire well w/ hinged lid
•  Side-hinged wide-opening rear door, holds open in all positions
 
Exterior Colors
Colonial White
Raven Black
Nocturne Blue,  Bermuda Blue,  Diamond Blue
Pine Ridge Green,  Meadowmist Green
Buckskin Tan
Fiesta Red
Platinum Gray
 
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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1956 Ford Truck Illustrated Facts and Feature Manual Including Courier
© 1955, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, 9-1-55, Rev. 6-1-56, Printed in U.S.A.  Pages 33-40
 
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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Cargo Loadspace  (back of seat)
• Floor length 80 in     • Load length 74.9 in
• Width 60.5 in     • Width between wheel housings 42.5 in     • Height 37.4 in
 
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery) Dimensions  
Weights in Lb (est)  (w/ oils, coolant, fuel, & steel rims 15 x 5")
Front    Rear    Curb    Payload     GVW    Tires
 
Ford I-6 223 CID A   Std eng
Std   F 1757 + R 1513 = Curb 3270 + Payload 830 = GVW 4100  w/ Tires 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tubeless bw
Opt   F 1760 + R 1516 = Curb 3276 + Payload 924 = GVW 4200  w/ Tires 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tubeless bw
Opt   F 1762 + R 1518 = Curb 3280 + Payload 1320 = GVW 4600  w/ Tires 7.10 x 15" 6-ply tubeless bw
 
Ford V-8 272 CID U   Opt eng
Std   F 1876 + R 1513 = Curb 3389 + Payload 711 = GVW 4100  w/ Tires 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tubeless bw
Opt   F 1879 + R 1516 = Curb 3395 + Payload 805 = GVW 4200  w/ Tires 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tubeless bw
Opt   F 1881 + R 1518 = Curb 3399 + Payload 1201 = GVW 4600  w/ Tires 7.10 x 15" 6-ply tubeless bw
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery) Specifications
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery)
Engines

 
Ford I-6 223 CID  A Code   Std eng
6 cyl  in-line  2 overhead-valve
3.62 in bore x 3.60 in stroke   4 main bearings
137 hp @ 4400 rpm   202 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr   w/ all drives
1-barrel carb w/ manual choke   Single exhaust
 
Ford V-8 272 CID  U Code   Opt eng
8 cyl   90°-V   2 overhead-valve (int 1.78," exh 1.51")   Y-Block
3.62 in bore x 3.30 in stroke   5 main bearings
173 hp @ 4400 rpm   260 lb-ft torque @ 2400 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr
176 hp @ 4400 rpm   264 lb-ft torque @ 2400 prm   8.4 to 1 cr   w/ Fordomatic
Twin-Jet carb (2-barrel) w/ auto choke   Single exhaust
 
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery) Y-8 Engine
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery) I-Six Engine
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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Transmissions    Click "Shifting Gears" Owner's Manual Pages 12-14
 
Conventional Drive (3-speed Manual)
Std in Courier (Sedan Delivery)
1st, 2nd (synchro), 3rd (synchro), & Reverse
All-helical gears, forged bronze synchronizers
Gear selector on steering column, "H" pattern
 
Overdrive (3-speed Manual w/ Auto Planetary 4th-speed Gear)
Opt in Courier (Sedan Delivery)
1st, 2nd (synchro), 3rd (synchro), 4th (auto Overdrive, 30% lower eng rpm than 3rd), & Reverse
Gear selector on steering column, "H" pattern
Overdrive T-handle below control panel
Engage OD in 3rd at any speed push in T-handle & let-up throttle,
      auto cut-in at any speed above 27-28 mph, auto cut-out (return to 3rd) below 21-22 mph
Cut-out OD when driving in OD full-throttle "kick-down" to 3rd (passing, hill climbing),
      (throttle let-up returns OD)
"Lock out" OD when driving in OD full-throttle "kick-down" to 3rd & pull out T-handle,
      or when not driving in OD - or stopped - pull out T-handle
 
Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive (3-speed Automatic)
Opt in Courier (Sedan Delivery)
Low (1st), Intermediate (2nd, Passing), High (3rd), & Reverse
Automatic planetary gear train & single-stage 3-element hydralic-mechanical Torque Converter (oil cushion - no mechanical linkage between engine & drive train, no vacuum or electrical connections)
Safety-sequence gear selector on steering column, Illuminated indicator dial
P  Park
R  Reverse gear
N  Neutral
      • start engine
DR  Drive
      • part-throttle 2nd gear take-off (typical driving), auto upshift to 3rd
      • full-throttle 1st gear take-off (Speed-Trigger), auto upshifts to 2nd (30 mph) & 3rd (65 mph)
      • increased or full-throttle kick-down to 2nd (Passing gear) below 65-68 mph
      • increased or full-throttle kick-down to 1st below 18 mph
LO  Low
      • 1st gear take-off & hold up to 35 mph (auto upshifts to 2nd & 3rd if/when DR selected)
      • downshift to 2nd below 60 & above 17-23 mph (engine braking)
      • downshift to 1st below 17-23 mph (engine braking)
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery) Transmissions
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery)  (& Station Wagon)
Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)
 
4.09, opt 4.27, w/ std Conventional Drive
4.27, opt (none), w/ opt Overdrive
3.54, opt (none), w/ opt Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery) Chassis
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery) Chassis
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)  
SERIAL NO.:
U = Engine Type = 272 ci 173 hp (MT) 176 hp (AT) 2-bbl carb OHV V8
6 = Production Year = 1956
F = Assembly Plant = Dearborn, MI
S = Body Style = Sedan Delivery
260878 = Consecutive Unit No. (sequence of assembly no. starting at 100001), the 160878th of all 1956 Ford vehicle models assembled at the Dearborn plant
 
78A = BODY (TYPE) = Sedan Delivery
E = COLOR (EXTERIOR PAINT) = Colonial White
AJ = TRIM (INTERIOR COLOR SCHEME) = Dark Brown Vinyl
PRODUCTION CODE:
9 = Day of the Month (vehicle completed) = 9th (a Monday)
D = Month (vehicle assembled) = April
1527 = Scheduled Item No. (assigned to the body at the Dearborn plant), the 1527th of all vehicle models scheduled for assembly on Monday, April 9, 1956
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Fairlane bodyside sweep wide bright-metal molding w/ black painted insets . . .