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Automobile Catalog™ 1956 Ford Car Models, Engines, Transmissions, Rear Gears, Speeds, Hp/Torque CurvesAutomobile Catalog™
1956 Ford Car Models, Engines, Transmissions, Rear Gears, Speeds, Hp/Torque Curves
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery) photo credit to  Orlando Classic Cars - We Buy, Sell, & Trade Quality Automobiles
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
Body Type Code   Production Nos   Prices 6-Cyl   Prices V-8

 
78A    8757 (total)    (INSERT: 1955 Courier production total 7754)
Ranch Wagon  base w/ Mainline trim  (2 dr, 1 pass)
$1,738 6-Cyl    $1,888 V-8 (est.)
Parklane  base w/ Fairlane trim  (2 dr, 2 pass)
$2,060 6-Cyl (est.)     $2,210 V-8 (est.)
 
Engines
• 223 cu. in. 137 h.p. 1-bbl carb Ford I-6  A code
• 272 cu. in. 173 h.p. 2-bbl carb Ford Y-8  (176 h.p. w/ Fordomatic)  U code
 
Transmissions
• Conventional Drive    • Overdrive    • Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)
• 4.09 std, 4.27 opt, w/ Conventional Drive
• 4.27 std, w/ Overdrive
• 3.54 std, w/ Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
E-code Colonial White exterior paint color
AJ-code Interior Trim w/ dark brown skiver-grain vinyl seat covers
(Complete 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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Features
• Driver bucket seat w/ dark brown skiver-grain vinyl cover (AJ-code), back folds down
• Optional auxiliary front passenger seat, back folds down & whole seat tilts up forward
• Optional full-width front seat
• 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
• Left outside rear view mirror    • Left Sun Visior
 
Exterior Colors
Raven Black, Nocturne Blue, Bermuda Blue, Diamond Blue, Colonial White, 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 Space  (back of seat)
• Floor length 80 in.    • Load length 74.9 in.
• Width 60.5 in.   • Width between wheel wells 42.5 in.
• Height 37.7 in.
 
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery) Dimensions  
Weights in Lbs (est.)
 
Front   Rear   Curb   Payload   GVW   Tires
   (w/ fuel, water, & 15 x 5 in. wheel rims)
I-6 Engine
• 1757 fr. + 1513 r. = 3270 curb  + 830 payload = 4100 GVW  w/ 6.70 x 15 in. 4-ply tires
• 1760 fr. + 1516 r. = 3276 curb  + 924 payload = 4200 GVW  w/ 7.10 x 15 in. 4-ply tires
• 1762 fr. + 1518 r. = 3280 curb  + 1320 payload = 4600 GVW  w/ 7.10 x 15 in. 6-ply tires
Y-8 Engine
• 1876 fr. + 1513 r. = 3389 curb  + 711 payload = 4100 GVW  w/ 6.70 x 15 in. 4-ply tires
• 1879 fr. + 1516 r. = 3395 curb  + 805 payload = 4200 GVW  w/ 7.10 x 15 in. 4-ply tires
• 1881 fr. + 1518 r. = 3399 curb  + 1201 payload = 4600 GVW  w/ 7.10 x 15 in. 6-ply tires
 
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery) Specifications
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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Engines
 
Ford Y-8   U Code

8 cyl   90°-Y   2 overhead-valve
272 cu in   3.62 x 3.3 in bore x stroke
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)
Ford I-6   A Code
6 cyl  in-line  2 overhead-valve
223 cu in   3.62 x 3.6 in bore x stroke
137 hp @ 4400 rpm   202 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr   (w/ all drives)
1-barrel carb
 
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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Transmissions    Click  Owner's Manual Pages 12-14 "Shifting Gears"
 
Conventional Drive (3-speed Manual)
1st, 2nd (synchro), 3rd (synchro), & Reverse
Gear selector on steering column, "H" pattern
Overdrive (3-speed Manual w/ Auto Planetary 4th-speed Gear)
1st, 2nd (synchro), 3rd (synchro), 4th (auto Overdrive), & Reverse
Gear selector on steering column, "H" pattern, +
Overdrive T-handle below control panel, push in to use, pull out to "lock out"
Overdrive auto cut-in above 27 mph (on throttle let-up) & cut-out (to 3rd) below 21 mph
Full-throttle Overdrive auto cut-out (to 3rd) (hill climbing, passing)
Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive (3-speed Automatic)
Low (1st), Intermediate (2nd, Passing), High (3rd), & Reverse
Automatic planetary gear train & single-stage 3-element hydraulic Torque Converter
Safety-sequence gear selector on steering column, Illuminated
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 (extra-fast), auto upshifts to 2nd & 3rd
      • increased or full-throttle kick-down to 2nd gear (Passing gear) below 60 mph
      • increased or full-throttle kick-down to 1st gear below 18 mph
LO  Low
      • 1st gear take-off & hold, (auto upshifts to 2nd & 3rd if/when DR selected)
      • downshift to 2nd gear below 60 mph (engine braking)
      • downshift to 1st gear below 25 mph (engine braking)
 
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery) Transmissions
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Rear Axle Ratios  (to 1)
 
Courier (& Station Wagons) I-6 & Y-8
4.09 std, 4.27 opt, w/ Conventional Drive
4.27 std, (none) opt, w/ Overdrive
3.54 std, (none) opt, w/ 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. (starting at 100001), of all 1956 Ford car models assembled at the Dearborn plant
 
78A = BODY TYPE = Sedan Delivery
E = BODY COLOR = Colonial White
AJ = TRIM COLOR (Interior Upholstery) = Dark Brown Vinyl
PRODUCTION CODE:
9 = Day of the Month (vehicle completed) = 9th (Monday)
D = Month (vehicle assembled) = April
1527 = Scheduled Item No. (assigned to the body at the Dearborn plant), the 1527th of all 1956 Ford car models scheduled for assembly on Monday, April 9, 1956
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The famous Fairlane body-side wide skew molding, bright metal w/ black painted insets . . .