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1956 Ford Car Brochures Facts Stats Archives
1956 Ford Cars (All Models) Brochure
Cars (All Models)
1956 Ford Fairlane Brochure
Fairlanes
1956 Ford Fairlane Fordor Victoria Brochure
Fordor Victoria
1956 Ford Station Wagons Brochure
Station Wagons
1956 Ford Car Accessories Brochure
Accessories

Ford Motor Company of Canada
1956 Ford Taxi Service Brochure
Taxi Service
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery)
Courier (Sedan Delivery)
All The Facts About The '56 Ford Booklet
All The Facts
1956 Ford Owner's ManualManual

1956 Ford Data Plate Codes
Data Plate Codes
1956 Ford Paint & Upholstery Colors
Paint & Uph Colors
1956 Ford Car & Accessory Prices
Car & Accs Prices
1956 Ford Lifeguard Design Brochure
Lifeguard Design
Old Ford Part & Info LinksPart Links


 
1956 Ford Police Cars & Station Wagons Brochure
Ford Division of Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, Form FD-7602 Litho. in U.S.A. 9-55
 
1956 Ford Police Car Models Brochure Cover - illustration of Mainline Tudor Sedan police car
 
Police Models   Body Types   Body Styles   Engs   Trans   Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)   Tires
Production Nos
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Mainline Tudor Sedan   G   70A   (2 dr, 6 pass)
Mainline Fordor Sedan   G   73A   (4 dr, 6 pass)
Customline Tudor Sedan   G   70B   (2 dr, 6 pass)
Customline Fordor Sedan   G   73B   (4 dr, 6 pass)
Ranch Wagon   R   59A   (2 dr, 6 pass, Stowaway back seat folds down, loadspace length 75.8 in*)
Custom Ranch Wagon   R   59B   (2 dr, 6 pass, Stowaway back seat folds down, loadspace length 75.8 in*)
Six-Passenger Country Sedan    X   79D   (4 dr, Stowaway back seat folds down, loadspace length 75.8 in*)
Eight-Passenger Country Sedan   X   79B   (4 dr, Stowaway 2/3-1/3 divided back seat folds down, rear seat folds down, loadspace length 84.3 in*)
*Loadspace lengths are w/ opt side-hinged panel-type rear door (holds open in any position)
 
Engines
Ford I-6,  223 cu in, 137 hp   A code  (std)
Ford V-8, 272 cu in, 173 hp (176 hp w/ Fordomatic)   U code  (opt on Mainline & Customline cars only)
Special Police V-8, 292 cu in, 200 hp (202 hp w/ Fordomatic)   M code  (opt)
Interceptor V-8, 312 cu in, 210 hp (215 hp w/ Fordomatic)   P code  (opt, adds heavy-duty springs & special brake linings to Cars only)*
*Note: cover is stamped "225 H.P. AVAILABLE WITH FORDOMATIC TRANSMISSION"
 
Transmissions
Conventional Drive  (std)
Overdrive  (opt)
Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive  (opt)
 
1956 Ford Police Brochure - Customline & Mainline
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1956 Ford Police Brochure - Customline & Mainline
 
1956 Ford Police Brochure - Customline & Mainline
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1956 Ford Police Brochure - Station Wagons - Country Sedan & Ranch Wagon
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1956 Ford Police Brochure - Lifeguard Design
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1956 Ford Police Car & Station Wagon
Engines

 
Ford I-6  223 CID   A Code  (std on Cars & Station Wagons)
6 cyl   in-line   overhead valve
3.62 in bore x 3.60 stroke   4 main bearings
137 hp @ 4200 rpm   202 lb-ft-torque @ 1600-2600 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 on Cars only)
8 cyl   90°-V   overhead valve   Y-Block
3.62 in bore x 3.30 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 ct   w/ Fordomatic
Twin-Jet carb (2-barrel) w/ auto choke   Single exhaust
 
Special Police V-8  292 CID   M Code  (opt on Cars & Station Wagons)
8 cyl   90°-V   overhead valve   Y-Block
3.75 in bore x 3.30 stroke   5 main bearings
200 hp @ 4600 rpm   285 lb-ft torque @ 2600 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr
202 hp @ 4600 rpm   289 lb-ft torque @ 2600 rpm   8.4 to 1 cr   w/ Fordomatic
Double Twin-Jet carb (4-barrel) w/ auto choke (2 bbls triggered by engine need - not gas pedal position)
Dual exhaust
 
Interceptor V-8  312 CID   P Code  (opt on Cars & Station Wagons)
8 cyl   90°-V  overhead valve  Y-Block
3.80 in bore x 3.44 stroke   5 main bearings
210 hp @ 4600 rpm   312 lb-ft torque @ 2600 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr
215 hp @ 4600 rpm   317 lb-ft torque @ 2600 rpm   8.4 to 1 cr   w/ Fordomatic*
Double Twin-Jet carb (4-barrel) w/ auto choke (2 bbls triggered by engine need - not gas pedal position)
Dual exhaust
Heavy-duty springs & special brake linings (Cars only)
*Note: cover is stamped "225 H.P. AVAILABLE WITH FORDOMATIC TRANSMISSION"
 
1956 Ford Police Brochure - 215-h.p. Interceptor Y-8 Engine
 
1956 Ford Police Brochure - cutaway illustration of a 215-h.p. Interceptor Y-8 engine
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1956 Ford Police Brochure - 202-H.P. SPECIAL POLICE Y-8    176-H.P. FORD Y-8   137-H.P. FORD I-6
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Transmissions    Click "Shifting Gears" Owner's Manual Pages 12-14
 
Conventional Drive (3-speed Manual)
Std on all models (except Fairlane Fordor Victoria)
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 on all models (except Fairlane Fordor Victoria)
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 on all models, std on Fairlane Fordor Victoria
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)
 
1956 Ford Police Brochure - Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive   Overdrive   Conventional Drive   Torque-Tailored Rear Axles
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1956 Ford Police Car & Station Wagon
Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)
 
Cars w/ Ford I-6 223 CID A

Std 3:89, opt 4.11, w/ Conventional Drive
Std 4.11, opt 3.89, w/ Overdrive
Std 3.22, opt 3.55, w/ Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
Cars w/ Ford V-8 272 CID U or Special Police 292 CID M
Std 3:78, opt 3.89, w/ Conventional Drive
Std 3.89, opt 3.78, w/ Overdrive
Std 3.22, opt 3.55, w/ Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
Cars w/ Interceptor V-8 312 CID P
Std 3:73, opt (none), w/ Conventional Drive
Std 3.92, opt (none), w/ Overdrive
Std 3.54, opt 3.31, w/ Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
Station Wagons w/ Ford I-6 223 CID A, Ford V-8 272 CID U,
Special Police V-8 292 CID M, or Interceptor V-8 312 CID P

Std 4.09, opt 4.27, w/ Conventional Drive
Std 4.27, opt (none), w/ Overdrive
Std 3.54, opt (none), w/ Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
Advanced features for easy-riding, longer-lasting service
Cutaway illustration of 2-door Mainline/Customline body with 'baloon' construction comments
 
Cutaway illustration of 2-door Mainline/Customline body with 'baloon' construction comments
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1956 Ford Police Car & Station Wagon
Tires
  opt tire prices not found
 
Mainline Tudor Sedan, Mainline Fordor Sedan,
Customline Tudor Sedan, & Customline Fordor Sedan

Std 6.70 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tubeless tire
Opt 6.70 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
Opt 6.70 x 15" 6-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
Opt 7.10 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tubless
Opt 7.10 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
Opt 6.00 x 16" 4-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
Opt 6.00 x 16" 6-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
 
Ranch Wagon, Custom Ranch Wagon,
& 6-Passenger Country Sedan

Std 6.70 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tubeless tire
Opt 6.70 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
Opt 6.70 x 15" 6-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
Opt 7.10 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tubless tire
Opt 7.10 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
 
8-Passenger Country Sedan
Std 7.10 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tubeless tire
Opt 7.10 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
Opt 7.10 x 15" 6-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
 
Opt whitewalls +$50
 
3 suspension illustrations with comments - Ball-joint Suspension   Angle-poised Ride   Variable-rate Rear Suspension
 
3 suspension illustrations with comments - Ball-joint Suspension   Angle-poised Ride   Variable-rate Rear Suspension
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Illustrations of factory-installed options with comments - Generator   Heavy-Duty Clutch   Heavy-Duty Front Springs   MagicAire Heating-Ventilating System   Special Brake Linings   Combination Fuel & Vacuum Pump   Heavy-Duty Floor Mats   Heavy-Duty Radiator   Heavy-Duty Seats
 
Illustrations of factory-installed options with comments - Generator   Heavy-Duty Clutch   Heavy-Duty Front Springs   MagicAire Heating-Ventilating System   Special Brake Linings   Combination Fuel & Vacuum Pump   Heavy-Duty Floor Mats   Heavy-Duty Radiator   Heavy-Duty Seats
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Illustrations of factory-installed options with comments - Generator   Heavy-Duty Clutch   Heavy-Duty Front Springs   MagicAire Heating-Ventilating System   Special Brake Linings   Combination Fuel & Vacuum Pump   Heavy-Duty Floor Mats   Heavy-Duty Radiator   Heavy-Duty Seats
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1956 Ford Police Brochure - Specifications
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1956 Ford Police Brochure - Specifications
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1956 Ford Police Brochure - Specifications
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1956 Ford Police Car Ad
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Fairlane bodyside sweep wide bright-metal molding w/ black painted insets . . .