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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

1956 Ford Police Cars BrochurePolice Cars
Ford Motor Company of Canada
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 Taxi Service Brochure
Ford Division of Ford Motor Company, Form FD-7601, Litho. in U.S.A. 9-55
 
1956 Ford for Taxi Service brochure cover - illustration of black & green Mainline Fordor Sedan Taxi at airport
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Taxi Models   Body Types   Body Styles   Engs   Trans   Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)   Tires
Production Nos
not found   Prices not found
 
Mainline Fordor Sedan Taxi   G   73A
• Opt "Standard Taxi Package"   pkg price not found
• Opt Tires (as below)  prices not found
Ford I-6 223  A
Conventional Drive & Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11)   I-6 Mainline Fordor Taxi price not found
• Opt Overdrive & Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89)  +$110 / $109.70
• Opt Fordomatic Drive & Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55)  +$192 / $178.20
Ford V-8 272  U   opt eng price not found
Conventional Drive & Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89)   V-8 Mainline Fordor Taxi price not found
• Opt Overdrive & Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78)  +$110 / $109.70
• Opt Fordomatic Drive & Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55)  +$192 / $178.20
 
Customline Fordor Sedan Taxi   G   73B
• Opt "Standard Taxi Package"   pkg price not found
• Opt "Deluxe Taxi Package"   pkg price not found
• Opt Tires (as below)  prices not found
Ford I-6 223  A
Conventional Drive & Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11)   I-6 Customline Fordor Taxi price not found
• Opt Overdrive & Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89)  +$110 / $109.70
• Opt Fordomatic Drive & Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55)  +$192 / $178.20
Ford V-8 272  U   opt eng price not found
Conventional Drive & Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89)   V-8 Customline Fordor Taxi price not found
• Opt Overdrive & Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78)  +$110 / $109.70
• Opt Fordomatic Drive & Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55)  +$192 / $178.20
 
America's most distictive taxi - b/w illustration of Mainline Fordor Sedan Taxi
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Luxury styled comfort - b/w illustration of Taxi interior plus Lifeguard Design door latches, steering wheel, & seat belts
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1956 Ford Mainline & Customline Taxi
Engines

 
Ford I-6  223 CID   A Code  (std)
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)
8 cyl   90°-V   2 overhead-valve   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
 
I-6 Engine illustration   Y-8 Engine illustration   Engine Specs
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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)
 
Transmissions - gear selector illustration - Speed-Trigger Fordomatic   Gas-saving Overdrive   New standard Conventional
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1956 Ford Mainline & Customline Taxi
Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)

 
Ford I-6  223 CID   A Code
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
 
Ford V-8  272 CID   U Code
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
 
Advanced features for easy-riding, longer-lasting service
Cutaway illustration of Mainline/Customline body with 'tooltip' construction comments
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Cutaway illustration of Mainline/Customline body with 'tooltip' construction comments
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1956 Ford Mainline & Customline Taxi
Tires
  opt tire prices not found
 
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 tubeless tire
Opt 6.70 x 15" 6-ply blackwall tire-and-tube
Opt 7.10 x 15" 4-ply blackwall tubeless tire
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
Opt whitewalls +$50
 
3 suspension illustrations with comments - Ball-Joint Suspension&mbsp;  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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Two Taxi Packages at special low "kit" prices!
 
STANDARD TAXI PACKAGE
MAINLINES & CUSTOMLINES
• Heavy-duty front & rear seats
• 11-inch (heavy duty) clutch
• H.D. front & rear springs & shock absorbers
• Heavy-duty brake lining
• Economy Carburetor (Ford I-6)
DELUXE TAXI PACKAGE
MAINLINES
• Includes "Standard Taxi Package"
• Armrests on all doors
• Heavy-duty front & rear floor mats
• Ash tray in back of Fordor front seat
 
 
Factory-installed options for greater efficiency, economy, comfort
Illustrations and comments for generator, clutch, front springs, and floor mat; and details for 2 Taxi Packages
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Illustrations and comments for generator, clutch, front springs, and floor mat; and details for 2 Taxi Packages
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Specifications - 56 Ford for Taxi Service
Specifications - Ford I-6   Ford Y-8   Semi-Centrifugal Clutch   Conventional Drive
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Specifications - Overdrive   Fordomatic   Double-drop Frames   Angle-poised Ball-joint Front Suspension   Variable-rate Rear Suspension   Rear Axle   Double-Seal Hydraulic Brakes   Steering System   Wheels and Tires   Exterior Dimensions   Interior Dimensions
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Specifications - Instruments and Controls   Standard Equipment-All Models   Additional Standard Equipment-Mainline Sedans   Additional Standard Equipment-Customline Sedans   Optional Equipment   Price
Ford Division of Ford Motor Company
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Fairlane bodyside sweep wide bright-metal molding w/ black painted insets . . .