Ford F-Series ninth generation

Ninth generation
Production 1992–1997
Assembly Cuautitlan, Mexico
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
General Pacheco, Argentina
São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Wayne, Michigan, USA
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Valencia, Venezuela
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (MY1992)
Predecessor Ford F-Series eighth generation (1987-1991)
Successor Ford F-Series tenth generation (1997-2003)
Ford Super Duty (F-250 and above)
Body style 2-door pickup
4-door pickup
Engine 4.9 L (300 CID) I6
5.0 L (302 CID) V8
5.8 L (351 CID) V8
7.5 L (460 CID) V8
7.3 L (444 CID) diesel V8
Transmission 3-speed C6 automatic
4-speed E4OD automatic
4-speed AOD-E automatic
4-speed NP435 manual (1992)
5-speed M5OD manual
5-speed ZF S5-42 manual
5-speed ZF S5-47 manual
Wheelbase reg. cab longbed: 133 in (3,378 mm)
crew cab longbed: 168.4 in (4,277 mm)
ext. cab longbed: 155 in (3,937 mm)
reg. cab shortbed: 116.8 in (2,967 mm)
ext. cab shortbed: 138.8 in (3,526 mm)
Length 197.1 in (5,006 mm)
213.3 in (5,418 mm)
219.1 in (5,565 mm)
235.3 in (5,977 mm)
248.9 in (6,322 mm)
Width 79 in (2,007 mm)
Related Ford Bronco

The 1992 truck received a new aerodynamic-looking front end, a new dashboard, and the Flaresidebed returned, which was offered in regular or extended cab. The "Nite" package introduced in 1991 continued, but was dropped at the end of the 1992 model year.

The 1994 models brought several changes, including a slightly updated dashboard and the addition of a driver's-side airbag on F150's only, Centre High Mount Stop Lamp third brake light, brake-shift interlock and CFC-free air conditioning. It also brought a replacement for the seventh-generation medium-duty models. New options in 1994 included remote keyless entry with alarm, a compact disc player fitted into the regular stereo system, and a power driver's seat; an electrochromic inside rear view mirror was also offered in 1994 and 1995 as part of a luxury light package. Following the lead of the Explorer, an Eddie Bauer trim line — featuring plusher trim and increased standard features — was added for the 1995 F150; F250's and F350's were not available in this trim level.

Ford trailed rival General Motors in combined truck sales for much of the ninth generation, though sales steadily rose each year. 500,000 F-Series trucks were sold in 1992, but this rose to nearly 800,000 by 1996, and the Ford had overtaken the combined Chevrolet and GMC pickup sales for the first time in a decade.

Preceded by and replaced by .


  • F-150: 1/2 ton (6,100 lb GVWR max)
  • F-250: 3/4 ton (8,300 lb GVWR max)
  • F-250 HD: 1992–1997 Heavy Duty 3/4 ton (8,800 GVWR max)
  • F-350: 1 ton (10,000 lb GVWR max)
  • F-Super Duty: 1 ton plus (15,000 lb GVWR max)


Engine Years Power Torque Notes
4.9 L I6 1992–93 145 hp (108 kW) 265 lb·ft (359 N·m)  
4.9 L I6 1994–96 150 hp (110 kW) 260 lb·ft (350 N·m)  
5.0 L V8 1992–93 185 hp (138 kW) 270 lb·ft (370 N·m)  
5.0 L V8 1994–96 205 hp (153 kW) 275 lb·ft (373 N·m) 195 hp (145 kW) for automatic
5.8 L V8 1992 210 hp (160 kW) 315 lb·ft (427 N·m)  
5.8 L V8 1993 200 hp (150 kW) 310 lb·ft (420 N·m)  
5.8 L V8 1993–95 240 hp (180 kW) 340 lb·ft (460 N·m) Lightning only
5.8 L V8 1994–96 210 hp (160 kW) 325 lb·ft (441 N·m)  
7.5 L V8 1992–93 230 hp (170 kW) 390 lb·ft (530 N·m)  
7.5 L V8 1994–97 245 hp (183 kW) 395 lb·ft (536 N·m)  
7.3 L Diesel V8 1992–94 185 hp (138 kW) 360 lb·ft (490 N·m) IDI
7.3 L Diesel V8 1992.5–94 190 hp (140 kW) 390 lb·ft (530 N·m) IDI Turbo
7.3 L Diesel V8 1994–97 235 hp (175 kW) 425 lb·ft (576 N·m) Direct injection Turbo, Powerstroke

The 7.5L and diesel engines were not available on the F-150, and the 4.9L and 5.0L were not available on the F-350 or F-450.

The 4wd F150 continued the use of the Dana 44 Twin-Traction Beam axle from the 86-91 trucks. The 4wd F250 carried the Dana 50 Twin Traction Beam axle from the previous generation, and the 4wd F350 used the Dana 60 Straight Axle.


SVT Lightning

The SVT Lightning is a sports/performance version of the F-150, released by Ford's SVT (Special Vehicle Team) division.

1993 Ford SVT Lightning

Ford introduced the Lightning in 1993 to compete with primarily the Chevrolet 454 SS, in an effort to enhance the sporty, personal-use image of the Ford F-Series pickup.[citation needed] This initial Lightning featured performance handling developed by world-champion driver Jackie Stewart. The Lightning was powered by a special 240 hp (180 kW) version of the351 cu in (5.8 L) V8 engine. The Lightning shared its basic platform structure with the regular F-150, but modifications were made to many vehicle systems. To enhance the Lightning chassis, the thicker frame rails, from the 4-wheel drive F-250, to increase rigidity.[citation needed] The stock Lightning was capable of achieving 0.88 g lateral acceleration, yet it retained almost all the hauling and trailering capabilities of the parent F-Series. A 351 cu in (5.8 L) Windsor V8 producing 240 hp (179 kW) and 340 ft·lbf (461 N·m) of torque replaced the standard F-150 engine. The engine was based on an existing block, but Ford engineers fitted it with high flow rate "GT40" heads and used hypereutectic pistons to increase response, output and durability. The engine was also fitted with stainless steel "shorty" headers.[citation needed]

An upgraded Ford E40D automatic transmission was the only available transmission. An aluminum driveshaft connected it to 4.10:1 rear limited slip gears. The suspension had front and rear anti-rollbars and a special leaf, in the rear, tipped with a rubber snubber, that acted as a ladder bar and controlled rear wheel hop during hard acceleration. Special 17" aluminum wheels with Firestone Firehawk tires, Lightning badging, a front air dam with fog lamps, a 120 mph (190 km/h) speedometer and a special intake manifold all differentiated the Lightning from normal F-150s. Bucket seats with electrically-adjustable side bolsters and lumbar supports were part of the package. Suspension modifications provided a 1 in front and 2.5 in rear drop in ride height.[citation needed]

The 1993 Lightning, launched on 15 December 1992 by Ford President Ed Hagenlocker, received more than 150 favorable articles in America's newspapers, magazines, and television outlets, and helped Ford regain leadership in the personal-use truck market.[citation needed] Three-time World Champion driver Jackie Stewart was highly involved in fine-tuning of the Lightning's handling. Key Ford engineers, managers, and executives involved in developing the original Lightning Performance Truck were Jim Mason, Robert Burnham, Jim Englehart, Terry DeJonckheere, Rory Carpenter, Bob Hommel, Terrell Edgar, Dick Liljestrand, Deb Neill, Adolfo Mejia, and Fred Gregg.[citation needed]

Year Engine Power Torque Black Trucks Red Trucks White Trucks Total Production
1993 5.8 L Windsor FI V8 240 hp (179 kW) 340 ft·lbf (461 N·m) 2,691 2,585 N/A 5,276
1994 1,382 1,165 1,460 4,007
1995 824 695 761 2,280
Total 11,563


1994 F-150, Front View  

1994 F-150, Rear View  

1994 F-150 Flareside with an extended cab  

Ford F-150 regular cab  

F-350 Crew Cab diesel  

1995-1997 F600/F700 cargo truck