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1956 Ford Thunderbird
The 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible in its 2nd year of production.

1956 Ford Thunderbird

With the success of its first year, Ford made only a few significant changes to the 1956 model. One of those was the addition of an outside location for the spare tire which allowed for extra trunk space. The tire mount moves out of the way by use of a hinged bracket. New cowl side vents along with new glass wind deflectors make for improved passenger ventilation and greater driving comfort.

Advanced features of the new high torque Thunderbird Y-8 engines for 1956 include high compression, short-stroke design, new Double Twin-Jet carburetor with integrated automatic choke and a new 12-volt ignition system.

 

 

1956 Ford Thunderbird Production and Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Thunderbird
M6/P6 40A 2 dr Convertible - 2P $3,151 3,088 lbs 15,631

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Overall Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Thunderbird 102 in 175.3 in 70.3 in 56 in 56 in 6.70 x 15 four-ply tubeless

Vin Number Decoding - 1955 - 1956 Ford Thunderbird

Location: Installed on the dash panel in the engine compartment.
 
First Symbol - Engine
P = V8 OHV 292 cu. in. M = V8 OHV 292 cu. in.
Second Symbol - Model Year
5 = 1955 6 = 1956
Third - Assembly Plant
A = Atlanta, GA. M = Memphis, TN.
C = Chester, PA. N = Norfolk, VA.
D = Dallas, TX. P = Twin Cities, WI.
E = Mahwah, NJ. R = San Jose, CA.
F = Dearborn, MI. S = Pilot Plant
G = Chicago, IL. T = Metuchen, NJ.
H = Lorain, OH. U = Louisville, KY.
J = Los Angeles, CA. W = Wayne, MI.
K = Kansas City, MO. Y = Wixom, MI.
L = Long Beach, CA. Z = St. Louis, MO.
Fourth Symbol - Body Style
H = Thunderbird
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Starting at 100001

Body Type Code
40 = Thunderbird
Body Color Code
A = Raven Black P = Thunderbird Gray
E = Snowhshoe White (1955) R = Torch Red
E = Colonial White (1956) T = Thunderbird Blue
J = Buckskin Tan V = Goldenrod Yellow
K = Fiesta Red Y = Sunset Coral
L = Peacock Blue Z = Thunderbird Green
M = Goldenglow Yellow  
Trim Code
XA or A = Black & White XD or D = Black & Yellow (1955)
XB or B = Red & White XD = Tan & White (1956)
XC or C = Turquoise & White (1955) XF = Green & White
XC = Dark Peacock & White (1956)  
Date Code (example - 17 K 46 - 17 = day of month K = month 46 = Forty-sixth car produced)
A or N = January G or U = July
B or P = February H or V = August
C or Q = March J or W = September
D or R = April K or X = October
E or S = May L or Y = November
F or T = June M or Z = December

 

Transmission Codes

Code Transmission Type
1 3-Speed Manual
2 Overdrive
3 Fordomatic 2-speed

1956 Ford Axle Codes

Codes Ratio
0 4.11 to 1
1 3.10 to 1
2 3.56 to 1
3 3.70 to 1
4 3.89 to 1
5 2.91 to 1
6 2.69 to 1

 

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