Category: Ford Truck

Ford Builds 40 Millionth F-Series Truck – Sean Tucker @KelleyBlue Book

Ford Builds 40 Millionth F-Series Truck – Sean Tucker @KelleyBlue Book

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The first Ford F-series truck rolled off the assembly line late in 1947. The 40 millionth, yesterday.

The best-selling vehicle in America for more than 40 years, the F-Series has been through 14 generations. It’s just the second vehicle to cross the 40 million milestone, and it has a long way to go to catch the first. Toyota built its 50 millionth Corolla sometime last summer.

F-Series number 40,000,000 is a 2022 F-150 Tremor in Iconic Silver. It’s a Super Crew, short-bed model powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, making 400 horsepower – 305 more than the flathead 6-cylinder in that first F-Series.

You might expect Ford to keep it for sentimental reasons, but the company says, “It’s headed to a customer in Texas to get to work, because that’s what Ford trucks do.”

Ford F-Series Through the Years:

1948-1952

Ford spent the second World War building everything from bombers to tank engines but kept building the same cars it had designed before Pearl Harbor was bombed. In late 1947, it introduced its first new product since 1941 – the first true consumer pickup. Every prior pickup had been built on a car frame. The Ford F-1 Bonus Built used a chassis specifically designed for a consumer pickup, and America has never been the same. It introduced rare luxuries like a driver’s side sun visor. Buyers could opt for a newfangled windshield wiper for an added fee; the driver pumped a foot plunger to make it work.

1953-1956

In 1953, Ford introduced the three-digit number nomenclature it still uses today. The basic work truck was called the F-100. Heavy-duty models up to F-350 were offered. A straight 6-cylinder engine making 101 horsepower came in the base model, but buyers could spring for a small block V8 making an almost-modern 300 hp. The wide bench seat was adjustable, and by 1956, available with seat belts for an added fee

1957-1960

By 1957, Dodge and General Motors had built trucks on dedicated truck chassis, and Ford needed to up its game. The truck took on modern lines, with the fenders integrated into the hood. By 1959, you could order one from the factory in 4-wheel-drive for the first time (though many older F-Series trucks had been modified to turn all four wheels by post-war mechanics who had learned on Army Jeeps

1961–1966

Pickups started growing in this generation, as Ford significantly lengthened the truck for the first time. Ford also introduced a unibody design, with the bed and cab built as a single piece. It didn’t sell as well as expected. Ford wouldn’t build a unibody truck again until today’s 2022 Maverick.

1967-1972

Ford updated everything but the chassis for this generation, adding shoulder and headroom by increasing the dimensions of the greenhouse. After 25 years, the base model engine had only increased its output to 105 horsepower, and the most powerful option made less than earlier generations – it was a 205-horsepower V8.

1973-1979

Still riding on a chassis two generations old, the “dentside” model had a concave body line down the sides housing the turn signals. In 1974, Ford introduced a higher-payload version of the F-100, called the F-150. In 1977, it became the best-selling truck in the U.S. – a position it has never given up.

1980-1986

With competition heating up, Ford finally redesigned the entire truck, including the chassis. Post-oil-crisis, this one was wind tunnel tested for aerodynamics. Ford moved from an inline 6-cylinder to a V6 for the base engine, and by 1984, dropped the F-100, making the F-150 the base truck.

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Which one of these four vintage pickups from the Sixties would you choose for your dream garage? – Matt Litwin @Hemmings

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If there is a vehicle that built the American economy, it is arguably the pickup. Consider its versatility in basic light-duty form: Farmers could bring their humble harvest to market in the same design that enabled store owners to deliver goods to households in both the cities and suburbs with efficient ease. Everything from animal feed, to building supplies, to small appliances could be transported, and it didn’t take long for adventurous outdoorsmen to convert their coveted workhorse into a weekend camper with a clever aftermarket add-on. Its evolution continues today, serving family needs in more powerful and luxurious ways than once envisioned. Meanwhile, the more vintage steeds have become a hot commodity among old vehicle enthusiasts, so in our latest edition of This or That, we bring you four half-tons from the Sixties to ponder for your dream garage – all of which are currently available in the Hemmings classifieds.

Up first is a pickup that regular readers of our Hemmings Classic Car magazine may recognize: this 1961 Studebaker Champ Deluxe, which appeared in the May 2019 issue, as well as our 2020 Hemmings Vintage Trucks calendar. Studebaker’s half-ton Champ was introduced to the truck market in 1960, and while it may have appeared as an all-new light-duty hauler at first blush, the company’s lack of engineering funds meant that the outgoing model – the Scotsman – was, on the surface, given a new name with a facelift, courtesy of the Lark sedan. Aside from the cab’s front end, save for a four-bar grille versus a mesh design, the Lark’s instrument panel was carried forward to the Champ, too. Two upgrades highlighted our featured ’61 model year: The use of a 110-hp, 170-cu.in. six-cylinder engine in base trim, and the “Spaceside” cargo box. The latter was made possible thanks to old tooling obtained from Dodge, which accounted for the mismatched cab/cargo box body transition. According to the seller of this Champ:

his 1961 Studebaker Champ Deluxe pickup is a nicely restored example. If you are a fan of the Hemmings Vintage Trucks Calendar, it was used for the July 2020 page. The red paint has the vibrant look of a modern quality respray, so the sunlight shows off the well-done bodywork as the Lark-inspired front end flows into a muscular bed design. And speaking of the bed, the finish applied over the oak wood on the bed floor and removable side stakes has a gloss that rivals the paint. This has upgraded chrome on the bumpers, grille, and side trim. The wheels have classic Studebaker hubcaps, and the whitewalls coordinate with the body’s white pinstripe. It’s believed Studebaker produced less than 7,700 consumer pickups across the entire line in 1961. The exterior red returns inside. It’s now joined by a tasteful black on the seat, carpeting, and dash. The experience inside this pickup is truly authentic, right down to the large dual-spoke steering wheel that gives a clear view to the correct classic gauges. The AM radio still cranks out tunes and the heater works. Plus, this one has the rare sliding rear window option. The engine bay has an authentic 170 cubic-inch straight-six backed by a column-shifted three-speed manual transmission.

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Can We Get The Engine To Break Free?? – 1928 Ford Model AA Truck – @IronTrapGarage

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Another excellent video from Matt at Iron Trap Garage

Last week we pulled the 1928 Ford Model AA truck from his home for the last 40+ years and its time to start going over the truck.

When Matt first looked at the truck he had attempted to crank the engine by hand and it didn’t budge.

Now that the truck is back at the garage, we can take a closer look at the engine and see what kind of mess Matt has gotten into.

We really hope we can get the motor going and this extremely early production # Model A back on the road.

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This Ford F-100 Outruns Muscle Cars While Making A Solid Daily Driver: Video – Chris Teague @FordAuthority

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The Ford F-100 helped Ford establish its leadership position in the pickup truck segment. Though the F-100 was a very capable machine for its time, it wasn’t really anywhere close to being a lively performance vehicle. A company called QA1 is hoping to change that with a line of performance parts for the F-100 that have culminated with the test truck you see here.

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Could Ford have been the first carmaker (okay, truck maker) to mass produce gas turbines for the road? – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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The Seventies were supposed to be the decade for gas turbines – touted for decades as the engines of the future – to finally take to the roads en masse. And while each of the Big Three had its own gas-turbine programs, industry observers expected Ford to become the first to market such an engine. Yet, as it turned out, the dawn of the Seventies proved the end of Ford’s gas-turbine ambitions entirely.

As noted previously here, Ford’s turbine program dated back to the early to mid-1950s, a time of grand conjecture of the future of transportation. Ford’s concept cars “featured” gas turbines, even if the concepts never actually had one installed, and Ford designers smitten with the idea (or trying to impress managers who were smitten with the idea) worked mentions of turbines into their renderings and clay models. Ford even toyed with a turbine-powered tractor and a Thunderbird or two.

Ford’s primary interest in turbines, however, focused on using them to power semi trucks. As noted in a May 1967 Car Life survey of the state of automotive turbine technology, each of the Big Three had varying ideas about the best application for turbines. Chrysler engineers preferred that the engines power passenger cars. GM believed turbines made the most sense in transcontinental coaches and construction equipment. Ford, “which in many respects appears the most advanced in the field, has consistently worked toward development of turbine power for long cross-country heavy-duty highway trucks.”

The History Behind Ford’s F-Series Trucks – Chris Flynn @HotCars

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While the F- Series officially debuted in 1948, the concept was already set in motion back in 1925 with a rudimentary truck Model T.T. based on the Ford Model T. This factory-assembled truck had a longer wheelbase and a heavier frame than Model T. It was replaced by subsequent Ford Model A.A. and B.B.

Prior to the Second World War, Ford’s Model 50 was a restyled pickup truck, with its notable shifting of the spare tire from the front fender to the bedside. The body boasted a curved roofline and styled grille. It was powered by a flathead V8 that developed a small 85 horsepower.

Ford’s Model 50 production halted in 1941, and after the war, Ford officially dubbed its new pickup line as “F-Series Bonus Built Line” in January 1948. The comprehensive line-up covered trucks from 1/2-ton-rated pickup models to three-ton-rated F-8. In 1951, Ford reworked its first-generation series with modified front fenders, grille, dashboard etc.

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2000 Ford Lightning Pickup Has Only 537 Miles – Shane McGlaun @FordAuthority

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When it comes to sport trucks, the late ’90s and early ’00s were the heyday for manufacturers to make trucks with big engines for the masses. Ford was tossing out some of the most desirable vehicles with trucks like the 2000 Ford Lightning seen here. This second-generation 2000 Ford Lightning was the second year that the Lightning was available after being off the market for three years between significant changes to the F-150 truck that underpinned the Lightning.

The Lightning used a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine that makes 360 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. It was fitted with a 4-speed automatic transmission. This particular example looks brand new because it essentially is with only 537 miles on the odometer. This truck is unlikely to find a buyer who will drive it; it’s more of an investment with the hope of future appreciation.

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Memories restored alongside ‘35 Ford – Cole Wagner @MerritHerald

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When is a truck more than just a vehicle?

Merritt’s Sherry Brabant might have the answer — in the form of a 1935 Ford truck which has served her family faithfully for more than half a century

The turquoise-coloured one-and-a-half-ton Ford may not move at today’s highway speeds, but it was just right for making sawdust deliveries in Kimberley back in the early ‘50s, explained Brabant, whose father co-owned the business.

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