The frames of F-Series pickup trucks are universally known to be “Built Ford Tough”. Terms like “rough” and “tough” just got a stiff injection of oomph with the adoption of Ford’s new military-grade aluminum alloy frame to underpin its line of pickups. Making it leaner and meaner than ever before, the frames of F-Series trucks have been re-imagined to include the brawn and backbone necessary to plow through the jobs that make other trucks wet their oil pans. The F-Series’ newly introduced, reinvigorated frame means that these pickups are ready and able to stare down any job, taking it on the chin (when necessary) without flinching. So sit-up, straighten-up, and listen-up. This post offers a look at the unshakable new frame of F-Series pickup trucks that underpins the whole lineup and makes them truly bad to the bone!
Strength, like you’ve never known it.
Redefined durability and dependability are byproducts of Ford’s reinvention of what’s meant by “strength”. Conventional steel is exchanged for a hardened, heat-treated aluminum alloy, resulting in a cab and bed that are, at the same time, stronger and lighter. Taking its cues from the use of same high-grade 6000 series fusion used in big military and industrial applications, Ford’s new blended aluminum frame chews-up and spits-out “strength” as we’ve understood it, replacing it with a new benchmark in high-performance pickup power and stability.
Harnessing the precision of new computer-aided design technology to realize this leading-edge innovation in structural integrity, our F-150 prototypes were subjected to over 16 million kilometres of grueling testing on Ford proving grounds and real world job sites. When discussing the F-Series’ newly enhanced frame, you can be confident that we’re talking about metal that’s seriously had its mettle tested.
Leaner, meaner, and cleaner
The move from steel to high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy has unleashed a lot of potential, for the F-Series family. Using heat-treated materials increases the strength and durability of the vehicle’s frame, while working with an alloyed metal allows engineers to increase gauge (thickness) in specific areas of the body, without adding unwanted weight. As a result, the new F-150 tips the scales at some 700 lbs. less than its immediate predecessors, amplifying its power-to-weight ratio, enhancing fuel efficiency, and heightening maximum payload to the best-in-class. As if this all weren’t impressive enough, moving to this high-performance structural material has resulted in the frames of F-series pickup trucks being more resistant to dents and corrosion.
A frame that forges beyond the pavement
Your work isn’t always confined to the feeble paved lane-ways of human-kind. The new science-driven frames of F-Series pickup trucks guarantee Ford is able to go wherever the job takes you. Cut to perfection, the truck’s new boxed frame ensures its ability to navigate with integrity and surety on and off the road. Fully boxed, the frame exhibits exceptional durability, its high-strength steel proving itself up to 78 percent at 70,000 psi. Stronger and more rigid, this frame is also lighter by up to 60 lbs. (27 kg) with many of the components are fabricated using the state-of-the-art roll-forming process that minimizes weight. So go ahead and do your worst: the steadiness and stability bred into the very bones of the new F-Series lineup make these pickups ready and able to haul reliably over whatever turf comes under its wheels.
The frames of F-Series pickup trucks
A Ford pickup truck is a purpose-built machine. Call it a tool, call it a machine, call it whatever you like, but just remember that when it comes to the tall orders, the F-Series with enhanced aluminum alloy frame rises to the occasion every time. “Built Ford Tough” has long been our motto when it comes to our class-leading pickups, and with a fresh new take on the structure and design of their frames, this phrase has acquired a whole new meaning.
At Team Ford, we’re excited for you to experience the newly evolved frame of the F-Series pickup trucks that’s provided our machines with an improved, uncompromising backbone from which to derive its class-leading power and performance. Don’t deprive yourself any longer; contact us today and discover the new benchmark in high-strength and ability.