Facts about Ford F-150 Pickup. The Ford F series has been in existence for the past 60 years. The Ford F series is one of the most selling full size pick up vans of all times. The Ford F series is a product of the Ford Motor Company. Over the years, the Ford F series has gone in different generations which have seen an improved van to meet day to day challenges.
The first 6 generations are seen to improve the Ford F series thus giving birth to Ford F-150 Pickup which is in use to date.
Generations of Ford F-150 Pickup
The first generation was done between 1948 and 1952 and saw an introduction of a van sold with different weight ratings and a cab-over engine for conventional trucks as well as school bus with different chassis.
The second generation was introduced in 1953 to 1956 and the changes were increased dimensions, performing engines that were improved, and an updated chassis.
In the third generation, we saw an introduction of different designs. The front wings of the car became integrated into the body and the side styled bed was continued as smooth lines all the way to the rear of the vehicle. Tilt-cab C-series was also introduced during this generation and cab-over F-series discontinued. In 1959, the production of four wheel drive pickups started.
In the fourth generation, there was another introduction of pick-ups that were lower and longer, had new engines, and gearboxes, and their dimensions increased than the previous ones. In 1963, some more models were introduced with a uni-body design and the bed was integrated. However, they were not fully accepted in the market and in 1964, the design was reverted to be cab-bed design based on the original Ford. Another design was made in 1965, which saw an introduction of Twin-I-Beam front suspension which was used until 1996. This gave the Ford F series a new look and some of the features carried to the F-250 and F-350.
In 1967, a fifth generation was introduced which was more of the revision of the fourth generation. The dimensions were increased, the engine expanded, and plusher trim levels were included. This generally improved the performance.
The sixth generations saw another improvement in the Ford F series. This was done in 1973 to 1979. The cabin dimensions were increased, front disk brakes installed, gas tank was moved outside the cab, improved heating and air conditioning, and the increase use of galvanized steel was more seen in this generation. In 1975, still in the sixth generation, the Ford F-150 was born. The Ford F-150 came with improved features to improve its performance more while ensuring comfort and safety. Here are the features of the Ford F-150 as per today.
- Engine size - Ford F-150 Pickup has different types of engines. The V6 and V8 all have torque which depends on the engine size. The V6 engine has a 3.7L which produces around 300 horsepower. The V8 has a 6.L and this produces around 400 horsepower. Alternatively, you can have a fuel efficient engine, the EcoBoost V6, which produces 365 horsepower and it can get 22 miles per gallon.
- Interior – For the comfort of the journey, the Ford F-150 Pickup boasts of improved features. These include: power steering, front ashtray for the smokers, full dashboard console, front side air bags, lower tire pressure monitoring system, floor covering, cargo area light, an air condition to ensure that you have fresh air, 12v power outlet, and a clock.
- The Ford F-150 Pickup has power which can carry even large loads of cargo. The Ford F-150 vehicles with the V6 engine can comfortably transport 6000 pounds of cargo whereas for the V8 users, 8000 pounds of cargo can be transported.
- Dual zone automatic control is installed to ensure that when the weather is not friendly the users can easily have good trips. The driver and front passenger can use this to make their own micro-climates.
- When going through dark and foggy roads, xenon headlights are installed to ensure that the roads are clearer.
- The Ford F-150 Pickup is well equipped with four-wheel ABS, electronic traction through ABS, electric brake, and front suspension wishbone with coils springs. These are used purposely for driving controls and braking purposes.
This is a brief history of the birth of Ford F-150 Pickup.
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