Interesting Facts About The Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
It has been documented that the F-150 has been the best-selling pickup truck in the U.S. for the past 38 years since 1978. Like me, you may be interested in the history behind Ford’s popular pickup that many people aren't aware of.
The earliest Ford pickup wasn’t an F-series. Although Ford offered delivery-bodied
First, what made Ford call these pickups F-150? The earliest use of the F-series name dates back to the 1948 Ford truck, with the half ton model named the F-1. Ford renamed that to F-100 in 1953, but the F-150 classification did not come about until 1976, why? This was a model that debuted to evade emissions requirements, as it was essentially a “heavy half” pickup rated at just over 6,000 pounds gross weight, which was the specification by the EPA at the time. This model required catalytic converters and subsequently unleaded gasoline. International Harvester also did this for 1975 in its final year of pickup production,
The F-150 debuted for 1975. A half-ton pickup, the F-150 filled the gap between the F-100 and F-250 as it was a bit more "heavy duty" than an F-100 though considerably less so than the F-250. In that year, more than one-third of F-Series sales were comprised of the new F-150. The Ford F-Series are classified as full- size trucks. Some trim options, depending on the year models, include the XL, XLT, and XLT Lariat. Harley- Davidson, King Ranch, Lightning, and Super Crew versions are also available. The Ford F-Series also has
Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and one of the richest men in America, drove a 1964 Ford Pickup until approximately 1988 and then he bought a 1979 F-150 Custom 4x4 to drive to work every day until he died in 1992. When asked why in an interview, he stated “What am I supposed to haul my dogs around in, a Rolls- Royce?” Today it can be seen enshrined in the company’s visitor’s center / museum in Bentonville, Ark.
When introduced for 1948, The F-1 was built at all 16 U.S. assembly plants that also built Ford cars. In 1956, with trucks becoming more specialized along with the opening of the Detroit Truck Plant, Ford started consolidating truck production to fewer plants. Beginning in the late 1970’s, Ford split its North American assembly groups into car and truck.
I personally visited the Detroit truck plant, which my wife arranged for me as a birthday gift one year. I was in awe and I highly recommend you go there if you are a Ford truck lover like me, or just to experience the start-to-finish production of a pickup truck. Have you ever been to a pickup truck production plant? Come on over and say hello at
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I am a NYS licensed Auto Damage Appraiser, CSE certified, I-Car Certified, and have worked in the automotive industry for decades. I've had the opportunity to teach auto body repair to misled kids in a classroom setting, giving them a chance to have a trade for a viable income. I found this very rewarding. Previously, I was all about the American muscle cars of the 60's. Now, I find pickup trucks and the way they have evolved to be my fascination and focus. Check out more by going to http://blog.truckworldaccessories.com/2016/04/evolution-of-pickup-trucks.html