Charly Henley, Sales Manager for BAK Industries, discusses the advantages and features of the BAKFlip series of hard folding tonneau covers. More information: http://www.bakindustries.com
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
We've known this was coming for a while but Ford made it official when Raj Nair, Ford's head of product development, announced to a group of current and potential investors that the next-generation Super Duty will also be adopting an aluminum body — just like the new F-150.
The Detroit News reported the announcement while automotive journalists are test-driving the 2015 F-150 in Texas.
Ford has not announced when the next Super Duty will debut, but given the fact our spy photographer have caught quite a few Super Dutys testing this past June, August and September, we're guessing the next truck could debut as a 2016 or 2017 model. Our spies even saw one burn to the ground.
Since all Super Dutys (which account for about half of all F-Series sales at a healthy profit margin) are currently produced at only one site — the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville — modifying it presents a problem. To prepare for the 2015 F-150, Ford shut down one plant for modification while still producing the half-ton at its other F-150 plant. Ford can't do that with the Super Dutys.
When the Kentucky plant is shut down for the eight to 10 weeks (and that might be an optimistic amount of time) to refit for the new Super Dutys, it will deliver a huge hit to Ford's bottom line. You can bet Chevrolet, GMC and Ram will be ready to take advantage of the changeover by offering special deals on heavy-duty models during Ford's plant shutdown. However, it wouldn't surprise us if Ford had some type of backup plan to produce Super Dutys somewhere else.
Cars.com image by Evan Sears; spy photo by Kent Sundling
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
This new video features the most up to date standard offerings found on Knapheide Service Bodies.. The videos feature a comprehensive overview of the features and end user benefits found on Service Bodies and KUV's.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
We spotted this Scelzi Flatbed mounted on a Ford F350. It appears to be a steel bed with a 7/8" aluminum floor, side pockets and a California Dock Bumper with Receiver Hitch. Notice the nice added detail of the full width expanded metal window opening and the the rounded top corners on the Headboard!
- Choice of 50-50 or One-Window Headboard
- 1/2" Rope Hooks on each Cross Member
- Tail Plate with California Dock Bumper
- OEM Taillights, Seal Beam Clearance Light
- Stainless Steel Gas Bezel
- Tapered A.J. Bear Style Stake Pockets
- Choice of color Black or White
- 1-1/8" Hardwood or 7/8" Aluminum Floors - 16" Crossmember
- 12 Gauge Diamond Plate or 10 Gauge Smooth Steelover 1/8" Plywood
- 3/16" Solid Diamond Plate Bed
- 3/16" Smooth Steel Available
- Underbody Tool Box
- Available in 24", 30", 36", 40", 48" and 60" long;
- 18" high - 18" deep.
- Top Mounted Tool Box - Close Top
- Available in 72", 96" and 108" long;
- 18" high - 18" deep.
- Top Mounted Tool Box - Open Top
- Available in 48", 72", 96" and 108" long;
- 18" high - 18" deep.
- A.J. Bear style tapered polished stainless steel stakes with slats.
- Available in 12", 15", 18", 24", 36", 42", 48" heights.
- Other combinations of painted steel stakes or plywood, steel or aluminum siding can be ordered.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
CURT offers up 30 new applications for our gooseneck line. That almost covers every truck on the road today! Look no further for durability, superior craftsmanship and dependability when it comes to heavy duty towing. Bring IT with CURT!
Monday, December 15, 2014
See what happens when the new 2015 F-150 tows at maximum payload over the Dempster Highway – a rough, desloate, 900-mile stretch of gravel road that goes through the Arctic Circle.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Spotted in Clearwater, Florida
This Ford SuperCab model was sold from several in-stock units at Walker Ford in Clearwater, FL. Walker Ford stocks a wide variety of commercial work trucks with just about any body configuration for any trade; service bodies, flat beds, contractor bodies, landscapers, dumps, haulers, and vans.
Knapheide Service Body:
The Knapheide Service Body is built with rugged steel construction and external storage for your tools and equipment, the Standard Service Body is a key component in your day to day productivity. The external compartments offer protection from the outside elements and allow the technician to access their equipment without having to climb into the truck bed. Staying organized both on and between job sites is important, that's why Knapheide's Standard Service Bodies come with ample compartment storage space complete with shelving. Our double panel door construction combined with stainless steel rotary latches keeps your equipment and your tools secure and provides peace of mind. Knapheide's Standard Service Bodies are tested and true and come with a six year warranty.
Rack-It Forklift Loadable Super HD Rack:
Rack-it builds these racks for commercial truck applications like Service Bodies, Utility Bodies, Flatbed, Contractor Bodies and more. The forklift loadable rack is configured to accommodate loading materials on the top of the rack by the use of a forklift. The load can be placed on the top crossbars and then the forks can be slid back out without impeding or damaging the rack. The load can be supported from the rear of the rack all the way to the front of the cab roof. These Super HD racks are designed for long-term heavy duty use in commercial applications.
Notice the heft of this rack, it's very sturdy construction - mounted to clear the top compartment cover when it's opened. The center and rear bar crossbars are removable and the rear bar will swing out! This will accommodate loading tall objects into the bed area. Notice the tie downs welded to the vertical posts.
Call Richard Van Peer at Walker Ford at 866-933-1338 for your commercial truck needs. They have 100's of commercial trucks in stock!Email Richard at email@example.com. Find out more at http://www.walkerford.com
To find out more about racks for your work truck, you may call Rack-It truck racks at 866-933-1338.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Rod Bergquist gives us a short tour of the new Ford 2015 Transit van. This one is the medium height and long wheelbase and also has a Sortimo package inside to show off some great storage solutions. See more at http://www.NorthsideTrucks.com
Saturday, December 6, 2014
John Turic gives us a short tour of a Scelzi Enterprises 12' Combo Body mounted on a Ford F450 4x4 chassis. This is such a great body for so many uses where a work platform on the rear can be of benefit. See more at http://HanselWorkTrucks.com
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Body: CASECO Master Mechanic Series, Model MM266. 133" Body Length, Fully Integrated Substructure and Side Pack Assembly, 24" Workbench Bumper, Exterior LED Work Lights, Interior LED Work Lights, Split 10-Drawer Unit on Driver's Side, GRACO Filter, Lubricator, Regulator Assembly, Stellar Model 10621 Hydraulic Telescopic Crane, 60,000 ft./lb., 10,000 lb. Maximum Lift, 21' Hydraulic Reach, Stellar SRS40P Rotary Screw Hydraulic Air Compressor with 22 Gallon Air Tank, Manual In/Out, Hydraulic Up/Down Outriggers, CASECO CNG Cross Box, 2-21x80 CNG Tanks (58 GGE), Impco CNG Conversion.
This is a new demo unit Mechanic's Body that was mounted on our own F650 chassis and shown at a few shows around the country. It was trucked to each event, not driven. It was converted to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The CNG unit is a QVM approved IMPCO kit, Dedicated CNG, 58 GGE (Gallons of Gas Equivalent), with Type 4 Lincoln composite tanks.
This unit is now is ready for sale. Because of the fact it was used as a demonstrator, we have secured extremely discounted pricing and can offer this unit at a very special one-time price. It comes with a full factory warranty and the IMPCO CNG kit has a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty.
If you're interested in a dedicated CNG Mechanic's Truck, please call Joe Hughes at 253-709-0001 or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Don Beezley at Northside Ford Truck Sales in Portland OR at 503-282-7777, ext 180 or you can email him at email@example.com. This unit is offered for sale by Northside Ford Truck Sales, Portland, OR.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Rugby's "Landscape Uni-Body" is a 12 foot, fully welded, premium stakeless body with centered horizontal formed rib, offered with either the traditional 2-piece uni-punched barn door over a drop down tailgate or with a 2-piece full height, double rear swing out doors. STANDARD FEATURES &
- Fully welded stakeless body.
- Standard outside dimensions: 12'4" long outside (12' inside) 96" wide outside (86" inside)
- 10 gauge, 48" tall stakeless sides with centered horizontal formed rib
- Curbside front has 54" wide door opening for easy access for most pallet sizes.
- Stakeless front panel 48" tall of 10 gauge steel, with centered horizontal v-bend.
- 10-gauge 2 piece smooth steel floor, center seam welded underneath.
- 9" formed channel long sills from 7-gauge material with interlaced 4" crossmembers spaced approximately 14" apart.
- Easy access to all door handles from ground level.
- Outset heavy-duty greaseable hinges allow doors to be opened completely and be pinned back with provided door holders.
- Rugby products’ lighting locations have been designed to assist the installer in meeting FMVSS / CMVSS 108 requirements.
- Two-piece uni-punched 34" rear barn doors over tailgate with over-center pull action latch mechanism.
- Fold down tailgate, 14" tall has double walled design, 12 gauge material inside, 14 gauge outside, fully boxed frame and two vertical braces.
- Tailgate has heavy-duty 1 ¼" top and 1" bottom hinge pins.
- Patented EZ-LATCH upper release mechanism to allow easy opening of tailgate.
- HR 550 Hoist In Lieu of HR 540
- Full Cab Shield Assembly
- Side Door Ladder
- 2-Piece Full Height Double Rear Doors
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
For the automotive industry, attendance at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas is a must. It's the greatest exhibition of aftermarket automotive products in the nation, and it's all under one roof (actually seven roofs at the Las Vegas Convention Center).
We spent three hectic days on the convention center floor and didn't manage to see everything before we had to leave. For your convenience, we've collected all of our stories and videos from the show and deliver here in one easy-to-find listing
We've also put together an album with some of our favorites from the show, which include quite a few photos that you may have never seen before. We've posted that on our Facebook page. Enjoy.
Cars.com photos by Evan Sears http://news.pickuptrucks.com/
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
- 2015 Ford F-150 starts production at historic Ford Rouge Center; facilities transformed with the latest in manufacturing technology to build the first mass-produced truck in its class featuring a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bed
- All-new F-150 is completely redesigned – establishing a new standard for full-size pickups by bringing together improved capability and efficiency, along with cutting-edge smart vehicle technology
- New F-150 goes on sale in December in the United States and will be available in 90 markets in 2015; F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup – America’s best-selling truck for 37 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 32 consecutive years
Ford Motor Company again demonstrates manufacturing leadership and innovation as the first all-new F-150 rolls off the line today at historic Ford Rouge Center – marking production of the toughest, smartest, most capable and most efficient F-150 ever.
Interest in the new Ford F-150 has steadily grown since the truck was revealed in January at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. More than 225,000 truck enthusiasts have submitted their contact information for updates about the vehicle, and more than 250,000 customers have built and priced their own unique version of the all-new F-150 online – a record through 13 generations of America’s favorite truck. The new model will be in showrooms next month.
“The all-new F-150 continues to advance my great-grandfather’s vision of building vehicles we can be proud of and our customers can depend on,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company.
Both the historic Ford Rouge Center and the all-new Ford F-150 are hallmarks of innovation. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Rouge has represented Henry Ford’s vision for lean, flexible and sustainable manufacturing. The 2015 F-150 – the first mass-produced truck in its class featuring a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bed – stands for the future of trucks, and brings the latest in smart technologies and state-of-the-art build processes.
“The all-new F-150 is a showcase of innovation and class-leading capability for truck customers,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “It underscores the product excellence and innovation we are delivering in every part of our business as we accelerate our pace of progress toward profitable growth.”
F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series truck lineup. Now in its 66th year, F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for 37 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle in America for 32 consecutive years.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Here's a blast from the past with some shots of a 1961 Econoline pickup truck. Look at the steering wheel and interior with the engine between the seats, sitting all the way at the front, and so light weight, especially in the rear, that even with a small engine, spinning the rear wheels wasn't hard to do. And, check out that strange green color. Whew! We're so glad the new Transit is here!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
We knew this 2015 Ford F-150 was something special the moment we saw it, which is not a small feat given there were a half-dozen customized F-150s sitting all around it. Built by champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr., this truck had an impressive adjustable air-ride suspension and pearlescent lime-green rims. Take a look at this quick video we put together during the recent 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.
Cars.com image by Mark Williams
Monday, November 10, 2014
Vegetation Management Specialist Has Propane Autogas Trucks
Roush CleanTech is spreading the word that Asplundh, an international provider of vegetation management services to utilities and municipalities, is deploying propane autogas-fueled work trucks and is one of the first in its industry to do so. Charlotte, N.C.-area bucket truck with a 58-foot aerial lift is one of two Roush CleanTech propane autogas-fueled Ford F-650s operated by Asplundh. Asplundh operates a Roush propane-powered Ford F-650 bucket truck with a 58-foot aerial lift to prune trees in the Charlotte, N.C. area.
And an Asplundh affiliate operates a propane-powered chip dump truck in California, Roush says. “We were searching for a cost-effective alternative fuel that provides an adequate refueling infrastructure and also meets our environmental initiatives,”
Asplundh Tree Expert fleet services director John Talbot said in a Roush release. “Propane autogas was our answer.”
Friday, November 7, 2014
Our friends to the North that run the Canadian Truck King Challenge have just finished their first full-size euro-style commercial van test, and the Ford Transit, powered by the turbo-diesel 3.2-liter PowerStroke inline-five-cylinder engine, beat both the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ram ProMaster in a tightly held contest. The test was conducted over two days with six experienced journalists driving more than 2,000 kilometers, including several maneuverability road tests, payload hauling and even making a few real-world deliveries. They also conducted a midsize category challenge, which included the Nissan NV200 and Ford Transit Connect. Unfortunately, the Chevrolet City Express and Ram ProMaster City were not available at the time of their test. The Nissan just squeaked past the Ford.
For more information about the 2015 Canadian Truck King Challenge Winner-Commercial Van division, click here.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Vandemonium: You Won’t Believe How Five Aftermarket Shops Designed the First Ford Transit Customized Vans for SEMA
- Custom-built project vehicles from five coach builders will showcase different expressions of Ford Transit van flexibility and capability
- The custom Transits will be on display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-7
- A range of concepts will be represented, including Formula DRIFT, off-road adventure and high-end luxury versions
Vegas Off-Road Experience Transit Vegas Off-Road Experience in South Boulder City, Nevada, provides the ultimate adventure for those who have always wanted to drive an off-road desert race truck. The VORE group applied its expertise in preparing off-road trucks to the new Transit, creating a vehicle that provides luxury transportation with an off-road theme. This Transit, equipped with off-road wheels and tires, will be used for guest transportation at VORE events. “Transit offered us so much capacity to work with that we were able to take our plans further than we could with a typical van,” said Mike Self, Vegas Off-Road Experience chief marketing officer. “It will be a great vehicle for taking guests out on course in high-end comfort.” Off-road and premium features of the VORE Transit include:
- Custom LED interior lighting
- Five LED flat screens
- 60-inch LED flat-screen partition
- Large-screen TV for external viewing
- Video gaming station
- Touch-screen tablet controls
- LED light bars
- HID headlamps
- Extended fender flares
- Off-road wheels and tires
Designed Travel Transit For long-distance road trips, Forest Lake, Minnesota-based Waldoch Crafts and 3dCarbon and Air Design of Newport Beach, California, customized a long-wheelbase, medium-roof Transit with a solid hickory wood floor and four reclining captain’s chairs with heating, cooling and massage functions, along with power headrests. “The larger platform of Transit gives us room for creativity,” said Ernie Bunnell, vice president of sales for 3dCarbon and Air Design. “Transit provided us with a lot of capability, so we were able to include more technical features than the average conversion.” Other features of the Designed Travel Transit include:
- Integrated front bumper with air dam and fog lamps
- Side skirts and lower rear skirt with integrated trailer hitch cover
- 20-inch wheels and tires
- Rear seat with fold-down sofa
- Tablet control system
- 4K ultra-high-definition 50-inch TV
- LED interior lighting
- Backup camera with 360-degree capability
- Matching Kawasaki Mule track support vehicle that will be housed inside Transit between events
- Storage bins for fire extinguishers, tools and cleanup equipment
- Fire suit and helmet racks
- Door-mounted flat panel monitor
- Performance air intake kit
- Performance exhaust system
- Performance suspension
Business Class Transit This sleek, all-black Transit was created by Detroit Custom Coach of Oak Park, Michigan, and offers amenities for VIP travel, whether for business or a night out on the town. This long-wheelbase, high-roof Transit features seating for as many as eight people and a wide array of premium amenities, including cocktail stations. “We are excited to show what the Ford brand can do when it comes to the VIP transportation industry,” said Detroit Custom Coach owner Chris Ramos. “We feel strongly that the new Ford Transit will give other vehicles in its class a run for their money.” Premium and convenience features of the Business Class Transit include:
- Actuated passenger entrance step
- Wood-grain flooringLaptop station
- Cocktail station with glass holders
- Reclining, heated and massaging seats
- Color-changing LED lighting
- Flat-screen TVs
- Integrated iPad controls
- Motorized privacy shades
Galpin Auto Sports Transit Skyliner Transit Skyliner, created jointly by Ford and Galpin Auto Sports of Van Nuys, California, embodies the spirit of premium motor coaches and builds on the heritage of custom vans. The custom vehicle shows how Ford Transit can be transformed to fit the needs of limousines and high-end transportation services, as well as commercial fleets, shuttle providers and small-business owners. Transit Skyliner features custom-designed “throne” seats that are controlled by a smartphone or tablet. “We are sincerely excited to work with Ford in creating the future of travel,” said Beau Boeckmann, president of Galpin Auto Sports. “Tapping our history of creating the conversion van segment in the 1960s and ’70s, as well as our recent high-tech work, together with Ford we have brought the modern ultra-premium van to life.” Premium features of the Galpin Auto Sports Transit Skyliner include:
- 52-inch retractable movie screen
- Focal Utopia 7.2 surround sound with custom-made speakers
- Satellite TVKaleidescape media server
- Integrated bar
- Matching luggage
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Ford developed its first special-edition King Ranch pickup for the 2001 model year, and today, more than a decade later, its offspring include three luxury versions: an F-150 pickup, an F-Series Super Duty truck, and an Expedition SUV.
The King Ranch brand has been appealing to Ford buyers, and its heritage is similar to the actual family-run King Ranch, which is located in Kingsville, Texas, and which is known as the birthplace of the American ranching industry. The ranch is one of the oldest family corporations in the U.S., and is nearly the size of Rhode Island, a massive 825,000 acres of land that sprawls across six Texas counties. It comprises nearly 1,300 square miles in south Texas, several turf grass farms there, and has significant agriculture holdings in Florida.
The HistoryThe Ranch dates to the middle of the 19th century, when Captain King was captivated by a region known as the Wild Horse Desert. King and his wife Henrietta developed the Ranch, regarded by many as the birthplace of some of the finest quarter horses in America.
Because Ford's design team used the King Ranch to "reinvigorate" and authenticate the update to the 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty King Ranch edition, we drove the 2015 Ford F-350 King Ranch with the PowerStroke diesel engine to take a look at how the Ranch uses a fleet of more than 250 Ford pickups every day.
What drew Ford designers to the ranch for inspiration? "What really stood out is how prominent the 'Running W' is, and how it defines and unifies the ranch," said Barb Whalen, Ford color and material design manager. "Similarly, we wanted that brand to define the new Super Duty King Ranch." The Running W is actually the brand burned into cattle on the ranch.
On the new Super Duty King Ranch, that Running W is the focal point for the interior. It has been cut and stitched to make the seat backs and center console appear branded. What's new is a lighter, richer shade of Mesa leather that trims the seats, center console lid, armrests and steering wheel. The exterior has darker Caribou paint for the wheel lip moldings, bumpers and lower body, while the bed rail caps, bumper caps and running boards are trimmed in black, with Running W wheel caps.
Texas is a focal point for Ford, because more pickups are sold in Texas than any other state; in fact, it's the top truck market in the world. Not surprisingly, Texas is the top-selling market for Ford's F-Series trucks and its Expedition SUV, and the King Ranch is one of the top trims on the F-150, Super Duty trucks and the Expedition. Ford frequently conducts market research in Texas that helps shape future products.
The RanchArriving at the ranch for our two-day visit, we learned that all the trucks and buses used by the Ranch are Ford King Ranch vehicles. "We depend very heavily on the durability and reliability of Ford vehicles," explained Dave DeLaney, the current VP and GM of the South Texas ranches. "This is very rugged country and we need trucks that can last."
King Ranch Chairman Jamey Clement agreed. "To us, there are so many similarities with Ford. We have the same value: taking care of people," explained the King family descendant. "What it's about is relationships and the more we understand each other, the more we get in a truck and it feels like 'us.' It's a way of life, and people want to be part of the winning team and want to experience it," he said. "What is the King Ranch 'family brand'? It's all interrelated; if you listen to our people talk, they say 'my truck, my cattle.'"
Finding the right partner is difficult, said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager. "We have a very select group of partners and the King Ranch is one of the few," Scott said. "It has to work right for us … with the idea of retailing and how it works for Ford dealers on the show room floor. One of the key tenets for us is brand authenticity and picking the right partners."
The RideHow did the second-generation turbo-diesel 6.7-liter Powerstroke V8 Super Duty F-350 drive? We clocked from 14 to nearly 18 mpg on our highway drives, but we faced strong headwinds as we motored from Austin to the ranch, which borders the Gulf Coast. As we returned, we encountered heavy downpours, both of which took a nip out of the truck's fuel economy. Our luxury-laden Crew Cab model is a true boulevard-cruiser, with Clydesdale-like horsepower (440) and torque (860 pound-feet) and a host of electronic features like Bluetooth, navigation and the newly included MyFord Touch and Sync systems.
What did we like best? The quietness of the interior, which has a plentiful array of nooks and cubbies for stowage, and the pickup's ergonomics. My driving partner and I are both height-challenged drivers and used the running boards to aid with getting in and out, we liked the adjustable pedals and height-adjustable seatbelts, as well as the overall ergonomics that provided good visibility and comfort in the leather-appointed Captain's Chairs. We came to the conclusion, after our time behind the wheel, that Captain King would have approved.
For more information about the 2015 Super Duty F-350 King Ranch Crew Cab, you can read about our first experience with the truck earlier this year.
(Editor's note: Official Texas State Photographer, Wyman Meinzer, captured the spirit of Ford's long-standing partnership with the King Ranch in a series of photos of trucks at the Ranch. Those images can be found at: www.wymanmeinzer.com.)
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
All-New Ford F-150 BoxLink, LED Box Lights and Remote Tailgate Release Revolutionize Truck Bed Cargo Management
- Debuting in the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, class-exclusive BoxLink™ cargo management system includes lockable, die-cast zinc tie-down cleats, and provides a unique interface to the pickup bed for improved flexibility and organization, as well as additional locations for tie-downs
- All-new F-150 offers first LED box lights on a Ford truck, plus the availability of two segment-first features – power locking remote tailgate release and cargo ramps
- Ramps can be stowed on the sides of the pickup box via the BoxLink system and mounted quickly on the tailgate to enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers
Now, Ford is revolutionizing the management and stowage of cargo inside the pickup truck box with its patented BoxLink™ system debuting on the all-new Ford F-150. Along with LED box lights, a power locking and remote tailgate release, and segment-first cargo ramps, the 2015 F-150 is better equipped to help manage loads more efficiently.
BoxLink includes four lockable, die-cast zinc tie-down cleats, and provides a unique interface to the box for improved flexibility and organization, as well as additional locations for tie-downs.
“Rooted in the shape of the horse-drawn cart, the pickup truck box has been a standard, relatively unchanged fixture for nearly a century,” said Alana Strager, Ford program management analyst and co-inventor of the BoxLink system. “The industry’s acceptance of this shape meant the innovations we developed couldn’t alter the box, but rather needed to enhance and evolve its flexibility and modularity to create infinitely customizable solutions for hauling cargo.”
Perfecting the box
The BoxLink cargo management system allows for the customization of the pickup truck bed. A customer can attach to the BoxLink cleats in four locations, or hook directly to the BoxLink Interface plate with a bungee cord, S-hook or E-track fitting.
“Customers told us not to touch the box,” said Adrian Aguirre, Ford engineer and co-inventor of BoxLink. “They want to tailor it to their unique needs, and this system allows for easy adaptation to a variety of applications.”
BoxLink adds four additional tie-down locations in the box to complement the four fixed tie-down hooks carried over from the previous model, for a total of eight. Additionally, BoxLink is located on a reinforced area of the box at mid-level – accommodating the majority of cargo loads. Reinforcement of the cleats allows them to accommodate a horizontal (cross-box) load of 275 pounds and a diagonal load of 600 pounds.
Available segment-first cargo ramps can be stowed on the sides of the pickup box via the BoxLink system and mounted quickly on the tailgate to enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers. The length of telescoping ramps can be extended or shortened to accommodate multiple loading positions.
An altogether better box
The all-new F-150’s cargo box features many other significant upgrades to make it more versatile and driver-friendly.
LED cargo box interior lighting allows for excellent visibility in the truck bed at night or when a bed cover or cap is used. A bed-mounted button, as well as one inside the cab, turns the lights on or off. Lariat Mid or Luxury, King Ranch and Platinum models feature a remote tailgate release that includes an LED spotlight integrated into the release handle that illuminates the trailer hitch – a much appreciated convenience when hooking up after dark.
An available power locking and remote tailgate can be released with the push of a button on the key fob to help customers when their hands are full – a first for a pickup. The tailgate is damped and drops down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened.
2015 F-150 XLT models and higher benefit from a power locking tailgate for improved security. The feature is available for XL series trucks as well.
Ford’s pioneering tailgate step has been redesigned to be fully integrated into the tailgate and virtually invisible when not in use – restoring the open tailgate as a flat work surface. Using the step is simple: Customers drop the tailgate into the down position, grab the bottom step, pull it straight out from the tailgate and drop it down into the step position – all in one easy motion. The grab handle is now housed inside the tailgate, keeping the inner surface of the tailgate uniformly flat.
BoxLink designed for endless customization
Ford is allowing aftermarket manufacturers to leverage its BoxLink system to develop even more customized solutions for the pickup truck bed.
“This is an open system,” explained Strager. “We have facilitated the aftermarket in a way that has never been done before by an automaker. The possibilities are endless.”
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 186,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.
Monday, October 20, 2014
- Ford F-Series trucks – specifically, the all-new 2015 F-150 – will vie for a fifth consecutive “Hottest Truck” award this November at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show
- Ford collaborated with SEMA builders to help produce the radical F-150 trucks that will be displayed at the annual Las Vegas tradeshow
- Shedding up to 700 pounds from the 2014 model, the 2015 F-150 is the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever
The SEMA award, won by Ford F-Series trucks for four years running, recognizes the most popular vehicles the organization’s members feature in their displays at the weeklong event.
Custom versions of the all-new F-150 will be displayed on the SEMA floor. They include:
The Deegan 38 project built a personal connection between Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan and the all-new F-150 with the 3.5-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost® engine. Industry leaders including Addictive Desert Designs, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, FOX Racing Shox, KC Hilites, Mastercraft Safety, Rockford Fosgate, Full-Race Motorsports, Leading Edge Tuning, ProEFI and SCT Performance joined forces to provide extreme motorsport enthusiasts with the ultimate example of the world’s most capable truck.
“This F-150 should inspire the vast off-road, extreme-lifestyle-loving fan base to push the possibilities of the kick-ass new 2015 F-150 and the awesome 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine,” said
“I love trucks, and to build one that has daily on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping capabilities is something I have always wanted to do,” said Gittin. “I am really pumped to get crazy in this F-150 at SEMA this year.”
About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 186,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
|Here's a nice Red F350 Crew Cab 2WD with Single Rear Wheels. This truck was photographed at Hansel Ford in Santa Rosa, CA.|
The work end of the truck sports a Scelzi Service body with a Forklift Loadable Rack and Heavy Duty Bumper with corner mounted Vice Bracket. It is gas fueled and has a steel cloth interior.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
All-New Ford F-150: Toughest, Smartest, Most Capable F-150 Ever Delivers Industry-Leading Towing, Payload Performance
- Dealers and consumers across the United States start testing the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 ahead of its arrival in dealerships later this year
- All-new F-150 delivers industry’s best towing and payload capability among full-size pickups; F-150 can tow 12,200 pounds and haul 3,300 pounds
- Regardless of model configuration or engine choice, every truck customer benefits from up to 700 pounds of weight savings with the 2015 F-150; F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds, haul up to 530 more pounds and is projected to deliver fuel economy ratings in the range of at least 5 percent and as much as 20 percent higher gas mileage than today’s truck, depending on the model
- 360-degree camera view uses exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help drivers park, maneuver in tight spots, and navigate narrow roads and trails
- Integrated loading ramps enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers
- BoxLink combines metal brackets and custom cleats to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box – from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers
- LED headlamps; LED taillamps provide excellent nighttime visibility
- Trailer hitch assist adds a new rearview camera feature that incorporates a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help customers line up their truck and trailer with no spotter or need to exit the vehicle
- Remote tailgate allows for tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob
- 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 with standard Auto Start-Stop: New engine design produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4x2 has a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds – ideal for meeting mid-range capability requirements and the needs of more than 90 percent of light-duty truck customers
- 3.5-liter EcoBoost: This twin-turbo EcoBoost engine delivers V8-like 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 365 horsepower to enable towing of up to 12,200 pounds – more than enough to handle a fully loaded, three-horse trailer or large boat. It has earned an industry-leading maximum payload rating of 3,180 pounds
- 5.0-liter V8 with twin independent variable camshaft timing: Improved power and efficiency, delivering 385 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft. of torque. Smart engineering enhancements such as a new long-runner intake manifold, revised intake cam duration and new pulse-separated exhaust manifolds help raise towing capability by 1,100 pounds to a maximum 11,100 pounds, and payload to 3,300 pounds
- 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing: This engine produces 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. It has a maximum payload of 1,910 pounds and maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds – unsurpassed for standard V6 light-duty pickup trucks
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Watch as the 2015 F-150 truck is put to the test lifting thousands of pounds of hay across a ranch in Montana--showing powerful towing capabilities. Discover the future of tough: http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/2015/
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
John Turic shows off this great Harbor 8' Service Body mounted on a Ford F-250 chassis. This unit has a 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure (Rolltop), standard pop-out lock system, Master Locking System, and a couple of drawers in the front streetside compartment. See more about Harbor Truck Bodies at http://www.htbi.net, and more from Hansel Ford at http://www.HanselWorkTrucks.com
Friday, September 26, 2014
Depending on who you talk to, the idea of making pickup trucks out of aluminum is an idea that could catch on with truckmakers, resulting in as many as 7 out of 10 trucks being made from aluminum during the next few decades.
According to The Detroit News, marketing research firm Ducker Worldwide is predicting that once the 2015 Ford F-150 debuts and works out the bugs with dealerships and the auto repair industry, other truckmakers will likely to follow suit. In fact, a recent study by Ducker suggests that by 2025 as many as 7 in 10 pickup trucks made for the U.S. could be made completely or substantially from the lighter alloy.
The study was commissioned by the Aluminum Transportation Group, an organization dedicated to promoting the use of aluminum in new production areas. The Detroit News noted that members of the Steel Market Development Institute (you can guess where their biases lay) think more advances are likely to be made with less-expensive advanced high-strength steels. What a surprise.
All of this speculation about the use of more lightweight materials is motivated by the aggressive federal fuel-efficiency targets full-size pickups (those with a gross vehicle weight rating less than 8,500 pounds) will have to meet in the near future. Now that Ford is pushing the industry, it makes sense that others are likely to follow. Making vehicles lighter will naturally help improve a vehicle's EPA fuel economy numbers, but there are many other ways pickup truck makers can help their average fuel economy as well. Look for more less conventional solutions coming down the road, as well.
Cars.com image by Mark Williams
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Here's a special chipper body with an articulated over-center 70' aerial lift for those special jobs that require up to a 46.5' reach and able to do the job at the location of choice. It was built by Versalift of Waco, Texas for CM Joslin Co of Conroe, Texas through Ed Miller at Chastang Ford in Houston, Texas. This is the third addition of this specialized unit to their fleet and another is being built to make it four. The truck is a 2015 F750 Ford Medium Duty Chassis.
To see more about this specific type of truck, see the Versalift V0-270-E.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
What's the baddest towing truck in the land? Is it the 2015 Ford F-450 or the Ram 3500 with the Cummins diesel? In this video we hitch up almost 30,000 pounds to both trucks and run them up a crazy steep seven percent highway grade to find out which pickup truck is the towing kind of the land. ( http://www.TFLtruck.com ) ( http://www:TFLcar.com )
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
- Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase Ford Transit vans to be used by technicians across its 29 state footprint
- Charter selected the 2015 Transit due to its superior fuel economy and cargo space
- Charter is one of the first large fleets to order the new full-size Transit van in the U.S.
“Charter Communications’ choice of the low-roof-model Ford Transit allows its installers the ability to maneuver in tight parking spaces and garages, while offering almost 56 inches of cargo height with rear cargo doors that open up to 180 degrees for easy loading and unloading,” said Kevin Koswick, director, Ford North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing Operations. Charter is one of the first large fleets to order the new full-size 2015 Transit van, which went on sale in June.
After an extensive review of available full-size vans, Charter selected Ford Transit due to its superior fuel economy and cargo space. Upfitting convenience was also a factor. The new Transit is built near Kansas City, Missouri, home to Charter equipment installer Auto Truck. When the Charter team drove Transit at a March ride-and-drive event, the van’s handling, tight turning radius and panoramic windshield view sealed the deal.
“Charter is excited to be adding the Ford 2015 Transit Van to our fleet,” said Kathy Carrington, SVP of Corporate Services at Charter. “The handling, safety features, cargo space and fuel efficiency were all contributing factors to our choice and our technicians will be well equipped to serve our customers with these trucks.” All-new Ford Transit offers 75 percent more volume In the United States, Transit replaces America’s best-selling van for 35 years, E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline.
Transit was introduced in Europe in 1965, and has been the best-selling commercial van in the United Kingdom for 49 years. The vehicle is sold in 118 markets on six continents. In some configurations, the 2015 Transit offers as much as 75 percent more cargo volume than the largest E-Series, helping customers save in fuel costs and time associated with having to make a second trip. Maximum payload increases more than 600 pounds across the lineup versus comparable E-Series vans.
The all-new Ford Transit was designed with improved handling, steering and ride qualities. A power rack-and-pinion steering setup provides exceptionally communicative steering feel to the driver. The front suspension consists of subframe-mounted MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar for smoother, flatter cornering, combined with progressive-rate rear leaf springs and heavy-duty gas-charged dampers for well-controlled ride quality – regardless of load status.
About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 186,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.
For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.