By Peggy Jo
For Farm Bureau members that take advantage of the $500
They've actually made the bodies stronger because of heat-treatment and the type of aluminum. The Ford engineers heat-treated it for strength and also made the aluminum mix thicker. Aluminum is a third as dense as steel so you can have three times the thickness before you have the same weight as steel.
The new design cut 700 pounds from the F-150 2015 models. And if you don't think they can withstand your farm and ranch abuse knowing what you need a sturdy truck for, check in with the U.S. military and big-rig trucking companies. Humvees and Peterbilts have long used steel frames with aluminum bodies, much as Ford designed into the 2015 Ford F-150.
"If you can use technology and materials to take weight out of the vehicle, you'll always end up with the best solution," said Pete Reyes, chief engineer for the 2015 Ford F-150 as quoted in a recent issue of Forbes Magazine.
Computer-aided engineering tools (that were not available 10 years ago) have allowed Ford to design aluminum with steel-like strength.
In the meantime, Kansas City will continue to build the 2014 model through the end of the year, so dealers should not run out of the 2014 model
The 2015 F-150s have all-new aluminum bodies.
Interesting Facts about the Dearborn Truck Plant:
¦ In August, about 1,100 tractor-trailers began to bring in new equipment and haul away old machinery to rebuild the body shop.
¦ More than 1,500 workers from Ford and its suppliers will be demolishing the old body shop and building a new one where they will make the 2015 F-150 out of aluminum
¦ Dearborn Truck produces about 1,200 F-Series trucks a day.
¦ It takes about 20 hours to produce one F-Series truck.
¦ Dearborn Truck employs about 3,600 employees.
¦ The plant is 2.6 million square feet with a 4.2-mile assembly line.