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Old 07-26-2012, 11:47 PM   #1
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What do you all think? 700 pounds lighter! Better fuel economy. I like ford not being afraid to step up their game. Will it be as strong?
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It's not an aluminum frame, it's an aluminum body. Sounds good to me. Less weight = better performance and higher gas mileage.
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Plus no rust! Hell, you could just polish the whole truck. Ford will have to work on getting them not to crack. I wonder how that would effect mounting a tool box or headache rack to the bed?
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What do you all think? 700 pounds lighter! Better fuel economy. I like ford not being afraid to step up their game. Will it be as strong?
It will be as strong if not stronger.
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Plus no rust! Hell, you could just polish the whole truck. Ford will have to work on getting them not to crack. I wonder how that would effect mounting a tool box or headache rack to the bed?
Well with either of those things you should put down a foam piece between them and the
Bed rails. So it shouldnt effect it at all. That if you have bare bed rails. But most trucks come with covered bed rails.

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I highly doubt it will be a full body, but aluminum body panels can be a pita to repair. They also pay more
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I highly doubt it will be a full body, but aluminum body panels can be a pita to repair. They also pay more
Are u sure about that??
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I highly doubt it will be a full body, but aluminum body panels can be a pita to repair. They also pay more
Really? Explain
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...,6464236.story

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USA Today is reporting: After more than 100 years using steel, Ford Motor Co. plans to make its Ford F-150 pickup truck with a largely aluminum body.

Ford is hoping the switch to the lighter metal will cut the weight of its F-150 truck by about 15 percent and help it meet tougher federal fuel-economy targets. But it comes with a host of manufacturing obstacles and may be hard to convince loyal buyers that aluminum is as tough as steel.
So what do you guys think, is modern aluminum capable of being as tough as steel?

I don't know how much is going to be aluminum, but I would imagine the frame wouldn't be (that just seems silly)... but the rest of it?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...227138686.html

Seems it is most of the body that will be aluminum instead of steel. They aren't changing the frame or axles or anything. That being said, all-aluminum block motors have been around for a while and are used in pretty intense places.

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So what do you guys think, is modern aluminum capable of being as tough as steel?

I don't know how much is going to be aluminum, but I would imagine the frame wouldn't be (that just seems silly)... but the rest of it?
It'll be more flexible but the same thickness steel will be stronger than the same thickness aluminum unless they use aircraft aluminum which will drive the price up.

The reason aluminum blocks/heads are used is because of better heat transfer and weight reduction.
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