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New F 150 with Aluminum body
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New F150 to have aluminum body and high strength steel frame for a weight savings of 700 pounds.

This will allow nearly 30 MPG from a full sized pick up truck.

More importantly, it is also likely that Ford will utilize Aluminum in more and more cars across it's line up.

So anyone in the mood for an aluminum bodied Mustang?

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#2
Well, size matters...and more to the point, weight matters. I'll be willing to bet it handles pretty nicely for a full-sized pickup with 700 fewer pounds to drag around too.
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#3
I'm in.

Steve



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Only question I have is how will the reduced weight effect towing. In my experience a heavier truck tends to be more stable when towing heavier loads. It was quite noticeable when I jumped from my single cab truck to a supercrew. My supercrew is alot more stable when towing my mustang on a car trailer.
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mdan575;161709 Wrote:Only question I have is how will the reduced weight effect towing. In my experience a heavier truck tends to be more stable when towing heavier loads. It was quite noticeable when I jumped from my single cab truck to a supercrew. My supercrew is alot more stable when towing my mustang on a car trailer.

It will be interesting to see what the tow ratings are. I agree that the extra weight helped with your towing, but I also believe the longer wheelbase helped a lot.



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All I can think of is no more RUST in the bed wheel wells!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Kevin

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#7
I am looking forward to seeing some Aluminum incorporated into future Mustang bodies. I suspect a hood, fenders deck lid and maybe doors would be very manegable. Keep in mind a truck is easier as it has a full frame whereas Mustangs have a unibody. While I am far from an accomplished welder or fabricator, I have to believe making a steel unibody structure is likely to remain cheaper than switching to Aluminum. I imagine a host of potential electrical and paint issues had to be sorted out and many more I haven't thought of

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I know the aluminum hood on my lightning was awesome. Feather light compared to the alternatives. It weighed in less than even some of the carbon fiber hoods. No doubt I think it is a great idea and corrosion resistance would be nice to.
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I"d love to have a truck that isn't going to start rusting as soon as it's paid for .(granted I'm in a high corrosion area) Hell , just look at how a 50 year old land rover body holds up almost anywhere. Dodgy If ya need more weight just bolt on a 73 stang front bumper .Tongue

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I took the front bumper off my 73, bolted it to the rear and achieved 50-50 weight balance!

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