By now we all know that the brand new 2015 Ford F-150 will be making a big change in production. The truck we know and love will now be made out of aluminum, but it definitely doesn’t take away from it’s toughness!
Since a lot of us like to drive our trucks hard, we want to talk a little about how the new F-150 will be made. While spot welding is used on pretty much all steel bodies, these bad boys will be held together by rivets. Spot welding is a much easier process, and while rivets will take more time and precision, each one must be perfectly inserted, so you can rest assured your truck will be put together to perfection.
Precise measurements assured that these rivets are placed in the exact spot they need to be and are inserted with the right amount of force. These rivets are much stronger than spot welds so fewer rivets are required than there would be for spot welds.
Production of aluminum bodied vehicles can be difficult, but Ford engineers are confident that the F-150 production will go smoothly. They pretty much devised the system when they owned Land Rover in order to produce the aluminum bodied Range Rover.
Ford has put the new 2015 F-150 through the ringer to test its stability and toughness and now they want to get you involved as well. Are you tough on your truck? If so, tell Ford all about it and you may get the chance to drive the new F-150 before anyone else!
Oh and if you happen to do some body damage when you get that new 2015 Ford F-150, Gurley Motor Company’s Body Shop has been completely equipped to repair it!