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Slideshow: Why Ford Was Able to Use Aluminum in F-150 Truck

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Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   5/4/2014 11:15:37 PM
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More automakers are increasingly turning to aluminum as of late. Seems like it's a race to become more fuel-efficient with less weight loads.

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Chevy Colorado
Charles Murray   3/13/2014 10:19:10 PM
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It's worth noting that the 2015 Chevy Colorado is making use of aluminum and high-strength steels, as well. We'll have an article on that in the next few days.

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Re: ALUMINUM F-150
Charles Murray   2/6/2014 6:56:49 PM
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Yes, Bob from Maine, other manufacturers definitely have composite and aluminum body panelsprograms in the works. At the Detroit Show, the Steel Market Development Institute also convened a press conference to remind us all that many automakers are ratcheting up their use of advanced high-strength steels. In fact, Ford made liberal use of high-strength steels on the F-150.

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Re: ALUMINUM F-150
bob from maine   1/31/2014 11:38:57 AM
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Nice article Charles! The use of aluminum by Ford seems to me to be justified by a few things: 1) Getting your name in the news in a favorable light is always good advertising. 2) One significant portion of the cost of manufacturing automobiles is the dies used to stamp the various panels. Manufacturers have been expirementing with different steel alloys since the 50's looking for ones that draw well yet retain their strength. The dies used to stamp aluminum parts are going to last much longer than those same dies stamping steel. 3) Aluminum has been used in boats on salt water for decades. Some alloys are known to be superior and Ford's seem to be a couple of the good ones. 4) British Leyland used aluminum on bodies for many many years, the XK120 in the 50's comes to mind. They were not noted for their 'ding' resistance, neither were some of the Rover and Land-Rover bodies, however they lasted very well. The ability of aluminum to stretch does make repair difficult and with all the available alloys, using the correct welding filler metal is extremely important. I'd guess that the other pick-up manufacturers have either composite or aluminum body panels in the works.

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Re: ALUMINUM F-150
Charles Murray   1/28/2014 8:08:41 PM
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In terms of aluminum usage, I don't know how much more can be done on one vehicle, a_saji. But we can definitely expect to see aluminum on many other vehicles and engines, particularly if the 54.5 mpg mandate holds up. We can also expect to see a lot of electronic engine innovations. Getting to 54.5 is going to be a long, hard trek.  

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Re: that's what I thought
Pubudu   1/28/2014 11:58:47 AM
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William many thanks for the reply and correcting me 

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Re: ALUMINUM F-150
a.saji   1/28/2014 3:39:09 AM
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@Charles: Yes the features are really impressive but Im wondering what is left now for us to expect ?      

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Re: ALUMINUM F-150
Charles Murray   1/27/2014 8:45:50 PM
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I'm with you, bobjengr. Adaptive cruise control, lanekeeping and collision avoidance are more important to me than the aluminum body. It's nice to see those features trickling down from the luxury market.

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Insure and repair
Charles Murray   1/27/2014 8:43:37 PM
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Over the last few days, several stories have come out about whether the F-150 aluminum will cost more to insure and repair.

http://blog.caranddriver.com/how-much-more-will-the-aluminum-2015-ford-f-150-cost-to-insure-and-repair-heres-what-the-experts-say/

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If Ford did find a solution to the corrosion problem.
William K.   1/27/2014 7:26:29 PM
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IT just popped into my head that the folks at Ford Laboratories may have found a way to keep salt water from disolving those trucks. THAT would be a worthy invention no matter what, deserving a "discovery of the decade" award.  So we will need to see how the trucks survive, and watch for some claims that they have found the solution.

At least we can hope that they found a solution.

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