Ford Truck Names: What the Heck Do They Mean?

Earlier this week, we talked about Curb Weight and payload capacity and also how “tonnage” slang doesn’t really apply any longer.  Now, let’s put all of that great knowledge to use by deciphering the name’s of Ford, Chevy, and GMC trucks.  In this article, we’ll focus on Ford, which is a bit easier to understand than our earlier post on Chevy truck names.  For your reference, the automotive slang is in “quotes.”

Ford Truck’s

F100 Truck = “1/2 Ton”
(1953-1982) 4000-5000 GVWR

F150 Truck = “1/2 Ton”
(1975-Current) ~6000 GVWR. The F150 started life as a heavy duty alternative to the F100 (“Nicknamed the “Heavy Half Ton”, it was allegedly intended to dance around new emissions regulations.)

F150 Truck with “7700” Package = “1/2 Ton” Heavy Duty
(1997-04) 7700 GVWR

F250 Truck = “3/4 ton”
(1953-1999) 8500 GVWR

F250 Heavy Duty Truck = “3/4 ton”
(1992-97) 9000 GVWR (Essentially an F350 with F250 badges)

F250 Super Duty Truck = “3/4 ton”
(1999-Current) 8800 GVWR

F350 Truck = “1 ton”
(1953-1997) 10000 GVWR

F350 Super Duty Truck= “1 ton”
(1999-Current) 9900-11200 GVWR
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How Can Such A Little Subaru Handle So Much WIN!!

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It would be untrue for me to say that I don’t need a 1970 Subaru Samvar 360 Van in my life in a big way.  A fellow Subaru enthusiast passed this eBay listing over to me (Item # 250742053151) because a car soooo spectacular obviously deserves to be put on a pedestal in public view. Just look at how ridiculous it is!  I’m not sure if it belongs in the circus, on the grass at the Concourse D’Elegance, doing AWD turbo time trials up Pikes Peak, or hanging the front wheels while burning nitromethane at the drag strip.   The possibilities are endless!   Could this Samvar actually Continue Reading

Automotive Tips & Tricks: Suggestion #1

The Automotive lesson today is:

“When using a DVOM (Digital Volt Ohm Meter), don’t put your finger on the backside of the wire that you are stabbing into.  There is a 102% chance that you will stab yourself in your finger. Anybody that owns a multimeter has done it….. and it hurts…. every time.”

Also, I took this picture by myself, without a timer or tripod. Think about that for a moment.

Totally Gross: Vehicle Weight Ratings 101.

GVWR

Half ton, one ton, three quarter ton, etc…  The funny thing about tonnage ratings is that they are still thrown around today but were only really accurate up into the 1960’s.  Since then, “tonnage” has become a slang way of separating the light, medium, and heavy duty truck models. Back when tonnage was accurate, it was a measurement of the truck’s Payload Capacity.

Payload Capacity = Passengers + Cargo weight. This means the weight of the people, gas, beverages, rocks, mud, and yes even the pet raccoon that lives under the seat. This does not include the weight of the vehicle or any sort of towing number nonsense.   In a perfect world……

1/2 ton truck = Safely carry 1000 lbs of people and cargo

3/4 ton truck = Safely carry 1500 lbs of people and cargo

1 ton truck = Safely carry 2000 lbs of people and cargo

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Jeremy Clarkson, His Books, and The United Kingdom Location.

Pop Quiz:

1) Do you watch Top Gear UK?

2) Do you enjoy Jeremy Clarkson style humor?

3) Do you know the difference between the UK, Great Britain, and England?

If you answered “yes” to number 1 & 2 above, you will definitely enjoy this book.  If you answered “no” to question 3, don’t worry about it, we’ll cover that in a few minutes.  I’ll save you from lying when somebody asks you if you know the difference.

The Book:

I was recently in a used book store (so what?), and I spotted a copy of “Motorworld” by Jeremy Clarkson for $2. My first thought was: “Jeremy Clarkson writes books? How did I not know this?” I grabbed it and hoped it wouldn’t be a giant letdown like my 59 ounce “half gallon” bottle of orange juice.  I got the book home and flipped through a page or two to get a little taste of what it was like.  Hysterical gasping-for-air laughter ensued, and before long, I was done with half the book.  What I’m getting at is that it’s a pretty flippin’ funny book if you read it with Jeremy Clarkson’s sarcasm and panache.  It’s covers Jeremy’s thoughts on 12 places around the world that build cars, yes, even Detroit. It’s rich to say the least.  Grab it online for cheap cash monies if you get the chance, it’s worth your time.

Now The World:

While reading this book and watching TGUK, I often find myself (embarrassingly) saying “I have absolutely no clue where in the world these guys are”.  I mean I knew that they were in between the United States and Russia, and probably close to Ireland.  However,  as far as UK vs. England vs. Great Britain, I was lost worse than a out-of-state’r in Boston.  Let’s dig in deeper so that we all can act smarter.Continue Reading

Stinky Twinkie: "Driving Mad Miles Since 2008"

Christmas shopping this weekend at the mall was the exact opposite of fun.  It was a day filled with screaming children, overly agitated people, and “sales” that you know aren’t really a sale at all.  I grasped at anything that could make the day more bearable.  I thought about how delicious warm pretzels are, I polished my sneakers on the way up and down the escalator (on the side bristles), and even watched teenagers throw change off the 2nd floor on to the people below (AKA, me). Fortunately,  there was something amazing waiting outside in the parking lot, an attention grabbing black hole of a vehicle.  The very first moment that I saw it, I knew it was special.  As I meandered to the back of the parking lot dodging all of the cars that were deliberately trying to run me over, I was finally able to read the side of it.  “Stinky Twinkie” – “Driving Mad Miles Since 2008”. Heck yes, instant mood improvement.

It was parked just a couple spots down from me in the mall parking lot, and nobody around me seemed to even acknowledge its presence.  With so many mad miles, how could it be possibly be ignored??  I have no idea.  Was it a figment of my imagination? Continue Reading

Chevelle SS Hood Pins: Why?

First off, I love Chevelle’s in a very bad way, especially the front end of a 1970, and the back of a 71-72.  Combining those two aspects together would make the ideal A-Body in my mind.  But anywho, that’s not the topic at hand.  I want to know why the heck GM decided that the SS packages so desperately needed hood pins?  Was there really a chance of a hood flying up?  The Chevelle hood weighs in at just less than 400,000 lbs, do you really think it’s going to fly away?  Maybe the latch just wasn’t able to handle the job alone?  Or maybe it was done strictly for the mean muscle car look?  I don’t know, I’m probably alone here, but I just think the hood pins take away from the clean Chevelle hood lines, and they make it look like a factory installed hack job.  Hey, just my 2 cents.

Somebody please school me.

Oh yeah, here are some pictures of an absolutely mint ’70 SS with a 582 cubic inch engine, pushing out ~750hp, through a 5 speed manual transmission at the 1A Auto car show. MMMMMM,