Monday 8 February 2016
The Ford F-Series is a series of full-size pickup trucks from Ford which has been sold continuously since 1948. The most popular variant of the F-Series is the F-150. It has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for the past 32 years, and the best-selling pickup for 43 years, and the best selling vehicle in Canada. In the tenth generation of the F-series, the F-250 and F-350 changed body style in 1998 and joined the Super Duty series.
During the post-World War II era, smaller Canadian towns had access to either a Ford dealer or a Lincoln-Mercury-Meteor dealer, but not both; a Mercury-badged version was sold at Lincoln-Mercury-Meteor dealers there from 1946 to 1968. Other than the grilles, trim, and badging, these pickups are identical to their Ford counterparts.
The fifth generation of the Ford F-Series is a line of pickup trucks and commercial trucks that were produced by Ford from 1967 to 1972. Built on the same platform as the fourth generation F-series trucks, the fifth generation had sharper styling lines, a larger cab and greenhouse, and expanded engine options.
Three trim levels were available during the production of the fifth generation F-series, though the names were changed in 1970. The "Base" trim became the "Custom" and the "Custom Cab" became the "Sport Custom" joining "Ranger" as optional levels of equipment and trim. Late in production the Ranger trim level was upgraded with the additional "Ranger XLT" option.
After the 1968 model year, Ford discontinued the "Low GVWR" versions. Still available was the Camper Special option (heavy duty cooling, camper pre-wiring, and larger alternator) along with the new Explorer Special (a limited edition trim and option package that combined many of the "Ranger" trim pieces with a lower overall price), Contractor's Special (including a behind the seat toolbox and 3/4 ton (F-250) suspension), Farm and Ranch Special (extra toolboxes and heavy springs), and Heavy-Duty Special (extra hauling abilities). These special models had various levels of options factory installed to appeal to different target groups.
The fifth-generation F-Series was introduced in Brazil in 1971, where it remained in production until circa 1992. It received a series of changes and updates over the two decades of production, eventually being fitted with a 4-cylinder MWM 3.9 liter Diesel engine available in both naturally-aspirated (D229-4) and turbocharged versions (TD229-4) in a local equivalent to the F-250 badged as F-1000, also available with a 6-cylinder 3.4 liter engine both in gasoline and dedicated-ethanol versions, while the F-100 retained the gasoline-powered Y-Block 272 V8 and the Georgia OHC 2.3L 4-cyl in both gasoline and dedicated-ethanol versions. It was the last Ford truck manufactured in the Ipiranga plant which closed soon after the truck's discontinuation. Brazilian F-100 and F-1000 were only available with a single cab and 2-wheel drive, but a number of local specialists custom-built double cabs, and Engesa provided an aftermarket 4-wheel drive conversion.
- engine: V6
- capacity: 4900 cc
- horsepower: 170 HP
- gearbox: 4+1
- top speed: 150 km/h