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Truck Of The Day: April 20, 2017; Matchbox '11 Ford F-550 Super Duty
Topic Started: Apr 20 2017, 04:23 AM (161 Views)
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Today's Car Of The Day is Matchbox's 2011 Ford F-550 Super Duty.

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The Ford F-Series Super Duty (often shortened to Ford Super Duty) is a series of trucks manufactured by Ford Motor Company. Introduced in 1998 for the 1999 model year, the F-Series Super Duty trucks marked the addition of a heavy-duty pickup to the Ford F-Series range, including the F-250 and F-350 pickups; the previous 1987-1997 F-Super Duty chassis cabs were replaced by the F-450 and F-550 Super Duty.

Distinguished from the F-150 by its separate bodywork, the Super Duty trucks utilize a distinct chassis from the F-150 with heavier-duty chassis and suspension components to allow for higher payload and towing capacities; additionally, the product line continued the use of Ford PowerStroke diesel engines. With a GVWR over 8,500 lb (3,900 kg); Super Duty pickups are Class 3 trucks while chassis-cab trucks are in the Class 4-5 range. The F-Series Super Duty has been used as the donor chassis of the Ford Excursion full-size SUV and shares the cab with the medium-duty F-Series Super Duty (Ford F-650/F-750)

Ford F-250 to F-550 Super Duty trucks are assembled at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky with medium-duty F-650 and F-750s are assembled at Ohio Assembly in Avon Lake, Ohio (prior to 2014, medium-duty trucks were assembled in the Blue Diamond Truck joint venture with Navistar in Mexico). As of 2016, the Ford Super Duty is sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela (F-250 and F-350), Suriname, Brazil (F-350/F-4000), Argentina (F-4000 only), Angola (F-250 and F-350), Cambodia, the Middle East, and Iceland (F-350 only) in LHD only. In Australia, where it was officially imported in RHD from Brazil until 2005, newer American-built units can be imported but must be (source?) converted locally to RHD. In Suriname, even though traffic is on the left side of the road, the import and registry of LHD vehicles is allowed.


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For more information and pictures of the real car, please visit: Ford F-550

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A surveyor's truck. Is this a first in small scale?

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The Super Duty line received a large exterior upgrade that includes a new, bigger front fascia. Its engines were also upgraded to better compete with the new Silverado HD and Ram HD. Ford stated in the 2011 Chicago Auto Show that the 2011 trucks have the thickest gauge steel frame of any Heavy Duty truck. The 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty was awarded Truckin's "Topline Pulling Power" award for 2011. It also won Popular Mechanics best workhorse of 2011, and the best "Gear of the Year" in the trucks category. The F-450 is able to tow 24,400 pounds (11,100 kg) and has a maximum payload of 4,920 pounds (2,230 kg). The F350 has a maximum 21,600 pounds (9,800 kg) of towing capacity and 7,110 pounds (3,230 kg) of payload. Each engine is mated to a 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission. The Ford F-250, the F-350 and the F-450 all come with trim levels including the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum.

The 3rd generation of the Ford Super Duty Trucks are assembled at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant, with additional production for other countries in Venezuela and Mexico. In Venezuela the F-350 super duty is offered as a commercial use small truck cutaway featuring a 6.2L V8 gas engine with a 5-speed manual TREMEC transmission TR-4050 with a choice of 4x2 or 4x4 wheel drive. Since 2012 due to government regulations, the Venezuelan F-350 Super Duty is factory equipped to use both natural gas and gasoline. The F-250 super duty was also recently re-introduced in this market after ten years. It is being marketed using the same engine as the Venezuelan F-350, but only with a 6-speed automatic transmission, 4x2 or 4x4 wheel drive option in both single and double cab configurations.

A feature unique to the 2011 Super Duty is the addition of a locking differential. It is only available for the F-250 and SRW F-350 4x4 models with a rear Sterling 10.5 axle. It is a 390.00 USD option. The diesel F-250 relies on vacuum-boost brakes, while the F-350 relies on Hydro-boost. Both gas versions of the F-250 and SRW F-350 use vacuum-boost. F-250 is a class 2 truck. While the F-350 SRW, F-350 DRW, & F-450 pickup are class 3. The F-250 and F-350 (SRW & DRW) have 13.66 inch front brakes and 13.39 inch rear brakes. The 2015-2016 F-250 and F-350 have 14.29 inch vented disc brakes on the front and rear axles as an improvement made for these model years. The F-450 pickup has 14.53 inch front brakes and 15.35 inch rear brakes. The F-450 has a wider track than the F-350. The F-450 remains available in class 4 as a Chassis Cab truck.

The trucks were once under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for steering failures, but the investigation revealed the failures were driver error and had nothing to do with design.


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pjedsel
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Another one I am surprised hasn't been up for COTD before now. It is an interesting choice of graphics on this fire engine casting - I mean they could have done markings for BLM as a fire engine but interesting to see it as a research/survey truck. I have one that I received as an RAOK.
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craftymore
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Support your local demo derby.

Perhaps I'm holding MB onto a too high of standard but that just looks like a glob of plastic in micro sized scale.
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New casting? Quick! Take it apart!
craftymore
Apr 21 2017, 06:41 AM
Perhaps I'm holding MB onto a too high of standard but that just looks like a glob of plastic in micro sized scale.
Crafty, it's worth getting for the wheels for 1950's-1960's customs or pickup trucks.
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Chris W
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craftymore
Apr 21 2017, 06:41 AM
Perhaps I'm holding MB onto a too high of standard but that just looks like a glob of plastic in micro sized scale.
You are correct, sir. Too much plastic.
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