Ford Aluminum Bodies | What Makes Them The Best?

At Autobahn Collision, we've been working with pickup trucks for quite some time now, so we're pretty well-versed in all the ins-and-outs of their construction. However, if you've been following the Ford brand and its award-winning F-Series trucks over the past few years, you've probably noticed that one of America's most recognizable automakers is doing things a bit differently these days. Switching from traditional steel bodies to a new high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body, models like the Ford F-150, Ford F-250 Super Duty, Ford F-350 Super Duty have undergone some drastic core changes. So, what're the differences in the new Ford aluminum alloy body, you might be wondering? Well, we've got the answers to that question and many more here at Autobahn Collision.

Now, chances are when you think of a metal like aluminum, the first thing that comes to mind is the foil you pack your lunch in, not something you'd expect to make up the body of one of the most highly regarded pickup trucks on the road. So that begs the question, why would Ford make the switch from tried-and-true steel to this new high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy for its F-Series trucks?

Well, the primary answer to that question is weight savings. The high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body is significantly lighter than the outgoing steel body, up to 700 pounds lighter than its previous generation. This gives new Ford F-Series trucks an advantage over many of their steel-bodied competitors when it comes to power-to-weight ratio, allowing them to put more of their all-important horsepower and torque toward moving their payloads, rather than simply moving the bulk of the vehicle.

Remarkably, even though its significantly lighter, the high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body is as durable as ever, if not more so. Due to the unique alloy composition, new Ford F-Series trucks like the Ford F-150, Ford F-250 Super Duty, and Ford F-350 Super Duty boast exceptional rigidity, durability, and resistance to perforation. Plus, unlike a steel-bodied truck, the high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy of a new Ford F-Series truck cannot rust, meaning lower overall annual maintenance costs.

So, what does all this mean if your Ford truck gets in an accident? How does repairing a Ford high-strength, military-grade aluminum body differ from repairing a traditional steel-bodied truck? Well, we don't want to get too technical here, so let's just say that while there may be some different processes in repairing collision damage to aluminum alloy-bodied trucks as opposed to steel-bodied trucks, it's well within our wheelhouse here at Autobahn Collision. In fact, with our staff of I-CAR and ASE Certified Technicians and the latest in state-of-the-art collision repair equipment on hand, we're well-positioned to get any aluminum alloy-bodied pickup truck back up to snuff and give you a competitive price on your repairs to boot. Feel free to get in touch with us here at Autobahn Collision Center if you'd like to get a quote on repairing your Ford truck today!

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