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Old 05-02-2013, 11:31 AM
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Where did the numbers come from

Hey guys i was just randomly thinking the other day where do the big three get the number designations from (i.e. 150, 250, 350, 1500, 2500, 3500)? What is that number referring to?

Secondly why are they called 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, and 1 ton trucks because they clearly weigh more than that and can tow way more than that so where does that designation come from?

And lastly what do the prefixes mean (i.e. F-150 or E-150)? And not "well the F is a truck and an E is a van but where did they come up with the letter any particular reason other than because thats what it is. Same question for Chevy trucks what does the C/K mean other than the difference in 2wd and 4wd?

Just thoughtless wonderings of a burned out mind...
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Thread revival does anybody know? It would be nice to know just out of curiousity
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I've Google'd F-series, why did ford call their trucks F-series?

I get varying articles as to when the F-1 came out, when they when to F-100 and then onto F-150. So far, nothing that explains why the "F."
"E" designator I can see since the Vans were called Econolines.
Haven't seen anything on why F-250 or F-350.

No clue on other brands.

You got me curious now Pat. I'll keep looking.
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I've Google'd F-series, why did ford call their trucks F-series?

I get varying articles as to when the F-1 came out, when they when to F-100 and then onto F-150. So far, nothing that explains why the "F."
"E" designator I can see since the Vans were called Econolines.
Haven't seen anything on why F-250 or F-350.

No clue on other brands.

You got me curious now Pat. I'll keep looking.
Haha yea curiosity just stuck me one day and after some googling i couldnt find it either. So i figured to ask the collective wisdom that is the ORG
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1/2 ton 3/4 ton 1 ton is supposed to be the amount of weight that can be put in the bed.

model F? why did ford have a model T? F for Ford? no idea is it really substantial?
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Here's one article I found - I'll leave it stand on its own merits. It's one explanation.

What do the numbers on pickup trucks mean? - The Globe and Mail
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Here's one article I found - I'll leave it stand on its own merits. It's one explanation.

What do the numbers on pickup trucks mean? - The Globe and Mail
Interesting to know at least some of it
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1/2 ton 3/4 ton 1 ton is supposed to be the amount of weight that can be put in the bed.

model F? why did ford have a model T? F for Ford? no idea is it really substantial?
The model T was called that because it was its letter. Before that, Ford made cars/prototypes from A-S.

F series is the FleetLine series.
E - Econoline

The 1/4ton upto 1ton payload rating is outdated. Yes, this was the payload of the truck, but now, a 1ton aka f350 has a payload around 2tons.
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