The 1-ton Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup truck is the type of truck that you get when you need to haul or tow cargo loads that regular pickup trucks cannot handle. Being one of the top-selling Ford F-Series pickup trucks, the F-350 Super Duty is popular in the American trucking community. It is known for its outstanding hauling and towing capability. The latest generation of the Ford F-350 Super Duty can haul up to 7,850 pounds and can tow up to 37,000 pounds when properly equipped. Several states in the USA have even classified the F-350 Super Duty as a commercial vehicle, meaning that you may have to pay higher taxes and registration fees for it. One thing that distinguishes the F-350 Super Duty from the F-150 and F-250 Super Duty trucks is the fact that it can be had with a dual-rear-wheel axle. The F-350 Super Duty ‘dually’ is great for towing super-heavy trailers because the two extra rear wheels facilitate better road grip while also helping to keep the rear end of the truck stable and planted to the road when towing.
The roots of the Ford F-350 Super Duty can be traced back to 1948 when the first F-Series pickup truck was introduced. The first time that the F-350 truck was mentioned was in the second generation of the F-Series trucks (1953–1956) when the F-4 truck became the F-350 truck. The ‘Super Duty’ moniker, however, came much later. It had been used to refer to mammoth V8 truck engines that had been used in F-Series trucks between 1958 to 1981, and it had also been used during the 1980s to refer to the top-of-the-line F-Series truck at the time–the 1½ -ton F-Super Duty commercial chassis cab. The F-350 became the F-350 Super Duty from 1999 when Ford separated the F-Series trucks to better serve the needs of its customers. In the separation, the base F-150 started being marketed as a softer light-duty pickup truck that adopted car-like design and comforts, while the F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, F-650, and F-750 pickup trucks became part of Ford’s heavier-duty series of pickup trucks known as the ‘Super Duty’ trucks.
The 1st-generation Ford F-350 Super Duty (1999-2007) came with two Triton gasoline engine options: a 260-horsepower 5.4-liter V8 engine or a 310-horsepower 6.8-liter V10 engine. Also available was a 7.3-liter PowerStroke diesel V8 engine that developed 235 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The RWD models of this generation featured a Twin I-Beam front suspension and heavy-duty 3-inch-wide leaf springs with staggered shocks in the rear. The 4WD models used Dana 50 and Dana 60 solid axles with leaf springs in the front and rear, respectively. The ‘Dually’ models used Dana 80 solid rear axles. The 2nd-generation Ford F-350 Super Duty (2008-2010) carried over the prior generation’s engines and added a 350-horsepower 6.4-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel V8 engine. This generation also featured an updated Ford P356 platform that delivered improved driving dynamics. The 3rd-generation Ford F-350 Super Duty (2011-2016) featured even more powerful engines, i.e. 385-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 gas engine and a 390-horsepower 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 engine. The Power Stroke engine was upgraded to 440 horsepower in 2015. The 4th-generation Ford F-350 Super Duty (2017-present) offers the strongest body structure yet. 95% of its frame is high strength steel, and its body is made from a high-strength, military grade aluminum alloy. This generation also carries over the 385-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, and it also offers a new 430-horsepower 7.3-liter gas V8 engine and an enhanced 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 that makes 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque.
The Ford F-350 Super Duty is offered in three body style options: a 2-door standard (regular) cab body style, a SuperCab body style that added two small rear-hinged doors, and a SuperCrew (crew cab) body style with four full-size doors. This truck is also offered with two cargo bed options: a 6.75-foot standard bed or an 8-foot long bed. It is also offered in several trim levels that may include the base XL (work truck), the mid-range XLT, and the upscale Lariat, the refined Platinum, and ultra-luxurious Limited trim levels.
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