quote: I don't think you'd ever see a work truck going to aluminum for structural members of chassis. It doesn't make sense.
quote: The floor of the pickup bed needs to remain steel.
quote: Yeah, I'm still trying to figure these comments out. This isn't a case where we have a unibody space frame like the Audi A8. This is a separate body and frame. The actual "work" part of the truck hasn't really changed.
quote: What durability do you need from the body?
quote: Aluminum is a fantastic material, but it's simply a fact that it does not hold up long-term.
quote: Again please provide research, links, or references to your statement.
quote: Could you see having to literally scrap your truck every 10-15 years?
quote: Now I do not know off hand what an aluminum framed F150's life expectancy would yield.
quote: I do have a background in this as I hold a BS in aerospace engineering from USAFA and a Masters from USAFIT in the same field. Along the way I picked up a BS in Materials engineering.
quote: Aircraft have this issue all the time and for the same reasons. They are designed to last only so many flight hours. At that point they have to be completely overhauled or literally scrapped
quote: You're the most dogmatically close-minded fool on this site
quote: Ford will probably sell more aluminum F-150s in 2 or 3 years than Audi has sold A8s and A2s combined in the past 20 years.
quote: We're wrecking this place we live in and most of us don't even care.
quote: Please state evidence of this. My air is clean, my water is clean, my forests are green and so are MANY other places I've lived and visited. I have yet to see the "wrecking" that you people keep mentioning.
quote: For example, the Corvette uses extensive aluminum. The Z06 model even uses an aluminun frame. The corvette has higher percentage aluminum/steel ratio than any other production car (sans exotics), including this Ford.
quote: Its also one of the most reliable cars.
quote: Pretty pathetic that it's 2014 and only now has Ford discovered this magical new wonder-metal called Aluminum.