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Old 06-09-2016, 10:49 PM   #41
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I once watched a guy make an elephant disappear into thin air. I don't believe anything any of them say.
People seem to forget that aluminum is not a new material; OTR trucks have been made from it for decades. I'd take an aluminum bodied truck on a boxed steel frame any day. If it gets damaged I'll do the same as I would with any other material. Call the insurance and get it fixed. In the meantime I'll enjoy not worrying about rusty fenders and such.
To my mind it is much more important to know if the box frame is sealed completely. I've had box frames rust from the inside out before, nearly impossible to fix that.
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Old 06-09-2016, 11:04 PM   #42
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Old 06-09-2016, 11:04 PM   #43
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That tool box drop shocked me
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I thought it was, I'll have to look closely.
The fellow said "same empty toolbox" before the Chevy test but if you look at 1:40 in the video, you'll see two tool boxes. Before the Ford test he asked the young man if the box was heavy - not empty. Actually, I take back my earlier comment that they should have used the same box. After the Ford's test, the tool box corner could have been flattened out making the Chevy test less effective. They should have dumped the tools from the first box into the second box to show it was an equal test. I have no doubt that an aluminum truck bed will puncture before a steel bed will. I just suspect they played games to make the Ford's puncture from the tool box test more dramatic.
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Old 06-10-2016, 12:00 AM   #45
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Ford rolled out the aluminum body for 2015 F150. Two model years later they roll aluminum out in the Super Duty. Is it a different aluminum? If not, why have we not heard people raising cain about their F150 bed being punctured or damaged in any way?

My thought is because it is not an issue. I mean really, no matter what truck you have would you load it in that manner.

Anyway, it makes the Chevy guys happy but if it was really an issue I don't think we would need a staged test to point it out, we would have heard from 2015 and 2016 F150 customers.
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Now I really question this demo. Watch the toolbox drop in the Ford. They show it from 3 different angles. 2 times the box falls and tumbles toward the cab of the truck and one time it tumbles across the gap in the tailgate toward the back of the truck. Very poor editing. And I always place my empty, not heavy tool box on the rail of my truck.

I have a 2015 F250 so I guess I have the really good Ford but I can't believe Ford would take another model to aluminum if they were not confident in the material. Time will tell.
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Although I'm quite sure Government Motors scripted/planned/manipulated that video where the outcome was the way the wanted it, it does illustrate the downside to aluminum vs steel.

I was never concerned about aluminum in general, however, for a work truck that takes a beating through normal use, the aluminum isn't going to withstand as much.

I can see other manufacturers concede to aluminum in the future due to positives outweighing negatives. I'm sure it will the the greatest thing since sliced bread when they adopt it. LOL.


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Hmmm no holes or rips! Looks a little less staged!

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