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Re: what does the 150, 250, 350 stand for on Fords?
REALLY old Ford trucks were the F1, F2, F3. Sometime in the Fifties (I think, maybe the forties) they started calling them the F100, etc. In the seventies they beefed up the trucks a bit and started the F150, F250, F350 bit, though the F100 continued on until like 82 or 83. Difference is simply load carrying capacity. The bigger the number, the beefier the truck. In the eighties and nineties ford confused the issue by having heavy duty versions of the f250 and F350--this eventually lead to the Super duty series being different trucks in 1999. Engine choices were somewhat effected by which truck you chose, but only in larger engines. Diesels and 460s were only available in 3/4 ton or larger trucks (f250/350). However, the 300 I6 was an option in all of them. Also, all ford F150s ran a 5 bolt pattern rim and all F250s/F350s ran a 8 bolt pattern rim--at least until 1997. I've not played much with the post'97 F150s. In 1997 the F150 and light duty F250 shared a common platform, and then in 1999 the super dutys came out in F250, F350, F450 and F550. So now you can get a F250 in one of 2 body styles and with different carrying capacities. Also, Ford also made F600s and F700s at different times, but they aren't pickups, but medium duty trucks--we used one F700 as a service truck at one outfit I worked for. Hope this helps!
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