Why does Ford use aluminum cabins, fenders, cargo-beds, and hoods?

The original thought when Ford introduced the Super Duty brand on beefed-up trucks, was that these trucks needed steel in the upper body to protect occupants working in harsh environments. Recognizing that these trucks would be working in wet as well as dry environments, Ford discovered a weight limit where the truck was unaffected by weather.

Through experience in these environments, Ford learned that the danger to the trucks came in the under-structure. To maintain the same weight of vehicle and beef up the understructure, Ford changed to an aluminum alloy cabin along with the fenders, hood, and cargo-bed. This reduced the upper weight while providing greater protection than steel and gave the added bonus of allowing them to beef up the frame, brakes, and under-carriage.

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