The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck features an aluminum body and cargo box that’s a radical departure from conventional designs. The auto industry’s best-selling vehicle now features numerous aluminum body parts, including the doors, hood, fenders, floor, roof, side panels, load bed and tailgate. It marks the first time that mainstream production processes are being deployed to mass-produce an aluminum-intensive vehicle. Ford engineers rely on state-of-the-art technology that allows the truck to be assembled with self-piercing rivets, flow-drill screws and structural adhesives, in addition to clinching and laser welding. Click here for a peek inside the Dearborn Truck Plant.
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