This report covers the result of a weight and material analysis of a 1979 and 1980 model Ford F-150 light duty truck. The objective of the program was to acquire baseline data on automotive technology being employed to further fuel economy improvements. Such technology includes advances in vehicle design, structural improvements, materials substitution and overall vehicle weight reduction. Both vehicles were torn down to basic component levels, weighed, photographed, materials analyzed and manufacturing methods determined. A comparison was made for each component to determine the extent and condition by which the 1979 and 1980 models differed and the amount of weight saved. Although characterized as an "all new design", the 1980 model weighed only 175 lbs. less. Sixty percent of this reduction was due to reduced materials thickness (Gage), 20% to material substitution, 18% to design changes, and about 2% to overall size reduction.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Corporate-Tech Planning, Incorporated

    275 Wyman Street
    Waltham, MA  United States  02154

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Ludtke, N F
    • Taylor, T J
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 200 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00329127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-9-02110
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM