The Ford F-350 pickup truck goes way back 1948 when the F-Series was released. The F-Series has been in the market for over six decades, offering trucks of different trims, powers, and styles. Although it eventually left the series in 1997, the Ford F-350 shares the success and is considered as one of the most reliable pickup trucks from Ford. For sixty years, it has undergone major facelifts and upgrades, coping with the changing needs of the consumers who have grown to love the model.
1953-1997: F-Series years
Although it has been in production since 1948, the Ford F-350 name was finally given to the model the year 1953. During its time with the F-Series, the model proved to be an exceptional truck that can do some heavy lifting. It had an 8-foot large bed, allowing maximum loading capabilities. This size is coupled with a 130 hp engine, heavy duty axles, 16-inch wheels, and four-wheel disc brakes that made it a serious towing and hauling machine. In 1997, however, production of the F-350 was discontinued to give way to lighter duty pickups.
1999-2007: The Super Duty comeback
After resting for two years, the Ford F-350 returned bigger and better. It said its goodbye to the F-Series and joined the Super Duty lineup together with other pickup models. The Ford F-350 underwent major facelifts and upgrades, making it almost indistinguishable from its mother group. It had a massive grille assembly and more angular styling which completely complemented its heavy duty performance. It was equipped with heated seats, a reverse parking sensor, and a 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System which significantly improved its performance. It also boasted of Ford’s Fail-Safe Cooling System which protects the engine from loss of coolants. During this time, there was never a doubt that the Ford F-350 came back all grown up.
2008-2010: More features for more power
Needless to say, the strongest asset of the Ford F-350 is its hauling and towing capabilities, making it very appealing to drivers in the countryside. The years 2008 to 2010 saw foremost improvements in the versatility aspect of the model. One of the added features is the Ford TowCommand Trailer Brake Control which provided smoother braking when pulling even a 26,000-pound trailer. Another upgrade are the four AUX Upfitter switches which allowed options to add controls for a winch, strobes, radios, or whatever electric device.
2011-present: A change in demeanor
Starting 2011, the Ford F-350 focused more on improving its interior and exterior styling so driving the pickup can be more comfortable and safer. Boasting of a 385 hp engine, the pickup was built with a gauge steel frame that is known to be the thickest of any heavy duty pickup truck. It also sported 17-inch wheels. This is matched with improved interiors such as adjustable lumbar support, front console with storage, and tilt and telescopic steering wheel above all. With these many improvements, the Ford F-350 shows a promise of running the roads for quite some time.