The Trucks That Could

Hi all me and my wife have been married for ten years now and we have been through alot. On January 29, 2009 one day before my birthday my wife and I were in our 1990 F350 4×4 460 V8 crew cab that we use for pulling our building materials. We had a 16 Ft flatbed bumper pull trailer hooked up and it was snowing. With over 20,000lbs of material on the trailer and 8000lbs on the truck we were going down the slick highway taking it slow and the trailer lost control. the trailer disconnected and flew in front of us if it wasn’t for the brakes and Transmission setup we would have been killed. I had enough time to get out of the trailers way. Since then we have been very careful with that old truck. My wife and I have been die hard Ford fans since young so we have only owned them. My truck currently is a 1988 F150 4×4 302 that I love but I also use a 1994 F350 manual tranny 4×4 for work plus we still own the 1990 F350 4×4. We are rebuilding our house after it was ran into by a drunk driver so we are completely restarting. We have 4 horses that we take care of and we have to haul hay plus building materials for our house. On top of that we have to do our job which we own a do everything bussiness so we build houses dig trenches plumbing whatever and we use our 1994 for the big time work for pulling my 16000lbs Case tractor. If it wasn’t for Ford I would be unemployed out of a house and dead along with my wife. Thank you ford for making such great vehichles. The pic is of our 1994 F350 4×4 manual everything on it with the unbeatable 460 V8. We also own a 2002 F250 4×4 crew cab triton V10 which is our only non work truck.
Thanks Travis and Mariah

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The F-150 is too damn big; especially for those of us living in larger citys like Southern California.  It is a complete bear to park; I've got a 96 explorer which need to be replaced; preferably with a truck.  Sadly the discontinutation of your Ranger line has me looking at the Toyota Tacoma which has essentially remained unchanged in terms of engine or trans technology since 2005.  A V6 4x4 Access Cab Tacoma, while the perfect size for us city dwellers gets 16 City/ 19 Hwy mpg. That's at a curb weight of 4,100 lbs. An F1-150 4x4 with ecoboost gets 15 City / 21 Hwy mpg. Despite a curb weight of 5,600 lb A 2011 4wd Supercab Ranger had a curb weight of 3,700 lb.  That's 2000 less than the F-150. If you revived the Ranger line, sticking in it the f-150 innovations (Eco-boost, 6 speed trans); You would have a 4x4 truck that could be pulling 25 City/30 Hwy Mpg and could out-haul the current F150. I undestand all of the reasons why you left the small/mid size truck market;  It's dwindling, the plant closed, the F-150 is everything the Ranger is an more.  But a 4x4 truck that can pullover 25mpg on gasoline is something significant and would beat the heck out of anything coming out of Toyota.  In 2011 you sold 70k rangers to 110k Tacoma's In 2012 you sold 19k Rnagers to 141k Tacomas It's in-arguable that the decision to stop producing the ranger has allowed some market share to be absorbed by Toyota. I'm no expert, but all the new F-150 tech in a slightly smaller package would result in what's probably the best small truck on the market. As it stands, I am seriously considering getting a eco-boost crate motor and new trans and sticking it in a old F-100 body.  That gets me a small truck with phenominal gas mileage that can likely out tow the current F-150 while still being able to park in a big city. I'd love to buy a new Ford; you guys are on the bleeding edge of technology.  But the package it's in (The F-150) is just too damn big to be functional in city life.  Short of Reviving the ranger, my only option is to take the new tech and stuff it in an old shell.  Thanks for reading.
Revive the Small Truck Platform
By: Ken A.
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