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Undercover 2015 Ford F-150s worked in a mine for years

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Undercover 2015 Ford F-150s worked in a mine for years

Back in 2011, Ford had a problem. The next truck, in development, was slated to use an untested, experimental all-aluminum bed. Sure, there was internal company testing, but what would real-world users think of it? Ford didnt want to wait until theyd made the investment to find out. They gave a pair of vehicles to three different worksites: a Nevada gold mine, a Pennsylvania construction company, and a North Carolina regional utility company. The workers were told to use the trucks as per normal—that is to say, beat on them like they would any company truck. Ford spokesman Mike Levine told us that the tests were a success—the workers loved the trucks—and also led to some improvements. The aluminum floor of the bed was made thicker for increased strength, and the tailgate was redesigned. TRUE OR FALSE: The new aluminum F-150 is made of aluminum Despite knowing there was something different about the prototype trucks, the workers werent told exactly what the difference was—but they figured it out when the paint chipped off the unlined bed and didnt rust. One crew tried to attach a magnetic sign to the bed, and of course it didnt stick. It didnt keep them from treating them rough, though. In fact, some non-prototype 2011 F-150s broke bed mounts in the rough use they saw on the worksite, but the 2015 bed mounts were superior and didnt break. Levine was coy in a conversation about whether Ford would continue the deep undercover prototype program for future vehicles. He said Ford would evaluate it on a case-by-case basis, but so far the programs been a success, so Id be surprised if it doesnt happen again in the future. After all, these are the people who snuck a 2015 F-150 into the 2013 Baja 1000, and no one was the wiser until we found out about it. SEE THIS: The 2015 Ford F-150 will change your junkyard forever

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