The Ford F-650 and F-750 Super Duty Chassis Cabs are medium-duty commercial introduced by Ford in 2000. These are the strongest trucks for commercial use built by the American manufacturer and feature a maximum GVWR of 37,000 lbs. The vehicle is available in two trim levels – XL and XT - and comes with a choice of three cab configurations: Regular Cab, an exclusive four-door SuperCab and four-door Crew Cab, each with a wide variety of seating choices. The truck is also available with 38 wheelbase choices, hence being highly versatile. The trucks have a starting price of $53,345
The F-650 and F-750 Super Duty Chassis Cab models are built to deliver maximum performances for the toughest jobs for small business and municipalities. The truck is huge and has an imposing stance that demands respect. Its vertical chromed grille features four shiny horizontal stripes which gel well with the aggressive nose giving the truck a purposeful stance. The oversized wheel arches are also another proof of its heavy duty origins while the simple rectangular lights cope well with the rest o the vehicle.
The front shiny bumper is solidly built and combined with the high ground clearance and the huge wheels add the finishing touch to the muscular appearance.
The Ford F-650/750 is offered with a choice of nine different frames, including one of the strongest-rated frames in its class (120,000 psi and 3,580,000 RBM). A wide array of rear axles is also available and includes two-speed and single-speed axles with driver-controlled locking differentials.
Ford says that each of these design elements, was packaged to allow for maximum fuel capacity and ground clearances for given applications – especially those requiring clear frame rails for skirted bodies.
Once you’ve stepped inside, you find acres of space. The overall design is carried over from the basic Super Duty model and the dashboard design is very utilitarian with many rectangular lines and square shapes. The instrument cluster features two main gauged which flank a small rectangular display and four smaller indicators which can be read without too many efforts. The materials are rock hard and the build quality is pretty good given the utilitarian nature of the truck. As most of the truck in Ford’s lineup the overall ergonomy isn’t a problem as the controls are place intuitively and are easy to reach.
The seats are a bit flat for our tastes, but despite their lack of lateral support are fairly comfortable and you won’t feel any back pains even after a full day spent behind the steering wheel. The all round visibility is also pretty good and we find the plate sized door mirrors very good as well. The two spoke steering wheel is a bit dated for our tastes and is carried over from the E series, but we like its dimensions as its feel easy to hold and offer a good grab. Needless to say that is also fitted with a host of buttons for controlling the small LCD screen located between the tachometer and speedometer. Though somewhat distracting to navigate while in motion, the system features a logical setup and provides useful information on fuel economy, vehicle systems and other.
You won’t have any complains about the storage places either as there are plenty of them to accommodate a full crew of workers.
The XL trim level includes solar-tinted glass, power point, interior lamp, AM/FM radio and speed control while the XLT adds air conditioning, power windows and door locks, CD player, high-back seating and tow hooks.
Engines and transmissions
The Ford F Series are available with three diesel engines and a choice of eight manual and 11 automatic transmissions.
The 6.8L V10, features a free-breathing 3-valve-per-cylinder induction system, and develops 362 horsepower and 457 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine It’s mated to a 6-speed TorqShift automatic transmission and can be coupled with a CNG/LPG Gaseous Engine Prep Package for power conversion to compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid propane gas (LPG).
Other engines available are the 6.7 liter Cummins ISB diesel engine with up to 360 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. The engine features the latest Cummins technology, including full-authority electronic controls, a high-pressure common-rail fuel-injection system, 24-valve design, the patented VGT turbocharger and particulate filter and more.
Besides the Fuller manual transmission and the Allison gearboxes the truck is also available with the new 6-speed automatic transmission which is mated to the 6.8L V10 gas engine. The transmission features a double-overdrive design and low-end 3.97 first gear. It has big, strong gears that take on extra torque, meaning you use fewer rpm because the torque converter locks up at lower speeds.
The transmission also features the SelectShift Automatic system and is with power takeoff (PTO) capability.
|CUMMINS ISB 6.7L||200 @ 2300 RPM||520 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM|
|CUMMINS ISB 6.7L||220 @ 2300 RPM||520 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM|
|CUMMINS ISB 6.7L||240 @ 2300 RPM||560 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM|
|CUMMINS ISB 6.7L||250 @ 2300 RPM||660 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM|
|CUMMINS ISB 6.7L||260 @ 2300 RPM||660 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM|
|CUMMINS ISB 6.7L||280 @ 2300 RPM||660lb-ft @ 1600 RPM|
|CUMMINS ISB 6.7L||300 @2600 RPM||660 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM|
|CUMMINS ISB 6.7L||325 @ 2300 RPM||750 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM|
|CUMMINS ISB 6.7L||340 @ 2600 RPM||660 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM|
|CUMMINS ISB 6.7L||360 @ 2600 RPM||800 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM|
|6.8L Triton V-10||362 @ 4750 RPM||457 lb-ft @ 3250 RPM|
Ride and suspensions
The truck is offered with five multi-leaf and five air suspensions. Air suspension is offered on all models, with or without air brakes.
The truck is pretty quiet for its rugged nature, with low wind and road noise. As with any heavy-duty truck the ride can be a bit bumpy when unloaded, but the things will get better when there is some load at the back. The steering isn’t great as it feels too light for our tastes and you don’t get a significant road feedback.
On the other hand, the braking system copes great with the heavy-duty nature of the truck. The high-efficiency hydraulic brake system is standard while the air brake system is optional. Both hydraulic and air brakes have a standard four-wheel anti-lock system (ABS) designed to eliminate wheel lockup and help the driver maintain control during severe braking.
Overall, the Super Duty F-750 represents a total package befitting a widely defined market and customers. The rugged character is personified by the massive stance that includes an imposing chrome grille and a similarly big blue oval badge. The truck’s cabin offers comfortable seating and plenty of interior amenities to make your ride more pleasurable. For the hard working missions there is available a wide range of options, wheelbases and engines which permit you to personalize your truck just the way you want.