a friend of mine ask me about it and I've been under the impression for quite some time now that this series and only this series of Ford Trucks were unibody trucks. So basicly I'm just trying to verify this and see if they are infact unibody trucks or not.
*Technically* are they unibodies (frame is an integral component of the body like most modern cars, or back then, the mustangs/cougars, etc) or were they UNITbodies - where the body of the truck was one big unit that sat on a conventional frame?
Sure we call them Unibodies, but they don't really meet the technical definition of such.... In short, I think you & your friend are both correct! LOL
Didnt Ford call them Integral bodied trucks ??? Pintos etc were like all of the other compacts and sub compacts, unit body construction...with suspension and drivetrain mounting points all part of the basic vehicle shell.
Ive always wondered how long a truck would last in unit body construction in basic use...Lowes and basic light duty errand type use...
wonder what would happen if you dropped a pallet of concrete in the back of one...like you see on TV...LOL
Technically you'd have to say that Ford also made Unibody E-100 for several years in the early 60's. I owned one, and it was definitely a uni body construction.
Uni is an incorrect term. In reality, there is no such thing. The correct Ford terminology inre to 1961/63 Styleside pickups is UNIT-body. The cab/bed is a one piece unit.
No Econoline was a Uni. 1961/74 Econolines are integral bodied, so called because they have no separate frame. The frame and body is one welded assembly.
All new cars sold to the public in the US today are integral bodies. The last cars (from any automaker) sold with separate frames, the Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car are no longer produced.
2011 is the last year for the Crown Vic which has only been available as a 'fleet vehicle' (Police Cruiser or Taxi) since 2008.
A few FoMoCo integral examples: Mustang/Falcon/Maverick/Comet/Granada/Monarch/Versailles/Escort/Lynx/Tempo/Topaz, 1962/71 Fairlane/Torino, 1958/67 Lincoln, 1958/66 Thunderbird.