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Old 08-01-2014, 10:54 PM
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the names are almost as stupid as calling them "generation" trucks.
you call an 87-91 a 7th generation. the guy across the street calls it an 8th generation. the guy in ohio calls it a 9th generation.
nah man.the generations of vehicles are always the same and all vehicles have them.these are not a nickname and cannot be changed.they are the body style generation.
when i say first gen camaro,mustang or t-bird what comes to mind? you probably know those very well no doubt and as you just read their names you probably pictured them right off the bat with ease.
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here are the generations of the f-series pickups and they can never alter like a nickname:

Ford F-Series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

so as you can see,the 87-91 is the 8th gen body style.the guy across the street and the guy in Ohio could call them a different generation.they'd just be wrong.
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it still is stupid.
you got a 7th generation truck? big deal.
i have no idea what it is. tell me what year it is and i might be able to help you.

it is the same thing as new members coming here and saying "my truck engine sputters. what is wrong."

the very first thing they will be asked is "WHAT YEAR AND WHAT ENGINE"

oh it's a 9th generation.
big deal. what year and what engine? there were 7 different engines offered in those 5 years.
oh it's a 8th generation.
big deal. what year? there were 6 different engines both gas carb and EFI, and diesel offered in those 5 years.
oh, it's a 7th generation
big deal. in those 7 years there were 6 different engines, with both gas carb and EFI, and diesel offered.


a silly pet name or generation tag means nothing other than to keep people guessing as to what you really have.
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OBS started with the diesel crowd to differentiate between the then-current SD 7.3 and the older OBS 7.3 trucks.
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OBS started with the diesel crowd to differentiate between the then-current SD 7.3 and the older OBS 7.3 trucks.
that came latter......much latter.this is how it really all started........

i remember very vividly,the term Old Body Style first being used in '98 for what they would call OBS '97 models or NBS '99 at dealerships/car lots to differentiate between two choices of the HD trucks being sold for the year,the new and the old style.this wasn't a term only used for the diesels but the 460 gassers as well at the time.
iv got no idea if you could find such as thing,but if you google you might find old adds for '97/'98 trucks saying pick the OBS or the new super duty during this time.
it's like they built some "'97" (HD f250/f350/f450) really late where they normally would have been '98's in any other year.then the NBS was built a bit early perhaps too.so if you were shopping for a truck here,you had your pick between OBS or NBS (known as the super duty today.)
take your pick,either was brand spanking new. there were '98 OBS and '98 NBS/Super Duty trucks being sold in '98 but to avoid the confusion between '98 OBS or '98 NBS ford simply went with calling the older body's '97 and the newer body's '99 despite their actual build dates.
so technically the terminology OBS should have never stuck with the '97 model year HD,9th gen trucks.........not only did it happen anyway but latter on the term OBS would be coined for the entire 9th truck generation.

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the term OBS didn't come about until 1998 (ford still sold trucks this year) when buyers could buy the then NBS (super duty) or the OBS.
for some reason,the term stuck with the 9th gen and not just with the 1997 (F250 HD /F350 only) year.most likely it stuck and got coined for the whole 9th generation due to the super duty design being a drastic turn that many of us remember as simply coping the new body design that dodge came out with.
i know.i was there.truck shopping.
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....i remember very vividly,the term Old Body Style first being used in '98 for what they would call OBS '97 models or NBS '99 at dealerships/car lots to differentiate between two choices of the HD trucks being sold for the year,the new and the old style.this wasn't a term only used for the diesels but the 460 gassers as well at the time.
... and it actually started a little before that. In early '97 (maybe even late '96) Ford switched the '97 model year F-250 over to the same body style as the new F-150 while continuing to make and sell the '97 model year F-250HD and F-350 in the old body style. So especially if you were looking for an F-250 you needed to specify which one you were talking about (and that's still a problem for those of us with '97 F-250HD ordering parts!)
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oh right.that was more than likely the actual turning point where the term was first coined.technically your correct.

although,i think the reason why OBS was passed onto the whole 9th gen and is still used today was due to the reason of the super duty transition..........but of course this is pure speculation as to which was more responsible.
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although,i think the reason why OBS was passed onto the whole 9th gen and is still used today was due to the reason of the super duty transition..........but of course this is pure speculation as to which was more responsible.
Clearly all of the 9th gen trucks have the same body style, so whatever reason(s) the term "OBS" was coined, it only makes sense to apply it to the entire generation.
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I love how everyone refers to our trucks as the last of the real trucks. I don't see myself getting anything newer than a 97 hd truck or 96 f150 ever again. My dad has an 07 that rides nice but I'm afraid to abuse it like I do mine.
while i love obs fords and agree they can take a ton of abuse, super duties (at least 99-07 trucks) and excursions can take just as much abuse IMO. my dad daily drives his 01 excursion v10 and its always loaded down with TONS of tools to the point that his excursion only fits the driver inside, and he beats the crap out of it, and it's never once been in the shop.
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Every time I see one of those trucks, I think of this truck.......
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