Ford F-350 Disintegrates During Pulling Competition: Freaky Ford Friday

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Everything that can go wrong for this F-350 does go wrong and the truck is destroyed as a result.

This week’s Freaky Friday video comes to us from the AUTOMOTIVE SOCIETY YouTube channel and it features a Ford F-350 participating in a pulling competition. We have featured a great many pulling trucks over the past few years, but we have never seen anything quite like this. What starts off as a smooth-looking run goes south in a hurry and when the dust cleared, the Super Duty was absolutely destroyed. However, quite a few people who have commented on the video are blaming the sled operator for the worst of the damage.

The Truck

Sadly, there are no details on the truck in this video, but based on the front end styling, we know that this is a Ford F-350 from the first generation of the Super Duty, which ran from 1999 through 2007. It clearly has a diesel engine, but we don’t know whether it is an early 7.3-liter PowerStroke or a later 6.0-liter mill, nor do we know about performance upgrades.

Ford F-350 Pulling Disaster

The ride height might be a bit higher than stock, so there could be some suspension upgrades and the wheel/tire package is obviously not stock, but as pulling trucks go, this F-350 isn’t as extreme as many that we have featured. Sadly, this run is one of the more extreme we have featured, but not for a good reason.

Ford F-350 Pulling Disaster

The Fateful Run

This F-350 starts the run nice and smooth, but that only last a few seconds. Within a short distance of the starting line, about six seconds into the run, the front end begins to hop and while hopping, something breaks. It is hard to tell if it broke a suspension component, part of the differential or the steering system, but we can see that the driver’s side front wheel folds in hard. That causes the truck to turn hard right, nosing into the wall, but it gets even worse.

Ford F-350 Pulling Disaster

Evidently, the sled operator didn’t see that the run was going so poorly, so he didn’t hit the brakes and as the weight of the sled came forward, it smashed the F-350 harder into the wall. As the sled jammed itself up under the rear end of the truck, it ripped up the body and at some point, the rear differential was ripped free of the chassis.

Ford F-350 Pulling Disaster

Many of the comments insist that if the sled operator had hit the brakes when the truck headed for the wall, the sled wouldn’t have shoved into the back of the F-350, but he didn’t and the Super Duty was more or less destroyed.

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