Some of Your Theories as to What Happened with This Truck

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We recently shared with you a photo of a destroyed rear-end on a 2015 or newer Ford F-150. The picture is important because the damage isn’t what you’d normally expect from a pickup truck, because the F-150 now uses aluminum for the body instead of steel. The photo has made its way around the Internet, and we’ve even heard of competitor dealerships showing this picture to potential customers to convince them to not buy a Ford.

While we still don’t really know what happened, here are some of your theories and whether or not they’re plausible;

It’s a Fake


Romulan Senator Vreenak, after viewing a holo-image of what was supposed to be a top level meeting of the Dominion and Cardassian government planning a Romulan attack, declared to Captain Sisko that, “It’s a faaaaaaaaake.” As his voice cackled, Sisko knew his plan was screwed. (Yes, it’s a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine reference, deal with it.)

Many of you have the same reason to seeing the truck photo. But here’s the thing, if the photo is fake, it’s not Photoshopped faked. It might have been staged, but a closer examination shows a few things;


Many of you believe that this badging doesn’t line up, making the photo a fake. I have very crude Photoshop skills, but I was able to manipulate it close enough to convince me it’s the same sticker, even if it’s not perfect.

Exhibit b

Others have suggested that it’s a fake because the houses in the back don’t line up.


If you look at the actual road, it appears to slant down hill. What’s throwing the photo off visually is the piece at the top of the bed is bent slightly upwards right at the tear.

Other Theories

With the tear right where it is, and the bending upwards of the plastic at the top of the bed, it appears that whatever caused the damage pushed the back of the truck outwards, and not inwards. This would rule out the truck being rear-ended.

One user suggested that a tire blowout could’ve cause the damage. It’s a plausible theory because the damage appears to have originated at the back of the rear tire. A steel belt from a tire can do a whole heck of a lot of damage to any truck, including one made out of aluminum.

It does seem that whatever caused the damaged lifted the truck up, but didn’t really damage the tail pipe. That probably leaves out an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Now a Grizzly Bear? That damage could be caused by a Grizzly Bear. Maybe he was still fired up from when Chevrolet used one in a commercial about steel versus aluminum?

Maybe someday we’ll actually find out what happened? What I do know is that it wasn’t something normal, and it surely wasn’t something that didn’t hit the truck with some serious strength. What that ultimately was, I’d sure like to find out.

We do love hearing your theories, though, so let us know in the comments or over in the forums what you think caused the damage?

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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