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posted 10:00 AM ET, Thursday February 17, 2015
MELBOURNE - The engineers at Ford knew what they were doing when they designed the all-new Ford F-150 with an aircraft-grade aluminum body; shedding 800 pounds, this hard-working truck is more fuel efficient, has features designed especially for towing and 100 new patented features.
But with great innovations come great responsibilities; namely, making sure new equipment and specially-trained mechanics are on staff to handle brand-new, non-steel trucks. Kelly Ford has that covered.
"We've updated," said Mike Bartlett, Ford Master-Certified Body Shop manager. "We have purchased all the equipment and the training and … we're very much growing every month.
"The advantage is (the new Ford F-150) … is lighter than the 2014 (model),"Bartlett said. "They're more fuel-efficient, but don't sacrifice their towing capacity at all."
"Bare aluminum begins to corrode the moment it is exposed to air," Bartlett explained, thus the need for the clean room. "And, say somebody was grinding steel in the shop--- the steel can't get on the aluminum."
The shop, located at 776 Magnolia Avenue, now has three body men, two mechanics, two painters and a special sealed-off room for taking the dings, dents and uh-ohs out of the new Ford F-150.
Ford is done making steel-bodied pickups, he said. Instead, they're producing a better, safer product.
"They're safer," Bartlett said. "They're built with aircraft quality aluminum, unlike many other vehicles on the road."
If you're interested in learning more or checking out the tough new trucks, stop by Kelly Ford in Melbourne.