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1997 Ford F-350 Specifications

by Robin Cochran

The Ford F-Series truck brand is the best selling truck line in America. The Ford F-350 is built to carry and pull heavy loads. The 1997 F-350 had a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $18,635 for the base model and $25,220 for the XL Crew Cab Dually, four-wheel drive edition.

Engine and Powertrain

The 1997 Ford F-350 comes with three engine options. The first is a 5.8-liter, V-8 with 210 horsepower at 3,600 rpm. It achieves maximum torque of 310 foot-pounds at 2,800 rpm. This engine has a bore of 101.6 mm and stroke of 88.9 mm with a compression ratio of 8.8-to-1. The second option is a 7.5-liter, V-8 with 245 horsepower at 4,000 rpm. This engine has a maximum torque of 400 foot-pounds at 2,200 rpm. The bore and stroke are 110.7 mm and 97.8 mm, with a compression ratio of 8.5-to-1. The third engine is a 7.3-liter Powerstroke diesel with 225 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 425 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 rpm.

Trims

The 1997 Ford F-350, two and four-wheel drive, is available in three styles, the regular cab, super-cab and the crew cab. The available trims are XL and XLT in 11 color choices. A dual rear wheelbase is optional on all trim styles. The XL is a base version with standard equipment, including heater, cloth seats and manual transmission. Upgrade packages are available. The XLT comes standard with power windows and locks, leather steering wheel, carpeted flooring, and AM/FM stereo with channel seek. Available options include air conditioning, cruise control, tilt wheel, premium stereo with CD and four speakers.

Payload & Towing Capacities

The two-wheel drive dual-wheel base crew-cab XL with a 5.8-liter engine has a payload of 4,621 lbs., a towing capacity of 7,401 lbs. and has a curb weight of 5,379 lbs. The two-wheel drive standard cab XL with a single wheelbase and a 5.8-liter engine has a payload of 3,896 lbs., a towing capacity of 7,101 lbs. and has a curb weight of 5,105 lbs. The four-wheel drive crew-cab XLT with a single wheelbase and a 5.8-liter engine has a payload of 3,565 lbs., a towing capacity of 7,101 lbs. and a curb weight of 5,658 lbs. The dual-wheel base extended cab, two-wheel drive XLT, with the 7.3-liter engine has a payload of 4,656 lbs., a towing capacity of 10,000 lbs. and a curb weight of 5,343 lbs.

Exterior Dimensions

The overall length of the single cab model is 213.3 inches, width 79 inches, height 69.8 inches and wheelbase 133 inches. The extended cab has a length of 235.3 inches, width 95.4 inches, height 69.8 inches and a wheelbase of 155 inches. The crew-cab model has a length of 248.7 inches, width 79 inches, height 69.8 inches and a wheelbase of 168 inches. The dual wheelbase has a body width of 95.4 inches.

About the Author

Robin Cochran has been writing since 1995. Her articles have appeared on national websites and in equine magazines such as "Horsing Around." Cochran has over 30 years of equine experience training hunters/jumpers and dressage horses. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in psychology and will attend law school for her Juris Doctor degree.

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