Ford E450 Specsby Kensey McKutchen
The Ford E-450 commercial truck is available as a cutaway or a stripped chassis. It can weigh up to 14,500 pounds, depending on the engine. The rear-wheel drive chassis "fits a wide range of aftermarket bodies -- including general delivery vans, electric and gas utility van bodies, center-mounted personnel lifts, and low-height paper-delivery bodies," according to the Ford website. The E-450 is the heaviest in Ford's stripped chassis E-series. The lighter weight commercial truck is the E-350.
The Ford E-450 offers three engine options. The 5.4-liter, V-8 engine gets 255 horsepower at 4,500 rotations per minute and 350 pounds of torque at 2,500 rotations per minute. The 6.8-liter, V-10 engine gets 305 horsepower at 4,250 rotations per minute and 420 pounds of torque at 3,250 rotations per minute. The 6.8-liter, V-10 engine gets 305 horsepower at 4,250 rotations per minute and 440 pounds of torque at 1,600 rotations per minute. The 6.8-liter engine is available only on the cutaway.
The truck is available with either a 55-gallon or a 40-gallon fuel tank. Ford recommends regular unleaded gas for the 6.8 engine on both the stripped and cutaway chassis, diesel for the 6.0 engine on the cutaway, and flex fuel for the 5.4 engine on both the cutaway and stripped chassis.
The Ford E-450 is manufactured with a five-speed automatic transmission.
The stripped chassis has occupation for only one person and comes with a temporary driver's seat. The cutaway can seat up to two people and has 40 inches of front legroom, 42 inches of front headroom, 65.6 inches of front hip room and 68.1 inches of front shoulder room.
The E-450 includes these standard features: mode select transmission, front-wheel independent suspension, power steering, dual rear wheels, variably intermittent wipers, tachometer, voltmeter, a titled steering wheel and anti-lock brakes. In the cutaway, an AM/FM radio, front beverage holders and dual front impact airbags also are standard.
Block heaters are optional on the Ford E-450. Other optional features include limited slip differential and traction control. Additional options are available in the cutaway, including remote keyless entry, speed control and auto-dimming rear view mirror.
The Ford E-450 comes with a basic warranty of 36 months of 36,000 miles. The powertrain warranty is 60 months or 60,000 miles. Corrosion perforation warranty covers the truck for 60 months, but it doesn't have a distance limitation. Roadside assistance is available for 60 months or 60,000 miles.
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