The Specifications of a 1974 Ford F-600 Dump Truck

by John Willis

Among the best-selling series of automobiles in U.S. history, Ford's F series trucks were introduce in 1948. The third generation of F series began production 10 years later in 1958, which included the first F-600. Unlike the full-size pickup trucks such as the ever-popular F-100, 250 and 350s, Ford's F-600 was a more heavy-duty utility and service platform. Among other applications, the F-600 platform was used for firetrucks, flatbed trucks, fuel trucks, cattle trucks, bucket trucks, garbage trucks and dump trucks.


The F-600 has been manufactured for decades through multiple major redesigns. It can be specified in relation to its contemporary full-size pickup trucks. They shared a V8 configuration with a larger displacement and a lower-geared, close-ratio gear box. The chassis were heavier and longer. Cab sizes were larger. Dual rear tires were common.

The Platform

Ford completed the manufacture of the F-600's rolling chassis and front but stopped at the frame rails in the rear of the vehicle. Aftermarket specialists would manufacture its payload, be it a fuel transport tank, bucket lift or a dump truck body, as a supplier to Ford. Ford would install the entire utility units.

Dump Truck Body

Over the years, multiple dump truck body manufacturers have supplied the F-600. On occasion, Ford also sold the "blank" F-600s to aftermarket companies who would install their own utility bed, including dump truck bodies, either commissioned for their own fleet use or for resale.

About the Author

John Willis founded a publishing company in 1993, co-writing and publishing guidebooks in Portland, OR. His articles have appeared in national publications, including the "Wall Street Journal." With expertise in marketing, publishing, advertising and public relations, John has founded four writing-related ventures. He studied economics, art and writing at Portland State University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

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