The Specifications of a 1974 Ford F-600 Dump Truckby 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.
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.