Ford's working trucks are know for a combination of rugged frame construction and long running engines, a reputation that serves them well when competing against rivals whose offerings sometimes offer more horsepower or features. The 1997 F350 truck is an excellent example of this principle, exemplifying the virtues that have made the Ford Motor Company the nation's leader in truck sales for year after year.
The 97 F350 comes with two cab styles available, the normal two door Regular cab with front seating only, the Extended Cab, which keeps the two doors but adds a bench rear seat, and the Crew Cab, which offers four doors to ease entrance and exit from the vehicle. Two trims are offered, the XL and XLT. The standard features on the XL are very basic as would befit a no-frills duty truck, consisting of cloth upholstery, manually operated doors, windows, and mirrors, a simple AM radio, and not much else. The XLT is the version most people will desire, as it increases comfort considerably by adding air conditioning as a standard feature, as well as alloy wheels, cruise control, an AM/FM/cassette sound system, powered door locks and windows, and a leather trimmed tilting steering wheel. Either 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive is available as an options across the board.
Power for the F350 97 model comes from a choice of three different engines, one diesel and two gas. The base powerplant is a 5.8 liter V8 gasoline engine that puts out 210 horsepower at 3600 rpm and lays down 325 foot pounds of torque at 2800 rpm. Those feeling the need for more horsepower can select a 7.5 liter eight cylinder with 16 overhead valves that makes 245 horsepower at 4000 rpm and puts out 395 foot pounds of torque at 2900 rpm, as an available option. Almost certainly the best engine for use a a serious work truth though, is the 7.3 liter turbocharged diesel V8, whose slow turning lays down a massive amount of torque for really seriously low end pulling grunt. The diesel is also among the most reliable of engines from a company known for engine reliability, and is known to commonly run in excess of one hundred thousand miles without a hiccup. All engines are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission as standard, but a 4 speed automatic tranny is an available option.
This is definitely a work truck, made for reliability and power, not comfort. Yet the interior of F350 1997 models certainly provides plenty of legroom, at least in the front, and the ride has a solid feel that inspires confidence, whether on road or off.
|Ford : F-350 XLT 1997 Ford F-350 Crew Cab, 4x4, 460, all original in excellent condition||US $6,500.00||2d 14h 27m|
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