Back in the days before the "Super Duty" nameplate was added in 1999, Ford's heavy-duty truck line was distinguished only by its alphanumerics. The three-quarter ton F250 and one-ton F-350 pickups were stylistically the same as the light-duty F-150, though sharp-eyed car spotters can recognize the heavier trucks by their wheels and axles. The 1992-1996 model represents the ninth generation of the F-250 and F-350 line, with the trucks being a common sight on job sites, in RV parks and on farms for many years.
Beginning in 1992, the F-Series lineup received an aerodynamic (though still boxy) new front end, and revisions to the interior as well, including a new, more modern dashboard. The basic underpinnings remained the same; pickup trucks were uncomplicated in the extreme in the early 1990s. The 1995 F-250 was available in Regular and Super Cab body styles, and offered a choice of 6.75- and 8-foot bed lengths. In Regular Cab form, the F-250 measured 79.0 inches in width and had a 116.8-inch wheelbase with the short bed, and a 133-inch wheelbase with the longer, eight-foot cargo box. The longer Super Cab added 22 inches to the wheelbase, as well as a rear seat with 29.5 inches of legroom for carrying additional passengers.
V-8 power was the only choice available, but the 1995 F-250 did provide a selection of V-8s. The standard engine was a 5.8-liter OHV V-8 producing 210 horsepower. A larger-displacement 7.5-liter V-8 was also available, with 245 horsepower. New for 1995 was a 7.3-liter turbocharged diesel V-8. This engine was the workhorse of the family, producing 235 horsepower and 425 foot-pounds of torque. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, with a four-speed automatic available. As with any self-respecting truck, the F-250 could be purchased with a two- or four-wheel drive system.
Capacities and Suspension
The 1995 F-250 was rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds with diesel power (though these trucks have been known to pull much more than that), and had a maximum payload of 5,100 pounds. The increased payload compared to the F-150 came courtesy of beefier coil springs up front and heavy-duty shocks for the front and rear. Gross vehicle weight rating was 8,800 pounds, and diesel F-250s were equipped with a 20-gallon fuel tank. Standard equipment included power brakes, rear-wheel anti-lock brakes and an auxiliary fuel tank on long-bed models.
The ninth-generation F-Series was extremely popular, and by 1996 Ford was selling more pickups than Chevrolet and GMC models combined. When the F-Series lineup received a complete redesign in 1997, the previous truck model proved to be so popular that Ford sold it alongside the new truck model for a full year before discontinuing it.
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