Ford Real Life Tonka Dump Truck Based on the 2016 F-750
If you were like most kids (me included) you had at least some exposure to the toy trucks known as TONKA! Oh, I wanted mine to be real in the worst way. And one of the most popular Tonka trucks was…the dumbstruck, with real tilting dump bed! Ford has intentionally decided to fight dirty by playing on this childhood fantasy of so many kids. Okay, maybe not “dirty”, but as strong as this fascination with Tonka is for me and other children, it’s at least not fair. 🙂
Meet the Ford F-750 Tonka, or as the automaker calls it, the “ultimate Tonka truck”. (Okay Ford, you have my full attention!) Based on the 2016 all-new Ford F-650/F-750 medium duty truck, the dump truck created by Ford and Tonka is a real life replica of the famous toy truck. Unveiled at the NTEA Work Truck show in Indianapolis, the Ford F-750 Tonka truck sports the signature Tonka yellow paint with a custom blackout nostril grille and fully functional dump body from Truck Tech Engineers. The 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 commercial truck is offered in Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab styles and in straight-frame, dock-height and an all-new dedicated tractor model for heavy towing applications. Design-wise, the new truck features sharp fenders, rugged headlamps and F-650/F-750 badges embossed in the “Bold Leadership” font. Additionally, the area behind the cab was redesigned to more easily accommodate custom work bodies, such as for tow trucks, dump trucks and ambulances. The truck is offered with a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine available in three states of tune: 270hp and 675lb-ft (914Nm) of torque, 300hp and 700lb-ft (948Nm) of torque and 330hp and 725lb-ft (982Nm) of torque. In addition to the diesel, the F-650/F-750 is also offered with a 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine producing 320hp and 460lb-ft (623Nm) of torque. Both the diesels and the gasoline engine are mated to a commercial-grade six-speed TorqShift HD automatic transmission. The gasoline unit can also be factory-prepped for converting to compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas. The F-750 Tonka dump truck will be used as a display vehicle at major work truck, commercial and vocational trade shows through the end of the year. Who do I give my credit card to?! 🙂
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