Thursday, July 26, 2012

Truck of The Day: July 26, 2012

The semi tractor for today is the ERTL 1990 Ford LTL 9000.

Ford L-Series trucks was a long running series of heavy-duty trucks built by Ford Motor Company between 1970 and 1998. It was distinctively styled with a bold hexagonal grille at its introduction. These heavy-duty Ford trucks replaced the short conventional N-Series, along with the heavy-duty F-Series trucks (but not the medium-duty F-Series trucks; which have soldiered on through production, and are still being produced to this day), and related tandem-axle T-Series. The Louisville Line encompassed a wide range of models serving the medium-, heavy-, and extra-heavy-duty truck ranks. The line would become one of the most popular series of trucks Ford ever produced.

In 1976 Ford added the LTL-9000, a truck marketed toward cross-country truck drivers. Two years later, the LTL-9000 would have its own grille and headlight arrangement. The same year Ford introduced the CLT-Cabovers which had identical grilles with the LTL-9000.

LTL stands for long tractor, long hood.  Hard to imagine now but at one time Ford sold light duty cars/trucks, tractors and semi-tractors. Their tractor division was purchased by Fiat in 1993 and their big rig line was sold to Freightliner in 1997.

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