Six Cool Things You Didn't Know About the Ford E-450 Super Duty
- The Ford E-450 is actually too "super" for its own good! This really heavy van caused quite a ruckus when it first came out due to the fact that it's tires had a nasty tendency to up and explode, causing-at best-a mild inconvenience and-at worst-a nasty accident. At first the wheels were blamed. The problem was, when they were tested on lighter vans, they worked fine. Eventually, everyone realized the obvious-the weight of the van was just too much. Succeeding releases sported stronger tire, and blow outs were no more.
- This van is the only one in the world to be converted into a full-on school bus. And so, for a time, the Ford E-450 Super Duty served to ferry America's children to and from school. Some drivers even claimed that these "converts" were easier to handle than purpose-built buses!
- While the Ford E-450 Super Duty is certainly heavy duty, the "Super" tag isn't meant to be a hyperbolic way of saying "heavy heavy duty". No, the "Super" tag refers to the fact that the E-450 can handle-and handle effectively-a dizzying array of roles: from bus, to coaster, to service vehicle, to camper, to even raised and armored troop carrier.
- While customization jobs with the Ford E-450 Super Duty, Ford finally acknowledged the versatility of one of its best-seller by releasing a fully customized service truck in 2013. This they call the Cutaway, and it features a lot of compartments, roomy storage space in the rear, as well as space for painting on your business's signage.
- A lot of the school buses in movies featuring school buses rely on the Ford E-450 Super Model platform-the latest one is the horror flick, Jeepers Creepers. The reasoning is the ease of handling and maintaining them as opposed to older buses.
- With the exception of the Hummer-which truly is more of a tank, anyway-the Ford E-450 Super Duty is the world's heaviest in its class. It is a title that it is yet to relinquish to this day.