2021 Ford F-150 production began at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant and Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant later last year, and trucks are flowing into dealerships now. Ford was already building a number of 2021 F-150 models while it was testing pre-production pickups, and thousands of them were stored around both Detroit and Kansas City awaiting final quality checks recently. Now, TestDriven has provided us with a sneak peek into 2020 Ford F-150 production at the Kansas City plant.
This cool inside look at Ford F-150 production is something that not everyone gets to see in person, even though tours are available in Dearborn, save for a pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless, it’s always a mesmerizing process to witness.
Here, we see bare aluminum F-150 bodies brought into the assembly line, where they are pieced together by a combination of humans and robots working in tandem.
Once the bodies are assembled, they sit and wait for a shiny new frame to be mated to them. This video also shows that process, as frames already fitted with front and rear axles and exhaust systems roll down the line. Wheels and tires arrive already mated together so that workers can install them, and the process continues until they reach the point where drivetrains are installed.
Piece by piece, the new F-150s come together after they’re painted, receiving glass and trim before being place on top of those rolling chassis. Soon, the process is complete, and the new pickups roll off the line and head out to their new owners. Even though this video shows 2020 models in production and not 2021s, it’s interesting nonetheless, and obviously, the process for both will be very similar, if not identical.