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[[File:'97-'98 Ford F-150 XLT Extended Cab.JPG|thumb|left|200px|1997–1998 Ford F-150 SuperCab XLT]]
 
[[File:'97-'98 Ford F-150 XLT Extended Cab.JPG|thumb|left|200px|1997–1998 Ford F-150 SuperCab XLT]]
 
[[File:2003FordF150.jpg|thumb|left|200px|2003 F-150 Super Crew Off Road 4×4]]
 
[[File:2003FordF150.jpg|thumb|left|200px|2003 F-150 Super Crew Off Road 4×4]]
Ford took the aero styling further for 1997 with a rounded nose on the new F-series. Since it was the F-150's first major redesign since 1980, the redesigned truck went on a nation-wide 87-stop tour to Ford plants and the external part suppliers in October, 1995 prior to its release.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-17610463.html |title=Press Release: FORD PLANTS AND SUPPLIERS GET SNEAK PEEK AT 1997 FORD F-150 – PR Newswire &#124; HighBeam Research: Online Press Releases |publisher=Highbeam.com |date=1995-10-16 |accessdate=2009-08-30|archiveurl=https://archive.is/pTIbY|archivedate=2013-01-25}}</ref> To build anticipation for the redesigned truck, the 1997 model was released in January 1996 with the first ad campaigns airing during [[Super Bowl XXX]]. Because of the radical styling, Ford predicted that traditional truck buyers wouldn't receive the radical and car-like 1997 too well, so it continued to produce and sell the previous 1996 model alongside the redesigned 1997 model for a few months.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-6357019_ITM |title=Article: Contractors eyeball new pickup from Ford, like what they see. (1997... &#124; AccessMyLibrary – Promoting library advocacy |publisher=AccessMyLibrary |date=1996-02-05 |accessdate=2009-08-30|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20090619105913/http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-6357019_ITM|archivedate=2009-06-19}}</ref>
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Ford took the aero styling further for 1997 with a rounded nose on the new F-series. Since it was the F-150's first major redesign since 1980, the redesigned truck went on a nation-wide 87-stop tour to Ford plants and the external part suppliers in October, 1995 prior to its release.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-17610463.html |title=Press Release: FORD PLANTS AND SUPPLIERS GET SNEAK PEEK AT 1997 FORD F-150 – PR Newswire &#124; HighBeam Research: Online Press Releases |publisher=Highbeam.com |date=1995-10-16 |accessdate=2009-08-30}}</ref> To build anticipation for the redesigned truck, the 1997 model was released in January 1996 with the first ad campaigns airing during [[Super Bowl XXX]]. Because of the radical styling, Ford predicted that traditional truck buyers wouldn't receive the radical and car-like 1997 too well, so it continued to produce and sell the previous 1996 model alongside the redesigned 1997 model for a few months.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-6357019_ITM |title=Article: Contractors eyeball new pickup from Ford, like what they see. (1997... &#124; AccessMyLibrary – Promoting library advocacy |publisher=AccessMyLibrary |date=1996-02-05 |accessdate=2009-08-30}}</ref>
   
 
The regular F-250 (light duty) was basically an F-150 with the same body panels but with heavy duty axles and suspension, along with 7 lug wheels. Additionally, the F-250 Light Duty also offered a load leveling rear suspension system. The F-250 HD (Heavy Duty) was in the same series as the F-350. With the arrival of the all new 1999 "[[Ford Super Duty|Super Duty]]" series in early 1998, the standard F-250 ('light duty'), F-250HD (Heavy Duty), & F-350 line was totally dropped and the F-250 (light duty), which was a temporary model from the start, became the "7700" package for the F-150 (noted on the tailgate emblem).
 
The regular F-250 (light duty) was basically an F-150 with the same body panels but with heavy duty axles and suspension, along with 7 lug wheels. Additionally, the F-250 Light Duty also offered a load leveling rear suspension system. The F-250 HD (Heavy Duty) was in the same series as the F-350. With the arrival of the all new 1999 "[[Ford Super Duty|Super Duty]]" series in early 1998, the standard F-250 ('light duty'), F-250HD (Heavy Duty), & F-350 line was totally dropped and the F-250 (light duty), which was a temporary model from the start, became the "7700" package for the F-150 (noted on the tailgate emblem).
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