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When light-duty trucks were first produced in the United States, they were rated by their payload capacity in tons (1/2 ton-, 3/4 ton - and 1-ton). Over time, payload capacities for most domestic pickup trucks have increased while the ton titles have stayed the same. The now-imprecise ton rating is presently used to compare standard sizes, rather than actual capacities.

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A 3/4 ton truck used to have 8 lug wheels and a full floating rearend. These are signifignant things.
But the manufacturers have been marketing 1/2 tons which do NOT have those important items as having 3/4 ton capabilities.... Sadly it has gone on so long now that many do not remember, or never knew the difference.


Chevrolet's and GMC's 3/4 ton trucks (C20) from the 70's thru the 90's always had semi floating axles.

Ford's 3/4 ton trucks (F250) from the 70's to date have mostly been a full floating axle with the exception of the light duty F250 produced for a ~couple of years during the late 90's which were semi floating.

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My 86 C20 8600 GVW had a semi floater.


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My 1981 @ 2000 Chevy C2500 had/has a 9.5" semi floater. A BB, or 6.5TD would have had a FF. Same 88-2000 body style, had FF axles in 1500s with the 6.2/6.5TD diesels. Granted 8-10" versions.... 5 or 6 lugs too.
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