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  1. C&D have always been anti Ford and if you ask me.... anti-American as well. Waaayyy back in the 70's or 80's, I was reading a road test of some Ford vehicle in C&D. The article kept referring to a 4.9 liter engine. I couldn't understand what engine they were talking about. I'm well versed in Ford numbers and it really baffled me. Then, a few months later, I come across a statement by a C&D staff writer and he is refusing to call Ford's 5.0 engine a 5.0. It's not really 5.0 liters, it's really 4.94 liters and hence, it SHOULD be named a 4.9. He refused to acknowledge Ford's CHOSEN name of 5.0 liters. Holy crap. You've got to be kidding! So, a 302 is really 301.584 cubic inches which translates to 4.942 liters and in his world that means a 4.9? So I got to thinking, if that 4.942 engine goes 100,000 miles and the cylinder bores increase .005 from normal wear, that engine THEN becomes a 5.0 in his opinion????? With the increased wear, the actual size of the engine would be 4.954 liters. So, would he deem to ALLOW THAT engine to be a 5.0 liter??? This stuff just boggles the mind. How could he/they be so self-centered and disrespectful? Unbelievable. That magazine should disappear.
  2. First impressions: Like the way it drives, feels big, comfortable, quiet, rides better that my wife's FLEX....... don't like 10 speed, too many gears. It USUALLY skips 2nd and goes directly to 3rd. Selecting drive or reverse, it S-L-I-D-E-S into gear. Takes longer than I think it should. Although I haven't whacked the throttle yet, it feels very strong. Does anyone know how many Rangers were sold in March? For anyone here that contributed to the building of my Ranger, THANK YOU very much. Know that your hard work made me very happy.
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    Ranger/ 5 Star tune

    Poor tires... yes. The '66 Fairlane 390 GTA that clocked a road test 15.6 at 92 mph wouldn't be more than a 15.0 ride with better tires. The '62 Galaxie 406 (fully prepped suspension and engine, open headers, 7 inch stocker tires) that won B/S at the '63 Winternationals did a 13.28 for the class win. That 5 Star tune was about a 13.8. I still say, very impressive from a 4 cyl. truck. All tires back then were pretty narrow.
  4. ford-boy

    Ranger/ 5 Star tune

    Damn! That is impressive. The stock Ranger is as fast as any 60's muscle/street car.......or at least most. '62 Galaxie, 406, 4 speed, tri-power, '63 Chev, 409, dual quads, GTO's, 383 Mopars, '66 390 Fairlane. Then with a tune it's into street Hemi territory, 428 CJ Mustangs (13's in the quarter). What does the Ranger weigh? I'm sure it's more than a '68 428 Mustang. Wow! Very impressive. Can't wait to take delivery of my new Ranger.
  5. I say 4000-4500 Rangers sold for Feb. That's about ONE per dealer across the US.
  6. my Ranger has been assigned a serial number and was scheduled for build on March 18th. Considering the factory order was placed Feb. 2nd, that is quicker than I anticipated. They said it would probably be in my hands around April 7th. Happy about this as I was thinking this would all take place around June 1st.
  7. Yup! Hats off to ALL you factory guys. During my 74 years on this planet, I have NEVER wanted or had a truck. Been a car guy forever. But....the Ranger has just put a burr under my a$$ and I have to have one. This is going to SHOCK all my friends when they see me towing in to the drag strip with a TRUCK and not my Mercury Grand Marquis!!!
  8. Did a second shift begin? The hope was 1200 per day with the added shift. I was hoping I'd get my factory order before 2020!!! Also. is it just me or do you think the color choices are poor. The F-150 can be had in almost ANY color but the Ranger has such limited choice. The blue is way too electric for me. Just a regular blue would be fine. The HOT PEPPER RED is likewise too bright for this 74 year old. The wife hates the orange (saber). I finally chose Ingot out of that paltry group.
  9. how long this will take to arrive at dealer. I told salesman that as of now, the factory was making under 400 per day. At that rate, it will be 2020 before it arrives. He agreed with me about the slow production now but said he had info that the pace will go to 1200 per day very shortly. My prediction will be very end of April or early May. I hope it doesn't stretch out 'til JUNE!!
  10. You think it will take longer than 10-12 weeks?
  11. To those that suggested I call the salesman....... I did. He said that it was the last day of the month and that it gets very busy. He was just swamped. We made another appointment for tomorrow, Friday. It WILL be ordered then. I've checked with two other dealers what their "dealer fee" is and in both cases it was $795. Sheesh. Years ago "dealer prep" was $150 or less. Is it possible for me to get an X-Plan? And if so, would it be better than what the dealer will offer? The dealer is cutting about $1900 off MSRP for Lariat so I'm guessing that a $35,000 MSRP XLT will lose about $1500, maybe $1600. Any advice? They are saying delivery will take 10-12 weeks. Thanks for your help.
  12. I have already bought my wife's 2014 NEW Flex from HIM 5 years ago using FORD CREDIT. I haven't given over anything to them yet . He didn't WANT anything. I had already told him I'm coming in to place the order.... I just need to know HOW MUCH? I gotta tell ya, I've never had an experience like this trying to buy a new vehicle. If I don't hear anything from him tomorrow, I will go to a nearby dealer and see how they work it. I'm ready to order.
  13. I was all ready to sign the order form for a Ranger, get my credit score, interest rate, hand over a $500 deposit, etc., etc. The salesman spent all of 5 minutes with me. I told him what options I wanted and he said he would call me with the cost of the vehicle. Two days later, I still haven't heard from him! What the heck. I don't get it. I'll give him a little more time but I'm almost out of patience. Am I too harsh?
  14. I can't believe I'm gonna say this. I think I need a shrink. I don't like change. My '97 Grand Marquis has been with me for 14 years (186K). Paint is gone, cloth interior FILTHY. It's towed a 5500 lb. race car and trailer but I'm having a difficult time contemplating parting with the Mercury. What's wrong with me? I drove a Ranger at the Charlotte auto show and it was REALLY GOOD. I was very impressed with it. There was, literally, nothing I didn't like .........but...... alas.......The Mercury is in the way. This is not about $. No problem at all. Do any of you know a good VEHICLE psychologist?????