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  1. Our fleet never had too many 6.0L Powerstrokes, but they were trouble. And if anything, we over-maintained them. A couple of our techs. were recruited from Ford dealerships, and their expertise was invaluable. The proof for us was the fact that right alongside the 6.0L Powerstrokes we had 7.3L Powerstrokes, 5.9L and 6.7L Cummins B's, Isuzu 4HK1's, and a couple of Duramax's that were far less trouble and less expensive to own in the same applications. We did have one oddball F-650 with a 6.0L, and it wasn't really any better than the F-450's. We have an employee that had a F-250 Super Duty and he rebuilt the 6.0L with the special head gaskets and stud kit, did an EGR delete and an bunch of other modifications and did pretty well with it.
  2. The 6.0L and 4.5L Powerstrokes were not PR nightmares. They were nightmares period! Just plain unreliable and expensive to repair. Anyway, very true about gas engines, particularly in class 4 through 6. Isuzu has reshuffled their model lineup for 2020, the popular NPR will be gasoline only but diesels will still be available in the NRR and NQR. The class 6 FTR is rumored to be getting the new GM 6.6L gas engine sometime in 2020, and the 6.6L will likely be in the Silverado medium/International CV around the same time. The 7.3L is definitely the right move for Ford, I could see it outselling the 6.7L Powerstroke in commercial F series trucks within a few years. There are a couple of rumors I am hearing that if true could mean more competition for Ford. The first is a larger gasoline engine for the medium duty Rams, along with a class 6 offering. If true, I think the engine would likely be a 7L heavy duty version of the Hemi, and no doubt the truck would be a 6500 version of the Ram 5500 cab and chassis, like the new F-600. The second rumor is another GM/Navistar JV truck, this time a class 7. It may be in the form of a replacement for the current International DuraStar/MV series with GM supplying a new 8L+ gasoline V-8. Even if all this comes to pass, I think Ford is in a good position in class 3 through 5. Class 6 and 7 is a little cloudy, I think Ford will need to maintain a cost advantage over their competitors to be successful.
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    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    I hear it's for the oil pump.
  4. Ram is indeed doing very well, but Chevy has only rolled out one version on the new Silverado so far. There are many holes in Chevy's full size truck lineup right now, even on the HD side. We won't know anything for sure sales wise until first quarter 2020.
  5. I was figuring since the cab and powertrain were GM, along with the electrical. Navistar supplies frame, suspension, and front axle, along with assembly. I hear that Navistar is very interested in GM's gas engines too. I think Navistar is probably behind the upcoming 8+L gas V-8 GM is developing.
  6. Actually the majority of Crown's were horizontal mid-engine, usually a 6-71, sometimes a NH220. The last Crown school buses (with the squared-off nose and tail) were 6V-92 T-drive pusher.
  7. Crown's main business was school buses, and they got to a point where they couldn't compete. At some point they were sold to G.E., and the end came soon after. Carpenter bought the remains.
  8. I remember Crown's! Both Los Angeles and Los Angeles County went for decades not buying much else. Nothing like the sound of a 1,100 cube Hall-Scott powered Firecoach running Code 3. They were not cheap, quite a bit more expensive than a Seagrave or ALF, but justified buy giving 20+ years of service and guaranteed parts support 'for ever'. Didn't hurt their plant was just south of downtown L.A. for most of their existence.
  9. Light commercial, not medium/heavy.
  10. That's a pretty good marriage of convenience. I don't think Navistar sees GM as a real competitor, they see them as a good source of engineering, components, and a certain number of medium duty truck sales. Sure, International dealers will have some competition from Chevy dealers in class 4/5/6, but Navistar will be building all the trucks and got GM to pay for better than half of the development costs. GM gets back into the medium duty game with minimal investment.
  11. Remember PACCAR's LCF's are based on Dutch DAF's, so it isn't like PACCAR spent the money to develop them just for the North American market. PACCAR is a exclusively a medium/heavy truck manufacturer, they want to be in the medium duty LCF market. I don't see any possibility that Ford will share in any of Traton's products. Even though the IPO of Traton has been temporarily postponed, I think it is clearly the intent of VW Group to spin their truck unit off eventually. A relationship with Ford is very desirable to VW Group because of light commercial vehicles, this is a primary driver of the partnership. Still not sure what Ford gets out of this, about all I can think of is passenger cars for markets other than North America and/or a partner to help with exit strategies in Europe and South America.
  12. I am sure they do, and I think the 7.3L will be a lot better gaseous fuel engine than the 6.8L ever was.
  13. Looks like Roush is extending their school bus propane 6.8 into the F-650 for 8 months or so.
  14. It's because of the straight rail frame.
  15. Take a look at what Isuzu offers in Asian countries, you will get an idea what they use. E series is too wide as well.
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