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  1. My personal thoughts on the Bronco: Chevy just reintroduced the "blazer". Which turned out to be just another crossover. Its $52K for the TFL video example- and its an Edge competitor. At least with the Edge ST in that price range, you get a niche with the performance crowd. The Wrangler is unchallenged. My wife has a 98 TJ that she adores. Its lifted and a really clean example of a TJ. We tried the JKU back in 2010. She didn't like it. We are in the market now for her a daily driver and she really wanted to like the JLU, but kept asking about the Bronco. Unfortunately we cant wait and it looks like an Edge ST is in our future (not a bad choice). I have been following a YouTube channel called "litebrite". Its a married couple that has been chronicling their JLU through various build stages and they then go to all sorts of trails. They drive this Jeep on 38's all over the place. They wheel it (hard) and in most episodes its a whole community of cult Jeepers. They beat the snot of these things. Flexing them over rocks, going through mud, snow, etc. Ford doesn't have that vehicle- yet. To really invigorate this base and attract Jeep folks, it needs to be relatable. A modern day Jeep is honest. It has a fancier interior but getting out of a TJ and sitting in a JL, you know you are in a Wrangler and not a Grand Cherokee. Ford needs to appeal to that market. It should be a throwback shape with good departure and break over angles and class leading ground clearance. It doesn't need to be exotic inside. Any ecoboost V6 will already destroy the Pentastar. But above all else, in my opinion, it needs the strength and simplicity of solid axles front and rear that can take abuse for those that want to really wheel it. Not a poser. You cant take an explorer and drag it off boulders like you can a Wrangler. Ford seems to be "getting it" lately so I am optimistic they don't waste the opportunity. The Expedition and Navigator have hit the marks they needed to hit. The 7.3 pushrod motor has sparked a resurgence on every enthusiast site I frequent. Its the holy grail of the motor world right now and it hasn't even been dropped between the fenders of anything yet. The Edge ST is awesome and the new Explorer looks strong with a full frame and RWD architecture. Maybe Ford has found a way to appeal to all sides. I just hope the Bronco retains an honest image and capability and they don't try to appeal to everyone. If they do, it will not excel in the core market they need to hit.
  2. I had a 2013 Raptor with an MBRP exhaust. It was burly sounding. It also ran strong. Went to trade on a new 18 Raptor (long story- wife and I were trading the Raptor and her Expedition in on one vehicle as I received a company car). All was good until the test drive. Had the family of 4 in the new one and while it ran good, the sound didn’t fit the presence of the truck. If it would have had a quiet exhaust, maybe I could have convinced myself to spend $75k. Ended up buying a loaded F250 diesel. For far less money im personally stoked about a “big block” pushrod motor hitting the lineup. Yes, the example they are building is tuned for heavy truck use. But being pushrod, it’s a cam and intake change away from turning it into a stronger motor suitable for performance. I built a 351W to replace my 302 in my 91 Mustang. The stock from Ford 351 was also tuned for truck use. Guess what? I changed heads, cam, intake, exhaust and I tell you it’s stupid fast for such easy changes. This motor (7.3) has a forged crank and 6 bolt mains. The heads have to flow well. So, the architecture is there for easy changes to move the powerband around. Even the LS guys on the Sloppy Mechanics FB page are excited to get their hands on it. Not that they are an authority but the LS has a cult following due to their simplicity and affordability. This 7.3 may give us Ford fans a way back into the same grassroots conversations. It’s undeniable a used Coyote motor is at least 4x the cost on average compared to a LS. Then to swap into our older Ford’s is a challenge due to space and controls. Let alone hot rod it before the swap. And then there’s the Hemi. A buddy has a 71 Duster. Pulled a 150k Hemi out of a Ram and changed the cam and valvesprings (cheap). Dropped it in, upped injectors, added a cheap China turbo, and tunes it himself with a $500 microsquirt. Put down over 800 hp and runs 5.90’s in the eighth. He drives it everywhere in the summer. He has spare motors he has been hoarding and got them cheap. That market has went away for some of us Ford guys and arguably we started it with the old 5.0 motors. Ford really gave it away to GM and Chrysler starting with the 4.6. Im not saying the current Mustang isn’t competitive- the new 5.0 has shown it’s capable. Ford has nailed it with their OHC program and ecoboosts. But they have left a void for a large group of customers that enjoy the torque rich nature of a pushrod motor and the simplicity of maintenance and modifying. I say offer both the pushrod motor in a performance variant for the Raptor and Mustang along with their current offerings and let us choose. I’d buy a Raptor in a heartbeat if it had a V8 again.
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    2020 Silverado HD

    We test drove a used Taurus SHO at a local Chevy dealer last week. We were in our 18 F250 Lariat. Salesman was all over it as we were checking out the SHO. As we were test driving, I asked him how the new 1500's were selling. He admitted they haven't been doing well. They are selling a ton of the older body styles due to lots of cash on the hood. I asked if he saw pics of the 2500's and he said he was worried. I admit, I do not mind the side profile so much (1500's). They rounded the fender-wells some. But to see that grill and front style in person it is just ugly and mismatched. Its like they started at the rear and when they got to the front, they just started stretching body and trim panels to make them attach. The whole truck doesn't strike you as a GM in person. At least it didn't me. They had a black trail boss and the black hid the ugly better than other colors. I don't think there will be enough black on a 2500 to make that front end tolerable. ALL of my GM buddies are shaking their heads. Even the diehards.
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    Best one-ton review

    Ok- so I cant figure out how to post a link. Its in the "tag"
  5. We bought a new 18 F250 Lariat Ultimate PSD last month. And I tell you- its the nicest vehicle we have owned. While I will likely never test its max towing abilities, I hate to see reviews like this.
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    '18 EcoSport Reviewed

    Not a flattering review for a vehicle Ford is planning to be one of their entry level vehicles.
  7. In a society today where everybody wants to protest and resist- I'm not surprised. Personally- an automaker would be foolish in any environment to not offer consumers options around fuel mileage and capability. It is a consumer driven market period. Innovation will always exist (as it always has) due to competition. The funny part about the Excursion- we had an 01 4X4 Limited with the 7.3. It got an honest 20 mpg on long trips. It was comfortable, safe, and capable. Yes- I understand that's not the only measure of efficiency and environmental impact but nevertheless it was what it was. Again- my 0.02- I don't want the government dictating what I drive. I have been overseas and have seen all of the little econoboxes roaming the highways. Didn't see a single one pulling a 40ft fifth wheel. We have a Japanese coordinator with us for 3 years. I helped him pick his vehicle- he wanted an F150 badly. So got him hooked up with a 2016 Screw 4X4 Sport. He loves it and says he honestly considered trying to ship it back when he goes. But- the cost is too high.
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    2019 Ram 1500

    Ram definitely has my attention. They have quietly smacked GM in the face with better small details in their redesign. While the design is pretty conservative, their front end doesn't look like a geometrically challenged project (new Silvy) I can see GM struggling to compete honestly. Ford? If I were designer for a day- Make the FX4 relevant as a Rebel and Trail Boss contender. More lift, larger tires, etc. Make it cost competitive. No chrome- Sport package inspired. A true bad a$$ macho look. All about the stance and off-road capability on a budget Bring back the 6.2 as an option. Its already in their portfolio. While I am a huge EB fan, I get stoked when I fire off the 6.2 in my 13 Raptor (MBRP catback). Couldn't imagine the fun with the 10 speed. The 5.0 is competitive but the 6.2 has down low grunt Consider boosting the 5.0 instead of the 6.2 option. Imagine 500 easy hp While the back seat is very roomy, add the reclining feature. Nice touch for those of us with kids. My Raptor already dwarfs the wife's 15 Expy for rear seat room. The reclining feature would just be icing Improve marketing. Ford hasn't really had to do much here so they play it safe. Show some burnouts, off road crawling with mud slung up the sides, pulling a heavy boat up the interstate. You know- America.
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    2019 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 FIRST LOOK

    As a Ford guy- my personal opinion is that this is overall the best looking Silverado in several model launches. I think they went very "un-Chevy" with the update and in some cases went over the top. I like the Trailboss idea. I had a 14 F150 with the appearance package and literally did the same thing. Front level with Duratracs. Race Red with black wheels and I always said Ford should offer that option. I am also shocked they went rogue and chose an inline 6 instead of a v6 for their diesel. That could be popular with the Cummins crowd. Their dashboard I think is putrid. The front end in some pictures is ok until you look at all of the geometric shapes going on. Its like they started with a bumper, hood, and headlights and pretty much stretched everything to fit. But in some colors and configurations it blends in. I think Ford builds the best trucks and only wish they offered a tougher version as an option besides the Raptor available with a reasonable price tag. The Trailboss will draw lots of people into the showroom if they price it right. So many new 1/2 tons are so low it looks like they will scrape the airdam on a speed bump. That's fine for the general buyer but some of us (me included) want something more bold out of the showroom without Raptor pricing (or capability for that matter). I drive a 13 Raptor and I really don't need a baja truck to drive to work but like the ground clearance and 6.2 V8. The past two F150's I had prior to this were leveled with larger tires. In my humble opinion- the FX4 should be a real off-road option similar to the trailboss. 2" higher with 34" BFG AT's and Bilstein shocks.
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    2019 Chevy Silverado

    So they get the buzz going with a bright red / no chrome truck with a factory lift kit and more off road oriented tires. I think that was smart marketing to get some hype up. Its not as conservative and brick shaped as the current abomination. I saw a rendering of the GMC in a regular package and it was atrocious. I will reserve judgement until I see the Silverado in a normal configuration. I like some of the things they did with the red one. I wish Ford offered a mild suspension lift / level from the factory as part of the FX4 package. Face it- how many level a F150 as soon as they buy one? I will say a lot.
  11. Great timing for this post. The only non Ford vehicle we own is my wifes 98 TJ Wrangler. Its just a toy as she normally drives our 15 Expedition. We just lifted the Jeep and put some 33's on it. Even with the 4.0 and 3.73's, she wants more power. She literally just asked me how hard it would be to put an ecoboost in it. The expy is a rocket with the eco. Unfortunately, there is zero chance given my mechanical abilities and the cost associated for me to try and make it happen. As much as I love Ford, they are just not swap friendly in a lot of cases. As least as much as GM LS motors. I have buddies on Sloppy Mechanics fb page and they swap LS stuff into everything. One of my buddies stuffed a 6.0 (junk yard motor) into an older loaded BMW. Used a Chinese ebay turbo and intercooler and tunes it with a microsquirt. He has less than $5K into the entire kit and caboodle and it is insanely fast. Ford stuff (late model) just isn't as easy. I love the EB, Coyote, and 6.2 (have a Raptor). But trying to get all of that swapped into something else is not for the average Joe. So I will sit back and watch you guys do it.
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    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    Don't be surprised if this 7.xx has pushrod architecture.
  13. I had 2 Excursions. A v10 with 4.30 gears that averaged between 10-12 mpg. Would pull a house but was thirsty. My other was a 7.3 PSD 4X4 limited. It averaged 16 mpg in daily driving and an honest 20 mpg on a trip. Exact mpg as our 2015 Expedition- I would like to see an Expedition EL body stacked on a SD platform with the 6.7. Imagine the benefit of diesel mpg, towing potential, and the lighter weight aluminum body. Yeah- I'm dreaming, but it would be a beastly vehicle for sure with unlimited capability.
  14. I would like to see Ford get more aggressive with their marketing. Not saying a direct competitor attack, but more real world commercials instead of the cartoonish ones. For example, a cool commercial would be an F150 pulling a huge fifth wheel up a steep mountain passing "slower" traffic. In the same commercial, show the same truck unloaded getting the "V6" mileage they tout. Men are visual creatures. We like to see what we are purchasing in action. They brag about towing and fuel mileage, so put it on a real commercial. They have the towing video's showing them killing the competition. Why not spin that into a real life commercial? Bragging about the aluminum without bashing steel would be a main point- lighter weight allows higher tow ratings, better acceleration, etc. From my perspective, GM and RAM are throwing the kitchen sink at F series sales right now while Ford is down. I just hope Ford truly does recover and keeps their crown.
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