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SoonerLS last won the day on June 23

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  1. Nah, it'll be a W16, and this will turn out to be the whole point of the VW fling.🤣
  2. I'm not sure how cost or complexity figures into this. The EB35HO can't be that much of a cost; after all, what is essentially the same engine is used in the Raptor, which clocks in at a fraction of the cost of the GT. As for complexity, I'm not seeing how the EB is any more complex than a Coyote V8. They use the same engine control system, so that's not it. Sure, it adds two turbos and some plumbing, but the Coyote adds two cylinders, which adds two pistons, eight valves, etc, which are all moving parts and contribute to the rotating mass of the engine. It seems to me that's a wash on the complexity front...
  3. It is an outstanding book. I first listened to it on Audible, and I liked it so much I bought a hardback copy of the book.
  4. I'm trying to figure out the geometry of how the fan, which has its blades canted away from the radiator to draw air away from the radiator, and is shrouded, to boot, could've flung a rock into the radiator. That story just doesn't pass the smell test. Quite frankly, it sounds like a story made up by someone trying to cover his butt with someone who doesn't understand how engines work, and that someone buying it and trying to sell it to you.
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    Ford/FCA Merger?

    I don't know about Iveco, but CNH is still controlled by Exor (the Agnelli family's holding company), although I think it is technically independent of Fiat. Damn, I wish Ford had never sold off the Ford/New Holland lines...
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    TFL Towing: F150 vs F250

    Yes, but every 10lbs you put in that trailer is using 1lb of the truck's payload, assuming you load it perfectly to get that 10% tongue weight. For travel trailers, most of the recommendations are to have the tongue weight closer to 15%; the F150 in the video would've been at or over max payload with a 15% tongue weight and just the driver. Actually, it would've been close to its rated payload with just the trailer and the weight-distributing hitch (which is required if your trailer exceeds 5,000lbs); the driver probably would've put it over. Their test was a pretty good worst-case scenario for what they were testing, but there's more to towing than fuel economy, and that particular F150 wasn't really enough truck for that task. Ford makes F150s where towing that load is well within the truck's performance envelope, but that one wasn't it, tow package or not.
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    TFL Towing: F150 vs F250

    That's true, and with half-tons you usually run out of payload before you run out of trailer capacity, but the F150s with the higher tow ratings usually have a higher payload rating to go with it. You can get a Coyote-powered SuperCrew (with the 6.5' bed) with another 1,200lbs of payload, so you really could just load up the trailer, throw the stuff in the truck, and go without worrying about being overloaded.
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    TFL Towing: F150 vs F250

    If you don't know your truck's payload rating and how much you're asking it to carry, you have no business towing with it. That's a special kind of stupid that will get someone killed. If I were towing heavy regularly, I would spend the money; that's why those Super Duties exist. If I were towing that much even a few times per year, I wouldn't be using that F150 to do it--that's way too close to its limits. As the TFL Trucks guys themselves said, you want a bigger truck than you need to do the job.
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    TFL Towing: F150 vs F250

    The reason for the bigger truck was right there on the sticker. With those payload ratings, with that trailer and those two guys in the cab, they were sitting right at that F150's payload rating. Any luggage or kids, and they would've been over.
  10. This is all I can think about when you guys say Gladiator:
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    David Woodhouse Resigns

    He changed the grille on the MKZ when he came to Lincoln. It was a big deal at the time because they actually let him move hard points after they were locked in, delaying the introduction of the MKZ that year.
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    Ford/FCA Merger?

    There's no way a Ford/FCA merger could happen; neither the Ford nor Agnelli families are willing to give up control of their respective family companies.
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    Ford/FCA Merger?

    I don't think Ford was prohibited from buying more, it was just that their 33% constituted a controlling interest under Japanese law and stock structure, so they didn't need any more.
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    Full size Bronco mule?

    The only thing that has struck me as odd about it is that it's riding on a wheelbase that Ford doesn't make for the F150. It's also missing the Raptor's hood vents, but a Bronco mule wouldn't necessarily need them. The grille looks like a normal F150 Raptor grille to me...
  15. That was my point. When the RC Ranger enters the product mix, you'll see the column shift enter it, too, but for now, it's additional manufacturing complexity that would only add extra cost.