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  1. Bob Rosadini

    Ford and VW partnership

    You really would put Ford in the same boat as VW in terms of "screwing over customers, employees....etc"?? Yeah Pinto gas tanks were an issue-bad engineering. Explorers and Firestone tires? In my book Ford should not have been the goat in that deal and Jac screwed that up-can't think of a better guy to blame. Employees? what? Typical hard nosed bargaining in particular when you are battling the non-union Japanese, Koreans etc. that are building in this country. Aside from the usual gripes my bet is most Ford employees are happy to be where they are-even the new hires. The VW issue IMO is strictly one of an arrogant corporate culture that thought they could get away with. Hope it works....just remember Chamberlain's triumphant return to GB after he..."secured peace for out time". Yeah I know-that was 80 years ago-things have changed.
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    Ford Otosan-Commercial Vehicles

    No clue what that modified Bluediamond F-750 is. Just another toy for the "idle rich" of Brazil I guess. As for the Cargo, I would believe they are still building them in the Ford Brazil plant. There was announcement after Ford announced they were ceasing production at that facility, that a large Ford dealer was going to continue to build the trucks under some sort of license agreement with Ford. Today however I read something about a Chinese company taking it over. Shocker huh?
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    New light & medium duty news

    I think the only thing that hurt the LCF was its 6 cyl Power Stroke. Again, chop 2 cylinders off of a V-8 that was a PR nightmare and you have a smaller nightmare. As for the LCF competition, Isuzu seemed to be doing well at that time. I have never heard anyone ever complaining about their Isuzu. I'm afraid once the Chevy dealers get up to speed with their range of Chevy badged Isuzus, they will make a dent in Ford's class 4, 5 and 6 numbers. To say nothing of the impact of the new CGM/Navistar conventional trucks in class 4,5 and 6. The 7.3 V-8 and F-600 can't get here soon enough-in particular the 7.3. I hear more and more stories about guys getting fed up with diesel cost of ownership when they don't have the savings from supposed MPG improvements as they just don't run the annual mileage. Amazing what a 6 buck calculator can save a guy when they use it.
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    New light & medium duty news

    From Transport Topics. More on Paccars view on cab overs. In related news, Kenworth Truck Co. announced an expanded list of options for its Class 7 medium-duty cabover models. For the Kenworth K370 Class 7 cabover, these options include the Dana Spicer S23-172E 23K high-entry axle, Reyco 23,000-pound rear suspension, Dana 1710 driveline series, 8,000-pound lift-axle pusher, pusher tires and wheels, and upsized park and spring brakes. These options are appropriate for heavy freight delivery, dump trucks, small concrete mixers and cranes, while also opening the door for other vocational uses, such as a larger concrete mixers or 43,000-pound dump applications. The Kenworth cabover has 55-degree wheel cut for a tight turning radius, which aids in maneuverability when operating in crowded urban environments, according to the Kirkland, Wash.-based company, a unit of Paccar Inc. “It will be fun to see [heavier cabovers] come back into the marketplace. In 2005 or 2006, before the housing bubble imploded, I think all the mainstream manufacturers had announced cabovers, and the timing of the introduction could not have been worse,” he said. “It fell apart just as they were getting their trucks to market, so, they tucked tail and ran.”
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    New light & medium duty news

    I hate to say it, but given the half assed effort at class 6 and 7 I'm afraid you are correct. Even though others are making an effort to gain 6 and 7 market share. And I really do believe that the 7.3 would provide a huge lift to those operators who need the class 6 and 7 weight ratings but don't have the annual utilization (mileage) to support the diesel premium. In particular the 7.3 would offer another big positive if available in 6 and 7 as an LP/ CNG option. Keep in mind at this point, no one has a gasoline conventional in class 6 and 7-but my bet is not for long. But perhaps we are both wrong, and the 600 was a quick and dirty way to steel a bit of the GM/Navistar JV thunder in class 6. We shall see.
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    New light & medium duty news

    Joe that CLT is a beauty-I've seen it before but not sure if I ever noted the unique badges.
  7. Like lemmings the auto industry has swallowed AVs hook line and sinker-with a lot of help from Silicon Valley. Amazing isn't it when a couple of years ago we would be reading about the terrific .."driving dynamics of brand X." "What great handling blah blah". I guess we have all of a sudden lost our appreciation for cars?? I couldn't believe my Seeking Alpha post yesterday when I read Hackett's sudden realization. Oh and sort of related, yesterday in WSJ Opinion page an article by Holman Jenkins.."Get Ready for a Pileup, Tesla" ..."The company braces for a $300billion onslaught of money losing green cars". Key paragraph..."Now Wall Street finds Tesla sales are not adding up as hoped this year. Morgan Stanley is forecasting 344,000, below the low end of Tesla's last predicted range. An obvious culprit is the dwindling US tax rebate to buyers. The handout, once $7,500, has been cut in half and will soon fall to $1875. It turns out economics applies after all." GuessI'll hold onto my XOM stock for a while.
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    New light & medium duty news

    Posted this picture on a Mack site I frequent.. Again a comment from a guy you old guys will appreciate; To think back in the day I drove so many of those Ford's I was praying to get out of one because I wanted a Mack. Today I wish I could get back into an old Ford, LOL. They were a good truck. Drove many with 2 stroke Detroit power and a few 3406B Cat's.
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    New light & medium duty news

    Well for you guys who miss the old days I ran across this LTS 9000 today dropping a JD loader off at a job site. Had to stop and compliment driver. Owners son and they have had this 350HP 3406 since new-so didn't get date but well over 20 years old. Over 300,000 and he said clutch just starting to slip a little. These guys also have a 400 acre farm in addition to excavation business. In addition to loader their 550 dozer was at site as well as a 315 Cat Excavator. Good conversation with a guy who had a lot of pride in his equipment. And with good reason
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    Ford Otosan-Commercial Vehicles

    Joe-Nice driving truck-If you were a mechanic? Not so nice-in particular if there was half of an NH-250 Cummins half into the cab under the dog house!
  11. Well I have to say that I have yet to see a new Ranger on the road. I keep an eye on a couple of dealerships and if anything they seem to be building inventory. I was expecting the so called "pent up demand" to result in these things moving very well but based on my local observations, doesn't seem to be the case. Then again the TV spots have only been showing up here in Mass for the last couple of weeks.
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    Ford Otosan-Commercial Vehicles

    Joe, I did look at it. remember the C cab was designed by Ford, built by Budd. Also was used in the N series Mack-don't know how that worked financially for Ford but cabs were quite different in that Mack had a big dog house and the 673 diesel was used. Fords no dog house. My guess is whoever built the ladder truck did their own "hatchet" job to utilize cab components as they saw fit. Remember that thing had a Detroit in it. could have been a 6V-53? 6V-71? they would have been a better fit but as I remember, it looked like it had long hood panels in back of front seats so probably a 6-71.
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    Ford Otosan-Commercial Vehicles

    Hah- remember those from the movies too-pusher buses right. G.E...could they have picked a worse buyer to insure continuity..
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    Engine hour meter

    THx for response.Old school here-like for sure old mechanical engines (my Mack-hour meter is in tach) just curious as I was reading an article in Work Truck about the obvious necessity to consider hours as well as mileage in setting for example oil change intervals. thinking it probably is in most vehicle diagnostics now.
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    Ford Otosan-Commercial Vehicles

    I figured for sure you would-were they bought out or just folded up? As for the Hall-Scotts I think a lot of departments had them- in this part of the country if it was gas it was a Mack 707 , or Hall-Scott or 534 fords, 549 IH even V-12 GMC's