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  1. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    Joe-what town was that Isuzu/Hino dealer in? talk about covering the bases! As for Western Star, all sorts of them running around Central Mass.
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    New light & medium duty news

    Agree that cab removal is one option PS owners have. Some how I don't think that is a solution to the problem. No doubt there are some repairs for which that is the only option. To offer that as a "solution" is in a word bullshit IMO. Its the nickel dime stuff that drives guys crazy-and all trucks IMO have it. The key is how tough is it to make the repair.
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    New light & medium duty news

    have not seen one on the road yet. I personally think they are ugly--"Bulbous" is the word but if I were a mechanic-or an owner paying today's high shop rates would I want a guy leaning over the hood of a 550 while standing on a platform, or standing inside of a front wheel well looking down on the engine? No doubt the trucks will sell for this reason alone assuming the pricing is not out of line. Ball is in Ford and Dodge's court to match this IMO. I probably posted this before but I frequent a friends truck repair shop. When you peer into the hood of a PowerStroke Ford that has been exposed to 4 or 5 years of our winter conditions, it is a scary sight. No doubt stuff corrodes- getting to it is another story.
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    New light & medium duty news

    Nice to see the 650/750 numbers up. But as I've said before, driving the interstate system here in New England, I just don't see them. HIno? --another story. Local Jerr Dan dealer must have about 15 class 6 Hino ramp trucks completed and sitting on the lot- my guess is pool vehicles ordered for stock. When it comes to class 4/5 hydraulic booms, mostly Fords with few Dodges thrown in. Have yet to see an International or Chevy class 4,5, 6 there. Altech yard still full of Ford class 4 and 5's and a couple of Dodges-no GM/Internationals yet. Remember how GM had commented in one of their introductory videos about how much the Altech guys had remarked favorably? Any opinions why the class 4 numbers are down so much? Dodge putting money on the hood big time?
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    New light & medium duty news

    My guess-No- the 12.7 is an inline 6. The 750 either has the PowerStroke or the V-10 gasser. My bet is the cab would also have top be raised, plus it would probably have a significant dog house, and I would think it would need much more radiator surface area. To say nothing of a heavier transmission.
  6. Bob Rosadini

    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    JP- agree for sure. The 7.3 was built as a truck engine. Guys keep insisting though that they want it to be something it was not designed to be. I get great mileage with my SHO but I drive with a light foot. I read somewhere -might have been here-that someone suggested the EcoBoost was misnamed-should be called.." Eco OR Boost.. Friend of mine has a 150 crew, doesn't tow, it is truly a personal vehicle. Always seems to be in the 15 mpg range. I've driven it on fairly long interstate runs and even with my driving style, doesn't get close to 16. I was talking to a guy the other day who had a new crew cab GMC. Bragging about his MPG at over 20 vs what he used to get with his 150 crew cab 3.5. Bottom line it seems to me if you truly want to get good mileage with an Ecoboost, drive with a light foot as it has enough torque to hold decent speed in whatever gear it is in at the lower end of the RPM band. If you want to feel the "Boost" you are going to pay.
  7. Bob Rosadini

    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    definition please. Isn't "net" after all accessory loses? So if anything today's ratings would be even higher at gross??
  8. Bob Rosadini

    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    For sure they did- but they weren't just talking about V-8"s!!
  9. Thx-well in any case my sister in law likes it better than the Corrolla it replaced. Nice to see that "Michigan Assembly Plant" sticker on the right rear window..
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    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    Reread my post-my bad- I meant to say.."exceed the old 401, 477 and 534 in terms of HP. But I know the max torque on the 534 was 481. I have to find some of my old sales literature but iI think the highest 534 HP rating was 270.in its early years and then when they messed around with emissions the HP dropped to 253 in the end- I think!
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    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    For sure- I think they use them when the normal package car route would lose to much cube with a couple of big commercial stops. So they use trucks like the 650-and 4400 Internationals to group a bunch of these big volume stops.
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    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    The derating in 450 and up makes sense to me. Reasonable expectations for a truck application where durability will be key. I think those numbers exceed the old 401 and 477 Super Duty V-8s in terms of HP and torque and exceed the 534 on torque. And those engines were used on a regular basis in tandem chassis that had rears that were as big as 65,000lbs!
  13. Just curious-relatives visiting show up with a Corolla rental car. Second day here check engine light comes on so they take it back and get a Focus. Build date 4/18 and trans code (TR?) "W". Is that the "offending" trans? If not what is code for that trans?
  14. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    Joe- Just keep in mind a 750 at 33,000 lb, GVW saves the FET expense. That is why most oil dealers today buy class 7's with 2800 gal tanks. Ford OWNED that business in the old days with LN-8000s and even C-8000's. As for the soda tractors-agree the 750 SHOULD be a viable option. But I've never seen one. Around here the big dogs (Coke and Pepsi) are all International or Freightliner. My bet is- offer that same Cummins Allison that is in the International and Ford would have customers. As for the beer guys, most use tandem straight jobs-I assume to avoid need for class 1 CDL- or if tractors, they are class 8's-both single axles pulling tandem 35' trailers or tandem tractors as well. Regarding your comment on tow trucks, I think the biggest reason for the Ram's success is their pricing. Although plenty of guys still have memories of the old Powerstroke. When I go by the local JerrDan distributor, Ford 550's seem to outnumber everything in that weight class. As for class 6 ramp trucks, Hino rules And as I continue to report, when I cruise through the Altech facility one town over, Ford rules big time in class 4, 5. The big trucks, International and F-liner with also a good number of Paccars. I have never seen a 650/750 (OAP) in their yard.
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    New light & medium duty news

    The 7.3 I think will be a huge success-or should I say .."I hope". I agree on the Allison option too. I would bet more customers get turned off by the Torqueshift than the 6.7. Allison's have earned a good rep. Most of the heavy chassis dealers are stocking around here (vocational) are Allisons. I guess the bean counters just insist on the in house power trains for the obvious reason. I just say the incremental volume that would be picked up would more than offset any loss associated with the lost Powerstroke/torqueshift sale. And for those who say the increase in price associated with the outsourced power train would discourage sales, I say plenty of buyers would pay that incremental cost just for the piece of mind they get-or perceive they get-with the proven Allison. And in many cases, throw in the Cummins-or the Ford Duratorques-or any inline engine vs the Powerstroke. Back to the Torqueshift, I know many knowledgeable posters claim the upgraded version is up to the task. I hope they are right-I have been turned off however by the sales pitch from Ford saying the upgraded version has been "beefed up"-then they state it weighs 3 pounds more than the prior version. I guess that means... "engineering triumphs over blacksmithing"😉
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