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    theoldwizard got a reaction from rperez817 in Bronco Sport Impresses   
    Very true !  People miss this fact all of the time !!
     
     
    You must not drive on snow, or more specifically hard packed snow/icy roads.  Snow tire are so 20the century !  You need WINTER tires.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from rperez817 in Bronco Sport Impresses   
    I owned many cars with steel wheels.  Never had a rust problem on the wheels themselves.  The rest of the car ... well I live in SE MI.  Lots of salt in winter !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from rperez817 in Bronco Sport Impresses   
    They should be STEEL !  Waste of money to save a few pounds !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from slemke in New light & medium duty news   
    As you said, this engine came out a couple of years ago, but it has some very unique technology !
    48v integrated starter/alternator Electric turbo charger plus exhaust driven turbo 48v lithium ion battery
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from kyle in Farley to address high warranty costs.   
    You have to wonder when there is a recall on a "common" part (i.e. one that has been used on millions of other vehicles) what "bright" person cost reduced it !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from kyle in Farley to address high warranty costs.   
    You have to wonder when there is a recall on a "common" part (i.e. one that has been used on millions of other vehicles) what "bright" person cost reduced it !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from kyle in Farley to address high warranty costs.   
    You have to wonder when there is a recall on a "common" part (i.e. one that has been used on millions of other vehicles) what "bright" person cost reduced it !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from paintguy in So where is Ford Land getting all their money from ?   
    Correct !  In fact, when the (original, now modified) plans for rebuilding the Research and Engineering campus was announce several years ago, they said a major "face lift" would be done on WHQ after R&E was completed.  The lobby of WHQ looks very "1960s" !
     
    For those really interested ...
     
    Ford has completed building TWO major computer centers.  One behind the Ford Credit building and the other on the Flat Rock Assembly campus.  All Ford owned facilities in SE MI are joined by fiber optics so moving data is not an issue.
     
    Part of the reason for renovating R&E was to replace aging "infrastructure".  This includes water and sewer lines and service/utility tunnels.  The water and sewer lines on Oakwood Blvd were upgraded (likely paid by the city/county).  Parts of R&E have public roads (at least there are no gates limiting access).  If you drive Southwest on Village Road from Oakwood Blvd.  The first big change you will is Parking Deck 300.  It was not there 5 years ago.  Second, there is a major jog in Village Road (bottom left corner of image) that was not there.  It used to run straight into Rotunda Drive.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from ehaase in Another new V8 ?   
    Believe it or not, I actually wrote software for Ford's "original" attempt at cylinder deactivation (on the old 300/4.9L I6 - dropped 3 cylinders) in about 1980 (?).  It was within one year of going into production when it and 4x8 version were cancelled.
     
    Cadillac came out with a version a year later.  It was so bad, customers demanded that it be eliminated (cut one wire).
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from ehaase in Another new V8 ?   
    Believe it or not, I actually wrote software for Ford's "original" attempt at cylinder deactivation (on the old 300/4.9L I6 - dropped 3 cylinders) in about 1980 (?).  It was within one year of going into production when it and 4x8 version were cancelled.
     
    Cadillac came out with a version a year later.  It was so bad, customers demanded that it be eliminated (cut one wire).
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from ehaase in Another new V8 ?   
    It is going to die, or at least only live on in the "limited production" versions (Voodoo, Predator).  Two valve pushrod is all about cost savings.  As long as it make the power required for the F150/F250, who cares.
     
    Everyone has forgotten the history behind the Coyote.  The 6.2L Boss was supposed to be the first of a new family of V8 engines, but the design failed in two areas.  It could not take the heat when tested for Medium Duty trucks and the fuel economy (more specifically, the fuel economy on the little brother) and horsepower did not meet their goals either.  Ford was in a bind as the old 4.6L just wasn't going to "cut the mustard" any longer with the Mustang crowd.  Plus all of this was happening just before the Recession.  The "urban legend" is that a bunch of engine guys convinced management to "give them a shot" at improving the Modular.  With the requirements that they reuse as much of the tooling as possible (so same bore spacing and roughly the same bore) they were given the green light.
     
    Most of the improvements came from things racer has already tried and were proven.  Tens of thousands of hours of computer time using Ford proprietary "flow modeling" software were used for designing a new "clean sheet" head.  We all know the results !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from ehaase in Another new V8 ?   
    It is going to die, or at least only live on in the "limited production" versions (Voodoo, Predator).  Two valve pushrod is all about cost savings.  As long as it make the power required for the F150/F250, who cares.
     
    Everyone has forgotten the history behind the Coyote.  The 6.2L Boss was supposed to be the first of a new family of V8 engines, but the design failed in two areas.  It could not take the heat when tested for Medium Duty trucks and the fuel economy (more specifically, the fuel economy on the little brother) and horsepower did not meet their goals either.  Ford was in a bind as the old 4.6L just wasn't going to "cut the mustard" any longer with the Mustang crowd.  Plus all of this was happening just before the Recession.  The "urban legend" is that a bunch of engine guys convinced management to "give them a shot" at improving the Modular.  With the requirements that they reuse as much of the tooling as possible (so same bore spacing and roughly the same bore) they were given the green light.
     
    Most of the improvements came from things racer has already tried and were proven.  Tens of thousands of hours of computer time using Ford proprietary "flow modeling" software were used for designing a new "clean sheet" head.  We all know the results !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from ehaase in Another new V8 ?   
    It is going to die, or at least only live on in the "limited production" versions (Voodoo, Predator).  Two valve pushrod is all about cost savings.  As long as it make the power required for the F150/F250, who cares.
     
    Everyone has forgotten the history behind the Coyote.  The 6.2L Boss was supposed to be the first of a new family of V8 engines, but the design failed in two areas.  It could not take the heat when tested for Medium Duty trucks and the fuel economy (more specifically, the fuel economy on the little brother) and horsepower did not meet their goals either.  Ford was in a bind as the old 4.6L just wasn't going to "cut the mustard" any longer with the Mustang crowd.  Plus all of this was happening just before the Recession.  The "urban legend" is that a bunch of engine guys convinced management to "give them a shot" at improving the Modular.  With the requirements that they reuse as much of the tooling as possible (so same bore spacing and roughly the same bore) they were given the green light.
     
    Most of the improvements came from things racer has already tried and were proven.  Tens of thousands of hours of computer time using Ford proprietary "flow modeling" software were used for designing a new "clean sheet" head.  We all know the results !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from ehaase in Another new V8 ?   
    It is going to die, or at least only live on in the "limited production" versions (Voodoo, Predator).  Two valve pushrod is all about cost savings.  As long as it make the power required for the F150/F250, who cares.
     
    Everyone has forgotten the history behind the Coyote.  The 6.2L Boss was supposed to be the first of a new family of V8 engines, but the design failed in two areas.  It could not take the heat when tested for Medium Duty trucks and the fuel economy (more specifically, the fuel economy on the little brother) and horsepower did not meet their goals either.  Ford was in a bind as the old 4.6L just wasn't going to "cut the mustard" any longer with the Mustang crowd.  Plus all of this was happening just before the Recession.  The "urban legend" is that a bunch of engine guys convinced management to "give them a shot" at improving the Modular.  With the requirements that they reuse as much of the tooling as possible (so same bore spacing and roughly the same bore) they were given the green light.
     
    Most of the improvements came from things racer has already tried and were proven.  Tens of thousands of hours of computer time using Ford proprietary "flow modeling" software were used for designing a new "clean sheet" head.  We all know the results !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from probowler in Another new V8 ?   
    Why ?
     
    Coyote Ugly: Is Ford reverting to Windsor V-8s with pushrod power?
     
    The clearly it would go in the F-Series (F150/F250) and maybe the Mustang.  The only reason I can imagine is that the Coyote is very expensive to build.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from paintguy in Ford Salary   
    I have been retired for 13+ years, so things may have changed (but I doubt it).
     
    You had better be a good talker and hope your supervisor will "go to bat" for you with the department manager.  Usually it takes an "outstanding" to get a larger raise.
     
    (Flip Side - I think it was during the Nasser era, when it was decreed that 10% of the salaried  work force should be classified as "below average".  They would not get raises and unless their performance increased the following year they would face dismissal.  I got tagged.  When I asked the boss specifically why I was given a below average rating I was told, "I had to pick someone, so I picked you", probably because he knew I really liked my job.  That gives you such a nice warm feeling.)
     
    Sadly, you may NEVER get past "midpoint".  Some people have people are just born with "the silver spoon in their mouth" (or are good brown nosers) and others are not.
     
    Another "story".  Female who started working for Ford in her early 40s.  Quickly made it up to a Grade 8.  Already had one Masters (Mathematics) but went back and got a second (special one, designed for Ford, through Wayne State).  Took "extra" internal training.  Volunteered for various "task forces".  Always got "above average" reviews.  She was bucking for an LL6, but by the time she was in her 50s, she realized that hey age was against her.  Maybe it was because she did not play golf with the "good old boys".
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from paintguy in Ford Salary   
    I have been retired for 13+ years, so things may have changed (but I doubt it).
     
    You had better be a good talker and hope your supervisor will "go to bat" for you with the department manager.  Usually it takes an "outstanding" to get a larger raise.
     
    (Flip Side - I think it was during the Nasser era, when it was decreed that 10% of the salaried  work force should be classified as "below average".  They would not get raises and unless their performance increased the following year they would face dismissal.  I got tagged.  When I asked the boss specifically why I was given a below average rating I was told, "I had to pick someone, so I picked you", probably because he knew I really liked my job.  That gives you such a nice warm feeling.)
     
    Sadly, you may NEVER get past "midpoint".  Some people have people are just born with "the silver spoon in their mouth" (or are good brown nosers) and others are not.
     
    Another "story".  Female who started working for Ford in her early 40s.  Quickly made it up to a Grade 8.  Already had one Masters (Mathematics) but went back and got a second (special one, designed for Ford, through Wayne State).  Took "extra" internal training.  Volunteered for various "task forces".  Always got "above average" reviews.  She was bucking for an LL6, but by the time she was in her 50s, she realized that hey age was against her.  Maybe it was because she did not play golf with the "good old boys".
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from YT90SC in As Farley's tenure begins, Ford focuses on growth, improved execution, faster transformations   
    After Windstar/Freestar were finally killed off The word "minivan" was never even whispered in the halls at Ford !  Even today, the passenger version of the Transit and Transit Connect are NOT called minivans.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from bobbyd in As Farley's tenure begins, Ford focuses on growth, improved execution, faster transformations   
    Got any proof that this is the case with the camera issue ?
     
     
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from bobbyd in As Farley's tenure begins, Ford focuses on growth, improved execution, faster transformations   
    Very seldom do the suppliers "cost share" in recalls. (This was the big issue with Ford and Firestone on the Explorer tire fiasco.)   The mailing of recall notices, stocking and distributing parts, costs millions beyond the cost of the part.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from twintornados in 7.3L Gas F350's - 40k mile update   
    Uncorked as in some emission control equipment bypassed ?  Are you running DEF ?
     
    No company that wants to stay in business is going to bypass emission equipment.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from twintornados in New light & medium duty news   
    I don't see that as being any different than any other manufacturing company !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from NLPRacing in NA Transit "abandoned" ?   
    Transit at Nurburgring
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from passis in Did Ford make a mistake killing its sedans?   
    The biggest mistake that Ford made was announcing a couple of years ahead of time that these cars were going to be "orphans".  Anyone with any marketing sense would have just "eased into it".
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from MY93SHO in Death Wobble?   
    That is a GREAT video !
     
    I always knew that worn parts were part of the death wobble problem.  I always SUSPECTED that more caster would help and it was explained very well in the video.
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