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slemke

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  1. Good luck. Growing up in rural MN with propane heat, filling up the propane tank was a big deal. Didn’t want to run out during a cold snap in January and have to pay a premium.
  2. It’s a credit, not a deduction….reduces the tax you owe by the amount of the credit. No idea if the credit is refundable or if it can be split over multiple years. It shouldn’t apply to vehicles with luxury car prices either, but it does.
  3. Ford’s investment in Rivian (4th largest shareholder) is now worth $14.3B. Meanwhile Ford was down today. Rivian, Lucid, and Tesla are momentum stocks. They aren’t trading on fundamentals, just that people think the stock will keep going up so they continue to invest. No idea when or if the bubble will pop.
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    New V8 for 2023 Corvette

    The 5.8L trinity had a 93.5mm bore…already larger than the 5.0. No Reason not to use the full 94mm of the 5.2L, shorten the stroke a bit for higher rpm or leave it the same for additional displacement. I read an article a while ago about how NHRA lowering the allowed deck height vastly increased HP. Shorter intake runners. May not matter if allowed full freedom on the intake manifold. I’m interested in what Ford will do with the 6.8L v8 being developed. That may be Ford’s answer to the GM 5.5L
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    New V8 for 2023 Corvette

    May not need to increase the deck height. Ford performance created an iron block version of the coyote that could be bored and stroked to 95x99mm for a total displacement of 5.6L dubbed werewolf. https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a30273199/ford-cast-iron-coyote-v8-block/ bore spacing and deck height remain the same as the coyote. Stroking the 5.2L to the same 99mm would also yield a 5.5L v8. No idea how much power that would provide. The 100mm bore spacing is limiting, but it is clear that Ford had significant room for growth from the 4.6L origins.
  6. Grille too large and it has exhaust openings to be electric. The long hood and short deck lid could work as a 4 door Mustang.
  7. Ok. It was confusing with all three mentioned in the one post and no distinction which blocks you were referring to. So we are back to not knowing much of anything about the 6.8L other than what Diaz said during contract negotiations.
  8. The 6.8L is cast iron? I would have though it would be aluminum to save weight the Mustang and F150. GM has set a high bar with the 670hp DOHC 5.5L in the Z06. I was hoping the 6.8L would be a high output naturally aspirated beast similar to what GM has with the 5.5L as opposed to the predator or hellcat. With a cast iron block, it doesn’t seem like that is the direction Ford is going with it.
  9. A coyote does fit. It’s off-road only, I wonder why the 7.3l Godzilla wasn’t used.
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    2022 Toyota Tundra Thread

    We won’t see it unless Ford removes the little bump out for the rear window that was added on the ‘97 to give more room. The new rear window is ridiculously small, though.
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    Hertz Orders 100,000 Tesla Vehicles

    Hertz is expecting them to come back with a 10% state of charge after leaving with an 80% charge. So not an issue. But, they didn’t say how much you would pay for that 70% charge you are allowed. No different than the prepay a tank of gas. Bottom line on whether it is successful or not will come down to pricing. Plenty of business travelers that don’t put many miles on during a short trip. Just a matter of getting the pricing right for the corporate expense report. 20% of the fleet being electric is a pretty big gamble for a company coming out of bankruptcy, but maybe that’s all they could get. Everyone has cut the low profit vehicle production with limited supply of parts.
  12. slemke

    Hertz Orders 100,000 Tesla Vehicles

    Exactly. Hertz making a big deal about “educating” the customer isn’t going to be appealing to those busy travelers already tired and stressed just trying to get somewhere. I don’t want to watch a training video. I just want it to work. At least they got the part about picking it up at 80% charged and returned at 10% right. It will still come down to cost as to whether corporations will approve them on the expense report.
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    Hertz Orders 100,000 Tesla Vehicles

    20% of the fleet will be EV with the acquisition. I’ll withhold judgment until I see the pricing for the rental and the charging. Could be very enticing for business travelers if the total cost comes in line with business expense guidelines for rental cars. If the pricing isn’t correct this could be another nail in Fields coffin.
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    2022 Toyota Tundra Thread

    Some of that is likely due model change over for the 22. Toyota is just now facing chip supply problems Ford was facing much earlier. Ford started getting more chips with the Renesas plant back at full production and cleared out some builds waiting on chips to restock depleted inventory. Ford, GM, and Ram have historically had higher days supply. They have more small rural dealers with low turnover and much wider product mix to keep in stock.
  15. Hope the new order works out for you. Sounds like Mike Levine and Ford came through on this one.
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    Maverick Test Drives

    And the option was AM only. Seat belts were lap only. Infant car seat was mom. Once my sister came along I got a car seat that hooked over the back of the seat and provided a bar that came down like on a roller coaster. No power locks. points and plugs changed every year. Batteries that needed to be checked and maintained regularly. Pretty sure we always had an extra fan belt around too. And remember to set the choke correctly. Vehicles have come a long way since I was born.
  17. Have there been any more sightings or rumors about the turbo Godzilla?
  18. Seems reasonable, but reviews are all over the place as to how long/how much grass you can cut with one. I was going to get a 22” toro 60v, but I might be borderline on having enough runtime with a single battery and 2 batteries blows the economics of the solution. Then there are my neighbors that whip through cutting their lawns with the 30” toro that is only available in gas. The new ryobi mowers seem decent and even have a made in USA sticker. Not sure about the plastic deck, though. I have other 40v ryobi so battery life isn’t an issue. At some point I’ll need to replace my 20 something mtd yard machines because I can’t patch it together anymore. I’d like to go electric but I’m just not swayed by any of the choices to pull the trigger on one. Maybe the California mandate will bring something exciting to market at a reasonable price point.
  19. First thing…come up with an evil acronym “sore” for the problem. Small off road equipment. Then compare emissions from 2020 when CA shut down the state to make sore a bigger problem than it is. Next add loopholes so the big boys are exempt (only applies to engines under 25hp). Top it off with a dose of the technology already exists. By the way, 2024 is the earliest it can take effect. The wording was 2024 or the earliest it is feasible whichever is later. How much commercial landscaping equipment is available using battery? Has it grown beyond a few small manufacturers? Toro hasn’t even brought out a battery powered version of the time cutter 30” wide area mower for consumers. Largest is a 22”. Seems premature to me. But, I don’t follow the industry so there might be a lot coming to market in the next couple of years.
  20. HR will have a field day with that order guide. Unless the order guide has a typo and calls it a winch.
  21. Correct. There is a point of diminishing returns on screen size. Whether it be phones, tablets, cars. Putting a large screen in a car gives a premium illusion for not much cost. What matters more once you get to a 10” screen or so is the resolution, brightness, color quality, etc. There could be differences in screen specifications between the Navigator screen and what is used in the Focus other than size. The aviator screen is just fine.
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    Maverick Test Drives

    It comes down to using the right tool for the job. If the Maverick isn’t suitable for the task, use a different truck. There will be plenty of buyers whose needs are met by the Maverick. Ford will gladly point the customer to the other trucks in the lineup.
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    2022 Lexus LX600 Revealed

    Ouch. The back showed promise, but the front is unexplainable.
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