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  1. It's all pumped into a fuel tank by a similarly designed pump.
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    Sorry, but Daimler had just bought the Freightliner nameplate because Mercedes couldn't sell their butt ugly trucks (Kurzhauber was the model name) here in the USA to save their lives! The only fleet of Mercedes I saw was a 10 truck fleet operated by a wholesale florist out of Meriden CT. Now here comes pesky Ford with a redesigned L-series in 1996/1997 that would have destroyed Freightliner and International! So in 1997 Daimler bought -- I mean stole -- Ford's heavy biz for $300 million! Notice that Ford must have told Daimler they had to keep the oval on the hood, so they put an "S" in there! The deal was Ford by contract could not re-enter class 8 for 10 years. So that's why Sterling lasted for a 10 year run. This way all the Fords were off the roads by then and the dealer network was hopelessly dismantled.......gone! Ford needs to diversify and become once again a full line producer.....passenger cars to class 8! I don't how long they can survive trying to sell $80,000 light duty F-series to the average Joe. Sure they have the biggest share of the class 3 thru 5 market, but I see Dodge/Ram creeping up in class 1 thru 5 every day on the roads. If Ram were to suddenly go into mediums and even class 8 heavy, Ford would be left out in the cold with their thumbs up their donkeys! The class 8 market can only support ONE more player at the most. Yes there are several brands of class 8, but honestly Volvo/Mack equal one, Freightliner/Western Star equal one, and Peterbilt/Kenworth equal one. I think VW/Traton, a global powerhouse who now own International, told Ford to stay out of class 8 in order to keep good feelings regarding the VW/Ford joint venture. And Ford just needs to enter class 8 vocational only, no OTR sleepers. By the way, is that VW/Ford venture still in effect? I don't see anything about it lately. You know how much VW and Mercedes hate Ford because the Transit is the biggest commercial success in Europe!? And they aren't happy about the Turkish Ford/Otosan F-Max making in-roads across Europe and the Middle East!!
  3. I don't care what anybody says, the blue Ford oval is one of the most recognized and iconic logos in the world!
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    Well there's a new school bus postage stamp out and the school bus depicted is most likely an International/IC or could -- I say could -- be a Freightliner/Thomas. But it is NOT a Bluebird! Very discriminatory! Especially from an agency such as the USPS that followed like sheep the practice of UPS and had all brand logos removed from their trucks!
  5. As far as market capitalization? Ford behind McDonald's, Disney and Chanel? Shame on capitalism!
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    Yeah, the plane was going east and I was looking out the left side of the plane. According to the plane's flight path displayed in front of me, we were over land and I could see buildings. These were on land and I was looking northward. I read somewhere there's some windmills on I-93, south of Boston.
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    I posted this earlier, that OEM's are having trouble building Type A school buses due to material shortages and delays. As Buford T. Justice said, "What in the heck is the world coming to?" World War III is going to be simply over natural resources as in fossil fuel, minerals/ore.(lithium, platinum etc.). How much more is left?
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    I just came back from Parris Island SC to see my grandson graduate from Marine camp, and was pleased to see a high percentage of Ford mediums off and on the base. Most military, police vehicles and ambulances were Fords. Only other brand was Dodge. On a side note, flying back to Boston over Rhode Island, I saw a windmill farm of about 8 windmills in RI. Without googling it, anybody know where those windmills are? Bob R?
  9. Well the guy next to us was supposed to get it, but gave it to us since he was a party of one, so he took the truck that Thrifty was trying to give us, a party of 6! And we were supposed to put luggage in pickup bed?! And there was nothing Thrifty about the price! But anyway, nice vehicle but just too many bells and whistles for this older guy! Nobody has the time to read the owner's manual when you're away, but I had to in order to figure out how to open gas door. You just push on it! Now does having the key FOB in your possession allow this, or can I be a mile away and anybody can open it? Seems like a vandal could access the tank if so. I also locked the vehicle, then tested door and it opened! Is that because I had possession of "key" also? I'm thinking yes. I'll stick with buying the oldest used vehicles I can find for now. And it saves on property taxes and insurance!
  10. Joe771476

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    I just came back from Parris Island SC to see my grandson graduate from Marine camp, and was pleased to see a high percentage of Ford mediums off and on the base. Most military, police vehicles and ambulances were Fords. Only other brand was Dodge. On a side note, flying back to Boston over Rhode Island, I saw a windmill farm of about 8 windmills in RI. Without googling it, anybody know where those windmills are? Bob R?
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    Interesting info, but will the electric grid be able to handle it?
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    Well I didn't know Rivian had actually produced any vehicles but i guess they have; I've seen one on I-91 a couple times. Meanwhile Blue Bird and other bus makers are having trouble with parts chains for Type A buses. Blue Bird is creating a program to convert gas and propane buses to electric! There goes the Ford/Roush alliance. When mining operators hold up lithium and other electric components needed, these school bus operators will have their thumbs up there you know where! Does government and big biz know something we don't know? Are fossil fuel supplies coming to an end? Let us know so we can all move to Florida before I run out of fuel oil! I'd like to see the electric bill for charging 25, 50, 100-plus school buses every night! Wait until the taxpayers get their tax bills!
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    My sister in law lives near there and she has a horse and she never heard of this place.
  14. And you mean to tell me that every other vehicle would not experience a crushed roof in a rollover? Bulloney! If it met Fed standards, there are no worries.
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    Acquistions by mega companies is happening all over. Two boatyards in Portland CT have been here for several decades. I had been noticing over that period that perhaps hundreds of boats never seemed to move. Well a company called Birdon that refurbishes Coast Guard vessels took them over and word has it they notified the boat owners to pay back storage and/or remove them. Hardly anybody responded so they're being scrapped as I understand it! Another example of waste. There are boats being made right now in factories that eventually will be used infrequently and just gather dust in the end.
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