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    New light & medium duty news

    Just remember, Ford is still a major player in the Chinese market class 8 tractor biz....whereas in other parts of the world, they get the F-MAX CoE tractor, in China, the F-MAX is known as the JMC Weilong HV5...I just do not understand the abandonment of Class 8 in North America.
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    New light & medium duty news

    The decision to sell off the "Heavy Truck" division lands squarely on the shoulders of then-CEO Jac "the knife" nASSer...at the time, the division was turning a small ROI but it was still "in the black" for the operation, Jac claimed at the time that Ford could earn more just by putting that operations $$$ in a bank. From what I have read, Ford held 9% of the "heavy truck" market and Frieghtliner held over 29%. It made perfect sense for Frieghtliner..... Here we are, all these years later...and Ford's Cargo line does well all over the globe but is strangely absent in the North American market.
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    Transmission overheat?

    if she moved after you let it cool down and drives like normal, replace the radiator and call it a day.
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    Amazon buying 100k Rivian Vans

    Well, kinda, sorta... ...and then there is this.... ..and finally, this...
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    Amazon buying 100k Rivian Vans

    Sure, but the key is the Level 3 charging which will overcome the biggest part of owning an electric...long charging times
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    Amazon buying 100k Rivian Vans

    Teslas Supercharger Level 3 is unique and will only work at Level 3 charging on a Tesla designed plug. There are other Level 3 direct DC charging stations but their plugs wont fit a Tesla. Level 1 and Level 2 charging is another story, but to be competitive in the quick charging market that direct DC offers, Tesla has more infrastructure out there and it is NOT compatible with other Level 3 charge plugs.
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    Amazon buying 100k Rivian Vans

    yes, but the batteries of choice was lead/acid which can be quite bulky and corrosive....not to mention the lead exposure thing...😮
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    Amazon buying 100k Rivian Vans

    There are electric versions available on ebay and (ironically enough) Amazon.....😂😂😂
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    Amazon buying 100k Rivian Vans

    Yes, I know, but theirs is quickest (or, so I thought) Thanks for the info on Electrify America...interesting to see and good for the competition in the evolving EV charging market.
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    Amazon buying 100k Rivian Vans

    The bigger question is, who will be running the network of charging stations that will be needed to "refuel" them all? That is where the $$$ is. Will Rivian (and by extension, Amazon) utilize the Tesla system of supercharger stations or is there another competing network in the offering that has not been revealed yet?
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    Amazon buying 100k Rivian Vans

    My guess would be that the prototype will look closer to a Transit full size van from Ford due to Ford's investment with Rivian. Of course, with the appropriate front fascia and rear end treatment changes to make it look different.
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    Exhaust Manifold Studs

    5.4L Triton? I did a manifold job on my Dads 2002 F250 4X4. I got lucky that on that application, I took the shock and upper shock mount off and the manifold was right there. An old time shade tree mechanic told me the easiest way to remove the manifold (two manifold bolt heads had broken off, hence the famous exhaust leak) was to just cut the rest of the heads off the remaining manifold bolts and then slide the manifold off. I was able to grip the bolt shafts with a vice grip and spun the bolts right out except the one that broke off under the flange and needed to be drilled out. But, end of the day....it went back together and all was well...
  13. California emission rules are followed by several states including NYS. California also requires manufacturers to provide longer warranties on emissions components which is also followed by the very same states that adhere to their emissions regs. I know this because several years ago, my niece had an Escape hybrid and the cooling fan on the battery pack failed. It was just "outside" of the regular warranty, but I found that NYS follows California regs and the repair was covered under the extension set by them.
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    Sportsmobile and Adventure Vans

    Sportsmobile still makes the E-Series "classic" using a cutaway chassis with a custom rear body to match the cab...pretty slick looking setup for sure. https://sportsmobile.com/sportsmobile-4x4/
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