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  1. I used to own a '68 F100 Ranger. The Ranger was the top of the line in the F100s at the time. Not sure where it landed in the Edsel lineup, though. The guy who sold my dad and me a '37 Ford pickup also had a '68 F100 Ranger with a 427 and four on the floor, black with a vinyl roof. Holy cats, I had it bad for that truck, but being a broke high school student kept me from buying it. Considering how much trouble I managed to find with the gutless wonder I was driving at the time, being broke probably saved my life...
  2. Steve Lehto covered this recently. He thinks it'll get settled out of court because nobody wants to see it settled once and for all by the courts. If Ford fights it and loses, automakers stand to get hammered by it, and if Ford wins, the Feds lose a hammer with which to hammer the automakers.
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    New light & medium duty news

    I don't know about that one, but about 20 years ago they built a Mustang show car (called the Blue Stallion, or maybe Green Stallion, or some variation on the Stallion theme) that ran on gasohol. The higher the percentage of ethanol the higher the power ramped up, with max power coming from either E85 or straight ethanol.
  4. SoonerLS

    New light & medium duty news

    Khaleefohneeya was pushing H2 fueling hit and heavy before and into Schwarzenegger's watch, but that seems to have fallen by the wayside.
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    New light & medium duty news

    I guess it depends on why the EBs run so rich and if there's a way to design around that for the mediums. With the Godzilla, you're starting from a much higher base than you are with the smaller EBs, so it may not be bound by the same constraints.
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    New light & medium duty news

    That seems to be the Godzilla's raison d'etre, but if you could get diesel performance without the cost penalties of a diesel mill, that might make some buyers look hard at it. The PSDs are already turbo'd, so that's a wash, plus the Godzilla is already a relatively simple design for a modern gasser, not to mention that you lose the complexities of diesel emissions controls and gain the significantly lower fuel costs of gasoline. It might actually be a very attractive alternative to the diesel in some applications. I wonder if you could run CNG through an EB'd Godzilla...
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    Nice try, Ford. LOL

    It's not about pricing, it's about availability. We mostly use the cargo versions, but sometimes the lead times are just too long (we're currently waiting for two that have been on order since December), so we take what we can get. Also, for some projects we need the low-roof version, and those are a lot easier to get in the passenger version.
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    Nice try, Ford. LOL

    On arrival in the US, the TC went into a Ford facility where the passenger van parts (seats and, IIRC, side windows) were removed and/or replaced with cargo van parts. I don't remember if the parts were trashed (err, "recycled") or shipped back to Turkey. ETA: the funny thing is we do pretty much the same thing with the Transits we buy. We don't need the seating, so there were times when one part of our shop looked like a theater with the lines of Transit passenger seats all lined up...
  9. SoonerLS

    SiriusXM question

    There's not. Every now and then I'll sign up when I can get it at a reasonable price. I use a virtual credit card with a monthly limit that's just above the "promotional" price, so when the promo ends and they jack the rates (seriously, I won't pay Netflix $15/month, so why would I pay that much for radio?), the charges are automatically declined. Eventually they give up and cut off the service. A few months later they'll offer the promotional rate again and there'll be something I want to hear, so I'll sign up again, and the cycle starts over again. If you sign up online, you're supposed to be able to cancel online, but I signed up online and they tell me I have to call. To hell with that. The promotional price is about what I think the product is worth, so if they'd just leave it there, I'd just keep paying it, but they won't, and they want me to play games I'm not willing to play, so here we are. tl;dr: SiriusXM has a terrible business model, but it doesn't cost you anything to cancel and start up again later. In fact, they'll cut you a pretty decent deal if you're gone long enough.
  10. SoonerLS

    SiriusXM question

    I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised--DirecTV offered me a six-month pause when I called to cancel. Then again, SiriusXM hasn't had good customer service in about a decade, so they may not.
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    TT Godzilla 7.3???

    It was mentioned in the "new light and medium duty" thread, and it seems like I saw it in another thread, but I don't recall which one off the top of my head.
  12. From what I could find, it looks like Ford hasn't issued any new stock since Henry was alive.
  13. That probably has a lot to do with Farley coming up through the marketing side in lightning-rod companies, where Hackett came up through the executive ranks in more of a background industry. Hackett could make his bones by simply being an effective executive, but Farley had to be able to convince people outside of his direct influence to buy into his (company's) vision.
  14. SoonerLS

    New light & medium duty news

    It pretty much has to be packaging issues, most likely related to heat evacuation. The EB35 is also down-rated in the Transits, giving up almost 100hp and 100ft-lbs to the F-150; it's not quite as bad as my T-Bird SC was, but the EB35 is dang near press-fit into the Transit's engine bay.
  15. I'm thinking the Lightning is a big part of the future of the F-150. My guess is that they're high-grading right now, going after where they think they'll get the most profit with the least investment (I mean that as in minimizing the risk, not as in cheaping out), but they're eventually going to have to cover all of the F-150's bases, which means they're going to have to hit all the combinations that the F-150 offers.
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