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    Hah-to say nothing about how well Trumps meeting goes tomorrow with Erdogan😎 Others have posted that the certification is a very expensive process.
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    Joe, I would settle for "baby 8". Add a tandem axle and a 9+ liter engine and they are there. And it fits the "commercial truck" segment. I've always been of the belief that if its not a KW or a Pete, the owner operator segment wants no part of it. F'liner makes a good attempt but to me it is still a fleet truck for the JB Hunts, Schnieders etc of the world. Back to the baby 8 issue, if you wanted to go beyond 9 liter, that would still make a good vocational tractor which is a market I think Ford could serve. While Ford tried for the owner operator market, other than some fanatics like us, it was a losing battle. Fleet tractors? 90" BBC and 106 BBC, the fleet business was good.
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    My comment about a "glaring absence" is my opinion that the Power Stroke is viewed by many as a "pick up truck" motor. And to probably a lesser degree, the Torqueshift trans is viewed in a similar negative light. I know people who were so badly burned by the 6.0/6.4 issue that it will be a long time before they ever look at Ford again. Now I say to them..."6.7 is a completely different animal- thousands of them doing well in class 4 and 5". They don't want to hear it. Im not suggesting the 6.7/Torqueshift combo should go away in 650/750. I'm sure there are plenty of buyers who are satisfied with that combo and it works well for them. And as for the profitability of that internal combo, I'm sure it makes money for Ford. I'm just suggesting that a 6 cylinder and say an Allison trans would to a lot of buyers, make Ford once again an attractive alternative. Now the 9 liter Turk? That I'm sure would get a lot of attention.
  4. The 7.3 was designed as a medium duty truck engine. And with the numbers it puts out, would work in a class 8 too if someone wanted gas. Does this make sense??? I know we have plowed this ground before. If you listened to the chief engineer on the 7.3, the message I got was..."OHC works in PV applications, OHV pushrods work in big trucks"-or words to that effect.
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    Well a knowledgeable person set me straight on the NACV issue. Bottom line Ford views this as pretty much as class 8 show and their show budget is better spent on all the shows that cover class 1-7-the true "commercial"market. Like the Work Truck Show in March. Ford is the largest exhibitor at that event. As for Hino I finally took the time to check out their web site and look at their spec sheets. Would you believe one page! Frame options for example? None! Now thx to Ice Capades, if you look at the 750 order guides? like 12 + pages. all kinds of frame options and other options like options dependent on center of gravity needs, stuff like that. Most glaring absence? engine/trans options but we have beat that to death. Ford should be incorporating that message into their ads vs. the same old "we have quiet interiors vs our old Power Stroke, blah blah. They do have a good message to tell-they just don't do it. Joe-by the way Chevrolet is not at NACV either for what it is worth. Still have not seen a new class 4-6 bow tie on road yet. Dealers are advertising them as in stock though.
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    North American Commercial Vehicle show last week. Ford a "no show" . May have no significance other than they spent all their money on Work Truck Show . In any case some people would view that as a negative sign.. On other side of coin my local Ford dealer just hired a guy to be commercial manager and they have all kinds of 550's and even a PS 750 on property. Unique family owned operation with one Ford store and a Lincoln store 20 miles away. If Ford stays in, a good move as there was no Ford dealership into mediums in this part of state.
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    Well I guess that for sure puts a nail in the coffin as far as seeing a serious push to build the class 6/7 and baby 8 market share. To quote from my earlier post....Now that is good news.. Before we get too excited they seem to have a habit of counting electrification of existing models as "new vehicles"' or so it seems to me. Sad to say, partially right. Not electrification of "existing models", but rather something new from ground up. And hopefully, before all these electrics go into production, California will have totally rebuilt its electricity distribution system so they can keep the power on 24/7😎
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    I do believe the 100 million was for the new plant/class 8 expansion.
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    Just did a little search for OAP news articles and found this in Cleveland paper; "According to the UAW, the Avon Lake plant will make a new product that will be added in 2023. The plant will also begin producing an all new Super Duty Chassis Cab. The Ohio Assembly Plant will continue to produce a medium truck and the E-series Cutaway and Stripped Chassis. The expenditure at OAP will be 900 million!. To put that in perspective, Hino spent 100 million to expand in W.VA to upgrade current class 6 and 7 trucks as well as enter the class 8 market including tandems. And these class 8's are not "large car" sleepers but rather vocational conventionals. A market Ford did very well in during the old KTP era. The bold is my emphasis but as I read that, "all new Super Duty chassis cab" is current 4540/550. ..."continue to produce a medium truck" is current 650/750..." E series Cutaway and Stripped Chassis" is likewise current. So "new product " is....??
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    Now that is good news.. Before we get too excited they seem to have a habit of counting electrification of existing models as "new vehicles"' or so it seems to me.
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    Meantime more Hino news. They just keep expanding the line up. Note last item...18,000 lb front axle for municipals. Looking forward to 2021 650/750 order guides..maybe some good news?? Did see a sharp 650/750 today. Dump, red cab, black fenders and decent aluminum body- looked like heavy rubber on it so guessing it was a 750. Jeff Crissey, Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ) / October 29, 2019 On the heels of its Class 7 and 8 XL Series launch in 2018, Hino Trucks has announced new cabover and conventional models for its Class 4 through 7 product offerings for the 2021 model year. The new Hino M Series Class 4 and 5 replace the Hino 155, 195 and 195h models. The three-truck M Series now includes the M4, M5 and M5h. But the changes don’t stop with new nameplates. Exterior updates include a bolder chrome grille and new headlight design with LED daytime running lights, low- and high-beam headlights. The M Series also sport an available OEM-integrated lane departure warning system to enhance driver safety. On the interior, the steering wheel features standard controls for cruise control and hands-free calling, as well as controls for a 4.2-inch LCD multi-information display. All models also include a driver seatbelt status monitoring sensor. Under the hood, the M Series trucks feature a new HD 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission with gear hold functionality when operating on inclines. The current Hino 258, 268 and 338 models are replaced with the L Series conventional trucks, which includes the Class 6 L6 and Class 7 L7 models. Both trucks receive a new fascia and grille, optional LED headlights and an aerodynamic spoiler under the bumper. The L Series also benefit from many features from the XL Series, including availability of active safety systems with electronic stability control, collision mitigation, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. New wheelbase options for the L Series expand from the previous-generation models from 271 inches to 301 inches. On the interior, the L Series feature an all-new interior that matches the XL Series automotive stylings with carbon-fiber accents and premium textile seating. The driver can control many functions through a new 7-inch LCD monitor. The gear selector has been positioned for better ergonomics and more legroom, and the HVAC system can deliver twice the airflow compared to previous models. Both the L Series and XL Series will be available for order next spring with five-seat extended cab (+30 inches) and six-seat crew cab (+44.8 inches) configurations. “Having extended and crew cab choices will help us better serve our customers’ operational needs and open up new markets for our trucks,” said Glenn Ellis, Hino Trucks’ senior vice president of customer experience. By midyear 2020, the XL7 and XL8 will be available with a snowplow package that includes a heavier 18,000-lb. front axle and front frame extension and heated windshield. .
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    Sorry-wrong forum.
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    Wow- so we have a big recall campaign to fix the "wobbleplate" couplings ("guebo" sp??). And now we are going to go back to old school u joints? Ford recalls Transits for second driveshaft fix Automotive News / October 29, 2019 DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. issued three safety recalls Tuesday in North America, including 319,000 Ford Transit vans to replace crack-prone driveshaft couplings that were the subject of a 2017 recall. Ford said it's not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem but that flexible couplings installed under the June 2017 recall can crack, creating vibrations that can cause the driveshaft to separate with continued driving. That can result in a loss of power or unintended vehicle movement while in park, as well as damage to adjacent brake and fuel lines, Ford said. The automaker said it plans to swap the flexible couplings for mechanical U-joints, but until the necessary repair parts are available it's telling dealers to install a new coupling every 40,000 miles. The recall covers 293,558 Transits in the U.S., 22,960 in Canada and 2,744 in Mexico from the 2015-17 model years. Ford also announced two smaller recalls Tuesday: 431 2019 Edges for incorrectly crimped seat-belt pretensioner anchors and 18 2019 Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators due to a rear toe link fastener that was not properly tightened during assembly.
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    TT- that figure (22,000) is GCW. The E plus trailer and load. Typical Ford double speak. Instead of clearly stating the GVW is 14,500, they are asking you to back into the GVW. And then you can determine the max trailer weight. Which for a 450 is....22,000-14,500= 7500. And speaking of ambulances, I found a neat website that lists every Cape Cod fire department with an equipment list for each. Click on the unit number and a picture of the truck and basic specks pops up. F-450 rules but quite a few International Terra Stars and old school GM 4500's My bet is the F-600 at 22,000 gvw with the 7.3 is going to do very well. The new competition will be the 6500 22,000 gvw Chevy and its International twion. Unless money is no object in which case you will see a lot of Freightliners. Remember when an ambulance was a Cadillac with a bubble gum machine on the roof?😎
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    thx TT for posting This should do well-power wise great option I would think for the ambulance market. Question I would have though is 14,500 GVW enough these days. It seems these emergency responders just keep going for bigger equipment.
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