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    New light & medium duty news

    GG All valid points but some how or other, Ford has a mind set that is .."good enough to get by". In particular your comment on the tandem option. As I see it, not 44 or 46 rears that are going to be in heavy service, but say 34 or 38 ratings that are needed in some low mileage operations where axle ratings are needed say when the truck is a carrier for mounted equipment like a Vactor that is going to sit at a construction site all day while underground piping, conduit is exposed. The '24 order guide should be interesting.
  2. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    Correct...all tractor options, including "air to rear" for tag trailer applications are listed in '23 order guides. Tractor packages are not new to 650/750. All this started when 7M3 posted as something he heard-and he usually has good info. Plus the info listed on Ford.com is minimal and makes no mention of tractor service....sooo, I guess we will have to wait for 2024 order guides to come out.
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    New light & medium duty news

    No argument...I would rather be in your shoes selling F'liners? Binders? what ever than 750's. I never said it was a better truck. And I and many others have questioned when we might see a new purpose built cab that could be reworked and utilized for medium F's as well as the E series. But that apparently is not in the cards as many have pointed out..Ford is happy to get what they can out of the current cab. My point was from a current plant utilization perspective, any unit you push out the door at OAP (assuming priced correctly) improves profitability. And while some may say the cab is "too small", is it too small for the thousands of 450/550's in service? Is it smaller than a 70's F-750 with its alligator hood that many LTL carriers in that era used as a cost effective P & D tractor instead of paying the premium for an LN?? I guess I wish Ford had a mind set that asked....What can we do to make our product more attractive to more people. The 7.3 is an example, now that it offers an air brake will be attractive given its price differential over a PS. And no one else offers a gasoline conventional cab.. that is at least today. PS The Rhino distributor in my area (returnable Propane 20lb) uses single axle side loaders with Cascadias-Ryder must have really sharpened their pencil to get some single axles out of inventory.
  4. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    "S" You may be right but I believe the reason for sticking the turbo in the "V" was to reduce turbo lag..there is still plenty of piping and a gallon of diesel has higher BTU content than gasoline.. not sure if in the combustion process that is a factor that translates into more heat all around the engine but I think too much heat from the 7.3 is BS. Regardless I guess a moot point because you now CAN get air brakes with a 7.3...Mission accomplished.😎
  5. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    Well as for a "conclusion" .........I guess I would say glad they finally figured out a way to overcome the underhood temps that I was told was the reason the 7.3 was not offered with air brakes. Apparently the required compressor plumbing could not stand up to the 7.3's operating temps???🙄..Like the 6.7 doesn't produce a lot of underhood heat? So good news as the 7.3's lower cost will be attractive to a lot of buyers that can't justify the 6.7 premium. As for the tractor package, if in fact that is no longer offered, IMO a short sighted move-or evidence again that the planners don't really understand the class 6 and 7 market. As I said, air brakes will be a popular choice for many and in particular those that pull tag trailers. The "tractor package" was also beneficial in that it provided everything needed to supply "air to the rear" to facilitate setting up the truck to pull tag trailers. Absent the package, just another PITA associated with buying a Ford vs a Binder or a F-liner. Last point about trailers, the 750 PS/Torqueshift would be a good choice for the beverage industry when they use single axle side loader trailers. But case in point about being clueless, Ford had sales literature that featured a crew cab 750 tractor in "Allied"orange hooked up to an orange box. Reasonable combination right?. Then they turn around and use that same orange crew cab in literature that shows it hooked to a BLUE single axle side loader beverage trailer.! Clueless, but other than that choice of tractor, it does show that someone in marketing must have recognized beverage is a viable market...they just never signed off on the add copy I guess.
  6. Hope they don't do a "monkey see, monkey do" and delete the super cab. I know many say .."what is wrong with crew cab?" I just like the convenience of ability to carry the grandkids every now and then..but mostly use the space as an alternative to a tool box in the bed.
  7. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    Figured you old big truck guys needed a good shot from the KTP era. Guy who sent me this said 125 LT-9000s were headed to Canada
  8. Bob Rosadini

    Ford's Disaster: The Pinto

    sounds like a dream job 😎
  9. Bob Rosadini

    Ford's Disaster: The Pinto

    Boss 429! wow- do you remember the sticker...two on Mecom over weekend..one went for 475G and I think the other went for 485!! If only you knew😎
  10. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    thx guys- I usually don't pay attention to the trans chatter- Remember, I'm of the C-6 era😎 On another point 7M had referenced he thought tractor option was gone. Looks like that was a correct call as I saw no reference to that -unless a typical oversite on whoever puts the "filtered" abbreviated specs they post on Ford website. If true however, as I had mentioned, frequent use for a class 7 is to pull a tag trailer...with air brakes. the tractor option provided a nice pod that attached to dash with parking brake and tractor protection valves as well as air gauge and a "spike'" to apply just trailer brakes. Without that option, another PITA addition a buyer will have to go through. And I think "air/electric to frame end" in the past was a stand alone option as well making it easier for the buyer/body supplier. As for 7m's comment that he has never seen a 650/750 tractor in any case- I think I saw one on the road! But another missed opportunity. Most of the beverage big guys-Coke and Pepsi at least here in Northeast use class 7 tractors with side loader single axle beverage trailers. The 750 PS/Torque shift could handle that service -a diminishing load and closest thing to P & D service when all the carriers in the old days used Fords, GMs and Internationals in that service. Probably head of Ford Pro said..."tractors?-Ford sold that ag business a long time ago-don't need that"😎
  11. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    Missed that reference...where is it?
  12. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    Great. about time on the air brake availability with 7.3.
  13. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    ok guys- I thought he was the one that posted all the '23's
  14. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    7m-good info. good news on air brake option for 7.3. Having grown up in the "general contractor " world, these guys typically own class 6/7 trucks as a tool in the furtherance of their business-which is building...they might need a load of backfill, or gravel or mason sand or they might have to hook the tag trailer up to move a skid steer, TLB etc. Saving $10 g with a 7.3 in a 33,000 lb 750 WITH air to the rear to safely pull a 10 ton tag is a requirement. I wonder if the decision to not offer 10 spd with 7.3 is a supply constraint. How about it Ice Capades...any chance we will see '24 order guides soon?
  15. Bob Rosadini

    New light & medium duty news

    And add the decision to not offer the 7.3 with an air brake option. Supposedly 7.3 is such a heat generator, air piping would be a problem. I would imagine the Ford Pro Division -or whatever the name "du jour" is-has a "director of excuses".
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