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Even though F-350/450/550 production has been relocated from Louisville to Avon Lake, the article above states they will adopt the aluminum F-150 cab. That is, they will not share an upcoming new cab with the F-650/750.
I'm surprised that Ford would invest in an all-new cab, if in fact they have, for just the F-650/750 and rumors say an F-850. Only the F-650 enjoys strong sales, relatively speaking. F-750 sales are small, and F-850 sales will surely be minimal.
I'd love to see Ford get serious about medium (and heavy?) trucks again, by for starters, creating an all-new cutting edge purpose-design medium truck cab. But I don't believe its a US market priority.
The Paccar DAF LF sold thru Kenworth and Peterbilt is the highest quality medium duty in America. But it's too expensive for the US market. They can penetrate Class 7, but it's too pricey for Class 6 when you're competing with a F-650......a low-cost overgrown pickup truck with a pickup drivetrain.
Correct- the steel Super Duty cab was first used on 650/750 with the 2000 model year when they were built in the Ford plant at Cautilan (sp?) Mexico-up until 2004 model year when Bluediamond was formed and production went to JV plant at Navistar Escobedo Mex.
The fact that they have moved Super Duty 350-450-550 chassis cabs to Ohio, home of the 650/750 says to me that the rumored purpose built medium duty cab can't be too far off. If not, they are going to ship aluminum cabs to Ohio? and still build steel cabs for 650-750? don't think so!
Bob, so now only the F-650 and F-750 will use the steel Super-Duty cab. Certainly a massive drop in production.
Upgrades aside, doesn't that cab date back to 1999 ?
Ford could do much more if it had a purpose-designed medium-duty conventional cab, a low-cab-forward offering to combat Chevrolet/Isuzu, and a medium-duty Cargo COE.
The ISX12 is based on the Dakota.
Cummin's UK customer base did crumble beneath it, but "one" reason is that it failed to provide a product superior to the European competition. They improved and passed Cummins.
IIRC, the ISX12 was based on the ISX15 and carried it's weight penalty. The new '17 X12 has the weight and bulk of the old M11, and is nearly a thousand pounds lighter than the X15. Cummins lost share in the EU because the truck builders like ERF and Foden that used them got bought up and discontinued. As for the rest of Cummins successful products, read their 10K.
Daimler, via Freightliner, already has 50% market share in Class 7, and soon to have in Class 8.
In Class 6, averaging 30-35% is nothing to sneeze at. At a Freightliner dealer, you're working with truck people, whereas Ford has car people selling trucks using low price.
Navistar has done well with the return of the Cummins option. Many customers are turning to a Cummins-powered Navistar medium-duty because Ford no longer offers it.
K All there is no rhyme or reason concerning prices of antique big trucks and components! That pristine diamond reo that sold in Medina ohio that I would have hitchhiked the 1000 mi. To buy sold for 3500. A beautifully restored B75 in Washington state is for sale for 17k What can you buy for 17k in the auto world? a stripped Kia reo! what can you buy off 3500,? A 10 yr old 200k stripped Kia reo!Nothing against kias they are reliable cars,but as boring as my wife's corolla! We as truck drivers/afficianados,not the "steering wheel holders" who couldn't tell you how a diesel is different from a gas engine,are fortunate to be able to recognize quality.
lost my Damn keyboard again! That was a 67 American la France fire truck 6cyl Detroit, auto trans probably Allison says nds battery and windshield. 2500bucks.Looks like just surface rust no visible dents.Some kind of spots on cab roof, maybe tree sap.The truck body looks really solid.If you are a fire truck guy,worth a look.Fanning springs Florida.
On the subject of Jay,what I like about him is he is interested in everything mechanical,not just socially acceptable high buck stuff,lambos,Ferraris etc.He has driven virtually everything on wheels! Steam tractors,that outrageous tank engined roadster and so on.I just received a window motor from rock auto.com,for a 93Camry. 32 bucks plus shipping.(The whole unit,incl.drive assembly) they give you a choice of name brand Dorman was mentioned,or el cheapo(which I bought) the thing worked perfectly and looked like the original. they list all the major big trucks,Mack,'s etc. But only cover later models. The part I got was 80 bucks at auto zone .That photo of Heavy gunners hay field,makes me wanna sing God bless America! And they're burning our flag!