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  2. MAN Truck & Bus Press Release / November 20, 2019 MAN Engines is expanding its range of engines for light-duty workboats in North America by introducing an 800 hp (588 kW) inline-six engine. The D2676 LE426 will be available from the second quarter of 2020. It satisfies the EPA Commercial emissions standards and offers 70 hp greater output than the well-established, 730 hp D2676 model. For the first time, the 800 hp version of the D2676 will also offer keel cooling capability for the engine as a factory-fitted feature. “This means we can offer our customers the added value of keel cooling without compromising the 800 hp of power and performance,” says Ricardo Barbosa, president of MAN Engines & Components Inc., in Pompano Beach, Florida. A further advantage of keel cooling is a weight reduction of up to 5% compared to heat exchanger cooled engines. With increased power, the MAN D2676 LE426 achieves an impressive power density. By making use of new injectors and a new cylinder head, the MAN engineers have increased the engine’s power by almost 10% compared to the previous 730 hp (537 kW) model. Consequently, the D2676 LE426 achieves a maximum torque of 2,674 Nm between 1,400 and 2,000 rpm from a bore of 126 mm and a stroke of 166 mm, allowing the inline-six engine to provide sufficient thrust for pilot boats, lifeboats, and fishing vessels. It also shows the broad torque plateau typical for MAN marine engines. This ensures maximum torque over a broad engine speed range at the lowest specific fuel consumption. This is supported by the modified common rail injection system, which ensures improved combustion while increasing on-board comfort due to reduced vibration and noise levels. The latest US EPA Tier 3 Commercial emissions standards are met purely by the internal design of the engine; no additional external equipment is necessary, so the MAN 6-cylinder engine does not need to sacrifice its compact installation dimensions. The D2676 diesel engine comes with a displacement of 12.4 liters (757 cubic inches) and has proven itself many hundreds of thousands of times in both on-road and off-road applications since 2007. It was first introduced for workboats in 2015. In developing its engines, MAN Engines draws on the wealth of components and expertise gained from mass production of MAN engines for heavy duty trucks and buses. These elements are then modified for each specific application. As a result, MAN Engines can offer a selection of engines for commercial vessel applications ranging from 440 hp to 1,650 hp (324 kW to 1,213 kW), which satisfy the latest US EPA emissions standards. For the first time in the US, Canadian, and Mexican markets, MAN Engines will be exhibiting the D2676 LE426 at the Pacific Marine Expo from November 21 to 23 2019 in Seattle, Washington. https://www.corporate.man.eu/man/media/content_medien/doc/global_engines/pressemitteilungen_1/2019_21/MAN_D2676_LE426_preliminary_technical_data.pdf
  3. I can't honestly say I've ever had one of the types you've come to despise. The twelve speed Mack trans, (TRTXL-107 series) is pretty much bulletproof but they, (like anything else) need taken care of. Do call when a Mack trans becomes surplus to your needs; any variant as I know a couple of rebuilders, but I'm not much of one myself.
  4. Matt Cole, Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ) / November 27, 2019 Four recalls announced in November by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), Volvo Trucks and Paccar affect more than 6,500 Western Star, Volvo and Peterbilt tractors, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents. DTNA issued two separate recalls of Western Star trucks. One impacts approximately 2,725 model year 2016-2020 Western Star 4900 and 5700 tractors for an issue that could cause sleeper cab vent windows to detach from the trucks. Improper adhesive on the windows could cause the problem. Daimler will notify affected truck owners, and dealers will replace the vent windows for free. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-836. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-792. The other Daimler recall affects approximately 1,331 model year 2020 Western Star 4700 tractors in which the steering shaft may have been installed improperly. This could cause a loss of connection between the steering wheel and front axle wheels. DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the trucks, correcting the steering shaft installation if necessary. Owners can contact Daimler customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-835. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-769. A recall announced by Volvo affects approximately 2,287 model year 2020 Volvo VNL and VNR tractors equipped with Sheppard HD94 gear variants. The steering gear mounting fasteners may not be properly tightened, which could cause the steering gear to loosen. Volvo Trucks is notifying owners, and dealers will inspect and re-torque the steering gear or replace the steering gear if necessary. Owners can contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-528-6586 with recall number RVXX1906. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-756. Finally, a recall from Paccar affects approximately 248 model year 2020 Peterbilt 579 trucks equipped with sleepers. The company says the conspicuity tape may have been installed in the wrong location, affecting the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers. Paccar will notify owners, and dealers will install additional conspicuity tape on the back of the sleepers in the correct location. Owners can contact Paccar customer service at 1-940-591-4220 with recall number 19PBE. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-733.
  5. Remind me to call you next time we decide to part ways with another Mack trans.
  6. Iveco and FPT Industrial to provide Nikola with engineering, manufacturing expertise David Cullen, Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) / December 3, 2019 Iveco Trucks and its sister firm, FPT Industrial, along with Nikola Corp. discussed the scope of the joint venture and collaboration agreement under which they plan develop hydrogen fuel-cell and battery-electric trucks for the European market at a Dec. 3 press conference in Turin, Italy. The jv agreement, inked in Septmber, is technically between Phoenix-based Nikola Motor Co. and CNH Industrial N.V. CNHI, based in the Netherlands, is the parent of Italy-based truck maker Iveco S.p.A. and powertrain supplier FPT Industrial. The deal includes a $250 million investment in Nikola by CNH. In a Sept. 3 news release, the two partners stated that Nikola’s zero-emission heavy-duty trucks, powered by proprietary hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology, will be the first such vehicles to go into production. Further, they contended that Nikola’s “disruptive business model foresees an industry-first ‘all-in’ lease rate, which includes vehicle, service, maintenance and fuel costs, providing long-term total cost of ownership certainty at or below diesel costs.” Under the agreement, Iveco and FPT Industrial will provide engineering and manufacturing expertise to help put into production Nikola’s fuel-cell and battery electric trucks: The Nikola One, a North American Class 8 sleeper truck; the Nikola Two, a North American Class 8 daycab; and the Nikola Tre, a European cabover heavy-duty truck. At the Dec. 3 presser, the partners showed off a model of the battery electric Nikola Tre, which is based on the Iveco S-Way platform and integrates Nikola’s truck technology, controls, and infotainment system. Testing of the Tre is expected to begin in mid-2020, the companies said, with a European public launch planned for the IAA 2020 commercial vehicle show in Hanover, Germany. Sales and aftersales support of the truck will be provided by Iveco’s European dealer network. The Tre is “the first step on the path towards the Nikola fuel cell electric model (FCEV), which will be available to customers by 2023,” the partners also stated. “This joint-venture with Nikola is testament to both partners technical expertise, which will result in tangible environmental benefits for Europe’s long-distance haulers,” CNH Industrial CEO Hubertus Mühlhauser said at the Turin event. “This partnership is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Trevor Milton, Nikola Motors CEO. “From the moment we launched the Nikola One in 2016, truck drivers and government officials have been asking for us to bring Nikola to Europe. “We needed the right partner to help us enter the European market and CNH Industrial is the right commercial partner,” he added. “While other OEMs are laying off tens of thousands of employees, Nikola is creating thousands of jobs and forcing the trucking industry to react and go zero-emission.” https://www.iveco.com/en-us/press-room/release/Pages/IVECO-FPT-Industrial-and-Nikola-Corporation-unveil-the-Nikola-TRE.aspx
  7. Roger Gilroy, Transport Topics / December 5, 2019 Preliminary North American Class 8 net orders for November passed 17,000 and hit the second-highest point reached this year, but analysts at two data-tracking firms said it did nothing to alter the slumping direction of the overall trend. Orders were 17,500, one industry analyst reported, noting it would have final net orders from truck makers later in the month. November’s tally trailed only October’s volume of 22,100 for the year, but dropped far below the 28,082 net orders a year earlier. It was the weakest November total since 16,770 in 2015. Orders year-to-date have averaged about 14,600 per month. “Usually the first and fourth quarters of the year are the strongest order quarters, so seeing slightly elevated activity is, I’m not saying encouraging, but affirming my forecast of North American production,” he said. “17,500 is a pretty decent number. Averaging 16,000 or 17,000 a month is our expectation as we roll into the 2020 time frame.” His forecast expects North American production to reach 345,000 this year, but the company is “increasingly nervous” about trade and U.S.-China tariff situations, Tam said Dec. 4. As it stands now, he forecasts production in 2020 will plunge by more than 100,000 units to 233,500 — but that figure lands close to the typical North American replacement level. He plans to release his latest forecast on December 6, which may reflect adjustments. In terms of historical cycles and manufacturing-led slowdowns “assuming things are going to transpire as our forecast portrays, this is a very middling downturn relative to others, and 2016 is the closest,” he said. “They are almost identical in magnitude. This is going to be not quite as steep as the 2015-2016 downturn, and the trajectory during the cycle-year is pretty consistent.” Separately, analyst FTR pegged preliminary orders at 17,300. “I call this a disappointing number because it doesn’t keep production running well in 2020,” said Don Ake, vice president of commercial vehicles at FTR. Fleets and others “are very cautious. They are only ordering out into the first quarter [of 2020], primarily,” he added. “They are more cautious than they were in 2015-2016, really. The fourth quarter this year has not gotten off to a strong start. It’s winding down a lot.” December’s orders, due to be reported in early January, should be higher, but may not be a lot better because the caution factors that held back November will still be present, Ake said. In addition to declines in manufacturing, slower freight growth and softening rates, Ake also pointed to what he called “political conflict. Everybody can go, ‘yes, that’s present.’ And then they figure it out as to how it’s present in their own mind.” These uncertainties weigh on decisions to add equipment, and one fleet recently emphasized its orders for electrified trucks; NFI was the first fleet to receive a Class 8 eCascadia from Daimler Trucks North America. “The Daimler partnership has gone back many, many years. We are driving our first eCascadia in Southern California,” said Bill Bliem, senior vice president of fleet services at NFI. The company is based in Camden, N.J. “We have nine more eCascadias coming before the end of the year,” said Bliem. “So we are going to have a fleet of 10, and the plan is to run them through our warehouse complex in the Inland Empire and through the [Southern California] ports and feed all that information to Daimler so they can get these trucks into production in 2021.” At the same time, he said NFI has 10 Tesla battery-electric heavy-duty trucks on order. It is also running an electric tractor from Peterbilt, and has ordered 25 electric yard tractors from Kalmar Ottawa to be built and delivered in the first quarter of 2020. In addition, the company is participating in the Volvo Lights program aimed at reducing emissions and cleaning the air in California, he said. “There are 16 partners in the program,” Bliem said. “We are the truck operator. We will be operating four Volvo electric trucks, two electric yard tractors and 10 lithium battery-powered forklifts through the Volvo Lights program.” Of course, not every fleet places truck orders, relying instead on truck leasing. “We lease all our equipment,” said John Hernando, CEO of InstiCo Logistics and InstiCo Express, based in Irving, Texas. “We have full-service leases. There’s multiple reasons why we did that. [One is] we don’t have our own shops. So it gives us a better opportunity to get the maintenance we need from the suppliers we partner with.”
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  9. I'll drop it by the shop next time I'm up that way. My son now lives in Wheaton so don't go over on 20 any longer, but I'll chart a path before the holiday visit. I have some other older IH items so I'll look to see if you can use any of them. Rob
  10. They would look awfully nice in the yellow truck.
  11. It’d be nice to see it with all the lights on, seems kinda like the idea me and my dad have for Christmas parades in our green and white firetrucks... only they’ll be able to roll and not held to the ground by wires...
  12. Former airbag maker Takata spurs 1.4 million-unit recall on deadly flaw Bloomberg / December 4, 2019 Takata Corp., the auto supplier that went bankrupt after its airbags spurred the largest-ever automotive recall, told U.S. safety regulators that another 1.4 million U.S. vehicles need to be repaired over a potentially deadly defect. Inflator devices Takata supplied to five of the world’s biggest car manufacturers may absorb moisture that could either cause the airbag to rupture or under-inflate, according to a notice published on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. The recall involves components produced from 1995 through 1999 and sold to Volkswagen Group's Audi, Toyota, Honda, BMW and Mitsubishi. Takata supplied tens of millions of defective airbag inflators for years that were prone to exploding in a crash and injuring or killing car occupants by spraying metal shards. The Japanese parts maker pleaded guilty as part of a $1 billion settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over its handling of the issue. Past Takata recalls were blamed on its use of ammonium nitrate as a propellant used to inflate airbags. For its latest safety campaign, the company is citing a manufacturing issue that affected inflators that used a non-azide propellant. Takata said it produced and sold 4.45 million of them globally during the time period covered by the recall. According to Takata’s safety recall report to the NHTSA, the number of inflators it produced for vehicles sold in the U.S. was “substantially smaller but is not precisely known at this time.” Because of the age of the potentially affected vehicles, only a portion remain in service, the company said.
  13. No parts to change your rear axle ratio are available.
  14. Purpose-Built means that we engineer every #Autocar chassis for each customer's specific application & unique demands. This results in superior #performance, #reliability, #safety & ROI. #AlwaysUp #itsallabouttheuptime #uptime #thecustomerisourboss Always Up - Autocar Trucks .
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  16. Tried to make sense of it.... Top definition. BIUunknown This is the abbreviation meaning beat it up. Neil: What did you do last night, BIU? Paden: yeah i took that girl home and BIU like a nigga. #b.i.u#intercourse#mip#bap#masterbastion#omd
  17. Did mechanic set the heads down on a table and crush the injector nozzle tips? Common for injector nozzles to stick into the fire chamber a little...
  18. Pretty much the norm with the "older" generation around here too Paul. Younger, not so much. Farmers done with their harvest will help other's with theirs as a single example. I've seen grain trucks run 24hrs a day by different parties during the harvest timeframe. Lost count of how many I've helped out alongside the road or off in a ditch and not charged for it dependent upon their attitude. Many times reciprocation is fast, others months, or years if any return, but it's all good. Best keep up the momentum and hope it "catches on".
  19. Soooooo how did the turkey turn out??
  20. I have a brand new firewall pad, never had it unrolled, goes on the inside of a l model, if interested send me a a email or p/m. terry
  21. Im a firm believerof helping not for any other reason than its the right thing to do I find the more I do this the more people help other people and me in return It drives my wife insane at times and I rarely if ever say anything to anyone It was the way it was when I first started farming We just helped each other out and it is surprising how even on bad years what can be achieved with bugger all if people work together for the common good Paul
  22. I'll tack onto this thread about the "good" of having real friends. At my local oil distributor I went to pick up oil for my compressor this afternoon expecting the bill to be just over $592.50 plus tax for the three five gallon pails of ISO32 air compressor oil. To my surprise the total was $297.33 including the tax. I asked the girl at the counter if I was getting the product myself and the salesman spoke of earlier to which she informed me the owner directed to sell it at cost. I've painted over a dozen trucks for them in years gone by and did all service on their personal vehicles till closing up shop and we have since lost touch. I should probably reach out again and keep more current.
  23. This does not sound like it will work well A 3.90 would probably work if you also installed a 4 speed allison in there. This was designed as a city bus and not a highway bus
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    • MAN Truck & Bus Press Release  /  November 20, 2019 MAN Engines is expanding its range of engines for light-duty workboats in North America by introducing an 800 hp (588 kW) inline-six engine. The D2676 LE426 will be available from the second quarter of 2020. It satisfies the EPA Commercial emissions standards and offers 70 hp greater output than the well-established, 730 hp D2676 model. For the first time, the 800 hp version of the D2676 will also offer keel cooling capability for the engine as a factory-fitted feature. “This means we can offer our customers the added value of keel cooling without compromising the 800 hp of power and performance,” says Ricardo Barbosa, president of MAN Engines & Components Inc., in Pompano Beach, Florida. A further advantage of keel cooling is a weight reduction of up to 5% compared to heat exchanger cooled engines. With increased power, the MAN D2676 LE426 achieves an impressive power density. By making use of new injectors and a new cylinder head, the MAN engineers have increased the engine’s power by almost 10% compared to the previous 730 hp (537 kW) model. Consequently, the D2676 LE426 achieves a maximum torque of 2,674 Nm between 1,400 and 2,000 rpm from a bore of 126 mm and a stroke of 166 mm, allowing the inline-six engine to provide sufficient thrust for pilot boats, lifeboats, and fishing vessels. It also shows the broad torque plateau typical for MAN marine engines. This ensures maximum torque over a broad engine speed range at the lowest specific fuel consumption. This is supported by the modified common rail injection system, which ensures improved combustion while increasing on-board comfort due to reduced vibration and noise levels. The latest US EPA Tier 3 Commercial emissions standards are met purely by the internal design of the engine; no additional external equipment is necessary, so the MAN 6-cylinder engine does not need to sacrifice its compact installation dimensions. The D2676 diesel engine comes with a displacement of 12.4 liters (757 cubic inches) and has proven itself many hundreds of thousands of times in both on-road and off-road applications since 2007. It was first introduced for workboats in 2015. In developing its engines, MAN Engines draws on the wealth of components and expertise gained from mass production of MAN engines for heavy duty trucks and buses. These elements are then modified for each specific application. As a result, MAN Engines can offer a selection of engines for commercial vessel applications ranging from 440 hp to 1,650 hp (324 kW to 1,213 kW), which satisfy the latest US EPA emissions standards. For the first time in the US, Canadian, and Mexican markets, MAN Engines will be exhibiting the D2676 LE426 at the Pacific Marine Expo from November 21 to 23 2019 in Seattle, Washington. https://www.corporate.man.eu/man/media/content_medien/doc/global_engines/pressemitteilungen_1/2019_21/MAN_D2676_LE426_preliminary_technical_data.pdf
    • I can't honestly say I've ever had one of the types you've come to despise. The twelve speed Mack trans, (TRTXL-107 series) is pretty much bulletproof but they, (like anything else) need taken care of. Do call when a Mack trans becomes surplus to your needs; any variant as I know a couple of rebuilders, but I'm not much of one myself.
    • Matt Cole, Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ)  /  November 27, 2019 Four recalls announced in November by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), Volvo Trucks and Paccar affect more than 6,500 Western Star, Volvo and Peterbilt tractors, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents. DTNA issued two separate recalls of Western Star trucks. One impacts approximately 2,725 model year 2016-2020 Western Star 4900 and 5700 tractors for an issue that could cause sleeper cab vent windows to detach from the trucks. Improper adhesive on the windows could cause the problem. Daimler will notify affected truck owners, and dealers will replace the vent windows for free. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-836. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-792. The other Daimler recall affects approximately 1,331 model year 2020 Western Star 4700 tractors in which the steering shaft may have been installed improperly. This could cause a loss of connection between the steering wheel and front axle wheels. DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the trucks, correcting the steering shaft installation if necessary. Owners can contact Daimler customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-835. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-769. A recall announced by Volvo affects approximately 2,287 model year 2020 Volvo VNL and VNR tractors equipped with Sheppard HD94 gear variants. The steering gear mounting fasteners may not be properly tightened, which could cause the steering gear to loosen. Volvo Trucks is notifying owners, and dealers will inspect and re-torque the steering gear or replace the steering gear if necessary. Owners can contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-528-6586 with recall number RVXX1906. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-756. Finally, a recall from Paccar affects approximately 248 model year 2020 Peterbilt 579 trucks equipped with sleepers. The company says the conspicuity tape may have been installed in the wrong location, affecting the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers. Paccar will notify owners, and dealers will install additional conspicuity tape on the back of the sleepers in the correct location. Owners can contact Paccar customer service at 1-940-591-4220 with recall number 19PBE. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-733.
    • So did you dig in to this yet steeler?
    • Remind me to call you next time we decide to part ways with another Mack trans. 
    • Iveco and FPT Industrial to provide Nikola with engineering, manufacturing expertise David Cullen, Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT)  /  December 3, 2019 Iveco Trucks and its sister firm, FPT Industrial, along with Nikola Corp. discussed the scope of the joint venture and collaboration agreement under which they plan develop hydrogen fuel-cell and battery-electric trucks for the European market at a Dec. 3 press conference in Turin, Italy. The jv agreement, inked in Septmber, is technically between Phoenix-based Nikola Motor Co. and CNH Industrial N.V. CNHI, based in the Netherlands, is the parent of Italy-based truck maker Iveco S.p.A. and powertrain supplier FPT Industrial. The deal includes a $250 million investment in Nikola by CNH. In a Sept. 3 news release, the two partners stated that Nikola’s zero-emission heavy-duty trucks, powered by proprietary hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology, will be the first such vehicles to go into production. Further, they contended that Nikola’s “disruptive business model foresees an industry-first ‘all-in’ lease rate, which includes vehicle, service, maintenance and fuel costs, providing long-term total cost of ownership certainty at or below diesel costs.” Under the agreement, Iveco and FPT Industrial will provide engineering and manufacturing expertise to help put into production Nikola’s fuel-cell and battery electric trucks: The Nikola One, a North American Class 8 sleeper truck; the Nikola Two, a North American Class 8 daycab; and the Nikola Tre, a European cabover heavy-duty truck. At the Dec. 3 presser, the partners showed off a model of the battery electric Nikola Tre, which is based on the Iveco S-Way platform and integrates Nikola’s truck technology, controls, and infotainment system. Testing of the Tre is expected to begin in mid-2020, the companies said, with a European public launch planned for the IAA 2020 commercial vehicle show in Hanover, Germany. Sales and aftersales support of the truck will be provided by Iveco’s European dealer network. The Tre is “the first step on the path towards the Nikola fuel cell electric model (FCEV), which will be available to customers by 2023,” the partners also stated. “This joint-venture with Nikola is testament to both partners technical expertise, which will result in tangible environmental benefits for Europe’s long-distance haulers,” CNH Industrial CEO Hubertus Mühlhauser said at the Turin event. “This partnership is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Trevor Milton, Nikola Motors CEO.  “From the moment we launched the Nikola One in 2016, truck drivers and government officials have been asking for us to bring Nikola to Europe. “We needed the right partner to help us enter the European market and CNH Industrial is the right commercial partner,” he added. “While other OEMs are laying off tens of thousands of employees, Nikola is creating thousands of jobs and forcing the trucking industry to react and go zero-emission.” https://www.iveco.com/en-us/press-room/release/Pages/IVECO-FPT-Industrial-and-Nikola-Corporation-unveil-the-Nikola-TRE.aspx
    • Roger Gilroy, Transport Topics  /  December 5, 2019 Preliminary North American Class 8 net orders for November passed 17,000 and hit the second-highest point reached this year, but analysts at two data-tracking firms said it did nothing to alter the slumping direction of the overall trend. Orders were 17,500, one industry analyst reported, noting it would have final net orders from truck makers later in the month. November’s tally trailed only October’s volume of 22,100 for the year, but dropped far below the 28,082 net orders a year earlier. It was the weakest November total since 16,770 in 2015. Orders year-to-date have averaged about 14,600 per month. “Usually the first and fourth quarters of the year are the strongest order quarters, so seeing slightly elevated activity is, I’m not saying encouraging, but affirming my forecast of North American production,” he said. “17,500 is a pretty decent number. Averaging 16,000 or 17,000 a month is our expectation as we roll into the 2020 time frame.” His forecast expects North American production to reach 345,000 this year, but the company is “increasingly nervous” about trade and U.S.-China tariff situations, Tam said Dec. 4. As it stands now, he forecasts production in 2020 will plunge by more than 100,000 units to 233,500 — but that figure lands close to the typical North American replacement level.  He plans to release his latest forecast on December 6, which may reflect adjustments. In terms of historical cycles and manufacturing-led slowdowns “assuming things are going to transpire as our forecast portrays, this is a very middling downturn relative to others, and 2016 is the closest,” he said. “They are almost identical in magnitude. This is going to be not quite as steep as the 2015-2016 downturn, and the trajectory during the cycle-year is pretty consistent.” Separately, analyst FTR pegged preliminary orders at 17,300. “I call this a disappointing number because it doesn’t keep production running well in 2020,” said Don Ake, vice president of commercial vehicles at FTR. Fleets and others “are very cautious. They are only ordering out into the first quarter [of 2020], primarily,” he added. “They are more cautious than they were in 2015-2016, really. The fourth quarter this year has not gotten off to a strong start. It’s winding down a lot.” December’s orders, due to be reported in early January, should be higher, but may not be a lot better because the caution factors that held back November will still be present, Ake said. In addition to declines in manufacturing, slower freight growth and softening rates, Ake also pointed to what he called “political conflict. Everybody can go, ‘yes, that’s present.’ And then they figure it out as to how it’s present in their own mind.” These uncertainties weigh on decisions to add equipment, and one fleet recently emphasized its orders for electrified trucks; NFI was the first fleet to receive a Class 8 eCascadia from Daimler Trucks North America.  “The Daimler partnership has gone back many, many years. We are driving our first eCascadia in Southern California,” said Bill Bliem, senior vice president of fleet services at NFI. The company is based in Camden, N.J. “We have nine more eCascadias coming before the end of the year,” said Bliem. “So we are going to have a fleet of 10, and the plan is to run them through our warehouse complex in the Inland Empire and through the [Southern California] ports and feed all that information to Daimler so they can get these trucks into production in 2021.”  At the same time, he said NFI has 10 Tesla battery-electric heavy-duty trucks on order. It is also running an electric tractor from Peterbilt, and has ordered 25 electric yard tractors from Kalmar Ottawa to be built and delivered in the first quarter of 2020.  In addition, the company is participating in the Volvo Lights program aimed at reducing emissions and cleaning the air in California, he said.  “There are 16 partners in the program,” Bliem said. “We are the truck operator. We will be operating four Volvo electric trucks, two electric yard tractors and 10 lithium battery-powered forklifts through the Volvo Lights program.”  Of course, not every fleet places truck orders, relying instead on truck leasing. “We lease all our equipment,” said John Hernando, CEO of InstiCo Logistics and InstiCo Express, based in Irving, Texas. “We have full-service leases. There’s multiple reasons why we did that. [One is] we don’t have our own shops. So it gives us a better opportunity to get the maintenance we need from the suppliers we partner with.” 
    • 98% done with headliner and back cab cover.                            
    • I'll drop it by the shop next time I'm up that way. My son now lives in Wheaton so don't go over on 20 any longer, but I'll chart a path before the holiday visit. I have some other older IH items so I'll look to see if you can use any of them. Rob
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