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  1. General Motors News

    GM donates $5 million to Henry Ford museum Automotive News / October 17, 2017 DETROIT -- General Motors is donating $5 million to a nonprofit organization founded by the patriarch of its largest American rival. Mark Reuss, GM's head of global product development, purchasing and supply chain, announced the donation Tuesday as part of a new partnership between the automaker and the Henry Ford, a National Historic Landmark in Dearborn, Mich., established by Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford in 1929 to display his personal collections and other innovations. "The Henry Ford is a national treasure," Reuss said at the HenryFordMuseum, one of the organization's five attractions. "One that all of us who grew up around here feel a lifelong very personal connection with." With the gift, GM will sponsor the museum's rotating exhibit that will now be known as the Gallery by General Motors. Reuss said the mission is to offer exhibits that help promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Reuss did not shy away from the irony: GM now supports an educational effort that includes the Ford name, but the gift is meant to ensure GM is part of the museum's innovations for future generations. "We know that Henry Ford and Ford Motor Co. have always been and will always be inextricably linked. There's no getting around that," Reuss said. "But the museum is a celebration of American innovation, particularly in the transportation space, and you can't tell that story without General Motors and Ford together." The collaboration has been years in the making, according to officials. Nearly four years ago, Reuss and Edsel Ford II, a trustee of the organization and great-grandson of Henry Ford, had lunch to first discuss GM playing a bigger role in the Henry Ford. Patricia Mooradian, president of the organization, said the lunch spawned a tour of the GM Heritage Center, where the automaker preserves and displays its collection of historic vehicles. She said Edsel Ford II asked Reuss "to imagine a world where two companies that are intense rivals in the marketplace can come together to support our nation's museum of innovation." Reuss answered by joining the Henry Ford Board of Trustees last year and bringing GM into the partnership. Mooradian called the collaboration with GM one of the most "historic and game-changing" in the organization's 90-year history. Reuss said the sponsorship is just the beginning of "many other special programs" that the organizations will introduce. The first exhibit in the GM-sponsored space is "The Science Behind Pixar," a Walt Disney computer animation film studio. The Henry Ford is an independent nonprofit that's not affiliated with Ford Motor Co. or the Ford Foundation. Ford family members have been major supporters and board members of the organization. The museum features a plethora of historic exhibits, including the chair in which President Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was assassinated, the bus on which civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to move to make room for a white passenger and the presidential limousine in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
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  4. early r model steel bumper with grill guard

    Please don't blame Watts. High prices for legacy Mack parts are dictated by Volvo Group. There's nothing that Watts Mack, or any other Mack brand dealer, can do about that. Watt's Mack is the kind provider of the BMT website, and I for one deeply appreciate it. They don't have to do it, but they do.
  5. early r model steel bumper with grill guard

    About the grille guard, when you called Watt's Mack (provider of the BMT website) at 1-888-304-6225 and asked for (1) 41MF299 plate and (2) 41MF385 post, what did they say?
  6. Trico really put us in a bind when they abruptly decided to exit the heavy truck business in 1986. Sprague was thrilled to get the new business but they couldn't create the tooling overnight. We had a lot of angry customers due to the temporarily. unavailability of wiper motors, I can tell you. But it wasn't Mack's fault. As usual though, the super parts people at the Mack factory branches and distributors shared the inventory we had in the field and helps to minimize the impact. Likewise, Trico's exit from heavy truck hurt Paccar so much that it considered buying Trico (http://www.nytimes.com/1986/11/18/business/company-news-paccar-considers-takeover-of-trico.html). Before you give up, be sure to call Rome Truck Parts in Georgia at 1-800-284-4345. They have been a Trico distributor for years. http://www.rometruckparts.com/ Note page 9 - http://rometruckparts.com/catalogs/RTP Trico Parts Book.pdf
  7. Do you have air or electric? The R/U/DM right-side 62QT44R (aluminum) supercedes to a 7623-KIT49R (black). The R/U/DM left-side 62QT45R (aluminum) supercedes to a 7623-KIT50L (black). 7623 if I recall correctly is the former Mack's vendor code (prefix) for Sprague, which is now part of CVG. You can look on the internet for the original numbers as new old stock (NOS).
  8. VW to Roll Out Electric Trucks, Buses in $1.7 Billion Push Bloomberg / October 11, 2017 VW Says It's Going Full-Steam Ahead on Electric Models Volkswagen AG is flanking its push into electric cars with plans to roll out battery-powered commercial vehicles targeted at urban areas as growing public concerns about air quality boost demand. The Volkswagen Truck & Bus division will invest 1.4 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in new technology including electric drivetrains, autonomous systems and cloud-based software, Andreas Renschler, head of the unit, said Wednesday in an interview in Hamburg. To help spread the costs, U.S. affiliate Navistar International Corp. will adopt the electric drivetrain. A battery-powered VW truck, dubbed e-Delivery, will roll off assembly lines in Brazil in 2020, while the German manufacturer’s MAN and Scania nameplates will both deliver wholly electric buses next year to European cities, adding to bio-diesel, hybrid systems and natural-gas line-ups. “We believe in a wide range of alternative powertrains and fuels, depending on local availability, social and local demand and customer requirements,” Renschler said at a press event. “Therefore it is crucial that policy makers adopt a technology-neutral approach" in any regulations. Electric trucks for local deliveries will probably exceed a 5 percent market share by 2025, according to Renschler. That compares to a forecast of about 25 percent for battery-powered autos. Commercial-vehicle manufacturers have been slow to develop electric models as loads are heavier than for cars and they serve a wider range of industry needs. Regulatory Differences Complicating matters is that trucks already vary significantly across the globe because of differences in regulations, making it difficult to build vehicles in large enough volumes to generate economies of scale. While in the aftermath of Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating scandal, some municipalities are looking at banning diesel engines to reduce air pollution. German competitor Daimler AG, the world’s largest commercial-vehicle producer and Renschler’s former employer, has stepped up development of engines including fully electric and hybrid versions as well as digital services to defend its lead. Volkswagen is also facing new rivals such as Tesla Inc., which is unveiling of a battery-powered semi truck on Nov. 16. Better battery technology will be key to making electric trucks more attractive by lowering operation costs, Renschler said. In addition to higher prices for the systems and recharging challenges, the power packs “are heavy and room-stealing,” reducing carrying capacity, Renschler said. “With city buses, we are just hitting the break-even point compared to conventional solutions,” Renschler said. “Electric distribution trucks are expected to turn positive in 2020-25,” while battery-powered long-haul heavy vehicles will be “late” in turning a profit for their owners. Autonomous Technology VW Truck & Bus’s autonomous-driving technology is focused on closed environments, like snow plows at airports or transport shuttles on set routes in parking lots or factories. VW plans to be ready for commercial production of the models within two years. Engineers are already working with customers to refine technology and gain experience. “The autonomous Scania mining truck standing outside of this building is ready to be shipped to the first customer overseas after this event,” Renschler said. “This truck is not a vision. It’s real stuff, here and now.” Success with those models, as well as services including new software to efficiently manage cargo, will determine whether VW will gain traction in creating a global truckmaking powerhouse with an average 9 percent operating return on sales. Renschler said VW is keeping all options open to expand the business, including a possible share sale. Renschler is also looking at increasing the 25 percent stake in China’s Sinotruk Hong Kong Ltd. that MAN holds as well as widening cooperation with GAZ PJSC in Russia and Navistar in the U.S., where Daimler’s Freightliner brand is the market leader.
  9. Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) / October 13, 2017 Court filings have begun to pile up that may ultimately determine the fate of the trailer-related provision within the federal Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards. On Oct. 12, the Environmental Defense Fund and a coalition of other environmental and public health groups formally requested that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reject what they regard as the “eleventh-hour stay” of the trailer provisions filed as a motion with the court by the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association on the 25th of last month. In its statement of intervenor opposition asking the court to deny TTMA’s motion for stay of the Phase 2 trailer provision, EDF argues in part that “TTMA attempts to artificially divide the tractor from the trailer to claim that TTMA’s members cannot be regulated directly because they are not manufacturers of motor vehicles.” In addition, EDF contends in its brief that “TTMA has likewise failed to demonstrate that its members will be irreparably harmed absent a stay of standards that simply require manufacturers to equip more of their trailers with widely used technologies that deliver fuel savings.” It also argues that TTMA’s motion is “littered with contradictions and belied by its remarkable eleven-month delay in seeking a judicial stay.” The Phase 2 GHG/MPG rules are set to require compliance starting in Jan. 2018, which explains TTMA’s desire to secure a stay of the trailer provision. In addition, TTMA filed a lawsuit back in Dec. 2016 asking the D.C. Circuit to overturn the trailer portion of the Phase 2 rule. EDF and a coalition of public health and environmental groups are also intervenors in that case, along with the California Air Resources Board and a group of seven states (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington). A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit will hear that case. According to EDF, a stay of the trailer rule— if granted-- would “delay these critical health and environmental protections for the duration of the litigation, which could last for years.” HDT contacted TTMA on Oct. 13 for comment on its motion for stay and EDF’s counter filing, but no reply has been received. “The trailer provisions of the [Phase 2] Clean Truck Standards are based on cost-effective and widely available measures that have long been used by industry leaders, and have been effectively incorporated into state standards for the past decade,” said EDF Attorney Alice Henderson in a statement. “It is critical that these common sense protections remain in place to reduce the dangerous pollution that causes climate change and save money for American families by reducing the costs for shipping goods.” Meanwhile, TTMA has also been working the regulatory relief track as well in hopes of rolling back entirely or at least weakening the trailer provision. Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the joint promulgators of the GHG rules, advised TTMA on Aug. 17 that they reviewed TTMA’s petitions for reconsideration of the trailer provision and “agree that further rulemaking is needed.” However, neither agency has taken any further action.
  10. Fleet Owner / October 13, 2017 Stoughton Trailers announced it has released its newly designed Platinum Series Grain Trailer. According to the company, the trailers are available in 34-ft., 40-ft. and 42-ft. lengths in eight models to fit a variety of agriculture needs. All Platinum Series grain trailers come standard with a 34º hopper slope for faster and better cleanouts, the company noted. The Platinum Plus 2-stage door, constructed of corrosion resistant materials, decreases the amount of torque needed by the operator to begin emptying the load, the company added. In addition, the liner is now removable, enabling removal to service the trailer components behind the liner panels. To provide greater durability, strength and stability, Platinum Series new front wall is made of composite panels with stainless steel front corners as standard. The top divider rail is now 25% thicker to provide additional strength. Standard on all Platinum Series, aluminum subframe grain trailers have hot dipped galvanized steel supports which connect the subframe to the cross members. In combination with the aluminum subframe, this offers a more durable and corrosion resistant solution. The front upper rail and top shelf have been redesigned to improve strength. The company added that the lights on the upper rear header of the trailer now function as brake lights and turn signals. The work area lights are standard, offering a solution when unloading at night. Each hopper/trap is equipped with 3 mini LED lights, integrated into the lower trap frame to greatly reduce the chance of being damaged. The crank area is equipped with 1 mini LED light. All Platinum Series grain trailers come standard with two rows of 7 mini LED lights on 40- and 42-ft. trailer models. Optional features include: Stainless steel rear panels Electric traps Electric tarps .
  11. Toyota’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck to Run Routes in California Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) / October 13, 2017 Toyota Motor North America has announced that its Project Portal Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck has completed initial testing and development and will begin regular drayage routes at ports in Southern California starting in late October. Project Portal has already completed more than 4,000 successful miles of testing while pulling drayage-rated cargo and will begin moving goods from select Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach terminals to surrounding rail yards and warehouses for distribution on Oct. 23. Project Portal was originally announced in April of this year as a proof of concept to determine the feasibility of fuel cell technology for heavy-duty trucks in drayage operations. With initial testing complete, the truck will log around 200 miles worth of daily trips from the twin ports. The localized, frequent route patterns are designed to test the drayage duty-cycle capabilities from the fuel cell system while capturing real-world performance data. As the study progresses, Toyota will introduce the truck to longer-haul routes. The initial feasibility study operations will be managed by the TMNA Project Portal team in collaboration with Toyota’s Service Parts Accessories Operations group and its drayage provider, Southern Counties Express. “Toyota has led the way in expanding the understanding and adoption of fuel cell technology,” said Bob Carter, TMNA executive vice president. “From the introduction of the Mirai passenger vehicle to the creation of the heavy-duty fuel cell system in Project Portal, Toyota continues to demonstrate the versatility and scalability of the zero-emission fuel cell powertrain.” Project Portal is a fully functioning heavy-duty truck concept that generates more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 lb.-ft. of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery - a relatively small battery to support Class 8 load operations. The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles per fill, under normal drayage operation.
  12. Navistar executives looking ahead

    Testing trucks at Navistar's proving grounds Fleet Owner / October 12, 2017 Navistar brought a slew of its new and “enhanced” truck and tractor models – including the all-new International HV Series in a variety of vocational configurations – to its 675-acre proving grounds in New Carlisle, IN, this week as part of a ride and drive event for journalists. The facility’s three-mile, three-lane oval, and off-road "severe service" durability course gave journalists a chance to get an up-close, hands-on feel for Navistar’s product line, including trucks equipped with its proprietary 12.4-liter A26 engine. Photo gallery - http://fleetowner.com/trucks/testing-trucks-navistars-proving-grounds#slide-0-field_images-228441