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  1. Maxidyne

    The New International Truck Line Up

    Still waiting for the Scania V8 option...
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    Ford to run DAKAR 2019 with two 4x4 Cargo trucks

    Now that Ford is pretty much getting out of cars in North America, will Ford Racing's $$$ be transferred to big truck racing?
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    Anthem = loss market share

    As a Cummins shareholder, I wonder why Volvo isn't offering the Cummins X12 as an option if they can't build enough Volvo engines? Or is Volvo worried that their engines can't compete with the X12?
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    2007 CHN613 engine swap???

    Probably won't fit- The MP8 (Volvo engine) is longer than the Mack engine and they had to modify the firewall to fit it. While the tighter emissions standards took effect on January 1st of 2007 and the Mack engine couldn't meet them. I've seen early 2007's built in 2006 that had the Volvo engines but not the tighter 2007 emissions equipment, and I've heard of several 2007s like yours that still had the old Mack engine. So while you might be in luck with the newer cab that can accommodate the MP8, a 2008 engine is going to come with a pile of emissions equipment that will be a pain to transfer and make compatible with your truck.
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    General Motors News

    Perhaps the Cat trucks site is still up because they still have unsold new ones....
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    A new medium/heavy truck from Ford and Cummins?

    That's the new world market Ford cabover that Kevin's been writing about.
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    A new medium/heavy truck from Ford and Cummins?

    Hopefully there will be a new medium/heavy cab, which is the key to building a new Ford medium/heavy truck. The X12 and X15 would need some doghouse as not all customers want a long conventional, and the L and even B series engines are fairly big too... Thus the F150 cab even with mods might be unacceptable. Thanks for pointing out the need for an E-series replacement- Even paired back to just cutaways and stripped chassis with no diesel option the E series is still selling 40,000 or so units a year, and that's a big help in reaching the 200,000 units a year needed to be viable. Ford also needs a parallel line of cabovers, suggesting that the Cargo or new H series wide cab might be the best basis for this new Ford heavy/medium truck line.
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    A new medium/heavy truck from Ford and Cummins?

    Mayflower or whatever they're calling themselves this week is still around and making cabs for a couple makers, IIRC. But they'd expect Ford to pay for tooling up a cab, and that would be expensive on a per unit basis.
  9. No, not staring rumors, just exploring possibilities. With GM and Toyota nipping at their heels with new models, Ford needs to up their game in medium/heavy trucks- A 21st century conventional that can compete with the best Daimler, International, Paccar, and Volvo offer while providing outstanding value to the small business that just needs a class 4 straight truck. Cummins will be happy to provide power beyond the Powerstroke's capabilities as well as electrification options, in fact Cummin's new X12 needs a North American conventional cab home. Frame rails and the transmissions, suspensions, and axles that attach to them are available from multiple sources, no problem. But where do we source a cab? We need a cab that can accommodate the doghouse for any Cummins on highway engine, holes in the floor for gearshift levers, side windows big enough to give a full view of a west coast and spot mirrors, enough headroom for a tall driver on an air seat, and enough width for a DOT legal sleeper. And did I mention that Ford and every other major auto/truck maker want at least the 200,000 unit a year volume to keep a cab plant busy working two shifts, and are used to million units a year platforms like the F150/Excursion/Navigator and Focus/C class variants? The "Super Duty" F250-750 steel cab is still around, but two decades old already. The aluminum F150-350 cab is a possibility, but would all the modifications needed to make it as a heavy truck cab be worth it? The current Cargo cab is the right width for a vocational truck and the new wide H cab is on the way, but is either worth modifying into a conventional? Or should Ford design and tool up an all new cab, perhaps shared with another maker to keep the costs down? What's your opinion?
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    General Motors News

    As long as International has surplus production capacity they'll probably be happy to assemble medium trucks for GM. But with major International stockholder VW Group testing everything from big Scanias on down in the U.S., VW Group may kick GM outta Intenational's plants...
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    The Takata air bag recall

    The frontal airbag was promoted by Nader as an attempt to offer some crash protection to drivers and passengers too dumb to use a seat belt. Having used seat belts from the 60s I've been forced to pay for air bags I don't need in four new vehicles so far. Now that those mandated frontal air bags are explosively failing and with 90% of drivers using the shoulder harnesses, they should become an extra cost option on new vehicles and those of us who wish to have these worthless frontal airbags removed from our current vehicles should be able to have that done for free and be reimbursed for the initial cost of these unwanted impositions on our vehicles.
  12. IIRC back in '78 in Pennsylvania I saw an F model western in CF colors, speced identical to CF's Freightliners. Story I heard was that CF bought them to evaluate the competition.
  13. Kinda hard for a small shop to compete with the likes of Paccar et al that can afford robots and get the best prices on parts due to their volume buying.
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    Chicago R models

    That's what I've heard, UPS's own PR says only 25% natural gas. I suspect the cost of natural gas fueling facilities are holding back adoption, seems only the bigger hubs can justify it. Have any of the Chicago area hubs gotten natural gas fueling facilities?
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    Chevrolet Class 4/5/6 Silverado

    A single rear axle straight truck often weights around 18,000 pounds once you get the body, tail lifts, etc. mounted. If you can't shift any of that weight to the front axle you'll only have a payload of 10,000 pounds or less, forcing you into a tandem just to get a couple thousand pounds more payload. With a cabover you can easily load the front axle to it's limit even with a crew cab and get better maneuverability to boot. If I were buying a class 6 or 7 straight truck I'd pay the couple thousand dollars more for a real work truck like the Isuzus instead of one of these pickups on steroids.

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