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The only thing that would be more exiting than this is bringing the Aussie Mack line up over here to the US and Canada. Not even being able to get a woody would beat that.🙂

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We will build you a truck if you order 50-100 of the same type and prepay. After you own it, we will help you with issues and there will be many. Do they have more than one running truck now? Do they have test mules running 24 hours a day? Have they tested the cab and know that the doors will not fall off 5-10 years from now? Will it catch on fire next year? A lot can go wrong here. I saw Ford HN80 test mules starting in late 1994. The dash had issues in 1997 when they went on sale and still in 2009 when Sterling quit.  

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2 minutes ago, TS7 said:

We will build you a truck if you order 50-100 of the same type and prepay. After you own it, we will help you with issues and there will be many. Do they have more than one running truck now? Do they have test mules running 24 hours a day? Have they tested the cab and know that the doors will not fall off 5-10 years from now? Will it catch on fire next year? A lot can go wrong here. I saw Ford HN80 test mules starting in late 1994. The dash had issues in 1997 when they went on sale and still in 2009 when Sterling quit.  

So many negative waves. As Oddball once said, "Have a little faith baby! have a little faith!"

As for the HN80. the dashboard did crack......and new owner Daimler never seemed to have addressed the problem. However, I'm confident that Ford would have, had they kept going with it.

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5 minutes ago, kscarbel2 said:

So many negative waves. As Oddball once said, "Have a little faith baby! have a little faith!"

As for the HN80. the dashboard did crack......and new owner Daimler never seemed to have addressed the problem. However, I'm confident that Ford would have, had they kept going with it.

This Guy does quite well solving this issue..

http://sterlingdashreplacement.com.au/

 

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16 minutes ago, Hayseed said:

This Guy does quite well solving this issue..

http://sterlingdashreplacement.com.au/

Well done! Australia has some of the world's best problem solvers, a place overflowing with ingenuity.

Oh, and Oz has Paul too.............https://www.bigmacktrucks.com/topic/50535-extreme-make-over-time-for-mrs-mack/?page=2

 

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11 hours ago, TS7 said:

We will build you a truck if you order 50-100 of the same type and prepay. After you own it, we will help you with issues and there will be many. Do they have more than one running truck now? Do they have test mules running 24 hours a day? Have they tested the cab and know that the doors will not fall off 5-10 years from now? Will it catch on fire next year? A lot can go wrong here. I saw Ford HN80 test mules starting in late 1994. The dash had issues in 1997 when they went on sale and still in 2009 when Sterling quit.  

Well, likely doesn't matter. I have what is supposed to be a "premium" truck from a company that has test tracks and makes "extreme duty" off road trucks.

The videos on their web site show all the details that make them better as the guy says "does it cost more? Well yes it does."

And guess what? It's the worst truck I have ever been in. The build quality flaws when it was delivered are far too many to list here.

 

 

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16 hours ago, Red Horse said:

Wow- he should make them for the US.  How many Sterlings still running around here.  If the economics can work with the Aussie Sterling population, this should be a home run in the US

Think someone has beaten Him to It......

http://dashdesigncorp.com/

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7 hours ago, RoadwayR said:

Well, I certainly hope the Autocar hyperbole lasts longer than the 18-odd months the HN80 party lasted.  But, everything I have seen of the Autocar conventional so far leeds me to believe this is a very serious effort.

Not to change the subject, but to this day Ford's abrupt exit of the heavy truck market after designing a whole new series of vehicles for it has to be the most bizarre thing I have ever seen a major manufacturer ever do.  Did someone not get the memo?  Wonder if there wasn't more to the story.   

I think classic case of corporate infighting.  You are right-bizarre is the word.  Think of it.  How many millions did they spend on the design and as someone previously noted, he saw mules running around as early as 94.  Think of the study that went into this BEFORE the huge expenditure was approved.  The lesser profitability of heavy trucks was I'm sure a known factor when that decision was made-and understood-not all facets of the business produce the same rate of return. 

By 98 Jac Nassar was in control and doing all sorts of stupid stuff-like buying junkyards so.."we can study parts failures"- etc etc.  And for sure there was a faction by then that looked at only one thing-the profitability of every vehicle.  Not a bad thing-but it is a lot more complicated than that I'm sure. And recognized and accepted when HN-80 was authorized.

Had Jac not have been on the throne at that point, my bet is Ford would still be cranking out big trucks in Louisville.

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3 hours ago, Hayseed said:

Think someone has beaten Him to It......

http://dashdesigncorp.com/

Thx Hayseed-no clue these guys existed.

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42 minutes ago, Bullheaded said:

On the Ford thing......I watch some cars shows on the weekends on tv when I'm having breakfast. A couple years ago I was watching Autoline Detroit and they had some execs from Ford on the discussion panel.

They were saying how Ford is going to get back into class 8 trucks in north America because they feel they once again want to offer a full commercial portfolio. They wanted to be able to offer everything from vans and F150's all the way up.

The most interesting thing he said was "we still own all our old tooling and dies."

I wonder what ever happened to that plan? And what tooling do they still own? The old Louisville stuff or Sterling era stuff?

That makes no sense. Bob? Once assumes they sold the HN80 tooling to Daimler. If they leased it, such a deal would be unheard of. They might still own the Louisville tooling, but.............

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From what I've heard Daimler even has the Ford heavy truck parts inventory... Need a Ford produced part for your old Louisville, you go to a Freightliner dealer.

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5 hours ago, Red Horse said:

Had Jac not have been on the throne at that point, my bet is Ford would still be cranking out big trucks in Louisville.

No way, the numbers were not there for Ford in heavy trucks since the mid-80's.  What really killed Ford's heavy truck business was the boundless increase in light truck popularity that really took off in the 1980's.  The Louisville plant is FAR more profitable building high volume high margin light trucks than it was building low volume labor intensive low margin (because most all of Ford's large truck sales were low bid fleet) heavy trucks.  The mystery was why did Ford bother with the HN80 program in the first place?  They dropped the C series in 1990, the CL in 1991, should have let the old L's go until they had to retool the plant for the 1999 Super Duty pickups.  Of course they wouldn't have had anything to sell Freightliner, but they lost a lot of money on that deal anyway. 

I have never heard that Ford still had their heavy truck tooling nor any rumor that they had any intention of re-entering the heavy truck market in the U.S..  Freightliner did buy all the old L series tooling along with that for the HN80, it was all auctioned off in St. Thomas late 2009.  Possibly Ford bought the tooling?  That would be interesting!   

     

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3 hours ago, Maxidyne said:

From what I've heard Daimler even has the Ford heavy truck parts inventory... Need a Ford produced part for your old Louisville, you go to a Freightliner dealer.

That's how it works here,

I still have a a couple of L series & It's surprising what they still have in Stock. Though lately I do get told a lot "that part is NLA"

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The "Big Threes" history is full of abandoned markets and products because somebody though that big cars or little cars or big trucks or SUVs were dead and pulled out of that market, only to have to rush back in a few years later. Ford had a front wheel drive compact, the Taunus, in the 60s and killed it, and two decades later probably spent a billion in 21st century dollars to bring the Escort to world markets. Ford killed the original Bronco and now they're spending hundreds of millions to reinvent it. Ford killed the GT40 twice, had to reinvent it, and now they're letting it die again. Ford killed their heavy trucks 20 years ago, and now the company they sold their trucks to has full order books for the rest of the year...

When you're a company that builds over a million motor vehicles a year you have to be active in every segment of the market, because the market can change it's mind a lot quicker than the years it takes to design and tool up a new product. 

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"Now that we revealed the new #Autocar #DC-64R purpose-built conventional refuse truck, the wraps are off the truck we had hidden as a teaser in our WasteExpo booth. It's the 1990 Autocar ACL64B rolloff graciously loaned by All American Waste in New Mexico. Thanks to Carmine Capone and his family for sharing our celebrations of the new #AutocarDC. #AlwaysUp"

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2 minutes ago, kscarbel2 said:

"The new Autocar DC cab:

1) It's 100% new, 100% Autocar.

2) It's made in America from galvanized steel and a touch of aluminum for strength+weight optimization, tested for severe-duty beatings.

3) Inspired by the classic Autocar Driver Cab with wraparound glass and tons of operator space.

4) The dash has a steel structure and aluminum panels with exposed fasteners for serviceability.

5) Inside, more authentic custom metals, less plastics.

6) 100% #BadtotheBone #AutocarDC #AlwaysUp"

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Love it-except for that rounded off snout.  Brink back the DK look.  But one thing that is great from a safety perspective-as many of us have posted, these light groupings where the turn signal is in the same housing as the headlights leave a lot to be desired.  the visibility of that turn signal is lost.  Bring back the "lollypop"!  then the idiot that is trying to get by you on the right as you make a wide swing for a right hand turn has one more blinking light in his face.  Granted- that lollypop will cost you .00045 mpg because of wind resistance.😎

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There is a signal marker on the underside of the mirror arm though.

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