Friday, May 30, 2014

National Ford Truck Club At The NTEA Work Truck Show

Regional Ford Truck Clubs were represented at the National Breakfast in Indianapolis during the NTEA Convention in early March. Representatives from Southern California, the Northwest, Philadelphia, Houston and Atlanta were there, in addition to others interested in starting or re-starting
Truck Clubs.


Clubs serve FordPros in areas that are excited about the rebounding economy, and the need for dealers to collaborate in having finished trucks available for “instant” delivery. Work Truck Solution, a new and upcoming source for such vehicle availability, was there to listen and learn and to talk to
club representatives about this growing program. Great strides have taken place in placing bodied-up cab/chassis showing in dealer Commercial Truck web pages, demonstrating to customers that their local dealership has people available, and products “within range” to meet their Commercial Truck
Buyer’s needs on short notice.

Randy White (Georgia Truck Club) talked about the 10th Annual Lake Lanier Commercial Truck Symposium that is a spring-time (June 11-12) event for the BPN dealers in Georgia, the Carolinas and Alabama. Ed Miller (Houston Club) talked about an upcoming Golf Event that is a new venture for the Club.

Mike Ladner (Southern Cal) talked about the challenges of getting people together who are not separated by miles, but by the time it takes to travel in their area. Joe Hughes (Northwest) told of their club’s plan to have a meeting in Portland, traveling 160+ miles by chartered bus to see a new body-builder operation. Rick Damush (Philadelphia) talked about the advantages that the Truck Clubs give FordPros who meet as peers and not as rivals.

The overall mood of the group was relief that the economy is indeed on the rebound, and that we all have much to look forward to in the year ahead.

Courtesy of Spring Issue of FordPros Magazine.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Taylor Steinberg Talks About Knapheide Gooseneck Body


Taylor Steinberg of Knapheide Manufacturing gives Ryan Stone of Commercial Truck Success a few pointers about the new Knapheide Gooseneck Body at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana in March of 2011. See more Knapheide products at www.knapheide.com

Monday, May 26, 2014

2014 Work Truck Show Recap Video



If you weren't able to make it to NTEA's 2014 Work Truck Show, check out Knapheide's recap video for Booth 3739. www.knapheide.com

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Overfill Protection - Transfer Flow Tank Tips




Overfilling your fuel tank can lead to serious issues. Transfer Flow will show you how you can safely fill your fuel tank with out risking your safety or damaging your vehicle.

For questions or more information on our fuel systems give us a call at 800-442-0056, or visit us at www.Transferflow.com

Saturday, May 24, 2014

National Ford Truck Club BOLT Lock Interview




The National Ford Truck Club interviews BOLT Locks National Sales Manager Erika Garcia at the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show about upcoming new products for BOLT Locks. See more information at www.boltlock.com.

Friday, May 23, 2014

2016 Ford F-650/F-750: 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel


 
 
Ford Engineering Manager, Joel Beltramo discusses the 2nd generation Ford designed and built 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Diesel Engine. These engines have been developed and tested to tackle medium-duty jobs, with three horsepower and torque levels.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Changing the Fuel of Delivery – FedEx Driver Turns to Natural Gas

The next time a FedEx truck arrives at your door take a look at the sticker on the back – your parcel may have arrived courtesy of compressed natural gas (CNG).

Harry Carver, a FedEx contractor based in Tyler Texas, drives nine routes from Longview to Kilgore and has recently purchased a CNG-powered Ford 5-59 Step Van for his fleet of 14 trucks.

He’s got his eyes on four more.

The truck makes 90 stops a day and is equipped to carry 250 boxes – it’s no issue with the 1,000 cubic feet of space in the back, two shelves and a rollup door.

Harry Carver, a Fedex contractor based in Tyler Texas now has
one Ford F-59 CNG truck in his fleet and is looking to purchase several more.

Harry said he read about different fuel options when his local Ford dealer told him about a demo truck equipped with the dedicated Westport WiNG™ Power System.

“I checked on the price on Tuesday and bought the truck on Wednesday,” Harry said.

Harry’s trucks drive over 36,000 miles per year. He says the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program, an incentive program operated through the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan -- was one of the deciding factors in deciding to transition his fleet to CNG.
The program’s website states the grant provides reimbursement of up to 90 per cent of the incremental cost for replacement or repower of medium and heavy duty vehicles greater than 8500 lbs gross vehicle weight (GVW).

The program is intended to encourage owners and operators of heavy-duty or medium-duty vehicles to convert vehicles to natural gas or replace vehicles with a natural gas vehicle.

“It’s getting over seven miles to the gallon, 7.1 or 7.2,” Harry says. “I have a great driver. The motor oil when you check it, it’s all clean.”

His driver fills up at the local Independent fuel systems station. He notes that his truck currently has 21,000 miles on it. He says the city of Tyler is converting its garbage trucks to CNG and he’s optimistic more fuel stations will come online nearby. 
Courtesy of  Westport: http://blog.westport.com

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Welcome To Our New Blog

Welcome to the National Ford Truck Club blog, home of the national publication, Ford Pros Magazine, and much more.

We will be sharing more about who we are and what we do, along with many other interesting things that include commercial trucks, Ford dealerships and more.

We hope to have you stop by again soon.