Sunday, September 28, 2014

Harbor 8' Service Body With RollTop and Drawers



John Turic shows off this great Harbor 8' Service Body mounted on a Ford F-250 chassis. This unit has a 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure (Rolltop), standard pop-out lock system, Master Locking System, and a couple of drawers in the front streetside compartment. See more about Harbor Truck Bodies at http://www.htbi.net, and more from Hansel Ford at http://www.HanselWorkTrucks.com

Friday, September 26, 2014

Majority of Pickups Could Be Aluminum by 2025



Depending on who you talk to, the idea of making pickup trucks out of aluminum is an idea that could catch on with truckmakers, resulting in as many as 7 out of 10 trucks being made from aluminum during the next few decades.

According to The Detroit News, marketing research firm Ducker Worldwide is predicting that once the 2015 Ford F-150 debuts and works out the bugs with dealerships and the auto repair industry, other truckmakers will likely to follow suit. In fact, a recent study by Ducker suggests that by 2025 as many as 7 in 10 pickup trucks made for the U.S. could be made completely or substantially from the lighter alloy.

The study was commissioned by the Aluminum Transportation Group, an organization dedicated to promoting the use of aluminum in new production areas. The Detroit News noted that members of the Steel Market Development Institute (you can guess where their biases lay) think more advances are likely to be made with less-expensive advanced high-strength steels. What a surprise.

All of this speculation about the use of more lightweight materials is motivated by the aggressive federal fuel-efficiency targets full-size pickups (those with a gross vehicle weight rating less than 8,500 pounds) will have to meet in the near future. Now that Ford is pushing the industry, it makes sense that others are likely to follow. Making vehicles lighter will naturally help improve a vehicle's EPA fuel economy numbers, but there are many other ways pickup truck makers can help their average fuel economy as well. Look for more less conventional solutions coming down the road, as well.

Cars.com image by Mark Williams

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Versalift VO-270-E 70' Aerial Lift


Here's a special chipper body with an articulated over-center 70' aerial lift for those special jobs that require up to a 46.5' reach and able to do the job at the location of choice. It was built by Versalift of Waco, Texas for CM Joslin Co of Conroe, Texas through Ed Miller at Chastang Ford in Houston, Texas. This is the third addition of this specialized unit to their fleet and another is being built to make it four. The truck is a 2015 F750 Ford Medium Duty Chassis.

To see more about this specific type of truck, see the Versalift V0-270-E.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

2015 Ford F-450 vs Ram 3500 Cummins HD Diesel Extreme Towing Review


What's the baddest towing truck in the land? Is it the 2015 Ford F-450 or the Ram 3500 with the Cummins diesel? In this video we hitch up almost 30,000 pounds to both trucks and run them up a crazy steep seven percent highway grade to find out which pickup truck is the towing kind of the land.  ( http://www.TFLtruck.com ) ( http://www:TFLcar.com )

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Charter Communications Places First Large Fleet Order for All-New 2015 Ford Transit Van

  •    Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase Ford Transit vans to be used by technicians across its 29 state footprint
  •     Charter selected the 2015 Transit due to its superior fuel economy and cargo space
  •     Charter is one of the first large fleets to order the new full-size Transit van in the U.S.
Technicians for the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, Charter Communications of Stamford, Connecticut, will soon drive brand-new 2015 Ford Transit vans. Charter recently ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase Transit vans with the standard 3.7-liter Ti-VCT gasoline V6 engine for its technicians. These vehicles are used to transport equipment for installing and servicing Internet, TV and phone customer homes across 29 states.

“Charter Communications’ choice of the low-roof-model Ford Transit allows its installers the ability to maneuver in tight parking spaces and garages, while offering almost 56 inches of cargo height with rear cargo doors that open up to 180 degrees for easy loading and unloading,” said Kevin Koswick, director, Ford North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing Operations. Charter is one of the first large fleets to order the new full-size 2015 Transit van, which went on sale in June.

After an extensive review of available full-size vans, Charter selected Ford Transit due to its superior fuel economy and cargo space. Upfitting convenience was also a factor. The new Transit is built near Kansas City, Missouri, home to Charter equipment installer Auto Truck. When the Charter team drove Transit at a March ride-and-drive event, the van’s handling, tight turning radius and panoramic windshield view sealed the deal.

“Charter is excited to be adding the Ford 2015 Transit Van to our fleet,” said Kathy Carrington, SVP of Corporate Services at Charter. “The handling, safety features, cargo space and fuel efficiency were all contributing factors to our choice and our technicians will be well equipped to serve our customers with these trucks.” All-new Ford Transit offers 75 percent more volume In the United States, Transit replaces America’s best-selling van for 35 years, E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline.

Transit was introduced in Europe in 1965, and has been the best-selling commercial van in the United Kingdom for 49 years. The vehicle is sold in 118 markets on six continents. In some configurations, the 2015 Transit offers as much as 75 percent more cargo volume than the largest E-Series, helping customers save in fuel costs and time associated with having to make a second trip. Maximum payload increases more than 600 pounds across the lineup versus comparable E-Series vans.

The all-new Ford Transit was designed with improved handling, steering and ride qualities. A power rack-and-pinion steering setup provides exceptionally communicative steering feel to the driver. The front suspension consists of subframe-mounted MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar for smoother, flatter cornering, combined with progressive-rate rear leaf springs and heavy-duty gas-charged dampers for well-controlled ride quality – regardless of load status.

About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 186,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.

 For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The All-New 2015 Ford F-150 in the Wind Tunnel


The new F-150’s structured look features squared-off edges, shapes and surfaces that convey confidence, capability and work readiness. Yet these elements also work together to allow F-150 to slip through the air more efficiently.

Friday, September 5, 2014

2015 Ford F-150 | Desert Testing


Brian Schober knows a thing or two about destroying trucks. His job as a test engineer is to ensure military vehicles won’t fail on the battlefield. And his commute itself has ruined 13 vehicles over the past year and a half. So how will the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 do on his desert course for 36 hours?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ford Puts First Truck Customers Behind Wheel of the All-New F-150 to Kick Off ‘You Test’ Video Series

Out of more than 15,000 entrants, four truck customers won theopportunity to be the first to test the all-new 2015 F-150 – thesmartest, toughest, most capable Ford F-150 pickup yet   

Each ofthe four customers is testing a 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-liter EcoBoost® 4x4 around North America – from off-road in the Arizona desert; to hauling boulders in Oregon; to towing hay bales in Montana;to transporting supplies across the Arctic from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada   

First customer “You Test”video debuts today at BuiltToughTest.com to show truck customers just how tough the all-new F-150 is on the job and in customers’ hands


Out of more than 15,000 entrants, four truck customers won the opportunity to be the first to test the all-new 2015 F-150 – the smartest, toughest, most capable Ford F-150 pickup yet

Each of the four customers is testing a 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-liter EcoBoost® 4x4 around North America – from off-road in the Arizona desert; to hauling boulders in Oregon; to towing hay bales in Montana; to transporting supplies across the Arctic from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada

First customer “You Test” video debuts today at BuiltToughTest.com to show truck customers just how tough the all-new F-150 is on the job and in customers’ hands

Four lucky truck customers are taking their turn behind the wheel of the all-new F-150, Ford’s toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 yet, to put it through some of the toughest testing to date – their own.

Beginning today, the first of four videos in the “You Test” series will show how these customers tested the all-new F-150 at BuiltToughTest.com.

These truck customers were selected from more than 15,000 submissions, in which entrants described how they would test the toughness of the new F-150 pickup. 

“Our four winners demonstrate how Built Ford Tough isn’t simply a tagline – it’s our brand commitment that F-150 gets the job done, day in and day out,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group marketing manager. “The videos show real-world testing beyond testing already conducted by Ford engineers. This is what matters most – serving our customers.”

Truck shoppers excited to see how tough the all-new F-150 is will witness each of the four customers testing a 2015 F-150 Lariat 3.5-liter EcoBoost® 4x4 in different regions of North America. They will be tackling such challenges as military-intensive off-road trails in the desert, hauling rocks, towing hay bales and transporting supplies more than 900 miles.

Proving it in Yuma

The first video features Brian Schober, a systems engineer for military vehicle testing, in Yuma, Arizona.

Schober ran the 2015 F-150 through a series of off-road tests in the Arizona desert – some of which are used for the military vehicles he tests. The F-150’s durability was proven in 36 straight hours navigating a rugged 10-mile loop, which included rock crawls, sand washes and suspension challenges in triple-digit temperatures.

“I work at the U.S. Army proving grounds where I drive approximately 350 miles a day on gravel and dirt roads, hauling parts and people. I’ve gone through my fair share of vehicles,” said Schober. “We currently rent a 2013 F-150 and consider it a workhorse. With a new F-150 on my radar for my next vehicle, the 2015 looks like it will do the trick.”

EcoBoost power, efficiency and popularity

More than 550,000 F-150s with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines have been sold since the availability of EcoBoost starting in 2011.

F-150 is the preferred light-duty pickup among workers in some of the toughest vocations.*

Videos of the three other winners testing the all-new F-150 will be posted in the coming weeks, showcasing the truck hauling boulders in Oregon, towing bales of hay in Montana, and transporting supplies more than 900 miles on primarily gravel roads from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories in Canada.

* Percentage based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. light-duty pickups; Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Avalanche 1500, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra combined new registrations January 2013 to May 2014 (year-to-date) within: Admin-Environmental Quality Programs, Agricultural Production-Livestock, Auto Repair Services and Parking/Rental, Electric Gas and Sanitary Services, Emergency Vehicles, Executive Legislative and General Government, Heavy Construction Except Building, Hazardous Materials, Road/Highway Maintenance, Pipelines Except Natural Gas, Manufacturing, Agriculture/Farm, Roofing Siding and Sheet Metal Work, Specialized Heavy Hauling, Landscaping.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 186,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.