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  • Ford: Let's talk aluminum [View news story]
    Right to the point. excellent post, sir. Indisputable.
    Apr 10, 2014. 04:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford: Let's talk aluminum [View news story]
    Brice, I think I get it. Its the old quantitative theorem. The lighter the vehicle, the greater the payload and towing capacity. That's why a rider on a Schwinn bike is able to pull an eighteen wheeler with no problem. I'm sold too.
    Apr 10, 2014. 04:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget EcoBoost, Ford Hitting Hyperdrive [View article]
    Try driving that lighter truck on an icy road. And when you fishtail all over the place and have trouble keeping the wheels from spinning, and that heavier truck just moves along nice and easy, just tell yourself its nothing but your imagination. By the way, my heart goes out to those paraplegics.
    Apr 9, 2014. 10:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget EcoBoost, Ford Hitting Hyperdrive [View article]
    TDOT, that is true, but add damage to wear and tear. You know what happens to that damaged aluminum hood? Well, they don't put some lead on it and rub it out. It gets replaced. That's an expensive way to fix a damaged part. Not much of a big deal when only a minimal amount of parts are made of aluminum. But costly. So what happens with insurance companies when that aluminum truck gets clobbered? I'll tell you what they're going to do. They're going to raise your insurance rates. But not to worry. You'll be getting better mileage.
    Apr 9, 2014. 10:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget EcoBoost, Ford Hitting Hyperdrive [View article]
    The one in the bleachers.
    Apr 9, 2014. 10:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget EcoBoost, Ford Hitting Hyperdrive [View article]
    TDOT, I said all other things being equal. Just a difference in weight. Plain and simple.
    Apr 9, 2014. 10:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget EcoBoost, Ford Hitting Hyperdrive [View article]
    "Aluminum is easy to repair."

    Chic, that is not true. It takes special tools and special training to work it. Even Ford will tell you that. I believe for starters, Ford is willing to pay to train one individual at each dealership. They are also going to initially pay for the specialized tools needed to repair aluminum. They are unique and expensive. Not the same as sheet metal. I'm just wondering what the base price on this new truck is going to be. The MSRP price on the current truck is already averaging over $40,000. Was'nt too long ago you could buy a nicely equipped F-150 for around $30,000. Those days are gone. You might get better mileage on the new one. Hope they don't put the hurt on the wallet. We shall see.
    Apr 9, 2014. 10:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget EcoBoost, Ford Hitting Hyperdrive [View article]
    If two men, one weighing 180 lbs and the other weighing 250 lbs, everything else being equal, were both strapped to a Ford Focus, which would be able to pull that car 50 yards to a finish line first? Please feel free to use any mathematical formulas you wish.
    Apr 9, 2014. 10:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget EcoBoost, Ford Hitting Hyperdrive [View article]
    I beg to differ. The competition is not scrambling. They're watching and waiting. The 2015 F-150 will not be a proven success until consumer demand proves it is. The truck will be coming out in September. Too early to make predictions.
    Apr 9, 2014. 10:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget EcoBoost, Ford Hitting Hyperdrive [View article]
    Ryan, Mulally saved Ford from total bankruptcy. Everybody knows that. What in the world are you talking about?
    Apr 9, 2014. 10:24 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget EcoBoost, Ford Hitting Hyperdrive [View article]
    So is Ford going to be holding the price on the new aluminum Ford? Any idea on base price?
    Apr 9, 2014. 10:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget EcoBoost, Ford Hitting Hyperdrive [View article]
    The biggest issue facing Ford right now is the new basically aluminum F-150. They are reportedly lightening the truck by apprx. 700 lbs and drifting away from their highly reliable V-8 in favor of the ecoboost v-6. It is not a given that introducing this truck will go over with a big bang. Its a lot lighter and remains to be seen how it handles in icy and inclement weather. Also, is it going to be losing towing power? Maybe, maybe not. But lighter with a smaller engine does hint at less torgue. Also, body repair on aluminum may prove to be very costly, not to mention rising cost of insuring the vehicle. Aluminum is a lot more expensive than steel. How much will this affect the base price of the vehicle? Is Ford going to pass the cost on to the consumer? Ford is really taking a big gamble going with the aluminum body. If the public doesn't respond well to this new truck, Ford could easily take a big hit on sales. All this remains to be seen, and Ford's competition will be watching. So how lucky do you feel? Ready to pull the trigger and buy some Ford stock? I think I'll wait and see how things play out.
    Apr 8, 2014. 09:47 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Twilight Of The Oil Age [View article]
    John, I personally am not addicted to anything, but I do like the mobility a car provides us. I'm not ready to give that up and start living in a commune or large city and rely on public transportation to get around. But I can't think of any other alternative. It has nothing to do with addiction. It has everything to due with a viable life style. At this point, the alternative is bleak. We should be drilling until we can't drill anymore in my opinion and our government should not bw an obstacle to that.
    Apr 2, 2014. 08:18 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Twilight Of The Oil Age [View article]
    But refineries are a dirty word in this country. Environmentalists don't want them and they seem to have the ear of our government. The last refinery of any size was built in the 70's. However, ground was broken last year to build a 20,000 BBL/Day refinery in North Dakota. The cheapest and safest way to ship it is pipeline as opposed to truck or rail. But our current government and environmental groups have no intention to ease production and delivery of oil. They want more Tesla cars on the road. The govt. is giving a $7,500 tax incentive if you buy a Tesla vehicle. That's a lot of taxpayer dollars. But that is where we are going, like it or not.
    Apr 2, 2014. 08:03 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Twilight Of The Oil Age [View article]
    So why even be concerned? Our current government appears to hate oil anyway. How about that little pipeline called Keystone that was supposed to transport oil from Canada to Texas? Our government won't let it happen. Apparently we don't need or want the oil. Think about it. When we stop producing oil by design or diminished capacity, we can all just go back to the horse and buggy. We can all become cowboys. In conclusion, just enjoy the oil while its here. One way or the other, its all going to work out.
    Apr 1, 2014. 05:03 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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