blank 10/17/14 10:21AM Benefit, Dash Plaque, Events, Toy Drive, Truck Show

Christmas Care Car, Truck & Bike Show
November 8, 2014; Ft. Myers, FL

Gulfshore Truck Show

Saturday, November 8th
Sam Galloway Open Car, Truck & Bike Show
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, GulfShore Mustang Car Club will be hosting an Open Car, Truck and Bike Show at Sam Galloway Ford, 1800 Boy Scout Drive, Fort Myers.  All Makes and Models are Welcome!  Music by Tommy Tunes and the FLHRH Sound Machine!  Dash Plaques.  50/50 to benefit Lee Builder's Care.  Florida Hot Rods & Hogs is proud to be a sponsor of GulfShore Mustang Club and Lee Builder's Care.
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blank 10/15/14 01:17PM 2014 Ford F-150, Truck of Texas, Truck Rodeo, Work Trucks

All-New Ford F-150 Earns Truck of Texas Title at TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo
Ford Honored with Five Additional Awards

The 2015 Ford F-150, the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever, is named Truck of Texas, the most prestigious award presented by the Texas Auto Writers Association at its annual Truck Rodeo

All-new 2015 Ford Transit awarded Commercial Vehicle of Texas

In the heart of the country’s largest truck market, Ford Motor Company also ropes in Truck Line of Texas, in recognition of the breadth, features, capability and durability of America’s best-selling truck lineup

2015 Ford F-150 Truck Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 13, 2014 – Ford trucks earned top honors at the 2014 Texas Auto Writers Association Truck Rodeo, with the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 being named Truck of Texas – the most prestigious award.

“TAWA members represent the voice of truck buyers in Texas, America’s largest truck market,” said Mike Marrs, president of TAWA. “After exhaustively testing 75 vehicles from 18 brands, the all-new Ford F-150 is our clear choice for Truck of Texas.”

Including this win, 9 of the last twelve Truck of Texas honorees have been Ford F-Series Trucks.

In designing the backbone of the all-new F-150, the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever, Ford engineers improved its signature, fully boxed ladder frame. The frame is all-new, with more high-strength steel than ever – making it stronger and lighter. High-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy – already in use in aerospace, commercial transportation, energy and other rugged industries – is used throughout the F-150 body for the first time, improving dent and ding resistance while saving up to 700 pounds of weight.

The new F-150 is the most fuel-efficient F-150 ever, thanks to the dramatic improvements in weight and advanced engine technology. Every model, every engine and every customer benefits from this weight savings. This means the 2015 F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds, haul up to 530 more pounds and will have better fuel economy ratings than the current F-150 lineup, projected to be in the range of at least 5 percent and as much as 20 percent higher than current models, depending on the model. (EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are not yet available and will likely be announced in November.)

“TAWA members are among the first to experience the all-new F-150’s breakthrough innovations and best-in-class capabilities, features that will help our hardworking customers improve their productivity,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “It is an honor to again be named Truck of Texas. We are committed to continuously improving America’s favorite trucks.”

Evaluations at TAWA Truck Rodeo are just the latest testing the all-new F-150 has undergone. When it arrives in showrooms later this year, the 2015 F-150 will have endured the equivalent of more than 10 million miles of torture testing to ensure it meets or exceeds Built Ford Tough standards.

In addition to an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, the new F-150 offers customers a complete lineup of powertrains to allow them to tailor the truck to best meet their needs. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine returns, an all-new normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 debuts and there is an improved 5.0-liter V8.

F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 66th year, F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for 37 consecutive years and the best-selling vehicle in America for 32 consecutive years.

Also taking home TAWA honors is the 2015 Ford Transit, named Commercial Vehicle of Texas.

The all-new Transit replaces America’s best-selling van for 35 years, Ford E-Series. Transit offers a maximum cargo capacity of up to 487 cubic feet – 75 percent more than the largest E-Series. When equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the van delivers as much as 46 percent better fuel efficiency than E-Series with the 6.8-liter V10 premium engine, along with more payload. Transit equipped with the standard 3.7-liter V6 has up to 19 percent better fuel efficiency than E-Series with its standard 4.6-liter V8 engine.

“Transit delivers it all – better fuel economy, more capability, the largest number of technology choices, and the most innovative and diversified offering of configurations in a full-size van,” said Hinrichs. “We’re honored TAWA members also have recognized Transit as a game changer for our hardworking commercial vehicle customers.”

Here’s the full list of Ford vehicles winning top honors in their categories at TAWA Truck Rodeo:

  • Truck of Texas: 2015 Ford F-150

  • Truck Line of Texas: Ford Motor Company

  • Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas: 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum

  • Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas: 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch

  • Commercial Vehicle of Texas: 2015 Ford Transit

  • Best Technology Feature: 2015 Ford F-150 high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy
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blank 10/14/14 02:47PM 4WD, Clutch, Ford Expedition, Transfer Case, Transmissions

Questions and Answers from Midwest Transmission Center

I have a Ford Expedition 2000 with the 5.4L  auto trans , 4WD

BW4406 Transfer case


Question:  The transfer  is a BW4406 with TOD. This is Ford’s A4WD model. It feels like it is always in 4WD even when it is in A4WD (not in 4H or 4L). I took the transfer case out and when I rotate the shaft coming from the transmission, BOTH the front wheel shaft and the rear wheel shaft of the transfer case rotate.

If I understand how this TC is supposed to operate it has a clutch which is engaged by the GEM when the GEM detects rear wheel slippage. If there is no power to the vehicle, then the clutch will not be operating (it is an open circuit) and thus if I rotate the shaft from the transmission only the rear wheel shaft of the transfer case should rotate. Is this correct? If this is a correct assumption, what would be a possible cause of both shafts rotating when there is no power applied to the clutch? A damaged clutch pack? Thanks for your help.

Answer:   It is not uncommon for there to be enough drag on the clutch pack that you would not be able to rotate the front shaft by hand…

That being said if the vehicle acts like it is in 4wd all of the time we would assume you have a damaged clutch pak ..

Also it is very important that the circumferences of the tires is all the same or it will act like this.

To repair the clutch pack you will need the following parts:

BW 4406





Clutch Pack (includes Housing & 13 Plates) (99-02)



You can see other part that we can supply for your BW4406 on our site.

Shipping charges will be added. Give Scott a call toll free 888-824-2012 he can help you.


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blank 10/13/14 02:07PM Big Rigs, Truck Rental, Work Trucks

Get What You Need In An 18 Wheeler Rental


Have you been considering taking to the road for some exciting journeys? Have you been contemplating taking your big rig license to the streets but not quite sure where to go? If you are overwhelmed by the prospect of purchasing your own, getting an 18-wheeler rental may be just right for you. There are locations across the country to make this dream a reality, with varying leases and terms that can work for you and your needs.

Many are thrilled by the prospect of traveling the country while making good money. A big rig is one of many ways for the average American to begin to branch out into other cities and states. While traveling the country in a big rig is an exciting prospect, many are not quite ready to take the plunge and buy their own. The hassles of maintenance, cost of upkeep, and the large price tag can make such an option a little daunting for the big rig driver. Some opt to own but then are left without a network of support for their technical issues or other dependencies that may arise. Taking on a big rig can be a huge responsibility, so think twice before making the investment.

On the other hand, considering an 18-wheeler rental could fit easily into your budget for the long term. There are several advantages that lead many to rent a big rig for their national adventures. Without the buy, renters are able to have the assurance that comes from a network of providers and other renters. The rental community is a tight-knit one, with people of like minds coming together to make the process easy and accessible. If you have a big rig and want to venture forth, choosing an 18 wheeler rental could cut costs immediately, leaving you with excess cash to spend on what you really want. Instead of investing one lump sum, you can pay off your rentals as you make money on the road. Imagine getting paid enough to be able to drive your rig for practically nothing!

Many have given up a sedentary life for the a dynamic one on the road. While some have opted to buy, still others take to the roads with the peace of mind and insurance that comes from renting. Once on the road, you can take your time crisscrossing the country in style, taking pleasure from the sights and sounds of your expanding travels. For some, giving up the safe and comfortable life for the open road opens up possibilities they've never dreamed of before. Each stop along the journey can be an enriching one as city leads to another. There is nothing stopping you when you decide to give up the couch and take a big rig on the road. An 18-wheeler rental enables you to take that step forward at a price that you can afford.

Whether you decide to rent or buy, a big rig could be your ticket to a new life.

Lawrence Transportation Services offers the 18 wheeler rental you need to take to the road! Learn more at

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blank 10/09/14 01:31PM ATHS, Big Rigs, NASTC, Work Trucks

National Association of Small Trucking Companies
24th Annual Conference November 6-8, 2014

The National Association of Small Trucking Companies will be holding its 24th Annual Conference November 6-8, 2014. NASTC's previous annual conferences have been both informative and entertaining.

Each year NASTC hand picks guest speakers with specialized expertise in several areas of the transportation industry.

Throughout the weekend breakout sessions will be held with specific areas being discussed and an open forum for our members to communicate concerns and questions with the available speakers.

During the first night of the conference a Transportation Trust Forum and Dinner is held. NASTC honors the NASTC Best Broker of the Year. This event is also an opportunity for brokers and carriers to address issues within the industry.

A vendor showcase is held allowing members and vendors from the transportation industry to form relationships and exhibit the newest products and services within the industry. A reception is held immediately after with a Driver of the Year award ceremony.

The last day of the conference a members only luncheon is held that will account the events of the past weekend and also is held to once again honor the NASTC Drivers of the Year.

We are very proud of the high quality carriers. brokers, and vendors that choose to be NASTC members and look forward to personal meeting all of you at the next conference.

NASTC, in conjunction with the American Truck Historical Society is excited to announce that at this year’s Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, November 6-8, 2014 we will be presenting the Golden Achievement Award to one very lucky company and trucking professional.

The Golden Achievement Award recognizes men and women who have been involved in trucking for 50 or more consecutive years, and the Company Award honors trucking companies that operated for 50 or more consecutive years
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blank 10/08/14 02:33PM Events, Peterbilt, Truck Show, Trucks

75th Anniversary, Stockton Fairgrounds, California

The 75th Anniversary All-Peterbilt Truck Show is the first show of it's kind, commemorating 75 years of Peterbilt Trucks.  Come and celebrate 75 years of Peterbilt history.

75th Anniversary Peterbilt Truck Show


    Peterbilt Trucks

    Show and Shine



    Raffle Prize

    Meet n' Greet

    Guest Speakers:
    Cam Lavin

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blank 10/01/14 09:24AM Nissan Frontier, Pickup Trucks, Toyota Tacoma

2015 Nissan Frontier & 2015 Toyota Tacoma Research

San Antonio drivers experience utility with 2015 Nissan Frontier, 2015 Toyota Tacoma research page

Ingram Park Nissan creates vehicle comparison research between two capable pickup trucks

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- When it comes to the pickup truck segment, drivers are incredibly attached to their favorite brands and vehicle models. However, Ingram Park Nissan recognizes there are those who need more information in conjunction with their automotive preferences in order to make an educated car buying decision.

Recently, the San Antonio Nissan dealer released a vehicle comparison research page on its website detailing the performance differences between the 2015 Nissan Frontier vs 2015 Toyota Tacoma. Its findings demonstrate very similar performance capabilities, but two distinct price points.

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma can generate 236 horsepower while also offering an estimated 24 mpg highway fuel economy. Its truck bed delivers 31.8 cubic feet of space for the driver's tools and belongings, and its starting MSRP is $22,875. While not at the highest end of the price spectrum, the truck is a pricier option than its Nissan counterpart.

The 2015 Nissan Frontier starts with an MSRP of $17,990. With that price drivers are able to experience the vehicle's estimated 23 mpg highway fuel economy and 261-horsepower performance. With a truck bed offering 33.9 cubic feet of cargo volume, the Frontier is also slightly more spacious for truly versatile travel.

Overall, drivers get a more well-rounded performance from the 2015 Nissan Frontier. For more details on the vehicle's offerings, drivers can visit Ingram Park Nissan at Drivers can also contact the dealership by phone at 855-881-2859.

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blank 09/30/14 11:27AM Ford F-450, Pickup Truck, Readers Pics, Work Truck

Ford Gears Up to Celebrate Production of 5-Millionth F-Series Super Duty

2015 F-450 Super Duty Pickup
2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup

*5-millionth Ford F-Series Super Duty will roll off the assembly line at Kentucky Truck Plant in October, marking a major milestone for the best-selling heavy-duty pickup truck and chassis lineup
*Ford-designed, Ford-built second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel delivers best-in-class 440 horsepower and best-in-class standard diesel torque of 860 lb.-ft.; F-450 pickup boasts best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds
*Super Duty is the No. 1 heavy-duty pickup truck, with a market share of 44 percent over the past year, according to IHS Automotive Polk data, and the first choice of tradespeople in the hardest-working industries* – from emergency vehicles to construction to mining
MORE: 2015 Super Duty Product Page

Ford, America’s truck leader, celebrates production of the 5-millionth Ford F-Series Super Duty next month.

For 15 years, Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks and chassis cabs – from F-250 to F-550 – have rolled off the assembly line at Kentucky Truck Plant and into the hands of hardworking customers.

“Super Duty trucks are engineered to meet the needs of the toughest customers,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager. “Their continued sales dominance with these demanding customers proves how hard they deliver.”   

Power and efficiency

Truck customers demand maximum horsepower and torque to get the work done, but it’s also important the powertrain be as efficient as possible to help keep operating costs low.

In 1999, the largest gasoline engine in the original Super Duty – the Triton 6.8-liter V10 – produced 275 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 7.3-liter diesel engine produced 235 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque.

Today, Super Duty’s 6.2-liter gasoline V8 delivers 385 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel supplies 440 horsepower and 860 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are more fuel-efficient than the 1999 powertrains.

Both of today’s engines deliver power through the efficient TorqShift® six-speed SelectShift® Automatic transmission, while the transmission offerings in the 1999 Super Duty trucks were a four-speed automatic and six-speed manual – the latter available only with the diesel.

Today’s TorqShift transmission offers live drive power takeoff, or PTO, to power auxiliary equipment such as snowplows, aerial lifts, tow truck lifts, cement mixers and dump trucks.

Super Duty trucks are known for their capability. For the 1999 F-350 Super Duty pickup, the maximum tow capacity rating was 14,600 pounds. Now, the 2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup leads the way with a best-in-class standard tow rating of 31,200 pounds, based on the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard. That’s 1,200 pounds more than the nearest competing crew cab 4x4 heavy-duty pickup.

With its new tow rating, the 2015 F-450 ups its already best-in-class gross combined weight rating from 40,000 pounds to 40,400 pounds – beating its nearest competitor by 2,500 pounds.

We own work

Ford F-Series Super Duty is the No. 1 heavy-duty pickup truck, with 44 percent market share over the past year, according to IHS Automotive Polk data, and the first choice of tradespeople in the hardest-working industries* – from emergency vehicles to construction to mining.

Super Duty is the market leader in a variety of fields, including:

  • 72 percent of metal mining workers
  • 70 percent of law enforcement agencies
  • 54 percent of highway maintenance workers

*Percentage based on IHS Automotive Polk U.S. heavy-duty pickup and class 2-5 pickup truck combined new registrations (January 2013 to May 2014 year-to-date) within emergency vehicles, mining/quarrying, construction, petroleum, metal, mining, moving/storage, petroleum refining and related industries, electric gas and sanitary services, justice, public order and safety, heavy construction except building, forestry/lumber products, manufacturing, agriculture/farm, auto repair services and parking/rental, road/highway maintenance, specialized/heavy hauling, landscaping and horticulture, wrecking and demolition, agriculture...

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