blank 08/28/14 12:44PM Aerodynamics, Ford F-150, Readers Pics

How Ford Engineers Made the All-New F-150
the Toughest-Looking, Most Aerodynamically Efficient F-150 Ever

F-150 Windtunnel Test
  • Distinctive Built Ford Tough style of the all-new F-150 pushes boundaries of bold design while increasing aerodynamic efficiency over the previous model
  • F-150 evolves hallmark design cues from first F-Series trucks
  • Restyled badge echoes design elements throughout

Designers of the 2015 Ford F-150 had a challenging goal to meet when they set out to reimagine the world’s best-selling pickup: Create an aerodynamic, efficient design that did not compromise the tough, bold looks that define Ford trucks.

The team succeeded.

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.

“The truck’s sharp, boxy shape gives it a tough appearance, but actually the key to the design is aerodynamic efficiency – getting the most out of the shape,” said Brad Richards, Ford F-150 exterior design manager. “We made F-150 look tough and capable, while also reducing wind resistance.”

Aerodynamic testing ensures a happy medium
Richards and team accomplished the feat of balancing strength and efficiency by incorporating sharp edges into the overall design. The strategically designed edges convey toughness, but also enable airflow to hug the surfaces at the front portion of the truck. Rear corners are designed to allow the air to cleanly detach from the vehicle to reduce turbulence and swirling air that can cause drag and reduce efficiency. The improved aerodynamics help increase efficiency by reducing the work performed by the engine to overcome aerodynamic drag.

The grille is vertical, yet its outer portions are angled back and lead to the headlamps and bumper corners that are also swept back to smoothly direct airflow down the sides, reducing drag. The beveled leading edge of the hood helps promote smooth airflow to the windshield and roof.

As the design of the all-new F-150 evolved with clay models, wind tunnel testing enabled designers to see where they could gain greater aerodynamic efficiencies:

    Flush-mounted windshield eliminates need for molding that would disrupt smooth airflow
    Tailgate top is designed to act as a spoiler, giving air that flows off the roof a place to land before smoothly trailing off, reducing turbulence behind the truck
    Cargo box is narrower than the cab, with no reduction in box volume, which enhances airflow, while a trim piece prevents air from getting trapped between cab and box
    Rear corners including taillamps are precisely angled so air breaks off cleanly, reducing turbulence behind the truck
    The duct under the headlamp channels air through to the wheel housing and reduces the wake generated from the wheel.

“Testing in the wind tunnel helped us fine-tune a happy medium between styling, aerodynamics, engineering and cost,” said Richards. “We learned where we could push shape and design to reduce drag, and where to stop when we weren’t gaining anything.”

F-150 Aerodynamics Visual

Toughness is in the details
“The shapes, lines, angles and motifs are much stronger on the all-new F-150, and the chiseled edges convey toughness,” said Richards. “The hallmark beltline along the outside mirrors is the strongest piece of Built Ford Tough DNA. That’s inspired by heavy equipment such as cranes and bulldozers. It looks good, but it also improves driver visibility.”

The dropped beltline styling element can be seen in the outline of the headlamps and taillamps, while bevels, angles and notches are incorporated into the hood, windshield and tailgate, as well as throughout the interior, including the sew patterns on the seats.

F-150 also retains heritage design cues, such as the familiar headlamp shape that evokes the grille surround of the 1948 Ford F-1 and wraparound steel front bumper.

New badge signifies efficiency, leadership
Design details of the truck carry over to the new badge design, in which the characters are shaped with bevels to mimic those found in the body design.

The signature “F” has been opened up to signify a lighter, more efficient truck, yet it’s also larger to emphasize F-Series truck leadership.

The new badge design, using a font called Bold Leadership, will eventually find its way onto all F-Series trucks – right on through to the medium-duty Ford F-750.

“F-Series is all about bold and tough,” said Marco Querciagrossa, who leads badge design for Ford vehicles. “We created a badge that confidently conveys that.”

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blank 08/22/14 09:20AM Car show, Events, motorcycles, Truck Show, Trucks

Second Chance Car, Truck & Bike Show
Ruston, Louisiana, October 4-5, 2014

2nd Chance Car, Truck and Bike Show 2014

10/04 - 10/05, 2014 - Second Chance Car, Truck & Bike Show
Ruston, Louisiana
Location: North Louisiana Expo Center
Contact Phone: 318-348-8485 (Andy Curry)

Events for this year's second chance show will consist of: best of car, best of truck, best of bike, best of rat rod & best of 4 wheel drive; best paint, best engine, best interior & best girl's ride; special interest award, favorite classic, club participation, top 50, Tommy Curry award & kid's choice award, also door prizes, tug of war contest, limbo award, bravest iced t-shirt contest & kids trophies & prizes. All ages welcome...come out to the North Louisiana. Expo center near Ruston, LA on October 4 & 5, 2014 & help support this worth cause, in memory of Tommy Curry. All proceeds will go to benefit the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency/LOPA. (see show flyer for info or contact Andy Curry @ 318-348-8485)

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blank 08/21/14 02:28PM Offroad Super Challenge, TORC Stock Truck Championship

Marquardt Continues Podium Streak @ Summer Crandon
Forest County Potawatomi Off-Road Super Challenge Weekend in Crandon, Wisconsin

Marquardt Continues Podium Streak @ Summer Crandon

Wins Round 8 - Continues to Lead Stock Truck Championship

 

Lena, Wisc.  - Cory Marquardt and the #590 McGuire's Sports Bar/Jane Classic Touch/Todd's Custom Graphix/Metal Storm/Andy's Shock Repair/ATD/BFGoodrich Tire Chevy Stock Truck added to more trips to the podium during the Forest County Potawatomi Off-Road Super Challenge Weekend in Crandon, Wisconsin. The team fought some adversity, but the driver and crew never gave up as Marquardt Racing continues to the TORC Stock Truck Championship.

The Sportsman weekend at Crandon saw a slightly different track than the racers were accustomed to. The one mile long short track was utilized for all class racing. This kept racers fully engaged all race long, and the spectators on their feet cheering the non-stop action on the track.

 

The action for the Stock Truck racers began with a twelve lap race combined with the Classix racers. As soon as the race start Marquardt lost third gear in the transmission. This really limited the top speed of the #890 Chevy Stock Truck. Somehow Cory kept the top three racers in sight and was able to catch up to them thanks to the mandatory caution lap midway through the race.

The second half of the race Marquardt was able to keep pace with the three truck running in front of the orange Chevy and waited to make his move on the final lap. In fact it was in the final two corners that saw Marquardt make a successful move for third place and coming to the flag he nearly made the pass for second place.

 

Overnight Cory and his team replaced the transmission and torque converter hoping that he could return to his winning ways.

 

Sunday's Round 8 race saw the Stock Truck racers on the track without another group. In recent years, Stock Truck had been struggling the lack of competitors, but the last two seasons saw a resurgence in the class. USAC officials promised to have the Stock Truck class run on its own if at least ten entries would race every weekend. The group met the requirement and USAC put them on the race program as a standalone race.

 

The race itself saw Marquardt take his time weaving through traffic moving up to second place by the caution period. As the second half of the race began, Marquardt drove hard into the Polaris Gravel Pit Turn to take the lead. The #590 McGuire's Sports Bar/Jane Classic Touch/Todd's Custom Graphix/Metal Storm/Andy's Shock Repair/ATD/BFGoodrich Tire Chevy Stock Truck held the top spot all the way to the checkered flag for the team's fifth win of the season. So for during the eight rounds of racing in the Stock Truck Championship, Cory Marquardt has finished on the podium all eight times.

 

With just two rounds of racing remaining in the TORC Stock Truck Championship, Cory Marquardt leads the field by twenty-three points.

 

The final race weekend of the season is the Off-Road World Championships on August 29-31 in Crandon, Wisconsin.

 If you weren't able to get to Crandon to watch the racing in person, you can watch all the TORC racing on YOU TUBE. www.youtube.com/TORC   

 

Cory Marquardt thanks his sponsors including:

McGuire's Sports Bar, Jane Classic Touch, Todd's Custom Graphix, Metal Storm, Andy's Racing Shock Repair, Auto Trans Design, BFGoodrich Tire, and of course his family and friends.


- Mike Reusche, race report

 

 

     




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blank 08/19/14 01:33PM 4X4 Trucks, Off-Road

4X4 Mudding Trucks
Can Be Expensive to Repair But Fun to Play With

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In many rural areas across the country communities engage in an activity called mud bogging. That is simply the act of driving a truck through a mud pit obstacle in as little time as possible. If no one makes it through then the truck that went the farthest wins. The truck that wins the event is thought to be special, at least for that day.

Often a truck will get stuck and need to be pulled out, that is when the fun begins. Sometimes a truck will enter a mud pit with a rope already tied to their bumper, expecting to get stuck and hoping there is at least one friend who will pull the truck out. The tougher a mud pit is to get through the greater the challenge to the driver.

The truck will often be outfitted with mud bogging in mind. Raising the truck with a lift kit is common, this gives the truck more clearance and allows for larger tires. Larger tires get more traction in soft mud and the tread pattern is made for muddy conditions. Mud trucks often run a lower tire pressure as this helps the tire also.

A lifted truck keeps the engine out of muddy and wet conditions, this allows the engine to provide more horsepower to the wheels. It also helps the air intake system, it keeps it dry and free of debris. Many lifted trucks use a high performance suspension system, this adds to greater stability and handling in tough conditions.

The engine is fitted with high performance parts, the exhaust is piped larger for more horsepower and often stainless steel to eliminate rust, the radiator is often moved to the rear of the vehicle to prevent damage, expensive locking hubs, a snorkel on the exhaust to raise the air intake. All this is to gain an advantage on the competition and hopefully win an event. Mud bogging can get serious and very expensive very fast.

There is a mud racing circuit, couple this with a few local drivers and an event can be put together quickly, but there is an established circuit for drivers with prize money involved. The classes are rated by engine size, suspension, and body style.

The suspension is often what breaks as that seems to be the weak area on the vehicle or maybe it just takes the most stress. A mud bogging vehicle is not cheap to repair a lot of time drivers will not push their vehicle for fear of costly repairs.

4x4 mudding trucks can be quite expensive to repair if anything breaks.

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blank 08/06/14 10:50AM Chevrolet Silverado, Crew Cab, Police Vehcile, Readers Pics

Chevrolet Special Service Silverado Joins Police Lineup
Silverado 1500 Crew Cab is adapted for police use

DETROIT – The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle (SSV) joins the brand’s growing police vehicle portfolio. It goes on sale this summer, offering the same capabilities, efficiency and durability as the award-winning Silverado 1500, with special features designed for police use.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cap Special Service Vehicle

The SSV package is available on Silverado 1500 Crew Cab in 1WT or 1LS trims, and includes the 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, rated at 355 horsepower and delivering the highest EPA-rated fuel economy for a 2WD V-8 full-size pickup: 23 mpg highway. The engine is available with E85 capability. Police agencies can choose 2WD or 4WD models with the standard 6’6” pickup box or a shorter 5’8” box.

“Last year, the Silverado 1500 was awarded for its low cost of ownership, a key purchasing factor for municipalities and government agencies,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for GM Fleet & Commercial. “The EcoTec3 engine provides the best fuel economy of any V-8 and still gives agencies the power and capability they need from a full-size pickup.”

Contented for service

The Silverado SSV is equipped with a standard 170-amp high-output alternator and 730-CCA auxiliary battery, which allows officers to operate lights, radios, computers, cameras and other equipment while parked with the engine turned off, preserving the charge of the vehicle’s primary battery. The SSV pickup also is equipped with a 110-volt outlet for equipment, and comes standard with electrical power supply for four upfitter switches located on the center stack for easy control and accessibility.

The crew cab offers a vinyl rear seat along with large rear doors for easy entry when transporting passengers. Other available interior options include front center seat delete, which provides an open center console space for police equipment, an auxiliary dome lamp and an electronic four-wheel drive switch located on the dash.

An available common key option allows municipalities to use one key to operate all of their Silverado SSVs and 2015 Tahoe police vehicles. Chevrolet will offer ship-through options for the upfit of light bars, sirens, partitions and additional aftermarket equipment.

SSV package at a glance

Standard features:

  • 5.3L EcotTec3 V-8 engine
  • Auxiliary transmission oil cooler
  • High-capacity air cleaner
  • 170-amp high-output alternator
  • 730-CCA auxiliary battery
  • 110-volt outlet
  • Four upfitter switches with electrical power supply

Available features:

  • Spotlamp – driver or driver and passenger
  • Wiring for grille, lamp and sirens
  • Flasher system for headlamps and taillamps
  • Common key package
  • Vinyl rear seats
  • Front center seat delete
  • Auxiliary dome lamp
  • Electronic four-wheel-drive switch
  • Daytime running lamps delete
  • Rear-vision camera

Silverado 1500: Proven capabilities and comfort

The 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 engine is certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It combines direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing to achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg highway (2WD models). It’s the best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup on the market.

Silverado 1500 is also equipped with DuralifeTM brake rotors that offer up to double the service life, which can result in maintenance cost savings for municipalities.

“Nearly two-thirds of the Silverado SSV’s cab is made of high-strength steel, and inlaid triple-sealed doors create a strong, quiet mobile workspace to conduct daily business,” said Peper.

The pickup boxes have the same functionality of the consumer models, including a CornerStep bumper, built-in handholds and upper tie down hooks. Those features make it more convenient, while providing usable space for equipment that police agencies access daily.

The Chevrolet Silverado SSV comes with the industry’s best pickup coverage, including two-year/24,000-mile recommended maintenance, three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com

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blank 08/06/14 10:31AM Maximize Fuel Efficiency, Truck Performance

Maximize Your Truck's Fuel Efficiency
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Recommend ArticleDon't you love your diesel truck? Most of us do. We love the torque and the power they offer. With the cost of diesel fuel rising in recent years, here are some ways to maximize your truck's fuel efficiency.

Maintain your truck

Maintaining your truck is the most important thing you can do to improve fuel efficiency. Not only regular maintenance keeps it running well, it also helps your truck to use less diesel. Some shops have the knowledge, experience, and top of the line products to keep your truck running at maximum performance and efficiency. Also here are things you can do yourself to maximize your truck's efficiency.

1. Get regular oil changes

2. Use fuel additives to keep your fuel injectors clean

3. Clean the air filter

4. Make sure your tires are property inflated

5. Drive with the tailgate up (it was once thought the tailgate should be down; however, that is a myth. Keeping the tailgate up creates an air bubble in the truck bed make the truck more aerodynamic.

6. Drive and accelerate slower

Although accelerating slower can remove some of the fun from driving your powerful diesel truck, it saves you fuel. Slow and steady driving saves fuel! The ideal speed when you are driving on a highway is no more than 55 mph for the best fuel economy.

7. Empty the bed

Look in your truck, what do you see? Heavy items like metal tool boxes filled with heavy tools weigh down your vehicle and make you burn more fuel. If these heavy items are not needed on a daily basis, you can remove them from your truck. Only keep what you need in your truck. This small modification can enhance your fuel efficiency.

8. Replace your exhaust system

Replace your truck's existing exhaust system with a high quality exhaust system. This will increase the air flow rate, provide more horsepower, reduce back pressure, and also enhance your truck's fuel efficiency considerably.

9. Use the right tires and check tire pressure often

Tires can affect mileage of the vehicle by 10%. It is important to buy the right tires and maintain proper tire pressure to optimize fuel efficiency.

10. Consolidate your trips

For getting peak performance, it takes about 15 minutes for your truck to reach its ideal operating temperature. When you make small trips, then come back home, wait for a while and then go back out, you are burning fuel in a less than efficient manner. To prevent this, consolidate your trips to use fuel in a more efficient manner.

Better fuel efficiency is something we could all use these days. Use these simple tips to enhance your diesel trucks fuel efficiency.

If you are looking for fuel tank sump, then check out Beans Diesel Performance at http://bdpshop.com/.

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blank 08/05/14 07:55AM Big Rig Show and Shine, Carlisle Truck Nationals, Winners Circle

Carlisle Truck Nationals Winners and 2015 Dates

Carlisle Truck Nationals - 2014 Winners

(Partial List)

Burnout Winner:
Shane Steffan

High Truck Contest:
George Miller

Low Truck Limbo:
Joe Proulx

Drop and Drag Contest:
Joe Proulx

Spark and Drag Contest:
Brian Zeager

FULL LIST OF 2014 WINNERS

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Aug 7-9, 2015
Adult Admission: Daily Fri.- Sat. $10 / Sun $7 / Event Pass $20
Gate Times: Fri.-Sat. 7am-6pm , Sun. 7am-3pm

The Carlisle Truck Nationals and its show within the show, the Big Rig Show and Shine, are one of the largest and most action-packed truck events in the world. The weekend is a must-attend event and has been the epicenter for all things truck since 1991. Come to Carlisle for a great array of lowered mini trucks, lifted 4x4s, chromed out big rigs, SUV’s, custom vans and the perfectly restored classics. The weekend celebrates trucks of all kinds. Annually, more than 2,000 trucks are part of the judged showfield but more than judged excellence, there is something for the entire family to enjoy. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free, allowing them and their families to enjoy monster truck shows. Better yet, attendees can climb in for a monster truck ride around the grounds. The family fun continues with the Kids at Carlisle Activity Center, shopping, parts buying at the Manufacturers Midway and much more. In addition to the family fun there will be various competitions with prizes awarded and celebrity guests. The pulse-pounding fun continues with special contests, including burnouts and beauty. The weekend features more than you can imagine.

Judging for the event takes place on Saturday only between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This program is exclusive to participants who register for the judged competition. All who registered to be judged must be parked in their designated class and have their truck prepared for judging by 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

Online showfield registration is available for the 2014 event. If you'd prefer, registration is also available by calling our office at (717) 243-7855. Please note: refunds will not be issued less than 19 days prior to the beginning of the event and winners' lists are subject to change.

- See more at: http://www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/carlisle-truck-nationals/#sthash.fGRFiQo1.dpuf
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blank 08/05/14 06:46AM 2015 Ford Transit, Readers Pics, Truck Specifications, Work Truck

All-New Ford Transit


2015 Ford Transit Highlights


2015 Ford Transit
On the Job
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