blank 09/09/14 08:23AM 1925 Reo Fire Truck, Fire Trucks, Readers Pics

1925 Reo Fire Truck

1925 Reo Fire Truck (2529471673)
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blank 09/05/14 09:31AM Business Class Trucks, Detroit Diesel Corporation, Heavy Duty Truck

Detroit Celebrates 75 Years of Tradition and Innovation

This year marks 75 years of operation for Detroit Diesel Corporation and its advancement of fuel efficiency, sustainability and superior engine performance for the heavy duty truck market. Starting with the production of the first Detroit engine in March 1938, the Daimler Trucks North America subsidiary has a long history of innovative powertrain solutions, which today includes the Detroit family of heavy-duty engines, transmissions and axles.


“The Detroit brand was built on strength, quality and tradition,” Brad Williamson, Manager, Engine and Component Marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “For the past 75 years, the company has consistently met the demands of our customers and the industry by pioneering new products and technological advances. That commitment has made Detroit what it is today.”

Originally founded as the General Motors Diesel Division, Detroit’s strength, quality and tradition have been on display through multiple product and technology introductions throughout the years. With the market launch of the Series 60® in 1987, for example, Detroit began to forge the path for cleaner and fuel-efficient heavy-duty engines.

“The Series 60 is an important part of our history,” said Williamson. “It was the first production engine to have integrated electronic controls as a standard feature, and ultimately became the most popular heavy-duty diesel engine in the North American Class 8 truck market.”

The company officially changed its name to Detroit Diesel Corporation in 1988 as part of a joint venture between Penske Corporation and General Motors, and in 2000 became part of the Daimler family.

“Through our transitions, we have continued our commitment to innovation and product development,” said Williamson. “Detroit has made several moves that reinforced our dedication to enhancing vehicle performance and improving a driver’s bottom line.”

From a $350 million investment to refurbish the Redford manufacturing plant in 2005, to launching the Detroit DD15® engine in 2007 and the implementation of BlueTec® SCR emissions technology in 2010, Detroit has continued its emphasis on performance and sustainability. The DD13® and DD16® designed for the vocational market rounded out the Detroit Diesel family of EPA engines and were launched in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Most recently, the introduction of Detroit™ axles and the Detroit DT12™ automated manual transmission marked the completion of the Detroit integrated powertrain. As part of Daimler Trucks’ Global Excellence Strategy to have uniform production standards and processes worldwide, the integrated powertrain results in the most efficient, highest quality and lowest cost of ownership products in the industry. The new powertrain related component line as well as the Detroit family of engines equipped with BlueTec emissions technology, were all renamed under the new Detroit brand name in 2012.

Also joining the Detroit brand family in 2012 was Virtual Technician — the company’s revolutionary real-time diagnostic system. The on-board diagnostic system provides real-time engine diagnostics, enabling drivers and fleet managers to quickly and accurately evaluate events. Detroit™ Virtual Technician comes standard on every EPA 2010 and later Freightliner truck (optional on Western Star trucks) equipped with a Detroit engine.

Pacing the industry in emissions compliance and fuel efficiency, the Detroit family of updated 2013 engines were engineered to meet Greenhouse Gas 2014 (GHG14) regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Safety Administration. The newly designed heavy-duty engines reinforce Detroit’s commitment to sustainability and combine engine, electronics and BlueTec emissions technology improvements to benefit fuel economy. A 1-Box™ package with fewer parts universally configured for all trucks as well as a new fuel filter system also results in improved serviceability.

“We’re driven by those same tenets of strength, quality and tradition that have been in place since 1938,” said Williamson. “We will continue to pace the industry in developing products that meet emissions regulations and achieve optimal fuel efficiency. We’re proud of our legacy and look forward to the next challenge.”

Detroit celebrated its 75th anniversary with a day of festivities in July dedicated to all the employees who made it possible. The employee appreciation event was held on the Redford campus and recognized the more than 2,300 Detroit employees who currently work at the Redford facility, as well as the company’s 2,000 retirees. Since 1938, Detroit has employed approximately 15,000 Michigan residents.

“Our employee appreciation event provided us with the opportunity to not only commemorate our history but to celebrate all of the hard working people behind the brand and the products,” said Williamson. “We are proud of our contributions to not only Southeast Michigan but to the transportation industry as well. Detroit has been at the forefront of product innovation since the beginning and we will continue to develop industry leading products that have a global impact.”

Since its inception in 1938, Detroit has built more than four million engines at its three million square-foot manufacturing plant in Redford. Over the past ten years, Daimler Trucks North America has invested more than $750 million in the Detroit plant, making it one of the most state-of-the-art powertrain manufacturing facilities in the world.

Detroit’s complete line of engines and axles for the commercial transportation industry in both the on-highway and vocational markets are sold and serviced through a network of more than 800 locations throughout North America.

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blank 09/04/14 08:07AM Dale Chestnut, Popcorn Sutton, Truck Racing

Dale Chestnut Wins
Popcorn Sutton's Sportsman Truck Challenge presented by B & L Motorsports



Dale Chestnut Wins   

Popcorn Sutton's Sportsman Truck Challenge presented by B & L Motorsports 


Glenview, Ill (September 2, 2014) - The Labor Day weekend of short-course off-road racing at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway is the host of three days of incredible racing. The showcase event for the Potawatomi Friday Night Thunder program was Popcorn Sutton's Sportsman Truck Challenge presented by B & L Motorsports. The eight lap race featured twenty-six MORR Sportsman racers representing five different classes and all vying for over $10,000 in cash and products.


The race itself divides the five classes, based upon previous race lap times, into two groups. The first group to leave the land rush start were the fourteen Super Stock racers and two Classix Competitors. Then twenty-five seconds later four Super Truck racers, five Formula 4x4 pilots, and three Limited 4 drivers charged into Potawatomi Turn One.


The start saw both Classix drivers, Dale Chestnut and Scott Mueller gain the advantage right from the start.  Meanwhile it was Limited 4 driver, Dan Baudoux that took the lead in the second group.


As the laps wound down, Baudoux was slashing his way through the field and with just under three laps until the finish, the Hemlock, Michigan racer drove his Ford Raptor around the Chevy Monte Carlo of Scott Mueller to move into second place. Now the crowd wondered if Baudoux had enough time to catch the Ford Bronco of Chestnut.


Baudoux was turning laps nearly over two seconds quicker than the leader, as Chestnut was running the race of his career. As the checkered flag was raised, Dale Chestnut driving his #613 Double D Services BFGoodrich Tire Ford Bronco took the win. The #17 B & L Motorsports backed Ford Raptor of Dan Baudoux finished just over two seconds back in the runner-up spot as Scott Mueller held off the hard charging Super Stock Truck racer of Nick Byng for third.


The podium celebration was incredible as both Mark Kvamme of Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey, and Albert Bancroft of B & L Motorsports were on hand to congratulate all three podium finishers. For the effort, winner Dale Chestnut took home a check for $3,500 as well as another $2000 in contingency awards. Another $3000 in prize money was split between the remaining top five finishers.


"Our team has won quite a few races and taken home a few championships, but tonight's win is the highlight of my racing career," exclaimed Dale Chestnut. "I have never driven this Ford Bronco this hard. I knew if I got the holeshot and never let up, I would have a chance. Scott Mueller was right there like has been all year. I just didn't know if the truck would hold up at the pace we were running, but never missed a beat.  This was an awesome race. Thanks again to Popcorn Sutton, B & L Motorsports, Crandon, and to the guy who put this all together. Just look at the crowd we had today at the podium, this race and this place are just awesome."

"That was the hardest I've ever driven," noted second place finisher, Dan Baudoux. "I knew had to really hustle if I had a shot at the win. We almost did it, but we needed another lap to get a chance at Dale.  Regardless Dale ran a great race, our run was nearly perfect, and I haven't had this much fun racing a truck in a long time. Thanks again to Popcorn Sutton and B & L Motorsports. I hope we do this again next year."




Along with race sponsors Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey and B & L Motorsports, several companies offered contingency awards, Including: BDS Suspension, Teamtech Motorsports, Allstar Performance, BFGoodrich Tires, ATD Transmissions, PDank Performance,  

J & H Transmissions and AMSOIL.


Popcorn Sutton's Sportsman Truck Challenge presented by B & L Motorsports USAC Race Results








Total Tm

Best Tm



Dale Chestnut





1:30. 297



Dan Baudoux

Limited 4 X 4




1:26. 412



Scott Mueller





1:32. 575



Nick Byng

Super Stock Truck




1:33. 565



Matt Siorek

Super Stock Truck




1:34. 213



Jack Heidman

Limited 4 X 4




1:29. 117



Dave Christoferson

Limited 4 X 4




1:30. 397



Brad LaMarche

Formula 4 x 4




1:28. 095



Tim Nelson

Super Truck




1:30. 369



Jeremy Gitzlaff

Super Stock Truck




1:36. 037



Gatlin Keehner

Super Stock Truck




1:36. 108



Don Demney

Super Stock Truck




1:36. 154



Tom Graff

Super Stock Truck




1:35. 644



Matt Dale

Super Stock Truck


1:23. 414


1:39. 639



Rob Legrand

Super Stock Truck


1:28. 368


1:38. 885



Shaun Bruski

Super Stock Truck


1:29. 274


1:38. 652



Scott Heikkila

Super Stock Truck


1:33. 455


1:40. 663



Ben Weirzba

Super Stock Truck


1 Lap


1:39. 054



Joey Maciosek

Super Stock Truck


4 Laps

7:23. 274

1:39. 344



Ken Wilson

Super Stock Truck


5 Laps

5:34. 060

1:37. 633



Kevin Hanegraff

Super Truck


5 Laps

5:41. 877

1:30. 054



Michael Platz

Formula 4 x 4


5 Laps

5:56. 106

1:35. 371



S. Dave Miah

Formula 4 x 4


6 Laps

4:33. 699

1:38. 628



Jimmy Ridderbush

Super Truck


7 Laps

2:39. 555

1:32. 669



Matt Solka

Super Truck


7 Laps

2:46. 749

1:38. 414



Jay Schaefer

Super Stock Truck









- Mike Reusche , race report

- Evil Smile Photography, pics





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blank 09/02/14 02:56PM 2015 Ford Super Duty, Ford F-450, Readers Pics

2015 Ford F-450 Rated Best-in-Class

Ultimate Towing Machine: 2015 Ford F-450 Rated Best-in-Class Using Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 Standard

For customers who require no-compromise towing capability, the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup boasts the highest rating of any pickup truck in the United States – 31,200 pounds, measured using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard

F-450 Super Duty towing capability is 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor’s crew cab 4x4 pickup truck

Ford will rate 2015 F-Series Super Duty maximum payload using base curb weight, aligning its payload rating practices with other manufacturers to make it easier for customers to compare vehicles

2015 Ford Super Duty F-450

Ford reaffirms the undisputed heavy-duty towing leadership of the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup at 31,200 pounds after testing using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard.

SAE J2807 establishes tow vehicle performance requirements against certain performance criteria to determine a truck’s maximum trailer tow rating. Ford is a founding member of the J2807 committee, which includes other truck and trailer manufacturers.

“We leave no doubt with customers that the F-450 pickup truck has best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds – whether tested using our own internal towing standards or SAE J2807,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

2015 Ford F-450 upgrades
Ford improved the 2015 F-450 pickup by giving it a more capable version of the F-350 frame, plus a more capable suspension and 19.5-inch wheels and tires to enable its best-in-class towing.

The F-450 pickup is available exclusively as a crew cab 4x4. The truck’s J2807-certified maximum tow rating is 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor’s crew cab 4x4 pickup.

Best-in-class towing performance is achieved with Ford’s second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine that has been developed to provide the segment’s top combination of power, torque and efficiency. The Power Stroke boasts best-in-class 440 horsepower across all Super Duty pickup models – from F-250 to F-450. Super Duty also offers 860 lb.-ft. of torque for the same models.

Ford is the only heavy-duty pickup truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – from concept to execution – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations. This approach enables Ford engineers to optimize the vehicle’s performance across the entire lineup.

Ford previously determined F-450 pickup towing capacity using rigorous internal testing standards exclusively. Now it has added SAE J2807 test procedures, reaffirming the F-450 pickup rating. F-450 passed the additional tests with 31,200 pounds in tow, just as it passed Ford internal tests.

SAE J2807 requires the vehicle to be loaded with about 400 pounds more weight than Ford’s internal test (two passengers instead of one, and base curb weight instead of minimum curb weight), but the weight addition has no effect on F-450 towing capacity. Using either standard, F-450 has best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 pounds.

As a result of the J2807 test results, Ford is also increasing the F-450 pickup’s already best-in-class gross combined weight rating from 40,000 pounds to 40,400 pounds – topping the nearest competitor by 2,500 pounds

Payload rating changes
Ford is migrating to the J2807 standard when it introduces all-new vehicles and will use base curb weight, rather than minimum curb weight, to determine payload ratings for all of its pickup trucks. The change will align Ford’s payload rating practices with other manufacturers to make it easier for customers to compare vehicles.

Using base curb weight, maximum payload for the 2015 F-450 pickup goes from 5,450 pounds to 5,300 pounds.

As always, actual payload ratings are determined for an individual vehicle in its as-built condition at the factory. Ford F-Series Super Duty customers continue to have the flexibility to add or delete equipment to meet their specific payload needs. Each truck’s unique payload rating can be found on the tire and loading label on the door frame.

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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.   


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


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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