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All-New Ford F-150 2.7-Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine Delivers V8 Capability and Performance

Tougher, lighter 2015 Ford F-150 welcomes two new engines to its four-engine lineup, providing choices to meet almost any customer need – from hauling tools to towing trailers

High-output 2.7-liter EcoBoost® with standard Auto Start-Stop broadens engine lineup by providing mid-range V8-like towing capability of 8,500 pounds, payload of 2,250 pounds, 325 horsepower, 375 lb.-ft. of torque

Standard 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing delivers impressive power and efficiency with towing of 7,600 pounds that can’t be beat, 1,910 pounds of payload, 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque

Use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy plus smart engineering saves up to 700 pounds, improving power-to-weight ratio and allowing for gains in towing, performance and efficiency

2015 Ford F-150 Towing

With its new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® with standard Auto Start-Stop and new 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, the 2015 Ford F-150 resets the bar in light-duty pickup truck performance, capability and efficiency.

“The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. “These two new V6 engines – the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-liter Ti-VCT – set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency.”

2.7-liter EcoBoost power
The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 features an entirely new design that delivers power and performance in a strong, smart package. The engine produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque – improving the power-to-weight ratio of the 2015 truck by 15 percent over the 2014 5.0-liter V8-equipped F-150 with similar torque output, thanks to vehicle light-weighting.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4x2 has a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds, ideal for meeting mid-range capability needs.

Boosting 2.7-liter EcoBoost fuel efficiency is the debut of standard Auto Start-Stop technology for F-150. This technology, specially tuned for truck customers, shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop. When the brake is released, the engine restarts quickly. Auto Start-Stop helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions when the truck is stopped and the engine is off. The technology is off when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine also features Ford’s first use of a compacted graphite iron cylinder block in a gasoline engine, the same material used in Ford’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V8 in Super Duty trucks. The composite CGI/aluminum cylinder block saves weight while providing strength where it’s needed most for durability.

Advanced technology, power and efficiency combine to create an engine for F-150 that boasts more than twice the horsepower, torque and towing capability of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck with identical displacement 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine.

Ford testing shows the 2.7-liter EcoBoost also outperforming Ram 1500 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V8 while towing a 7,000-pound enclosed trailer up Davis Dam in Arizona. This is the same grade the Society of Automotive Engineers uses for its J2807 towing testing standards, which the 2015 Ford F-150 will follow.


Engine

Horsepower

Torque (lb.-ft.)

Payload (lbs.)

Towing (lbs.)

2015 Ford F-150 4x4
2.7-liter EcoBoost

325

375

2,160

8,400

2014 Toyota Tacoma 4x4
2.7-liter four-cylinder

159

180

1,335

3,500

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4x4
5.3-liter V8

355

383

2,007

11,200

2014 Ram 1500 4x4 3.0-liter
V6 EcoDiesel

240

420

1,620

9,050

3.5-liter V6 tuned for responsive power
Thanks to vehicle weight savings, the standard 3.5-liter V6 with Ti-VCT offers a 5 percent improvement in power-to-weight ratio over the larger 3.7-liter V6 in the 2014 F-150, with better fuel efficiency and performance.

The 3.5-liter V6 produces 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine has a maximum payload of 1,910 pounds and a maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds – unsurpassed for standard V6 light-duty pickup trucks.

Designed for impressive power and durability, the 24-valve 3.5-liter V6 features a valvetrain with direct-acting polished mechanical buckets with twin independent variable camshaft timing for impressive torque across a wide rpm range. Six-bolt main bearing caps, a fully counterweighted forged steel crankshaft and cast exhaust manifolds are designed for heavy-duty operation.

Both the upper and lower intake manifolds of the 3.5-liter V6 are tuned for responsive power, and both the intake manifolds and cam covers are composite-formed to reduce weight. The die-cast aluminum cylinder block features bay-to-bay breathing to reduce internal pumping losses, while a deep-sump oil pan contributes to extended oil-change intervals.

Advanced materials save weight
Extensive research by Ford engineers led to the use of more advanced materials on the 2015 F-150 than found in previous trucks. Military-grade aluminum alloys make the new truck’s body lighter, stronger and more resistant to dents.

Overall, F-150 is up to 700 pounds lighter – helping the truck tow and haul more, accelerate and stop faster, and operate more efficiently than the previous F-150. High-strength steel in the frame and high-strength aluminum alloy throughout the body produce an inherently stiffer truck with greater dent and ding resistance. The aluminum upper body sits on a fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever to make it stronger yet lighter.

In addition to the new V6 engines, the all-new 2015 F-150 offers the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter V8 with Ti-VCT, providing a comprehensive, capable and efficient engine lineup to meet the specific needs of Ford truck customers.

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Western Star 4900 Makes a Big Impact on Big Red Towing


PORTLAND, Ore. – June 26, 2014 – Big jobs require big power. That’s why Big Red Towing in Syracuse, NY, depends on their Detroit™ powered Western Star 4900 trucks to get the job done.

 

“We specialize in heavy towing and transport, and do a lot of offsite jobs, such as pulling windmill towers up and down dirt-road mountains, which can be very stressful,” said Ron Pullen, operations manager, tow truck division for Big Red Towing. “Our Western Star trucks help ease the stress by having the strength we need, combined with the quiet ride of a luxury car.”


After Big Red Towing added its first Western Star – a 4900SB with a Detroit™ DD15® engine – to its fleet, they were so impressed with the truck’s performance they recently added a second.


“Our first Western Star has been phenomenal,” said Pullen. “Not only do we love the smooth ride and Detroit power and efficiency, our drivers and customers love the truck too.  When it came time to add another tow truck, we again turned to Western Star and Detroit.”


The new viper-red Western Star 4900SB has a Detroit™ DD16® engine, an 18K front axle, a 46K rear tandem axle, and a 40-inch sleeper to accommodate a clean back of cab. The truck also features a Century 1130 rotator towing and recovery unit and a custom winch brake that provides even more stability while winching large, heavy objects.


“You just can’t beat Detroit power combined with the quality, roominess and luxury of Western Star,” said Pullen. “We’re so impressed with our trucks, we’re already planning our next Western Star.”


For more information about Western Star or to find a local dealer, go to www.WesternStar.com or call 866-850-STAR (7827).

 

About Western Star
Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

 

 

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blank 06/27/14 02:42PM Mainshafts, Tailhousings, Transmissions

Questions and Answers from Midwest Transmission Center

I have a 1999 Ford F350 7.3 L 2WD

Question:  Can I convert a Ford 2wd Zf S6-650 transmission to 4wd?

Or would having a 4wd transmission require me to buy a new purpose built 4wd trans?

Answer:  We could supply you a rebuilt ZFS650 however it would be less expensive

To do the conversion. It’s a fairly common conversion you will need the following parts:

  • Our part number MWT1319-304-070 MAINSHAFT your cost $235.00
  • Our part number MWT1319-301-073 4X4 TAILHOUSINS $345.00
  • Our part number MWT0734-319-598 4X4 SEAL your cost $9.50 plus S&H.

Need additional technical information or help with the order just give Scott a call toll free 888-824-2012 he can help you. Need other parts for your ZF S650 manual Ford 6 speed transmission on our site at http://www.midwesttrans.com.

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Carlisle Truck Nationals and Big Rig Show and Shine

August 1-3, 2014

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, have the judging card available and truck prepared for judging by the 10:00 a.m. Saturday deadline. Judging cards can be picked up at the Guest Services building upon arrival.

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.
- See more at: http://www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/carlisle-truck-nationals/default.aspx

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Aug 1-3, 2014
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, have the judging card available and truck prepared for judging by the 10:00 a.m. Saturday deadline. Judging cards can be picked up at the Guest Services building upon arrival.

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/default.aspx#sthash.1ARyWAu6.dpuf
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blank 06/17/14 09:40AM Bearing Rebuild Kit, Getrag360 Transmission, Transmissions

Questions and Answers from Midwest Transmission Center

I have a 1989 Ford F250 7.3L Diesel Pickup

Question: The  information on transmission tag; ZF ford, model S5-42, 2f parts list; wo.1307050031, ford part #; e8ta-7003-ala; trans s/n 1051140, total ratio, 4.14-0.77 Do you need any info to determine if you have one rebuilt ready to ship? Please confirm price, ship costs. I have old core ready to ship to the factory, what is process?

Answer:  The correct part number for a replacement rebuilt ZF S542 transmission for your 1989 4WD 7.3lt Ford F250 diesel is MTFRD041.

Your cost is $1366.68 plus about $270.00 freight both ways (commercial address). We can  rebuild your existing core. The housing/case on the core needs to be OK, not to worry about internal parts. The rebuilt transmission will have a 12 month warranty.

I have a Nissan pickup truck its a fs5w71c Model 720 with the 2.4L and it has 4WD.

Question: I had been studying the trans you guys have also it say it will certainly fit but could not see anything at all regarding it being 2 wheel drive or a 4x4 therefore will it match my 4x4?

Answer: Your tranny is definitely the Nissan model FS5W71F along with a 12 tail housing, the correct part number is MTNIS002 $925.00 plus $250 core deposit, plus freight.

This transmission is rebuilt and has the One year no hassle warranty. You can easily see other parts we are able to offer the FS5W71F transmission on our website.

I own a Chevrolet Suburban 3/4 ton it has the  6.0L engine and is 4WD.

Question:  There are three different types of transfer cases,27 spline MWTCGM034,29 spline MWTCG043 and 32 spline MWTCGM044 listed for my application .Can you help me identify the best/right one for my Suburban application.

Answer:  In  replacing your Transfer Case Model  NP246 Assy # 1577-2806 the correct part number according to the assembly number is MWTTCGM044 your cost is $1000  with a $250 core deposit.

This transfer case has a no hassle 12 month warranty. S&H charges will be added. The core deposit can be saved if you would like to send your existing transfer case to the factory to be rebuilt. The case must not be broken, it can be toast inside but the case needs to be reusable..

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I own a Chevrolet Suburban 3/4 ton it has the  6.0L engine and is 4WD.

Question:  There are three different types of transfer cases,27 spline MWTCGM034,29 spline MWTCG043 and 32 spline MWTCGM044 listed for my application .Can you help me identify the best/right one for my Suburban application.

Answer:  In  replacing your Transfer Case Model  NP246 Assy # 1577-2806 the correct part number according to the assembly number is MWTTCGM044 your cost is $1000  with a $250 core deposit.

This transfer case has a no hassle 12 month warranty. S&H charges will be added. The core deposit can be saved if you would like to send your existing transfer case to the factory to be rebuilt. The case must not be broken, it can be toast inside but the case needs to be reusable..

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blank 06/11/14 08:56AM Cargo Box, F-150, Readers Pics

Ford Early Testing of New F-150 Cargo Box with Real Customers in the Toughest Conditions

How Ford Quietly Went About Early Testing of New F-150 Cargo Box with Real Customers in the Toughest Conditions

o- Beginning in 2011, at job sites including a Nevada gold mine and a Pennsylvania dam, as well as in servicing power lines in Appalachia, six prototype F-150 pickups with high-strength, aluminum-alloy cargo boxes have been quietly tested in the hands of longtime Ford fleet customers
o- Extreme real-world customer testing early on has helped prove durability of aluminum alloy and determine final cargo box design, ensuring the all-new Ford F-150 will be the toughest F-150 yet
o- First time Ford has given customers advanced prototype vehicles so far ahead of production

Ford Motor Company went beyond its labs to test a key part of the all-new Ford F-150. The company embedded six prototype pickups – each with an experimental aluminum-alloy cargo box – at some of its fleet customer job sites then quietly went about evaluating the design and engineering of the next-generation pickup in the toughest conditions.

Three longstanding Ford fleet customers, unaware of Ford’s experiment, took delivery of prototype F-150s with current steel bodies and all-new, high-strength, aluminum-alloy cargo boxes in 2011. Three years later, these fleet customers and the Ford team who built the prototype trucks are convinced the new 2015 Ford F-150 will be the toughest truck the company has ever made.

2015 Ford F-150

“Our customers demand the highest levels of toughness and productivity – so we wanted to test the truck outside, in the harshest conditions and in the hands of real customers – with no limits,” said Larry Queener, program manager for the new F-150. “But we did not want these customers to know what was different. So, when we gave them the prototype vehicles, we told them to use the trucks like their other hard-working Ford trucks, and we would be back to follow their progress.”

Denis Kansier, F-150 prototype lead engineer, visited the customer sites every three months to check on the integrity of the vehicles and identify possible adjustments to the design of the new Ford F-150.

“This secret testing almost immediately yielded results and lessons we have rolled into the all-new F-150,” said Kansier. “For example, we made the cargo box floor thicker to improve strength, and we made modifications to the tailgate based on lessons we learned through customer usage.”

The six-vehicle fleet accumulated more than 350,000 miles in just more than two years.

Blind testing with customers

The job sites where the real-world testing was done were chosen for the tough nature of the work these fleet customers do there – from picking up and hauling heavy objects, like 40-pound pintle hitches used for heavy towing, to rolling over unforgiving off-road terrain. The customers were given two prototype vehicles each. The customers and the sites they worked on include:

  • Barrick Gold Corporation, Elko, Nevada: The Barrick surveying team drove the vehicles through severe terrain at the company’s Bald Mountain and Cortez mines, including travel into mine pits before and after blasting. The prototype F-150 trucks are still being driven between 100 and 300 miles a day, and have accumulated more than 150,000 miles between them
  • Walsh Construction, Holtwood, Pennsylvania and Birmingham, Alabama: Walsh Construction was selected for the severity of use at two of its work sites – first, a hydroelectric dam in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then a highway interchange construction site in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Regional utility company in North Carolina: One F-150 prototype was assigned to a meter reading crew that drives up steep mountain roads; the second truck was assigned to line crews that drive up overgrown paths to replace old poles and electrical lines. The meter readers removed the truck’s tailgate to improve visibility – an alteration Ford engineers responded to by incorporating height modifications into the final F-150 design. The trucks at these sites are still being driven an average of 200 miles a day

As the testing of these six F-150 prototypes ensued, drivers began to notice differences compared to typical steel truck beds. One of the differences they noticed was a lack of rust.

2015 Ford F-150 Bed

“They told us they noticed the boxes did not produce red surface rust when heavy use scratched through the paint,” said Kansier.

The fleet customers were informed of the modified, high-strength aluminum-alloy cargo box at the reveal of the all-new F-150 at the North American International Auto Show in January. The prototype trucks are still in use at these three companies.

To watch the customer tough testing in action at Barrick Gold Corporation, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBuYbGXVHdE&feature=youtu.be.

Tough testing strategy

Ford’s extensive testing strategy for the new F-150 includes three phases that will allow engineers to understand how each truck stands up under an array of harsh conditions: “We Test,” which takes place in Ford labs, “They Test,” at fleet customer sites and “You Test,” in which consumers will have an opportunity to put the new truck through its paces.

In addition to testing by the three fleet customers, prototype F-150s have been tested in a number of real-world environments. Among them is Davis Dam – a durability route in a remote corner of northeast Arizona – where the F-150 climbed 13 miles pulling a maximum trailer load in 120 degree heat. In California’s Anza-Borrego State Park, an hour east of San Diego, the truck ascended a mountain of sand and rock with a 30-degree grade, sometimes reaching an altitude of 6,000 feet, 250 times over five days – all without fail.

For a graphic of all the testing courses, which span coast to coast, click here.

Before the first 2015 F-150 rolls off the assembly line, the new truck will have been subjected to 10 million miles of combined real-world and simulated durability testing. For a list of some of the ways Ford has torture tested the next-generation F-150, visit https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2014/04/09/10-ways-ford-torture-tested-the-2015-F150.html.

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blank 06/05/14 08:33AM Bearing Rebuild Kit, Getrag360 Transmission, Transmissions

Q and A from Midwest Transmissions

I have a Dodge D250 1989 with a Cummins diesel 2WD

Question: I recently purchased  a Dodge D250 and the transmission works fine but is covered in oil and I'm looking into either just replacing the seals, rebuilding the whole thing while I have time and funds right now or purchasing a replacement. What can you suggest? I don't really plan on hauling anything I just want to address  any problems now rather than wait breakdown. I am in California how much is shipping to have a rebuilt one sent(I have my own forklift if that changes anything)

Answer:  Your new truck has a Getrag 360 transmission widely used between 1989 and 1993 by Dodge behind the Cummins Diesel engine. You have a couple of options, the first is to overhaul the G360 (assuming the case is not cracked), the second option is to replace the G360 with the later model 5 speed the NV4500 (includes all the latest updates).

If you elect to overhaul the existing G-360 unit you will need

Bearing Rebuild Kit, Midwest Transmission Center

Bearing Rebuild kit order our part number TRSBK261WS your cost for this kit is $307.67, plus about $20.00 S&H, kit includes all major bearings, gaskets, seals and syncro rings.

If you elect to upgrade to a NV4500 order our part number MTCRY009 your cost is $1667.67 plus core deposit of $500.00 plus freight. You can avoid the core deposit by sending in your existing transmission first (case cannot be broken). This transmission will have a 12 month warranty. Shipping to your location in California is estimated at $145.00 each way.  If you would like to see the other parts we can provide for the G360 check out our site.

 

 

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