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All-New Ford F-150 Wins Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards
in Overall Best Buy and Truck Best Buy

2015 Ford F-150 KBB Award

  • *Kelley Blue Book’s, The Trusted Resource® for car buyers, named the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 Overall Best Buy and Truck Best Buy in its inaugural Best Buy awards
  • *All-new Ford F-150 – the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever – beat out all other manufacturers’ 2015 trucks now on sale
  • *F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds; 2015 model’s fuel economy ratings projected to be at least 5 percent and up to 20 percent higher than current lineup (EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings will be announced later this month)

The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is the big winner of Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy awards – earning both Overall Best Buy and Truck Best Buy prizes.  

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy awards is an all-new, premier awards program designed to provide a significant service to American new-car buyers by identifying the cream of the crop of all available vehicles for a specific model year. 

“These awards from Kelley Blue Book reflect our continuing commitment to truck leadership and building the best trucks for our customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “The all-new F-150 sets new standards in durability, capability, technology and efficiency, and I’m proud our new truck has been recognized by the automotive experts at KBB.”

The all-new Ford F-150 is the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever. F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds, and will have fuel economy projected to be at least 5 percent and up to 20 percent higher than the current lineup. (EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings will be announced later this month.)  

“The 2015 Ford F-150 is a revolutionary vehicle in a segment in which even evolutionary change is viewed with skepticism,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editor, Kelley Blue Book. “The bold decision to lighten the vehicle’s structure radically was not just of value in itself, but also was the key enabler to an innovative line of powertrains that will result in significantly better capability than the prior F-150. What so impressed us at Kelley Blue Book was the fact that the new technologies incorporated into the 2015 F-150 all offer obvious and substantial consumer benefits. We believe that is the key reason the new F-150 will cement its place as the No. 1 vehicle in its segment.”

Award criteria
The award finalists were chosen on a set of criteria intended to identify overall vehicle quality and value, based both on proprietary Kelley Blue Book metrics and the expert evaluations of the editorial staff. The awards are the culmination of a yearlong regimen of expert vehicle evaluation and testing of nearly every new vehicle available in America, along with analysis of a broad swath of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing/transaction prices, five-year cost-to-own data (which includes depreciation, insurance, maintenance, financing, fuel, fees and taxes for new cars), consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales information. 

  • The 2015 Ford F-150 has won the following awards and accolades:
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy – Truck
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy – Overall
  • Popular Science Automotive Grand Award Winner – Best of What’s New
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Truck of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Luxury Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Full-Size Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Best Technology Feature – high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy
  • New England Motor Press Association – Yankee Cup
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blank 11/13/14 08:27AM Awards, Favorite Pickup, Ford F-150, Readers Pics

Popular Science: Ford F-150 named 'Grand Winner'

2015 Ford  F-150 Popular Science Award

The 2015 Ford F-150 is Grand Winner in the automotive category in Popular Science’s 2014 “Best of What’s New” honors. The all-new F-150 is the reinvention of America’s favorite pickup – the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient model ever, with 11 class-exclusive features. F-150 can claim the best towing and payload capability among full-size pickups, towing 12,200 pounds and hauling 3,300 pounds, all with improved fuel efficiency thanks to 700 pounds in weight savings over the 2014 model. Click here for more information on the Popular Science award.

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How Five Aftermarket Shops Designed the First Ford Transit Customized Vans for SEMA

Vandemonium: You Won’t Believe How Five Aftermarket Shops Designed the First Ford Transit Customized Vans for SEMA

  •  Custom-built project vehicles from five coachbuilders will showcase different expressions of Ford Transit van flexibility and capability
  • The custom Transits will be on display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-7
  • A range of concepts will be represented, including Formula DRIFT, off-road adventure and high-end luxury versions

The first-ever all-new 2015 Ford Transit custom vans will debut at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Five Transit project vehicles were crafted to showcase the van’s toughness and flexibility for customers looking for a vehicle that can fit a variety of needs – from high-tech luxury limo to sport exhibitions to off-road adventure.

“Ford Transit vans and passenger wagons are designed to be upfit-ready so customers have an easier time customizing the vehicle to work best for them,” said Yaroslav Hetman, brand manager for Ford Transit, Transit Connect and E-Series. “We are very excited about what our SEMA customizers have done with these vans. They preview the first of what is expected to be a renaissance in custom vans, led by the all-new Ford Transit.”

Customized Transit vehicles on display at the SEMA show Nov. 4-7 include:

Vegas Off-Road Experience Transit

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Vegas Off-Road Experience Transit
Vegas Off-Road Experience in South Boulder City, Nevada, provides the ultimate adventure for those who have always wanted to drive an off-road desert race truck. The VORE group applied its expertise in preparing off-road trucks to the new Transit, creating a vehicle that provides luxury transportation with an off-road theme. This Transit, equipped with off-road wheels and tires, will be used for guest transportation at VORE events.

“Transit offered us so much capacity to work with that we were able to take our plans further than we could with a typical van,” said Mike Self, Vegas Off-Road Experience chief marketing officer. “It will be a great vehicle for taking guests out on course in high-end comfort.”

Off-road and premium features of the VORE Transit include:

  • Custom LED interior lighting
  • Five LED flat screens
  •  60-inch LED flat-screen partition
  • Large-screen TV for external viewing
  • Video gaming station
  • Touch-screen tablet controls
  • LED light bars
  • HID headlamps
  • Extended fender flares
  • Off-road wheels and tires

Designed Travel Transit

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Designed Travel Transit
For long-distance road trips, Forest Lake, Minnesota-based Waldoch Crafts and 3dCarbon and Air Design of Newport Beach, California, customized a long-wheelbase, medium-roof Transit with a solid hickory wood floor and four reclining captain’s chairs with heating, cooling and massage functions, along with power headrests.

“The larger platform of Transit gives us room for creativity,” said Ernie Bunnell, vice president of sales for 3dCarbon and Air Design. “Transit provided us with a lot of capability, so we were able to include more technical features than the average conversion.”

Other features of the Designed Travel Transit include:

  • Integrated front bumper with air dam and fog lamps
  • Side skirts and lower rear skirt with integrated trailer hitch cover
  • 20-inch wheels and tires
  • Rear seat with fold-down sofa
  • Tablet control system
  • 4K ultra-high-definition 50-inch TV
  • LED interior lighting
  • Backup camera with 360-degree capability

Formula DRIFT Transit

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Formula DRIFT Transit
This Formula DRIFT Transit is more than a concept – it is a functional vehicle that will be used at series events in 2015. The Formula DRIFT series, based in Long Beach, California, has taken a medium-roof, short-wheelbase Transit and transformed it into the ultimate track support vehicle. With high-horsepower vehicles sliding around at more than 100 mph in Formula DRIFT events, accidents do occur, and this custom Transit will be one of the first responders to help with fire and safety equipment at the accident site. Complete with a custom interior workspace with TV, LED lighting, a custom entertainment system from Clarion and a matching Kawasaki Mule support vehicle, this Transit will be a standout at the track.

”Track vehicles fulfill a lot of needs, and Transit is able to do it all,” said John Pangilinan, public relations director for Formula DRIFT. “The extra roof height Transit offers really adds a lot of usable space for all of our equipment, including the Kawasaki Mule.”

Formula DRIFT Transit highlights include:

  • Matching Kawasaki Mule track support vehicle that will be housed inside Transit between events
  • Storage bins for fire extinguishers, tools and cleanup equipment
  • Workspace
  • Fire suit and helmet racks
  • Door-mounted flat panel monitor
  • Performance air intake kit
  • Performance exhaust system
  • Performance suspension

Business Class Transit

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Business Class Transit
This sleek, all-black Transit was created by Detroit Custom Coach of Oak Park, Michigan, and offers amenities for VIP travel, whether for business or a night out on the town. This long-wheelbase, high-roof Transit features seating for as many as eight people and a wide array of premium amenities, including cocktail stations.

“We are excited to show what the Ford brand can do when it comes to the VIP transportation industry,” said Detroit Custom Coach owner Chris Ramos. “We feel strongly that the new Ford Transit will give other vehicles in its class a run for their money.”

Premium and convenience features of the Business Class Transit include:

  • Actuated passenger entrance step
  • Wood-grain flooringLaptop station
  • Cocktail station with glass holders
  • Reclining, heated and massaging seats
  • Color-changing LED lighting
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Integrated iPad controls
  • Wi-Fi
  • Motorized privacy shades

Galpin Auto Sports Transit Skyliner

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Galpin Auto Sports Transit Skyliner
Transit Skyliner, created jointly by Ford and Galpin Auto Sports of Van Nuys, California, embodies the spirit of premium motor coaches and builds on the heritage of custom vans. The custom vehicle shows how Ford Transit can be transformed to fit the needs of limousines and high-end transportation services, as well as commercial fleets, shuttle providers and small-business owners.

Transit Skyliner features custom-designed “throne” seats that are controlled by a smartphone or tablet.

“We are sincerely excited to work with Ford in creating the future of travel,” said Beau Boeckmann, president of Galpin Auto Sports. “Tapping our history of creating the conversion van segment in the 1960s and ’70s, as well as our recent high-tech work, together with Ford we have brought the modern ultra-premium van to life.”

Premium features of the Galpin Auto Sports Transit Skyliner include:

  • 52-inch retractable movie screen
  • Focal Utopia 7.2 surround sound with custom-made speakers
  • Satellite TVKaleidescape media server
  • Integrated bar
  • Matching luggage
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blank 10/22/14 08:17AM 2015 Ford F-150, Offroad Truck, SEMA Show, Street Truck

Tricked-Out All-New F-150 Pickups Seek 'Hottest Truck' Award at SEMA Show

Ford F-Series trucks – specifically, the all-new 2015 F-150 – will vie for a fifth consecutive “Hottest Truck” award this November at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show

Ford collaborated with SEMA builders to help produce the radical F-150 trucks that will be displayed at the annual Las Vegas tradeshow

Shedding up to 700 pounds from the 2014 model, the 2015 F-150 is the smartest, toughest, 
most capable F-150 ever

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 17, 2014 – From off-road prowess to street performance, custom versions of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 – the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever – will vie this November for the “Hottest Truck” award at the Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las Vegas.

The SEMA award, won by Ford F-Series trucks for four years running, recognizes the most popular vehicles the organization’s members feature in their displays at the weeklong event.

Custom versions of the all-new F-150 will be displayed on the SEMA floor. They include:

Ford F-150 38 Special SEMA Truck

Deegan 38
The Deegan 38 project built a personal connection between Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan and the all-new F-150 with the 3.5-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost® engine. Industry leaders including Addictive Desert Designs, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, FOX Racing Shox, KC Hilites, Mastercraft Safety, Rockford Fosgate, Full-Race Motorsports, Leading Edge Tuning, ProEFI and SCT Performance joined forces to provide extreme motorsport enthusiasts with the ultimate example of the world’s most capable truck.

“This F-150 should inspire the vast off-road, extreme-lifestyle-loving fan base to push the possibilities of the kick-ass new 2015 F-150 and the awesome 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine,” said Deegan.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. street truck
Boasting 12 inches of King shock-controlled travel via a Kibbetech custom suspension, this 2015 F-150 purpose-built by Formula DRIFT superstar Vaughn Gittin Jr. is designed to take full advantage of the weight savings and serious torque offered by the all-new F-150. With its unique, aggressive looks and Air Lift Performance air ride, this street truck aims to turn heads and elicit huge smiles, while providing massive amounts of fun and adrenaline for up to five passengers who strap into its Recaro seats.

“I love trucks, and to build one that has daily on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping capabilities is something I have always wanted to do,” said Gittin. “I am really pumped to get crazy in this F-150 at SEMA this year.”

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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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