10/04/22

Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ with Trailer Reverse Guidance: Setup & Use | Ford How-To | Ford


This video explains how to set up your vehicle and trailer, as well as how to use the available Pro Trailer Backup Assist™* with Trailer Reverse Guidance, which makes backing up a trailer easy. *Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle. It does not replace safe driving. See Owner’s Manual for details and limitations.

9/30/22

E-Transit Custom by Ford Pro | Premiere of an All-Electric Icon


E-Transit Custom is the all-new, all-electric successor to Europe’s best-selling van, and the latest Ford icon to be electrified. Supercharged by Ford Pro’s seamless charging, telematics and servicing support, and packed with innovative new customer experiences, E-Transit Custom is a future-proof electrified boost for all kinds of business

9/27/22

SAFE STEPS Road Safety: Pedestrians


We all have a role in road safety! So follow these SAFE STEPS to play your part and help save lives. - Stay alert and avoid distractions - - Walk in safe places - - Stop, Look, Listen, Cross - SAFE STEPS Road Safety is a pan-Asian public service initiatives aimed to raise awareness and provide clear and simple life-saving educational messages on road safety. Acclaimed actress and producer, Michelle Yeoh is the SAFE STEPS Road Safety Ambassador. This program is created and developed by Prudence Foundation, in partnership with National Geographic Channel and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). All SAFE STEPS Road Safety tips have been approved by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). For more information please visit: www.safesteps.com


9/24/22

Fleet 101: What is Torque?


This Fleet 101 episode of Truck Chat episode focuses on a commonly misunderstood term in truck fleets today: #torque. Executive Editor, Lauren Fletcher, covers the basics of torque and helps you gain a greater understanding of the topic. Today's topics include: - What is torque? - How is torque measured? - Where does torque come from? - What causes differences in torque? - Why does torque matter to work truck fleets? This episode is sponsored by@Goodyear

9/22/22

Leading The Industry into The Future | Ch. 6 | This is Ford Pro™


Ford Motor Company President and CEO Jim Farley shares his commitment to the growth of Ford Pro. Watch as he discusses his excitement for the future of our company and how we work hand-in-hand with our customers to deliver the custom solutions they need for their businesses.

9/19/22

How to Deal with Roadside Emergencies


                                           Some tips on how to deal with roadside emergencies.

9/15/22

Curt ShockDrop™ Technology | Comfortable, Controlled, Confident Towing


ShockDrop™ technology is a cushion hitch system designed to enhance your comfort, control and confidence when towing a trailer. It is comprised of an innovative, flexible polyurethane isolator that dynamically adapts to bumps, potholes and uneven surfaces on the road. It suppresses rattling, vibrations, jerking and jarring at the coupling point to provide you with a superior towing experience.

ShockDrop™ technology is engineered to be the next generation of towing products, offering valuable benefits for professionals and enthusiasts alike. ShockDrop™ is integrated into a growing line of CURT products, enabling a variety of lifestyles for a more enjoyable towing experience.

ShockDrop™ provides enhanced control in your driving by counteracting the effects of uneven roads. It also helps increase the driver’s control over the vehicle in events of sudden braking and combats the tendency for undesirable trailer sway. ShockDrop™ technology is also a benefit to the life of your vehicle and towing equipment. The cushion isolator reduces the strain of towing on your vehicle’s brakes and suspension system to promote longevity. Compared to other cushion hitch solutions, ShockDrop™ is lighter-weight, putting less stress on your receiver hitch.

For maximum confidence, ShockDrop™ technology is engineered for simplicity. Each product is designed to be virtually maintenance-free. The cushion isolator is thoroughly tested for thousands of cycles, and it won’t wear out like competitive solutions that use an airbag or bearings.

9/13/22

New 2023 Sierra AT4X | Outside & In | GMC


Introducing the New 2023 GMC Sierra AT4X—the Peak of Premium Off-Roading. Equipped to conquer the great outdoors and welcome you to the great indoors. Part of the New Sierra lineup of exceptionally premium and capable vehicles.

9/09/22

The 2022 Ford E-Transit: A New Dawn Rises | E-Transit | Ford


As a new dawn rises on an electric horizon, there is work to be done on the ground. Like transporting life-saving medicine, keeping our lights on and the water running and keeping us fed. We've been doing this work for more than 100 years, and our zero-emission Ford E-Transit* will help ensure that we can do it for 100 more.

9/07/22

Buyers Products Pro Series - Aluminum Tool Boxes for Trucks


Our Aluminum Pro Series of Truck Tool Boxes are built to withstand the harshest conditions with the features a pro would demand. Proudly designed and constructed right here in Northeast Ohio, these boxes are our most reliable line yet.

View our entire selection of Pro Series Truck Tool Boxes here: https://www.buyersproducts.com/catalog/truck-boxes-11/xd-truck-box-785

9/03/22

F-150 Lightning Launch | Rouge Electric Vehicle Center | Built For America


April 26 marks the launch of the all-new, all-electric F-150® Lightning™ pickup, a milestone moment in America's shift to electric vehicles. Ford and UAW leaders will host F-150 Lightning customers and Ford employees at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan to celebrate "Job 1" and the start of production for the first-ever full-size all-electric pickup to go on sale. The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is Ford's ultra-modern new facility within Ford’s historic Rouge Complex where Henry Ford perfected the moving assembly line and scaled the Model T.

9/01/22

SEMA 2021 - Award Wining New Product - CURT Multipro/Multiflex Tailgate Sensor


8/29/22

Customizable Slide Out Truck Bed Box Review | Buyers Products


Steve walks you through Buyers Products new truck bed storage drawer. He takes a look at the customizable tool box organizers, truck bed tool box capacity, and how to store tools and equipment. See more photos, colors, and find out where to buy: https://goo.gl/WxxYKF Buyers Products Smooth Aluminum Slide Out Truck Bed Box is a secure truck or van storage drawer that holds up to 500 lb in the drawer and 800 lb stacked on top. The 12 in. by 24 in. by 40 in. model can can easily be installed in a cargo van so that the drawer rolls through the side-door opening. The Slide Out Truck Bed Box's heavy duty reinforced aluminum construction lets you load up to 800 lb (evenly distributed) on top. The bed box's drawer will hold up to 500 lb of tools and/or equipment, keeping your space organized and clutter-free. The box's uniquely movable partitions and optional dividers (sold separately) can be positioned to accommodate your storage needs. The easy sliding drawer automatically detents into a locked position every 8 inches for convenience and control, and releases easily with the push of a button. A full door gasket and rain gutter provide four-sided protection against the elements. The drawer has a push button lock with key, and durable handle. Steel mounting hardware is included, and mounting holes are pre-drilled for quick installation.

8/25/22

1925 Ford Model TT Truck


This year at Old Car Festival we’re celebrating a century of factory-built trucks. Ford Motor Company introduced its Model TT – essentially a Model T with a heftier frame and drivetrain – in 1917. Ford built only three trucks that first year, but more than 40,000 TTs left the factory the following year. Learn more about this truck and the then-young truck market in this video from our Curator of Transportation Matt Anderson. Like, share, and subscribe!

8/23/22

Next Generation GMC Canyon | “The Official Vehicle of Nowhere” | GMC


Meet the Next Generation GMC Canyon—the Official Vehicle of Nowhere. Overland Bound’s Mike Murguia knows what it takes to find your Nowhere. Join him for a tour of the First Ever Canyon AT4X Edition 1 Package and its serious off-road hardware, advanced high-tech cockpit and powerful capability.

8/21/22

The 2022 Ford F-150®: Tougher and Smarter | F-150


The 2022 Ford F-150® is here. With available 14,000 lbs of towing capacity,* an available 3.5 L PowerBoost full hybrid engine, the new F-150 is the toughest generation of F-150 trucks ever. *Towing and payload are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously. WITH Max. towing of 14,000 lbs. available on XL SuperCab™ 8' box 4x2 and SuperCrew 6.5’ box 4x2 configurations with the available 3.5L EcoBoost® engine and available Max. Trailer Tow Package. Max. towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.

8/17/22

How Cars Communicate With One Another | Consumer Reports


Technology is allowing more and more vehicles to communicate with each other on the roadways. Consumer Reports’ expert explains what V2X is and how it works.

8/13/22

2023 FORD F-150 LIGHTNING PRO SSV | America’s First Electric Pickup Truck for Police


Ford pro launched America’s first electric pickup truck purpose-built for police: the 2023 Ford F-150® Lightning™ Pro Special Service Vehicle. Key facts: -2023 Ford F-150® Lightning™ Pro Special Service Vehicle provides the modern, always-on work-ready truck police departments need to help lower costs, drive efficiency and accelerate customers’ sustainability goals -F-150 Lightning Pro SSV combines benefits of an electric powertrain with law enforcement-specific interior features of F-150 Police Responder®, including police-grade heavy-duty cloth seats, built-in steel intrusion plates and available roof-mounted LED warning beacons - Ford Pro™ helps make the transition to electric easier for municipal customers with its top-selling1 police vehicle lineup, software, charging, service and FinSimple™ financing – now offering municipal loan options for charging solutions including installation, hardware and software Source : Ford #F150 #ford #police #FordF150 #f150lightning

8/10/22

CURT CrossWing™ Lightweight 5th Wheel Hitch | Features & Benefits


The CrossWing™ 5th wheel hitch #16600 by CURT gives you the best of both worlds by packing extraordinary strength into one lightweight hitch. With the main body weight of only 60 pounds, it is 65% lighter than most traditional 5th wheel hitches while still offering a 20,000 lb. weight capacity, so strength and muscle are not sacrificed. Its patent-pending ShockDrop technology provides a smoother towing experience by reducing jerking and jarring, and its structure allows fore, aft and lateral head articulation when connecting on uneven terrain, so you can be comfortable and confident in your ride no matter what type of rugged roads you encounter. The CrossWing™ also features a reinforced head connection point that provides exceptional strength, along with a unique coupling system that eliminates guesswork by offering a visible contact surface. Features and benefits of the CURT CrossWing™ lightweight 5th wheel hitch: - Premium steel construction offers robust 20,000-lb. capacity - Features patent-pending ShockDrop technology to reduce jerking and jarring - Reinforced head connection point for superior strength and peace of mind - Easy, one-person installation and removal (fits industry-standard rails) - 65% lighter than most traditional 5th wheel hitches (main body weighs 60 lbs.) - Unique coupling system eliminates guesswork by offering visible contact surface - Head channel guides kingpin into place for easier hookup - Allows fore, aft and lateral head articulation when connecting on uneven terrain - Easy-to-reach release handle for ergonomic operation - Three points of height adjustment from 16-3/8" to 20-3/8" - Coupling point offset 5" rearward for added turning clearance - Premium, carbide textured black finish for lasting rust resistance - High-grade steel design for added strength vs. aluminum - Tested for safety in accordance with SAE J2638

8/07/22

CURT | The First Name in Towing Products | This Is Family


We are company dedicated to family. A small, family business is how we started, and even now we hold on to those humble beginnings. Whether you tow a camper, boat or livestock, or heavy duty equipment for work, we are there for you with the best towing products that you can rely on, and feel confident using. Safety is our number one concern, and we believe in going above and beyond for our customers, and their families. Subscribe now to stay connected to our ever growing channel that helps you BRING IT! Learn more about Tested. Proven. Safe-towing products at www.curtmfg.com.

8/04/22

Tire Blow Out Reaction Tips


Tires are the most important part of your vehicle and unexpected blows outs happen almost everyday! Watch this video to find out the two key steps to keep you safe in the event of a tire blow out.

8/01/22

Vaca Valley Truck 4x4 Accessories


Tab Brown of Inside Industry gives us an informative and entertaining plant tour of A.R.E.'s Mt Eaton, OH facility where they manufacture A.R.E. Deluxe Commercial Truck Caps and design their fiberglass truck caps.

7/30/22

A.R.E. Truck Caps Plant Tour on Inside Industry - Part 1


Tab Brown of Inside Industry gives us an informative and entertaining plant tour of A.R.E.'s Mt Eaton, OH facility where they manufacture A.R.E. Deluxe Commercial Truck Caps and design their fiberglass truck caps.

7/26/22

Considering a New Pick-up Purchase?

Considering a new pickup purchase??

For a business you might be asking yourself whether to buy or lease. This answer is different for everyone depending on the specific circumstances and expected future plans that a company might have in mind.  One consideration is how long the business plans to keep the pickup.  Other helpful factors when trying to make a purchase decision are taxes, flexibility within the business, gap insurance coverage, annual mileage and do not forget to shop around and know what other options may be available.

For fleet service trucks, whether you are buying or leasing, a great solution is Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies.  Our truck bodies are completely transferable, on and off a pickup truck fully loaded in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation. This means greater flexibility and higher overall residual value for fleets. Pictured below is our Load'N'Go Sportsman model. The Load'N'Go Sportsman’s are built with 16 gauge steel construction, pad lockable stainless steel handles, 1000 lb. capacity pull-out drawer, diamond plate aluminum doors and spray-on bed liner finish which makes them highly durable and long-lasting, especially in harsh climates.



**Load’N’Go Sportsman pictured, truck not included**

Call our office to get a quote at 480-736-8800.  Also visit our website at: www.fleetwest.net for more information.



7/24/22

Truck Vault Bed Storage System


Truck Vault Bed Storage System

For more information visit: http://vacavalleytruck.com/

7/21/22

Ask An Expert - Towing and Hauling Tips with Mark Hellwig


Hellwig Suspension Products CEO, Mark Hellwig has been in the load and sway control business his whole life. Over the years he has learned a few things about towing and hauling.

Mark shares a few tips and pieces of advice for proper and safe towing and hauling in this video.

7/17/22

What If You Forget To Change Your Oil?


What if you forget to change your oil on time? Can you damage your car's engine by not changing the oil late? Do you really need to change your oil every 3,000 miles? Obviously, you should change your oil regularly, but exactly how much damage you will cause by changing the oil late? This video looks to answer this question. We'll discuss what happens to oil viscosity as it ages, and what happens to oil additives in over time.

7/15/22

The First-Ever All-Electric Chevy Silverado – New Generation (The Sopranos) | Chevrolet​


With available Four-Wheel Steer, an available Multi-Flex Midgate and a GM-estimated 400 miles of range on a full charge of the Ultium battery, Silverado EV is a whole new truck for a whole new generation. Reserve yours now at: https://www.chevrolet.com/electric/si...
*First edition RST GM-estimated range on a full charge based on current capability of analytical projection consistent with SAE J1634 revision 2017 – MCT. Actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, loading, and how you use and maintain your vehicle. EPA estimates not yet available. Learn more about the First-Ever All-Electric Silverado EV:

7/12/22

Driving Tips for Wet Roads


Wet pavement contributes to over 1 million crashes each year! Here are AAA's tips if you're caught driving in the rain. www.aaa.com/safety


7/08/22

Introducing the 2023 Ford F-150® Heritage Edition | F-150 | Ford


We’re marking the 75th anniversary of F-Series with the 2023 F-150 Heritage Edition, a modern take on the iconic two-tone pickup. Coming this fall.

7/05/22

SAFE STEPS Road Safety: Pedestrians


We all have a role in road safety! So follow these SAFE STEPS to play your part and help save lives. - Stay alert and avoid distractions - - Walk in safe places - - Stop, Look, Listen, Cross - SAFE STEPS Road Safety is a pan-Asian public service initiatives aimed to raise awareness and provide clear and simple life-saving educational messages on road safety. Acclaimed actress and producer, Michelle Yeoh is the SAFE STEPS Road Safety Ambassador. This program is created and developed by Prudence Foundation, in partnership with National Geographic Channel and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). All SAFE STEPS Road Safety tips have been approved by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). For more information please visit: www.safesteps.com


7/03/22

Assembly | Built for America | Ford


Welcome to the electric future of the Ford Motor Company. Built not for the few, but for the many. Learn more about how we’re building electric for America here: https://ford.to/34C7qnZ

6/30/22

Ford Pro Electric SuperVan: The Fastest Transit Yet


The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is a van unlike any other. Its four electric motors and approximately 2,000 PS produce colossal performance, and the embedded modem and advanced telemetry software help engineers optimise performance for the track. Inspired by the new E Transit Custom and combining horsepower with processing power, the Electric SuperVan is the ultimate showcase of Ford’s EV and connectivity capabilities.

6/27/22

A.R.E., Leer & SnugTop Truck Cap Comparison



In this video we will compare truck cap models between industry leaders A.R.E., Leer, and SnugTop. All caps were manufactured for a 2015 Ford F-150 for a fair comparison. Cap models featured: A.R.E. Z-series, Leer 100XL, and SnugTop SuperSport.

See more at http://www.vacavalleytruck.com

6/24/22

2023 Ford F-150 Rattler



The F-150 Rattler package is built off the XL series, with FX4 content featuring skid plates to help ensure Built Ford Tough protection for a confident off-road experience, electronic rear-locking differential for enhanced traction, hill descent control for precision throttle and braking on steep descents, and specially tuned off-road shock absorbers for increased stability over tough terrain. In addition, F-150 Rattler features rugged all-terrain tires for versatility and capability.

6/21/22

Ford VAN (E-Transit,Transit) Production at Kansas City Assembly Plant


Ford VAN (E-Transit,Transit) Production at Kansas City Assembly Plant The new E-Transit is produced at Kansas City Assembly Plant – Ford’s first U.S. plant to assemble both batteries and all-electric vehicles in-house.
Ford Pro begins shipping the all-new E-Transit™, the electric version of America’s best-selling commercial van1, from Kansas City Assembly Plant – the company’s first U.S. plant to assemble both batteries and all-electric vehicles in-house2
E-Transit is Ford’s newest fully electric vehicle for customers, following Mustang Mach-E®. F-150 Lightning™ and F-150 Lightning™ Pro begin arriving this spring, while Ford will have global capacity to produce 600,000 battery electric vehicles annually by late 2023
Ford invested $100 million in Kansas City Assembly Plant and added approximately 150 full-time jobs to produce E-Transit as part of its commitment to American manufacturing

6/18/22

Ford Transit AWD Overland Review


We test the Ford Transit AWD on our test track, including steep climbs and descents, cross-axle terrain, and embedded rock. This vehicle relies heavily on the traction control system for forward progress. While not an off-roader, it is certainly ready for vanlife travel around the world!

6/15/22

Towing Overview | Ford How-To | Ford


This informative video will help explain some of the features your vehicle may have that can help with towing a trailer.

6/11/22

Grote Auxiliary Strobe & Stop Lamp Sales Video



6/09/22

The 2022 Ford F-150®: Walkaround | F-150 | Ford


The 2022 Ford F-150® is here. With high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bed, hybrid engine powertrain* and high-wattage engine output,** the new F-150 is the toughest generation of F-150 trucks ever. 

 *The available 3.5L PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid Engine has EPA-estimated ratings of 25 city/25 hwy/25 combined mpg. PowerBoost 4x2. Actual mileage will vary. **Available Pro Power Onboard with up to 7.2 KW of exportable power. 

 Learn more about the Ford F-150 here: https://ford.to/3hH8SsJ

6/03/22

When to Replace Your Tires | Consumer Reports


The lifespan of a tire can range anywhere from 25,000 miles to 100,000 miles. The experts at CR show you how to check your tires so you’ll know exactly when to replace them.

5/31/22

Exceptional Capability | Ram Chassis Cab


With exceptional capability, outstanding towing and hauling, and impressive versatility the Ram Chassis Cab is ready for the toughest jobs. See the features and specs that make up the new 2021 Ram Chassis Cab: https://www.ramtrucks.com/ram-chassis...

5/28/22

First Ride! Ford F150 Lightning and CEO Interview | Jay Leno's Garage


Jay talks about the new Ford F150 Lightning with President and CEO Jim Farley – and takes him on his first TV ride-along in this exciting EV from Ford that’s a real gamechanger.

5/25/22

New GMC Sierra | "The Most Advanced and Luxurious Sierra" | GMC


Introducing the New GMC Sierra, the most advanced and luxurious Sierra ever. The lineup includes the New Sierra Denali Ultimate trim, the most advanced and luxurious pickup in its class* and the First Ever Sierra AT4X — the new peak of premium off-road with serious capability and uncompromising refinements. *Class is half-ton gasoline and diesel pickups.

5/22/22

A.R.E. Evolve - Vaca Valley Truck & SUV



Our customer service is second to none. We choose the best suppliers in the industry to offer the best, most reliable products to our customers, then we stand behind them like it was for us alone. Personal, friendly, knowledgeable service is our mainstay. Give us a call or drop by and see for yourself.

5/19/22

F-150 Lightning: Towing With Confidence | F-150 | Ford


The all-new Ford F-150 Lightning boasts the Built Ford Tough brawn to tow up to an available 10,000 pounds with its 775 lb.-ft. of electric torque*, but it’s the truck’s brains that will give customers the range information they need to tow long distances**. Ford equipped the electric pickup with smart technologies to more accurately calculate remaining vehicle range using real time conditions so customers can tow with greater confidence – and the more it’s used, the more accurate it gets. *Torque calculated via peak performance of the electric motors at peak battery power. Your results may vary. **Max towing on XLT and LARIAT models with available extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Pkg. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers. Towing and torque are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously. Learn more about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning here: https://ford.to/3KnD9so

5/16/22

Tommy Gate - G2 Series - Pickup and Service Body Operation


"Build a Better Truck" Video Ad for Tommy Gate "G2-Series" liftgates for pickup trucks.

5/12/22

The First-Ever All-Electric Chevy Silverado – New Generation (The Sopranos) | Chevrolet​


With available Four-Wheel Steer, an available Multi-Flex Midgate and a GM-estimated 400 miles of range on a full charge of the Ultium battery, Silverado EV is a whole new truck for a whole new generation. Reserve yours now at: https://www.chevrolet.com/electric/si...
*First edition RST GM-estimated range on a full charge based on current capability of analytical projection consistent with SAE J1634 revision 2017 – MCT. Actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, loading, and how you use and maintain your vehicle. EPA estimates not yet available. Learn more about the First-Ever All-Electric Silverado EV:

5/10/22

New Crash Tests Show Modest Speed Increases Can Have Deadly Consequences - IIHS News


Drivers want to save time, and local transportation agencies want to improve traffic flow, but at what cost? With posted speed limits increasing on roadways around the country, a vehicle’s ability to protect drivers in crashes is in doubt.

Small speed increases can have huge effects on crash outcomes, as shown in new crash tests by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Humanetics. The safety organizations conducted crashes at three different impact speeds (40, 50 and 56 mph). They found the slightly higher speeds were enough to increase the driver's risk of severe injury or death.

5/07/22

Can A Truck Change Everything? | F-150 Lightning | Ford


A new age for Ford F-150 is here. More than you ever imagined from an all-electric future.
Harnessing a century of manufacturing mastery, the all-electric F-150 Lightning is the smartest, most innovative F-150 that Ford has ever built.

With the freedom of a 10-kilowatt smart power plant on wheels, software updates that will make it even better over time, and Built Ford Tough capability, the F-150 Lightning is electric powered with your life in mind.

5/03/22

Beginning as a Cardboard Prototype, the 2022 F-150 Lightning Pickup’s Mega Power Frunk Now Boasts the Largest Front Trunk in the Truck Industry



• Ford truck and fleet owners and customers guided decision-making for the innovative design of the F-150 Lightning pickup’s Mega Power Frunk, leading to multiple power sources and enough space to house two golf bags

• Ford user experience team uncovered important customer wants with cardboard prototype made in a few hours with scissors, a razor blade and a hot glue gun

• Mega Power Frunk design and engineering teams faced lofty challenges, including an asymmetrical frunk, drainable floor and waterfall hood design to meet customer expectations

DEARBORN, Mich.– A cardboard box found a new lease on life after being recruited by Ford to help develop a new feature known as the Mega Power Frunk. The all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning pickup’s new front trunk or, as it’s known in industry speak “frunk” is the largest in the truck industry – with 400 liters (14.1 cubic feet) of cargo space and  maximum payload capacity of 400 pound

“The F-150 Lightning pickup’s Mega Power Frunk is one of those features that reshape what vehicles can provide for customers. It’s sheer size, ample power supply, drainable floor and open and close system that opens with the touch of a button make it frunking awesome!” said Linda Zhang, F-150 Lightning Chief Program Engineer.

What many don’t know is this spacious and dynamic space began life as a simple cardboard box with a cutout front door and a liftable hood.

Understanding the Customer’s Needs

It began back in February 2018 with Team Edison – Ford’s dedicated battery electric vehicles incubator that incorporates close collaboration between different teams to find solutions to customer needs. A small group of young user experience designers set out to California, where they sat down with actual Ford truck and fleet customers to talk about how they might use such a feature. The prototype, made of cardboard for simplicity and cost and built in about a day using scissors and hot glue, was brought to every meeting to help customers visualize the opportunity.

In the studio, Greg Ardisana, design strategy director, passenger vehicles, and other Team Edison research members worked as consultants alongside engineering and design whenever they had customer use questions, which led to a close-knit collaboration between groups.

Once the frunk is open, customers can fill it with ice and drinks to “frunkgate” it, since it’s water-resistant, cleanable and has a drainable floor.

Steve McInally, frunk feature supervisor, said the team explored every detail as an opportunity. “We put the customer first in every decision we made and were able to deliver on a Mega Power Frunk,” he said. “And it’s going to blow people’s minds.” The 2022 F-150 Lightning pickup will be available starting Spring 2022.

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1 - Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

2 - FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply. 

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, that is committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams.  The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for and deepen the loyalty of those customers.  Ford designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of connected, increasingly electrified passenger and commercial vehicles:  Ford trucks, utility vehicles, vans and cars, and Lincoln luxury vehicles.  The company is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, connected vehicle services and mobility solutions, including self-driving technology, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  Ford employs about 184,000 people worldwide.  More information about the company, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company is available at corporate.ford.com.


4/30/22

A.R.E. Z Series Truck Cap: secure & weather-proof - Consumer Review


Truck owner, sportsman and A.R.E. brand enthusiast, Ryan Dechaine, shares why the features of the Z series truck cap work well for his lifestyle.

4/27/22

10 Reasons Why Engines Lose Power Over Time


There are four things a gasoline engine requires to generate power and almost any engine problem will come down to something relating to one of these four factors. 1. Air 2. Fuel 3. Compression 4. Spark

Dirty Air Filter
A clogged air filter makes the engine work harder to pull in air, and can restrict the maximum amount of air let in. Less air means less power.

Exhaust Restrictions
The engine will have to work harder to push out exhaust gases, limiting power. Catalytic converters can clog up on engines with an improper air/fuel mixture or as a result of fuel additives reacting within. Mufflers can also fail internally, and alterations of the internal piping can result in an airflow restriction.

Fuel Injectors
Deposits can build up on the injectors over time from heat soak or poor fuel. Small restrictions can cause the O2 sensors to read a lean mixture, and so more fuel will be added to compensate. This can result in a rich mixture for the cylinders without injector problems, or even misfiring if the injector isn’t capable of injecting enough fuel.

Fuel Pumps
Overtime the fuel pump can wear out, but it might not necessarily fail catastrophically. While it may still be able to supply fuel at lower pressures, it may begin to struggle to provide fuel at higher pressures or for longer durations.

Worn Piston Rings
One of the major things that can happen over time is the piston rings will wear down, and this will allow for blow-by. Some of the high pressure air and fuel mixture combusting will pass by the pistons and travel along the cylinder walls into the crank case. This is pressure that should be pressing the piston down, so power is lost. It also means less compression as some of the air can escape as the piston travels upward on the intake stroke.

Carbon Deposits On Intake Valves/Valve Seats
If carbon deposits build up on the valves or valve seats, this can prevent the valves from closing properly. If an intake valve cannot fully close, it will allow air to escape during the compression stroke, effectively lowering the compression ratio.

Carbon Deposits On The Piston
If deposits build on the piston or cylinder walls, these deposits can create hot spots. These hot spots can result in engine knock if conditions allow for it. If the engine is capable, it will retard the ignition timing to reduce the likelihood of knock. By retarding the ignition timing, power is lost.

Fouled Spark Plugs
Spark plugs can build deposits with time. Inconsistent spark plug firing means you’re likely to misfire. Maintaining clean plugs ensures that the spark part of the equation doesn’t result in a loss of power.

4/25/22

F-150 Lightning Launch | Rouge Electric Vehicle Center | Built For America


April 26 marks the launch of the all-new, all-electric F-150® Lightning™ pickup, a milestone moment in America's shift to electric vehicles. Ford and UAW leaders will host F-150 Lightning customers and Ford employees at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan to celebrate "Job 1" and the start of production for the first-ever full-size all-electric pickup to go on sale. The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is Ford's ultra-modern new facility within Ford’s historic Rouge Complex where Henry Ford perfected the moving assembly line and scaled the Model T.

4/21/22

Ford Truck Dearborn Assembly Plant


Ford Motor Company automobile factory complex located in Dearborn, Michigan, along the River Rouge, upstream from its confluence with the Detroit River at Zug Island. Construction began in 1917, and when it was completed in 1928, it was the largest integrated factory in the world.