Built Ford Tough

My first Ford product was a 1984 Mercury Grand Marquise bought used with rolled back miles as the speedometer numbers read 48,000 miles with one higher and the other lower across the dial. It lasted me a quarter of a million miles with only one transmission rebuilt, and a water pump.
I bought a used 2000 Ford Explorer with 12,000 miles from a Ford Dealer that lasted me a long time with no problems at all. My company fleets Ford Vans and Explorers, and they are very durable vehicles. I even had one of those vans in a flood caused by Sandy. When the water receded, if you sat in the passenger seat your butt would get wet. It started and ran even though the locks were going up and down on their own. A person living 3 blocks away parked his 1 week old Chevy pickup across the street from me as his area normally floods lightly and my area usually doesn’t. It had to be towed as it was claimed a loss. I just leased a 2013 Ford Explorer Sport and I cant believe what Ford has done with this vehicle. Thanks Ford for making me proud to buy American.

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OK Guys working on a Diesel Truck Engine is a pain! We are running off good mechanics because of the long days involved in just getting at the Engine to remove and head or worst. Suggestion;  why not get the engineers to design a frame that will slide out to allow easy access without removing the cab of the truck?  Yes I know what that would involve but it will save a lot of time at the shop, make customers happy with shorter turn around time and the mechanics will like it better as well.  I used to think a lift off/ tilt front end assembly like the Big trucks would help but with the engine so far back under the dash ot would not really help, unless you did a compination of both ideas.  Allow the frame to be unbolted and the slide the entire front of the truck foward to allow easy access to repair the engine assembly.  A boxed frame section with a boxed frame inside bolted very well but when unbolted the entire assembly would move foward. Wheels, and all.  Just disconnect the steering colum and remove the bolts in the frame section that is made to slide foward. brake lines and wiring and fuel lines are designed to allow for the foward movement.  The entire process of moving the assembly foward should be designed to allow a mechanic 30-45 minutes to access the Engine.  Yes the drive shaft will have to be removed or let the yoke slip out and then reinstall when sliding everything back together. This can be done with some good old Ford know how. Built Ford Tough. Ok the ball is in your court, lets do it.
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