Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ford Model T Assembly Line (1919)


Ford Motor Company produced these films to document the assembly of the Model T. The film begins with Part 5 -- this footage was edited out of order -- at a point when the Model T is near completion. As the car moves down the assembly line, workmen -- each assigned a specific task -- maneuver parts into position and attach them to the vehicle. Ford's use of the moving assembly line revolutionized auto making and provided affordable, reliable cars for Americans.

(Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Clever Car Hacks


Do you always forget what side your fuel door is on? Or what to do when your windows won’t stop fogging up? In most cases, there’s a common-sense car hack for that. In this week’s segment of Driving Smart, Matt Schmitz shares a few that will make driving a bit more enjoyable.

Monday, December 11, 2017

KING OF WORK: 2018 FORD SUPER DUTY IS AMERICA’S MOST POWERFUL, MOST CAPABLE HEAVY-DUTY PICKUP TRUCK EVER


  • For the most demanding pickup truck customers, the 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty works harder thanks to its newly upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel engine offering best-in-class 450 horsepower and 935 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Super Duty continues as the heavy-duty champ, owning key capability claims in the segment: horsepower, torque, gooseneck towing, conventional towing and payload
  • F-450 4x2 Crew Cab pickup joins Super Duty lineup for 2018, delivering best-in-class 34,000-pound towing capacity with properly equipped gooseneck connections

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 5, 2017 – Ford, America’s truck leader for 40 straight years, delivers for customers once again for 2018, creating America’s most powerful and capable heavy-duty pickup trucks ever – thanks to best-in-class horsepower and torque from a newly upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine.

“Super Duty customers expect the best, and for 2018 we’re giving our customers even more power and torque from our 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel – delivering the most horsepower and torque available among all heavy-duty pickups,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Plus, our new F-450 pickup now includes a 4X2 model, enabling our customers to get more done with the segment’s best payload and towing.”

The 2018 Super Duty continues to deliver Built Ford Tough durability, capability, and functionality while now owning five key best-in-class heavy-duty truck segment claims:

  • Best-in-class 450 horsepower (a 10 horsepower improvement over 2017)
  • Best-in-class 935 lb.-ft. of torque (a 10 lb.-ft. improvement over 2017)
  • Best-in-class 34,000 pounds of gooseneck towing, when properly equipped (a 1,500-pound improvement for the new F-450 4x2 model)
  • Best-in-class 21,000-pound conventional hitch towing
  • Best-in-class 7,630-pound payload capacity

Upgrades to the 2018 Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine include redesigned cylinder heads for added strength under higher loads, plus optimized fuel and turbo boost calibrations to take advantage of the increased cylinder head capacity for increased horsepower and torque.

Ford is the only heavy-duty truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain works seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations. This approach enables Ford engineers to optimize vehicle performance across the entire lineup and to further refine the powertrain to the specific needs of the customer.

34,000 Pounds of Towing Force

For those who rely on their pickups to haul big trailers to get the job done, the new F-450 Super Duty 4x2 dual-rear-wheel truck is now available for both retail and fleet customers – offering greater strength, efficiency and durability.

Leveraging the benefits of a high-strength steel box frame, integrated gooseneck hitch mounts, and added load capacity thanks to Ford’s proprietary high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, the 2018 F-450 4x2 tows even more with its lighter, more efficient driveline. The result is the most capable, robust and efficient Super Duty tow machine ever, delivering a best-in-class 34,000 pounds of gooseneck towing capacity.

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat and Platinum series offerings. Base MSRP is $52,830, which includes $1,295 destination and delivery charges.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Life Hack Academy Morning Hacks with Tia Mowry | EcoSport | Ford


Tia Mowry knows how mornings can be chaotic. She shares some of her quick fixes that will make your morning a little more enjoyable and get you out the door in a flash with a little help from the Ford EcoSport.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

SECOND-HAND CAR? MUSTANGS DESTINED FOR SCRAPHEAP GET NEW LIFE AS HIGH END WATCHES


It could be the ultimate Christmas present for the petrol head in your life – a handmade watch, lovingly crafted from components that in a previous existence were used in classic Ford Mustangs.

The idea is the brainchild of Christian Mygh and Jonathan Kamstrup, who together scour salvage yards around the world for models, each of which can be transformed into hundreds of unique timepieces, costing from $1,495.

For the true Mustang enthusiast, REC Watches, based in Denmark, will even create an entirely new watch from parts donated by customers, including World Champion Drifter and professional fun-haver Vaughn Gittin Jr., who wears a watch that includes carbon fibre bodywork from his 700‑horsepower World Drift Series Ford Mustang RTR.

“Most people would just see a pile of metal, a ghost of a Mustang. We see something completely different – the soul of a car and a story that needs to be told,” said co-founder Mygh. “I’m not cutting up Mustangs. I’m bringing Mustangs that are beyond repair back to life as a watch.”

To ensure these stories continue to be told, REC Watches painstakingly trace the history of each vehicle; talking to previous owners, collecting stories and images from the car’s past lives, and incorporating them into a bespoke video.

Each finished design incorporates the vehicle identification number, year of production and classic Mustang design cues. A power dial designed to look like a fuel gauge shows remaining battery life, and the hands, date, and dial numbers are all influenced by the iconic car’s dashboard. On one trip to Sweden, the team struck gold with a rare 1966 Raven Black model that has become the basis for their limited edition P51-04 collection of 250 watches.

Named after a World War II fighter plane and launched in 1964, Mustang’s radical styling and aggressive performance made it an instant classic. Its superstar status was cemented by a starring role in the 1968 action movie “Bullitt” with Steve McQueen, as well as a string of songs and films focused on, or incorporating the groundbreaking car. The modern-day Ford Mustang keeps the excitement alive with exhilarating high-performance from the 450 PS 5.0-litre V8 engine and the 290 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Life Hack Academy DIY Gift Wrapping Hacks with Tia Mowry | EcoSport | Ford


Tia Mowry creates a DIY Gift-Wrapping Station to make holiday preparation easier for all the seasonal commutes. With help from the Ford EcoSport ease holiday stress with the optional FordPass App to unlock the doors and have the car running when it’s time to go.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Winter Packing Hacks with Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix | Ecosport | Ford


Tia Mowry recommends some packing hacks to save you space and pack what you need for winter getaways, and with SYNC© 3 navigation in the Ford EcoSport, you can always get to your destination on time.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Right of Way: A Short Film About the Next Era of Transportation | Sustainable Innovations | Ford


The way we move about the world is changing. Join us as we travel to cities across the globe and meet the people revolutionizing their communities. Right of Way is a new documentary brought to you by Ford and VICE Impact.

VICE and Ford have teamed up to discuss the future of mobility. The transportation divide affects everything from healthcare and employment to education and food sources. Ford believes that mobility is a human right that becomes even more important as congestion rises throughout the world, and is committed to helping people move freely, both today and tomorrow. To learn more about the future of mobility, visit FordGoFurther.com.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Dealership Preparation: GAP Insurance | Auto Finance 101 | Ford


Learn how Guaranteed Asset Protection can help bridge the gap between what your insurance will pay and what you owe on a contract in case your car is stolen, totaled or in an accident.