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Old 12-28-2011, 01:03 PM
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heres a video, at about 1:30 a woman is in it, puts down her safty glasses, turns wipers on, pops the hood then puts it in gear and casually pulls off the mfg floor. id have done a smoky burnout all the way out the door! lol.
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i think ford gave the ranger the axe in order to keep the F150 as the "best selling..yada yada yada.." and thought ranger loyalists would just move up to a F150. well , i wont. the ranger platform fits me better and im content with it. there will be plenty on the used market for a few years, i'll just keep rebuilding mine. whats ford going to do stupid next? kill the mustang, or make it a fwd?
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. whats ford going to do stupid next? kill the mustang, or make it a fwd?
Back in the mid 80's ford almost did just that- replace the mustang with a fwd car. And people complained. Just wish people had done the same for the ranger.
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I believe Ford made a big mistake!! OK I have reasons because I worked at that plant for 17 years. It was a very emotional day. I had the job right after the rolltest job- headlight aim. Which they did'nt show in that clip. Anyway please don't feel bad. Most of us are going back to school or getting retrained in work related areas. I know it sucks but what do you do??

I believe Ford made about $5000 per Ranger. They killed a money maker. From day one since I worked there, Ford has never updated this truck. I was pissed every year thinking that something great would change, either the look or the engines. It really never did. The German 4.0 is'nt bad. Gas mileage not so good.

Remember when the t.v. show Baywatch? I'm sure you do. That was an exciting time! That right there caused a lot of work for us. Overtime!! Now when did you ever see a Ranger in movies or t.v. since Baywatch? I can't recall.
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Hope you find a new and better job, CodeRed07. Both my 1973 Camper Special and 2001 Ranger SC XLT rolled off of that line- thank you to all of the fine folks at the Highland Park St. Paul Assembly Plant for building me two great trucks. If memory serves me correctly, this is also the last of the Kahn designed Ford plants in operation. These buildings and their "open" (given construction techniques of the day) floor plans were an essential ingredient in Ford's early pioneering of mass production. It is a very nice looking building and it's too bad that it is to be tore down and it's 130 prime acres offered up for development. Seems to me that an assembly plant putting together vehicles with an efficiency factor of about 3 man-hours per vehicle better than average would be an asset to Ford. But what do I know-I thought Ford being the last man standing and completely owning the compact market would ensure the Ranger's viability. Good luck to all 800 of you and again, thank you!
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I wish you all the best, CodeRed, I am finally retired from Ford as electrical inspector in the truck trim shop at Kansas City Assembly Plant. I also went through transfer, retraining etc. and ended up making more money than before.
I believe that lady plant manager was at KC in the past, they move those people all over the country.....makes me glad I didn't get the management job I once wished (and qualified myself) for.
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Anybody hear about the mines under this plant. That will be fun for someone to find under their house some day. Ford could have made this a really good truck it just needed some updates.
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Anybody hear about the mines under this plant. That will be fun for someone to find under their house some day. Ford could have made this a really good truck it just needed some updates.
Ford mined silica for the glass plant for many years. If you do a search you will find a site about kids that broke into the tunnels and posted pictures.
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The mines

I never heard of the mines up there under your plant. We have extensive limestone caves (man made) here, not under the plant as far as I know, but just a few miles away under the Worlds of Fun theme park and other areas. They are used for warehouses and some manufacturing, as well as a paintball field.
Unfortunately some people here don't find out about the mine below them until it collapses into a sink hole. My daughter took some geology in college and says that is a known hazard, natural caves, she learned, are composed of a lot of granite, which is much stronger.
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I never heard of the mines up there under your plant. We have extensive limestone caves (man made) here, not under the plant as far as I know, but just a few miles away under the Worlds of Fun theme park and other areas. They are used for warehouses and some manufacturing, as well as a paintball field.
Unfortunately some people here don't find out about the mine below them until it collapses into a sink hole. My daughter took some geology in college and says that is a known hazard, natural caves, she learned, are composed of a lot of granite, which is much stronger.
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Did some searching and found this. I was scared just reading their stories. Going into the tunnels is only thought about in dreams. These guys were the first ones I believe.
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I must admit that several of us that own Rangers are quite dumbfounded at Fords decision to halt the production of the Ranger. The Ranger is without doubt the best selling truck in the state of Hawaii! I realize that Hawaii isn't the biggest state, but there sure are a lot of Rangers running around. So...now what are we supposed to do for a truck? Buy an impossible to work on F 150? That is just not going to happen!
Good going Ford, here's one less customer! Yeah I know, the suits at the helm of Ford could care less what I think.

Mahalo to all that did such an upstanding job! Aloha.
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