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Old 01-09-2006, 08:43 PM
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Post Are you ready for the Super Chief???

Thought this would be an interesting read:

http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dl...024/LATESTNEWS

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/01/08/f...s-three-fuels/

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Old 01-10-2006, 03:23 AM
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I like it!
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there is already a huge thread on this. that one has a v10 in it. which is tri fuel. pretty neat concept.
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I would never buy a truck that has a name written across the front and back.
And way too hulky looking.
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Old 01-10-2006, 08:38 PM
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I like the idea of breaking away from dinasour crap for fuel. I support any concept that involves that move. I think it is the direction we need to eventually go in this world.
Now, for the looks of that Chief thingie, YUCK! Right now, I would have to say that I will probably be enjoying my 05 SD PSD for quite a while. At least until that thing possibly grows on me??? In a good way. Right now it's growing on me like mold and I would have to say no thank you.
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Old 01-12-2006, 01:48 AM
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Guys, it's a CONCEPT. They're always outrageous, and very rarely go into production as is. The name Super Chief won't be used in any future production Ford trucks. I mean come on, it has an all wood interior.

Everybody has an opinion on the exterior, which is great. I personally love it. I thought trucks were doomed to the sloped hood, huge headlights, and car features...but this concept begs to differ. I'm glad Ford has remembered that these are trucks, and should look like trucks. Remember when the SD was introduced? There were a few people a little hesitant at first...but it's become a MASSIVE hit.

I'm glad Ford is forging the way into alternative fuels. Tri-Flex is a one-of-a-kind engine, and Ford is definately steppping up to the plate with this. Some say that internal combustion engines run on Hydrogen aren't the future. I say why not? Seriously. Do you think it was easy when the first gasoline vehicles were introduced? Not a chance in hell. Taking the initiative, and being pro-active leads to better products, advancements in technology, and a cleaner environment. The internal combustion Hydrogen engines ARE the future IMO. They run on the same basic idea, and this will sit better with people. Especially enthusiasts. You still have the same driving characteristics, and sound of a normal engine, instead of some boring fuel cell. Give me that over a fuel cell anyday.

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They certainly are the stepping stone to fuel cells that is - BMW has had is Hydrogen powered V12 available for a while now.

2 things
- While I agree with you on the "looks" of the flat hood, I do question the practicality of it. The only reason I say this, is my SD was an absolute dog with over bonnet visibility.
My previous work vehicle (a Landcuiser, see below) had so much better visibility over the bonnet for picking trail lines - I understand that this isn't a prequisite for everyone, but hey, for some people out there it is very important - it can mean the difference between getting home, and loosing your vehicle (and potentially yourself as well).

- It will be interesting if this is the "tester" to gauge the publics reaction for a future Super Duty (say, like 2010)
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True, visibility is an issue...an issue that can easily be solved. The raised belt-line doesn't help at all. A taller cab is needed to sit up higher for more practicality. I haven't found the SD too bad for visibility, but it's definately not going to be as good a smaller Landcruiser.

The Landcruiser sits so much lower, and the cab is a lot taller in comparison to the rest of the truck. You also sit much closer to the front of the truck. I've noticed that each year the trucks are redesigned, the windshield angle increases as well. Look at the Dodge, I can't stand that. When they do this, in favor of slightly better fuel mileage, the visibility is reduced unless they slope the hood like dodge, since you're sitting further back in the truck, with a hood that matches the size of previous years. We can have vehicles that look as good as these trucks, and still have great visibility, it's all in the packaging IMO.

Take the older Fords. '80-'97. Those trucks had higher hoodlines, but the visibility is great on them. I have no trouble choosing lines in '90's Fords, or even the earlier '80 trucks. Those trucks are some of the best looking trucks ever produced IMO.

In the end, it depends on what you like. If you feel comfortable with your rig, and know it's limitations, you'll be fine.

EDIT:...why do say your SD was a dog for visibility?

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The Chief part of the name kind of implies what the designers were doing when they came up with the idea for this thing’s appearance “puff puff”.<O</O
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Looks like Ford's answer to the Dodge/Chrysler Magnum/Charger/300's. I like the bulky chopped look of the passenger compartment. Looks like a great status symbol, but for a work truck, in my opinion, I would think it impractical.
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I have a question? When are they going to start to make trucks look like trucks again? This looks like something from another planet. YUCK!!!!!!! I wouldn't be caught dead in that thing.
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EDIT:...why do say your SD was a dog for visibility?
I got rid of it. We sold our farm, and even I couldn't justify owning it as a commuting vehicle
Dissapointing though - I still LOVED driving it, that 7.3l and 6-speed is a great combo for a work truck.
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Old 01-12-2006, 08:14 PM
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Bummer. Those 7.3L 6-speed combos are very stout.

EDIT:Nice avie Fred.
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wow that super chief is FUGLY!
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