fordtrucks97up-digest Tuesday, April 14 1998 Volume 01 : Number 055

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In this issue:

Re:Railroad Holdups ["Union Auto" ]
The E-series - Vans [Rick ]
Re: Ford Maveric SUV [BigFords1 ]
Re: [Fwd: [Fwd: 99 F350s]] ["Mike Smith" ]



Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 07:43:17 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re:Railroad Holdups

Ford has so many shipping problems it is not even funny. The cause of all
these problems is greed. They are saving a few dollars by using what they
call "Mixing Centers". As a dealer we call them mix-up centers. This is
the epitome of stupid. They put vehicles on trains more often than they
used to and this is causing a shortage of rail cars (then they brag that
they are getting every rail car built for the next few months). Then after
the vehicles get to a mixing center they sometimes get "lost" and spend a
week or two before they get released to the Transport company. Then they
get backed up from all the vehicles at once and there you have another
delay. And what is really sad is that our dealership is in Iowa, and if I
order an Explorer (made in Kentucky) and A Super Duty (also made in
Kentucky) and they are built the same day The Explorer will be here a few
days later and the Super Duty will take 2 to 3 weeks. Ford makes more money
on an Explorer so I guess they want them shipped quicker.

As a side note, Since they've started using Mixing centers we have found
more damage on vehicles than ever before. On Super Dutys check the front
bumper extremely carefully. We've had two with dented bumpers. I have
heard all sorts of horror stories about the kind of people they have moving
Vehicles at the Mixing centers (don't know if their true). Just for
reference My F-150's come directly on the truck from the Assembly plant
(Kansas City) and since the SD was released I have not had one damaged. I
have had 4 SD (Mixing center shipping) damaged. If anyone hears anything
useful please keep me informed.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.
Union, IA 50258
- -----Original Message-----
From: Mike Smith

> I ordered my 250 HD in the middle of Dec. and it went on the assembly
>line on the 23rd of March
>and Ford is telling the dealer that the delivery day is April 20th. My
>dealer is telling me that they are running about 2 weeks behind on
>Then in todays paper i read an article about Union Pacific
>not being able to get rail cars to people who have ordered them, Maybe this
>is also a problem with the
>shipping of our trucks?


Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 09:58:41 -0400
From: Rick
Subject: The E-series - Vans

Hi everyone,

Does anyone have a handy pointer to a web page that will tell
me about the Ford E-series vans...just cargo vans, not the
Club vans and so forth for non commercial use.

I'm interested in the Powerstroke diesel and a 4WD conversion
from one of the 'pass through' dealers. Don't know how to go
about that part either, so if anyone has any experience to
pass on I would appreciate it.



Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 18:19:26 EDT
From: BigFords1
Subject: Re: Ford Maveric SUV

I hope Ford doesn't build a compact SUV. I hate those things!


Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 11:30:35 -0500
From: "Mike Smith"
Subject: Re: [Fwd: [Fwd: 99 F350s]]

>>I ordered a HD 250 crew cab 7.2L in the middle of Feb from a high volume
>>dealer and they are telling me I will be lucky to get it towards the end
> I ordered my 250 HD in the middle of Dec. and it went on the assembly
>line on the 23rd of March
>and Ford is telling the dealer that the delivery day is April 20th.
Well guess what showed up at the dealers today? I will pick it up
tomorrow night.
I got the rust proofing,Paint sealent, and the interior stain protection
package for $515.
Will tell the all on wedensday night.



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