Ford’s $150,000 Super Truck: F-650

The Ford F-650 is one of the largest pickup trucks on the planet.  Almost everyone knows the Ford F-series which is the best-selling vehicle in America.

 

Most people buy the Ford F-150 which is plenty capable for almost all needs.  If you need to tow or haul something specific…maybe you upgrade to the F-250…and if you really want to pull something huge then you get an F-350. And the vast majority of consumers think that that’s where the Ford f-series lineup ends. But it doesn’t because this is an F-650. In fact the Ford f-series lineup goes all the way up to the F-750. But most of these higher numbered trucks are typically commercial vehicles like tow trucks or ambulances or dump trucks.

But not this one. This is just a regular old pickup truck…except massive. Now Ford doesn’t sell it this way. They sell the F-650 with a cab and then just a basic bare stripped chassis they call it. And then this company called super trucks converts it into a pickup with luxury features and a pickup truck bed.

The F-650 weighs 10,000 pounds before that conversion…so this thing really is huge. Fortunately, it has a good engine to handle all that power. It’s got a 6.7 liter power stroke v8 and makes about 330 horsepower and about 750 pound feet of torque.

 

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4 Top Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

Being able to generate electricity with water as the byproduct sounds like a great design doesn’t it?  So where are all the hydrogen fuel cell cars?

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles don’t use fossil fuels and operate on the basis of the reaction between hydrogen stored in a high-pressure tank and the oxygen absorbed from the air outside. This reaction generates energy that feeds the electric motor.

The biggest challenges for the hydrogen fuel cell consumer market is:

  1. There is a very limited supply of vehicles, most of which are expensive, and…
  2. A barely developed refueling infrastructure. Entire regions in the US still do not have a single hydrogen filling station.

Hyundai Nexo – is the successor to the Hyunday ix35 FCEV, which was the first to be produced in series, but is only present in a few European markets, as well as the US. The fuel cells of the Hyundai Nexo have been in development for four generations, which should result in better storage, lower fuel consumption and higher performance. Its engine has an output of 120 hp, driven by a 40 kW battery. Three hydrogen tanks hold 6.33 kilograms of hydrogen and provide a range of 756 kilometers.  Biggest disadvantage is the price: it starts at $58,300 in the US.

Toyota Mirai – (Mirai means “future” in Japanese) is a four-seater saloon and has a design reminiscent of the Toyota Prius, and a range of 500 km. It has two hydrogen tanks with a total capacity of 5 kilograms…and offers an eight-year or up to 160,000-kilometer warranty.  By 2020, Toyota projects 30,000 units per year to be sold.  Since 2018, the Toyota Mirai has been available at a price starting at $58,500 in the US.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell – One of  3 Honda’s Clarity family members, this hydrogen-only engine option was initially only available in California…but the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is also expected to arrive in Europe in Spring and cost around 60,000 euros. The saloon has an output of 175 hp and a range of 650 kilometers and a fast-filling system for hydrogen gas which only takes between three and five minutes for a full tank.

Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell – The first Mercedes-Benz hydrogen-powered SUV, is only available in Germany and exclusively for rent for around 800 euros per month. For the time being, this model is only intended for companies and not for private individuals and is a pilot project by Mercedes. It has an autonomy of 478 kilometers, the charging of its hydrogen deposits takes only three minutes. The GLC is a hydrogen plug-in hybrid.

 

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Vettes vs Stangs – 2019 Head to Head

Almost everyone would agree that Mustang vs Camaro is THE  classic Ford-Chevy muscle-car rivalry.  But from a “hallmark” or “marquee” perspective…it’s the Mustang for Ford…and Corvette for Chevy.  has the Corvette. Particularly on a performance basis…the Stang and the Vette match up fairly well.

 

Here’s some highlights of Mustang and Corvette lineups:

  • Mustang — Ford’s iconic “Pony Car” — introduced in 1965 and was an immediate hit.
  • The first ‘Stangs had a 200-horsepower V8 engine. The latest Mustang is the Shelby GT500, making 760hp from its V8.
  • The Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8 cranks 460 horsepower.
  • The 2.3-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged motor on the entry level ‘Stang makes 310 horsepower…no longer a V6 Mustang option!

 

  • The original roadster Corvette debuted way back in 1953.
  • The current Corvette ;monster is the 755-horsepower ZR1…one notch down, the 605-hp Z06
  • The Corvette Stingray makes 460 horsepower…less some of the Grand Sport’s performance extras.
  • The all-new eighth-generation Vette is the Stingray edition arriving for the 2020 model year with radical new mid-engine design and a 6.2-liter, V8 engine, making 495 horsepower.

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Show & Shine – 9/19/19 @5:30PM – Johnny’s Custom Auto Body

Show & Shine Car Show – Thur. 9/19/19 @ 5:30pm – Johnny’s Custom Auto Body

275 Welburn Ave, Gilroy, CA

Show Your Car? – RSVP (408) 848-2826

 

Johnny Webster invites Gilroy, CA area residents to attend the Show & Shine event on Thur. 9/19/19 @ 5:30pm .

Enjoy an evening of Classic & Cool Cars at the home of Johnny’s Custom Auto Body & Johnny’s Custom Motorsports.

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As Gilroy’s last truly independent auto body & collision repair shop…we advocate for YOU in dealing with insurance companies & claims…whether we repair a minor collision from your daily work commute, or a total auto restoration of your treasured exotic sports car.

Please know that you, as a California driver, have a RIGHT TO CHOOSE whichever auto body repair facility you desire when making a claim through your insurance company, unless it specifies otherwise.

Top 10 Off-Road Trucks on the Planet

10 Best Off-Road Trucks in the World – SPOTLIGHT

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                      1. TOYOTA TACOMA TRD PRO
                      2. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE TRAILHAWK
                      3. LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SVX
                      4. TOYOTA 4RUNNER TRD PRO
                      5. CHEVROLET COLORADO ZR2
                      6. FORD RAPTOR
                      7. HENNESSEY GOLIATH 6×6
                      8. RAM POWER WAGON
                      9. MERCEDES-BENZ G 550 4×4
                      10. TOYOTA LAND CRUISER

 

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Ford F-150 Electric Style

Watch an Electric Ford F-150 Prototype Tow 1.25 Million Pounds – MotorTrend

Ford has mentioned it would introduce an all-electric F-150, but little did we know a prototype is well underway. In a new video, Ford not only shows off its electric F-150 prototype but demonstrates it can tow 1.25 million pounds.

Linda Zhang, F-150 chief engineer, drives the F-150 as it tows 10 double-decker rail cars. In a second demonstration, 42 regular F-150s are brought into the rail cars to make the load even heavier. Watch from 2:30 if you want to skip the chit chat in the video, which gives the obvious disclaimer not to try this at home. Ford hasn’t revealed the towing capacity of the electric F-150, nor has it stated exactly when it will arrive, saying only “in the coming years.” It should come after the F-150 hybrid that goes on sale next year.


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Review update: 2019 Ford F-150 Limited shows great power comes with great thirst – TheCarConnection

by Joel Feder
2019 Ford F-150 Limited

The 2019 Ford F-150 is wildly popular for a reason. There’s one for just about every need, or at least every pickup truck need. From base XL and XLT trucks to the high-zoot King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models there’s an F-150 variant for just about every day of the week. For 2019, the competition is new with the glitzy, high-tech 2019 Ram 1500 and large 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 all looking to outdo the F-150—especially in high-spec versions with eye-popping price tags.

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2021 Ford F-150 Prototype Caught on Video – TFLTruck

by Nathan Adlen

Considering the Ford F-150 is the best selling vehicle in the United States, the fact that we caught the 2021 Ford F-150 test mule is huge. This is a vehicle that will host a ton of new technology including hybrid, diesel and all-electric drivetrains. This vehicle was caught testing at high elevation in the Rocky […]

The post 2021 Ford F-150 Prototype Caught on Video appeared first on The Fast Lane Truck.

 

Electric Ford F-150 Spied With Fake Exhaust – Jalopnik

by Erik Shilling

Ford, as we’ve known for some time now, is building an electric version of the F-150. This makes a ton of sense on nearly every level, though the company took the unusual (?) step recently of trotting out a test version with an exhaust pipe that doesn’t look, let’s say, real.

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Tire Myths You Should Know

Your vehicle’s tires have a huge functional impact on its braking, handling and overall ride experience.

83% of drivers aren’t “tire smart” (don’t know how to properly check tire pressure) ~~ Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) 2015 survey.

Since tires are the final extremity of you car that separates you from the road, taking proper care of them is one of the most important safety factors you can master. Here are the top five tire myths that you should be sure you know.

 

A Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Ensures That Your Tires Are Always Safe – A TPMS electronically tracks and displays tire pressure via a gauge, pictogram display or a warning light on your vehicle’s dashboard. “These have lulled most drivers into believing that if the warning signal is off, everything is fine,” says Pat Goss…a master mechanic and automotive radio show host. Since a signal is only triggered when tires lose 25 percent of their inflation pressure (aka “dangerously low” tire pressure), you could be driving on tires that are underinflated enough to cause unnecessary wear, waste fuel and in some cases, decrease cornering ability while increasing stopping distances. Goss advises that you should check tire pressure every 30 days the old-fashioned way: manually, with a tire pressure gauge. (Watch the quick how-to video below)

The Correct Tire Pressure Is Listed On The Tire Sidewall – 50% of all drivers believe this is true. But these numbers actually tell you the maximum cold inflation PSI the tire is rated for—not the recommended pressure for your vehicle. The CORRECT information is actually listed on a label inside the vehicle’s driver-side door or in the owner’s manual.

All Cars Come With Spare Tires – approximately one third of all new cars DON’T come with a spare tire in the trunk. Instead, you’ll get a “temporary mobility kit” with a tire sealant and a tire inflator or run-flat tires, says Goss. If your tire is punctured, apply the sealant through the valve stem then use the inflator to re-inflate it, he explains. The downside? If the damage is more severe than a tiny hole (think nail size), the mobility kit probably isn’t going to cut it and you’ll have to be towed. Go check your trunk now, so you’re not surprised in an emergency.

Tire Rotation Should be Done About Once A Year – The correct answer…Tire rotation should be performed every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, which also coincides with the typical oil change recommendation.

Flat Tire While Driving?…Never Continue Driving – “Run-flat tires” — which let you keep driving after a puncture so you can make it to an auto shop—are becoming more popular. “Many manufacturers are using them because the additional cost of four run-flats is less than the cost of a spare tire, wheel and jack,” says Goss. Run-flats vary as to how far they can be driven and at what speed, but generally speaking they can be driven for up to 50 miles at a reduced speed (usually about 50 miles per hour), he explains. You can tell if your car has run-flats by looking inside the driver’s door, in your owner’s manual or checking the tire sidewall for one of the following codes: RFT, DSST, ROF, RFT, EMT, XRP, ZP or ZPS.

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5 Eagerly Awaited EVs (non-Tesla) Coming Soon

Believe it or not…there are already 40 EV (electric vehicle) and plug-in hybrid models that enthusiasts can buy and enjoy right here in the U.S….with alot more coming next year.

FF 91 by Faraday Future
The Los Angeles-based company has had financial difficulties, but so far are  still planning to release the FF 91 model in 2019. If successful, the FF 91 could be a show stopper.

Here are a few specs:

  • A 130-kilowatt (kWh) battery capable of a 350-mile-plus range powers three motors with 1,050 horsepower between them.
  • This baby can reach 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds, on par with the Tesla Model S P100D.
  • 30 sensors, including a retractable LiDAR system, which enables it not only to self-park, but also to look for a free spot in a parking lot.
  • Facial recognition  will open doors and start the engine.

Price is still a wild card…rumors of anything from $120,000 to over $300,000 (but not lower) …because Faraday wants to be priced amidst ultra-luxury vehicles like Bentleys.

 

Byton M-Byte
Featuring a 48-inch curved Shared Experience Display (SED), the Byton M-Byte easily claims the record for world’s largest in-car display for a production automobile, with three content areas that can be controlled through a seven-inch driver tablet and an eight-inch touch pad.

Based in Nanjing, China, Byton has collaborated with Amazon.com’s “Alexa” to develop voice control for the new EV.

  • Level 3 autonomous driving functionality (Level 4 available sometime next year).
  • Offer two battery sizes, 71 and 95 kWh, with ranges of 250 and 325 miles, respectively.
  • Starting price around $45,000…and planned availability later this year.

 

Harley-Davidson LiveWire
Harley-Davidson  LiveWire:

  • From 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
  • No clutch to release, no gears to run through
  • A 110-mile range and can be recharged at home or at a dedicated public charger.
  • A 4.3-inch touchscreen…No analog gauges
  • Available from select dealers in North America and Western Europe in the fall of 2019, starting at $29,799.

 

Like to see the Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron??

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month – Smart Dogs?

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Love ’em or Hate ’em (and believe us, we’ve got some mixed emotions in that area), Geico’s advertising firm(s) comes up with funny stuff.

 

Now here’s the real message and the harsh reality:

Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes.

Cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety. Consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience they offer. Ignore the distractions and #justdrive.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April is a united effort to recognize the dangers of and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. Join us to help save lives.

National Safety Council: Our Mission is Safety – The National Safety Council eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

We’ve covered Distracted Driving before here at Johnny’s Custom Auto Body…and will likely cover it again next year.

PLEASE….DON’T TEXT and DRIVE!

Car Detailing Tips

For the next level of clean and pristine appearance for your vehicle…way beyond washing and waxing…a professional auto detailing job is a virtual guarantee of satisfaction.  Of course, DIYers can try their hand by themselves…but usually end up taking much longer to complete with sub par results.  Only a true professional has the weather worn expertise and bag of tricks to come close to restoring your vehicle to it’s original condition…interior and exterior.

 

Benefits of Professionally Detailing Your Vehicle

  • Convenience – Consider closely the value of your time and peace of mind…and the cost of any mistakes you might make that a professional likely would not.  Saving yourself time, money and hassle can often be priceless.  Delivery service is often offered by many auto-detailing shops.
  • Higher Resale Value – A well maintained vehicle will always command a higher selling price…especially regarding its appearance. An exterior that’s been cleaned and waxed regularly will show less wear and tear and the paint and clear coat will be more durable in the long run. Inside, regular detailing will help a car hold its new-car feel.
  • Peace of mind – Professional expertise to help removing spills, stains or other accidents using tried-and-true methods not only saves you elbow grease, it also ensures the stain or spill has been removed or neutralized as effectively as possible.
  • Fewer penalties – Returning a leased vehicle often brings surprises to lessees…when penalties for sub par vehicle maintenance (including paint job, interior and upholstery) gets assessed. Regular detailing can be a worthwhile investment to avoid lease-return penalties.
  • Faster sale turnaround – A car newly and thoroughly detailed will sell faster than one that hasn’t been cleaned by a professional.

Cost of having your car detailed

  • Risk of Damage Reduced – You, a non-professional are much more likely to make a mistake than a professional car detailing companM
  • Common misconception about auto detailing work — it’s just too expensive. But extending the life and resale value of your car actually pays off long term.  Investigate pricing…investigate reviews. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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