Monday, August 29, 2011

3.7L 4V DOHC V6 Engine offered in the 2011 F-150 by Gresham Ford Fleet

New Ford F-150 Trucks at Gresham Ford
The all new four engine line-up, all paired to a revised 6 speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode makes the 2011 F-150 the right tool for almost any small Oregon business owner.  Gresham Ford Fleet is proud to offer the all new 3.7L four valve dual overhead cam V6 engine with the Ti-VCT transmission and it Flex Fuel capable as well.  E85 is becoming more available in the Outer SE Portland area and is proving to be a good choice for Ford fleet business owners.  The aggressive deceleration fuel-shut off (ADFSO) technology helps to maximize fuel effciency without sacrificing power and torque.  The 2011 F-150 has the Best-In-Class 11,300 lb of towing capacity and has been coupled with the trailer sway control technology.  The trailer brake controller is user friendly and makes hauling a relaxing experience.  Oregon Ford Dealerships are also proud to offer the new F-150 with its Best-In-Class payload offering as well.  With 302 horsepower and 278 lb. feet of torque paired with the flex fuel E85 capable engine provides endless possibilities.  A truck equipped with Flex Fuel Capability provides you the option of filling up with E85 at any point.  Mixing the E85 and the regular fuel is no problem for the best selling truck 22 years running.  The strong yet lightweight die-cast block also adds to the trucks power while keeping the weight down to make the most of every gallon of fuel.  The Twin independent Variable Cam timing or (Ti-VCT) also helps the F-150 get great MPG.  The piston cooling oil jets help improve oil warm up and maintain cooler piston temperatures for improved fuel efficiency and durability.  The combination of features and technology are impressive.  The Gresham Ford Fleet department is specially trained and a Business Preferred Network dealer available to serve Oregon and Washington fleets of one or one hundred.  Contact them directly at or 503-969-4184. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

2012 F-450 Extended Cab Chassis Available for Sale from Gresham Ford Fleet

Super Duty Chassis Cabs provide what the performance customers demand for their commercial, small business and heavy-duty needs.  This spe3cific Ford F-450 Super Cab and Chassis has fantastic performance and handling including Advance Trac with RSC (Roll Stability Control). 

• Diesel Emission Fluid (DEF) tank location:
– Midship between frame rails with
aft-of-axle fuel tank
– Outside of frame rails with midship
or dual fuel tanks
• Engines
– 6.2L 2V SOHC EFI V8 gasoline
(E-85 Flex Fuel) (F-350)
– 6.8L 3V SOHC EFI modular V10 gasoline
• Fuel tank
– 28-gal. midship (F-350 SRW with
base payload)
– 40-gal. aft-of-axle (F-350 DRW/
• Hill Start Assist
• Intelligent Oil Life Monitor (6.7L)
• Manual locking hubs (4x4)
• Oil life minder system (6.2L/6.8L)
• Shock absorbers — heavy-duty gas
• Springs — rear, auxiliary
• Stabilizer bars, front and rear
• Stationary Elevated Idle Control (SEIC)
• Steering – power
• Steering damper
• Traction Control — DRW models
• Transmission
– Heavy Duty TorqShift 6-speed
SelectShift Automatic with Tow/Haul
Mode (F-350)
– TorqShift 5-speed automatic with Tow/
Haul Mode (F-450/F-550)
• Tow hooks – front (2)
• Trailer Sway Control (SRW)
• Trailer wiring — 7-wire harness with relays,
blunt cut and labeled
• Airbag deactivation switch – passenger
side (not included on Crew Cab)
• Airbags
– Frontal, driver and passenger
– Seat-mounted side-impact
– Side curtains (Safety Canopy System)
• Air conditioning – manual
• Audio – AM/FM stereo/digital clock and
2 speakers
• Bumper – front, black painted
• Child tethers (Regular Cab front center
seat and passenger; SuperCab front
passenger and all rear seating positions;
Crew Cab all rear seating positions)
• Coat hooks – LH/RH color-coordinated
• Dash-top tray
• Dome Light – LH/RH door-activated I/P
switch operated with delay, dual map
lights (front and rear with Crew Cab)
• Door trim – armrest/grab handle and
• Doors
– Two (Regular Cab only)
– Four (SuperCab and Crew Cab only)
• Fender vents – front
• Floor covering – black, full length vinyl
• Glass – solar tinted
• Grille – black painted
• Handles
– Door, black
– Grab – driver and front passenger
– Roof ride – front passenger (over
rear doors with Crew Cab)
• Headlamps – dual beam, jewel-effect
• Headliner – color-coordinated molded
• Hood release
• Horn, dual electric
• Instrumentation – multifunction switch
Message Center with Ice Blue lighting
(3-button message control on steering
• Instrument panel – color-coordinated
with glove box, 4 air registers with positive
shutoff, powerpoint, storage bin and trash
bag hook
• Intelligent 3-blink turn signal
• License plate brackets – front and rear
• Lights – roof marker clearance
• Mirror – rear view 11.5" day/night
• Mirrors – manual telescoping trailer tow
mirrors with manual glass and 2-way fold
• Outside temperature display
• Powerpoint – auxiliary
• Safety belts
– Belt-Minder — chime and flashing
warning light on instrument panel if
driver-side belt is not buckled
– Manual, color-coordinated with height
adjustment (front outboard seating
positions only)
• Safety Canopy System
• Scuff plates – color-coordinated
• Seats – front, HD vinyl, 40/20/40 split
bench with center armrest, cup holder and
storage (manual lumbar – driver side)
• SOS Post-Crash Alert System
• Steering wheel – black vinyl, with tilt
telescoping steering column
• Sun visors – color-coordinated vinyl, single
driver with pocket, single passenger with
mirror insert
• Underhood service light
• Upfitter switches (4) on the instrument
• Wheels
– F-350 SRW – 17" argent painted steel
– F-350 DRW – 17" argent painted steel
– F-450/F-550 – 19.5" argent painted steel
• Window – rear, fixed
• Windshield wipers – interval control

Monday, August 1, 2011

Truck Tire Load Ranges

Read the small print on tires lately?  Thought not.  The only thing it has in common with a good spy thriller is the indecipherable code.  But all that verbiage molded into the sidewall has meanings. and most of it is important.  Let's discuss one aspect of the mini-novel in rubber: Tire Load Rating. 

The Basic Math - If the load rating of the tire is too low, it can overheat or even self-destruct.  The basic formula for approximate load capacity of each tire uses the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), divided by four (dual rear wheels are slightly more complicated).  If the gross weight of the truck is 6,000lbs, then each tire must support at least 1,500 pounds.  However, that's only for an empty truck.  No driver, no payload.  Unless that vehicle is going to be part of a static display in a truck museum, it's going to need tires with a higher load rating. 

The Real World.  As a real world example, let's look at a type of tire often used for application such as a 2011 F-350 Super Duty Chassis equipped with dual rear wheels and a landscape dump body: LT245/75R17E.  That's a light truck tire, 245/75 size and aspect ratio for a 17 inch wheel.  The 'E' is for Load Range E (LRE)  The only problem is that information molded into the tire wall probably doesn't read exactly the same as the catalog specification.  The tire description can include other numbers, and the load range index is likely located elsewhere on the tire.  Confused yet?

The six tires on this particular F-350 have large sidewall markings from BFGoodrich; LT245/75R17 121/1188 M+S.  Those other digits are material for a future article, covering sipes (sounds like a device for milking reindeer, but isn't) to section widths.  Today the topic is tire load range.  Look at a line of the text near the wheel rim and you'll notice that the missing inform is spelled out: LOAD RANGE E.  The "E" designation also indicates a 10ply rating and on our BFGoodrich tire example, a maximum inflation of 80 psi.  It is important to check with the tire manufacturer as tires of the same ply rating may require different inflation pressures.  A ply rating is the equivalent strength compared to outdated bias ply tires.  Also note that any tire pressure listed on a sidewall is the maximum allowed.  The normal tire pressure is shown on the vehicle's Safety Compliance Certification Label, located on the left front door lock facing or on the door latch pillar.