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#830 of 3623 This past weekend...
Jun 07, 2004 (6:54 pm)
...Carlisle Productions held the All-Ford Nationals. Ford brought several prototype vehicles to the show, along with the production-ready 2005 Mustang and Freestyle.
Oddly enough, there were no Five Hundreds or Montegos to be found. Since the Ford display was touting the "Year of the Car," I would think Ford would have wanted to have one of its most important new car introductions in years on display for Ford fans.
On a side note, one of the displays was devoted to all-original Fords (i.e., no restoration). When someone says, "They don't make 'em like they used to," I'd reply, "Thank goodness!"
There was a 1969 Ford Country Squire with 19,000 miles in all-original condition. The paint was peeling from the sheetmetal in a few spots, because the workers had not properly prepped the sheetmetal prior to the painting process. The sheetmetal over the rear windows was so wavy that it looked as though the workers had used a mallet to shape the panels.
An all-original 1979 Mustang Pace Car with 428 miles featured a paint job with so much orange peel it must have been applied by Sunkist. Neither of the bumpers mated too well to the sheetmetal.
It was fascinating to compare this Mustang to the all-original 1993 Cobra R with 413 miles that was less than 50 feet away. The paint on that one was pretty good, and the fit of the body panels was much better. Ford quality really did improve during the 1980s and 1990s.
If the Five Hundred and Montego debut with less-than-perfect panel fit or too many flaws in the paint, customers will proclaim the cars "junk." It's interesting how standards have changed over the past 30 years!
#831 of 3623 Re: [ANT14 #829]
Jun 08, 2004 (3:03 am)
"Yamaha will be designing the engine. "
Sound a bit like the Taurus SHO - from 1989????
Who nearly bought one . . .
#832 of 3623 Re: This past weekend... [grbeck #830]
Jun 08, 2004 (5:06 am)
It does seem odd they didn't bring the Five Hundred and Montego. Wonder why they didn't bring the cars.
Jun 08, 2004 (7:55 am)
"Sound a bit like the Taurus SHO - from 1989????"
Yes, although I hope the results aren't as disasterous such as the 3.4L V8 SHO that had issues. Although they have designed a few other engines for manufacturer's, like Toyota's 1.8L found in the Matrix, and that has proven reliable so far....
Jun 08, 2004 (10:57 am)
They make a lot of stuff. From my kid's upright piano, to waverunners to cars. What's next for Yamaha? Houses?
Jun 08, 2004 (11:19 am)
I personally don't like when you have a company such as that, spread their resources. It's like Mitsubishi...Build a car, or build a TV, PICK ONE ! Focus !! And since their car sector is unreliable, I'm not about to buy their TV's.
BUT, that's just a ME thing.
I'm hoping this time around the end results will be quite positive overall, than the V8 SHO senario.
Jun 08, 2004 (12:16 pm)
I had one of the SHO's with the Yamaha V-6. That car ran like a MOTHER!!!! I'm not sure if I got a "freak", but what a sweet car. Always had plenty of balls when needed. I hope the new 500/Montego can generate as much excitement for me. I know these new cars aren't built for speed, etc., but if they can make me happy like they did with my SHO, I'll be one happy SOB.....
#837 of 3623 Re: [ANT14 #835]
Jun 08, 2004 (12:53 pm)
I personally don't like when you have a company such as that, spread their resources.
It's called diversification!! It's not a bad thing at all - there's lots of companies that do it very well: GE, Honeywell, Raytheon, Daimler, et al. They all seem to follow the same philosophy: if you're not one of the top 3 players, you get out of that business.
Jun 08, 2004 (1:00 pm)
That's my thinking, either do it right and be on top or at least top 5, or get out....In this case for Yamaha, they do have some categories they are quite good in, so I'm not blowing them totally off.
They have done well so far with the V6 SHO's, and the I4's from Toyota. Their only issue (related to car engine) was the V8 SHO.
Jun 08, 2004 (4:52 pm)
I test drove a couple of the 8 cylinder SHO's, and I thought they were pigs. I really think I could have blown them away with my V-6. Now back to the "new" vehicles. A question for ANT......do you think Ford has a plan sometime in the near future, to drop a V-8 into either the 500, the Montego, or the Futura? They really need to catch up to the other manufacturers.