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RE: Robby Gordon never learns

Stay positive. So, how about the countless hours of exciting entertainment that Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart have given us? And, I do NOT mean victory burnouts and donuts on asphalt (part of their childish narcissistic wasteful nature).....:B Tony has been great on NASCAR roadcourses.Of course he has always been great on an oval.
RobertRyan 06/29/17 03:40am Around the Campfire
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Having problems posting. About Ranger/ Bronco. This will eventually become a separate thread when Ranger released in the US "Production of the Falcon and Territory may have terminated last year, but according to Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia’s President and CEO, designers and engineers based at the company’s Design Centre in Melbourne still have plenty to smile about. Speaking at the launch of Ford's updated Transit Custom medium van, Mr Whickman said there was a palpable sense of pride in having created the global Ranger platform, which is now sold in the majority of markets around the world. When you get a group of Australians – and there's around 1700 designers and engineers between Geelong and Broadmeadows – and they come together to work on a product like Ranger or Everest and they lead the global development, there's a sense of pride there when you see the product you've essentially helped shape and brought to market do well," he said. Mr Whickman said Ranger sales are strong, critical reviews are positive and the nameplate is close to receiving the highest customer satisfaction score of any Ford vehicle sold in Australia. He added Ford management is giving extra kudos to the pickup as it is close to topping the segment's dominant top seller, Toyota's HiLux."
RobertRyan 06/28/17 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Talking about the tow vehicle that started this thread. Isuzu is bringing out a completely revamped engine lineup that will hopefully compete with the Europeans on their terms. Isuzu engines are extremely reliable, but anemic . Top spec Isuzu has a 560hp diesel, Europeans are now 730-750hp
RobertRyan 06/28/17 03:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Style, whether interior or exterior, is subjective. My preference is for that sterile Danish Modern or American Contemporary look verses the ornate of Italian or French designs (picking the two extremes). Form and function trump style and appearance for someone like me. I don't force my preference on anyone nor do I try to categorize others into a perceived group. That is what prospective customers see first. Dark interiors, dust catching fitments, poor ergonomic design go down like a lead balloon in Australia/ NZ
RobertRyan 06/28/17 03:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Travellooney that is why the new Ford Ranger and Bronco are being designed and deceloped in Australia .Real insignificant..:( market not the US
RobertRyan 06/28/17 03:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Well at least Travelnutz you know you have a mental problem evidenced by your last post coupled with absolutely no clue on the subject you are posting on. You post some unitentional humourous posts. Bulk of the posters here actually post to the subject not some silly off subject rant
RobertRyan 06/27/17 11:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

They have to be converted now but not pre 2006 when Ford stoped importing them because of the engine problems. Still many peaple here wants the larger than 3000-3500Kg pulling capasety and pay load of most utes in Australia including myself, and I do believe more peaple go with the American pickup than the cap over type trucks except maybe for the Iveco. Frank. Yes Frank they did not have too convert them.. Engine problems were associated with the Emissions of the 7.3 Diesel. Cabovers look too Commercial for most people, that is why Pickups are selling like hotcakes
RobertRyan 06/27/17 07:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Well does ot change the status quo. US Pickups did not sell here for a variety of reasons. Historically demand was sufficient for Ford to assemble the F series. Now Ford has virtually disappeared, demand is miniscule and rhey still sell Tiny Japanese Trucks in substantial numbers.
RobertRyan 06/27/17 07:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Well Sunshine they used to cost very little before the convertors got.them. You were in the Navy so in affect you have not travelled overseas.Well Australia is like Canada not Europe and they sell more Pickups per head their than the US in both coutries Dying emand for US Pickups made it non viable for the factories to deal witn them. Now we have boutique convertors, selking them at outrageous prices
RobertRyan 06/27/17 07:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Actually it is not it. US vehicles here came in RHD form from the factory. Jeeps still do.
RobertRyan 06/27/17 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

maybe I missed it, but would be so kind as to point/quote where Ryan has posted "...NA is junk..."?I don't typically participate in these particular conversations, but I've read an awful lot of them. RR's comments seem to me to be filled with disdain and contempt for American made tow vehicles. Well American made vehicles are very poor sellers in Australia
RobertRyan 06/27/17 05:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

GoodGrief you try it on those US Pickups sell in tiny numbers You were in the Navy, so what has that got to do with understanding how other countries regulate vehicles? American Pickups used to sell in Australia but their numbers disappeared. FORD dropped the US Pickups. GM here drop GMC Maybe this discussion should be why US Pickups and Trucks have many problems getting markets outside NA, rather than discussing the qualities of a tiny Japanese Truck.
RobertRyan 06/27/17 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Marty quite a few places where you have to travel at 110kmh. Marty to travel at 25-35mph you would be fined into the ground even on a back road. Obviously many people on this forum have not travelled much outside NA or have the slightest knowledge of trucking / transport in relation to those countries Travel looney lives in his own world, his world and reality are distantly related I have been outside the NA many times. Been to the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Central America, South America, Jamaica, and so on. I got pictures if you don't believe me. What I have learned from every where that I have been is that people and cultures are different from one place to the next. What is acceptable in one country may not be in another. So please stop this "everything in NA is junk compared to the rest of the world specifically Australia" attitude that you always portray when you post. I don't know where you got this hatred for all things American, but in needs to stop. Have you driven one of these Isuzu N-series 215hp/452lb-ft 5.2L truck and also a Ram 4500 325hp/750/lb-ft 6.7L to compare the two? I doubt it. I have and can tell you that the Isuzu is too slow at highway speeds as Marty stated and is vastly underpowered for most North American's expectations. That is why these N-Series trucks are mainly found in inner city areas due to their lack of power. I am not saying they are bad trucks or don't have there purpose. I am just saying our expectation for power is greater over here just like your expectation for fuel economy is greater over there. There are many factors that play in to this, one of the being how inexpensive fuel is over here in comparison. Then there is the factor that we have a big enough market for our own needs/wants while Australia had live with "global vehicles" since their market was not big enough. These "global vehicles" had to abide by many regulations from many different countries one being displacement tax that taxed you more for the greater engine displacement you had. This forced the market to lean towards smaller displacement engines which forced them to be put in smaller vehicles. Even though Australia never had a displacement tax, they had to live with these smaller vehicles since they shared the "global vehicles" market. North America never had a displacement tax and we had an auto market that catered to our needs/wants specifically and no one else's. We didn't have to live with small vehicles just because some other country that we shared our market with required them. So our engines go bigger along with our vehicles and our lust for more power. Our culture is a lot different in comparison and a vehicle that may make your jollies wet because it uses 215 hp to tow 14k lbs will not do the same for many here. We expect more power and better towing performance out of our vehicles. Well stated and reflective of the North American experience, ShinerBock. Back in the early 1950's my parents had a couple of 4 cylinder Austins, nice cars, small engines, designed for the UK and relatively expensive fuel costs. Our family (Canadian) did a lot of traveling ('50's/60's) both in the states and Canada back then. Traveling to Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, the Dakotas, etc...NW Ontario, prairies, British Columbia, etc. The Austins didn't cut it on these trips. Soon, the Austins were replaced by a '56 Ford Fairlane with a 312 cube/225 hp V8...then a '58 Ford wagon 292 V8, then a whole series of Chevy wagons...V8's...eventually to a '69 Impala, with a 396 Rat motor. The reason, nice as the Austins were, the little 4 banger was having it's neck wrung on the long, broad highways of North America. In addition, our family also started towing trailers and needed the V8 punch. The Austin design brief I would say, did not incorporate factors such as relatively cheap fuel, traveling long distances in temperatures that could range from from over 100 F to -35 F, at constant speeds of around 65-70 mph. North American conditions. Certainly not towing trailers, and even solo was a challenge for the Austin. Fast forward to 1995. My wife and I, along with our two kids went on a west coast trip, towing our trailer through both Canada and the states. We used our big American sedan with its big, torquey V8. While in the Rockies on one occasion were behind an older VW bus. The 4 cylinder air cooled engine. My blood ran cold as I knew we would be languishing behind this vehicle as it labored interminably up the mountain roads. I had a lot of time for thought in this instance, as we slowly followed this vehicle up the incline. It took me back to the early 1950's and the Austins. The Irish have an applicable saying. Different horses for different courses. Talking about cars, the Japanese have changed the landscape totally Globally. Pre WW2 Australia was full of Pontiacs, Chevrolets Buicks etc. All have disappeared. Japanese / Koreans are dominabt with some Euripeans making up he number
RobertRyan 06/27/17 04:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Marty quite a few places where you have to travel at 110kmh. Marty to travel at 25-35mph you would be fined into the ground even on a back road. Obviously many people on this forum have not travelled much outside NA or have the slightest knowledge of trucking / transport in relation to those countries Travel looney lives in his own world, his world and reality are distantly related I have been outside the NA many times. Been to the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Central America, South America, Jamaica, and so on. I got pictures if you don't believe me. What I have learned from every where that I have been is that people and cultures are different from one place to the next. What is acceptable in one country may not be in another. So please stop this "everything in NA is junk compared to the rest of the world specifically Australia" attitude that you always portray when you post. I don't know where you got this hatred for all things American, but in needs to stop. Have you driven one of these Isuzu N-series 215hp/452lb-ft 5.2L truck and also a Ram 4500 325hp/750/lb-ft 6.7L to compare the two? I doubt it. I have and can tell you that the Isuzu is too slow at highway speeds as Marty stated and is vastly underpowered for most North American's expectations. That is why these N-Series trucks are mainly found in inner city areas due to their lack of power. I am not saying they are bad trucks or don't have there purpose. I am just saying our expectation for power is greater over here just like your expectation for fuel economy is greater over there. There are many factors that play in to this, one of the being how inexpensive fuel is over here in comparison. Then there is the factor that we have a big enough market for our own needs/wants while Australia had live with "global vehicles" since their market was not big enough. These "global vehicles" had to abide by many regulations from many different countries one being displacement tax that taxed you more for the greater engine displacement you had. This forced the market to lean towards smaller displacement engines which forced them to be put in smaller vehicles. Even though Australia never had a displacement tax, they had to live with these smaller vehicles since they shared the "global vehicles" market. North America never had a displacement tax and we had an auto market that catered to our needs/wants specifically and no one else's. We didn't have to live with small vehicles just because some other country that we shared our market with required them. So our engines go bigger along with our vehicles and our lust for more power. Our culture is a lot different in comparison and a vehicle that may make your jollies wet because it uses 215 hp to tow 14k lbs will not do the same for many here. We expect more power and better towing performance out of our vehicles. maybe I missed it, but would be so kind as to point/quote where Ryan has posted "...NA is junk..."? I am scratching my head about that as well.US Pickups, HeavyPickups have been sold here at reasonable prices, but have not made a dint in the local market. Although Australia resembles Canada in many respects.
RobertRyan 06/27/17 04:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Marty quite a few places where you have to travel at 110kmh. Marty to travel at 25-35mph you would be fined into the ground even on a back road. Obviously many people on this forum have not travelled much outside NA or have the slightest knowledge of trucking / transport in relation to those countries Travel looney lives in his own world, his world and reality are distantly related I have been outside the NA many times. Been to the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Central America, South America, Jamaica, and so on. I got pictures if you don't believe me. What I have learned from every where that I have been is that people and cultures are different from one place to the next. What is acceptable in one country may not be in another. So please stop this "everything in NA is junk compared to the rest of the world specifically Australia" attitude that you always portray when you post. I don't know where you got this hatred for all things American, but in needs to stop. Have you driven one of these Isuzu N-series 215hp/452lb-ft 5.2L truck and also a Ram 4500 325hp/750/lb-ft 6.7L to compare the two? I doubt it. I have and can tell you that the Isuzu is too slow at highway speeds as Marty stated and is vastly underpowered for most North American's expectations. That is why these N-Series trucks are mainly found in inner city areas due to their lack of power. I am not saying they are bad trucks or don't have there purpose. I am just saying our expectation for power is greater over here just like your expectation for fuel economy is greater over there. There are many factors that play in to this, one of the being how inexpensive fuel is over here in comparison. Then there is the factor that we have a big enough market for our own needs/wants while Australia had live with "global vehicles" since their market was not big enough. These "global vehicles" had to abide by many regulations from many different countries one being displacement tax that taxed you more for the greater engine displacement you had. This forced the market to lean towards smaller displacement engines which forced them to be put in smaller vehicles. Even though Australia never had a displacement tax, they had to live with these smaller vehicles since they shared the "global vehicles" market. North America never had a displacement tax and we had an auto market that catered to our needs/wants specifically and no one else's. We didn't have to live with small vehicles just because some other country that we shared our market with required them. So our engines go bigger along with our vehicles and our lust for more power. Our culture is a lot different in comparison and a vehicle that may make your jollies wet because it uses 215 hp to tow 14k lbs will not do the same for many here. We expect more power and better towing performance out of our vehicles. That is why US Pickups have failed totally here., nothing to do with towing.I do not believe you have been outside NA, you indicate very strongly you have not.,We do not have a displacement Tax either 215hp.To tow 14,000lbs where did you get that from. We have had Global Vehicles and US vehicles, Fuel has been pretty cheap relatively in Australia.
RobertRyan 06/27/17 04:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

I've seen a few of the original NPR chassis's floating around the Seattle Wa area. IIRC no turbo, 120hp or there about. Good for local delivery at gvw. Beyond that, a bit gutless. The auto version did not have good gearing, so it would stall out on the steeper 20+ percent grades. Then again, so did my C3500 with a 454! The manual did better. Looked at them when I got my Navistar, but it was cheaper, with better gearing in both trans and RA for what I do. Plus the cab over does not have the RA capacity that the reg cab has, so when using as a dump rig, the cab overs over load the rear real easy dumping. THen again, like ALL rigs big and small, one needs to take these factors into account. Newer models of ALL makes have better interiors than older ones. ALso, I do not believe that OZ has as many interstates where one is traveling at 60-70mph/100kph. More HP is key here, if only doing offroad, or backroads with speeds in the 25-35 mph range, HP is not needed per say as it is at higher speeds. Torque multiplication is needed more. Marty Marty quite a few places where you have to travel at 110kmh. Marty to travel at 25-35mph you would be fined into the ground even on a back road. Obviously many people on this forum have not travelled much outside NA or have the slightest knowledge of trucking / transport in relation to those countries Travel looney lives in his own world, his world and reality are distantly related To me your comparison of the tiny NPR to a F450, is a bit like comparing a US Ford Ranger to a F350, pretty different and people on this forum would find that a very odd comparison. Average speed on a semi suburban freeway is 110kmh, most tend to go at Speed limit. In other states it varies from 110kmh to 130kmh. Northern Territory has no restrictions, can go as fast as you want. Law states that must travel at least 85% of the posted speed or be fined. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsvdv4xhwe.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpstlrejlj5.jpg
RobertRyan 06/27/17 02:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

I wonder about not a lot of leg room in a cab over design. I've seen them (Isuzu) here. GM used to market them as Chevy and GMC medium duties. With a cab over design, I'm also concerned about crash safety. Maybe modern design has taken care of these issues, I dunno. As far as highway/mountain performance, I've always thought that they were designed and used primarily for city delivery trucks. I'm not sure if long distance highway towing is within their design brief.The tiny to us NPR is a light delivery truck. Larger and more powerful Cabovers are on highway. NA is the last bastion of conventional truck designs. Everywhere else they have disappeared in fleet and private sales Even in Australia they are rapidly disappearing
RobertRyan 06/27/17 01:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Easy show me a F450 with better fuel economy , costs $20,000, has a better turning circle a better payload and cheaper parts than the Isuzu These really are not an apples to apples comparison, primarily since Australian and US markets are very different. It's funny though Robert that you seem to think that the Isuzu N-series don't exist in the US. They do, they are very commonly in light construction, landscaping and delivery applications. They certainly can't be had new for $20K, that might buy one five years old. A gas engine (GM 6.0 V8) is standard, and it actually outperforms the diesel although gas mileage is horrible (both thanks to 5.37 RA gearing) and engine life is shorter. A diesel NPR is going to cost close to an F450. The N-series has great maneuverability, payload and visibility but next to no crash protection. The F series is longer, heavier and more comfortable and offers vastly superior performance under load, which is to be expected since its diesel engine is much larger and more powerful than that of the Isuzu. Parts and service for the Ford in the US are both cheaper and more available. This may not be the case where you are from, like I said before, different markets. I did not say they are not common in the US, but they are not a Medium Duty Truck here bu a very light truck indeed. Vast numbers of them running around. In comparison the US has very few MDT's a lot of heavier Pickups though
RobertRyan 06/27/17 01:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Robby Gordon never learns

25 million people are insignificant? What a ridiculous statement. Gordon must not see it that way, since he was promoting his racing series in Australia. Correct, Gordon seems to be very miffed about being locked out.Would not have been so severe if he had been a competitor instead of the owner and organiser. Previous poster has a habit of making totally clueless postings on this site and really lives up to his name
RobertRyan 06/24/17 10:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Again you avoided answering direct questions. Answering a question with a question, is Pretty bad form.Ultra lightweight Isuzu is not a competitor for the F450. US heavy Pickups died out in the mid 1980's including the then F500. Parts for them now nonexistent
RobertRyan 06/23/17 11:28pm Tow Vehicles
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