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HD Work Truck News - Lug Nuts - December 2012

New, Interesting, and Fun Things About Heavy Duty Work Trucks

Dec 1, 2012
Venchurs Bi-Fuel Truck on Top Gear

Top Gear (which airs on the History channel Tuesday nights at 9/8 p.m. Central) showcased the Venchurs bi-fuel truck, which boasts a range of more than 650 miles in a segment during which the hosts drove from Portland to San Francisco on one tank of gas. The Venchurs Vehicle Systems CNG F-350 battled two unlikely candidates for fuel economy supremacy on Top Gear—a VW Passat TDI and a BMW 5-Series—and the results might surprise some. The show, which is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, featured the Venchurs converted bi-fuel Ford pickup in a challenge that required hosts Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood, and Adam Ferrara to drive from Portland to San Francisco (two of the greenest cities in America) without stopping for fuel—hence the episode name, “One Tank.”

“We’re very proud that one of our CNG trucks was featured on Top Gear, which is known internationally as the top source for automotive entertainment on television,” said Jeff Wyatt, CEO of Venchurs. “We take a leadership role in promoting both the compressed natural gas industry as well as Ford trucks, and I’d say landing a prime time segment on Top Gear, in which our CNG F-350 competed against highly efficient German gasoline and diesel cars, proves CNG is viable.”

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American Force Custom Wheels

Trendsetting custom-built wheel manufacturer American Force Wheels Inc. has announced a large new selection of customized Super Single wheel designs. American Force’s eight-lug Super Single wheels are manufactured with the high-quality workmanship you’ve come to expect and are custom-built to order in seven days. Made of high-grade 6061 aluminum, American Force’s forged wheels feature a mirror finish with the option of powdercoating in your choice of colors. Enthusiasts can select from unique designs like the Texas-themed wheel shown here or further showcase their personality by customizing their own design and finish.

“Whether you’re a project truck builder or a truck enthusiast, we can design the Super Single wheels that help you make the innovative statement you envision,” said General Manager Robert Martell. “All our custom wheels have a bold, eye-catching look and are manufactured using state-of-the-art forging processes to ensure superior quality and long life.” American Force offers a lifetime warranty on its wheels against manufacturing defects. For more information call 786-345-6301 or 800-620-6259 or visit
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What a Gas!

We visited the Vista, California, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum recently and marveled at the diverse range of work trucks we saw there. Here’s one that worked in the Antarctic (a ’54 Tucker Sno-Cat), plus a barn full of other work trucks. For more info, go to
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Serious Work Truck

Dan Bradshaw heard we were doing some Work Truck Review issues, and he sent in some photos of his work truck. We have to say, that is a real work truck!
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Powertrain Dissatisfaction

Technology changes related to revised emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks are causing an increase in heavy-duty truck engine problems and a decrease in overall satisfaction with the powertrain, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Heavy-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study released recently.

Now in its 16th year, the study measures satisfaction with engines and transmissions among primary maintainers of heavy-duty (Class 8) trucks that are 1 model-year old. Satisfaction is measured based on eight key factors: engine reliability and dependability, engine warranty, acceleration when fully loaded, electronic control module, accessibility to components for service or maintenance, vibration at idle, maintaining speeds on grades, and average fuel economy. 

Technology designed to reduce emissions and make heavy-duty truck engines compliant with the 2010 EPA regulations is resulting in more heavy-duty truck owners experiencing problems with the engine. The study finds that 46 percent of owners of heavy-duty trucks that are 1 model-year old report experiencing some type of engine-related problem, up from 42 percent in 2011. The most commonly reported engine problems are issues with the electronic control module calibration (cited by 23 percent of owners who experienced an engine problem), EGR valve (20 percent), and electronic engine sensors (16 percent).

In addition, the average number of engine- and fuel-related problems has increased to 81 problems per 100 vehicles (81 PP100) from 71 PP100 in 2011. The rise in problems has impacted overall engine satisfaction, which declines to 719 index points on a 1,000-point scale in 2012, compared with 739 in 2011.

“At the industry level, the new, more complex engines designed to meet EPA regulations are resulting in additional problems and downtime, which also has a financial impact on owners because they’re not making money when their truck is down for service,” said Brent Gruber, director of the commercial vehicle practice at J.D. Power and Associates.

“The new engines are proving to be more fuel efficient and allowing greater up-time between service, so despite initial quality issues, the new technology may offer a greater return on investment in the long run,” said Gruber.
SX Performance Has New Owners

Edelbrock recently acquired SX Performance, which was an affiliate of Essex Industries, Inc. SX Performance has been designing and manufacturing advanced fluid delivery systems for aerospace, military, and automotive use for more than 60 years. The company has a proven track record in aerospace design, manufacturing, quality control, distribution, and customer service while serving some of the largest names in the aerospace and armed forces sector.

Edelbrock is very familiar with SX Performance’s products, as it has been manufacturing all Edelbrock electric Quiet-Flo fuel pumps, in-line fuel pumps, and regulators since 2003. This acquisition will reduce production lead times, allow Edelbrock to become more price competitive, and raise the quality to even higher standards in the fuel delivery and component marketplace.


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