Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CargoGlide Gooseneck Application

A unique and  practical application for CargoGlide.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


  • A fully street-legal stock 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor completed the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 in 35:59:08 – placing third overall in the stock full class competition – the same truck that is now headed to Ford dealers.
  • Ford Performance and Greg Foutz Motorsports raced a pre-production 2017 F-150 Raptor – the toughest, smartest, most capable Raptor ever – full-tilt across 850 miles of rocks, potholes and miles and miles of sand and dust
  • Having proven its robustness and performance as part of the Ford Performance team’s validation process for the new Raptor, Foutz and crew tossed their tools in the back of the race Raptor and drove it nearly 400 miles to their home base outside of Phoenix, AZ
DEARBORN, Nov. 29, 2016 – As Ford starts sales of the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor, the Ford Performance team completed one final grueling endurance test – running in the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 across the famed desert in the Baja California peninsula in Mexico.

Led by Greg Foutz and the team from Foutz Motorsports, the 2017 F-150 Raptor finished the race in 35 hours, 59 minutes and 8 seconds to place third in the stock full class. Then, the crew decided to toss their tools and spare tires in the back of the race truck and drove it back to their home shop near Phoenix.

“That’s why the new Ford F-150 Raptor is bad-ass! It’s a race-proven off-road monster that can race off-road an entire weekend, then take you and your friends on a road trip the next day,” Foutz said. “That and the $49,520 starting price make it a clear winner on the showroom floor.”

Powered by an all-new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, plus an all-new Ford-built 10-speed transmission, the F-150 Raptor race truck showcases the level of performance this purpose-built off-road vehicle will deliver to customers once it goes on sale in December.

Given the 2017 F-150 Raptor’s extreme all-terrain capabilities, the race truck utilized its factory equipment across all 850 treacherous miles, including its stock engine, transmission, brakes, wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires – and even its factory air conditioning, satellite radio and windshield – often unheard of in race vehicles. The Foutz Motorsports team only added a chromalloy steel safety cage, puncture-resistant fuel cell, racing seats and full race harness to meet SCORE rules. The factory-spec Raptor springs and Fox Racing shocks were adjusted to accommodate the added weight from the safety cage and fuel cell.

Other production vehicle updates that carry over to the race truck include the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame, all-new six-mode Terrain Management System™ and advanced four-wheel-drive torque-on-demand transfer case.

Foutz said the team drivers quickly adapted to the performance of the Raptor engine and drivetrain, which was entirely stock. “We used the Raptor Terrain Management System to select Baja Mode and just tweaked two-wheel versus four-wheel drive depending on the terrain we were on,” Foutz said. “When we hit the road for home, we dropped it in the Sport Mode and took off for the highway.”

Ford Performance engineers used the Raptor race truck program as a platform to share technology and prove out their trucks in the real world. Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer says the testing helps to create exciting products that not only raise the performance bar, they deliver Built Ford Tough capability and durability.

“We’re completely thrilled at how well the all-new F-150 Raptor performed throughout the Baja 1,000 race as it’s one of the most brutal environments you can ever compete in, “Hameedi said, “Having race-proven, real-world performance experience and data to validate – further solidifies Ford’s truck leadership position and Raptor as the ultimate from-the-factory high-performance off-road truck.”

Ford Performance Expands as Brand Halo
Set to deliver 12 new vehicles by 2020, Ford Performance leverages its racing efforts and expertise to speed innovations on dedicated performance models and performance parts. The group works to quickly iterate the latest technologies that can ultimately be applied across Ford Motor Company’s entire passenger vehicle lineup.

The performance segment is a growing business for Ford, as the company recognizes a customer desire for vehicles that offer fuel economy, leading technology and a great driving experience. Along with F-150 Raptor, the Ford Performance lineup includes the Ford GT supercar, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R Mustang, Focus RS, Focus ST and Fiesta ST. 

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit

What's in that Service Body? I-80 Forklift

Ever wonder what is carried in a service or utility body? We always want to open up truck bodies when we see them and discover what is stored in them and for what purpose!

And here's Rick from I-80 Forklift going over one of the well-stocked service trucks they use to service and repair forklifts and equipment in the field. See more information at

Monday, December 5, 2016

Muncie V080 HYBRID SYSTEM - Optimizes Plow, Hoist and Spreader Operation

This unique circuit design optimizes operations with full flow but also insures cylinders and spreader operations can work together when required. It is all-automatic. Paired with our entry level electronic controls for a customized and budget conscience solution.

Optimizes operation with full flow and flow sharing capabilities

  • Plow and Hoist Functionality
  • Proportional cable control or air control cylinders
  • Configurable spools for all common applications
  • Easy to use, setup and install
  • Spreader Control
  • Save salt / save money – electronic spreader system with groundspeed control
  • Compatible with all common v-body and tailgate spreaders (stainless steel enclosure)
  • Smart flow technology – keep the spreader running when the cylinders are actuated

Sunday, December 4, 2016

UTILIVAN - Built on a cutaway chassis - set-back walk-through bulkhead.

Utilivans are the industry standard for medium-duty commercial delivery. Traditionally built on a cutaway chassis, Utilivans are built to be tough, constructed with durable materials such as fiberglass reinforced plywood, aluminum, and a variety of composite materials such as DuraPlate.® The innovative cab can be designed to fit as many as five crew members and can be configured with a set-back walk-through bulkhead.

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Redi-Gate is the same height and width as the iconic Reading tailgate, and only 2” deeper.

Redi-Gate’s lockable compartment door is concealed for added security.

Available as an option on Classic II service bodies.


Over 1.1 ft3 of additional storage space for tools, accessories and more.

Looks like any typical tailgate when closed. When deployed, it sits flush to the cargo floor for safety.

Redi-Gate offers convenient space to store smaller equipment to free up side compartments for larger tools and work gear.



Redi-Gate EXP model adds four (4) 125V weather-resistant GFCI outlets. Connects easily to an inverter or power source for on-site power.

Redi-Gate’s innovative, patent-pending design is EXCLUSIVE to Reading.

Built from heavy duty aluminum and stainless steel hardware for durability.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Remanufactured F-150 half the cost

A vehicle remanufacturer in Tyler, Texas rebuilds fleet vehicles, including trucks and vans, in a short amount of time and can save fleet owners plenty of money.

“The guy or gal who owns a new fleet is going to save half the cost of a new vehicle and run it for twice as long. Someone please tell me what’s wrong with this model,” Vehicle Reman Marketing Director Steve Belden told Hard Working Trucks.

Using a streamlined, assembly line approach inside a spacious 60,000-square foot facility, Vehicle Reman can rebuild an F-150 in about 42 hours (see video below). A rebuilt engine, transmission, drivetrain, interior and body breathe new life in a vehicle that otherwise may have been traded in or headed for the scrap heap. It’s not only good for the environment, but it offers a second tax break opportunity on vehicle depreciation. Customer specs dictate the level of remanufacturing and thus the cost.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

MITFUSO All Electric E-Cell Medium-Duty Truck

FUSO 100% Electric Medium-Duty Truck, Zero emmisions

Benz launches ‘MasterSolutions’ upfit program for commercial vans

“MasterSolutions,” which the company says makes the most common van upfit configurations orderable directly from the dealer.

Mathias Geisen, general manager of product management, MBUSA vans, says the MasterSolutions program makes ordering a van with a turn-key upfit solution easier.

“In combination with highly- skilled upfitter partners Auto Truck Group, Knapheide and Smartliner, getting the perfect Mercedes-Benz or Freightliner van for your specific needs has never been easier or more convenient,” he adds.

When a customer chooses a preferred model from the Sprinter or Metris lineup, a selection of MasterSolution upfits will be presented à la carte. At the end of the configuration process, the customer is presented with an “out the door” estimate for their entire van, including all upfits previously selected.

Once the van is ordered, it is shipped from the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in Ladson, S.C., through one of the MasterSolutions upfitters where the upfit is installed prior to delivery to a dealership or fleet location.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Happy 27th Anniversary, Greg Martin, Salesman Extraordinaire!

By Terry Minion, Commercial Truck Success

December 1, 1989. I hired Greg Martin. Well, the truth is, I twisted his arm and stole him away from Hansel Ford down the street in Santa Rosa CA. I knew almost the moment I met him that he had to be a part of this new thing I was doing called a commercial truck department.

I had been a sales manager since 1975 at other dealerships, and in April of 1989, I was invited to resurrect a defunct commercial accounts department experiment. The manager suddenly left, fed up after a heart attack, and since the manager was making most of the sales, the two or three sales team members left were lost. They mostly did what is called 'fleetail' sales there; that is, selling retail pieces, especially popular retail pieces at fleet type prices, barely justifying their reason for existence.

After about 30 days, I had another idea: Let's sell upfitted commercial trucks, create a market they weren't in, make incremental sales, at normal gross profits, and grow the business-focused business with that lead. I found a cab chassis and ordered a service body from a local supplier. We began with one Harbor service body from a local distributor.

Chevrolet was beginning to get much more excited about commercial trucks, wanting to expand their offerings, and market share. They completely redesigned their cab chassis line for the 1990 model year, and were introduced in late 1989. Here's an image of me leaning on one of the newly redesigned 1990 units with a 12' contractor style flatbed on it, trying to look suave and oozing with confidence.

Now that I was in the commercial truck business, I was looking for one or more very good salesmen. In late October, I met one of the best salesman I've ever met in my entire career in Greg Martin. He had just begun working at the Ford store down the street and was in their training program. Prior to that beginning at the Ford store, he sold machinery, such as lathes, press breaks, and all manner of things that bend and cut and shape metal, among other types of machines. I don't even remember how we were introduced, but that's all it took for me. He simply had to come work with me.

Greg led the pack and never looked back, and he was a huge help to make that new commercial truck department very successful. But more than sales performance, he was pure fun to be around. He was eager and very good at building long-term relationships. This alone has served him well throughout his career. 

We worked together for almost four years at Biddulph, then I went back to Woodard Chevrolet at began a somewhat larger commercial truck operation. In time, Greg joined me there and was the sales leader and a key ingredient in the overall massive success there, as we became the number one commercial truck dealer in three states, leading eventually to me writing a book, Commercial Truck Success, first published in 2012.

Greg took his talents back to the Santa Rosa area and is now the commercial truck manager at Platinum Chevrolet in Santa Rosa CA where he is still leading the pack today.

So Happy 27th Anniversary, my dear friend Greg Martin, and also, Happy Birthday too!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sortimo Boxxes - Van Storage Bins For Increased Organization & Mobility

Sortimo Boxxes are the most innovative and functional series of van storage bins available. Boxxes van storage bins serve dual purposes acting both as a drawer and mobile storage. Slide the van storage bins out on the provided tracks to quickly grab a part or remove it completely from the shelf so you can carry multiple tools to the job site with one hand.

Choose from a variety of van storage bins to accommodate your needs. There are Boxxes designed to store efficiently nearly any piece of hardware, part, or tool you may carry within your cargo van. From small components to large power tools, van storage bins can help you increase your organization and mobility.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2018 Pre-Series Freightliner Cascadia Truck Tour

Daimler Trucks unveiled the latest model of its Freightliner Cascadia on September 1, 2016. A few weeks later, one of them showed up in our yard.

The truck is a pre-series model of what will be the new Cascadia. Freightliner has entrusted Bison with 1 of 12 pre-series units in North America so we can provide feedback on the truck’s performance.

Tour the truck with Bison’s Eric Roeder, who walks us through the major changes to the exterior, the interior cab, as well as what's under the hood.

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EnPak® - a revolutionary, fully-integrated power system for work trucks.

Enpak T4

EnPak combines a rotary-screw air compressor, hydraulic pump, generator and a 24.8 HP, Tier IV Final diesel engine in a single unit and is fully-functional with the truck turned off. - See more at:

Monday, November 28, 2016

SpaceKap on How Its Made

See how we manufacture our Transferable Service Bodies in this video as was shown on Discovery Channel's How It's Made.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Chevrolet and GMC Expand Alternative Fuel Fleet Offerings

Expanded CNG/LPG lineup broadens fuel diversification choices

DETROIT —Chevrolet and GMC announced today that they are partnering with Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI) to introduce heavy-duty pickups and full-size vans powered by 6.0-liter V-8 compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-capable engines starting in the first quarter of 2017. Chevrolet also will offer CNG and LPG versions of its new Low Cab Forward commercial truck.

The announcement follows the selection of PSI, based in Wood Dale, Illinois, as General Motors Fleet’s preferred upfitter for CNG and LPG trucks. PSI is one of North America’s largest and most experienced providers of integrated turn-key, alternative-fuel powertrain solutions.

Ship-through will be offered, allowing customers to seamlessly order and take delivery from the same dealer. GM will supply vehicles equipped with the 6.0L V-8 engine with hardened valves and valve seats to PSI, which in turn will install the fuel system and other hardware and ship directly to Chevrolet and GMC dealers in all 50 states. All PSI-modified vehicles are covered by Chevrolet and GMC’s five-year/60,000-mile (whichever comes first) limited powertrain warranty.

The expanded lineup brings GM Fleet’s portfolio of alternative fuel, hybrid and EVs to more than a dozen trucks, cars and crossovers. Other recent additions include the Chevrolet Bolt EV, a Duramax 2.8-liter B20-capable Duramax diesel for the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans and all-new available 6.6-liter B20-capable Duramax diesel engines for the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD.

“Expanding choice is the key to helping more commercial and government fleets reduce their fuel consumption, fuel costs and emissions using alternative fuels and EVs versus using traditional gasoline,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet. “There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions for fleet managers.”

GM Fleet’s partnership with PSI follows customer demand and ongoing investment by companies across the nation in CNG refueling infrastructure. 

This month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states. Though the network is nearly 85,000 miles long, more miles will be added in the future to accommodate electric, hydrogen, propane and natural gas vehicles as additional fueling and charging stations are built. Currently four of the top five “Green Fleets,” as identified by Bobit Media Group, operate CNG-powered vehicles. All of the top 25 fleets use at least two fuels. 

GM Fleet: Expanding Alternative Fuel Vehicle Options
Including 2017 and 2018 models, Chevrolet and GMC will offer more than 25 different cars, trucks and vans that use alternate fuels or electric propulsion.

CNG and LPG Models 
• Express Cargo
• Express Passenger
• Express Cutaway
• Silverado HD
• Low Cab Forward 3500 and 4500
• Savana Cargo
• Savana Passenger
• Savana Cutaway
• Sierra HD

B20-capable Diesel
• Cruze
• Colorado
• Express
• Silverado HD 
• Savana
• Canyon
• Sierra HD

Electric Vehicles and Hybrids
• Bolt EV
• Volt
• Malibu Hybrid

E85 Ethanol
• Caprice PPV
• Equinox
• Express
• Impala
• Silverado
• Silverado HD 
• Suburban
• Tahoe
• Savana
• Sierra
• Sierra HD
• Terrain

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