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SVTP Tool-Tech | Chevron Techron Fuel System Cleaner

Spring is upon us and Ford Performance Vehicles are once again hitting the streets after a long winter nap. However, many of them may wake to find they are now suffering from gummed up fuel systems. It you stored your car over the winter with fuel of questionable quality you may just find yourself a victim. Modern fuel formulations, due to blended ethanol, are a major culprit here.

So if you find yourself with clogged or weak injectors, what can you do? Well the cheapest and easiest thing to try is a fuel system cleaner. There are literally hundreds of different cleaners on the market, and the vast majority of them are garbage. I can’t name all the ones that do work, but I can tell you that Chevron Techron Fuel System Cleaner is one of them. I’ve used it with great success in my 04 SVT F-150 Lightning... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Subtle Diesel |The 2019 3.0L Powerstroke F-150 | Ford Delivers Quiet Power

There’s a lot of one-liner descriptions you could give our 2019 F-150 Platinum F-150 test truck equipped with the 3.0L V6 Powerstroke Turbo-Diesel; better late than never, finally, and about damn time all come to mind. Ford truck lovers have been begging for a diesel powered F-150 in the US market for as long as I can remember. Various oil-burning options have been available over the years south-of-the-boarder, but domestic buyers have been left out in the cold until now. Enter the not as new as you think 3.0 Powerstroke, making [email protected] and [email protected] (actual rear wheel numbers in the dyno video below).

The F-150’s new V6 diesel has actually been offered on US shores for a few years in various Land Rover and Jaguar models, and even longer in Europe. Though several changes were made for ½ ton truck market, the little PSD has been known as the Lion V6 since it was introduced in 2004. I don’t really have any experience with the engine in those platforms, but I did get a week with it in the F-150. And I’m here to tell you that taken in its totality, that it’s an impressive little mill. Click Here to Continue Reading...
2019 Transit Connect Cargo - Carry Big Things in a Small Package

So this review is a little out of the ordinary for SVTP, but weird is fun so here we are. A few weeks ago, one of our contacts at Ford called us up and said he had something different for us to try. He happens to know that I've been itching to get my hands on a 2020 Ford Transit Connect with the new 1.5L Diesel engine. While those are quite available to the public just yet, he thought I might enjoy the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van you see here. He was correct.

I have to admit, this little truck was the first panel/cargo van that I ever had the opportunity to spend much time with. I've always been more of a 'truck' guy. The first thing I noticed is that the lack of rear side windows made me change the way I drive. I was accustomed to giving a quick glance over my shoulder to check the blind spots. Well you're not going to be doing that in a panel van. Fortunately, Ford installs really good side view mirrors on the transit connect. Our test van had the standard mirrors and they provided excellent coverage. Optional larger tow mirrors are available as well, so I would expect them to be even better. Click Here to Continue Reading...
Spy Shots—Best Look Yet at Bronco Mule

Caught testing in Dearborn, Michigan, the Bronco mule wears light camo over a cobbled-together Ranger T6 body. Recently, the Bronco has been seen testing with the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner, but it has been a task to capture them all in one image since they’ve been leaving the proving grounds at different times.

The Bronco will have body-on-frame construction, and unlike the Ranger, will have a coil-spring solid axle in the front and back. According to sources, the Bronco will have Dana Spicer AdvanTEK axles with a Dana 33 up front and a Dana 44 for the rear... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Ford Performance Powered 2020 EcoBoost Mustang Cranks out 330 HP and 350 TQ

Strengthening Ford’s performance reach for 2020 and just in time for the pony car’s 55th anniversary, the new 2.3L High Performance Package for the entry-level Mustang EcoBoost® creates the most powerful four-cylinder sports car offered by an American automaker. This is the result of a unique EcoBoost engine powered by Ford Performance and upgraded handling components from the Mustang GT Performance Package.

“The Ford Performance Focus RS 2.3-liter engine is a high-revving marvel, and anyone who’s driven this EcoBoost engine instantly loves how quickly it responds and delivers power,” said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. “When our team got the chance to try this specially built engine in a Mustang, we immediately agreed, ‘We have to do this.’”
Win a Free Cooler | SVTP Tool-Tech | Tourit Voyager Backpack Cooler

We finished up our first season of SVTP Tool-Tech videos with a review of bottle openers, because a cold beer and wrenching on your favorite Ford is a match made in Heaven. However, that beer better be cold; Ice Cold. Nobody should have to suffer the indignity of tepid beer, especially not an SVTP Member. So if you’re out and about that means you’re going to need a cooler.

It just so happened that upstart outdoor merchandise manufacturer Tourit called us up and offered us the opportunity to test any of their products we were interested in. They claim unmatched quality and utility, so we were keen to check out their wares. While they have an extensive line of coolers, bags, and backpacks we quickly zeroed in on a fairly unique cooler. We requested the 30- Can Waterproof Backpack Cooler, more simply known as the Voyager... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Faith in S550 Restored - 2019 Bullitt Mustang Review

I’m not sure how to start this review. Normally I’d have some pithy anecdotes and a couple jokes, probably a jab at Dodge owners, to kick things off. Not this time though. What I have to say about the 2019 Bullitt Mustang is pretty simple. This car restored my faith in new Mustangs. I know that’s a pretty big statement, but it’s true.

You guys probably remember that a few years ago we picked up two 2015 Mustangs. One was an auto GT that received a Whipple blower, full Kooks exhaust, and custom tuning from Livernois Motorsports. The other was a manual EcoBoost with a full Kooks exhaust, Airaid Intake, MGW Shifter, and Livernois tuning. Before those cars we had a 2012 Yellow Blaze GT with a Magnuson blower. I liked all those cars. “Liked” is the key word. I didn’t love any of them. I like to love my cars; and while I only had a week with the 2019 Bullitt Mustang, I can see it being a car I would love... Click Here to Continue Reading...
#PITS 2019 | Three Years Strong and Growing

It's hard to believe it's been three years; but #PITS 2019 has come and gone, and now the Third Annual Ponies in the Smokies (#PITS) Show is in the record books. #PITS is easily one of the fastest growing Ford Centric events around, and if you take a look at the bones of the meet it's easy to see why. #PITS is a professionally ran event, held in a beautiful resort location during an affordable time of the year, and is supported by some of the best vendors in the industry.

As with most large automotive gatherings such as #PITS, my favorite part is getting to hang out with friends I don't get to see that often. Discussions abound concerning the highlights of the show field. Everyone I spoke with was pleased by the quality of the builds on display. Two in particular stood out to me. First was Ben O'Brien's 1993 SVT Cobra that underwent a 15 year long build/restoration after the original engine dropped a valve. His build philosophy closely aligned with my own, as he tried to build a modern take on the Cobra as Ford might have done it themselves. Ben has quite the SVT collection, so we'll probably be seeing a lot more from him in the future... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Ford Adds 'Black' Appearance Package to the Ranger

DEARBORN, Mich., March 25, 2019 – With the all-new Ford Ranger off to a strong start since the first trucks went on sale in January, Ford is already introducing a new Black Appearance Package, helping buyers further customize their Ranger to match their unique personal style.

More than two-thirds of all-new Ranger pickups are leaving showrooms optioned with either the Sport Appearance Package that adds unique wheels and Magnetic Gray-painted accents, or the Chrome Appearance Package with bright chrome wheels and chrome body accents... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Ford Adds 550 New Jobs to Expand Expedition Production

DEARBORN, Mich., March 19, 2019 – Ford Motor Company will again boost production of its hot-selling Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator this summer as both vehicles continue to gain share over their competitors in the large SUV segment.

Surging demand for Expedition and Navigator is driving an increase in production of 20 percent at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. Retail sales of the Expedition eight-passenger SUV surged 35 percent and it gained 5.6 percentage points in market segment share last year. Expedition’s average transaction price increased $11,700 and is now $62,700. Navigator sales grew 70 percent in 2018 from 2017, to 17,839 sold, giving Navigator its best sales year since 2007... Click Here to Continue Reading...
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