Pick-up trucks with some sort of SUV-type conversion used to be quite popular in Brazil at least until the late-'90s, with examples from that time still roaming around once in a while. Used not only by the public institutions for the most diverse roles such as ambulances and police vehicles, they also had its share of the market among the general public. It may seem at a first glance similar to the Ford Bronco Centurion Classic, a 4-door conversion which was done in the United States based on both the F-150 and F-350 to fill the gap left on the Ford domestic range by the absence of a long-wheelbase 4-door variant for the Bronco, even though this Brazilian Ford F-1000 has the short wheelbase of the F-150 regular-cab short-bed with a payload and GVWR closer to what a F-250 would be slotted into. With a wheel arch reaching the rear door on the right, it's easier to figure out it has a shorter wheelbase than its American counterparts which were based on a factory double-cab configuration which hasn't been officially available in Brazil during the production cycle of this generation of full-size Ford trucks.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Sunday, February 09, 2020
It's already known the Chevrolet 153 engine is among the most versatile powerplants ever made, and it could eventually retain some foothold in the new-car market at least in some regions with less strict emission rules given some technical updates such as multi-port fuel injection. But it had already been neglected long ago, with some models made by different GM divisions relying on other engine ranges even though the 153 could eventually fare somewhat better on them. At least 5 examples can be highlighted.
Saturday, February 08, 2020
Many aspects may lead to differences in the engine selection for some cars and trucks according to the market, such as emissions compliance, local content requirements and repurposing of an ancient engine in order to avoid investments on newer tooling to manufacture more advanced powerplants. Among those examples, at least 5 can be highlighted.
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Even though some gasoline-powered (and occasionally flexfuel) small-block V8 remains as the most usual option for those looking for an engine swap in the United States, a serious contender appeared when Cummins released its R2.8 crate engine with an aim set specifically at the repowering market. Even though its horsepower rating may not seem so outstanding at a first glance, not to mention other aspects such as the perception of a higher amount of cylinders as a premium feature, it became in fact quite competitive and can serve reasonably nearly every vehicle to which a small-block V8 would be more frequently applied. Among so many vehicles which could be a good receiver for the Cummins R2.8 crate engine, some which could be highlighted are...