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Old 12-26-2001, 09:59   #1 (permalink)
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No Holiday For Ford

While most of the automotive manufacturing industry is winding down for Christmas, a team of Ford employees is winding up for a critical work period. Around 1000 employees will be on the job at Ford's Broadmeadows and Geelong operations throughout the Christmas/New Year holidays installing equipment critical to the successful launch of the new Falcon in the latter part of next year as well as undertaking general maintenance. Major projects at the Broadmeadows Assembly Plant worth more than $10 million will get underway, including installation of a new state-of-the-art, computerized welding facility to build the engine bay of the Falcon plus additional laser-technology wheel alignment facilities. In Geelong, the Stamping Plant is building a new high-technology $7 million robotic Falcon rear-floor assembly facility while the Powertrain Plant has $9.6 million worth of line upgrades happening as part of a new engine program. Ford engineers and maintenance employees will be working with suppliers to ensure the new systems are up and running when the plants resume operation on January 16, 2002.
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Poor bastards! Says he who's sitting at work awaiting the ok to re-open Canberra roads.. :s6:
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Old 12-26-2001, 14:39   #4 (permalink)
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Old 12-26-2001, 14:55   #5 (permalink)
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Hehe...other Ford employees (ie. me) will actually have a chance to "play" with the 220kW and 250kW T-Series. There's NO WAY we could have got a chance to drive them with everyone else around waiting for a chance to drive it. Who's a poor bastard now.....:bs2:
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Hehe...other Ford employees (ie. me) will actually have a chance to "play" with the 220kW and 250kW T-Series. There's NO WAY we could have got a chance to drive them with everyone else around waiting for a chance to drive it. Who's a poor bastard now.....:bs3:
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Hehe...other Ford employees (ie. me) will actually have a chance to "play" with the 220kW and 250kW T-Series. There's NO WAY we could have got a chance to drive them with everyone else around waiting for a chance to drive it. Who's a poor bastard now.....:bs2:
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My drive of the T-Series.

Being one of the poor suckers that had to come into work, I quickly forgot about it when I got the chance to drive down the Hume in a T-Series. I have to admit that I didn't trash it to it's peak but that's because I didn't need to. The colour was the new blue (the one the 250kW ute was at the motorshow) and it certainly caught people's eye. Being that I was driving in B'meadows, that was enough I found.

But the acceleration was just quite something else. I only took it up to 80km/h (last thing I wanted was to get booked!!) but I reached it in no time (torque to burn!!!). I locked it in 2nd gear after the second set of lights so I could hear the high revving engine and it sounded sweet! The handling was very good as well (as I expected) and the brakes were also excellent (car was fitted with Brembo option). Unfortunately, my salary is nowhere near enough to be able to afford such a beast but hey, I can only dream. My new ambition, get one of these monsters into my driveway!

The only bad thing about it was the seats. But that's because I'm a big fan of bucket sports seats. But apart from that, it was all good. You should have seen the smile on my face when I was driving down the Hume in it. Guess I'm just a lucky prick.....I don't know how I'm going to get my mind back to work now!
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Being one of the poor suckers that had to come into work, I quickly forgot about it when I got the chance to drive down the Hume in a T-Series. I have to admit that I didn't trash it to it's peak but that's because I didn't need to. The colour was the new blue (the one the 250kW ute was at the motorshow) and it certainly caught people's eye. Being that I was driving in B'meadows, that was enough I found.

But the acceleration was just quite something else. I only took it up to 80km/h (last thing I wanted was to get booked!!) but I reached it in no time (torque to burn!!!). I locked it in 2nd gear after the second set of lights so I could hear the high revving engine and it sounded sweet! The handling was very good as well (as I expected) and the brakes were also excellent (car was fitted with Brembo option). Unfortunately, my salary is nowhere near enough to be able to afford such a beast but hey, I can only dream. My new ambition, get one of these monsters into my driveway!

The only bad thing about it was the seats. But that's because I'm a big fan of bucket sports seats. But apart from that, it was all good. You should have seen the smile on my face when I was driving down the Hume in it. Guess I'm just a lucky prick.....I don't know how I'm going to get my mind back to work now!
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