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Re: PC: Trains and Commercials

The Ford Couriers were actually made by Mazda.  Ironic now that Mazda trucks
are really Fords!
Just a little FYI

-----Original Message-----
From: alcoman <alcoman -AT- net.bluemoon.net>
To: kurtrain -AT- erols.com <kurtrain@erols.com>
Cc: penn-central -AT- smellycat.com <penn-central@smellycat.com>
Date: Friday, February 19, 1999 11:12 PM
Subject: Re: PC: Trains and Commercials

>ummm not to be nitpicky but the Fiesta was the Ford "World Car" of the
>1970's, the parts were made all over the world and it was supposedly made
>to meet the requirements of all the countries it was sold in..basically
>the Yugo was an updated Ford Fiesta...Ford Mini Trucks started out as
>Couriers and are now the Ranger..but I do remember the commercial you were
>talking about and I think it was for Full sized Ford Trucks.
>On Fri, 19 Feb 1999 kurtrain -AT- erols.com wrote:
>> Sorry that this isn't strictly on the subject of PC in commercials but I
>> remember a commercial from the late 70s for the new Ford mini-truck the
>> Fiesta.
>> To demonstrate its pulling capacity, the ad company rigged a train
>> coupler to a fifth-wheel style hitch in the bed of the truck-let. They
>> also outfitted it with Fairmont drop wheels like on the Track Supervisor
>> trucks of old. (They didn't have to narrow the wheelbase any though).
>> The truck was backed up to an open auto rack of you guess it, 15 Ford
>> Fiesta trucks, locked couplers with the auto-rack and proceeded to pull
>> the "loaded" auto rack behind the little truck.
>> The real catch was reading the disclaimer at the end of the commercial.
>> Basically something to the effect that the truck had a modified
>> transmission with a lower gear ratio to allow it to put out more torque
>> to the tires. I guess my fried John Lynch's Fiesta wouldn't have made
>> the pull.
>> FYI and I'm still full of silly useless trivia. God I love railfans.
>> Kurt Thompson
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