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Old 12-04-2012, 01:57 PM   #32
Gnarly Adventurer
Joined: Feb 2007
Location: SW MN & Flatistan when it snows
Oddometer: 474
fleet order cost cutting...

From the 70s to the 90s I worked for what is now Hostess Brands. They bought a couple hundred Econolines and they became instant rust buckets. Seemed like Ford really cut back on the paint on that fleet sale. In '97 I bought a new pickup, thought it was an individual order it was pretty much a fleet spec- plane Jane Ranger XL with steel wheels, hubcaps, and painted bumpers. Cab and box are doing OK, but underneath it's turning into a real horror story- the brake mechanisms are rusting out and I'm having to replace them every 5 years or so.
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