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In regards to the Ford Engineers, I had the opportunity to sit and have dinner with Rick Bolt (Chief Program Engineer - Ford Ranger) back in December 2018 at a Ford Ranger event. Great guy. In fact, I've met a lot of people connected to the Ford Ranger program. And that is my point, there's a lot of people in the mix that make up the design, production and marketing of a vehicle. As the Chief Engineer, Rick has a group of designers that design the truck, and he was in the studio 3 or 4 times a week signing off on phases of a design. When you think of how many pieces make up a vehicle, all the bolts, and the fact that different people are working on different parts of the design, I can see how a bolt could end up in a weird spot, and the fact it was never caught in the design of the truck, car, or whatever you're working on.

According to Rick Bolt:

"A lot of people are involved in engineering a new product: all the engineering teams, design, purchasing, manufacturing. At any point in time, it ranged from 600 to 1,000 people that in some way were touching the (Ford Ranger) program, and you can’t interface with all those people regularly. So you have to build teamwork, a shared vision for what the product wants to be, and a message that they can all grasp onto when they’re doing their work."
 
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Part of the problem in engineering a vehicle is that service was typically brought in at design freeze. Unfortunately... service has little chance of making changes for serviceability at that point. GM's model started putting advanced service engineering way earlier in the game so necessary changes could stand a chance at being corrected before design freeze. We had access to all the math files for the vehicles and could sometimes makes changes we noticed with 3D modeling. I believe servicing vehicles has gotten better over the years... some things they just can't change.
 

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@Jim Oaks all locker room banter aside we're all here because we love at least one of Ford's products. Good engineering & product development are big parts of that. There are quite a few people on staff I'd probably buy a beer for.

...but not whoever soldered the fuel pump relay into the back of the in-cabin fuse panel on the 5.4 full sizes. No soup for that guy. ;missingteeth;
 

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@Jim Oaks all locker room banter aside we're all here because we love at least one of Ford's products. Good engineering & product development are big parts of that. There are quite a few people on staff I'd probably buy a beer for.

...but not whoever soldered the fuel pump relay into the back of the in-cabin fuse panel on the 5.4 full sizes. No soup for that guy. ;missingteeth;
Its no longer a fuse box... It’s a “smart” junction box. :rolleyes:
 

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So. Wait. Do we have new people for me to p*ss off?
 

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Supposedly, we do but the names have not been announced yet.
 

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Well. Not this guy!


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