Shults Ford of Harmarville Involved in Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure

Recently, the Bierker family was presented a Warrior Quilt by Paul Letso, one of our very own Shults Ford of Harmarville employees.  Rachele Beirker entered to win the quilt for the Mother’s Day Race for the Cure and they are definitely excited to be able to display this Warrior Quilt in their home and know that people are everywhere are fighting for a cure for breast cancer..

So what exactly is a Warrior Quilt?

The Neighborhood Ford Store has partnered with the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure for the Annual Warrior Quilt Project.  Warrior Quilts are made of fabric squares that are decorated at a Neighborhood Ford Store booth at the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure.  The squares are filled with messages of hope and encouragement; they honor breast cancer survivors, as well as remembering loved ones who have passed.  These quilts remind us all how many people breast cancer affects, but they also show us that we are doing everything we can to defeat it.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, there are several quilts donated to across the United States, to hospitals, clinics, and breast cancer treatment centers.

We were so proud to be able to present a Warrior Quilt to Rachele Bierker and her family and if you would like to find out more about how you can help in the fight against breast cancer, visit the Neighborhood Ford Store booth and the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure!

2015 Ford F-150 Went Into Testing Long Ago

It’s no secret that the 2015 Ford F-150 has been in testing for awhile.  We found out that an all-aluminum 2014 Ford F-150 was entered into the Baja 1000 off-road race, so that is no longer a secret.  But are there still secrets Ford has been keeping from us?  The answer is yes!

Ford is quickly becoming the master of disguise when it comes to testing new vehicles and they were able to pull off quite the feat with the all-aluminum F-150.  What are we talking about exactly?  Well, it seems that Ford has been testing the all-aluminum body for much longer than we thought.

Back in 2011, Ford built six F-150’s of the then-current F-150 generation and used aluminum for the cargo box, which is undoubtedly the most used and abused part of the truck.  They sent these six trucks off to three companies across the country to be used.  The catch?  Those three companies had no idea that they were receiving trucks with aluminum cargo boxes.

Denis Kansier, the F-150 prototype lead engineer explained the reasoning for this.  “This secret testing almost immediately yielded results and lessons we have rolled into the all-new F-150.  For example, we made the cargo box floor thicker to improve strength, and we made modifications to the tailgate based on lessons we learned through customer usage.”

Do you think secret public testing of the all-aluminum F-150 was a risky move?  Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we would love to hear your opinions!

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30th Anniversary All Ford-Powered Show Hosted by Shults Ford in Harmarville

Do you want a chance to show off your beloved Mustang?  Or maybe you don’t own a Mustang, but you would love to show off your Ford-powered vehicle?  Well, you are in luck!  Shults Ford in Harmarville is hosting the 30th Anniversary All Ford-Powered Show on Sunday, June 22nd and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit The Schaab Foundation!

This event will be happening rain or shine!  You can pre-register by June 16th for Express Check-in, which is only $10.  The registration fee after June 16th will go up to $12.  Don’t hesitate to register because the first 125 registrants will receive a Dash Plaque and the chance at a great door prize!  Registration on the day of the event will be between 9:00 am and 11:00 am, no exceptions!  There will be no refunds and you must be present to receive your pre-registration items.

There will be 3 awards in each class, not to mention a ‘Best of Show’ and ‘Dealer’s Choice Awards’.  Judging will begin at noon at the awards will be announced by 2:30 pm.

You can expect spectator admission to be free, a DJ, a door prize, a basket raffle, activities for the kids, and food and beverages.

You can find the classes for each vehicle below!  We are excited for you to join us in the 30th Anniversary All Ford-Powered Show at Shults Ford in Harmarville!

30th Anniversary All Ford-Powered Show

Mark Fields to Replace Alan Mulally as Ford CEO

After 8 years at the head of Ford, Alan Mulally announced his retirement and the official date is set for July 1st of this year.  At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we were saddened by this news because Mulally has been a great CEO for the company over his 8 years at the helm and has even been called a “hall-of-fame CEO” by Bill Ford, Henry Ford’s great-grandson.  Our spirits were lifted however, when the new CEO was announced.  Mark Fields, Ford’s current Chief Operating Officer will be stepping up and filling Mulally’s shoes come July!

 

Fields has been with The Blue Oval for the past 25 years and has been training for this position for several of those 25.  Mulally could not be more confident in handing the reigns over to Fields and claims that he has “nothing left to teach or talk to Mark about.”

 

While we are still not sure who will be replacing Fields as the Chief Operating Officer, we can say with confidence that we know Ford will appoint someone with the same dedication to the company as both Fields and Mulally have exhibited throughout the years.

 

We wish all the best to Alan Mulally and we thank him for everything he has done for Ford.  We also want to wish the best of luck to Mark Fields and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for the future of Ford!

Alan Mulally

Line Lock Burnout Feature New for the Ford Mustang

line lock burnout feature

If you are an avid fan of drag racing, whether it’s watching or participating, then you probably already know what the Line Lock burnout feature on the new Ford Mustang will entail.  For those of you that don’t, here is a little overview.

Line Lock is a system that can electronically lock the front brakes, so when you step on the gas, you can produce big, smoky burnouts that will give off the smell of burning rubber like no other.  This all happens without the Mustang moving as much as an inch.  The Line Lock burnout feature really isn’t that uncommon and can be seen in drag racing, like stated above, but now Ford is moving towards making it a more common feature on the everyday road.

If you have been saving every extra penny you can for the new Ford Mustang, you should probably start saving more.  All that extra rubber-burning you plan on doing will wear down your tires at a much faster rate than normal.  Luckily, at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we can help you out with all of you tire and other service needs!

Interested in seeing the Line Lock burnout feature in action?  Check out the video below!

The 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible Takes to the Big Apple

2015 Ford Mustang convertible

As many of you know, the Ford Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary recently and to commemorate the last 50 years, Ford celebrated in the same way it did with the very first Ford Mustang convertible: the put the 2015 Ford Mustang convertible on top of the Empire State Building.  It’s sitting on the 86th floor observation deck to be exact.

As a country, we may be more technologically advanced than what we were 50 years ago, but the Mustang had to make its way to the top just like it did 50 years ago; on the only freight elevator.  In order to do this, it had to be cut in precise measurements to make sure it would fit on the elevator and then be rebuilt when it reached the top.

From the videos below, those of us at Shults Ford of Harmarville can see what a time consuming and difficult project this was.  This Michigan-based company built a mockup of the freight elevator, and then practiced the cuts on a second pre-production Ford Mustang convertible.  They were ready when it came time to make the cuts on the Mustang being taken to the top.

The result certainly is astounding!  What better way to celebrate the past 50 years of greatness?

Ford, Australia, and a Talking Car

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We have learned throughout time that being able to talk to our technology and have it talk back, like in the case with Apple’s Siri, is not always fool proof and can sometimes end up being more of a hindrance than a help.  But what if technology like that used with Siri could eventually expand to bigger technology, like, let’s just say, a car?  Maybe even have it go as far as the vehicle can not only speak, but it has a personality of its own?  At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we know that you probably already think of your Ford as part of your family, but if it had its own personality, it truly would seem to be like one of your very own.

While something like that might be a few years down the road from turning into reality, we can still toy with the idea.  Ford Australia decided to pull the classic talking car prank and Aussie’s reactions were priceless.

In a new commercial for the Ford EcoSport compact crossover, those from Down Under seem pretty calm about holding a conversation with a randomly parked talking car, even when they are asked to get in the car, call a celebrity, and tell that celebrity a joke.  Check out the video below for some great takes of this “talking” car and those unsuspecting individuals that get the chance to interact with it.

1969 Shelby GT500 Found in a Barn

At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are all about great finds when it comes to cool cars, but this most recent find is not only amazing, it’s rare.  This discovery is none other than an unrestored, one-owner 1969 Shelby GT500, but that’s not even the best part.  It only has 8,531 miles on it!

A man named Larry Brown, who recently passed away, owned the Shelby GT500, and since he had no wife or children to pass his things on to, the car will be auctioned off by Ron Gilligan Auctioneers.

The Mustang is still in pristine condition, having never been driven in the rain, as well as having garbage bags covering the seats and double floor mats covering the carpet.  These precautions have helped to keep the car in amazing condition, especially considering it has been sitting in a barn for a number of years.

Mechanics say the 1969 Shelby GT500 is in great shape and with a new battery and a freshly filled gas tank, the 45 year old car started right up.  According to Auto Trader Classics, a 1969 GT500 with over 75,000 miles on it goes for just under $90,000, but since Brown’s car has 8,531 miles, we are sure it will go for much more than that.

Interested in the auction?  It will be held on April 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM EST.  Check back for more details that are to come!

1969 Shelby GT500

New 2015 Ford F-150 to Hurt Ford Profits?

Some say Ford is taking a big risk with its introduction of the aluminum alloy body, others think it’s a genius idea to make America’s favorite truck 700 pounds lighter.  Regardless of your opinion, Ford has recently stated that the production of the newest Ford F-150 will probably take a toll on profits for the short term.

To prepare for the newest edition to the F-series family, Ford is shutting down its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan for 11 weeks and the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri for 2 weeks.  In these 13 weeks, no Ford F-150’s will be produced, more than likely causing profits on the #1 truck to dip.

Ford isn’t expecting to have another record-setting year like they did in 2013 due to closing down those plants for over two months, but rest assured, there will be plenty of Ford F-150’s in supply during the retooling process.  With the F-150 being 31% of the 2013 Ford sales in the United States, they will work to make sure those trucks are still available while they prepare for the new 2015 Ford F-150.

We know that the idea of closing a couple of manufacturing plants for a couple of months can be a little nerve wracking when it comes to truck enthusiasts, but at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we will be sure to keep our Ford F-150’s in stock to keep up with the high demand of America’s favorite pickup!

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‘Tis the Season to Purchase a Christmas Tree!

Shults Ford Christmas Tree Sale

Looking for that perfectly symmetrical, full, luscious, green Christmas tree to decorate and set in your house for the holiday season?  Look no further!  The DVE Christmas Tree Sale to benefit Junior Achievement is this Saturday, December 7th at Shults Ford of Harmarville, starting at 8:00 a.m.!

The first 102 people to buy a tree will receive a pair of tickets to the Three Rivers Classic Games on Friday, December 27th at the Consol Energy Center.  This year, the Three Rivers Classic Games will feature hockey teams from Robert Morris, Penn State, Boston College, and Bowling Green State University.

But that’s not all!

Also going to the first 102 Christmas tree purchasers will be a $40 gift certificate from ESSpa Kozmetika and a coupon for 3 free pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory!   McDonald’s will also be providing breakfast sandwiches to those looking to purchase a tree, while supplies last.

Remember, all proceeds from the Christmas tree sale will directly support the Junior Achievement Programs in schools all across western Pennsylvania, so not only will you benefit, but you will be helping a worthy organization at the same time!

So grab the family, your favorite Christmas tunes, and your holiday spirit and hurry on down to Shults Ford of Harmarville this Saturday and be one of the lucky people to not only take home a beautiful and affordable tree for the holidays, but also receive a pair of tickets, a spa gift card, and pretzel coupons!

A special thank you to Musser Forest in Indiana, Pennsylvania for providing us with the beautiful trees this year, as well as all of our amazing sponsors that are helping to make this event possible!

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