Ford: Extreme Cold Weather Testing

We are not strangers to cold weather in Wyoming. The coldest recorded temperature in Wyoming was -66F (3rd coldest in the US according to here), so sometimes you might be a little nervous wondering if your vehicle is going to, well, just work.  I know I have experienced a completely frozen door before that refused to pull open no matter how hard I grabbed and pulled the handle with my 1.5″ biceps, that sucker was frozen solid.( It was 1989 pickup so not too surprised). So what do auto manufactures do to ensure your vehicle is going to work in cold weather?

They test it…in Florida!

No really, Florida is home to Eglin Air Force Base where the world’s largest climatic test facility is, The McKinley Climatic Laboratory. In order to improve vehicle performance and quality, Ford use this facility to test vehicles from the Focus to Superduty trucks to push limits of extreme weather testing.

“In this sophisticated, all-weather facility used by the U.S. Air Force to test every aircraft in the Department of Defense inventory, Ford engineers can get temperatures down as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit in a span of just 10 hours. The hot, humid climate of northwest Florida in August has no impact on conditions inside the lab – making it ideal for simulating winter in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay or Canada’s Yellowknife region”.

McKinley Climatic Lab

In remote oil fields in places such as North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, vehicles are not only a mode of transport out to these isolated places but sometimes are a lifeline for survival and safety, offering a shelter and perhaps just a warm place to be away from cold weather injuries.

Check out these videos of Ford testing at McKinley Climatic Laboratory

2016 FORD – Extreme Weather Testing Video

2017 Ford Super Duty Deep Freeze Testing


What Does A Spider Have To Do With Your Car?

Fellow arachnids, the shivers and sweats haunted me whilst I did my research on this, but it’s all worth it to bring you some good news.

The yellow-sac spider, is found throughout the US including Wyoming is the “least known clinically significant…capable of causing a painful bite with necrotic lesion” sometimes causing systemic effects. [1] If this wasn’t already bad enough, what if they got in your car and wreaked havoc?

Several automotive manufacturers have had issues with spiders such as clogging air conditioning parts causing pooled water to damage airbag modules which could lead to inadvertent deployment. Spiders can cause problems with webs in the fuel tank vapor lines which could clog them causing pressure problems and cracks.

According to Ford, instead of using webs to catch prey, these spiders build cocoon-like webs for shelter and to lay eggs. Their home is dense enough to potentially block fuel vapor lines, which can lead to engine damage and diminished vehicle performance.

David Gimby, Ford Fuel systems engineer says, ““These particular Arachnids are not sedentary – they are hunters and constantly roaming,” Gimby explained. “When it’s time to build a birthing cocoon or an over-winter cocoon, they seek a cavity or a depression, like a fuel vapor line opening, which allows them to maximize the use of their silk…Keeping fuel vapor lines clear is key to air and vapor circulation for a vehicle’s carbon canister, where fuel vapors are captured so they don’t enter the environment.” [2]

Do not despair, Ford has developed a new spider screen! They have had spider screens since 2004 but in an effort to constantly improve technologies, a new screen has been developed and will first be implemented in the 2016 Ford Focus RS (woohoo, thats the car I want.) Bye bye you little eight-legged freaks,I’m going to decorate my new 2016 Focus RS with pictures of the screen so you can tell all your spidey buddies not to bother with my car.

Just for you, here’s some facts on the yellow-sac spider

  • Throughout US
  • Indoors year round, mostly early autumn
  • Build a silken sac in upper corners of ceilings
  • Bite is a slight burning sensation
  • Some swelling
  • Male 4-8mm, Female 5-10mm
  • Pale yellow to green in color, legs and abdominal midline slightly darker
  • Very prone to bite defensively (more than other significantly venomous spiders) [1]

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Ford Supercar Designed By A Scot : Order Your GT Now

So I’m researching the new Ford GT, watching videos of the recent testing, when YouTube was kind enough to show me a related video by Ford Performance, Full Throttle: The Making of the Ford GT, and I hear a Scottish accent! Being from Scotland, living in Wyoming it stood out like a sore thumb. Moray Callum is the vice president, design, at Ford Motor Company. He leads design for all concept and production vehicles for Ford and Lincoln globally. “Callum, born November 1958, graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design. He also holds a master’s degree in transportation design from the Royal College of Art in London.” [1]

In a recent interview with a Scottish newspaper, Callum said, “Some of the cars I’ve designed in my career are similar to the drawings I did as a child. One of the things you learn is that you go in to it because you want to design cars for yourself, but you realise that you need to design cars for other people. But my tastes probably haven’t changed that much.” [2]

Bloomberg mentioned, Callum had his work cut out for him when he picked up a pencil to redesign one the most coveted cars in history—the Ford GT40.” [3]

Ford GT

Photo: Ford Media Center

The GT40 won the 24 Hr Le Mans race four consecutive times from 1966 to 1969. The car was built with intentions for endurance racing hence the GT which stands for grand touring. The 40 refers to the overall height of the car, 40 inches measured at the windshield. [4]

The all-new Ford GT goes into production in 2016. quoted Callum saying. “Our goal was to pay homage to the original Ford GT but do it 21st century in terms of material, design, and engineering.”

The all-new Ford GT supercar

Photo: Ford Media Center

2016 Ford GT

  • RWD
  • Lightweight (materials used include carbon fibre and aluminum)
  • Twin turbo Ecoboost V6 (600+ hp)
  • Deployable rear spoiler
  • Adjustable suspension
  • Carbon ceramic brake discs
  • Upward swinging doors
  • F1 style steering wheel

Thank you from a fellow Scot Moray Callum!

The Ford GT will be very limited in numbers. Greiner Motor Company of Casper Wyoming are currently taking orders for the new Ford GT, there are already 2 orders in the system and they will be sold on a first come first served basis to locals only. If you are interested in placing an order please contact us a (800) 442-3293.

Just listen to this, Ford GT and here’s another video that will make you smile.





How To: Wash Your Vehicle

According to distractify, the average American spends 4.3 years driving a car (in that time, you’ll cover enough distance to go to the moon and back 3 times). That is a long time your car is on the road, so unless your only driving inside a showroom that whole time, chances are, your car is going to get dirty. In Wyoming, we trudge through dirty snow in the winter and get blasted with sandstorms in the summer, not to mention dodging the tumbleweed and flying horse manure in between times. Ok, I exaggerated just a little, but the fact remains our vehicles still get dirty. Luckily we don’t have salt on the roads to deal with, which inherently leads to vehicle corrosion and whilst most modern day vehicle paintwork is fairly durable and resistant, it’s always good to take care of the bodywork to avoid environmental damage making sure you get the best trade-in value when the time comes.

What are swirl marks?Are you doing more damage than good though? How do you know?

“Swirls or spider webs on the surface of the car are thousands of micro-scratches that have a negative impact on the overall appearance. They are more noticeable on darker colored vehicles, and can easily be seen in direct sunlight or under the lights at night while in a parking lot.swirls

While there are many causes of swirls, the biggest culprit is improper washing and drying techniques. They can be avoided for the most part once you learn how to properly wash and dry a vehicle, as well as which materials to use. One trip to the automatic car wash (also referred to as swirl-o-matics), or a quick wipe down with the wrong kind of towel can quickly destroy 15 hours of machine polishing.” [1]

To get started on your car wash, you’ll need;

  • Hose
  • 3 Buckets (1 x clean hot water, 1 x car soap, 1 x clean water)
  • Sponge
  • Wheel Cleaner
  • Wheel Brush
  • Car Soap (Do not use dish soap!! It’s abrasive)
  • Chamois

Wheel CleanerStep One

Use your wheel cleaner first as the wheels are usually the most dirty. Never spray wheel cleaner on paintwork as it may damage it due to the chemicals used to get rid of the brake dust. Follow the manufacturers guidelines. Most of the time this will involve spraying the wheel with the cleaner, leave it for a couple minutes, then use your wheel cleaner brush to agitate and remove dirt and dust from those tough areas. Rinse your wheels and wheel arches when done.


Step Two

For best results, make sure the vehicle surface is cool to touch and in the shade. Rinse the whole vehicle with a hose starting at the roof and work your way down so you bring the dirt down and off the car. A hose with medium pressure is great, too much pressure can cause damage pushing the dirt further into the paintwork.

SpongeStep Three

Get your sponge and bucket filled with the car soap and clean water and a separate bucket of just water.
Follow manufacturers guidelines as to ratios they may vary between manufacturers, usually you only need a very small amount of soap. Starting from the roof, the the sides, and leave either the front or back to last (whichever is dirtiest). Be gentle with sponge as to not push dirt into the paint, the object is to try and ‘float’ it away. Do small sections at a time and after each section rinse out your sponge in the clean water bucket. If it becomes too soapy or dirty, refill as needed.

AVOID GOING IN CIRCLES! Use a straight line back and forwards approach. This is particularly important on darker colored vehicles. Before the soap dries onto the surface, rinse the soap off with the hose.

Step Four

Dip your chamois in the bucket of clean hot water, squeeze the water off the chamois. Pull it out to full size and gently drag it along small sections at a time. This will remove the water from rinsing and will avoids getting water marks. When the chamois gets to soaked with water from the vehicle, dip again in the hot water and repeat until your vehicle is gleaming. No one ever said this was going to be easy but look at this way, you’ll be burning calories and getting a great looking car, so everybody wins. Did I mention, AVOID GOING IN CIRCLES? If you have a compressor and air hose, lucky you, you can use that too to remove excess water by allowing the air to push the water off the panels. Remember to get in the crevasses and joints, door jams and sills.

Quick Tips;

Grit Guards are available to put in the bottom of your buckets to further help contamination of dirt/water/soap.

You can use a Microfiber towel instead of a Leather Chamois and here’s a link to some wheel cleaner brushes.

There will be a future blog on polishing and making your car show-worthy!

Do you have any tips or questions on washing/cleaning vehicle, please leave a comment below?

Which products have you found to work really well? Any products you have tried that don’t work?

[1]detailedimage, Todd Cooperider

Drift Mode….Say Whaaaaaaaat!?

Drifting is a motorsport where cars are driven sideways at high speed; the aim is to drive with as much speed and angle as possible, whilst maintaining control of the car.

“The history of drifting as we know it today goes way back to the 1960’s to the winding mountain roads of Japan. Back then a group of racers called the Rolling Zoku raced on the twisty mountain roads of Japan trying to set record times between point A and B.

As the racers improved and their lap times became faster, these racers started going over the grip limit of their tires. They found out that by going over the limit the car was still controllable. In the end it didn’t seem to be faster, but it sure was a outrageous and exciting way to show off car control skills. It was then that racers in Japan first studied this driving technique.” [1]

While drifting is a fairly new form of motorsport, it’s popularity increased after the movie Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift and professional rally driver Ken Block’s videos titled Gymkhana. Gymkhana 6 has over 28 million views on youtube and was done in the coolest looking Ford Fiesta ever. You can watch it right here, Gymkhana Six. Ford are also major sponsors of Formula Drift.

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So, who would be a better person than Ken Block to launch (pun intended) the 2016 Focus RS with launch control and drift mode. For some burbles, pops, purring, tire squealing and smoking without the pancakes type,  check out Ken Block tests 2016 Ford Focus RS.

The 2016 Ford Focus is expected to go on sale in North America in Spring 2016. It will be the first ever RS production model with selectable drive modes-normal, sport, track and drift. The high performance hatch will have a 2.3 liter Ecoboost low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger as well as being AWD with Dynamic Torque Vectoring.

“The system is based on electronically controlled twin clutch packs on each side of the rear-drive unit. The control unit continuously varies front-to-rear and side-to-side torque distribution to suit the driving situation – monitoring inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second. A maximum of 70 percent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle. Up to 100 percent of available torque can be sent to each rear wheel delivering the torque-vectoring capability that has a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability.” [2]

The official figures are 345hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. This is 35hp more than the 2.3 litre turbo used in the 2015 Ford Mustang, it also has more horsepower than the 292 hp Volkswagon Golf R and the 305hp Subaru WRX STI.

Other features will include an upgraded suspension with stiffer spring rates, more effective bushes and anti-roll bars, two-mode switchable dampers (one with a firmer setting for track use), optional performance tires for enhanced dynamics at the track, Brembo brakes, brake cooling ducts, large bore high performance exhaust with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe to balance back pressure and noise. Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, 19 inch lightweight forged alloys, front splitter, and Recaro sports seats will add to the finishing touches of this competitive hot hatch.

Not sure about you, but I’m already trying to decide which color! The Focus RS-exclusive Nitrous Blue, or the Stealth Gray, Shadow Black or Frozen White?

Now all we need is a track…….



Don’t Miss Out On Your Chance To Fly In The Ford Tri-Motor!

The Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft will be at Natrona County Airport, Casper Wyoming June 25th-28th at the Good Warbirds Hanger #1 (8220 Fuller Street).

So what’s so special about it you say? Well, the Ford Tri-Motor was the first all-metal, multi-engined commercial airliner! There was only 199 ever built, between 1926 and 1933. There is thought to be only 20 around today and a limited number that are actually airworthy. The Ford Tri-Motor led to the first paved runway and also led to the first airline terminal for passengers. It was also the first regularly scheduled passenger airline to operate. To put that into perspective, this was around the time the Ford Model-T was discontinued and the Ford Model-A is introduced.

Greiner Motor Company is sponsoring the Ford Tri-Motor event in Casper and during my visit to the hanger to take photographs, I was very proud to be wearing my Greiner badge as numerous guests approached me to say “Thank You” for sponsoring the event. We tend to take a lot for granted these days, and it was incredibly humbling to be able to see and ride in such a milestone marker for the way we live in society today.

Yes, you read that right, I got ride in the plane! Kathy, our HR director at Greiner was so scared and seen as she is flying to a conference next week-she said that is enough flying for her, so, she kindly gave up her seat for me. Kathy, I will be eternally grateful, It really is an amazing ride and I don’t think you would have been scared once you took-off.

It’s so smooth, gentle and actually quite relaxing. Its a little noisy but I was sitting right next to the rotary engine and prop so that is to be expected. We floated over Casper taking in the sites whilst the “air-conditioning” gently blew my way. You’ll have to get on a ride for yourself to see what I mean by “air-conditioning”.

To find out more about the Ford Tri-Motor check out

There are walk-up flights available, for more information call the crew at 970-379-8339

Host: EAA Chapter 9

Me and the Model A

First off, I’d like to start by introducing yours truly seen as I’m new to this job! My real name is Lauren but at the dealership, they like to call me wing nut (because I’m Scottish and once referred to the front fender on a vehicle as a ‘wing’ on a trade appraisal) which is fine by me. I’m proud that I’m a car enthusiast and it’s probably better than being called a motor head, which brings to mind long greasy hair and playing guitar.

I grew up in the motor trade, and have worked in various roles for several different brands in dealers across the pond and in ‘Merica. In Scotland, I was an active member of car clubs and regularly liked to drive at the drag strip, track days and attend shows with my sponsored 550hp tuned car.

My main position within Greiner Motor Company is the photographer, which I took on earlier this year. I have a degree in Photography and I love cars.

So when I got to work yesterday morning and the sales manager tells me I have to take photos of a Ford Model A, I have to admit I questioned it right away, this cannot be true, a Ford Model A isn’t exactly a common pre-owned vehicle in our inventory, but it was true! Knowing that the Model A is a piece of automotive history the excitement ran through my body like I’d just drunk a case of Red Bull. “In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Ford Model A was one of the most publicized and best-selling cars in America… Thousands of people were eager to see for themselves that “Henry’s made a lady out of Lizzie,” and they stormed Ford showrooms when the Model A debuted on December 2, 1927. In less than two weeks there were 400,000 orders, and Henry Ford could not keep up with the demand for his latest “gift” to an increasingly mobile nation. ” [1]. According to the corporate Ford website, the car was the first vehicle to have the iconic Blue Oval Logo and included features such as a safety glass windshield [2]. The engine was a 4 cylinder 3.3L producing around 40hp and had a top speed of 60mph. The price for a new Model A at the time ranged from $385 US Dollars to $1400 US Dollars depending on the style. Average yearly salary was around $900 US Dollars. [3]

I eagerly waited for the lot manager to get the keys. Our lot manager Art, is also a car enthusiast and he knew a lot more about the Model A than me so I listened to the fascinating stories he told me about his parents buying one back in the late 1930s. His parents were recently married and his father had a new job offer, so they took their Model A Coupe all the way from Eastern Iowa to New Orleans back then when the roads weren’t exactly autobahn material. Art told me, “remember to take a picture of the rumble seat”, a little bewildered I looked at him funny until he replied, “I’ll show you”. I had no idea what a rumble seat was so I had to experience it first hand. Very unladylike (trying not damage the car or fall upsides down in my skirt) I climbed on the purpose build steps and sat in the rumble seat. Not going to lie, I felt like the Queen for a second, but reality kicked in and with limited time I had to get to work and get the photos done.

The Model A that Greiner Motor Company took in on trade is a 1930 2dr Coupe, is original except for the rumble seat which was added later, and has remained in the same family (bought by grandma) it’s whole life until now. The asking price is in the high teens, if you would like more information on the car, please contact Sales Manager Bob Dixon on 800 442-3293 or 307 266-1680.

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