I have seen the slogan, "Ford has a better idea.
" used in one or two Ford advertisements at some point, and I am here to say that is just semantic BS in my humble opinion.
Sure, we could waste time trying to define the adjective 'better' as used in the slogan, but I refuse to allow misdirection to sully my point: I really hate working on Fords! Everything is bass-ackwards!!
And this weekend was just another reminder of why...
Long story short, my neighbor attempted a spark plug change on his 2003 F150 with the 4.6L V8 (230K miles), and it quickly devolved into a quagmire of crap that threw the original task out the window and replaced it with just getting it back together while minimizing any damage that might have been done in the process. And it didn't end until late tonight - Sunday (started Friday evening).
I wasn't initially involved in the deal, but when it became apparent that he could realistically not have a running truck come Monday morning, he asked me to help him do something...anything to undo whatever had been done. I agreed to help, but I hated every second of it!
But in the spirit of "You learn something new every day
", I can at least say that the whole sordid affair did teach me something I did not previously know - Ford V8s have a completely different numbering sequence for their cylinders than their domestic counterparts in Dodge and Chevy.
Instead of the familiar odd/even numbered cylinders in two banks (2/4/6/8
), Fords are numbered 1/2/3/4
WTFF?? (What the F***, Ford??
I don't know which is more surprising, that I've gone this long without actually knowing that fact, or that Ford considers straying from the norm so much as being a "...better idea.
With that in mind, I propose another acronym for the FORD moniker: