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In case you haven’t heard the news, J Mays is retiring from Ford. As group vice president and chief creative officer of Blue Oval design he’s kind of a big deal. But that’s not the extent of his achievements. Mays’ automotive career spans more than three decades with tenure at companies far beyond the one headquartered Dearborn, Mich.
He’s played pivotal roles in countless iconic designs, whether as the man pushing pencils, the person sculpting clay or the leadership guiding an entire department. Styling is a team effort; it’s hard to pin any one job on a single person. Really it’s the product of a thousand minds and twice as many hands.
Whether he was a stylist in the trenches or a manager in the corner office here are the Top 10 Vehicle Designs J Mays has played a roll in.
A recall has been issued out for owners of 1997-2004 Ford F-150s, 1997-1999 F-250s and 2002-2003 Lincoln Blackwoods to address a fuel tank strap that has become susceptible to corroding due to de-icing chemicals used on roads in cold weather. Owners of affected vehicles will receive a recall notice in mid-September and replacement straps will be installed on their vehicles. If the straps aren’t available when the recall repairs are done, an interim repair utilizing a cable support under the fuel-tank strap will be installed.
The defect has already lead to three unfortunate fires and one injury according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It’s had two attempts at making a luxury truck, first with the Blackwood and then the less lavish Mark LT, a version of which is still sold in Mexico. But there are rumors that Lincoln might try building a pickup again – question is, could the third time be lucky? Insiders at Ford say it might just work.
However, given that Ford’s current F-150 spans a huge range of configurations and pricing – with the upper crust Platinum costing more than a Super Duty rig, if Lincoln does decide to re-enter the pickup market, it will likely be based on the larger S-D pickup – possibly a F-250 3/4 ton truck with a stretched cab, similar to Ram’s current Mega Cab.
Although there’s no official word from Dearborn, if Ford’s premium division does decide to go the truck route, expect it to embody some of the ideas seen on the Super Chief concept from back in 2006, including perhaps the club chairs and healthy amounts of wood and leather, though it’s highly unlikely the triple-fuel engine will make the cut.
News of this new product for Lincoln comes as a Lincoln dealer meeting has revealed plans by the Ford luxury brand to launch a new flagship model inspired by the classic Continental.
GALLERY: Ford F-250 Super Chief Concept
[Source: Pickup trucks.com]