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Ford F-150 Pickups Mass At Dearborn Test Track Once Again

As ongoing global supply chain issues negatively impact The Blue Oval’s production, it’s not uncommon for incomplete vehicles -also known as “vehicles on wheels” – to pile up in storage lots at facilities owned by the automaker. For instance, plenty of unfinished Ford F-150 units are stashed at the Dearborn Development Center test track. These incomplete pickups started being parked there as far back as April 2021, and unfinished units of the F-150 Lightning showed up at the same place in May 2022. Now, Ford Authority spotted another group of F-150 pickups parked at the test track as they await parts prior to shipping out.

These particular Ford F-150 units appear to be gasoline-powered, and there also seems to be a Ford Transit van parked among them. Ford’s plan with these unfinished units, along with the other “vehicles on wheels” as a whole, is to begin fitting them with the pieces they are missing as they become available, and begin shipping them to dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Interestingly, many of these vehicles could be awaiting something as simple as a Blue Oval badge. The badges are supplied by a third party, and many examples of the Ford F-150 and other vehicles have been left bare-chested as said third party experiences supply difficulties. Unfortunately, FoMoCo CEO, Jim Farley, recently stated that he fully expects supplier issues to remain in play for the foreseeable future.

 

“I mean, bottom line is we think it’s going to happen continuing in the foreseeable future,” Farley said. “I think we’re very good at dealing with these now. We’re gotten better and better, more efficient in helping our suppliers find labor, whatever it takes.”

Despite these supplier issues and “vehicles-on-wheels” situation, The Blue Oval is continuing its quest to fix its quality issues, according to Farley, who recently said that “quality is my number one objective so we’re not going to release anything until it’s right.”

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. EcoBoost29579

    About 6 months ago, Ford had had the largest on-dealer-lot presence in my local area (within 100 miles) but now it’s one of the lowest. Not good.

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    1. RWFA

      Why not good? When a company is trying to move to a build to order model a glut of vehicles on dealer lots is a sign of failure.

      Reply
    2. Mike

      Ford dealers do not have any vehicles on their lots, because they are parked in other lots, waiting for chips. By the time they get the chips, install them, and transport the vehicles to the dealer, the 2023s will be out.

      Reply
      1. RWFA

        So? Better to have built vehicles that may fill a customer order and if not also hood to have some float to allocate to dealers.

        There is only upside in building to hold for completion.

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  2. AverageJoe

    I have been waiting for an f150 ordered in April build date was week of 9/26/22 unit was actually sent down the line on 10/04/22 and status is still listed as in production . For a company that builds an f150 every 52 seconds I am really starting to lose respect for Ford !

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    1. RWFA

      LoL. I suppose you could do it better.

      Reply
  3. Dave Mathers

    Think of how much money Ford is losing due to these ‘supply chain’ issues. The labour to transport them there, pay for security around them while parked and then have to transport them back. Scary.

    Reply
    1. RWFA

      Those costs you cited are essentially zero.

      What costs Ford are the vehicles it can’t build.

      Reply

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