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A number of posters have recently received build dates on their orders [Longboard, dado6, etc.] It would be helpful IMO if these build dates could be tracked for delays, postponements, and so forth.

Also anyone who has received a VIN should soon be able to post a build date and track it.

With all the waiting time for initial orders to show up in Ford's system, and for VIN assignment, tracking the build dates and delivery dates will help everyone get the big picture for how extended this roll-out might end up being.

Thanks in advance.

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I wish I can find out the delivery date of my van , it was built on 8-22 , my dealer told me the first week of Sept then the 2nd and now they don't know for sure when.
 

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My build week starts two weeks from tomorrow.
I'm hoping to report by THREE weeks from tomorrow that it has been built, but it's very possible it could take two months or more to be delivered despite a current delivery week of October 20th.
I doubt there will be any pattern established since the different sizes will be built in batches, and delivery vehicles are still being prepared with a mix of providers including currently being modified rail cars and Ryder rental trucks.
 

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Thanks Longboard, good point, but I am just wondering if an overall pattern of further delays develops (or not). Njhw appears to have a similar case in point -- built on 8/22 but he can't find out the delivery date (now over 3 weeks later).

Hmmmmm, Ford . . . . ?
 

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Thanks, that's great to see. I had assumed that all high roofs shipped so far had been pre-production models, sounds like maybe the plant is running fine for all configurations and at least some rail cars have been successfully converted to handle the tall ones.
Maybe I WILL start planning on a late October delivery as projected.
 

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This 60-day period means that orders placed today should be delivered before Thanksgiving. Hopefully this will hold true, although after the slow roll-out so far, it remains to be seen.

Now the company needs to get actual vehicles with all the basic configurations on dealer lots so we can see the details and place orders. So far this aspect of the roll-out has not happened in our area.

In particular, it will be interesting to sit in the back seats of the wagon in both the low and medium roof versions to check out passenger mobility and clearance to the roof, plus the remove-ability of the bench seats and the rear A/C grey hump on the left vs. sliding a sheet of plywood flat on the floor, clear of the right wheel well.

Good luck to all on the fulfillment of their existing orders!
 

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High Roof 148 250 Cargo (NW Michigan)

Dealer submitted Cargo Van order 28 August. Received VIN from dealer today with expected build week of 10/13. Delivery schedule unknown. Location is northwest Michigan.

Van is High Roof 148 Wheelbase (not extended) Silver 250 Cargo, 3.7L with CNG prep kit, full towing with controller. full privacy glass w/2nd row vent, Sirus Sync radio, 4 smart keys, running board, short arm heated turn signal mirrors, cruise, HD alt and dual batteries, user defined switches, rear view camera and backup sensor, keyless entry keypad, front carpet, alloy wheels, aux heat prep kit, and a few more little options.

Went with 3.7 since you can not get 3.5 with 3.73 rear end with high roof, except as part of “Ambulance Package (late availability)”. Towing for 3.5 with 3.31 is about 5800 pounds, 3.5 with 3.73 is about 7000, and 3.7 with 4.10 is about 6600. The 5800 towing was too small for my potential needs (towing car on trailer after camper conversion). Liked the 3.5 eco, but wanted high roof and towing more. I am sure I will get used to 3.7 power levels and expect better reliability than 3.5 eco.
 

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fright rail backups may be delaying deliveries

Read a report the other day about the severe congestion of freight rail traffic in the US -- especially in the center of the country and the eastern seaboard.

Rail freight carriers are giving priority to crude oil tanker tains to get the oil from from the Dakota oil fields to refineries in the East and the Gulf Coast. Very good profits for the rail companies with this steady high demand business.

Farmers are complaining bitterly that they are not getting their crops to market because frieght cars to carry them are unavailable.

Getting Transits from the factory in Kansas City to dealers out across the country make also be impacted by this shortage of rail freight capacity.
 

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Read a report the other day about the severe congestion of freight rail traffic in the US -- especially in the center of the country and the eastern seaboard.

Rail freight carriers are giving priority to crude oil tanker tains to get the oil from from the Dakota oil fields to refineries in the East and the Gulf Coast. Very good profits for the rail companies with this steady high demand business.

Farmers are complaining bitterly that they are not getting their crops to market because frieght cars to carry them are unavailable.

Getting Transits from the factory in Kansas City to dealers out across the country make also be impacted by this shortage of rail freight capacity.
Wonder why Ford does not allow factory delivery to alleviate their shipping problem. I know for $995 savings I would pickup my van at the factory.
 

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Wonder why Ford does not allow factory delivery to alleviate their shipping problem. I know for $995 savings I would pickup my van at the factory.
The dealers would go berserk if they did that. Hard to sell a guy a $500 wax job if he isn't forced to deal with the "finance" department.
 

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Thanksgiving Turkey!

Ordered beginning of June - Tried to avoid any "late availability" options, but otherwise loaded it up.

Middle of June - Rechecked to make sure the were no late availabilities on order. Found one.

Middle of August - Went back thru options ordered - Oh darn, remote starter is now late availability; removed it.

September 10th - The VIN arrived!

September 17th - Build week is November 24th; Happy Thanksgiving!
 

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Here's hoping, Dale, that your delivery is on time!

But it sounds like the 60-day order-to-delivery promise in the article posted by KilWerBzz is off a bit.
 

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My dealer has no clue, I got dates from them, first week of August to first week of September it's like they're not in sync ,now my van is built on 8-22 but no date on delivery it could be next year for all I know.
 

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Njhw,

Very possible that your already built van is sitting lined up with many others on a lot next to the factory in Kansas City waiting for shipping availability. See the rail capacity shortage note I posted above.

Does anyone on this forum ever have a drive-by view of the Kansas City Ford plant?
 

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Thanks John it's very possible! I did a google earth search on the plant ,it's huge! I think I saw my van on the parking lot, that poor thing sitting in the hot sun for almost 4 weeks now, I better not see any cracks on the leather seats!
 

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but all kidding aside I wish they were more informative, I'm sure they can call The plant and find out what the holdup is.
 

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O.k., so I put a $500 deposit on mine, if I back out I lose it.
If it's built but can't be shipped, and FoMoCo refuses to allow me to pick it up myself,
it sits and rots and undergoes the very processes that allow the systems to degrade according to their own research, what should MY compensation be?
They in good faith estimated a delivery week, but due to shipping delays beyond their control can't even come close to it, yet refuse my offer to come to the rescue at my own expense.
Look for a guy on the evening news camped under the overpass holding a wad of hundreds totaling over $40,000 with a sign saying "GIVE ME MY VAN Edsel & Mark!"
 
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