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In a word, Fire hazard! Ford and GM were in the Ambulance and school bus business. There were several bus accidents with devastating fires that took a lot of lives and same in the other heavy use vehicles such as ambulances and tow trucks etc. The law suits were piling up big time. Navistar designed the V8 diesel to replace it's gas engines in the school busses and the V8 would basically be a bolt in change. Ford was under the gun to do something fast and made the deal with Navistar to supply their needs til they could get their own program on board( think 6.0). Same in the heavy farm equipment market. Engine fires on tractors and combines and resultant law suits are the reason IHC no longer exists! Even tho they had a good diesel option available, the gas option was considerably cheaper to buy but soon became the reason they had to get out of the equipment business to avoid further liability losses on the considerable amount of old units still in service.