97up-list-digest Tuesday, July 7 1998 Volume 01 : Number 141



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - '97 F-150 Problem Paint
FTE 97up - Auxilliary Fuel Tank
FTE 97up - 97 Wheels falling off
Re: FTE 97up - SuperDuty early impressions
FTE 97up - Re: Slick 50 and the 99 Powerstroke
Re: FTE 97up - Auxilliary Fuel Tank
Re: FTE 97up - SuperDuty early impressions
Re: FTE 97up - Auxilliary Fuel Tank
FTE 97up - ADMIN: Expanded products page, 100s of items
FTE 97up - FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: Forgot the URL!

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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 07:14:09 -0400
From: "Joel Sturm"
Subject: FTE 97up - '97 F-150 Problem Paint

Hi,

At the corner formed by the cab roof and the side panel, the black paint
is blistering and peeling. The affected area is about the size of a
half-dollar. Under it and the primer, probably, is some factory solder.

Has anyone else had the same or a similar problem with their black
paint? I'd like to have some evidence of a trend to take to my dealer:
this will help with a warranty claim.

Thanks in advance,

Joel sturm

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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 07:15:16 -0400
From: Charles Hosier
Subject: FTE 97up - Auxilliary Fuel Tank

My 97 F-150 extended cab/short bed came standard with the 25 gallon
fuel tank. Anyone know of a good after market aux tank and how much
additional fuel it will hold or can my truck be retrofitted somehow with
the factory aux tank which could have been added when the vehicle was
first on the assembly line?

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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 06:24:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: Carlos Lawton
Subject: FTE 97up - 97 Wheels falling off

Is Ford supposed to be performing the recall work concerning the
wheels falling off? My co-worker just had his rear wheel fall off, but
he never got a recall letter. My dealer told me "we don't have the
parts yet, so all we're doing is tightening the lug nuts" Doesn't it
seem like this is a serious problem that needs to be corrected before
someone gets killed?




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DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 09:26:10 -0400
From: Chad Royse
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - SuperDuty early impressions

I like mine a lot better than my 97. I went from a 97 F250HD 460 E4OD 4x4 SC LWB to
a 99 F250SD V-10 4x4 SC LWB. The ride is so much better on the 99, it's a lot
quieter, and I've already noticed some mileage improvements. Here's my only gripes:
the steering is twitchy compared to the 97, it seems to be a little more susceptible
to cross winds, the cup holders in the dash are sturdy but don't work well, and there
are no more cup holders to be found (people in the back are SOL).

Chad

The Hepburn wrote:

> Hi all.
>
> Now that the '99s have been out for a while and people have
> been driving them, what are the early impressions? Has anyone
> had any problems with them? How is the new PowerStroke working?
> Is the fuel mileage good?
>
> I'm thinking about upgrading my '90 F350 and would like to get a
> feel for how people like the '99s.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Alan Hepburn | |
> National Semiconductor | Proud to be part of the |
> Santa Clara, Ca | Vast Right Wing Conspiracy |
> alanh galaxy.nsc.com | |
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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 09:32:31 EDT
From: JDavis1277 aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Slick 50 and the 99 Powerstroke

Steven,
As Ken said, don't use that stuff in your expensive engine. I recommend you
zoom over to www.abol.com/users/jlester/ and check out all the great stuff
Jason has posted on Ford diesels. Lots of good stuff on engine oil. Shell
Rotella is recommended and you can get it at Wal-Mart. Think about changing
the oil yourself or using your Ford dealer. At least if you use your dealer,
you can get other maintenance work done at the same time. My dealer will use
the oil I provide without a problem and cut my cost by that much. Butch
Davis-
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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 06:36:39 -0700
From: WiNk
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Auxilliary Fuel Tank

A factory engineer warned me not to put another tank on the vehicle. Also,
he said that topping off the tank would cause some real grief. I asked him
what someon would do out in the woods with the topping off issue. He
replied that it is best to be very careful in that case.

Maybe further investigation would clairfy his commints.



Charles Hosier wrote:

> My 97 F-150 extended cab/short bed came standard with the 25 gallon
> fuel tank. Anyone know of a good after market aux tank and how much
> additional fuel it will hold or can my truck be retrofitted somehow with
> the factory aux tank which could have been added when the vehicle was
> first on the assembly line?
>
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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 18:13:29 EDT
From: RAMWORKER aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - SuperDuty early impressions

Hi Chad,

Have them check your wheel alignment, if it's correct, see if you can get
them to dial in another degree or two of caster. It won't wear your tires,
and will help your susceptibility to cross winds, directional stability and
self centering steering.

Best Regards,
Robert Stout

In a message dated 7/6/98 8:27:25 AM Central Daylight Time,
chadlyr ix.netcom.com writes:


the steering is twitchy compared to the 97, it seems to be a little more
susceptible
to cross winds, >>
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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 18:24:57 EDT
From: RAMWORKER aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Auxilliary Fuel Tank

Hi Charles,

I can recommend Transfer Flow, check out http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.transferflow.com
I have a thirty-eight gallon auxiliary tank and can tell you that it is
factory level quality with all the little details that make it look like a
factory install, like rubber insulators between the tank and straps with good
workmanship.
I also have a sixty gallon replacement Aero Tank which I would not recommend,
poor quality, leaks and bad welds. But Aero was the only company that offered
my configuration. In addition, on another truck, I have a Northwestern
replacement tank that is not as slick as the Transfer Flow, and I guess I
would recommend them, but I've sure been spoiled by Transfer Flow.

Best Regards,
Robert Stout

In a message dated 7/6/98 6:15:53 AM Central Daylight Time,
chuckhosier earthlink.net writes:


additional fuel it will hold or can my truck be retrofitted somehow with
the factory aux tank which could have been added when the vehicle was
first on the assembly line? >>
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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 23:45:45 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Expanded products page, 100s of items

Many members of Ford Truck Enthusiasts have long asked about
discounts on products and its finally done. We don't have a
shopping cart or secure shopping yet, simply a products page
with prices. We're working on the cart, then the secure
on-line ordering.

Included are items for both old and new trucks:

- - Ford Truck Enthusiasts static cling window sticker.
- - Ford Truck And Ranchero Resources book, if you can't find
a part, this book will tell you where to get it. 100s of
sources listed with tons of information.
- - The Working Mat. The manufacturer is offering a 10%
discount to purchases made though our site. This is a
heavy-duty (long bed mat is 90lbs!) reinforced rubber bed
mat with lift up panels which are used to prevent cargo
slippage. Comes with a 3 year guarentee!
- - Several hundred (no kidding) Ford truck items from Jim
Osborn Reproductions. Items from 1996 all the way back to
the 1920s. Ford Sales Literature, Wiring Diagram Manuals,
Assembly Manuals, Service And Parts Manuals, Performance
Manuals, Air Cleaner Decals, Valve Cover Decals, Engine
Compartment Decals/Tags, Emission Decals, Interior Decals,
Jack Instructions, Chassis And Body Decals, Exterior Decals,
Miscellaneous Decals and Columbia Axle Decals! We offer
these items at a 10% discount off Jim Osborn's retail
prices. We only sell these through the web site. Jim Osborn
Reproductions is a licensed Ford products company.
- - Magazine subscriptions to several popular truck mags. We
actually sell these through the Newstand Network. They
guarentee the lowest subscription rates and it helps us.

All these items help to fund our web site and the mailing lists.
Our monthly costs are substantual and we put in a lot of time
with the site so your support is appreciated but not required.
As is our usual practice, we will increase our free services as
our budget allows.

In addition to getting a shopping cart and secure on-line ordering,
we hope to add more products in the near future.

Now returning you to our regular program....
Ken & Peggy Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Tue, 07 Jul 1998 00:38:30 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: Forgot the URL!

I forgot to post the URL for the products page:

http://www.ford-trucks.com/products/index.html

Its also a link off the menu bar at the top of
most pages.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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