97up-list-digest Thursday, May 7 1998 Volume 01 : Number 075



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - 1998 Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series
Re: FTE 97up - 1998 Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series
Re: FTE 97up - aux idle control - limited vs. full function
FTE 97up - Build dates
FTE 97up - Re:Aux Idle control
Re: FTE 97up - Ford Enthusiasts Gathering?
Re: FTE 97up - 1998 Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series
Re: FTE 97up - 1998 Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series
FTE 97up - Truck Fest - Clarification
FTE 97up - Pigeon Forge lunch and get together
Re: FTE 97up - Truck Fest - Clarification
FTE 97up - Ford U.S. Truck Fest
FTE 97up - 98 Ranger
Re: FTE 97up - 98 Ranger
FTE 97up - Build dates - newly placed orders

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Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 20:51:22 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - 1998 Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series

Anyone interested in the 1998 Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series? I've
received a press release from Peterson publishing about this.
If there's enough interest I'll post it. Rather long though.

Ken Payne
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Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 20:51:12 EDT
From: BigFords1
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 1998 Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series

I'm interested!
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Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 21:10:25 -0400
From: Mitch Biarsky
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - aux idle control - limited vs. full function

The original order code for the AIC is 96P.

Mitch

> Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 12:17:03 -0500
> From: "Union Auto"
> Subject: Re: FTE 97up - aux idle control - limited vs. full function
>
> OK, I did some more research and the 961 AIC is the limited function. They
> do not even mention the full function in the ordering guides so I don't know
> what the difference is. If anyone remembers the ordering code number for it
> (I threw my old ordering guide away) I can see if they have an estimated
> hold date. Also the 961 Ltd Idle control is not available on a Lariat, so I
> would for see the full function available this summer.
>
> Nathan
>


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Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 21:36:36 -0400
From: Lee Haefele
Subject: FTE 97up - Build dates

My F350 4X4, XLT Supercab, V10, auto, DRW, Chassis cab ordered late
Feb, listed as date "TBD" in late April, now has a deliv date of 5/26.
This is good news!
Lee Haefele
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Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 21:40:09 -0400
From: Lee Haefele
Subject: FTE 97up - Re:Aux Idle control

Is there an aftermarket AIC avail for 99 F350 with V-10? Does it plug
in? Where to buy it?
Lee Haefele
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Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 21:59:48 EDT
From: CNTRYF150
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Ford Enthusiasts Gathering?

we need one of those rallys in south Fla.
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Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 22:01:06 EDT
From: CNTRYF150
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 1998 Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series

please post the story
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Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 22:09:51 EDT
From: WVJKQ
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 1998 Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series

KEN PLEASE POST, IF U HAVE TIME.

THANKS JIM
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Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 22:13:36 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - Truck Fest - Clarification

The Truck Fest mentioned earlier is a truck show that is going to be
at several locations around the USA. It's put on by Peterson Publishing,
publishers of Custom & Classic Trucks and several other truck mags.
It's not a classic truck show but a show for just about everyone.

It really belongs on our event guide but the release is too large
for it (1.5 pages).

If a few more members let me know they're interested it will get
posted.

Ken Payne
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Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 23:02:27 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - Pigeon Forge lunch and get together

To everyone planning on attending the F100 Supernationals in Pigeon Forge,
Tenn. (show info is in the events section of the web site):

Regardless of whether we get our promised booth space there will be a
meeting of Ford Truck Enthusiast members in front of the Convention
Center, under the canopy. You can't miss it, the show is next to it
and there's a bazillion trucks on front lawn in front of it. This
meeting will be at 10:00am Saturday the 16th. The meeting will be
informal and I plan to be there from 9:40 until we decide to head out.
Bring a lunch and drinks, we'll find a place where we can go as a
group to watch to munch before and during the 12:00 parade of trucks.
Sorry we don't have solid plans but the town will be packed and every
restaurant laughed at us when we asked to reserve a table for 30+!

How will we recognize each other? Simple... point your web browser to

http://www.ford-trucks.com/pigeonforge.html

This page is simply a small text box you can print and pin to either
your shirt or hat. Its small enough not to look goofy yet large enough
to be easily recognized.

It says:

FORD TRUCK ENTHUSIASTS
TRIED, TRUE AND FORD BLUE

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Line is for putting your name there. If you do not have a printer,
simply put "Ford Truck Enthusiasts" on an index card and pin it to
your shirt. I plan to glue my printout to an index card and pin it
to my shirt.

Look for the big guy with the brown hair/beard.

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

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Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 23:14:05 -0400
From: hunter cyberstreet.com (Michael Kisielewski)
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Truck Fest - Clarification

Ken, I'm interested. Hopefully they will come to south Florida.

Michael

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Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 23:40:56 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - Ford U.S. Truck Fest

As requested by the members:

May 1, 1998 Contact: Dan J. Krolczyk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Truck Fest Mktg Mgr. 630-963-4810

PETERSEN PRESENTS THE FORD U.S. TRUCK FEST

LOMBARD, IL-Your neighbor has one; you want a new one! Your kids can't get enough of them! More than two million tickets were sold to see them throughout the last year and more than 3 million were sold. They are everywhere! If there is not one in your garage, you will find a bunch in your local 50,000 seat stadium. We're talking about trucks and monster trucks, reaching an all time high in popularity in America.

In the last three years, Ford alone has sold more than two million trucks each year. In 1997, Ford had a record setting year, selling 2,248,793 trucks!

"Without a doubt, the explosive growth in the truck market over the last few years has been one if the biggest stories in business," said Ross Roberts, Ford Motor Company vice president and general manager, Ford Division.

Meanwhile, PACE Motor Sports posted its most successful season in Monster Truck history. More than a million fans attended the monster truck events in the last three months. The trucks are going faster, jumping higher, and the racing technology has grown by leaps and bounds taking the popularity and legitimacy of Monster Truck racing to a higher level.

Finally there is an event of epic proportions to quench America's need for TRUCKS and need for speed! Petersen Presents the Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series! It's the biggest family truck event series in history! This weekend event offers everything from monster truck racing, off-road racing, show and shine, manufacturers midway to kidzone. This carnival setting event offers fun and excitement for all ages.

PACE Motor Sports, produces the AMA Supercross Series and the U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam events. In 1997, the concept of an outdoor event capable of showcasing the power and unleashed speed of Monster Trucks was brought to Charlotte Motor Speedway. "King Krunch," one of thirty trucks in competition, showed just what happens when a 10,000 pound monster truck reaches speeds of 50mph and hits five foot obstacles. After an end-over-end roll driver Scott Stephens safely climbed out of a smoking roll cage and waved to roaring standing ovation. A new sport and new event series was born.

Petersen, publishers of 4 Wheel & Off Road, 4x4 Power and more truck magazines and Ford have joined PACE Motor Sports to produce a weekend event featuring all things trucks to all truck lovers. The Ford partnership encourages truck lovers of all types to compete in the various classes or enjoy watching the racing. Petersen gives enthusiasts a chance to have their truck pictured in the national pages of 4Wheel & Off-Road, 4x4 Power, Custom Classic Trucks or Sport Truck magazines.

Set at the best speedways in the country, the monster truck racing is the fastest in the world with only the top U.S. Hot Rod competitors! The large, safe, outdoor track allows the trucks showcase never before seen power and speed in the U.S. Hot Rod Monster Truck Challenge.

The 4 Wheel & Off-Road Extreme Off-Road Racing and Trailmaster Ruff Trux competitions are open to anyone who has what it takes to bring their truck out of the suburbs and onto the dirt! The U.S. Hot Rod Mud Racing combines metal and mud in a challenging dragstrip of deep wet earth! The Custom Classic Truck and Sport Truck Show and Shine competitions will decide who has the hottest looking truck. Whether you crave to catch air at the worlds best speedways or show off your new truck paint job, cash, trophies, prizes, and the chance to get national exposure await competitors. Registration is available over the phone by calling 1-888-294-TRUX or on line at www.ushra.com.

In addition to the great competitions, Petersen's Presents the Ford U.S. Truck Fest offers The Manufacturers Midway for those truck shoppers who need just the right part. Watch trucks go from mild to wild, and see new product demonstrations. For the kids, U.S. Truck Fest offers The Extreme Kid Zone for hours of entertainment including BMX riders, games and rides including The Monster Truck Experience, where fans can actually ride in a real, full-sized monster truck!

Charlie Mancuso, President of PACE Motor Sports, says, "A truck event of this magnitude is what America is demanding. We are proud to produce this event and are confident that this will offer to truck lovers what the Olympics offers to sports enthusiasts."

The Petersen Presents, Ford U.S. Truck Fest begins at the Pikes Peak International Raceway on May 23-24, 1998. Tickets are on sale now at all Dillard's outlets, King Sooper locations and the Raceway box office. To charge by phone call 888/306-RACE or 888/511-PPIR. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. both days and all the truckadelic fun you can handle goes until 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. To register your vehicle in the competitions call 888/294-TRUX or visit our website at www.ushra.com. Do not miss this sportacular event!

Announcing the 1998 Ford U.S. Truck Fest Series, presented by Petersen
* May 23 & 24 Pikes Peak International Raceway Tickets: 1-888-511-PPIR on sale NOW
* June 12-14 Charlotte Motor Speedway Tickets: 1-704-522-6500 on sale NOW
* August 1 & 2 Stafford Motor Speedway Tickets: 1-212-307-7171 on sale June 1
* Sept. 11-13 Atlanta Motor Speedway Tickets: 1-404-249-6400 on sale June 1

For exhibitor or media day information, contact Dan Krolczyk: 630 963 4810, ext 137.


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Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 23:49:27 -0400
From: "Gary Cochran"
Subject: FTE 97up - 98 Ranger

I purchased a new 98 Ranger XLT with the 3.0L V6, manual transmission, about
two months ago. Ever since day one I have had a problem with the engine not
running as smoothly as I think it should. When trying to hold a steady
speed, generally at about 2K to 2.5K rpm, I get a jerking sensation like the
throttle was being rapidly moved just a little. It is not constant but
happens anywhere from a couple of times a minute to half a dozen times a
minute. It also seems to be more noticeable at higher ambient air temps of
80 degrees or more.

I have had it in to the dealer and they have been unable to diagnose any
problem.... nothing shows up on the error codes. Their guess is that the
computer is changing the spark advance or adjusting the fuel flow in an
attempt to get the max mileage and or cut down on emissions. Their comment
is the classic " they all do this."

My question is " do they all do this?" Has anyone else had this problem and
if so were you able to get it fixed or are you just living with it? I
really like my Ranger and will be very disappointed if a minor computer
glitch makes the truck such a pain in the a** that I don't enjoy driving it.

Thanks for any comments.

Gary

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Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 21:18:58 -0700
From: WiNk
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 98 Ranger

My friend has a GMC because the new 1997 Ford Ranger that we drove had the exact
same problems as the F-150 that I own.
My friend has driven a Ranger since whenerver they first were marketed. No he
is a GMC owner because of the whines, vibrations, etc that the new Ford Ranger
had built into it. The GMC is just fine, rides good; no whines, vibrations,
strange engine noises etc.

All that I can say is be "CERTAIN" to keep accurate records for a lemon law
claim.



Gary Cochran wrote:

> I purchased a new 98 Ranger XLT with the 3.0L V6, manual transmission, about
> two months ago. Ever since day one I have had a problem with the engine not
> running as smoothly as I think it should. When trying to hold a steady
> speed, generally at about 2K to 2.5K rpm, I get a jerking sensation like the
> throttle was being rapidly moved just a little. It is not constant but
> happens anywhere from a couple of times a minute to half a dozen times a
> minute. It also seems to be more noticeable at higher ambient air temps of
> 80 degrees or more.
>
> I have had it in to the dealer and they have been unable to diagnose any
> problem.... nothing shows up on the error codes. Their guess is that the
> computer is changing the spark advance or adjusting the fuel flow in an
> attempt to get the max mileage and or cut down on emissions. Their comment
> is the classic " they all do this."
>
> My question is " do they all do this?" Has anyone else had this problem and
> if so were you able to get it fixed or are you just living with it? I
> really like my Ranger and will be very disappointed if a minor computer
> glitch makes the truck such a pain in the a** that I don't enjoy driving it.
>
> Thanks for any comments.
>
> Gary
>
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Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 23:32:23 -0500
From: "Roy E. Springer"
Subject: FTE 97up - Build dates - newly placed orders

A recent data point:

I was told to expect 8 weeks from order to delivery. Further, the
worst case the dealer rep had seen was 2 weeks
beyond the expected delivery dates.

This info is based on a 99 F250SD Lariat CC 4X4 SRW SB 7.3, order
placed with the dealer Sat. May 2nd, to be entered in the system
on Mon. May 4th.

I was surprised that they were not able to put the order into the
system on Sat. and give me more accurate estimates on
the delivery date.

What scheduling information should I be getting from the dealer, and
when is it usually available? I checked with dealer Mon. PM and got
the same
approx. 8 weeks answer.

Thanks,

Roy

P.S. I appreciate all the useful information everyone has contributed.
I have just recently joined the list, but have been reading the
archives, too.


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