97up-list-digest Tuesday, September 22 1998 Volume 01 : Number 221



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In this issue:

RE: FTE 97up - Air Conditioning / Super Chip
FTE 97up - re: weak air conditioners
FTE 97up - Parts and price for the Aux Idle control?
Re: FTE 97up - re: weak air conditioners
Re: FTE 97up - Air Conditioning / Super Chip
FTE 97up - Dual exhuast systems
Re[2]: FTE 97up - Air Conditioning / Super Chip
FTE 97up - Anyone know of where to get sports related hitch covers?
FTE 97up - Re:SD A/C & Brakes
Re: FTE 97up - Air Conditioning / Super Chip
Re: FTE 97up - Dual exhuast systems
FTE 97up - Looking to buy an F-350

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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 06:53:21 -0700
From: "Johnson, John"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Air Conditioning / Super Chip

I have a 98 F-150 and the AC is fine. I live in Tucson, AZ so it
doesn't get much hotter than this! If you're thinking, "Yeah, but it is
a dry heat!" you'd be right about 10 months out of the year. BUT, I
bought this truck August 1st, in the middle of our monsoons. During
July and August we have temperatures in the 100s and humidity to go with
it. I use the AC max setting and high fan for a couple of minutes to
cool down the vehicle after setting in the sun and then go to the AC
setting and low fan after three or four miles.

Hope this helps and I hope you get your ACs fixed!

JJ

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> Yea, I have a 99 F-350SD V-10 auto and the A/C is weak too. Is this
> what CFC free is like?
> Anyone else?
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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 09:46:10 -0700
From: STEPHEN_WITTE hp-sandiego-om2.om.hp.com
Subject: FTE 97up - re: weak air conditioners


I have a '97 F350 crew cab and the air conditioning can freeze
everyone in the front or rear seat into solid ice.

- Stephen Witte
-f350 4x4 460 std crew cab.

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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 09:50:53 -0700
From: johny
Subject: FTE 97up - Parts and price for the Aux Idle control?

For a 99 PowerStoke:

Part number 961 and a dealer cost of $170 when ordered with the truck.

What's the expected price if you order it from the dealer, after the truck
is in hand?

Here's what I believe are the individual part numbers.
12K526 bracket
14A649 Cable
12B640 Control module

Is there a different part number that this should be ordered under?
A ludicrous price quote I've heard is in the vicinity of $750.00!
This can't be correct.

Thanks,
- -john

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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 10:26:28 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - re: weak air conditioners

At 09:46 AM 9/22/98 -0700, you wrote:
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> I have a '97 F350 crew cab and the air conditioning can freeze
> everyone in the front or rear seat into solid ice.
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> - Stephen Witte
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I am pleasantly surprised how cold my 98 Ranger's AC is. Very Cold. I never
have to leave it on pass 40% strength long before I turn it all the way down.
Alan Wilson


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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 12:31:39 -0500
From: "Sven Setterdahl"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Air Conditioning / Super Chip

>
>I have my new 1999 F-350 Crewcab w/V-10, auto, for about seven weeks and
2,500
>miles. The air conditioning seems weak at best and drops way off at idle.
I
>recently rented a new F-150 for a business trip and the A/C almost froze me
>out of the cab. Is there some difference in the A/C system Ford puts in
these
>two trucks? Anyone been having any A/C problems of their own?
>

Are you talking about the air actually coming out of the vents, or the
overall temperature in the cab? If it's the latter, a crew cab has a lot of
area to cool. It will take longer to get the air in the cab to cool down,
compared to a reg. cab, or even a super cab.

>Just read a post where someone put an after-market chip in their truck. I
>think I may have asked this once before, but doesn't that void the Ford
>warranty?


Aftermarket add ons can only void the warranty if it can be proven the part
caused the problem.

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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 13:26:47 -0500
From: Kenneth_Johnson nexus.roch.edu (Kenneth Johnson)
Subject: FTE 97up - Dual exhuast systems

I own a '97 F-150 with a 5.4l V-8. I'm looking to install a dual
exhuast system, not real loud but loud enough to let the other guy know
you've got someting under the hood. I'd like to get some feed back on
what others have tried, what they like about it and approximate cost to
have installed. Thanks for your help. Ken Johnson
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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 14:10:16 -0500
From: kauppij vfc.com
Subject: Re[2]: FTE 97up - Air Conditioning / Super Chip




I have a 99 F-350 Regular Cab V-10 Auto and have also noticed that the A/C
doesn't seem particularly cold.


I called the Superchips company and they claim their chip adds ~30 hp. and 46
ft./lbs. of torque for around $495. That is rather expensive in my opinion.

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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 14:36:19 -0700
From: Jay Murphy
Subject: FTE 97up - Anyone know of where to get sports related hitch covers?

I'm looking for a hitch cover for my 97 F150. Does anyone know where I might
get a sports related hitch cover (KC Chiefs is what I'm looking for)?

Thanks,

Jay

Jay Murphy
jay.murphy asu.edu



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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 18:55:23 -0400
From: Lee Haefele
Subject: FTE 97up - Re:SD A/C & Brakes

My 99 Super Duty has weak A/C also, I advised dealer that my radio shack
electronic thermometer reads 52 deg F coming from A/C vent W/a/c on max.
He says should be in low-mid 40s.

I have posted before that my F-350 SD DRW had a vacuum brake booster &
had weak brakes. The order book & window sticker stated that the truck
had "Hydro Boost" brakes. I finally got someone at Ford to agree that
the truck was built wrong & they are authorizing the changeout to Hrdro
boost. For anyone that wanted to do their own, say on a single wheel
truck where the vacuum boost is std, it is a relatively simple
changeout. Just swap the vacuum booster for a Hydro boost unit, change
power steering hoses & power steering fluid resiviour. Master cyl,
pedal linkage & power steering pump are not changed. I have appointment
for this & the A/C prob next week.
Lee Haefele
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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 20:46:03 EDT
From: F150DML aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Air Conditioning / Super Chip

I have owned four F-150's a '95 XLT, and three '97 F-150. My newest '97 is a
XLT 4X4 offroad. The one thing I can brag about is the ac in all these trucks
will cool the vehicle off in no time. I live in Atlanta so humidity is ALL
TOO common. I use the ac non-stop 6 months out of the year. Every time its
ice cold, even in the morning traffic I'm in every day. I never put it on
max ac, there is no need I only put it on ac and turn it two clicks. Sorry to
hear about the troubles in the heavy duties.
David
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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 20:49:01 EDT
From: F150DML aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Dual exhuast systems

I have duals on my '97 F-150 4X4, it has a 4.6L. I have a converter after the
muffler (which is a flow master) into duals. I also put on some crome tips.
Its not terrible loud but when the rpms hit 2,500 and above you can really
hear my Triton kicking. From behind ideling it sounds tough--its not too loud
and its not too quiet. Definitly put a 2 chamber flowmaster on it if nothing
else.
David
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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 20:38:17 -0500
From: "David McKnight"
Subject: FTE 97up - Looking to buy an F-350

I am looking to buy a 1999 F-350 Crew Cab, SRW, LWB with the 7.3 L Diesel
and 4-Speed Automatic. Would anyone who owns a similar truck take a few
moments to discuss their personal experience with this type of truck? I am
interested in the good, as well as the bad. Would someone explain what the
PTO and Idle Control options could be used for?

Thanks,
David


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