97up-list-digest Sunday, September 27 1998 Volume 01 : Number 226



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - J.D. Power and Associates
Re: FTE 97up - '99 F150 tire/wheel question
FTE 97up - ADMIN: Updated FAQ
Re: FTE 97up - Waste gate or Direct Injection?
FTE 97up - Towing with PSD and Auto
FTE 97up - F150 Oil Leak
FTE 97up - ADMIN: T-shirt design
FTE 97up - Customer Access Circuits??
FTE 97up - brake light problem
FTE 97up - power chips
re:FTE 97up - 1999 Navigator Engine - 300HP 32Valve 5.4L?

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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 09:42:40 -0000
From: "John R. Mohme"
Subject: FTE 97up - J.D. Power and Associates

>Just read the latest J.D. Power and Associates newest initial quality
study.
>The Mazda B-series (similar and/or equal to the Ford Rangers) is rated
third
>as a compact pickup, The Ford F-series and Chevy C/K are second and third
to
>the Toyota T100 as a full-size Pickup (although I can't see why the Toyota,
>with no V-8, is really considered full size), the Ford Expedition is top
>rated as a full-size SUV and the Lincoln Navigator is rated number two as a
>luxury SUV.
>
>There are no Dodge products listed in the top three of any category,
Compact
>pickup, Full-size pickup, Compact SUV, Full-size SUV or Luxury SUV.
>
>Need any more be said!
>
>John R.
>
>'99 F-250SD SC, 5.4L, 4.10LS, SRW, LWB


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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 09:49:30 EDT
From: F150DML aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - '99 F150 tire/wheel question

I have a '97 F-150 4X4 and your spair wheel is a plain wheel. It is not a
real wheel, by that I mean its not like your other 4 wheels. The spair does
have a full size regular tire just as the other 4 tires. Hope this helps
David
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Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 11:53:52 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Updated FAQ

The web site FAQ has been updated to include common problems
when posting to the lists and their solutions. If you use
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>From this point forward, I will no longer answer questions
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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 11:18:55 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Waste gate or Direct Injection?

Direct injection means the Fuel is sprayed directly into the combustion
chamber, Indirect (like GM diesel, and older Fords) has a prechamber that
gets the fuel and then it dribble into the combustion chamber. All Power
Strokes are Direct Injected

Wastegated means that the Turbo has a by pass to control the amount of boost
that is being made. This helps get rid of some of the turbo Lag that
happens when you add and intercooler.

Nathan Bernard

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From: BigFords1 aol.com
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Friday, September 25, 1998 4:43 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Waste gate or Direct Injection?


>I was sitting in the Ford Dealership a few months ago and I was reading
some
>brochures about the 96 PSD's. It said the Power Stroke engine had an
>advantage because it was direct injected. But the 99's are waste-gated.
Why
>did they change from Direct injection to waste-gated if direct is better?
>
>
>
>David
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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 14:08:26 -0700
From: "Robert Loer"
Subject: FTE 97up - Towing with PSD and Auto

Just bought a new, brought down from Canada, 97 F250HD 4X4 extra cab,
long bed with the auto and the Power stroke.

The manual says to tow in overdrive, the wife argues to not use
overdrive, I say it depends on the load and the situation. If the
transmission is hunting I take it out of overdrive so it will not shift
up.

Who is correct?

I just gave our kids our 175,000 mile 350 Chevy truck that has had the
trans rebuilt 3 times. I want the Ford to last.

Any thoughts or actual experience out there?

Thanks, Robert




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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 16:47:22 PDT
From: "Duncan Fitzgerald"
Subject: FTE 97up - F150 Oil Leak

Brought my truck to the dealer yesterday. After having it for a day,
they found 3 leaks. It will be late Monday or Tuesday before it is done,
taking 2-3 days total to fix. The exact location and cause of the leaks
I do not know. The service rep said he would have all the info when the
repairs were finished, but did mention "having to remove a lot of stuff"
to get to everything. Also mentioned one of the leaks, I think, was near
the crankshaft pulley (?). I asked him how this happens on a new truck
and all he could say was that it was possibly either loosed, pinched or
missing gaskets. Anyway, I have not even had the truck 1 full month yet.
I have not even received my plates yet, nor have I even made a payment.
The truck has only 979 miles on it. I drive it to an from work only,
about 60 miles roundtrip. Is this what is meant by "Built Ford Tough"?
Sounds more like shoddy workmanship at the plant.

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Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 20:31:10 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: T-shirt design

So far I've had 3 designs sent for the Ford Truck Enthusiasts
t-shirt. Next weekend there will be a page with anonymous voting
on it. If you're working on a design, please finish it up by
the middle of next week and email it to me.

Thanks,
Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 20:31:10 -0500
From: Bob Wickline
Subject: FTE 97up - Customer Access Circuits??

I have a '99 F350 that I would like to install a hands-free kit for my cell phone. I need access to a (+)battery supply and an (+)ignition-switched supply. I was inspecting the vehicle for access to these and I noticed four wires (red, black, blue & white) labeled "Customer Access Circuits (see Body Builder book for installation instructions)".

Does anybody know what these are? I don't have a problem getting access to (+)battery supply but the (+)ignition-switched supply is not so easy. If there is an easier way to access (+)ignition-switched I'm open for suggestions.



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Bob "Wick" Wickline \ \ / /_ _/ __| |/ /
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wick f350.com \_/\_/ |___\___|_|\_\

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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 20:04:28 -0600
From: "Matt Adams"
Subject: FTE 97up - brake light problem

I was driving along today, and I went to the car wash, applied my brake, and
the light, didn't come on... weird I thought, but I just passed it off...
then I released the brake after cleaning my truck, and then the light came
on! Ever since the light has been on... I have plenty of brake fluid, and
the ABS connector to the rear differential is fully plugged in. I have no
loss of braking power, it stops the exact same way it always did
(excellently) :), the parking brake works great as always, and releases just
fine when released. Any ideas? I am probably gonna have the dealer look at
it when I go to take it in for the lug-nuts and rear leaf springs.

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Date: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 01:54:14 EDT
From: Lococooper aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - power chips

I have a 97 f-250 with a 460 in it. is there a performance chip made for it ?
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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 23:29:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: chris coleman
Subject: re:FTE 97up - 1999 Navigator Engine - 300HP 32Valve 5.4L?

I was curious if it will be possible to take the 4V heads(when
available) and add them to the older 5.4L. I have a 97 Expy and am
looking to get some more power from the motor. I have played with the
idea of boring the valves .030" over to gain some more power that way.
I know adding headers and the power chips will get me up near 280hp,
but, I figure, if I'm going that far, might as well do the job right.
I figure the heads will end up costing about $1500 for the pair.
Thanks Thermo.
97 Expy, Nerf bars, Pioneer FH-M95 Double DIN Radio.
P.S. I'm working on making some sub enclosures, one for the passenger
side, one for the drivers side. Let me know if you are interested.



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