97up-list-digest Tuesday, May 12 1998 Volume 01 : Number 080



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In this issue:

RE: FTE 97up - New 1997 F350 crew cab towing capacity
FTE 97up - Question
FTE 97up - Super Duty availability
RE: FTE 97up - Super Duty availability
Re: FTE 97up - Super Duty availability
FTE 97up - Windstar steering & alignment

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Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 12:26:10 -0400
From: "Chad Royse"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - New 1997 F350 crew cab towing capacity

I don't think it's so much the rearend is it? I have 3.55's in my F250 with
the 460 and auto and it's rated to tow 10k lbs.

Chad

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Sent: Saturday, May 09, 1998 10:24 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - New 1997 F350 crew cab towing capacity


The chassis is certainly heavy enough for towing and the engine has enough
torque. The limiting factor is the rear end and that will not be a problem
except for steep grades. You wont break anything- you just flat won't be
able
to handle a steep grade.
John
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Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 13:21:25 -0500
From: jamann jjma.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Question

Hey Everybody,
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I was wondering if anyone has any good ideas as to where I=20
could place a CB in a F150? THe newer models don't have the overhang=20
on the underside of the dash anymore=2E I really don't want to screw t=
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unit into the roof or the ceiling=2E So I'm looking for some suggestio=
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if anyone has any=2E
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Jason

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Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 12:31:19 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: FTE 97up - Super Duty availability

Just got done watching the monthly Select Dealer meeting. They had the
build % for Super Duty's. This is for the Kansas City region, but should
give you an idea of what all regions are like. They said the avg. order to
delivery time was 120-150 days, but it varied by dealer allocation so it
ranged from 42 days on up. The items listed below are the constraints that
will limit what orders get built. If it is not on the list it is a "free
demand" item and will not slow scheduling. These items do not necessarily
slow scheduling but after they've used up all the buildable allowance they
skip to the first buildable order.

5.4L V-8 13%
6.8L V-10 25%
7.3L SRW Limited Slip 20%
7.3L SRW Non LS 21%
Automatic 71%
Trailer towing pkg. 82%
F-350 DRW 12%
F-350/450 Chassis DRW 8%
F-550 3%
XLT/Lariat 80%
Premium Aluminum wheels (SRW Lariat) 14%
Tutone paint 18%

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.
Union, IA 50258


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Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 17:59:36 -0400
From: "Chad Royse"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Super Duty availability

Hey Nathan,

Is the percentages you gave the percentage of orders that are able to be
filled. For example they are currently filling 25% of their orders that
include the v-10's, right?

Thanks,
Chad

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Subject: FTE 97up - Super Duty availability

>

5.4L V-8 13%
6.8L V-10 25%
7.3L SRW Limited Slip 20%
7.3L SRW Non LS 21%
Automatic 71%
Trailer towing pkg. 82%
F-350 DRW 12%
F-350/450 Chassis DRW 8%
F-550 3%
XLT/Lariat 80%
Premium Aluminum wheels (SRW Lariat) 14%
Tutone paint 18%

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.
Union, IA 50258


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Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 17:28:27 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Super Duty availability

That is the maximum % that they can build. They allocate so many trucks to
each dealer, then start one at a time picking orders in the order that the
dealer places them. If a order has a HOLD on it (I.E. keyless entry
without power seat) they don't even look at it. Then when they come to a
item that is scheduled to its maximum they skip it and go to the next
buildable order in the dealers order bank. If the dealer doesn't have any
buildable orders toward the end of the scheduling week Ford can transfer the
allocation to another dealer who has a buildable order.

Nathan
- -----Original Message-----
From: Chad Royse
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Monday, May 11, 1998 5:17 PM
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Super Duty availability


>Hey Nathan,
>
>Is the percentages you gave the percentage of orders that are able to be
>filled. For example they are currently filling 25% of their orders that
>include the v-10's, right?
>
>Thanks,
>Chad
>
>-----Original Message-----
>Subject: FTE 97up - Super Duty availability
>
>>
>
>5.4L V-8 13%
>6.8L V-10 25%
>7.3L SRW Limited Slip 20%
>7.3L SRW Non LS 21%
>Automatic 71%
>Trailer towing pkg. 82%
>F-350 DRW 12%
>F-350/450 Chassis DRW 8%
>F-550 3%
>XLT/Lariat 80%
>Premium Aluminum wheels (SRW Lariat) 14%
>Tutone paint 18%
>
>Nathan Bernard
>Union Auto, Inc.
>Union, IA 50258


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Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 19:29:35 -0400
From: Lee Haefele
Subject: FTE 97up - Windstar steering & alignment

I have a 96 Windstar which has always had sort of rubbery
steering...Sort of understeer, then oversteer...Also wanders & steers
down any crown in the road, no matter if left or right. It has 4
identical OEM Michelin tires with about 60% tread, all very similiar, no
uneven wear, tires have been rotated & 2 replaced, no change. Today I
drove a friends 97 Windstar, It tracked the road nicely, like a GM car
or Chrysler van. I thought the rubbery steering was the design of the
Windstar suspension. Were there changes between 96 & 97 model years?
Or do I need a better alingment shop? My local dealer has an antique
front wheel only machine. Should the alignment specs be different from
original?
Lee Haefele
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