97up-list-digest Wednesday, May 13 1998 Volume 01 : Number 081



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Re: Towing W/3.55 gears
FTE 97up - 1999 Super Duty changes
RE: FTE 97up - Question
FTE 97up - RE: F350 towing with 3.55 gears
FTE 97up - engine speeds.

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Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 06:40:30 -0400
From: Lee Haefele
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Towing W/3.55 gears

>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.

So downshift.
I used to tow my John Deere "A" tractor on a trailer with my 76 GMC
1/2 ton 250CID 6cyl, 3 speed manual & 3.4 gears. I have to admit the
brakes & low gear were lacking, but the truck did not break.
Lee Haefele
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Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 10:18:04 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: FTE 97up - 1999 Super Duty changes

Ford has announced that Power TT mirrors are (within the next couple weeks)
available on Chassis Cabs. Also the aluminum wheels will be deleteable
(small amount of credit maybe $300) on XLT F-Series SD.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.


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Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 10:45:22 -0500
From: "Beaman, James"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Question

Jason Mann wrote:

> I was wondering if anyone has any good ideas as to where I
> could place a CB in a F150? THe newer models don't have the overhang
> on the underside of the dash anymore. I really don't want to screw
> the
> unit into the roof or the ceiling. So I'm looking for some
> suggestions
> if anyone has any.
>
You might try what I am planning on doing. The local speed shop has a floor
console that is designed to fit on the transmission hump in front of the
bench seat on my '92 F250. It looks like it is a wood frame covered with
padded vinyl. I am planning on getting one of these and mounting my CB to
the left side of it so that the front panel will be pointing straight up
next to my right leg. This way the controls will fall readily at hand and
the front mounted speaker will be facing straight up. I can then run the
wires under my driver's side floor mat to their connections under the dash.
I would imagine you could do a similar setup on your new model F150.

James Beaman
james.beaman lmco.com
Houston, Texas
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Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 09:13:16 -0700
From: STEPHEN_WITTE hp-sandiego-om2.om.hp.com
Subject: FTE 97up - RE: F350 towing with 3.55 gears

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Chad,

Thank you for replying. I also noticed in the owner's manual that
replacing the manual transmission with an automatic results in a much
higher towing capacity, ~9,000 lbs, then the rated 5,900 lbs with the
5spd. This is even with the same 3.55 gears. My guess is that
perhaps the 5spd manual is somehow wimpy. But, no offense intended to
your F250's automatic, I have a friend that has replaced his automatic
4spd in his ~93 F250 about 3 times. He finally put a transmission
cooler on it even though the dealer never came out and said it needed
one. He was hauling only a small size Lance camper without a trailer
and now has about 60K miles. He says he is through with Ford.

My conclusion was that, properly driven, the F350 will most likely
able sustain many more trailer towing miles between transmission
overhauls with the 5spd instead of the automatic.

How about people: How many of you have had your automatics rebuilt
with disturbingly low miles on the vehicle? My guess is lots of
people have.

Could it be that Ford makes more money by selling the automatic and
therefore downrated the manual?

On a different note: Anyone happen to know the redline of the 460CID
engine? Or the RPM at which its rated 255HP occurs?

- Stephen Witte

San Diego, Calif.
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Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 18:09:03 -0400
From: "Gary Cochran"
Subject: FTE 97up - engine speeds.

I have a 98 Ranger standard cab with the 3.0L V6 and 5 speed tranny. The
truck did not come with a tachometer and I haven't been able to find out how
to hook one up with the EDIS system.

Can anyone with a similar vehicle that does have a tach give me some
guidelines on engine speed versus MPH in various gears. For instance:

1st gear at 15mph
2nd gear at 30 mph
3rd gear at 40 mph
4th gear at 55 mph
5th gear at 70 mph

Thanks for any help.

Gary

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