97up-list-digest Friday, May 29 1998 Volume 01 : Number 098



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - F-150 manual trans
FTE 97up - 1999 Power Stroke Chips
FTE 97up - STAR tester
FTE 97up - Priority Code Meaning?
RE: FTE 97up - F-150 manual trans
Re: FTE 97up - Priority Code Meaning?
FTE 97up - Re: Ranchero List
FTE 97up - Jerking in 98 Ranger
RE: FTE 97up - Static electricty
FTE 97up - 1998 ford f-150 supercab xlt 2wd
Re: FTE 97up - 1998 ford f-150 supercab xlt 2wd

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 12:28:46 -0700
From: CHRISTOPHER
Subject: FTE 97up - F-150 manual trans

STEPHEN_WITTE hp-sandiego-om2.om.hp.com wrote......I'm trying to decide
between a 1998 F-150 and 1999 F-250 Super Duty 4x4,extended cab, short-bed
truck. I will ONLY buy a manual transmission.

Keep in mind that the manual transmisson on the F-150 is a clunky 5
speed made by Mazda.

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 14:32:32 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: FTE 97up - 1999 Power Stroke Chips

Talked to Super Chips today and they have a 1999 SD on the Dyno, so
hopefully they'll have a chip available in a couple of weeks that will
eliminate that 93 MPH limiter! Has anybody heard any other hop up parts for
the '99?

Nathan Bernard


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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 17:26:09 -0400
From: Claude King
Subject: FTE 97up - STAR tester

I'm planning on ordering a new ford and manual talks about a STAR tester to
read theGEM codes. Also looking for something to read the error codes for
the motor. Anybody seen any reasonable cost testers.


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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 18:49:36 EDT
From: MRoadarDOJ aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Priority Code Meaning?

I have ordered a 1999 F-350 SD, SRW, Crewcab, Lariat, V-10, LS differential
with virtually every other option known to God and Ford. (The truck will
replace the Chevy S-10 I've been driving for the last thirteen years and I am
almost salivating to get this black and chrome monster in my hands.) Dealer
said to expect delivery in 90 days or so and added that it had been coded a
"Priority 19" in an effort to get it built as soon as possible. Anybody know
what a "Priority 19" means (if anything)? Thanks.
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 19:03:32 -0500
From: "Beaman, James"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - F-150 manual trans

> STEPHEN_WITTE hp-sandiego-om2.om.hp.com wrote......I'm trying to decide
> between a 1998 F-150 and 1999 F-250 Super Duty 4x4,extended cab, short-bed
> truck. I will ONLY buy a manual transmission.
>
Stephen, I just wondered if you had considered the 1998 F-250 Light Duty for
your purposes. It may be a good compromise between the F150 and F250SD and
it may have a better manual tranny than the F150.

James Beaman
james.beaman lmco.com
Houston, Texas
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 17:34:00 -0700
From: johny
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Priority Code Meaning?

Here's a fairly throrough explanation that Nathan sent awhile back.
Depending on what your dealer typically orders at, "19" may or
may not be a good thing. I your case, the dealer implies that 19 *is* good.

- -john




The Priority code on an order reflects in what order a dealer wants things
built. They range from 10 to 99. A vehicle ordered as a priority 99 can't
be built by Ford. Anything else is buildable. Ford allocates a number of
vehicles to a dealer (Weekly for small dealers, Monthly for Large dealers).
Note this means you get a vehicle quicker from a small dealer than a large
one. If you have a allocation they build the lowest priority numbered unit
possible. If priority 10 had a option that they were out of they would skip
to 11. If you have multiple orders (they go by vehicle line) on the same
priority, they build retail orders before stock, and pick the oldest order
first. I order starting at 15 (so I've got room incase I need something
urgent) on Retail orders and Stock orders at 30. If another dealer orders
all his at 10 it does not give them any advantage over a 15 on my order
bank.

Also you might ocassionaly get a priority 01-09 which is set by Ford not
the dealer. This means for some reason this vehicle will get built really
soon (I had one retail order that didn't get scheduled for 8 moths due to
the shortage of Off Roads and it got bumped up. Thats the only time I've
seen it.)

So basically Priority codes affect scheduling within the dealership, not
scheduling between dealerships.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.
Union, IA 50258

- -----Original Message-----
From: Jerry Brammer
To: fordtrucks97up ListService.net
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 1998 1:11 PM
Subject: Re: Order Priorities


>I have been hearing alot lately about various "Priorities" from people
>having 99 Super Duty orders. Such as prioiry 10, 11, 13???
>
>Does anyone know what these mean and what impact they really have on
>delivery dates?


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MRoadarDOJ aol.com wrote:

> I have ordered a 1999 F-350 SD, SRW, Crewcab, Lariat, V-10, LS differential
> with virtually every other option known to God and Ford. (The truck will
> replace the Chevy S-10 I've been driving for the last thirteen years and I am
> almost salivating to get this black and chrome monster in my hands.) Dealer
> said to expect delivery in 90 days or so and added that it had been coded a
> "Priority 19" in an effort to get it built as soon as possible. Anybody know
> what a "Priority 19" means (if anything)? Thanks.
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 20:59:27 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Ranchero List

>Subject: FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Ranchero list?

>Anyone here think a Ranchero list would be a good idea?

There is already a Fairlane, Ranchero & Torino list in operation if anyone
is interested.

To s*bscribe go to: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.dfwmotorsport.com/Fairlane

Chuck Colvin
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.CoolRides.com/CR001.html




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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 21:16:37 -0400
From: "Gary Cochran"
Subject: FTE 97up - Jerking in 98 Ranger

I posted this problem once before but never received much response. I have
a 98 Ranger with 3.0L and manual tranny that will not run smoothly.
Whenever I try to cruise along at a steady speed ( doesn't matter what speed
although it is not as bad at 70mph although I think that is because of the
gearing) I get a constant jerking sensation like the engine is surging and
hesitating just a little.

The story I get from the dealer is that Ford states this is normal for this
engine due to fuel economy and emission controls.

Does anyone else have this in their truck? If I could get some opinions
that it is common I wouldn't worry about it but whenever I try to get feed
back from a group such as this, everyone acts like they don't know what I'm
talking about which indicates to me not everyone experiences the problem.

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 22:04:25 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Static electricty

Forwarded for: Dave Armbruster

I have that problem in my '97 Ranger. Supposedly caused by the
composition of the new technology in tires that lower rolling
resistance, but apparently is a better electrical insulator. Anyway, I
just hold my key on the metal part and touch it to the door frame before
stepping on the ground. Many times you can see the spark, but you don't
g*et shocked.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:rw [SMTP:rw uss.net]
> Sent:Wednesday, May 27, 1998 11:45 PM
> To:97up
> Subject:FTE 97up - Static electricty
>
> Lately I notice, that every time I get out of my 98 Ford Ranger I get
> a
> shock when I close the door. Anyone know how to stop this?
>
>
> Thankx
>

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 21:07:11 -0500
From: "shane o. conger"
Subject: FTE 97up - 1998 ford f-150 supercab xlt 2wd

I bought my truck after a women truned in front of me and totaled my 93
Escort. I bought a 1998 F-150 Supercab 2WD XLT with 4.6l and auto.
This truck is great! Only 1700 miles on it. Just took a trip over
Memorial Day and it got 19.5 mpg on the highway. On the subject of
extended warranties, I have had them on all the previous fords I have
owned. I bought the warranty from Ford and have never had a problem
getting them to cover a problem or being hard to deal with in any way.
Maybe this is more a dealer problem than Ford itself. Anybody have any
comments about Husky floorliners? They look like they would be just the
thing to protect the carpet.



cadman.

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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 00:24:10 -0500
From: "Mike Fairleigh"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 1998 ford f-150 supercab xlt 2wd

Interesting story. I bought my '98 F-150 Supercab 2WD XLT with pretty much
all the options in November - after a guy in a bombed-out Suburban turned in
front of me and totalled out my beloved '84 Trans Am. I'll hit 6,000 miles
this weekend (time for new Mobil 1) and still love the truck. One word of
advice: when it comes time to get your tires rotated, be careful. Those
center caps come off OK if you know how to pry on them; otherwise they break
completely. The so-called "tech" at the Ford dealer that rotated mine broke
all 4 - count 'em, *4* - of my caps. Been driving around for the past week
in a brand new truck with naked hubs; that really sucks. The new caps came
in today, and you can bet no dealer (or anyone else, probably) will ever
touch them again.

I looked at the Husky liners, and agree they're well done. However, I felt
like I'd always have the feeling I've got my feet in a tub or something
(just not comfortable). I found a set of deep, black, very heavy, live
rubber floor mats by a company called Cannon and bought a set for the front.
When I bought them I only planned to use them during the winter to contain
snow, etc. I liked them so much I went ahead and bought a set for the rear
too, and they go so well with the "medium graphite" interior that I plan on
leaving them in year 'round. Through the whole winter, they totally
contained all water, snow, sand, salt, etc. They are VERY high quality.
Check out http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.weathertech.com or
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.driversseat.com/weathertech.html. To avoid confusion, Weather
Tech is the name of the U.S. company that imports the mats. They are
actually made by Cannon in England. I bought my front set from a local
truck specialty dealer, and ordered the rear set over the phone from
WeatherTech. Driversseat.com has a very good picture of the front mats.
Front and back sets both run about $50 per set. While they aren't custom
made for every model, they have 4 or 5 different sizes/profiles to fit
various vehicles. I found that the front set appears to be virtually custom
made for the F-150. The rear set could have been used as is, but I chose to
cut the edges around the seat belt anchors, etc. The rear set is made so
that you can do that without cutting into the water containment area.

Sorry to ramble but thought you might want to check into these.

Mike Fairleigh
mikef sky.net

- -----Original Message-----
From: shane o. conger
To: f150 online
Date: Thursday, May 28, 1998 9:16 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - 1998 ford f-150 supercab xlt 2wd


>I bought my truck after a women truned in front of me and totaled my 93
>Escort. I bought a 1998 F-150 Supercab 2WD XLT with 4.6l and auto.
>This truck is great! Only 1700 miles on it.

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