97up-list-digest Saturday, May 30 1998 Volume 01 : Number 099



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RE: FTE 97up - F-150 manual trans
Re: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Ranchero list?
Re: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Ranchero list?
FTE 97up - 1999 Ordering guides in.
Re: FTE 97up - 1999 Ordering guides in.
Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150
RE: FTE 97up - Static electricty
Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150
Re: FTE 97up - Static electricty

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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 13:02:10 -0400
From: MRBRHB webtv.net (MARY BAUMGARDNER)
Subject: [none]

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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 10:42:03 -0700
From: STEPHEN_WITTE hp-sandiego-om2.om.hp.com
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - F-150 manual trans


RE:

>>
>>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.

I wrote a reply to Lou and I forgot to put the "FTE - F150 manual
transmission" in the subject, Lou is the one buying the F150 or F250.

Regarding using 4wh drive without locking the front hubs: Lou wrote
back:

...
"I've never heard before that it is a problem to engage 4WD while
leaving the front hubs disengaged. While I've never owned a 4WD
truck, I have a friend (who's also a very knowledgable mechanic) who
said he does this all the time with his older F-150/manual trans to
get "2WD low range". I wasn't considering doing this at highway
speeds, just while manuvering on a smooth (but steep) concrete
driveway. Should this present a REAL potential for problems with the
drivetrain if only done under low-speed, controlled conditions? Is it
one of those things that is not recomended, but can be done without
damage?"

I would also like to know the answer to this question

- Stephen Witte, San Diego
'97 F350 4x4 5speed crew cab

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 18:11:09 EDT
From: BigFords1 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Ranchero list?

Would a Ranchero list be about off-roading, lifting trucks, etc.?
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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 16:53:12 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Ranchero list?

At 06:11 PM 5/28/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Would a Ranchero list be about off-roading, lifting trucks, etc.?

I've been informed that a Ranchero list already exists.
I plan to provide a link to it on our site this weekend.

Ken Payne


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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 17:25:58 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: FTE 97up - 1999 Ordering guides in.

I got my ordering guides for a few 1999 models today. For Super duty's they
list a new "deep wedgewood" blue. For F-150s there are many changes(also
F-250 LD):

Work Series replaces standard series
XLT and Lariat get 4 wheel ABS
All headliners color coordinated
More durable carpet with improved visual appearance
New Door trim panels
re-styled front seats for improved comfort and appearance
Horsepower improved (doesn't say how much)
Standard 4th door on Supercabs
Perimeter Anti theft replaced by Securilock anti-theft
4.6L engine available with snow plow prep
GVWR with all 4.6L engines over 6000
Factory installed toneau cover available
New Tubular running boards (optional on 4x4 Styleside and 4x4/4x2 flareside)
standard XLT fog lights on 4x4
3.73 Axle available on 5.4L with off Road pkg..
GVWR's higher on most models
new wheels
new 17" LT tires in Off Road pkg. (shows Wrangler ATS in picture)
Available Premium stereo radio with speed compensated volume control;
available with single CD or changer.

Colors

Interior
Dark Denim Blue (new) Not available in Lariat
Medium Graphite
Medium Prairie Tan
Dark Graphite (new) not available in Lariat

Exterior
Harvest Gold (new) available w/ deep Wedgwood blue accent
Bright Red available w/ Harvest gold or silver acc.
Toreador Red (new) available with harvest gold or silver acc.
Dark Toreador Red available with harvest gold or silver accent
Deep Wedgewood Blue (new) available with Harvest gold or silver acc.
Teal available with silver acc.
Amazon Green (new) available with harvest gold or silver acc.
Black available with harvest gold or silver acc.
Silver available with Wedgewood blue acc.
Oxford White available with harvest gold, silver, or deep wedgewood blue
acc.

In the selling points section it says "new power improved 5.4L for highest
torque among competitors" also "Power Improved 5.4L Triton V-8 for
unmatched torque and pulling power" it also looks like the 5.4L will use
the 4r70W transmission (E4OD in F-250 LD and with Calif. Emissions)

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc
Union, IA 50258


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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 18:14:46 -0500
From: "Jack Bowell"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 1999 Ordering guides in.

Can you tell us when exactly the 1999 model will go into production? I have
heard the first or second week of June with a temporary shut down in July
for maintenance. My dealer is taking my order next week for a June 11 build
date on a 1999 F-150 supercab XLT. Is this possible?

Thanks
Jack Bowell
JBowell msn.com




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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 19:21:36 -0400
From: "Ann Mitchell"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150

ROTF LOL, that's what I'll tell the next trooper who pulls me over, "Ford
accepts a tolerance of 5 mph, why can't you?"
- -----Original Message-----
From: Union Auto
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Thursday, May 28, 1998 8:48 AM
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150


>They calibrate for different tires, but the allowable tolerance is 5 MPH.
>So according to Ford yours is acceptable.
>
>Nathan Bernard
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Ann Mitchell
>To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
>Date: Wednesday, May 27, 1998 6:26 PM
>Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150
>
>
>>My speedo on my 1998 F150 4x4 is off by 3 mph (slow). I have 16-in wheels
>>and 245/75/16 tires. I wonder if all the trucks are setup for some
>standard
>>wheel size and if you order something different nobody bothers to adjust
>for
>>it.
>
>
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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 18:44:49 -0500
From: "Beaman, James"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Static electricty

Ken Payne wrote:

> 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.
>
You can accomplish the same thing by just grabbing the metal door frame with
you hand until you are standing on the ground. The trouble is, here in
Houston, during high humidity periods, I get out of this habit since I don't
get the shock at those times. Then when we have a cool, dry day in the Fall
or Spring, it will get me and for a while, I'll get back in the habit.

James Beaman
james.beaman lmco.com
Houston, Texas
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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 17:18:27 -0700
From: WiNk
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150

Ann,
Ford's error may be true but the speed devices are, radar, infra red, and laser.

Radar is somewhat challengeable; infra red is not, and laser may not be either.
The speedometer is plus or minus more or less in accuracy "depending on the
speed" indicated on the speedometer.
Also, it is the driver's responsibility to keep the vehicle in operating
condition.

Maybe the 5 mph tolerance would work but I'm not willing to bet on it without
more info.


Ann Mitchell wrote:

> ROTF LOL, that's what I'll tell the next trooper who pulls me over, "Ford
> accepts a tolerance of 5 mph, why can't you?"
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Union Auto
> To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Date: Thursday, May 28, 1998 8:48 AM
> Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150
>
> >They calibrate for different tires, but the allowable tolerance is 5 MPH.
> >So according to Ford yours is acceptable.
> >
> >Nathan Bernard
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Ann Mitchell
> >To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> >Date: Wednesday, May 27, 1998 6:26 PM
> >Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150
> >
> >
> >>My speedo on my 1998 F150 4x4 is off by 3 mph (slow). I have 16-in wheels
> >>and 245/75/16 tires. I wonder if all the trucks are setup for some
> >standard
> >>wheel size and if you order something different nobody bothers to adjust
> >for
> >>it.
> >
> >
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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 17:20:25 -0700
From: WiNk
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Static electricty

If you look at some trucks etc. you will find that they have a strap dragging on
the ground. Try doing the same because the strap is there to eliminate "electro
static" discharges.



Beaman, James wrote:

> Ken Payne wrote:
>
> > 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.
> >
> You can accomplish the same thing by just grabbing the metal door frame with
> you hand until you are standing on the ground. The trouble is, here in
> Houston, during high humidity periods, I get out of this habit since I don't
> get the shock at those times. Then when we have a cool, dry day in the Fall
> or Spring, it will get me and for a while, I'll get back in the habit.
>
> James Beaman
> james.beaman lmco.com
> Houston, Texas
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