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97up-list-digest Tuesday, October 6 1998 Volume 01 : Number 236



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In this issue:

RE: FTE 97up - Re: Last of the Lugs
FTE 97up - Re: tonneau covers
FTE 97up - New '97HD250 still on the lot.
FTE 97up - ADMIN: My health and thanks
FTE 97up - 5.4L Cold Start Knock
FTE 97up - ADMIN: Web site updates

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Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 07:40:28 -0700
From: "Johnson, John"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Re: Last of the Lugs

No loose nut problems yet; I tightened them just a bit after 500 miles
just to be on the safe side.

I'm curious which engine you have . I got 17 MPG on a trip to New
Mexico from Tucson, AZ. Mostly highway miles at almost 80 MPH. About
100 miles were in the mountains on a two lane road at 20 to 30 MPH. I
have the 4.6 and I was hoping for closer to 20 MPG. I love the truck;
what a great ride!

JJ

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> From: SSeeplane aol.com[SMTP:SSeeplane aol.com]
> Reply To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Saturday, October 03, 1998 6:43 AM
> To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Last of the Lugs
>
> ROBBCWZ aol.com writes:
>
>
> truck... !
>
>
> tends to
> >
>
> Something to be said for the variability inherent in manufacturing
> tolerances.
> I'm glad you and others haven't had to deal with loose lug nuts. I
> was just
> relating my experience with the issue.
>
> I put the lug wrench on the lug nuts and the nuts could be be rotated
> >270
> using a standard bolt tightening sequence with two passes. And I'm no
> weight
> lifter.
>
> My "hubcaps" don't make full engagement on all nuts and I do expect
> some day
> to find one of them missing. My experience with plastic in an external
> environment and flexed a few times (work hardening) is that it will
> eventually
> get brittle, either from UV, chemical attack, or the cyclic fatigue.
> My caps
> are all plastic with molded clips on the interior. I expect those
> clips to
> snap right off someday, they're not that substantial. Those clips
> don't even
> touch some of the nut faces.
>
> I notice on here some people have broken their caps trying to get them
> off.
> My caps come off very easily. Almost too easily for my taste. But
> that is a
> minor concern in an otherwise great truck. (averaging 18mpg at 9,000
> miles)
>
> Granted, the two finger loose nuts discovered on the first inspection
> could
> have come from the factory improperly tightened, but, if FORD didn't
> think
> theses nuts would rotate, why would they issue a Recall to have them
> replaced?????
>
> Newly-nutted,
>
> Steve
>
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Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 12:45:09 -0500
From: Kenneth_Johnson nexus.roch.edu (Kenneth Johnson)
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: tonneau covers

>Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 13:40:37 EDT
>From: MRoadarDOJ aol.com
>Subject: FTE 97up - Box cover

>I am debating how to cover the box on my 1999 F-350 crewcab. I will
>put a
>slide-in camper on the truck from time to time so I want something two
>people
>(meaning me and the wife) can put on and take off relatively easily.
>Also, it
>needs to be lockable and fairly secure. The cab-high cover would seem
>to be
>the most practical but I'm afraid I'll loose the distinctive "truck"
>look and
>end up looking like a SUV. (This would not be good because the first
>time
>somebody asked me how I liked my Suburban I'd be facing a murder
>charge.) The
>hard tonneau covers keep the look I like but the ones I've seen only
>lift a
>couple feet which would sharply limit the size of what I could put in.
>Does
>anyone know if you can drive with the tonneau cover in the "up"
>position?
>I've also seen covers that fit flush with the top of the box and roll
>up like
>an old roll-top desk into a box at the front of the box. But the specs
>I've
>seen indicate that these are fairly heavy and not that easy to put on
>and take
>out. Anybody have any comments or other suggestions? Thanks.

Kenneth_Johnson nexus.roch.edu
Oct. 5,1998

I've got a '97 F150 with a Waldoch bed cover which works great. Pull
two pins in front and unhook the gas lifts and it comes right off,
weighs about 150lbs, so two people can easily handle it. They don't
recommend driving with the cover up and chances are if it won't fit in
the box with the cover on you're not going to want to keep it in there
for very long any way. Good luck.
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Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 17:49:36 -0500
From: "Sven Setterdahl"
Subject: FTE 97up - New '97HD250 still on the lot.

Do you think a dealer would make a decent deal on one? The local Ford
dealer still has one on the lot. What's a fair price? Yes it's still new,
but as soon as you sign on the dotted line, it depreciates two years in
value. Does Ford offer any incentives or rebates that help ease this
depreciation?

thanks,
Sven

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Date: Mon, 05 Oct 1998 22:31:43 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: My health and thanks

Many members have sent, either through the lists or personally,
their concerns since I announced that I was on bed rest last
week.

Now that the ordeal is over, I'll let everyone know what
happened. Thursday night I started having numbness on the
left side of my face and on my left arm. Fearing the worst,
since something like this usually indicates a) heart attack,
b) stroke or c) brain tumor, I went to the hospital.

The EKG, blood work and cat scan came back normal. I was
told to get bed rest until I could see a neurologist. On
Saturday, the symptoms came back. I was given an MRI. It
came back normal. Today I say the neurologist. It turns
out that I was having an unusual/rare form of migraine headache.
I normally don't get many headaches so this was a surprise to me!

Well, its not life threatening, or even life-span threatening
so as the say down under: "no worries".

Thanks to the many who expressed their concerns.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com
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Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 21:46:05 -0600
From: Morgan
Subject: FTE 97up - 5.4L Cold Start Knock

Just took possession of my new '99 F-150 today after Ford made a "buy back"
on my cold start knock '97 5.4L F-150. I am one very satisfied Ford
customer. For Tim A. at Ford, please explain why my '99 4X4 5.4L has the
4R70W trany and my '97 2WD 5.4L had the E4OD? Please tell me the 4R70W has
been "beefed-up" and its not a case that all the E4OD's are going into the
SD's! Here's hoping the '99 4R70W will handle the extra Hp. and torque of
the 5.4L in a 4X4.
Dennis Morgan
Havre, MT.

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Date: Tue, 06 Oct 1998 00:35:45 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Web site updates

1. New links added to misc vehicle links page.
2. New links added to misc trucks links page.
3. Following pictorial additions:
37 pickup, 41 "Crewcab", 53 F600, 54 F100,
57 F100, 70 F250, 72 F100, 77 F250, 78 F150
92 F150, 98 Ranger, 99 F250 SD Crewcab,
99 F350 SD
4. Event added to events page.
5. Cyber-Teddy Top 500 web site award added to awards page.

T-shirt voting page is in the works.

Later,
Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com
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