97up-list-digest Sunday, November 15 1998 Volume 01 : Number 278



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Synthetic oil
Re: FTE 97up - new throw
Re: FTE 97up - Ford Headlight adjusting tool
Re: FTE 97up - Weight distributing hitch on F-250 SD 4x4?
FTE 97up - weight distributing hitch
RE: FTE 97up - Weight distributing hitch on F-250 SD 4x4?
FTE 97up - ADMIN: Password changing if you have an FTE email account

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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 17:02:12 -0500
From: paul naas
Subject: FTE 97up - Synthetic oil

Nathan,
I've been using Mobil 1 in my Fords since 1978 and when I first started
to buy the stuff it was printed right on the can; 25,000 miles or 12
months (you were told to renew the oil filter at 6 months and top back
off), which ever comes first. After several years that statement was
removed and they began to recommend changing per auto manufactures
instructions because the auto guys said that they probably would not
warrenty an engine failure with those extended oil changes. You are
totally accurate that its actually cheap insurance but you can safely
push the limits of your oil changes and remain confident that no damage
is occuring in your engine. Recently I was out of state and found that
I was 1 quart low in my 97 F-150 4.6. Checking my records I had put
5100 miles on since my last change. No concern after some of the
consumption reports I've seen on this site.
I addad a quart and changed oil at 7500 miles as I usually do. I use
Mobil 1 in everything I own and the cars/trucks that belong to my kids,
use the same change cycle and have never had to lift as much as a valve
cover on any of the engines.
Just a little history....
Paul Naas
vbnaas erols.com

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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 18:17:50 EST
From: ROBBCWZ aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - new throw

In a message dated 11/13/98 12:21:26 PM Central Standard Time,
glepore visuallink.com writes:


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>I forgot to mention this in an ealier post - I also received my new
>blanket from Ford. Its a nice throw with a "Ford, 50 years of service"
>emblazoned on it. Really nice!

Interesting. I received a window sticker, and patch, but no
blanket. How does one qualify for one of these?

Glenn >>


The same way I got my F-150 chairs - you beg and create a fuss with Ford!

Robert T Cowzer
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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 18:20:17 EST
From: ROBBCWZ aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Ford Headlight adjusting tool

In a message dated 11/14/98 11:49:56 AM Central Standard Time,
jmc.chartier sympatico.ca writes:



There was a discussion on how to adjust the headlights on
the Pickups. Well I bought the tool at my local UAP/NAPA
store. It is made by UltraPro. Part # 62140. It cost me
$27.00 CDN or $17.00 US. What it is, is a 4mm ratchet head
on a 12 inch handle. All you do is slip it over the
adjuster and ratchet away.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier >>

I have found it just as easy - and much cheaper - just to remove the headlight
assembly and rotate the "star" adjusters by hand and then slip the assembly
back in.

Robert T Cowzer
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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 18:34:44 -0500
From: "Larry Hackler"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Weight distributing hitch on F-250 SD 4x4?

While my F150 4x4 does not have the drop you will have with the F250 SD 4x4
it works the same way. They make draw bars (I believe that is what they are
called) that can drop the device which holds the ball and the connections
for the sway bars and weight distribution connections. The truck and
trailer are each level. The web site
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.mindspring.com/~hacklerl/history.html has a picture of the truck
and trailer with all the hitch equipment on it. The hitch does not show in
the picture but it does show that the trailer is level.

It can be done. If I can help, let me know.


Larry

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From: Bud Feuless & Miki Magara
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Saturday, November 14, 1998 2:50 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Weight distributing hitch on F-250 SD 4x4?



>
>If anyone else has seen different ways to attach a weight-distributing
hitch
>to a vehicle that will also need a substantial drop, I'd appreciate your
>helpful thoughts.
>
>Thanks, Bud


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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 19:37:46 -0500
From: RICK KANE
Subject: FTE 97up - weight distributing hitch

I use a weight distributing hitch made by Reese to tow my 7000# camper.
This set-up incorperates a sway bar and works great. There are no
modifications to the truck or receiver. The hitch also has an
adjustable drop.
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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 18:56:06 -0600
From: "Jeff Schapker"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Weight distributing hitch on F-250 SD 4x4?

I have a 1999 F-350 DRW PSD 4X4 C.C. and I bought a drop pintle receiver
adapter rated at 10,000 gross weight and 1,000 tongue weight.
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.hitch-web.com/default.asp I also bought a dual purpose pintle
which has a 10,000 ball capacity, 16,000 pintle capacity, and 3,000 tongue
capacity. I bought the dual purpose pintle out of a Northern catalog
www.northern-online.com It might not be as fast to change the height as a
Roto-Eze but I bet it is a heck of a lot stronger.
Jeff




you know i was thinking the same, i too will be figureing some kind of drop
now with my new F250 4x4, i usually will be useing it for pulling car
approx.
5000 lb. I was wondering how this is going to effect if i go to a enclosed
trailer? Anyone got any insight?

RS

A major use for the F-250 SD 4x4 I will be ordering will be trailering
boats
(note the plural, that's important), which will weigh in at 9-10,000#. The
trick here for me is that the trailer tongue will sit well below the bumper
or receiver when level. Obviously I need to get the ball down somehow and
obvious options include a drop bumper or a receiver hitch with a properly
rated ball mount with a drop, like a Roto-Eze. But, one problem still
remains. What if I need to use a weight-distributing hitch (sway bars)?

A weight distributing hitch relies on a special ball mount that has slots
under the ball for the sway bars which will then attach to the trailer and
lever the back of the truck back up, distributing the load much more evenly
between the front axle, rear axle, and trailer. It would not be needed for
short hauls, especially if I get a class V hitch that will handle 10,000#
of
dead-weight. But, in highway or long-distance travel, where wind gusts
from
weather or passing trucks become an issue, a weight-distributing hitch
becomes a tremendous asset. I have never seen such a hitch; however, that
included a drop.

The only possibilities I can think of would be to get the dead-weight hitch
and just live without the weight-distributing gear (maybe with helper
springs), which could be dangerous on long trips in wind. I could get a
drop bumper and attach a receiver to it, which is an option from most
manufacturer's like Fey, SmittyBilt and others. That would allow me to use
the weight distributing hitch; however, the different boat trailers I tow
have different tongue heights when level, so this would still pose a
problem.

If anyone else has seen different ways to attach a weight-distributing
hitch
to a vehicle that will also need a substantial drop, I'd appreciate your
helpful thoughts.

Thanks, Bud
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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 20:05:51 -0500
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