97up-list-digest Monday, November 16 1998 Volume 01 : Number 279



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 97up - floor mats
FTE 97up - ADMIN: BBS info
Re: FTE 97up - new throw
FTE 97up - F-250
RE: FTE 97up - floor mats
FTE 97up - Re: Need a step ladder!
FTE 97up - Re: drop-type weight distributing hitch
RE: FTE 97up - Lariat owner gifts.
FTE 97up - Power-Takeoff Provision - Broadcast Message for Help!
FTE 97up - 1st Off Road Trip (was: stuck in the mud)
FTE 97up - Re: Fog light installation
RE: FTE 97up - first short road trip

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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 07:33:06 EST
From: RSnovi aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - floor mats

anyone know what pricingand or avalibility is on floor mats for a 99 SD XLT,
as we all know Ford never gives us mats.

RS
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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 08:12:50 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: BBS info

A few list members have asked why you must "register" before
using the web BBS. They correctly pointed out that most BBS
systems don't require this. The reason is simple: spam.

Systems that don't require registering allow automated email
address harvesters into them. Registering is a process that
an address harvester cannot do. Therefore, you can safely
use our BBS without fear that you'll end up on spam lists.

Now returning you to our regular program....

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 10:15:35 EST
From: Mlotsp aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - new throw


>
>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 >>

When I purchased my '98 F-150 SC 4X4 Lariat, I received the 50 year
anniversary throw. My friend purchased a '98 F-150 SC 4X2 XLT two weeks after
my purchase and never received the throw. We both received the 50 year
patches. I'm beginning to think that maybe Ford only sends out the throw
gifts to those who purchase Lariat models.

Mike
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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 12:36:30 -0500
From: Bill
Subject: FTE 97up - F-250

I'm about to order a F-250 Super Cab, Longbed, 2wd, V-10, Automatic,
stock tires. It will be used mostly for pulling a Fifth Wheel travel
trailer weighting 9650 loaded. I like to travel at 60 to 65MPH. Both
the 3.73 and 4.30 axle ratio are listed for this load. Question: is
anyone pulling this weight with the above listed equipment? If so using
which rear end? What is the engine RPM at 60MPH? Are you able to pull
in overdrive? Does anyone know why the 4.10 rear end is not available
with the V-10? At present I am pulling with a 351 and 3.73 rear end.
This combo pulls well on average roads, but is sluggish on very long
grades and mountain roads. Thanks for any help provided. Bill- retired
Ford Wixom Assembly Plant (Mi)

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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 15:34:07 -0600
From: "Jeff Schapker"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - floor mats

I just bought a set of Catch-All molded carpet floor mats
www.niftyproducts.com and they look and fit great! They are an exact color
match and you can simply hose them off to clean. Ordered them from Summit
Racing. www.summitracing.com
Jeff

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From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com] On Behalf Of RSnovi aol.com
Sent: Sunday, November 15, 1998 6:33 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - floor mats

anyone know what pricingand or avalibility is on floor mats for a 99 SD XLT,
as we all know Ford never gives us mats.

RS
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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 17:39:35 -0500
From: Gary & Nancy Brinck
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Need a step ladder!

Charles,
DeeZee makes a very nice box step for the Superduty. They are available in diamond
plate, brite/black combo or all black. Installation is straight-forward. I got the
all-black model cause I already had the factory cab steps in dark gray and thought
the black would blend in better. Which it does. But now I think the brite/blacl
combo also would have looked fine.

Gary

Charles wrote:...
> What I'm going to need too is a short step just before the rear wheel well, for
> accessing a tool box. Anyone have suggestions? I also understand that it's not
> good to have one contiguous step between the bed and the cab, because both
> sections flex independently. Does this hold true for the Super Duty?
>
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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 17:55:18 -0500
From: Gary & Nancy Brinck
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: drop-type weight distributing hitch

I had an adjustable height, weight distributing hitch many years ago, so there is
indeed such a thing made. However, I don't recall a brand name. I would think any
professional hitch installation shop would be able to get one for you, though.

Gary

Bud wrote:
> ...a weight-distributing hitch becomes a tremendous asset. I have never seen such a hitch; however, that included a drop.
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Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 08:54:50 -0500
From: "jim schang"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Lariat owner gifts.

Yes, I received a very nice scenic lap blanket with the 50 Years Ford Tough
emblem etc. As far as I am concerned it is just frosting on the cake. Love
the F350 Super Duty with or without the gift.

jim

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
> [mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Union Auto
> Sent: Friday, November 13, 1998 2:33 PM
> To: Ford Truck Enthusiast
> Subject: FTE 97up - Lariat owner gifts.
>
>
> I was wondering if people that have purchased Lariat Super Duties have
> received any gifts. In the past with the high end of a model line (Eddie
> Bauer, Limited, Lariat, etc..) they have sent out a gift. In the past its
> been directors chars, duffel bags and blankets. Has anyone with a super
> duty gotten anything? As a dealer they don't tell us what they
> send out so
> the only way we now is if a customer tells us.
>
> Nathan Bernard
> Union Auto, Inc.
> Union, IA 50258
>
>
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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 22:19:03 -0500
From: "Keith Veren"
Subject: FTE 97up - Power-Takeoff Provision - Broadcast Message for Help!

Can anyone please post a simple explanation of the power takeoff provision,
eg.,
1. how it works (especially on the V-10 F-350 SuperDuty which does not have
an auxiliary
idle feature) and what uses are available
2. What aftermarket equipment is required
3. who sells the aftermarket units required
4. typical uses
5. costs, problems associated with then, any other relevant information

Thank you very much.

Keith
[on 09/26/98 ordered F-350 SuperDuty / XLT / LongBed / SuperCab / V-10 /
3.73LS / 4X4 / PTO / Snowplow / Off-Road / Tow Package / All the other
goodies: still waiting]


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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 23:46:43 -0500
From: "Eddie Pettit"
Subject: FTE 97up - 1st Off Road Trip (was: stuck in the mud)

>Well I went and got my truck stuck bad this weekend in a mud pit....
>Shawn
>97 F-mudy150, mud package, mud tires,
>mud everywhere.


Well, I didn't get stuck, but I did take our newly acquired 97 F150 with
it's new LT285/75R16 tires for it's first off road excusion to the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area in North Carolina. I can now
verify that the 4WD does indeed work, and the limited slip differential in
the rear works extremely well. We aired down as soon as we got there to
make the ride smoother, lessen the damage on the terrain and increase our
tires patch on the ground. In several ocassions while blazing a trail
across a part of the beach that wasn't heavily travelled the F150 pushed
itself right through the deep sand where other vehicles, mainly stock Jeeps
and Cherokees, had to back up and try it again. I am very pleased with it's
performance and have to say..."I love an automatic for four-wheeling!", all
my previous four-wheel drives have been sticks.

To see some photos:
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pettitcompany.com/97f150/html/1st_cape_trip.html

We had a good time and picked up a little bit of trash while we were there,
enjoy the photos.

Eddie Pettit
Midlothian VA
eddie thepettitfamily.org
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.thepettitfamily.org/

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Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 00:05:33 -0500
From: "Eddie Pettit"
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Fog light installation

>Jim, if you purchase the kit, you should be able to install it yourself, I
put
>one in my Expy, but didnt have to run the wiring, (Its there from the
factory
>on the Expy's and also I think on the 4X4 Trucks)

Can anyone confirm or deny that the wiring is already there on the 4WD
trucks? My F150 appears to have the proper switch, which to me means, that
when the headlights are on you can pull the knob out as if to turn on the
fogs. Is the wiring attached to the back of the switch already?

If the wiring isn't attached or even there, how do I get to the back of the
switch?

I ran across an Expedition this weekend with fog/driving lights mounted in
the bumper around the license plate frame. The brackets were fabricated at
the dealership but it looks easy enough to do so I hope to tackle this next
weekend, weather permitting. I have a garage, but it's full of pinball
machines so I can't use it. :-(

Eddie Pettit
Midlothian VA
eddie thepettitfamily.org
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pettitcompany.com/97f150/



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Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 01:52:00 -0600
From: scott anderson
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - first short road trip

>===== Original Message From 97up-list ford-trucks.com =====
>well i am very impressed how my 99' F250 SD PS SC 4x4 did today, i had a 4
>hour jaunt today, (no load, only 500 miles on the clock) I can say a few
>things i have not seen one person that doesnt like it or its not impressed
>with it. I got many looks, and did some looking my self from my new found
>height.
>Filled up my first time, whats the deal with this new style ford cap? it took
>me a few trys but i figured it out.
> I like the way the diesel hole is angled too for no splash back, its about
>time! This is mine personally first diesel , anyone got any suggestions on
>where to buy out on the road?
>
>Ross S.
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Does anyone have an ARB Locker installed on their truck? If so, how well
do they enhance 4X4 performance? Are they worth the money? Are they hard to
install? Are they hard on your truck? Will they work on all trucks? Thanks....


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