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In this issue:

FTE 97up - oil leak
Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.
FTE 97up - common Power Stroke problems
Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.
FTE 97up - Ranger Wins in Consumer Reports Dec 98 Issue
Re: FTE 97up - limited slip swap
FTE 97up - F250 CC V10 Order picked up!
Re: FTE 97up - Oil filter location - 1999 F-150 4.
Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.
FTE 97up - speedo calibration, Nathan or other knowledgeable person needed!
Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.
FTE 97up - Running Boards
Re: FTE 97up - Running Boards**
RE: FTE 97up - speedo calibration, Nathan or other knowledgeable person needed!
Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.
FTE 97up - RE:1999 F350 Crew Cab Accessories
Re: FTE 97up - speedo calibration, Nathan or other knowledgeable person needed!
RE: FTE 97up - Running Boards
Re: FTE 97up - speedo calibration, Nathan or other knowledgeable person needed!

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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 08:01:26 -0500
From: "tritech"
Subject: FTE 97up - oil leak

I had reported that my 99SD,SC,LB,SRW,PSD,4X4,F250 had been leaking oil from
the inner-cooler tube on the driver side. The truck was found to have a
bad turbo. The truck had about 9500 miles at time of repair. Is this a
repair anyone has heard of for the New PSD? I have had many new Ford Trucks
starting in "79" and all were driven in excess of 150k with out major
repairs in the first 100k. I have a 91 Explore with 217k now and the only
major was a trans. at 100k! this is the first PSD and I hope this is a
fluke.

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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 07:52:45 -0600
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.

What do they track by VIN, partial VIN or rail car number? I can't seem to
make it work.

Nathan

- -----Original Message-----
From: Pat & Anna
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 7:40 PM
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.


>on Tuesday 24-11-98 16:24, Union Auto wrote:
>
>>Does anyone know how to track railcars on the web?
>
> Union Pacific Railroad
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://my.uprr.com/pub/pet/index.shtml
>
>Posted here previously and we know it works!
>
> Pat
>
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>
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 08:16:38 -0600
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: FTE 97up - common Power Stroke problems

Yes this is a fluke. The only things we've had for Power strokes are

1. late 1996 and early 1997 Power Strokes (in F-Series) we have had some
bad injectors. They act up only at idle and make the truck idle very rough.
Apparently when Caterpillar makes the injectors they test them to fire at
everything except idle and they produced a bad batch of injectors. Haven't
had this with 1995's or even later 1997's.

2. The pre-Super Duty trucks could have problems with the Cam position
sensor causing the truck to not start. This is one of the things they
changed on the 1999 engines. It wasn't very common on the older trucks but
we had enough to say that it wasn't a fluke.

3. Super Duty Air box. On trucks built before 7-13-98 the airbox made all
the air for the engine get picked up just in front of the LF tire. In areas
like here in Iowa that have gravel roads this acted like a vacuum cleaner
and picked up dust. We had air cleaners plugging in 3,000 miles. As a
result all trucks built after this day had a different air box that can take
air from in front of the tire but doesn't have to so this makes the air
cleaner last much longer. If you have a early truck (Power Stroke only) you
can get the air box replaced under warranty. Tell the dealer it's TSB
98-16-11 and they can put the new style air box in.

4. Lack of maintenance causing truck not to start. The Power Stroke
requires oil pressure to start. We've had a couple of trucks get towed in
for not starting and found out that they had 15W40 with 6,000 miles on it
and in -20 degree weather the oil was so thick it couldn't pump it and
wouldn't start. I worked on one myself, and when I pulled the drain plug it
dripped about 1 time every 20 minutes. I put a magnetic heater on and let
in drain overnight. Then refilled the engine with 10W30 oil and it started
no problem and never gave problems again.

5. Wrong oil. We've had a couple of people put in oil that didn't have the
CG-4/SH oil. It causes the engine to run rough. The oil foams (CG-4 has
anti foaming additives) causing the engine to miss as it looses oil
pressure.

6. Bug shields on old style pickups. If you have a Power Stroke in a 1997
or older pickup with a bug shield, make sure Th. bug shield has a notch on
the drivers side so it doesn't restrict the air intake. I had a 1993 IDI
turbo 7.3L loose an engine because the turbo sucked a gasket out of itself
and leaked all the oil. Then the engine was destroyed by lack of
lubrication. This was all caused by a bug shield, so make sure you have the
right one for the truck.

Thats about the only thing I've seen other than odd stuff

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

- -----Original Message-----
From: tritech
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 1998 7:13 AM
Subject: FTE 97up - oil leak


>I had reported that my 99SD,SC,LB,SRW,PSD,4X4,F250 had been leaking oil
from
>the inner-cooler tube on the driver side. The truck was found to have a
>bad turbo. The truck had about 9500 miles at time of repair. Is this a
>repair anyone has heard of for the New PSD? I have had many new Ford
Trucks
>starting in "79" and all were driven in excess of 150k with out major
>repairs in the first 100k. I have a 91 Explore with 217k now and the only
>major was a trans. at 100k! this is the first PSD and I hope this is a
>fluke.
>
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 09:25:17 EST
From: RAMWORKER aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.

Nathan,

You need the rail car number.

Best Regards,
Robert

In a message dated 11/25/98 8:02:29 AM Central Standard Time,
unionaut adiis.net writes:

> What do they track by VIN, partial VIN or rail car number? I can't seem to
> make it work.
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 09:35:06 EST
From: JDavis1277 aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Ranger Wins in Consumer Reports Dec 98 Issue

Consumer Reports December 98 issue compared a Ranger against a Chebby S-10 and
a Toy Tacoma.

The Ranger won, of course. But who would have expected such a wide margin?
CR said, among other things, "The Ford is the best of the bunch - and the
least expensive to boot - outscoring the Chevrolet in our tests." They also
said, "The Toyota Tacoma is a crude, unpleasant vehicle - surprising
considering what we've come to expect from this manufacturer."

The article is worth reading if you happen to see a copy in your library or
barber shop. What is a little surprising is what CR considers to be important
in trucks. Because trucks have become such a common sight in yuppie
driveways, CR seems to think they should really be compared to cars. I
believe most people on this list think a truck should first be a truck, then
be a family hauler.

Thanks, Butch Davis-
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 08:32:15 -0600
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - limited slip swap

It can be done, but I'd expect it to cost $500 possibly more.

Nathan Bernard

- -----Original Message-----
From: shane o. conger
To: 97up-list-digest
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 7:26 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - limited slip swap


>Nathan, I have a question you may be able to answer for me. I have a
>1998 F-150 SC SB 4x2 XLT with 4.6L and 3.55 rear. I would like to have
>the ford limited slip installed in place of my dog leg rear. What
>should this cost me? Any infor would be a great help. Thanks
>
> Shane O.
>Conger
>
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 12:19:04 -0500
From: Dick_Dorff baynetworks.com (Dick Dorff)
Subject: FTE 97up - F250 CC V10 Order picked up!

Ordered 10/27: 99 F250 CC SB XLT 4x4 V10 3.73ls(so far) TT Hitch Slider
Dp Wdgwd/Silver, Denim Int, Slider, Prvcy Glass

Just heard this minute that the order got pulled yesterday, 11/24 (4
wks), with a due date of 1/4 (9 wks), although it "could" come in a
little sooner. Guess I'll have to get the wife something (else) for
Christmas after all. :-( Says I might have about a week to make any
changes, like the rear-end gearing from 3.73LS to 4.30LS, but that it's
a grey area in knowing when it will become too late to make changes.
Decisions, decisions...

Happy Thanksgiving USers. Canadians, I'll be with you visiting the
in-laws. Don't look for me in the new truck yet though.

Dick Dorff
Groton, MA
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 12:30:57 EST
From: LegalImag aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Oil filter location - 1999 F-150 4.

They have them on the front bumper because the trucks have a oil cooler.

Hope this helps
Scott Combs
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 11:25:18 -0600
From: "Jack B"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.

Union Pacific Railroad doesn't show info for this car. Which means it is
probably being used by another carrier but using a UPRR car. I can track it
on another site but the web address is at home. I'll check this evening and
get back with you.

Union Pacific RR site: www.uprr.com

It's nice to try and help you for once. You offered so much information to
me when I was going through my ordering process this past summer.

Jack
JBowell msn.com
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://members.aol.com/hjbowell


- ----- Original Message -----
From: Union Auto
To: Ford Truck Enthusiast
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 16:24
Subject: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.


>Does anyone know how to track railcars on the web? I have a F-250 running
>late it's VIN is 1ftnf21sxxec53405 and according to my info should be on
>rail car # TTGX941500. Any help would be appreciated.
>
>Thanks
>
>Nathan Bernard
>Union Auto, Inc.
>Union, IA 50258
>
>
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 09:34:58 -0800
From: "Kevin Mayer"
Subject: FTE 97up - speedo calibration, Nathan or other knowledgeable person needed!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

I have a 99 super duty psd that was ordered with the 265/75 tires. I
replaced them with 285/75 tires, and the speedo is now off by a few mph. I
have been getting a run around when I call dealers as to recalibration. One
said you can not do because of smog. Another dealer tried to do it, but
could not get the computer to accept his input. Several other dealers just
said it could not be done. The most recent dealer I called said some 99's
could be recalibrated, others had to have the gem module replaced.

On the other hand, I've seen postings from several other people on the net
that have had it done successfully, and with not that much anxiety. I am at
the point where I would really appreciate some info from someone that either
knows the answer, or takes the time to find out. I plan on keeping this
truck for many, many years, and I want to get this annoyance taken care of.
I would be very grateful for any help.

Thanks,

Kevin


Bear Creek Consulting
Kevin Mayer
phone 425-702-9500
fax 425-702-0421
Web Site Development, Marketing and Hosting
www.bearcreeknet.com


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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 11:26:53 -0600
From: "Jack B"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.

Only if the railcar is being pulled by one of their engines. Otherwise
you'll have to be registered to use NetRedi for other carriers ie...CSX,
Norfolk Southern, etc.

Jack
JBowell msn.com

- ----- Original Message -----
From: Pat & Anna
To:
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 19:16
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.


>on Tuesday 24-11-98 16:24, Union Auto wrote:
>
>>Does anyone know how to track railcars on the web?
>
> Union Pacific Railroad
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://my.uprr.com/pub/pet/index.shtml
>
>Posted here previously and we know it works!
>
> Pat
>
>--
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>
> "Boating, trucking, and loving life. What could be better? :-)"
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 11:40:33 -0600
From: greg_lewis metro.nashville.org
Subject: FTE 97up - Running Boards

I have a brand new 1999 Econoline E-350 XLT Super Duty Extended 15 passenger
Wagon. I cannot believe the thrill I get driving this big guy around town.
This vehicle replaced a 1993 Club Wagon 12 passenger which was totalled in
June due to some nut hitting my wife and I head-on at 100+ miles per hour
after losing control and crossing the median strip (we were doing 65 MPH the
other direction). As you can imagine the impact was tremendous and my wife
and I owe our lives to the 1993 Club as the the heighth and weight saved us.
It did nearly amputate my right foot which is now trying to heal.

My question is where do I find a reasonably priced set of full aluminum
running boards with the mud flaps that will support my 300 lb weight? The
Ford dealer's price is a little more than I can afford.

Thank you Ford for making such a strong and safe vehicle and thank you all
for your help.


Greg Lewis
Support Center
880-3812


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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 10:06:04 -0800
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Running Boards**

greg_lewis metro.nashville.org wrote:

> This vehicle replaced a 1993 Club Wagon 12 passenger which was totalled in
> June due to some nut hitting my wife and I head-on at 100+ miles per hour
> after losing control and crossing the median strip (we were doing 65 MPH the
> other direction). As you can imagine the impact was tremendous and my wife
> and I owe our lives to the 1993 Club as the the heighth and weight saved us.

Wow...what happened to the other guy??

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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 13:10:12 -0500
From: "Sutton, Mike"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - speedo calibration, Nathan or other knowledgeable person needed!

The speedometer calibrations are usually done by changing the speedo drive
gear at the transmission. I had a 95 Mustang that I put a 3.73 rearend in,
replacing the stocdk 3.08, which made my speedo off by several mph. I was
able to change the drive gear and get it within 3 or 4 mph. If your speedo
is within a couple of mph, you probably cannot get it any closer.

Regards,
Mike Sutton
mike.sutton gsc.gte.com
(919) 549-1215

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From: Kevin Mayer [SMTP:kmayer bearcreeknet.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 1998 12:35 PM
To: 97up-List Ford List
Subject: FTE 97up - speedo calibration, Nathan or other
knowledgeable person needed!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

I have a 99 super duty psd that was ordered with the 265/75 tires. I
replaced them with 285/75 tires, and the speedo is now off by a few
mph. I
have been getting a run around when I call dealers as to
recalibration. One
said you can not do because of smog. Another dealer tried to do it,
but
could not get the computer to accept his input. Several other
dealers just
said it could not be done. The most recent dealer I called said some
99's
could be recalibrated, others had to have the gem module replaced.

On the other hand, I've seen postings from several other people on
the net
that have had it done successfully, and with not that much anxiety.
I am at
the point where I would really appreciate some info from someone
that either
knows the answer, or takes the time to find out. I plan on keeping
this
truck for many, many years, and I want to get this annoyance taken
care of.
I would be very grateful for any help.

Thanks,

Kevin


Bear Creek Consulting
Kevin Mayer
phone 425-702-9500
fax 425-702-0421
Web Site Development, Marketing and Hosting
www.bearcreeknet.com


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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 14:21:27 -0500
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - tracking rail cars on the web.

Union Auto wrote:
>
> Does anyone know how to track railcars on the web? I have a F-250 running
> late it's VIN is 1ftnf21sxxec53405 and according to my info should be on
> rail car # TTGX941500. Any help would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks
>
> Nathan Bernard
> Union Auto, Inc.
> Union, IA 50258
>
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Nathan,

As of 09:10 am central time today it was in Fordson J,MN.
It was released( given to railroad to be pulled). Canadian
Pacific Rail had a record of it. Go figure

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 12:51:23 -0500
From: Kenneth_Johnson nexus.roch.edu (Kenneth Johnson)
Subject: FTE 97up - RE:1999 F350 Crew Cab Accessories

Dan Brotzman Writes:
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 07:47:38 -0600
From: DanBrotzman
Subject: FTE 97up - 1999 F350 Crew Cab Accessories

I have a 1999 F350 crew cab 4x4 SRW on order and have been shopping for
=
a month now looking for full length running boards (wheel well to wheel
=
well), a frame mounted heavy duty chrome brush gaurd, and side window =
wind deflectors. Every time I go to the local parts stores or look at =
parts suppliers on the net I can't seem to find these items specific to
=
this model truck. Can any one offer some advice where these items can
be =
purchased?
Dan Brotzman

Try Performanceproducts.com , they carry a complete line of accessories
specifically for Ford Trucks.
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 14:44:50 EST
From: KWkM3 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - speedo calibration, Nathan or other knowledgeable person needed!

All you have to do is change the speedo gear. Only the electronic speedos that
came in broncos and f series can be recalibrated electronically.


Harry
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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 13:39:00 -0700
From: "Don Lewoniuk"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Running Boards

Check out DeeZee products

> Subject: FTE 97up - Running Boards
>
>
> My question is where do I find a reasonably priced set of full aluminum
> running boards with the mud flaps that will support my 300 lb weight? The
> Ford dealer's price is a little more than I can afford.
>
>
>
> Greg Lewis
> Support Center
> 880-3812

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Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 16:30:37 -0600
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - speedo calibration, Nathan or other knowledgeable person needed!

On all the newer trucks the speedo is electronic. There is a process to
recalibrate it, bu t I'll have to look up how to do it. I do remember that
you can only reprogram 3 times during the life of the vehicle.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Mayer
To: 97up-List Ford List
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 1998 11:44 AM
Subject: FTE 97up - speedo calibration, Nathan or other knowledgeable person
needed!


>Happy Thanksgiving to all.
>
>I have a 99 super duty psd that was ordered with the 265/75 tires. I
>replaced them with 285/75 tires, and the speedo is now off by a few mph. I
>have been getting a run around when I call dealers as to recalibration. One
>said you can not do because of smog. Another dealer tried to do it, but
>could not get the computer to accept his input. Several other dealers just
>said it could not be done. The most recent dealer I called said some 99's
>could be recalibrated, others had to have the gem module replaced.....


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