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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Speedo Re-calibration
Re: FTE 97up - Speedo Re-calibration
RE: FTE 97up - Speedo Re-calibration
FTE 97up - Cruise control cables
RE: FTE 97up - 2000 Lightning
RE: FTE 97up - Rear window removal - Leaking Roof.
FTE 97up - First Impressions/ Help
FTE 97up - Noisy leaf springs
Re: FTE 97up - Speedo Re-calibration
FTE 97up - First Impression / Help
Re: FTE 97up - First Impressions/ Help
Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)
Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)
Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (Swap that tranny)
Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)
FTE 97up - grammer and other off subject posts
Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)
Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)
Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)
Re: FTE 97up - Rear window removal - Leaking Roof.
Re: FTE 97up - Noisy leaf springs
FTE 97up - info on the mazda tranny in the f-150

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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 04:56:17 -0700
From: Kent Tombs
Subject: FTE 97up - Speedo Re-calibration

Does anybody know what is involved in re-calibrating the speedometer on
a 99 Superduty. Any info greatly appreciated.
Thanks Kent
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 08:51:25 EDT
From: RAMWORKER aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Speedo Re-calibration

Check out this web site for an infinitely adjustable solution to the
speedometer problem:

Click here: Electronic Ratio
Adapter (ERA)


Best Regards,
Robert

In a message dated 5/19/99 4:55:46 AM Pacific Daylight Time, ktombs direct.ca
writes:

> Does anybody know what is involved in re-calibrating the speedometer on
> a 99 Superduty. Any info greatly appreciated.
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 09:06:30 -0400
From: "Matthew Powell"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Speedo Re-calibration

I know that with the 99 Ranger, it takes a new speedo gear (that is if you
get a different tire size)

/matt

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> Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 1999 7:56 AM
> To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE 97up - Speedo Re-calibration
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>
> Does anybody know what is involved in re-calibrating the speedometer on
> a 99 Superduty. Any info greatly appreciated.
> Thanks Kent
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 09:31:13 -0400
From: "Todd E."
Subject: FTE 97up - Cruise control cables

Any word on when the cruise control cables, to correct the recall on the
SD's will be available? I was planning on getting the brake line recall,
cruise control recall, and a fix for a loose exhaust heat shield all done at
the same time. I'm afraid that Ford might not get the cable fix ready until
the brake line recall has expired.

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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 08:41:44 -0500
From: "Chris Patrick"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - 2000 Lightning

There are only like three options, color, cd changer, and sunroof i think..
its on the ford svt website. as to price, my buddy is finance manager at
the local dealership, and lets just say i got a GOOD deal. dealers are
writing contracts at sticker for this truck all over the country. the 1-800
number on the website will tell you all you need to know.. call it....

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> [mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of C. K. Hartline
> Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 1999 6:18 PM
> To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 2000 Lightning
>
>
> Chris,
> Did your dealer have the specs on the 2000 Lightning yet
> or is a price
> not actually set yet? I would like to get ahold of the 2000
> specs and
> pricing so I can determine what I want and what it will cost me.
>
> C.K.
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 08:08:50 -0600
From: "Peter Taylor"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Rear window removal - Leaking Roof.

That's funny. My '98 F-150 SC just did the same thing to me. Again, we
were going through the car wash and noticed water on the back seat, coming
from the roof about 2-4 inches on either side of the sliding window. I
haven't called my dealer yet either.


Peter Taylor
Long-time lurker, first time post'er.

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Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 1999 6:19 PM
To: 97 & Up Ford Trucks Mailing List
Subject: FTE 97up - Rear window removal


I took my '98 F-150 SC through the car wash today, and noticed a leak - a
fast drip dripping off the rear edge of the headliner. It must have just
started, because in the year and a half since I bought the truck new, I've
checked frequently for leaks and found none.

I've got the sliding rear window, but the leak is coming in higher and to
the side of that, so I don't think the slider has anything to do with it. I
suspect the seal between the truck body and the window unit itself. Does
anyone know what's involved in removing the whole window? I don't plan to
do it myself, but I'd like to know so I can be prepared to check for damage
my dealer does when repairing it. Thanks.

Mike Fairleigh
mikef sky.net
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 09:27:26 PDT
From: "Scott Matus"
Subject: FTE 97up - First Impressions/ Help

This past weekend I drive my truck for short trip in the mountains to break
it in. The trip was from Castle Rock to Aspen Colorado. The truck is a 99
F350 PSD CC LRW Long Bed (build 9-17-99). I have to say this truck will
deliver everything that I wanted in a vehicle. I NEVER held up traffic at
any speed on any grade. Some of the mountain passes between Denver and
Aspen are 6+ % grades. I could hold 65 or 75 or 85 MPH on any of these
grades. The truck has ample power to spare. The Odometer now has 860 miles
on it. I am planning 2 to 3 more mountain trips during the break-in of this
motor. I observed the Pyrometer I installed for the truck's perfomance
monitoring. At idle the temp stayed around 250 F, Cruising on flats around
450 F, and pushing it harder on steep grades usually 750 F. Only once did
the temp ever get to 900 F, that was 85 MPH on a 7% uphill grade. For
milage on this 500 mile trip it averaged about 18 MPG. I have a 6-Speed
gearbox.

On another note has anyone had a Hub Lock Fail. I ran my truck in 4 wheel
high for about 20 miles to lube the axle. When I went to turn the hub from
LOCK to AUTOMATIC the lever moved beyond the stop for automatic. So the
indicator is actually outside of the normal movement range from lock to
automatic. It could not be turned back inside the normal range. I removed
the hub lock so I could drive without the axle engaged. I covered the
hub/axle with tape to keep dust out. I hope this is not an indicator of
other problems I'll have.

Any questions?

Please Help!

Thank you,
Scott Matus.


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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 11:30:40 -0500
From: "Strukel, Mike"
Subject: FTE 97up - Noisy leaf springs

I called my dealer this morning and talked to him about the problem I was
having with the squeaky spring eye bushings on the front leafs on my
superduty. He has seen a number of trucks with this problem and said that
Ford has told them that a fix should be available in mid June. He
suggested that I remove the bolt and grease it. Has anyone had any luck
with this? i have already tried WD40 and Silcon spray, but that only lasts
a couple days.

Nathan: Any temp fixes for this? It is driving me crazy!


Mike Strukel
99 F250SD 4x4, 2" Superlift, 35x12.50 BFG Mud terrains

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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 10:29:45 -0600
From: Alan Bowes
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Speedo Re-calibration

Kent,

I don't have the shop manual in front of me just now, but I believe that the
calibration is handled by ordering a chip that is pre-programmed for the new
tire size that you plan to use. If you don't have a definite answer by this
evening, send me an e-mail and I'll look it up when I get home.

Alan


Kent Tombs wrote:

> Does anybody know what is involved in re-calibrating the speedometer on
> a 99 Superduty. Any info greatly appreciated.
> Thanks Kent

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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 09:35:21 PDT
From: "Scott Matus"
Subject: FTE 97up - First Impression / Help

This past weekend I drive my truck for short trip in the mountains to break
it in. The trip was from Castle Rock to Aspen Colorado. The truck is a 99
F350 PSD CC LRW Long Bed (build 9-17-99). I have to say this truck will
deliver everything that I wanted in a vehicle. I NEVER held up traffic at
any speed on any grade. Some of the mountain passes between Denver and
Aspen are 6+ % grades. I could hold 65 or 75 or 85 MPH on any of these
grades. The truck has ample power to spare. The Odometer now has 860 miles
on it. I am planning 2 to 3 more mountain trips during the break-in of this
motor. I observed the Pyrometer I installed for the truck's perfomance
monitoring. At idle the temp stayed around 250 F, Cruising on flats around
450 F, and pushing it harder on steep grades usually 750 F. Only once did
the temp ever get to 900 F, that was 85 MPH on a 7% uphill grade. For
milage on this 500 mile trip it averaged about 18 MPG. I have a 6-Speed
gearbox.

On another note has anyone had a Hub Lock Fail. I ran my truck in 4 wheel
high for about 20 miles to lube the axle. When I went to turn the hub from
LOCK to AUTOMATIC the lever moved beyond the stop for automatic. So the
indicator is actually outside of the normal movement range from lock to
automatic. It could not be turned back inside the normal range. I removed
the hub lock so I could drive without the axle engaged. I covered the
hub/axle with tape to keep dust out. I hope this is not an indicator of
other problems I'll have.

Any questions?

Please Help!

Thank you,
Scott Matus.
This past weekend I drive my truck for short trip in the mountains to break
it in. The trip was from Castle Rock to Aspen Colorado. The truck is a 99
F350 PSD CC LRW Long Bed (build 9-17-99). I have to say this truck will
deliver everything that I wanted in a vehicle. I NEVER held up traffic at
any speed on any grade. Some of the mountain passes between Denver and
Aspen are 6+ % grades. I could hold 65 or 75 or 85 MPH on any of these
grades. The truck has ample power to spare. The Odometer now has 860 miles
on it. I am planning 2 to 3 more mountain trips during the break-in of this
motor. I observed the Pyrometer I installed for the truck's perfomance
monitoring. At idle the temp stayed around 250 F, Cruising on flats around
450 F, and pushing it harder on steep grades usually 750 F. Only once did
the temp ever get to 900 F, that was 85 MPH on a 7% uphill grade. For
milage on this 500 mile trip it averaged about 18 MPG. I have a 6-Speed
gearbox.

On another note has anyone had a Hub Lock Fail. I ran my truck in 4 wheel
high for about 20 miles to lube the axle. When I went to turn the hub from
LOCK to AUTOMATIC the lever moved beyond the stop for automatic. So the
indicator is actually outside of the normal movement range from lock to
automatic. It could not be turned back inside the normal range. I removed
the hub lock so I could drive without the axle engaged. I covered the
hub/axle with tape to keep dust out. I hope this is not an indicator of
other problems I'll have.

Any questions?

Please Help!

Thank you,
Scott Matus.


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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 13:26:18 -0500
From: "Charles Abraham"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - First Impressions/ Help

I've heard of the ESOF hub lock coming off in your hand while trying to set it.
(through easily snapped back in position). Did you try reinstalling it to see if
it stayed within range without over traveling? I've got ESOP on mine and
always thought the hub dials to be alittle flimsy.

Great mileage; I just broke 19 (19.3) on my PSD, with only 2,400 miles on it.

Charles.
99.5 F250 PSD SC Short Bed 4x4 Off-Road 3.73LSD Lariat

>
> Scott Matus wrote:
>
> > This past weekend I drive my truck for short trip in the mountains to break
> > it in. The trip was from Castle Rock to Aspen Colorado. The truck is a 99
> > F350 PSD CC LRW Long Bed (build 9-17-99).
> > milage on this 500 mile trip it averaged about 18 MPG. I have a 6-Speed
> > gearbox.
> >
> > LOCK to AUTOMATIC the lever moved beyond the stop for automatic. So the
> > indicator is actually outside of the normal movement range from lock to
> > automatic. It could not be turned back inside the normal range. I removed
> > the hub lock so I could drive without the axle engaged.

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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 16:37:17 -0400
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)

"Douglas R. Floyd" wrote:
>
>
>
> > A 260-300 HP 5.4 in an F-150
> > body with a manual tranny would be my dream truck. I can
> > only wish Ford would build one.
>
> Take a look at the F-150 Lightning. ;)
>
Douglas,

My point exactly, gobs of power no manual tranny offered.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 15:47:43 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Douglas R. Floyd"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)

Ack, I should work on reading skills -- didn't notice the manual transmission
bit. (Guess this is what I get for working until 5am on music stuff.)

> >
> > Take a look at the F-150 Lightning. ;)
> >
> Douglas,
>
> My point exactly, gobs of power no manual tranny offered.
>
> Regards
>
> Jean Marc Chartier


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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 16:50:08 -0400
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (Swap that tranny)

GEORGE CROLL wrote:
>
> If anyone cares. It is possible to swap in a heavy duty tranny into the F-150 if you are willing to pay the price.
> Advance Adaptors, Novack engineering and other companies ahve been doing this for years in all kinds of vehicles,
> particularly jeeps, toyota FJ-40's, and old Broncos.
>
> For example, The Super Duty 5 speed and bellhousing probably bolt up to the 5.4 engine with no modifications other
> than possibly changing the flywheel. I am assuming that the 5.4 and 6.8 have the same bellhousing pattern. The
> clutch operation should also be easy to modify as it ts a hydraulic unit. For a two wheel drive application this could
> be done in a weekend or less.
>
> The problem will likely be in 4x4 applications mating the tranny to the stock F-150 t-case and differences in tranny
> length requiring driveshaft mods. The SD tranny to F-150 t-case might not be a direct bolt up. Several options exist
> for this. Use the heavy duty t-case from a super duty. Use an aftermarket t-case like the Atlas or Atlas II from
> Advance Adaptors. Or get an adaptor from Advance Adaptors or Novack Engineering. Many companies sell custom
> driveshafts for about $250 or so. the other problem is with the F-150 front end. I do not know how an aftermarket
> t-case would work with the front axle disconnect. If it were my truck I would just wire a switch that engaged the
> front axle disconnect and use it when i shifted into 4 wheel drive. I would have to look closer at the driveshaft
> connections on an F-150 to make sure it would work.
>
> I have done these types of mods to several jeeps that I have owned over the years and also to an old 76 chevy 4x4
> which I swapped 1 ton running gear into. I changed the Axles t-case, and tranny. If ford wont do it do it yourself.
> George Croll
> EPA-OAR-ARD
> (202)564-0162
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George,
My point is I want to buy it from the Ford factory with the
big engine and manual tranny. The cost of doing it myself
compared to Ford would be prohibitive.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 17:06:08 -0400
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)

Rob Bryan wrote:
>
> JMC wrote...
> >(snip)
> > I do not dispute
> > Mazda's ability to produce excellent components but I do
> > question Ford's reasoning for using a Mini truck
> > transmission in a Full size truck.
>
> A good question would be do you call this a mini-truck transmission just
> because it is made by Mazda? It certainly looks much bigger than the
> transmission that was used by them on their B2600. Also, remember that Mazda
> makes much larger trucks (than the mini B2600) for markets other than North
> America, and some of these are powered by turbodiesels with substantial
> torque ratings. This "Ford M5OD" could be from one of these vehicles, if it
> wasn't designed and made to Ford's specs in the first place.
>
> > I wanted a manual and I would have preferred the increased
> > power of the 5.4L but Ford doesn't produce this
> > combination. I am one of the odd ducks that wants gobs of
> > power and a manual tranny. To get this my next truck will
> > have to be a SD with a V10. A 260-300 HP 5.4 in an F-150
> > body with a manual tranny would be my dream truck. I can
> > only wish Ford would build one.
>
> Actually, you can get a 5.4L with the HD ZF 5-speed, if you get a SD. Since
> at least the mid 1980's, Ford has not allowed you to get a manual trans with
> the largest V8 (5.8L or 5.4L) in the F-150 chassis, but with the HD or SD
> chassis, those engines were offered with HD manuals (BW T-18 4-spd or ZF
> M5HD 5-spd). Interestingly enough, you could get a F-150 or Bronco with a
> 4.9L or 5.0L engine mated to the ZF HD 5-speed back in the early 90's. (In
> fact, one of the projects I want to build is an old (say '68-'72) F-250 or
> F-350 and swap in an EFI 4.9L I-6 and one of these transmissions. Why they
> don't offer that transmission now behind the 4.2 and 4.6 beats the heck out
> of me, as it would allow for full towing ability. My guess as to why they
> don't offer a manual with the 5.4 in the F-150 is would be something to do
> with emissions (you can't get a GM 1/2 ton with a 5.3 and a manual either).
> But a 5.4/M5HD combo would be a great swap into a truck that currently has a
> 4.6/M5OD (if it is out of warantee).
>
> Rob
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Rob,

I do not call it a Mini Truck tranny because it is made by
Mazda I call it that because the M5OD is the tranny used in
the Mazda and Ranger pickups.
I was talking about my "Dream truck". I do not tow, I use
the truck to play. The power from a SD 5.4 with the manual
in the superduty is 235 hp. My 4.6 puts out 220 stock.
With the Chip/Borla/Intake mods I have done I would dare
guess that I exceed or at least equal the 5.4L. And my
F-150 is lighter so it would be faster. In the mid
eighties I was in love with the Toyota 4x4 pick up. I am
sure if I would have got one I would have complained about
the lack of power or whatever..
If I am going to swap anything I will swap a 6.8 with an
M5HD into it. There is no substitute for cubes... I just
wish you could go to the Dealer and order what you (not Ford
or the EPA) want in your truck. I think your emissions
statement is right on the mark.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 17:27:42 -0400
From: "Pete Elliott"
Subject: FTE 97up - grammer and other off subject posts

awlright, y'all all needa quit yer complainin'. I ain a bit intersted in
yer personal werd problems.

- -Pete

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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 16:41:16 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Douglas R. Floyd"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)

> If I am going to swap anything I will swap a 6.8 with an
> M5HD into it. There is no substitute for cubes... I just
> wish you could go to the Dealer and order what you (not Ford
> or the EPA) want in your truck. I think your emissions
> statement is right on the mark.

I agree here. No matter how high an engine can rev, it just doesn't compare
to a big block that spit out the same HP in much lower ranges. Plus, due
to the fact that the larger engine moves less, means longer engine life,
all things being equal.

>
> Regards
>
> Jean Marc Chartier
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PS: The one thing I learned from being on this list for about a year now is
that my next truck will be either a V10 or a PSD. This will be my graduation
present to myself, and I will make sure to order it about 9 months ahead. The
biggest regret I have when I bought my F150 was not buying 4WD. This will
be corrected on my next truck.

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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 18:59:20 -0500
From: "C. K. Hartline"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)

>Jean Marc Chartier wrote:

There is no substitute for cubes... I just
wish you could go to the Dealer and order what you (not Ford
or the EPA) want in your truck. I think your emissions
statement is right on the mark.

Jean Marc,
I just went out today and test drove a 4.0L V-6 Ranger XLT 4x4 with the
5 speed automatic...the dealer doesn't have it fully loaded with the right
differential and all the goodies I want and the color I want...so I'm
betting I'll have to order one. But I was thinking today as I was test
driving it, "man wouldn't this be a really bad boy with a 5.4L V-8 and HD
tranny in it?!"...If I do get a Ranger,
folks, no one can get a set of steps that goes far enough down to get me in
a Superduty with that gorgeous V-10!>, I'll probably take it apart somewhere
down the road and put more power in it. The test drive was great, and
fortunately the salesman let me take the truck out on my own. I left rubber
from a standing start consistently and the truck went very smoothly through
the gears. I took it through the back of a mall parking lot behind the
building across those slolam speed bumps and the truck handles the bumps
well with the offroad package. Had my wife with me who is pregnant and even
she was impressed with the suspension
would no doubt have been impressed as well..(grin)>. Handles the bumps but
doesn't bounce you out of the truck. The only thing that seemed a little
irritating was the shifter was kinda hard to push back into reverse or park
from drive. The Ranger is rated to tow 6000# with extra payload option.
When I sat down with a salesman, it was kinda funny I had all the package
numbers and prices and even after he looked them up, I had to correct a few
things he missed or didn't understand. He wanted me to pay for ABS brakes
as an option, but these are standard on the XLT 4x4. Spent 10 minutes
looking for the Flareside Ranger, until I convinced him the Flareside was an
option and was not a style of truck that Ford offered in the Ranger, unlike
the F-150 which does come in a Flareside unit. So far, they are continually
writing down that MSRP sticker price, but I have stated plainly I refuse to
pay window sticker, and so I am prepared to walk if they decide I should be
paying a few hundred over invoice .

The 3.0L seems like it winds up alot more than the 4.0L in the Ranger, so
I'm pretty firm on what the truck will have to have in it.

If worse comes to worse, the 2000's aren't that far off.

C.K.

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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 19:13:40 -0500
From: "C. K. Hartline"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - a question about towing (long)

I should have said I will walk if they want MORE than a few hundred over
invoice

Sorry about that,
C.K.

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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 20:18:10 -0500
From: "Mike Fairleigh"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Rear window removal - Leaking Roof.

Here's something even funnier. After further research (calls to multiple
Ford dealers here in Kansas City), I've learned that depending on which
dealer does the repair work, they may just replace the whole glass unit -
the seal is apparently an integral part of the glass unit and is not
replaceable by itself! I find that very hard to believe (given that Ford's
price on the whole unit is probably $1,000 or more), and I plan to dig some
more tomorrow.

What I noticed when I first bought the truck is that the main seal around
the window unit appears as though it's "pinched" in two places - about a
foot (or a little less) to either side of center, on the top. In those two
places, the seal seems to dip or disappear down below the joint between
window and body. I was concerned at the time, which is always why I've
looked closely for leaks, but I've never seen one until now. I haven't had
a chance to look and see if this "dip" in the seal is evident on other
trucks.

Mike Fairleigh
mikef sky.net
...Always remembering our veterans.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Peter Taylor
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 1999 9:15 AM
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Rear window removal - Leaking Roof.


>That's funny. My '98 F-150 SC just did the same thing to me. Again, we
>were going through the car wash and noticed water on the back seat, coming
>from the roof about 2-4 inches on either side of the sliding window. I
>haven't called my dealer yet either.
>
>
>Peter Taylor
>Long-time lurker, first time post'er.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
>[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Mike Fairleigh
>Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 1999 6:19 PM
>To: 97 & Up Ford Trucks Mailing List
>Subject: FTE 97up - Rear window removal
>
>
>I took my '98 F-150 SC through the car wash today, and noticed a leak - a
>fast drip dripping off the rear edge of the headliner. It must have just
>started, because in the year and a half since I bought the truck new, I've
>checked frequently for leaks and found none.
>
>I've got the sliding rear window, but the leak is coming in higher and to
>the side of that, so I don't think the slider has anything to do with it.
I
>suspect the seal between the truck body and the window unit itself. Does
>anyone know what's involved in removing the whole window? I don't plan to
>do it myself, but I'd like to know so I can be prepared to check for damage
>my dealer does when repairing it. Thanks.
>
>Mike Fairleigh
>mikef sky.net
>...Always remembering our veterans.
>
>
>
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 19:36:05 -0700
From: Kent Tombs
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Noisy leaf springs

"Strukel, Mike" wrote:
>
> I called my dealer this morning and talked to him about the problem I was
> having with the squeaky spring eye bushings on the front leafs on my
> superduty. He has seen a number of trucks with this problem and said that
> Ford has told them that a fix should be available in mid June. He
> suggested that I remove the bolt and grease it. Has anyone had any luck
> with this? i have already tried WD40 and Silcon spray, but that only lasts
> a couple days.
>
> Nathan: Any temp fixes for this? It is driving me crazy!
>
> Mike Strukel
> 99 F250SD 4x4, 2" Superlift, 35x12.50 BFG Mud terrains
>
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Well I to put WD-40, Slick 50 spray, Silicone, Graphite, Teflon, removed
top and bottom bolts and covered every thing with antiseize compound,
Sprayed oil on using compressed air gun (lasted two weeks) even heated
around the spring where bushing is with propane torch. The noise is a
very minute slight popping sound now but still noticeable.
You would think for $40,000 Canadian that I would NOT get a squeaky
,piston slapper that I can`t even use cruise control in. Almost wonder....


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