97up-list-digest Sunday, January 31 1999 Volume 02 : Number 026



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Interior Dimensions
Re: FTE 97up - Hard Start
FTE 97up - Service in Colorado Springs: need advice
Re: FTE 97up - Service in Colorado Springs: need advice
FTE 97up - Re: Bedliner & hitch
Re: FTE 97up - Hard Start
Re: FTE 97up - For whom does the bell toll? (A rant!)

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Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 14:27:19 -0500
From: ywozniak kiwi.dep.anl.gov (todd wozniak)
Subject: FTE 97up - Interior Dimensions

I am interested in the interior specs of the Expedition and the Explorer.
My wife is giving birth to twins in a few days and twin car seats and our
six year old daughter will not fit in the same space that we have in her
Camry.

Thankfully I ordered a SD 250 Crew Cab.

I need the Rear seat leg room, hip room, shoulder room, and head room.

I did try to go to the ford site but their SUV area is no where near as
user friendly as the pick-up truck area.

Thanks for the help,

Todd W.
Chicago


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Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 15:27:19 -0800
From: "Neil Plocek"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Hard Start

A pal of mine called today asking about his 7.3 in his 1988 truck. When he
starts it, it will die after about five seconds. After cranking for quite
some time it will fire and run fine. It sounds to me like the fuel is
bleeding back out of the system. Do any of you have any ideas as to where
he/we should start looking? Is there a common culprit?

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Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 17:33:38 -0700
From: Jeff Richardson
Subject: FTE 97up - Service in Colorado Springs: need advice

Greetings!

I recently moved to Colorado Springs, and I'm looking for suggestions as to
where to take my '99 Ranger for service. I'm a little wary of dealers, but
Ford dealers know Fords better than most anyone I assume. Anyone here in
Colorado (or anywhere, for that matter) have suggestions for Ford truck
service in Colorado Springs?

Thanks in advance for any input.
~Jeff Richardson
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Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 21:18:38 -0500
From: "Keith Veren"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Service in Colorado Springs: need advice

Years ago, Phil Long Ford was was a great place, I even worked there as a
teenager one summer when my Uncle was head of the part department. Also,
had a timing chain replaced on my old Ford van. They did a fine job. Don't
know how it now, though.

Keith


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From: Jeff Richardson
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Date: Saturday, January 30, 1999 7:36 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Service in Colorado Springs: need advice


>Greetings!
>
>I recently moved to Colorado Springs, and I'm looking for suggestions as to
>where to take my '99 Ranger for service. I'm a little wary of dealers, but
>Ford dealers know Fords better than most anyone I assume. Anyone here in
>Colorado (or anywhere, for that matter) have suggestions for Ford truck
>service in Colorado Springs?
>
>Thanks in advance for any input.
>~Jeff Richardson
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Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 22:18:15 -0500
From: Gary & Nancy Brinck
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Bedliner & hitch

> Does anyone have a bed liner and 5th wheel hitch?? Is the
> hitch mounted on top of the liner or did you cutout in the
> liner where the plates mount to the bed??

If the hitch is installed over the bedliner, it should compress
it very tightly to the bed. The strength of the hitch comes from
bolting through to the frame, but most installers would still cut
though the bedliner if it is already installed.

I have a Speedliner spray-in and recommend it highly, both
because it fits well with the hitch and because it works good!
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Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 22:21:46 EST
From: CERESJohnG aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Hard Start

Sounds like you are on the right track. What's needed is an air bleed into the
system between the carb and the tank to let the fuel bleed back. This should
show up as a weep in the line somewhere. Another possibility. I think there is
a check valve to eliminate back flow at the fuel pump. That or a leak in the
diaphragm could cause this. It's a place to start.
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Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 01:35:13 -0500
From: Michael Ruth
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - For whom does the bell toll? (A rant!)

RCThomson wrote:
>
> It tolls for Cape Breton!
>
> For those of you who haven't heard, the industrial (???) area of Cape
> Breton was dealt a severe economic blow yesterday when the federal
> government announced the demised of Devco (coal mining company). This
> move wasn't totally unexpected, there had been speculation on Devco's
> fate for at least the last five years, and in my opinion had to happen.
> But...
>
> A few facts...
>
> Three weeks ago Ralph (?) Goodall, Minister of Natural Resources, was in
> Sydney assuring miners and the general populace that no decision would
> be made on Devco without local input. One week ago Russell MacLellen
> (Premier of N.S.) assured Cape Bretoners that no decisions on Devco
> would be made in the near future. On Wednesday the Ottawa Citizen
> reported that Devco was history and this was denied by the dept. of
> natural resources and they stated no decision would be made for at least
> three weeks. Yesterday the miners and regional council were informed
> that Goodall was flying in for an announcement and that they should
> attend. At this meeting, Goodall, flanked by a bevy of RCMP officers
> announced that Devco was history.
>
> Devco employees 1700 people at the present moment. A total of 1200 will
> lose there jobs in the next two years while the remaining miners face an
> uncertain future as they wait and see if the feds can sell the one
> remaining mine to private interests. This according to the experts will
> likely happen as the one remaining (operating) mine (Prince Mine) has at
> least 30 years of coal left in it and the flooded (but ready for
> production) Donkin Mine has access to over 3 billion dollars worth of
> high grade (low sulfer) coal.
>
> Devco pumps about 300 million into the local economy each year. It is
> estimated that it creates anywhere from 5000 to 8000 spin-off jobs in
> the service and supply sectors. So as a result of this the industrial
> area can expect to lose between 6500 and 9500 jobs, a massive hit for an
> area with one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country
> (officially at 19% but even politicians state it's closer to 40%).
>
> The United Mine Workers of America have been trying desperately to
> convince Ottawa that Devco can be run profitably. They believe the
> problem is mismanagement citing the fact that while Devco's charter
> allows for 2 V.P.s there are 8 currently working (all of them government
> cronies). Personally I believe it's the UMW that is a fault in this
> case. They steadfastly refused to consider a reduction in the workforce
> which I feel would have made Devco a going concern. Similarly sized
> mining operations in the U.S. have a work force of about 500!
>
> Devco has a mature workforce. The compensation package allows for
> approx. 300 miners to qualify for early retirement the rest will get a
> severance package based on two weeks for every year worked. This has got
> the miners into a rage as a full 70% of the workforce would have
> qualified for early retirement in as little as three years from now.
> They feel it's no accident the closing of Devco has been scheduled in
> two years. On this point I feel badly for these guys. Most of these
> miners have worked in the mines for thirty years and now at the age of
> fifty are given a golden handshake and wished good luck. Their future
> looks grim indeed!
>
> The feds have promised money (Goodall stated yesterday that the total
> package comes close to 500 million, but in reality most of that money
> was already earmarked for this area in the form of E.I. payments, and
> ACOA funding, in reality the amount of _new_ money amounts to 68 million
> over four years) to help the industrial area through this disaster. This
> is where I feel really cheated. An average of 17 million a year to
> replace the 300 million that Devco represented is an insult. Why did
> they even bother? What the hell are we supposed to do with it? Goodall
> suggested using it to enhance tourism. !!! Why not it's about all we
> have left!
>
> End result? If you thought Cape Breton was a welfare state before...you
> ain't seen nothing yet! Municipal leaders were talking of eroding tax
> bases, Social workers were talking of the need to immediately set up
> large food banks and a lot more funding for welfare. We're going to be
> third world here folks.
>
> Our premier is coming to Sydney today, it will be interesting to hear
> what he has to say. Personally I wouldn't care to be in his shoes. The
> miners will undoubtedly have a nasty reception planned for him. The
> miners have a long history of militarism here, violence can not be ruled
> out, in fact, I'd say it's inevitable.
>
> Thus ends my rant for today...
> --
> R.C.Thomson
> Hillside Mira
> Cape Breton, N.S.
> Canada
> mailto:rcthomson ns.sympatico.ca
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I'll be sure not to buy any of their coal for my diesel truck. Is this
the waste of space Ken is talking about?
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