97up-list-digest Tuesday, February 2 1999 Volume 02 : Number 028



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Seat covers - Wet Okoles ?
Re: FTE 97up - anyone have a inside track on excursion?
FTE 97up - Disc Brake Squeal
FTE 97up - K&N GP status update
FTE 97up - Power Stroke Airboxes.
FTE 97up - Update on Fix - 5.4L startup knock/piston slap
FTE 97up - ADMIN: 1 Million visitors

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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 06:29:44 -0500
From: "Jody Villa"
Subject: FTE 97up - Seat covers - Wet Okoles ?

Eddie, where did you get the Wet Okoles for your Expedition? I did a search
and all I came up with was some for a Miata. I'm looking for a seat cover
for my '99 F250SD Crew cab's back seat to protect the leather from my dogs
nails. Anyone with ideas? TIA
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Jody Villa jvilla eclipse.net Tewksbury, NJ, USA

Skylands BMW Riders http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://skylands.ibmwr.org/sbr/

Aprilia RS 250
Moto Guzzi 1100i Sport
KTM 620 RXC
Ducati 900SS - '77 Bevel drive
BMW R1100S
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- -----Original Message-----
From: Eddie & Clare Cruz
To: 97 up list submission
Date: Sunday, January 31, 1999 8:28 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Expedition vs Explorer


>To Todd W on his inquiry regarding the interior specs for Expedition vs
>Explorer:
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>I had the same question in 98 since I have 3 kids. My reccomendation is
>to not rely on the actual specifications. The ultimate test is to go to
>your local Ford dealer and put the two side by side and do the
>comparison. Just by the facts, I chose the Explorer. But after a side by
>side comparison, I chose the Expedition. The Explorer feels a little
>cramped with two car seats and a 13 year old kid. The Expedition feels
>more roomier plus it can be had with a decent 3rd seat.
>
>In your case, I would make a few reccomendations. First , buy the
>Expedition. do not skimp on comfort options. The rear air is a must with
>regular rear seat occupants. Buy a protective seat cover and floor
>covering to contain spills which may occur. The seat cover will save
>from wear marks from the car seat which will constantly rub against the
>seat upholstery. I bought Wet Okoles and Husky Liners. both are durable
>and can be bought on the web. The Expedition's safety advantage is its
>size. Because it is built more like your truck, surviving a serious
>accident without a scratch is more likely to happen in the
>Expedition.The difference in the price is worth the safety of your
>family. Also mileage is not that far off considering the other
>advantages.
>
>In my case, I bought the Eddie Bauer 4x4 Expedition. Even with a limited
>income and a tight budget, I consider my money well spent. Good Luck!
>
>Eddie Cruz
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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 06:29:47 EST
From: John941 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - anyone have a inside track on excursion?

I ran into a person over the Xmas holidays in the Keys that said he was in
charge of the Navstar-Ford program. he said that the Excursion would be out
this spring and that it would be priced mid forties.
John
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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 08:43:12 EST
From: MarkS79255 aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Disc Brake Squeal

I have a 1999 F250 LD 5.4L 4x4 Lariat. I have about 2000 miles on it now but
I have had a squeal in one of the rear wheel disc brakes since about 200
miles. The brake squeals with moderate pressure on the brake pedal but not
with light or heavy pressure. Is this a problem that will cause damage to the
disk/calipers? Have I gone too long without getting it fixed? If not, how
long can I go without getting it fixed? Thank you in advance.

Thanks to all the contributors to this mailing list.
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Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 11:15:34 -0500
From: Chris Akers
Subject: FTE 97up - K&N GP status update

Sorry if you see this twice... or are tired of this subject. :-)

Dennis at Internet Racer's Supply ordered the FIPK sets from
K&N around the 15th and expects to get them in sometime the
middle of this week. He will process the orders (bill credit cards)
and ship as soon as he gets them in. He had one in stock
and I was the first to order so mine's installed already. :-)

Anyway, thanks to everyone who participated - we got a screamin
deal. I'd like to do a cat-back exhaust system GP also, but
doubt there'd be enough participants (based on the overall lack
of enthusiasm on the K&N GP).

Later,
jC. '67 Camaro, '95 Z28, '98 F150 - lugnutz.com
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Chris Akers mailto:jca celotek.com
Celotek Corporation phone:919-462-1900 x259
P.O. Box 14285 fax:919-462-1933
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.celotek.com
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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 11:38:25 -0600
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: FTE 97up - Power Stroke Airboxes.

Ford has changed the airboxes again on the 1999 Power Stroke trucks. Trucks
built after Dec 7th have a new air box that takes the air from the grille
area. There will be a TSB to change the older trucks to this style in a
couple of months. The reason for this is that the fender intake can pick up
snow and plug the air filter.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.


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Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 19:08:16 -0500
From: Mark Lee
Subject: FTE 97up - Update on Fix - 5.4L startup knock/piston slap

For all you 5.4L start up knock/piston slap sufferers: My Ford dealer
called me today to tell me Ford will be sending him info on a fix later
this week. Apparently they will be installing new "retrofit pistons"
which is supposed to fix the problem. I picked up my new 300HP
Navigator today so I gave him the keys to the Expy and told him to call
me when it was fixed.
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Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 01:44:12 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: 1 Million visitors

Hi gang!

Its official! Just compiled the January logs and we
had our one millionth visitor to the Ford Truck
Enthusiasts web site late in the month. In our first
year, we had slightly over 100,000 visitors and over
900,000 in the second year.

Our monthly visitor growth has been about 19% since we
started. Current list membership hovers around 4,000.
Many had privately expressed a concern this past summer
about FTE's ability to handle the growth. We've taken
steps which we believe have been successful:

- - The BBS has offset the mailing list growth and made it
manageable. Hit and run subscribers aren't as common
anymore.

- - The new classifieds are not only far more powerful,
they also require less of my time.

- - The new chat is virtually maintenance free (although
its difficult to use the first time around).

- - Ordering on the web site means I don't have to spend
time each evening checking the PO box (now we check on
Tuesdays and Saturdays). This has been very important
because cash flow was suffering again and we needed to
pay for the classifieds software and server upgrades
(the load is getting huge, close to 200,000 file hits
per day). Our costs have gone way up lately.

Pictorial submissions have gone way up recently too, with
as many as 10 pictorial submissions per week!

Look for more additions to our content as we continue to
grow. Thank you to everyone for making FTE the community
it has become! You're really a great bunch! Hope to
meet some of you at the Pigeon Forge Supernationals.

Regards,
Ken Payne
Admin

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