97up-list-digest Wednesday, February 3 1999 Volume 02 : Number 029



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - 99F250SD rear seat covers
FTE 97up - Re: Excursion
FTE 97up - North American Auto Show Pics
FTE 97up - Re: PSD Fuel Filter Drain
FTE 97up - Advice on tow vehicle
Re: FTE 97up - Re: PSD Fuel Filter Drain
Re: FTE 97up - Re: PSD Fuel Filter Drain

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Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 21:22:19 +1000
From: Eddie & Clare Cruz
Subject: FTE 97up - 99F250SD rear seat covers

Re; Jody Villa's inquiry about Wet Okole seat covers for his 99 F250SD

You can access the Wet Okole website at http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.wetokole.com
Or you can see their products at
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.specialtymile.com/toysfortrucks/wetokole.htm

There are others on the web who also carry the Wet Okole line. You can
find the nearest dealer by contacting Wet Okole directly.

I got mine straight from Wet Okole. In fact I have ordered many sets for
others. Contact me directly if you are unsuccessful.

I think that you will enjoy yours as much as I have mine.

Eddie Cruz

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Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 08:05:43 -0500
From: JLUCS peddie.org (JLUCS)
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Excursion

You can find a picture of the Excursion in this month's
Trailer Life issue. They boast about how it's bigger that a
Suburban and that it will come with the V8, V10 and
powerstroke engine options.

--JEL-- '96 F350 4x4 CC SRW LWB w/topper (elephant)
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Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 11:24:28 -0500
From: "Mike McNany"
Subject: FTE 97up - North American Auto Show Pics

Looking at the Blackwood's photos at
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.lincolnvehicles.com/blackwood/blackwood.html prompted me to look
for more. Found 'em and a lot more at
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.auto.com/99autoshow/art/index.htm . Check it out. Also found out
the F150 Crew cab's bed will be 5 &1/2 foot. Blackwood will probably be the
same. Sport Trac is the Explorer version. Other info on these models is
available at http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www2.ford.com/pressarchive.asp and
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www2.ford.com/utilities/news/newspopup.asp.
Mike the exLT

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Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 14:49:59 -0500
From: Gary & Nancy Brinck
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: PSD Fuel Filter Drain

Somebody posted a query about rigging a fuel filter drain line
for the PSD, so that the drained fuel/water did not dribble all
over the undercarriage.

If there was a solution to that, I must have missed it. If there
was a good solution, would someone please post it again? I just
changed oil and drained filter today and was reminded what a mess
it makes!
- --
Gary Brinck
in Florida's Ocala National Forest
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Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 21:40:19 -0600
From: "Bud Feuless & Miki Magara"
Subject: FTE 97up - Advice on tow vehicle

Well, that new F-250 SD didn't work out... but I still have this boat and
trailer that will weight about 8500 - 10000 # with gear, water, full fuel
tanks, etc... and I'm trying to figure out the best way to haul it. All I
will need to do is pull it up and down the ramp and about the 1/2 mile to my
storage shed (for now). There is a levee between that I will need to climb
and the grade is probably 10%.

So, here's my question, were you in my shoes, would you:

1. Go to a customizing shop with my '94 Explorer V-6, 3.73 limited slip 4x4
(rated to tow a hair over 5000 #) and have the springs, shocks, frame,
engine, and tranny modified. This could be less expensive than another
truck and I would not have the extra vehicle, but, if I screw up, I could
end up with just an Explorer with a shot suspension and drivetrain.

2. Trade in the Explorer and get maybe a '92-'94 F-250/350 heavy duty with
average miles. For a bit more money, I could have a truck fairly likely to
handle the task and still no extra vehicle to worry about. I could also be
trading my trustworthy expy for a lemon, or at least a truck that might now
be as good for around town driving.

3. Keep the Explorer, which is in excellent shape and a great around town
vehicle and has been meticulously maintained, but has high miles and a low
resale value and shell out maybe $1500 for a POS F-250/350 from the mid-80's
that I can drive into the ground and not worry about it. This is a cheap
way to go and seems to minimize my risks, though I could find out the hard
way that it won't handle the load properly and I would have to find
somewhere to keep the extra vehicle.

If you think #1 is the way to go, give me some idea how you think I could
customize it to handle the load.

And... winning the lottery and buying the '99 SD is not an option. Oh, and
I forgot option 4:

4. If I was in your shoes, I would get out of them as quickly as possible,
or I would no longer have friends and acquaintances... at least not those
with a sense of smell...

I think #1 is probably "pie in the sky." #2 has possibilities and there are
some nice used trucks out there... . #3 seems like a pretty safe
proposition... or a good way to flush $1500 down the toilet. I don't expect
any of you to solve my problem for me, but I thought your opinions and
discussion on this topic would be very interesting and this is a real world
problem...

Thanks in advance!

Regards, Bud


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Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 21:39:54 -0700
From: Dale Ellis
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: PSD Fuel Filter Drain

I connect a clear hose to the drain tube and extend it into a plastic milk
bottle. I do this each time I drain, although I think you could find a way
to tie it up between drainings. No mess.

Dale Ellis
'97 F250HD PSD

At 2/2/99 12:49 PM, you wrote:
>Somebody posted a query about rigging a fuel filter drain line
>for the PSD, so that the drained fuel/water did not dribble all
>over the undercarriage.
>
> Gary Brinck

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Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 00:17:59 EST
From: RSnovi aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: PSD Fuel Filter Drain

In a message dated 2/2/99 11:46:04 PM Eastern Standard Time, dellis rmi.net
writes:

there is a drain i should be worried about for fuel filter....some info would
be helpfull on location

thanks
Ross S
Ross Smith Racing Inc.


Date:2/2/99 11:46:04 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:dellis rmi.net (Dale Ellis)
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I connect a clear hose to the drain tube and extend it into a plastic milk
bottle. I do this each time I drain, although I think you could find a way
to tie it up between drainings. No mess.

Dale Ellis
'97 F250HD PSD

At 2/2/99 12:49 PM, you wrote:
>Somebody posted a query about rigging a fuel filter drain line
>for the PSD, so that the drained fuel/water did not dribble all
>over the undercarriage.
>
> Gary Brinck

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