97up-list-digest Sunday, February 7 1999 Volume 02 : Number 033



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Re: 97' F250 w/Power Stroke Diesel
FTE 97up - Fifth wheel install
Re: FTE 97up - Fifth wheel install
FTE 97up - door ajar
FTE 97up - ADMIN: An invitation to Ford world headquarters
FTE 97up - F150 Crew cab
Re: FTE 97up - door ajar
FTE 97up - Lowering the Super Duty Ford
Re: FTE 97up - door ajar

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Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 07:27:49 EST
From: BFunk33 aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: 97' F250 w/Power Stroke Diesel

I would think that the only thing that would cause this would be excessive
heat, from the pads dragging on the disks.
The first place I'd look would be the calipers, to see if they've been
properly lubed to slide OK, then to see if they retract the pistons OK.
This can be dangerous; overheated brakes are not good stoppers.
Bill

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From: Cookies aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - 97' F250 w/Power Stroke Diesel

I have a friend who has a 97' F250 Cab/long box that warps rotors every 3K
miles!. Yes, I've been in it with him, he is not unduly hard on the brakes,
nor does he "ride" them, nor does he trailer.

Rotors were actually CRACKED last time!.
Pads replaced w/cracked rotors
One caliper rebuilt (leaking) >>
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Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 08:08:42 -0500
From: tworites home.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Fifth wheel install

Wondering if anyone has had any problems with installing a fifth wheel
hitch in a 1999 f-350 4x4 super cab. Was told the truck sits to high,and
that the camper will not pull level.I was told to remove 3 inch blocks
in the rear suspension.Would appreciate any response.
Ray Wright Windsor,Ct.
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Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 08:20:11 -0500
From: tsaint erols.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Fifth wheel install

Some fifth wheel trailers will have a problem with the height of the Super
Duty Ford. Ford will, under warranty and at no cost to you, lower the rear
of the truck. This consists of removing the blocks, changing the brake
lines and shocks and the sway bar links. Ford recommends having a heavy
suspension package (camper pkg. or HD suspension pkg) to compensate.
Headlights will have to be adjusted. Try you trailer first, many don't have
a problem. Flipping the trailer axles, from over the springs to under the
springs is also an option.

At 08:08 AM 2/6/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Wondering if anyone has had any problems with installing a fifth wheel
>hitch in a 1999 f-350 4x4 super cab. Was told the truck sits to high,and
>that the camper will not pull level.I was told to remove 3 inch blocks
>in the rear suspension.Would appreciate any response.
>Ray Wright Windsor,Ct.
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Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 06:41:25 -0000
From: "dennis"
Subject: FTE 97up - door ajar

sometimes my dash light tells me I have a door ajar
even if all are closed. This causes my dome light and cargo light
to stay on. They usually go off after 10 minutes or so but have
stayed on as long as thirty minutes, maybe longer.
Any ideas?
help me if you can..........
denran webzone.net


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Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 21:00:14 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: An invitation to Ford world headquarters

Hi gang! I've got one heck of an announcement!

Ford Truck Enthusiasts has been invited to attend the 4th
Annual "Motorsports Open House" at Ford Motor Company
World Headquarters, in Dearborn, MI on Thursday, April 22,
1999 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

The invitation came from "Ford Motorsports Enthusiasts",
an employee club at Ford Motor Company dedicated to
promoting and preserving the Motorsports heritage of Ford.

We get a table for our members so I assume space is limited.
If you are 100% certain you can be there, please email me
immediately (kpayne ford-trucks.com) and let me know. I
have to RSVP our intend to attend.

Numerous Ford clubs have been invited in the past and this
is our chance to show our true colors!

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 21:36:35 -0500
From: Rick Heis
Subject: FTE 97up - F150 Crew cab

Hello gang,


What month and year (I know model year is 2000) will the F150 crew cab be
released from Ford for sale?


Also, will all the F150 accessories and packages be available?


Is Ford planning on upgrading/strengthing any components for the F150
Crew Cab? What engine/tranny options be offered?


Has anyone heard any pricing?


I really like the F150 Crew Cab but don't know if I can wait another 12
months, might have to purchase a 1999 F150 SC SB...


On a different subject: Does anyone
know if the Lincoln Navigator DOHC 5.4 300hp will be offered
to the Ford 150 line in the near future?

If not, what about a special order? What tranny does the Lincoln use with
the 300hp DOHC 5.4?


Thanks to all,


Rick Heis
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Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 22:30:38 EST
From: CERESJohnG aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - door ajar

First place to look is at the switches on the door jamb. These things are not
the most bullet proof items at best. It could be a loose connection on the
switch, or it just isn't opening in a real positive manner.

Gus
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Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 21:04:59 -0700
From: "Robert Benne"
Subject: FTE 97up - Lowering the Super Duty Ford

I bot one of the early Ford SuperDuties (LWB, SRW, 4X4, Crew F350 w/Lariat
Package) and because I use goosenecks to haul livestock and other items,
much of the time offroad, I was very concerned initially about the tailgate
height and the overall decrease in clearance caused by Fords new height
standard.
After much research, I found that Ford was going to come out with a TSB
but in the meantime you could remove the blocks at the axle and replace them
with 96-97 F250/350 4X4 blocks. By replacing the blocks and U-bolts, you
effectively drop the back end about 1 3/4-2".
When I took delivery, the dealer did the work for me after talking to
Ford. The truck looks great, sits right when the trailer is attached and
loaded (sits just about level) and overall, I think, has a better stance
than from the factory.
Ford has now come out with their TSB. In addition, as many readers on
this site know, the recalls have started (GEM replacement, steering linkage
check and rear brake lines). I found that the Ford TSB for lowering calls
for replacement of the brake lines, U-bolts and shocks, something I never
did, and I wondered if what I did was too little.
I took the truck in to the dealer for the recalls and while there I
asked him about the lowering TSB. I was surprised to see that Ford's TSB
called for the complete removal of the axle blocks so that the third member
sits right on the springs. That's why you need to replace the brake lines
and shocks as well as the u-bolts. My service advisor (a senior guy and
very knowledgable - a very rare combination) said that they have done the
TSB on 2 trucks and that it levels the truck so that it sits level, but has
not seen one under load after doing the TSB. He did say that one he had
done looked slightly lower in the rear. He had NOT seen one lowered as mine
was. He asked the mechanic that did the former TSB's to check out my truck
to insure that there was not something else that should be done.
In short, everything looked fine. In fact, both of them were very
impressed and preferred what I had done over the TSB unless you needed a LOT
of extra clearance. All in all everything has worked out fine and for any
of you at this site who worries or needs the extra clearance, but likes the
slight "rake" of the truck, try replacing only the blocks. It works
great.....


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Date: Sun, 7 Feb 1999 02:55:43 -0600 (CST)
From: "Douglas R. Floyd"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - door ajar

I could be on crack, but isn't the switch for detecting if the door is
opened or closed on F150's connected to the latch of the door, rather than
a push switch on the jamb?
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Douglas R. Floyd
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