97up-list-digest Monday, June 8 1998 Volume 01 : Number 112



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Re:Cooper Tires
Re: FTE 97up - '97 F350 Limited Slip Differential failure
FTE 97up - Re:Questions
FTE 97up - V-10 Mileage
FTE 97up - XLT
FTE 97up - 99 F-150 Photos
FTE 97up - ADMIN: Performance Truck List
FTE 97up - All Ford Reunion at Ford of Canada in Oakville
FTE 97up - FTE in V8 Times Magazine
FTE 97up - Re: 99 SD 550 mileage

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Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 07:26:56 -0700
From: Lee Haefele
Subject: FTE 97up - Re:Cooper Tires

We use Cooper "Discoverer R/V" tires exclusively for replacements on our
fleet of 6 F-350s. We use 215 & 235/85R16. These are a long wearing,
high quality, low priced tire. Tread life is about 25k on our twin I beam
fronts, 50k on dual rears, or about 40k when rotated. Ford ships the
trucks with: General summer or all terrain, Firestone summer
tread...these all have only 60% of the tread life of the Cooper(this
really gives the appearance of poor quality). The Firestone all terrain
OEMs have similiar or slightly better tread life than Coopers but cost
much more at retail here. Our Cooper dealer has a road hazard warranty,
sort of unheard of for commercial use.
Lee Haefele
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Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 11:12:15 EDT
From: RAMWORKER aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - '97 F350 Limited Slip Differential failure

Hi Stephen,

This is a fairly common occurrence among "Limited Slips" regardless of
manufacturer, and may not indicate a "failure." Band-Aid approach is "lightly
setting the E-Brake" to aid limited slip action. If this is a big problem for
you, I recommend getting a real locker. Even if you break an axle, you can
still get home. A better option might be an ARB air locker, it costs more,
and is a more difficult install, but it won't affect your normal driving like
a regular locker. I took my "lock-right" out of my fairly high horsepower,
short wheel base truck because my wife refused to drive it like that. But,
with a long wheelbase, I don't believe it will cause you any problems.

Best Regards,
Robert Stout

In a message dated 6/5/98 5:18:50 PM Central Daylight Time, STEPHEN_WITTE hp-
sandiego-om2.om.hp.com writes:


that the back wheel in the rut was turning and taking up the power
from the engine and the rear wheel that was up and on dry ground was
just sitting there.

Evidently the 'limited slip' function of the rear differential had
expired. This truck, which has only 1800 miles on it, is still under
warranty. I brought it in to my favorite mechanic today to get the
oil changed (as it was pretty black even with only 1800 miles on it)
and told him about the differential. He put it on the lift and
determined that indeed the limited slip function was probably gone. >>
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Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 11:44:41 -0700
From: Lee Haefele
Subject: FTE 97up - Re:Questions

On my 99 F-350, can I screw a business radio to the ceiling? Cannot
look in through the clearance lights, they seem glued on.
Is there a way to disconnect the "key in ign" buzzer?
This chassis does seem heavier built than prev years trucks, the
radiator, trans cooler & oil to water oil cooler are impressive. I will
followup on gas mileage, as soon as I empty the tank.
Lee Haefele
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Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 14:01:42 -0700
From: "Jim Spillman"
Subject: FTE 97up - V-10 Mileage

How about some feedback from 1999 V-10 owners on mileage. How much do you
get empty? How much do you get when towing? (what weight are you towing and
at what speeds?). What rear end ratio do you recommend for towing 4000,
6000, 8000, 12000 lbs.?


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Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 19:04:31 -0500
From: Manuel Ziegler
Subject: FTE 97up - XLT

Does anyone know what the option "XLT special appearance package" mean on
the window sticker of a 1998 reg cab. Does this have anything to do with
colored keyed head light bezel or colored keyed mirrors. Is this a limited
option on some XLT's ordered.
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Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 20:37:16 -0500
From: "Jack Bowell"
Subject: FTE 97up - 99 F-150 Photos

Can anyone remember what issue of AutoWeek had a spy photo of the new 99
F-150 in it earlier this year? I believe it was after the Detroit Auto
Show.

Or does anyone know where to find any sneak pixs of the "slightly" restyled
truck?

Jack



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Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 22:01:01 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Performance Truck List

Three weeks ago a vote was put up on the web site. The issue:
adding a performance orient truck list. It won by a large
margin:

In Favor: 82%
Against: 11%
Don't Care: 5%

List member Keith Srb is going to administer this list. He
should be starting soon. No date yet, I've gotten a little
behind with extra work and my son's 1st birthday party.
I'll post subscribe instructions when the list is ready to
go live.

Additionally, please not that this list will cover performance
issues for **all** years and models. This isn't going to
be the place to discuss tune-ups, but if you're considering
a radical cam you'll like it.

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



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Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 22:44:51 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - All Ford Reunion at Ford of Canada in Oakville

For list members interested in a get together in Canada, I received
information about the All Ford Reunion in southern Ontarios. This
seems like the perfect opportunity. Can one of our Canadian members
take on the job of organizing a lunch or some other sort of gathering
at this show? Also, Ford is looking for 48-50 F1 owners for the
show, please read this if you have one and can attend.

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

On Sunday August 16th, 1998 the All Ford Reunion is being held at
the Ford of Canada head office between 9:00 and 3:00. This is an annual
event that is open to all stock Ford vehicles up to and including the
1978 model year. This year being the 50th anniversary of the F-series,
the reunion committee would like to have a 1948 F1 at the reunion, but
so far have had no luck in finding one in southern Ontario. I talked to
a member of the committee, a 49 or 50 would be great as well. For more
information, contact Martin Brugmans at (905)-844-1952. Trophies are
given for class winners, winners are determined by participant's votes.

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Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 22:56:12 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - FTE in V8 Times Magazine

V8 Times did a 1/2 page write up about in their May/June issue!
Anyone interested can order a copy from:

Linda McDonald
V8 Times
1752 Darwin Ave.
Livermore, CA 94550 or they can be ordered via FAX and credit card numbers
from her at (925) 447-2920

Later,
Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com
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Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 22:22:58 -0700
From: Bob Illingworth
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: 99 SD 550 mileage


I have a simple mileage check I have used for years. I had a 1993 Chevy
6.5 Crew Cab 4X4 Dually. I put 10,000 Lbs on it and drove 530 miles and
put in 32 gals +/- 1gal of  fuel. I did this for 5 years.
I recently purchased a Ford SD 550, I drive it empty 7500 lbs. 2400
RPM, same as the 6.5 and I only go 265 miles before putting in 32 gals.
of fuel. The Ford computer check says all systems are OK.
I recently made a trip towing a trailet and grossed 21,500 lbs and
got the same mileage. 268 miles, 32 gals. fuel.
What's wrong with this picture?????????????
Can any one help?????????????????

Bob I.
 
 
 

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