97up-list-digest Thursday, June 11 1998 Volume 01 : Number 115



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Re: Ford Contact
FTE 97up - '99 Expedition
Re: FTE 97up - '99 Expedition
Re: FTE 97up - Buying a Ford Expedition
FTE 97up - Update on the California Get Together.
FTE 97up - Hide away gooseneck ball
Re: FTE 97up - Hide away gooseneck ball
FTE 97up - 1999 F250 Super Duty Exterior Height
Re: FTE 97up - 1999 F250 Super Duty Exterior Height
FTE 97up - Sleeper cap
FTE 97up - 1999 F150 5.4 auto trans

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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 06:00:28 -0500
From: Tom Fitzsimmons
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Ford Contact

Hello! IM have problems getting my Explore fixed!

I would like some info on contacting some one in ford higher up!

Thanks for your help...

You can also email me at tfitz cyberramp.net

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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 98 7:54:03 -0400
From: psmith1 os.dhhs.gov
Subject: FTE 97up - '99 Expedition

Thanks for the info on the '99 Expeditions. I'm glad I'm waiting. Of
course, I now have more questions (I would ask the dealer, but they
typically are only interested in selling the vehicle as opposed to
"knowing" the vehicle:

What is a "Power adjustable pedal system" ? It sounds like something that
is likely to break.

Are the 17" aluminum wheels going to still be available? In my experience
chrome wheels always end up rusting.

On the '98's you had to get the Eddie Bauer package to get the premium Mach
stereo system. Is the Mach system now going to be available on the XLT's?

And finally, my dealer is very vague on when I can order a '99? When are
they slated to begin production?

Thanks again.

Pierre

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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 07:43:20 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - '99 Expedition

Power adjustable pedals allow shorter drivers to reach the brake and gas.
It is optional on XLT or Lariat. I have no idea how reliable it will be.
17" aluminum wheels are not available. They started using the chrome on the
Mountaineer in '98 and they haven't been rusting (our roads get salted
heavily in the winter) so I'm guessing that they must be clear coated. Mach
audio still requires Eddie Bauer trim. You should be able to place an order
next week, but their will be no prices so you'd have to trust your dealer to
do it. Production should begin between 8/1 and 8/20 (I can't remember the
exact date) and it is more likely that you wouldn't have it until late
September. Pricing usually becomes available around 9/15 but it isn't
guaranteed. Things might happen early this year. In years past we had to
wait to sell vehicles. Official intro is Oct 5 on most lines and presell
was two weeks earlier. Now we can deliver the vehicles as soon as they
arrive.

Nathan Bernard

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From: psmith1 os.dhhs.gov
To: 97up-list-digest ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 1998 7:14 AM
Subject: FTE 97up - '99 Expedition


>Thanks for the info on the '99 Expeditions. I'm glad I'm waiting. Of
>course, I now have more questions (I would ask the dealer, but they
>typically are only interested in selling the vehicle as opposed to
>"knowing" the vehicle:
>
>What is a "Power adjustable pedal system" ? It sounds like something that
>is likely to break.
>
>Are the 17" aluminum wheels going to still be available? In my experience
>chrome wheels always end up rusting.
>
>On the '98's you had to get the Eddie Bauer package to get the premium Mach
>stereo system. Is the Mach system now going to be available on the XLT's?
>
>And finally, my dealer is very vague on when I can order a '99? When are
>they slated to begin production?
>
>Thanks again.
>
>Pierre


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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 07:45:45 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Buying a Ford Expedition

More like the 4x4 XLT

Nathan

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From: BigFords1 aol.com


>Is the new Grill going to be like the F-150 2WD XL?


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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 11:40:17 -0700
From: Keith Srb
Subject: FTE 97up - Update on the California Get Together.

Hello List Members.

I am sending this update on the CA Get together to all of the lists.

First I would like to thank Pat Brown for taking the time to research, and
send me a list of possible activities.

This list was forwarded to Deacon, (from the 61-79 List, who lives in CA).
Deacon spent a lot of time researching Pat's list, and searching for other
activities we could attend. Unfortunately Deacon did not find much for
Truck related events. Most of them were for cars. So Deacon sent me the
following message.

Deacon Message to Keith

Hi Keith.
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I checked out the places
Pat suggested and though some of the ones that weren't just Mustang related
looked like fun, none of them were truck related. I tried to look at it
objectively because I didn't want to reject an idea because it wasn't in
So. Ca. and I don't think I did. If there was a Harley show, sure you and I
would have a blast but would anyone else. So no matter what the event some
of the people would come just to meet with other members. If the event had
nothing to do for a family no ones wife or kids would want to come with
them. I looked for something with it in mind, if there wasn't something
that was Ford truck or American truck related that was big enough to get
and keep people interested it wouldn't be worth doing. I tried to find a
west coast Ford Nat's and there isn't anything to compare with PF in
California. I was at my wits end and ready to throw in the towel. It had
been 2 days and knew I had
to send you something or you might think I'd lost interest in helping. Last
night I gave in, there was nothing happening I thought would be the right
environment for our west coast get together. Not wanting to give in, this
morning I sat here in front of my computer ready to send you one of two
messages "I've got it" or "I give up" so here it is.
I've got it! :) FTE's Weekend at Disneyland! There's an airport with
shuttle service, hotels, dining, things to keep a family happy and plenty
of local attractions to get us in trouble. We can plan it so it doesn't
conflict with PF or other holidays. We can and make our own day. It can be
"FTE's annual weekend at Disneyland" so people can make plans.

End of Deacon's Message to Keith

I know some of you will say, "What does going to Disneyland have to do with
Ford Trucks." For one, I am sure some of the list members will be able to
drive to Disneyland. This would give us a close-up look at some of their
modifications to their Trucks. After attending the show in Pigeon Forge, I
am confident that the simple fact of meeting some of these people face to
face, would also include a lot of Truck talk. This would also give us
time to socialize a little with each other and discuss other topics as
well, one being, what else could we do to make the list more enjoyable and
useful for everyone. What it takes to brew beer at home, (one of the list
members, that I talk to off list, has a very nice setup for brewing beer at
home). I am sure there are other list members that converse off list about
different things.

Now, as far as when to have this get together. I am going to pick a
weekend. October 3rd and 4th. Now I know some of you may not be able to
make it this weekend. But that is going to happen no matter what weekend
this event is planned for. This is similar to what Pat Ford does with the
Pigeon Forge show, He picks a weekend, and everybody plans around it.

More details about the get together will follow later.

Now if anyone has any complaints or comments, please send them to me off
list. My Email Address is herbie netvalue.net

I would also like to thank Deacon and Ken for their help with this.

Thanks!

Keith Srbherbie netvalue.net
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://members.netvalue.net/herbie
Mesa, AZ

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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 14:55:39 EDT
From: BlankfortJ aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Hide away gooseneck ball

Hi

I'm loooking for a hideaway gooseneck ball that's flush with the bed. I don't
mind a little welding and hacking so long as it's flush when not being used.
I've got a 99 250 PSD long bed and it should be here about July 7th. Any
ideas would be great.

Thanks in advance.

John Blankfort
blankfortj aol.com
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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 15:48:14 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Hide away gooseneck ball

At 02:55 PM 6/10/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Hi
>
>I'm loooking for a hideaway gooseneck ball that's flush with the bed. I
don't
>mind a little welding and hacking so long as it's flush when not being used.
>I've got a 99 250 PSD long bed and it should be here about July 7th. Any
>ideas would be great.
>
>Thanks in advance.
>
>John Blankfort
>blankfortj aol.com

Try:
www.fencemasters.com



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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 16:33:18 EDT
From: MarkS79255 aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - 1999 F250 Super Duty Exterior Height

The exterior height for the 1999 F250 SD 4x4 is listed as 80.4 inches at
carpoint.msn.com. Can anyone tell me if this is the height to the top of the
radio antenna or to the top of the highest point of the cab? I have just
ordered mine thinking that the height was to the top of the antenna. If it is
to the top of the cab, I will need to avoid a low entrance I regularly use.
Thanks for any response.
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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 17:24:55 -0500
From: "Roy E. Springer"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 1999 F250 Super Duty Exterior Height

The Ford brochure lists "Cab height empty (in.)" as 80.4

Roy

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> From: MarkS79255 aol.com
> To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE 97up - 1999 F250 Super Duty Exterior Height
> Date: Wednesday, June 10, 1998 3:33 PM
>
> The exterior height for the 1999 F250 SD 4x4 is listed as 80.4 inches at
> carpoint.msn.com. Can anyone tell me if this is the height to the top of
the
> radio antenna or to the top of the highest point of the cab? I have just
> ordered mine thinking that the height was to the top of the antenna. If
it is
> to the top of the cab, I will need to avoid a low entrance I regularly
use.
> Thanks for any response.
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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 19:32:07 EDT
From: Dirtracr7 aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Sleeper cap

I am looking for a sleeper cap for a 99 F350 Crew Dually.I am on the East
Coast and have had no luck.I've called as far as Calif. and still no luck.If
anyone knows of any manufacturer who is making them please let me know.
Thanks
Mark
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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 21:22:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Keith F.
Subject: FTE 97up - 1999 F150 5.4 auto trans

Hi All

Have just changed my '98 F150 5.4 V8 order to a '99 but have the
following problem:

My '98 F150 5.4 order had the 44E auto trans.

My dealer says the 44E auto trans for '99 F150 5.4 orders can only
be ordered with California emissions.

Therefore as I live in Texas, I'm only able to order the 44U auto
trans with the '99 F150 5.4.

The 44U is the "smaller" auto trans, normally ordered with the 4.6.

I'd like to order the "stronger" 44E auto trans for towing,
offroad work, etc with my 5.4.

Has Ford botched, or am I missing something?

All replies appreciated!

KeithF - keithf ....


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