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97up-list-digest Friday, September 24 1999 Volume 02 : Number 258



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - RE: Door cracks
Re: FTE 97up - Order Pulled
FTE 97up - Motor Tend
Re: FTE 97up - Order Pulled
Re: FTE 97up - Order Pulled
FTE 97up - recall - re cable kits for f250 psd 99's
FTE 97up - exhaust and misc...
Re: FTE 97up - Re: Door cracks/torsion Bars
Re: FTE 97up - recall - re cable kits for f250 psd 99's
Re: FTE 97up - recall - re cable kits for f250 psd 99's
FTE 97up - VIN's

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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 09:40:22 -0400
From: Norm Hurst
Subject: FTE 97up - RE: Door cracks

>While I personally think the power window theory is the most viable one, I
>have a co-worker with a '98 SC 4x2 without power windows. His driver door
>is cracked.

MIke-

My theory is that it's because something in the window winder is hitting
something inside the door just as it finishes closing, causing to the
sheetmetal to flex. It doesn't much matter whether you've got power
windows or not, only whether you put the window up and down. Maybe power
window owners open and close their windows more often.

Although the flex I see is along the lower edge of the window, not near the
crack, but it's still my favorite theory.

- -Norm


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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 09:35:41 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Order Pulled

It means your order has been scheduled.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

- ----- Original Message -----
From: Jean Marc Chartier
To:
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 4:56 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Order Pulled


> I may have read in previous posts but heeded them not.
> Anyone know what it means when your order has been
> "pulled"? TIA
>
> Regards
>
> Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 11:01:46 -0400
From: Dean Baruffi
Subject: FTE 97up - Motor Tend

Well,

I just go my first copy of Motor Trend after sending a request on the
internet for a free 1 yr. subscription (thanks to the List member that gave
us the info).

In the back they have a list of vehicles that they tested. I see that a
1998 F150XLT 5.4L (235hp/330FtLbs), SC 2WD did an 8.7sec 0-60 and 16.7sec
quarter mile 82mph. Not too shabby.

Anyone got numbers on the 260hp/345FtLbs engine in this comfiguration?

BTW, the 1998 F-250 SD with V10 (275HP/410FtLbs) did a 7.9 sec 0-60 and a
16.1 sec quater 83.7mph



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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 13:33:34 -0400
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Order Pulled

Union Auto wrote:
>
> It means your order has been scheduled.
>
> Nathan Bernard
> Union Auto, Inc.
>

Nathan,

Thank you very much. I will sit patiently at home for the
Dealer to call me to say my truck is ready. Shouldn't take
more than, a month?

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 13:08:26 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Order Pulled

It depends on how long shipping takes to get to you. It could be as little
as 4 weeks to as many as 9. Your dealer should have an ETA 2 days after
your order gets scheduled.

Nathan

- ----- Original Message -----
From: Jean Marc Chartier
To:
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 1999 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Order Pulled


> Union Auto wrote:
> >
> > It means your order has been scheduled.
> >
> > Nathan Bernard
> > Union Auto, Inc.
> >
>
> Nathan,
>
> Thank you very much. I will sit patiently at home for the
> Dealer to call me to say my truck is ready. Shouldn't take
> more than, a month?
>
> Regards
>
> Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 12:45:14 -0400
From: "delgrosso"
Subject: FTE 97up - recall - re cable kits for f250 psd 99's

Hi

I am wondering if I can get any opinions on the experience I had with Ford
(my dealer in Canada) when I brought my truck in for this particular recall.
Cable kit. Apparently the reasoning for this particular recall is that is
the truck rolls this should prevent the gas from leaking out - at least that
was my understanding of it's purpose.

I was told because I have installed a 5th wheel hitch it is not their
responsibility to change this. They promptly gave me the kit and said
"Here, when you remove your hitch this can be installed then."

Can someone tell me if that is exceptable? It seems to me that they sold me
the defective vehicle in the first place and that if this is not done my
vehicle is not up to safety standards blah blah blah.....

Besides that - do you know anyone who has entirely removed their fifth wheel
hitch during the time of owning the vehicle? It seems like a croc to me but
I am in need of some ammo to deal with these guys - can anyone help me out?

Thanks

Patti
Don't hurry through life
Take time to enjoy it!

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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 14:49:52 -0500
From: "Doug Pogatetz"
Subject: FTE 97up - exhaust and misc...

Hello all

I am new on this list and apologize for any redundancy here.

I own a 1997 F150 4x4 bought in 1996. Where exactly should I be looking for the
crack that everyone is talking about?

I have put a K&N filter charger kit on my truck. I love the sound when the
throttle is open and the improvement in HP, mileage and 1/4 times.

I want to put on a cat back exhaust at minimum, or maybe going all out with
headers also. I saw the talk about flowmaster. What about the others Gibson,
Borla, Banks etc? Is it worth going with a stainless exhaust system? I live in
the chicago area, YUCKY salt winters.

Has anyone put on a Jacobs ignition system. My brother has one on an old bronco
(1980ish) and he said it made a big difference.

Doug


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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 15:57:22 EDT
From: CERESJohnG aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: Door cracks/torsion Bars

There has been a problem with them breaking for no apparant reason. Ford
must have gotten a quick handle on it because the Feds really have not jumped
into it.

John G
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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 15:07:33 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - recall - re cable kits for f250 psd 99's

It depends on what parts of recall you need. If it is just the tank strap,
don't worry about it. The Fith wheel effectively does the same thing as the
strap (keeps the tanks from sliding sideways) so you won't need it, and
actually I think you'd have to remove it to put in a fifth wheel. There are
other parts of the recall that can be done, but are only applicable to SD
shortboxes built before a certain date.

Nathan

- ----- Original Message -----
From: delgrosso
To:
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 1999 11:45 AM
Subject: FTE 97up - recall - re cable kits for f250 psd 99's


> Hi
>
> I am wondering if I can get any opinions on the experience I had with Ford
> (my dealer in Canada) when I brought my truck in for this particular
recall.
> Cable kit. Apparently the reasoning for this particular recall is that is
> the truck rolls this should prevent the gas from leaking out - at least
that
> was my understanding of it's purpose.
>
> I was told because I have installed a 5th wheel hitch it is not their
> responsibility to change this. They promptly gave me the kit and said
> "Here, when you remove your hitch this can be installed then."
>
> Can someone tell me if that is exceptable? It seems to me that they sold
me
> the defective vehicle in the first place and that if this is not done my
> vehicle is not up to safety standards blah blah blah.....
>
> Besides that - do you know anyone who has entirely removed their fifth
wheel
> hitch during the time of owning the vehicle? It seems like a croc to me
but
> I am in need of some ammo to deal with these guys - can anyone help me
out?
>
> Thanks
>
> Patti
> Don't hurry through life
> Take time to enjoy it!
>
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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 16:54:16 -0700
From: "Neil Plocek"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - recall - re cable kits for f250 psd 99's

The 99S11 recall for the cable kits and fuel tank locator bracket have
nothing to do with the fact that you have a fifth wheel hitch installed.
Everything is done form the underside of the truck. The cables on mine were
installed in a matter of minutes, and it took the mechanic about an hour to
replace the fuel tank locator bracket. Your dealer is giving you the run
around BIG TIME! Call Fords customer service and complain!

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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 17:03:00 -0700
From: Brian K Moberg
Subject: FTE 97up - VIN's

Does anyone know of a web site that would allow me to find out all the
factory equipment (RPO Codes) that were originally ordered, on a
particular vehicle, from just the VIN?

Thanks,

Brian
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