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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Truck Dealers
FTE 97up - Gifts
FTE 97up - Front End Repairs
RE: FTE 97up - Front End Repairs
RE: FTE 97up - Front End Repairs
[none]
Re: FTE 97up - Gift ideas for a father who loves his truck...
FTE 97up - Priceline.com
FTE 97up - Service Bulletins
Re: FTE 97up - Priceline.com
Re: FTE 97up - Priceline.com
Re: FTE 97up - Service Bulletins
FTE 97up - Manuals and Diagnostic readers
FTE 97up - ADMIN: Don't post your chain letters and urban legends to the lists!
FTE 97up - My new 2000 is here
FTE 97up - Re: Box height (& 5th wheels)
FTE 97up - RE: FTE Perf - ADMIN: Don't post your chain letters and urban leg ends to the lists!
FTE 97up - Re: Step Rails/running boards
Re: FTE 97up - Gift ideas for a father who loves his truck...
Re: FTE 97up - Re: Box height (& 5th wheels)

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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 06:20:39 PST
From: "Scott Matus"
Subject: FTE 97up - Truck Dealers

Wow, I really learned something from your post. And would their faces turn
red if you were to see their WEEKLY STATUS REPORTS. Then you do not find
your truck on the list! You would have that dealer dancing to get you your
truck. Just mention of Fraud talk with your lawyer would open their eyes.
You would easily win in court!


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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 01:38:06 -0800
From: Dave Santo
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Still waiting for my 00 SD

Ordered mine on 9/21. Build date set by factory on 9/23. Build date
scheduled week of 10/4. Scheduled delivery week of 10/25. Picked it
up and drove it home on 10/27. That's about 5 weeks. Truck ONLY
dealer. Southern CA area. '00 SD/SC V10 A/T 4WD LB 3.73LS(order guide
says you can't get this in CA, but, I DID! Or, rather, THEY got it
for me!) Lariat. This dealer had 37(!) trucks "allocated" to be
ordered/built in September and 29(!) in October.

Other dealer I dealt with before I jumped ship to the TRUCK ONLY
dealer had allocation of 2 (TWO!!!) that he could order/have built
between 9/16/99 and 12/31/99! Original order I placed with them was
on 7/21. As of 9/15, NO BUILD DATE. So, I cancelled order THERE.

Ask your dealers about their allocation. Don't take their word for
it. ASK TO SEE THEIR WEEKLY STATUS REPORTS. The truck only dealer I
went to had a big board in their showroom showing status of all their
factory orders. Nothing was hidden. It was all out in the open for
all to see.

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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 08:59:28 -0600
From: "Doug Pogatetz"
Subject: FTE 97up - Gifts

I have the type of window deflectors on my 97 F150 that slip into the window
channel. Very nice. Can remove if necessary They are made by Clim aire over in
Germany. Distributed here. About $38.00 for (2).

Doug


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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 09:09:43 -0600
From: "Mike Auser"
Subject: FTE 97up - Front End Repairs

I have a '97 F-150 that needs a new pitman arm and lower ball joints. I'm a
fairly mechanical person, but haven't replaced a pitman arm or ball joints
before. Can someone please tell me what is involved and what tools are
needed. Is this a job that I should take on myself, or should I pay a
professional to do it?


Thanks,

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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 10:53:36 -0500
From: "Schetting, Brenda S [AMSTA-AR-PCB]"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Front End Repairs

Where you getting any kind of noise from the front end and if so what did it
sound like?

I have a '98 F-150 and I have this knocking in the front. It sounds like it
is right under the drivers floor, like at the bottom of the steering column.
I took it to the dealers and they replaced the lower steering column, but I
can still here the noise. Not as loud, but it is still there. Someone told
me that it could be the lower steering shaft tsb.

Thanks in advance for the info.

Brenda

> ----------
> From: Mike Auser[SMTP:mauser directwest.com]
> Reply To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 10:09 AM
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> Subject: FTE 97up - Front End Repairs
>
> I have a '97 F-150 that needs a new pitman arm and lower ball joints. I'm
> a
> fairly mechanical person, but haven't replaced a pitman arm or ball joints
> before. Can someone please tell me what is involved and what tools are
> needed. Is this a job that I should take on myself, or should I pay a
> professional to do it?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Mike
>
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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 10:18:52 -0600
From: "Mike Auser"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Front End Repairs

The worn ball joints aren't making any noise, but the pitman arm is causing
a screeching when turning corners.

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Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Front End Repairs


Where you getting any kind of noise from the front end and if so what did it
sound like?

I have a '98 F-150 and I have this knocking in the front. It sounds like it
is right under the drivers floor, like at the bottom of the steering column.
I took it to the dealers and they replaced the lower steering column, but I
can still here the noise. Not as loud, but it is still there. Someone told
me that it could be the lower steering shaft tsb.

Thanks in advance for the info.

Brenda

> ----------
> From: Mike Auser[SMTP:mauser directwest.com]
> Reply To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 10:09 AM
> To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE 97up - Front End Repairs
>
> I have a '97 F-150 that needs a new pitman arm and lower ball joints. I'm
> a
> fairly mechanical person, but haven't replaced a pitman arm or ball joints
> before. Can someone please tell me what is involved and what tools are
> needed. Is this a job that I should take on myself, or should I pay a
> professional to do it?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Mike
>
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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 12:48:10 -0800 (PST)
From: Becks2
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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 12:48:22 -0800 (PST)

Subject: Still Waiting for my 00 SD





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From: Shaun Mahoney To:

Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 4:17 PM

Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Still waiting for my 00 SD







Doug,

That dealer hasnt told you everything, I went through the same routine with my truck. I waited from March 98-January 99 for my 99 F-350. They did the same thing to me, they told me a few more weeks, every time I went there. Little did I know I would wait 10 months.



The dealers gets a certain # of ""allocations,,how many of that vehicle they can sell a year, which is based on how many they sold the year prior. Once they use up thier allocations for that year, they start using the ones for next year, meaning yours was probably put right on the top list for next years shipments, chances are yours wont be built and delivered, untill after new years, if youre lucky.....



All i can suggest to you is start asking for numbers of regional managers, and representatives, and just start telling them whats going on. If you complain enough they`ll do what they can.( Probably just to get you off there back.) Thats what I did, I called those guys up every other day and they started pulling some strings, next thing i know I got a call saying it was comming.

Doesnt hurt to try!!!!!!!





Adry

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> I live just north of Jersey in Rockland County New York and ordered my 2000

> F250 with a V-10 in late August. The truck arrived in mid-October. If that

> is the story your dealer is telling you, he is jerking your chain. It does

> NOT take 6 months to get a 2000 Super Duty, not matter what

> engine/package/configuration you are looking for. The only way a dealercan

> get cut off is if they exceed their custom quota for a period. Most of the

> dealers were allowed say 2 custom trucks per period plus a certain number

of

> general configuration packages (what is on the lot). Once a dealer uses up

> their custom allotment for a given period, they must wither wait until the

> next period or make a deal with another dealership for a truck order.

> Certain dealers have production priority and a larger number of custom

> allowances per general configuration group. This is of course based on

> overall sales per dealership. Even if your dealer used up their quota,

they

> should have been able to get another in the next period (about 3 months).

> Even if it added 3 months to your wait, It still only takes 10 weeks to

get

> the truck. I suggest that you look for an alternate dealer. There are

dozens

> in the New Jersey area as well as New York and Pennsylvania. I would

suggest

> a dealer that sells a lot of trucks. In jersey try a dealer in the

> Midwestern part of the state near the horse country, they sell a lot of

F350

> PSD's there as well as in PA. I purchased mine at Dan Buckey Ford in New

> York. There are three Ford dealers within 10 miles of my place, and all

can

> order a 2000 within 12 weeks.

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com

> [mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com] On Behalf Of Douglas Petschow

> Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 4:38 PM

> To: 97up-list-digest ford-trucks.com

> Subject: FTE 97up - Still waiting for my 00 SD

>

>

>

> Just got off the phone with my dealer today and he told me that my truck

is

> still not been scheduled yet, meaning I will be waiting a minumum of 3

more

> months for this thing. I ordered the truck 6 months ago. He says he has

00

> in

> and I can come down and look at them which I plan on doing but if that

> doesn't

> work out I don't know what I'm going to do. I live in Jersey and was

> wondering

> if this is common in every state? Any suggestions on what I should do?

> Anything at this point will be greatly appreciated!

> -Doug-

>

>





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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 17:25:43 -0500
From: "Ron,Marge,Ted"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Gift ideas for a father who loves his truck...

Hi Matt,
How about a remote starter!!! ....I know I would like one

Ron
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From: Matthew Marietta
To:
Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 6:04 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Gift ideas for a father who loves his truck...


>
> My father is a Ford F150 enthusiast, if there ever was one.
> So, think of what you would love to have most for your vehicles and
> drop me a line...any and all suggestions are much appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 20:38:54 EST
From: MFAPHOTO aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Priceline.com

Heard that Ford and Priceline.com announced a deal yesterday whereby you make
up the vehicle that you wish, determine what you are willing to pay, and then
it is submitted to area dealerships for their bids. Lowest bidder gets the
deal! Might only be able to do this in Florida at present! Anyone try this
yet? Sounds like a very good idea to me.

Russ Martin
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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 18:12:44 -0800
From: "Craig, Dennis"
Subject: FTE 97up - Service Bulletins

I reviewed the service bulletins on the NHTSA webpage, but the information
is limited. What do you have to do to get more information...call or go to a
dealership. Or is there somewhere else you can get more details (i.e. a real
live database?)

dennis
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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 21:21:35 EST
From: RSnovi aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Priceline.com

In a message dated 11/16/99 8:50:33 PM Eastern Standard Time,
MFAPHOTO aol.com writes:


sounds like a great idea to me! wish they would have had that about a year
ago. I am in FL! I could have literally stolen my F250, lol.

RS
99F250SD PSD/SC/4x4/beg mud terrains/ 5in exhaust /no cat(shhh)


Date: 11/16/99 8:50:33 PM Eastern Standard Time
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Heard that Ford and Priceline.com announced a deal yesterday whereby you
make
up the vehicle that you wish, determine what you are willing to pay, and
then
it is submitted to area dealerships for their bids. Lowest bidder gets the
deal! Might only be able to do this in Florida at present! Anyone try this
yet? Sounds like a very good idea to me.

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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 21:22:05 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Priceline.com

At 08:38 PM 11/16/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Heard that Ford and Priceline.com announced a deal yesterday whereby you make
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which yr and style truck?

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I reviewed the service bulletins on the NHTSA webpage, but the information
is limited. What do you have to do to get more information...call or go to a
dealership. Or is there somewhere else you can get more details (i.e. a real
live database?)

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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 18:24:27 -0800
From: "Craig, Dennis"
Subject: FTE 97up - Manuals and Diagnostic readers

Has anybody got a manual yet for the 99 Ford Pickups, I keep looking
but I haven't spotted one yet. Also what is a good diagnostic tool to use on
the Ford I see there are many different Code Readers, any advice?

thanks, dennis
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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 21:43:15 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Don't post your chain letters and urban legends to the lists!

In the future any forwarding "gullibility viruses", i.e., chain
emails containing urban legends or "virus" warnings, will be
uns*bscribed. Its a major hassle dealing with them, especial
when they have files attached and bounce off the list filters.
Never forward emails without first checking out the facts.

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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 22:09:17 -0600
From: jmann living.com
Subject: FTE 97up - My new 2000 is here

We'll, my new 2000 F150 Lariat 4x4 SC Flareside showed up a week early. Now
all I have to do is sell my Jetta. With the custom work that still has to
be done and Thanksgiving, that should give me a little time. The dealer
also said they would hang on to the truck until I sold my car. But I'm sure
there is a limit to that. Man, I love the A-Plan!

Just wanted to share the joy.

Joe
Austin ,TX.

PS: Hey, where do I look to see if I got the 44U or the 44E tranny? Just in
case I got lucky.


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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 23:16:14 -0500
From: Dick Dorff
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Box height (& 5th wheels)

Note also that the trailer should be riding approximately level. So, if
extending the pin box makes the front of your trailer sit too much (more
than a couple inches) higher than the back of your trailer, your only
resort to getting "sufficient" clearance between the truck and the
trailer, is to lower the truck.

I'm having the dealer checking on the possibility of them covering
having the 4" rear spacer blocks replaced with 2" blocks (between the
rear axle and the leaf springs). Back in January when we bought the
truck, I'd heard Ford was covering the procedure, but I thought it was
to remove the 4" spacer block (4x4) altogether. That wasn't immediately
appealing, but I didn't investigate the 2" lowering either then.

Now that we have the 5th wheel, and having towed it a bit, I see the
current 4" clearance should really be 6". It's touched a few times, but
I've been partially expecting it and have been slow and careful when in
those situations. We had the the factory-installed 2" lift on the
trailer. I don't want to make the trailer sit too high by additionally
"flipping the axles". The trailer sits about level with 4" clearance,
so the next step is to lower the rear of the truck by 2".

I'll try to let you know what the dealer responds with.

- -Dick Dorff

'99 F250 SD CC SB XLT V10 3.73LS

> Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 06:43:13 -0500
> From: Bill
> Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Box height
>
> When the trailer is hitched and the full pin weight is on the truck you should have
> a least 6" of clearance between trailer and bed rail at the rear of the truck and
> no more than 1" higher at the front. If when you try to hitch on level ground the
> distance between the rear bed rail and trailer is only 2" or 3" its to close.
> Either adjust pin box or lower rear of truck.
>
>
>
> > > I cannot comfortably get the truck under my 5th wheel without the
> > > rear of the box almost contacting the bottom part of the trailer.
> > >
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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 22:44:17 -0600
From: jmann living.com
Subject: FTE 97up - RE: FTE Perf - ADMIN: Don't post your chain letters and urban leg ends to the lists!

Let's see, how did that line go in the movie Stripes, "Lighten up Francis."

I agree that these "gullibility viruses" are annoying as hell. I've put up
with them for almost 10 years. But you will have new users who wont no about
this little rule, and current uses that either wont see this, oh so kind
message, that will surely make the evidently fatal mistake of sending one of
these out to your lists. And when, not IF, they do I would hope that da
fuhrer wouldn't take them out back and shoot the for their first mistake.

There are a number of sites that list these messages. Try writing a filter
that looks for a substring in commonly known "gullibility viruses" and dumps
them before they hit the list. It might work a bit better than threatening
your users.



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pre48-list fordtrucks.com; offroad-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE Perf - ADMIN: Don't post your chain letters and urban
legends to the lists!

In the future any forwarding "gullibility viruses", i.e., chain
emails containing urban legends or "virus" warnings, will be
uns*bscribed. Its a major hassle dealing with them, especial
when they have files attached and bounce off the list filters.
Never forward emails without first checking out the facts.

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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 23:45:14 -0500
From: Dick Dorff
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Step Rails/running boards

After a search of every possible manufacturer, for nerf steps that
mounted to the frame, and didn't require drilling, for our '99 SD CC SB,
I eventually found one, and only one. Waag (www.waag.com). They even
had ones that extended to the rear wheels, so that it acts as a step for
accessing the front of the bed. I really called and/or emailed every
mfg. I knew of, which I think must be just about all. Most of the rest,
if not all (for our application), were body-mounted.

Look good and the wife and kids actually are in the habit of using
them. They really do help in getting folks of shorter stature in and
out of the 4x4 SD. Just have to get used to using them. I liked the
idea of nerf bars (vs. steps) for looks (personal preference), and also
it seemed like it would make for more sure footing. Although they're
being round wouldn't help that cause much, they do have flattened step
areas, but moreso they seem to stick out a bit farther from the truck
body, and thus allow a bit more room for the ball or middle of the foot
to rest on the step, without the toes prematurely 'bottoming out'
against the side of the truck. Just a hunch though. I never compared
measurements between steps and bars, and never even tried the steps.
They're probably fine that way too. Guess it was mainly a preference
for the nerf look.

Purchased from a local auto/performance shop (Billerica Perfomance, in
Mass.), which found them stocked in one of the warehouses he gets parts
from. 'Twas in the low $300s, but compared with the added cost of
getting a separate step for the bed area, which I really wanted anyway,
it's not much more than most sets of decent steps. Installed in about
2.5 - 3 hrs, but one side was outside at night, w/ headlamp/flashlight,
taking my time.

Let me know if you've got any specific questions.

- -Dick Dorff

'99 F250 SD 4x4 XLT SD CC SB V10 3.73LS

> Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 10:14:25 -0500
> From: Norm Hurst
> Subject: FTE 97up - Step Rails/running boards
>
> Guys-
>
> I have a 97 F150 SC SB 4x4. My daughter fell last night getting out
> of the truck, so I think I should get running boards or step rails.
>
> What should I get? Does anyone make aftermarket running boards that
> look as good as factory? If I don't plan to go off road much, is
> there any advantage to step rails?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Norm
>
>
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Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 00:04:09 -0500
From: "Keith Veren"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Gift ideas for a father who loves his truck...

Two ideas:

1. A complete set of Service Manuals (if your dad does "hands-on" servicing
of his truck)
2. A complete, professional inside, outside and undercarriage detailing
(cleaning, waxing, protectants, etc.)

Keith



- ----- Original Message -----
From: Matthew Marietta
To:
Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 6:04 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Gift ideas for a father who loves his truck...


>
> To any and all who may receive this:
>
> My father is a Ford F150 enthusiast, if there ever was one.
>
> His 52nd birthday is just around the corner, and I would really
> like to get him something for his new baby (a '99 Eddie Bauer,
> 4x4 F150 with all of the options). He drooled over
> every F150 he saw for the last five years and finally decided
> to bite the bullet and get one--he never splurges on himself,
> but when it came to the truck he spared little expense...and
> I can't even begin to explain the enjoyment he gets from it.
>
> Now that his birthday approaches I can't think of anything that
> he would enjoy more than something for his truck, however, I know
> little about what is out there. When I looked on the net and found
> your group I thought you may be able to offer some suggestions.
>
> So, think of what you would love to have most for your vehicles and
> drop me a line...any and all suggestions are much appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
> Matt
>
>
>
>
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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 22:10:08 -0700
From: "Brandon Adams"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: Box height (& 5th wheels)

Well I am in the reverse situation. I just got in my 2000 SD CC V10 LWB
last week (after 5months) and it has the 2" blocks in the back. I wanted
the four so I could just put the leveling kit on it and call it good. But
my truck sits level as it is. From what I got out of other posts, they
would have to swap the shocks, and the sway bar to swap the blocks out. I
dont know if they will do this. For free anyways.

Brandon

- ----- Original Message -----
From: Dick Dorff
To:
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 9:16 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Box height (& 5th wheels)


> Note also that the trailer should be riding approximately level. So, if
> extending the pin box makes the front of your trailer sit too much (more
> than a couple inches) higher than the back of your trailer, your only
> resort to getting "sufficient" clearance between the truck and the
> trailer, is to lower the truck.
>
> I'm having the dealer checking on the possibility of them covering
> having the 4" rear spacer blocks replaced with 2" blocks (between the
> rear axle and the leaf springs). Back in January when we bought the
> truck, I'd heard Ford was covering the procedure, but I thought it was
> to remove the 4" spacer block (4x4) altogether. That wasn't immediately
> appealing, but I didn't investigate the 2" lowering either then.
>
> Now that we have the 5th wheel, and having towed it a bit, I see the
> current 4" clearance should really be 6". It's touched a few times, but....


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