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97up-list Digest Mon, 04 Dec 2000 Volume: 2000  Issue: 197

In This Issue:
Annual FTE Charity Drive
various topics
Re: various topics
ADMIN: New FTE search feature

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Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 18:16:15 -0500
From: Ken Payne <kpayne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: Annual FTE Charity Drive


Ford Truck Enthusiasts has had a tradition of holding an
fund-raiser each year in support of a worthy cause.  This
year's cause is especially worthy and hits close to home.

During the SEMA show in Las Vegas I had the opportunity
to meet with long time FTE member Darrell (aka JumpinFord)
and one of our newest members, his friend "Scooter."  We
had a great time having lunch on Saturday and hanging out
after lunch.

A few days after the SEMA show, Scooter passed away rather
suddenly during an epileptic seizure. Though I didn't know
Scooter long, I can say that he was an very nice guy.  He
was also very funny and had a lot of talent (he was an actor
who's been on several shows/movies). A photo of Scooter can
be found on the FTE web site at:

http://www.ford-trucks.com/sema/sema1/html/image041.htm

Scooter (Lee Stephan) was a young man and was survived by
his wife and two children, ages 3 and 5.  Sadly, they are
not financially in a good spot, especially during this time
of year.  Lee was unable to afford his full dosage of
medication and this was a contributing factor in his death.
According to Darrell, Lee was too proud to accept charity.

I'm sure most of you will agree that this is a very worthy
cause.  The Stephan family could use your help.  Ms. Stephan
has gratefully accepted our offer to help after I told her
to not let her pride get in the way.  FTE has set up a link
in order to take credit card donations.  We will forward all
funds to the Stephan family on the 18th of December.

Ms. Stephan has given me permission to publish her address
should you decide to make a contribution by check or money
order (please use the address only for contributions or
condolence cards, their privacy needs to be respected).
Please note on any funds "FTE Drive".

Stephanie Stephan
650 Plumer Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

The secure contribution form (via our online store) can be
found at:

http://www.motorhaven.com/?product=annual

I will publish the total sent on the 18th.

Your participation would be appreciated.  Our strength lies
in our numbers and together we can make a huge difference
for a family that has found itself in a difficult situation.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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From: "Randy Goolsby" <rockinghorse solidnet.com>
Subject: various topics
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 06:33:51 -0800

Greetings List, I've been lurking for a while and appreciate the info. Last July my wife and I purchases a 98 F150 with the STX pkg. It's my wife's commuter that she drives about 60 miles a day. The truck has the 4.2L V6 and 5speed. I really like the power of this V6! The handling of the truck is excellent and even a little better since I added lowering shackles to the rear and dropped it a couple inches. A couple questions: First, since this is the EEC5 (I assume), does anybody make an aftermarket programmable or piggyback chip to enhance performance?If so, anybody here have one they'd recommend? Secondly, It appears to me that it'd be incredibly easy to do cat-back mods to this exhaust system. There are twin cats prior to the dual inlet muffler,but one single pipe exits. Anybody done any exhaust mods on a 4.2 truck? I'd like it to be a free-flowing setup yet not sacrifice any or much of the available torque. Any thoughts or experiences with this modification?? Lastly, This truck has the dreaded door crack also. Right now it's about an eighth of an inch long. Since it's still under a factory warranty (22K miles) they are one way or another gonna fix this truck at no cost to me. Are the replacement doors I've been reading about, any stronger structurally? This situation really pisses me off. I also have a 94 Bronco EB (60K) that I bought new. This is the finest rig I have ever owned, bar none, EXCEPT that it has roof cracks like most all the 80-96s did. The factory fix is a dang JOKE. It consists of some sheet metal and poprivets and from what I've heard,doesn't hold up very long, even when the dealerships do the installation on a parts and labor basis... TIA for your input.
Randy Goolsby, 98F150, 94 Bronco


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Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2000 10:17:19 -0500
From: Jean Marc Chartier <jmc.chartier sympatico.ca>
Subject: Re: various topics




Randy Goolsby wrote:

> Greetings List, I've been lurking for a while and appreciate the info. Last July my wife and I purchases a 98 F150 with the STX pkg. It's my wife's commuter that she drives about 60 miles a day. The truck has the 4.2L V6 and 5speed. I really like the power of this V6! The handling of the truck is excellent and even a little better since I added lowering shackles to the rear and dropped it a couple inches. A couple questions: First, since this is the EEC5 (I assume), does anybody make an aftermarket programmable or piggyback chip to enhance performance?If so, anybody here have one they'd recommend? Secondly, It appears to me that it'd be incredibly easy to do cat-back mods to this exhaust system. There are twin cats prior to the dual inlet muffler,but one single pipe exits. Anybody done any exhaust mods on a 4.2 truck? I'd like it to be a free-flowing setup yet not sacrifice any or much of the available torque. Any thoughts or experiences with this modification?? Lastly, This t!
> ruck has the dreaded door crack also. Right now it's about an eighth of an inch long. Since it's still under a factory warranty (22K miles) they are one way or another gonna fix this truck at no cost to me. Are the replacement doors I've been reading about, any stronger structurally? This situation really pisses me off. I also have a 94 Bronco EB (60K) that I bought new. This is the finest rig I have ever owned, bar none, EXCEPT that it has roof cracks like most all the 80-96s did. The factory fix is a dang JOKE. It consists of some sheet metal and poprivets and from what I've heard,doesn't hold up very long, even when the dealerships do the installation on a parts and labor basis... TIA for your input.
> Randy Goolsby, 98F150, 94 Bronco

Randy,

    Contact Mike Troyer (540) 862-9515 for your Chip question.  He is the National Distributor for Superchips and has a wealth of info for the 97-00 F-150s.  I have a chip in my truck.  Although it is not a 4.2 rather a 4.6 the chip works very well.  I also have the Door crack as well as one of my friends.  Both doors are being replaced with an improved design door.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier


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Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2000 18:38:44 -0500
From: Ken Payne <kpayne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: ADMIN: New FTE search feature


Check out:

http://www.ford-trucks.com/search/phod.php3

Its a new search feature of FTE that allows you to do an
Open Directory search of the entire Internet.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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