61-79-list-digest Tuesday, February 2 1999 Volume 03 : Number 036

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1961-1979 Trucks and Vans
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FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: 1 Million visitors
FTE 61-79 - Driveline Demise



Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 01:44:12 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: 1 Million visitors

Hi gang!

Its official! Just compiled the January logs and we
had our one millionth visitor to the Ford Truck
Enthusiasts web site late in the month. In our first
year, we had slightly over 100,000 visitors and over
900,000 in the second year.

Our monthly visitor growth has been about 19% since we
started. Current list membership hovers around 4,000.
Many had privately expressed a concern this past summer
about FTE's ability to handle the growth. We've taken
steps which we believe have been successful:

- - The BBS has offset the mailing list growth and made it
manageable. Hit and run subscribers aren't as common

- - The new classifieds are not only far more powerful,
they also require less of my time.

- - The new chat is virtually maintenance free (although
its difficult to use the first time around).

- - Ordering on the web site means I don't have to spend
time each evening checking the PO box (now we check on
Tuesdays and Saturdays). This has been very important
because cash flow was suffering again and we needed to
pay for the classifieds software and server upgrades
(the load is getting huge, close to 200,000 file hits
per day). Our costs have gone way up lately.

Pictorial submissions have gone way up recently too, with
as many as 10 pictorial submissions per week!

Look for more additions to our content as we continue to
grow. Thank you to everyone for making FTE the community
it has become! You're really a great bunch! Hope to
meet some of you at the Pigeon Forge Supernationals.

Ken Payne

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Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 01:04:48 -0600
From: ballingrldd.net (William L. Ballinger)
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Driveline Demise

John, if you don't mind I'd like to add that if you pull off your wheel
to do the test on the brake drum, It wouldn't hurt to put the lug nuts
on an snug them, so you don't throw the drum off and hurt someone.

> Jack up one rear wheel so that it clears the ground by several inches.
> Block both front wheels. Start the engine, put the tranny in gear and
> slowly increase engine speed. Your speedometer in this test will indicate
> half of your real speed, so if it shows 30 you are spinning your tire at
> 60. If there is no vibration, go to the other side. If the vibration shows
> up, stop everything. Take off the tire, put the lug nuts all back on and do
> it again. If the vibration is still there, take off the brake drum and do
> it again. If the vibration is still there, the problem is in the rearend
> unit or driveshaft somewhere. If you lost the vibration anytime through the
> test, the last piece removed is the culprit. We once found a warped brake
> drum this way.
> BTW, bad u-joints discovered early don't usually vibrate or allow play,
> they just make a lot of racket. You can visually inspect them and often see
> where rust has spattered out of the bad ones. I don't know how else to
> describe it.
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