80-96-list-digest Thursday, May 28 1998 Volume 02 : Number 189



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In this issue:

FTE 80-96 - RE: Removing Rearview Mirror Button
FTE 80-96 - 300 I-6 Performance
Re: FTE 80-96 - Newbie and Towing Question
FTE 80-96 - Re: Paint Job

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 08:02:39 -0700
From: "Bowman, John A"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - RE: Removing Rearview Mirror Button

Another option is going to your local auto glass shop. My rearview
mirror fell off last winter and they replaced it FREE in about 10
minutes!

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J.A. Bowman,P.Eng.
1983 F100 "Big Red"
email: jbowman MTT.CA
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 08:51:35 -0400
From: Mike Johnson
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 300 I-6 Performance

>Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 19:00:28 -0700
>From: Gene Ball
>Subject: FTE 80-96 - 300 I-6 Performance camshaft?

>So, I have 1984 4x4 300I-6 32in tires 3.55 gears. This truck >has 57000
miles on it. I'am making some performance upgrades. It least I hope
thats what they'll be!!
>First does anybody know how much HP this truck makes stock, it >has a
carb on it.

I have a 1986 and I think it makes 120hp & 250lb/ft torque.

>I have purchased a 4 barrel intake and a header from clifford
>performance.

I did the same thing to my truck, you will love all the extra power you
gain. Lots of low end torque.

>I also got a distributor from them with vacuum advance and an >advanced
curve!

I still have my stock distributor, let me know how the new one turns
out. I thought of doing this myself.

>I will be running a edelbrock 500 carb.

I have the carter 500cfm carb and I like it a lot more than the holley
390cfm that I originally put on (what a piece of junk). If you have an
auto trans and get the kick down hooked back up let me know how you did
it. I couldn't figure it out. But with all the extra power you don't
even need it.

>I got a couple of different suggestions on camshaft size?
>So I went with a 260 grind from comp cams! I got the whole kit >cam
lifters springs ex.... Is this cam fit for everyday >driving? What can I
expect out of all of this? MPG?

Haven't done the cam either, let me know how it works.
Believe it or not my mileage did not change at all after I installed the
new parts.
If you have any other questions I'll be glad to try and answer them. It
only took me a weekend to install my parts, and the truck has ran great
ever since. That was two years ago and the truck is a daily driver.

Mike
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 09:05:08 -0400
From: "Christian J Hedemark II"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Newbie and Towing Question

> My name's Tommy Regan and I just subscribed to the list. I'm in the
> process of making a race car out of an '87 Mustang LX and am now selling
> my '96 Cobra. The plan now is to buy a truck to tow the LX. I haven't
> gotten one yet because I'm still researching...well, I haven't sold the
> Cobra yet, either! ;-)

Hey Tommy! I remember you from the SVT list (I haven't been on in awhile).
Sorry to hear the Cobra is leaving but I hope that it's for the best.

> I'd really like to get a '93 Lightning, but they're more expensive than
> I'm looking to spend (~$9,000). Most probably I'll get a '92-'94 F-150
> (extra or regular car) with an automatic and I'll probably end up with a
> 302, though I'd prefer a 351.

or a blown 460? ;-)

> The race car will be about 2800 lbs. The trailer will be maybe 800 or so,
> but I'm really not sure. I've got two questions. First of all, will the
> 302 pull this _reasonably_ well? It'll mostly pull the rig around town
> with an occasional 1000 mile round trip. How much better will the 351 be?
> I've heard from some that they don't really pull much better, but can
> anyone offer their experience?

I haven't noticed a whole lot of difference between the two in STOCK trim.
However, you can really warm up a 351W for towing duties without really
compromising on much. I've had both, and in stock trim there isn't a whole lot
of difference IMO.

Chris Hedemark
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.yonderway.com

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 07:52:58 -0800
From: "Casey Vandor"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: Paint Job

Wow the paintjob up here is on a perfect body. I have one rust hole from
when the truck was wrecked and two dents from other people hitting me. Then
there is all kinds of scrapes and scatches and little dings and knicks. For
them to paint it, they have to repair all of the above, and they estimated
that if they did it, it would be 3,500 (at both shops, probably the same
dang people with a different name) to do a complete repair job, and then
they could paint it..... I never even went to Ford to ask about a paint
job, I figured they would be way to spendy in the first place.

Once again we get screwed without competition here :-(
Casey Vandor

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I am glad I don't live in Alaska! The paint job was done by the dealer
(Chebucto Ford) and cost $2000 (tax in). There was only two finger size
holes in the box to repair and a number of small denets from 15 yrs of
farm work. It was redone in original Candy Apple Red (2K) and looks
great. I suppose the quality of a paint job can only be judged after 1
year or so.

As far as the tailgate letters go, they were a vinyl sticker and were
original with the truck. Maybe they were a dealer add on? I have located
a new replacement set for a 80 - 83 Styleside from Bayou City Ford in
Huston Texas and will be shipped this week.


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