80-96-list-digest Wednesday, August 19 1998 Volume 02 : Number 289



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 80-96 - back up lights
FTE 80-96 - F350 Front Axle U-joints
FTE 80-96 - Good bye!
Re: FTE 80-96 - Good bye!
FTE 80-96 - 93 F-150 w/302
Re: FTE 80-96 - F350 Front Axle U-joints
FTE 80-96 - Re: Depressurizing Fuel Lines
FTE 80-96 - Universal Joints
Re: FTE 80-96 - 93 F-150 w/302

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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 18:30:52 EDT
From: JSC721 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - back up lights

hey rick, its fixed. the switch is located on the left side of the tranny.
where the linkage connects. it was pretty easy. i just purchased this 89 e-250
van for 955 bucks. but i put alot into it. no rust. i replaced the
waterpump,thermostat, heater core, air injection tube,alternator,
regulator,valve cover gasket, wires , plugs,cap ,rotor,fuel filter,4 new
tires, rear brake cylinders,spring kit,oil change,air filter, pcv,
you name it. i did it. i need a dependable truck for work . it has 177k on
the 4.9 engine. and it runs great.so far im into the truck for about
2,000/2,100. but its like a brand new truck. well thanks for your help man,
talk to you soon.

joe

p.s. the next project is to get some more power out of this 6 cylinder engine.


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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 16:09:41 -0800
From: "Pat Daniels"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - F350 Front Axle U-joints

I have an 88 F350 4x4 which has the solid front axle and is in dire need of
the u-joints on the front axle being replaced as they are worn out. I'm
not talking the driveshaft u-joints. These u-joints are on the axleshafts
at the end of the axlehousing. I have heard horror stories about getting
these out, but according to the Haynes manual, it is a walk in the park.
Anybody got any experience with this? I just need a heads on what to
expect. Need to get this done with winter approaching, any advice,
warnings or cautions would be appreciated.
Pat Daniels
Kodiak, Alaska
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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 17:02:53
From: yhtlines surfari.net
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Good bye!

I've never seen this, but want to say bye to all! Been here since the
beginning, and am grateful to Ken for the mailing lists. All my Ford trucks
are gone now (long story), but still have my Mustang. I may drop back from
time to time to ask questions for friends. BTW, a new Power Stroke F250
(heavy) 4x crew cab followed me up an on-ramp this morning, and boy did it
have some acceleration.....thinking about that for a retirement vehicle.
thanks, Dave Lampert

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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 22:07:37 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Good bye!

At 05:02 PM 8/18/98, you wrote:
>I've never seen this, but want to say bye to all! Been here since the
>beginning, and am grateful to Ken for the mailing lists. All my Ford trucks
>are gone now (long story), but still have my Mustang. I may drop back from
>time to time to ask questions for friends. BTW, a new Power Stroke F250
>(heavy) 4x crew cab followed me up an on-ramp this morning, and boy did it
>have some acceleration.....thinking about that for a retirement vehicle.
>thanks, Dave Lampert
>

Later Dave! Stop by anytime. Or say hi on the Fordnatics list!

Ken Payne

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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 22:26:38 +0400
From: Dave Sill
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 93 F-150 w/302

Hi, I'm new to this list and a new owner of '93 F-150 XLT with a 302 and a 3-
speed auto (84k miles).

I traded a Geo Metro that got 50+ mpg for the truck. :-) I knew the mileage
wasn't going to be good, but I expected better than the 15-16 mpg I'm getting.
Is this normal?

I'm not a speed freak, and performance is good, but if there were some simple
things I could do to help performance or gas mileage, I'd like to hear about
them.

Are there any known problems with this vehicle (especially engine or
transmission) that I need to watch out for?

It's got smaller tires on the front now, but I plan to replace them with larger
ones when they need replacing. Should I have the speedometer recalibrated if I
do that? Any recommendations for all-season tires for mainly on-road use?

Thanks.

P.S., for the sake of those of us who read this as a digest, please don't include
the entire message you're responding to in your response. Thanks again.


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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 22:29:24 -0400
From: "Matt Fitzsimmons"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - F350 Front Axle U-joints

I've done a few sets on IFS systems, I think the outside U joints are
pretty much the same.
The only special tool you need is the wrench for the spindle nuts. A
torque wrench is a good idea when it comes to replacing the spindle to
knuckle nuts. The Haynes manual might make it look like a walk in the
park, but it's a long walk. It can take quite a while to complete. Install
new high quality joints with grease fittings. Use a high quality water
proof bearing grease, chassis lube can get washed out too quick. Lube the
joints every time you do an oil change, more often in wet conditions.
After each lube, exersice the joints ( engage the hubs but not the transfer
case and drive in circles for a couple of minutes). Whith due care we kept
the joints in the front of my brothers F250 plough truck for 7 years ( then
sold the truck ).
The peace of mind having that job done will help you sleep nights through
the winter :o)

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> From: Pat Daniels
> To: 80-96-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE 80-96 - F350 Front Axle U-joints
> Date: Tuesday, August 18, 1998 8:09 PM
>
> I have an 88 F350 4x4 which has the solid front axle and is in dire need
of
> the u-joints on the front axle being replaced as they are worn out. I'm
> not talking the driveshaft u-joints. These u-joints are on the
axleshafts
> at the end of the axlehousing. I have heard horror stories about getting
> these out, but according to the Haynes manual, it is a walk in the park.
> Anybody got any experience with this? I just need a heads on what to
> expect. Need to get this done with winter approaching, any advice,
> warnings or cautions would be appreciated.
> Pat Daniels
> Kodiak, Alaska
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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 23:09:01 -0500
From: lordjanusz juno.com (Paul M Radecki)
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: Depressurizing Fuel Lines

James Beaman writes:

>Is the kick panel the one that is mounted vertically against the
>inside wall
>of the truck? In other words, would this be the panel to the right of
>the
>passenger's feet? Thanks for the info.
>
You are correct, sir. Bear in mind, though: the cutoff switch does not
actually depressurize the line. It merely interrupts the flow. You must
then fire the engine to suck the gas out of the line, and it will still
piddle on you when you pull the fuel filter. If your new filter came
with little plastic end caps to keep dirt out, you can use them to cap
off the old filter as it comes off and thus minimize spillage. You'll
need a 3/8" spring lock coupling tool and patience to pop the filter off,
assuming your truck is like mine (as I recall, they're the same year and
engine). lordjanusz

'94 F150 (300ci) '73 F100 (FT block) '97 Saturn (SWMBO's)

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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 22:51:08 -0500
From: lordjanusz juno.com (Paul M Radecki)
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Universal Joints

This weekend (or sooner) I get to learn all about replacing U-joints. A
quarter inch of slop is bad, right? Yeah, thought so. Guess I found
that driveline noise... BTW, AutoZone says that Ford used two different
front joint types for trucks like mine ('94 F150, 300ci, 5spd, 133"wb,
2-pc driveshaft), one of which has a different size bearing cup on each
axis. Does this sound right? Mine appears to be the other type, with
all bearings the same size. How do they say...? Measure once, drive to
AutoZone twice. Measure twice...
Okay, straw poll: go with the (slightly cheaper) greasable joints or the
lubed-for-life type? Cost is no object (they're both cheap), just
strength and longevity. The stock joints have no zercs; seems odd that
they would use the more expensive type on such a base model truck but I
suppose the good Ford works in mysterious ways. OTOH, more expensive
doesn't necessarily mean better. Perhaps the lubed-for-life kind aren't
superior, just more idiot-proof. Opinions?
lordjanusz
'94 F150 (goes "clunk")
'73 F100 (doesn't go)
'97 Saturn SW2 (goes like h*ll)

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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 22:10:45 -0000
From: "Radoje Spasojevic"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 93 F-150 w/302

Ive got a '90 Bronco with a 302 and a OD tranny and believe me if you are
getting 15-16 you are doing pretty well. I only get 11-12 in the city with
mine.

Rade
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From: Dave Sill
To: 80-96-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 1998 2:29 AM
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 93 F-150 w/302


Hi, I'm new to this list and a new owner of '93 F-150 XLT with a 302 and a
3-
speed auto (84k miles).

I traded a Geo Metro that got 50+ mpg for the truck. :-) I knew the mileage
wasn't going to be good, but I expected better than the 15-16 mpg I'm
getting.
Is this normal?

I'm not a speed freak, and performance is good, but if there were some
simple
things I could do to help performance or gas mileage, I'd like to hear about
them.

Are there any known problems with this vehicle (especially engine or
transmission) that I need to watch out for?

It's got smaller tires on the front now, but I plan to replace them with
larger
ones when they need replacing. Should I have the speedometer recalibrated if
I
do that? Any recommendations for all-season tires for mainly on-road use?

Thanks.

P.S., for the sake of those of us who read this as a digest, please don't
include
the entire message you're responding to in your response. Thanks again.


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