80-96-list-digest Monday, August 31 1998 Volume 02 : Number 302



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In this issue:

FTE 80-96 - Engine block heater
FTE 80-96 - Springfield Get-Together
FTE 80-96 - TRUCK WAX
Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine block heater
Re: FTE 80-96 - Springfield Get-Together
FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Web site down for upgrades
FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Major FTE web site updates!
FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Car Lounge Award
Re: FTE 80-96 - ABS Light

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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 12:27:28 +0200
From: "Bjørnar Huse"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Engine block heater

Hello guys!
I have a 1990 E-250 Club Wagon 7.3 diesel (E4OD). I was getting around to installing an
engine block heater, having bought the heater, wiring, coolant and additive. As I was
crawling under to locate the 3rd frost plug hole, I discovered that there was already
installed a heater! The Ford dealer and the previous owner does not know where it came
from...
Does anyone on the list know it this is a US heater, and if so, can you help me with
getting the cord that plugs into the heater and runs to the outside of the vehicle? The
electric connection plug on the heater element has three about 1/2 inch prongs sticking
out, ground in the centre a tad longer. The plug is oval, approx 1 by 1/2 inch. I can not
make out a brand name on the heater, but it says "Made in Canada". (By the way, after
having lived in Seattle for 3 years, I have several transformers for 220V-110V, so I
don't fry the poor thing).
Anyone wanting to part with a cable or otherwise able to help?

Thanks,
Bjørnar Huse, Ålesund, Norway
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1990 E-250 7.3, E4OD, 3.54 (and diesel cost is 95 cent a liter...)
1994 Escort 1.3CL, (uses almost no gas at 1.05 US$ a liter)
1986 Escort 1.6CL wagon, looks like sh*t, but runs OK

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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 09:21:59 -0400
From: The Neighbors
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Springfield Get-Together

Ken Payne's recent post concerning the Atlanta show got me to
thinking: I will be going to a show/swap meet called "Springfield in the
Fall" in Springfield, Ohio, the same weekend, September 11-13. While I
have not made it to the Fall meet before, if it is like the Spring meet,
it is a general show, with an accent on swap meet, rather than a
strictly truck show. It would be a great meeting place for some of us in
the northern reaches who can't make Atlanta this year.
If any of you are interested, let me know, and we'll get together
Saturday the 12th. If we can't all get together at the same time, look
for a "well fed" guy with light brown hair, a reddish beard and a
"Grover" t-shirt in the vicinity of a Tempo and a Kelty tent, or
somewhere in the swap area looking longingly at something he can't
afford!

- --
Don Neighbors
'54 F250 Named Grover

"Any dropped tool or part will automatically fall into the most
inaccessible part of the vehicle."

grover ford-trucks.com


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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 12:00:00 EDT
From: JSC721 aol.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - TRUCK WAX

Hey guys,
I came across this wax called flash,its so easy to use and it leaves a
brilliant shine.
i live down here in florida where paint finishes take a beating from the sun.
this stuff is great you can wax your car in the direct sun and it wipes right
off without caking up on the finish. it contains caranuba and teflon. its a
liquid wax.it sells for 9.95 a quart and 14.95 for a half gallon. it goes a
long way.there is a guy down here who sells it to the public. i can wax my van
in 45 minutes using this stuff.no more breaking my butt waxing my truck. if
any of you are interested e-mail me and i will give you his #. later.
joe

jsc721 aol.com
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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 11:59:54 -0600 (MDT)
From: zeb utalk.org (Lamar Zabielski)
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine block heater

Hi Bjornar,

When I had my engine rebuilt I went with a new heater, so have an extra cord
now. It sounds like it's the same one. I just looked on the old engine, the
heater says made in Canada too. What's your address?

Lamar

At 12:27 PM 8/30/98 +0200, 80-96-list ford-trucks.com wrote:
>Hello guys!
>I have a 1990 E-250 Club Wagon 7.3 diesel (E4OD). I was getting around to
installing an
>engine block heater, having bought the heater, wiring, coolant and
additive. As I was
>crawling under to locate the 3rd frost plug hole, I discovered that there
was already
>installed a heater! The Ford dealer and the previous owner does not know
where it came
>from...
>Does anyone on the list know it this is a US heater, and if so, can you
help me with
>getting the cord that plugs into the heater and runs to the outside of the
vehicle? The
>electric connection plug on the heater element has three about 1/2 inch
prongs sticking
>out, ground in the centre a tad longer. The plug is oval, approx 1 by 1/2
inch. I can not
>make out a brand name on the heater, but it says "Made in Canada". (By the
way, after
>having lived in Seattle for 3 years, I have several transformers for
220V-110V, so I
>don't fry the poor thing).
>Anyone wanting to part with a cable or otherwise able to help?
>
>Thanks,
>Bj=F8rnar Huse, =C5lesund, Norway
>--------
>1990 E-250 7.3, E4OD, 3.54 (and diesel cost is 95 cent a liter...)
>1994 Escort 1.3CL, (uses almost no gas at 1.05 US$ a liter)
>1986 Escort 1.6CL wagon, looks like sh*t, but runs OK
>
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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 14:08:32 -0700
From: Randy
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Springfield Get-Together

Don,
I might be interested in coming to the Springfield show. Isn't that
located somewhere near Akron? I seem to remember CRA races being held
there. Saturday would probably be the best day for me, but morning or
early afternoon wouldn't be good since I usually work Sat mornings and
I'm thinking about 1.5 hrs to drive there. Are you volunteering to
head up the 'casual' FTE meeting? Let me know more, off-list if you
feel it'd be better.

Later,
Randy (Brew)

The Neighbors wrote:
>
> Ken Payne's recent post concerning the Atlanta show got me to
> thinking: I will be going to a show/swap meet called "Springfield in the
> Fall" in Springfield, Ohio, the same weekend, September 11-13. While I
> have not made it to the Fall meet before, if it is like the Spring meet,
> it is a general show, with an accent on swap meet, rather than a
> strictly truck show. It would be a great meeting place for some of us in
> the northern reaches who can't make Atlanta this year.
> If any of you are interested, let me know, and we'll get together
> Saturday the 12th. If we can't all get together at the same time, look
> for a "well fed" guy with light brown hair, a reddish beard and a
> "Grover" t-shirt in the vicinity of a Tempo and a Kelty tent, or
> somewhere in the swap area looking longingly at something he can't
> afford!
>
> --
> Don Neighbors
> '54 F250 Named Grover
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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 19:28:37 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Web site down for upgrades

The FTE web site will be down for approximately
1.5 hours for upgrades.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 20:33:12 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Major FTE web site updates!

Been **very** busy! The web site has many updates! Check it out...

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

Major Web Site Update!!!!!
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- -New multimedia buttons. Any Javascript compatible browsers will work with these.
Will still work with non Javascript compatible browsers. Netscape 3+ and IE 3+
should work great. Make sure Javascript is enabled with these browsers if you
want to see the buttons work.

- -Newly enhanced search engine.

- -Search button at the top-right hand corner of most pages.

- -Top banner looks much better than it used to. Now fits to page size regardless
of screen resolution.

- -Completely new classifieds.
1. 40 different sections - makes it easier to find what you're looking for
2. You can now remove your ads
3. Picture ads!! These will cost $5 for 6 months. I would do it for free
but each picture ad takes some setup time on my part.

- -July archives on-line.

- -Misc Section Additions
1. Updated and extensive suppliers list submitted, by Mike Morton. This is
really good!
2. Engine Combination Tester, by Sleddog
3. Rod Ratio Simulator, by Sleddog
4. Recording Sheet for Measuring Bore Dimensions in the Cylinders Using a Bore Gauge
by Sleddog

- -Pictorial additions
92 F150 4x4
91 F150
67 F100
97 Expedition
92 Eddie Bauer Bronco

- -New Tech Articles
1. Installing A 1987-93 Mustang SEFI 5 Liter V8/AOD Drive Train into A
’61- 79 F100 - F250 Truck, By Donald R. Haulsee
2. How to change valve springs and valve stem seals (Without removing the
cylinder heads)
By Steve Delanty
3. Steering Wheel puller for '71 F100 (and many other Ford vehicles)
By Steve Delanty
4. Transistorized Points Ignition
By Steve Delanty, How to add transistorized points ignition to older
engines that can't be converted to full electronic ignition.
5. On board air
By Steve Delanty, How to add an on-board air compressor to your truck.

- -Awards - New Autumn 98 award from Carlounge added.

- -Press releases - new section showing what the press has to say about us.

- -Extended Warrantees - Warranty Gold has teamed up with us to offer extended
warrantees for new and used trucks, vans, suvs and cars. These are up to
60% lower in price than dealer warrantees and usually have better covered.


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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 20:33:56 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Car Lounge Award

Autumn Car Lounge Awards just came out. This time we got
10th place instead of 1st but I'm still pleased. Check it
out:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://carlounge.com/topten/ttaut98.htm

Thanks for the support on the vote, we really appreciate
it. Looks like FTE is really starting to get noticed!

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 21:40:03 -0700
From: john yee
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - ABS Light

Not sure if there is also a RABS module or valve in the ranger.
My experience is with a bronco II, and it's a RABS valve in the
frame rail just below the drivers seat.

Sorry for any confusion.

- -john

William Street wrote:
>
> Umm.. I'm a little confused. The diagnostics and the $240 was for the RABS
> Module (the electronic doodad up under the dashboard) - so there is also a RABS valve
>
> located on the frame rails? Do the diagnostics differentiate between the Module and
> the Valve?
>
> Bill
>
> johny wrote:
>
> > About a year or 2 ago, this happened to my 89 broncoII. I did not want
> > to believe it was the RABS valve, but a $60 hookup to a Ford Diagnostic
> > computer confirmed it. The $240 quote was about what I was quoted.(included
> > labor??)
> >
> > I took a look at the part, and for $100 less, I did it my self.
> > It's not that hard. Bought a flare nut wrench and...
> > 2 lines in from the master cylinder, and 1 line out to the rear brakes.
> > The thing is located on the frame rails and is pretty easy to get to.
> > And there is an electrical connector on it.
> >
> > The broncoII being a much shorter wheelbase, was way easier to lock up
> > the rear tires. Too scary for me not to fix.
> >
> > Oh, If I remember correctly it all started to happen, after I changed the brakes,
> > and *then* decided to slam on them to see how well the brakes worked.
> >
> > Seems to be a trend on the "hard stop" theme? Wonder if there is a TSB?
> > If you can't find it online, sometimes the local parts houses are a wealth
> > of information. It's worth asking.
> >
> > For what it's worth, it was in the 70,000 mile territory as well.
> >
> > -john
> >
> > Ken Payne wrote:
> >
> > > Forwarded for: William Street
> > >
> > > I have the same problem on my 90 Ranger 2 wheel drive w/5 speed. Lights came
> > > on after
> > > a very hard stop. My brake guy ran diagnostics and said it was the RABS module
> > > wh*ch
> > > costs about $240 (plus labor). Since I wasn't prepared to fork out the money
> > > at the time,
> > > I've just lived with it - it's kinda like driving w/o ABS - you have to pump
> > > the brakes to
> > > keep from locking up the rears under hard decel. This happened over a year
> > > ago.
> > >
> > > The kicker is: about a month ago the ABS and Brake lights went out - now they
> > > come
> > > on at random times but are off about 75% of the time. I haven't had the
> > > 'opportunity'
> > > to test ABS to see if it's really working. Not sure what to do next but am
> > > eagerly....


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