80-96-list-digest Wednesday, July 1 1998 Volume 02 : Number 228



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In this issue:

FTE 80-96 - Fuel injector cleaner
RE: FTE 80-96 - Add a leaf up front
Re: FTE 80-96 - Transmission Question
Re: FTE 80-96 - Re: F-250 popping sound
FTE 80-96 - 86' 2.9L Ranger - Running rich
FTE 80-96 - Adding cruise to a Diesel
FTE 80-96 - Oops, still trying to add cruise
FTE 80-96 - Rusty &
Re: FTE 80-96 - Rusty &

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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 07:24:06 -0500
From: David Anderson
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Fuel injector cleaner

Do the little bottles of fuel injector cleaner additive do any good? Or
does regular gasoline have enough of this stuff already in it? I'm
trying to get rid of a miss in third gear at low rpm's when the engine
is lugging.

David
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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 08:37:40 -0600
From: "Smeins, Larry"
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - Add a leaf up front

There are three parameters to check to see if the leaves will fit.
First is width. Are the add-a-leafs the same width as the front
springs. Second is length. You don't want them longer than the bottom
leaf in the pack and too short will stress the bottom leaf. You have
quite a bit of latitude on length. Lastly is position of the "center"
bolt. The hole isn't exactly in the center and you want your new leaf
to be positioned in the same front to back ratio as the original pack.
If all of these seem to be in order, or close, the leaves will probably
work.

I put a front add-a-leaf kit under my 95 Powerstroke. It was pretty
easy. Your biggest problem will probably be getting the rusted "center
bolt" out of the pack. I'm working on a short "how to" article on the
front add-a-leaf installation but other priorities keep me from getting
it done. If you send me the dimensions of your front pack and the
leaves you have I can compare them with the ones I installed.

BTW: I made my own add-a-leaf set for my S-10 from an old pack. Wasn't
hard and much cheaper than buying a set.

Larry

>Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 20:03:15 PDT
>From: "Casey Vandor"
>Subject: FTE 80-96 - Add a leaf up front

> I need to put my sagging two-leaf inverse arch springs back on my
>truck. They are sagging pretty good, and I was wondering if it was
>possible to put those Rough Country "add-a-leafs" under or into the
leaf
>pack. It was originally ordered for the rear leafs, but they rotted
>out, and I never used it for them.

>Thanks
>Casey Vandor

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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 12:03:44 -0400
From: D Robertson
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Transmission Question

Gary:

I have an 86 F-150 2wd, w/ a 300 six and OD manual. I believe the shop
manual calls it a TOD. It has an external hydraulic slave cylinder. A
friend of mine had a 90 F-150 w/ the Mazda tranny and it had a internal
slave cylinder. The tranny in my truck has been OK. It has 140K on it and
sometimes (Esp. in winter) it has a hard time going into first gear. I
don't think it is a very heavy duty unit , but has served me well. My truck
has a long two piece drive shaft w/ a center bearing to a 8.8 rearend, you
may have to fool w/ the driveshaft. I think they went to the Mazda tranny
when they went to fuel injection. My friends 90 F-150 went 180k miles w/o
trouble but he did have to have the slave replaced which requires removing
the tranny. Both of our trucks were mainly highway drivers.

Dave


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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 14:15:15 -0500
From: "Rick Wojciechowski"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Re: F-250 popping sound

Randall Wer wrote:

> I was the one that had the post about the sound awhile back. The problem
> you describe sounds exactly like what mine was, and still is, doing.
> Could it be something with the suspension? If anybody has ANY ideas, they
> would be appreciated.

Randall,
Just my added $0.01, but on my '83 bronco I have the
same problem. I get a ferocious popping on my front end
that I as well could feel the vibes through the accelerator
pedal. Now this only happens when I am in 4WD. But
the popping happens about every 25 seconds. Now I know
I need to put in new bushing and upper ball joints, but I
have come to the conclusion this is coming from the two
front right axle u-joints and I will be replacing them soon.
I replaced the left side one a few months ago.
Have you checked/greased the u-joints ?


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Thanks,
Rick Wojo
'83 Fsize BRONCO,Stock I-6,"The BROWN BULL",33x12.5x15-Mud Blasters
'92 Mstng 5.0L
'95 eclipse-Wife's(For Sale)


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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 16:28:47 -0500 (CDT)
From: Bob Johnson
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 86' 2.9L Ranger - Running rich

Hi! Been a member of the 80-96 list for a while, just joined the Ranger list
- - just bought myself a Ranger. 1986 SC XLT, 2.9L V6, know the little old
lady (really) who was the original owner. 95K miles - looks new - she used
seat covers from the minute she took delivery.

The truck seems to run well around town, but I notice a hesitation or
stumble at highway speeds - feels like a gusty headwind. The prblem is
intermittant (oh great) - the truck runs fine for a few miles, "stumbles"
for a few miles, runs fine ... The "stumble" is accompanied by black smoke
from the exhaust. No "check engine" or "EMISS" lights on. Just after I
bought the truck, I cleaned the engine. She was hard to start right after
(all wet), and I let her idle for a while when I did get her started - she
didn't like that much, and stumbled, stalled as soon as I blipped the
throttle, and was real hard to start immediately thereafter (may have been a
weak battery). After an overnight charge, the truck has run well since with
the exception of the highway smoke/stumble. The problem predates the
cleaning, so I'm sure nothing went wrong with the degreaser/water, etc. Have
run 3 tanks of gas since I bought her, added injector cleaner to all three -
mileage has been consistent - about 16 mpg in mixed highway/around-town
driving - another symptom of an overly rich mixture?

I've called around, but no one can get me on any diagnostic machines until
next week, and I'd really like to try to solve this sooner. O2 sensor? MAP?
Any help will be appreciated. I'm a digest subscriber but in a rush - if you
would please CC me directly with any ideas I'd be grateful.

Thanks - Bob Johnson
'80 F-250 I6
'86 Ranger SC
'73 BMW R75/5
Other stuff too embarassing to list

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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 16:29:41 -0500
From: Ron Madurski
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Adding cruise to a Diesel

Hi, I have an 85 F250 with a 6.9L and 4 speed. I was getting some A/C
parts from the salvage
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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 16:36:11 -0500
From: Ron Madurski
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Oops, still trying to add cruise

Ahem, It's an 85 F250, 6.9L Diesel, 4 speed. I was getting some A/C
parts from salvage and I noticed that the truck I was dismantling had
cruise. Since it wasn't going anywhere I decided I would use it
instead. I was able to get most of the stuff I needed. (Vacuum hoses,
controller from under the dash, servo, steering column wiring, vacuum
switch for brake pedal). What I wasn't able to get were the mount that
goes on the FI pump and the controls from the steering wheel. These
were both already gone.

My question is whether there are different steering wheels for
cruise/non-cruise trucks?

Is there something special about the mount on the FI pump for the second
throttle cable?

Thanks.
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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 19:08:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jason McCormick
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Rusty &

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hey yall - does anyone know anything about Rusty/Edie? (they are supposed to
have a great truck sites)
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Date: Mon, 08 Jan 1996 21:38:09 -0500
From: Bryan McLellan
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Rusty &

"Rusty & Eddie" have (or at least used to have) a large BBS somewhere.
Not sure if you know what a bbs is tho. Anyways, you should be able to
find a telephone number for it. It was/is known as "Rusty and Eddies".

- -- btm
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