80-96-list-digest Wednesday, July 15 1998 Volume 02 : Number 244



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In this issue:

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FTE 80-96 - RE: Overload springs
Re: FTE 80-96 - 88 Ranger 2.6L 5 speed 4x4
FTE 80-96 - Towing Speed???
RE: FTE 80-96 - Towing Speed???
Re: FTE 80-96 - Car & Driver this month
FTE 80-96 - Re: Catalytic converter
FTE 80-96 - Manual stick removal
FTE 80-96 - tires rub radius arms
Re: FTE 80-96 - truck not getting any gasoline
FTE 80-96 - superduty Cat removal

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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 04:37:43 PDT
From: "Jorge Ramirez"
Subject: [none]

I had a similar problem on my 93.

It turned out to be that the trans mount crossmember/support was loose !

The dealer installed some little shims at the stress points and
re-tightend the bolts and it's been OK since...months ago.

Hope this helps...


Jorge E. Ramirez
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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 08:31:28 -0600
From: "Smeins, Larry"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - RE: Overload springs

A point to consider on using the shocks for overload springs is that the
shock mounts are closer together than the spring mounts and will not
reduce body roll as much as overload springs that are wider spaced. Air
bags mount outside the leaf springs and have a much wider support
distance. I use air bags on my F-250 and carry a camper that puts me
300 pounds over GVWR with very little body roll and no sag. Can't say
about longevity of the air bags.

That said, if you want to go with shock mounted overloads consider air
shocks. When you load up you can air them up to give the lift you need.
When unloaded you can air them down and have a good unloaded ride
without having a jacked up rear stance, unless that's what you want. I
had air shocks on an older truck and they helped considerably although
not as good as the air bags I now have.

Larry

>Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 16:16:37 -0500
>From: lordjanusz juno.com (Paul M Radecki)
>Subject: FTE 80-96 - Overload springs

> Does anyone have any experience with overload springs? My '94
F150
>has the factory overload package (5-leaf packs, rather than 4) but it
>still sags and wallows when I haul/tow heavy stuff. (No, not THAT
heavy.
>Still within GVWR.)
> I'm considering hvy duty shocks in front and hvy duty shocks with
>concentric coil springs in the rear. I thought about air bags, but I
>have durability concerns. Has anyone tried the coil-over shocks?
> I know I ought to upgrade to an F250HD axle, but I only haul heavy
>about twice a month and I want to keep my 5-lug wheels and I don't have
>the cash anyway. :-( I'll get the full floater after the original
>breaks. BTW, what's the best way to tell a 9" axle from an 8.8"?
>There's no way this truck should have a 9" (I bought it new in '94) but
>the bolt pattern sure looks like a 9" to my (untrained) eye.
> Thanx! lordjanusz juno.com

>'94 F150 (300ci) '73 F100(360ci) '97 Saturn (SWMBO'S car)

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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 10:43:56 -0400
From: "David Butts"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 88 Ranger 2.6L 5 speed 4x4

>I'm working on an 88 Ranger 2.6L 5speed 4X4.
>
>The tranny is shot. (no 5th or reverse.)
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>Is there a better tranny that will fit?
>Are there rebuild kits available?
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>Any suggestions?


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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 10:43:36 -0500
From: JJ/Rae
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Towing Speed???

We will be towing the wife's car on a Tow Dolly and when I asked what
speed should we travel at I got the standard reply, don't go over 45
mph. this seems rather slow on interstate with a 75 mph speed limit.
Does anybody have any experience towing with a tow dolly and what would
a reasonable speed be on interstate.

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1997 F-250HD XLT Powerstroke Diesel 4x4, SC, SB, 5sp, 4.10,
285/75R16 BFG/MT's, K&N Filter, Lund bug deflector,
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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 11:06:51 -0700
From: cassis
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - Towing Speed???

If you remove the driveshaft from the wifes car, or if the car is front
wheel drive and the front wheels are on the dolly you should tow at
whatever speed you feel comforable and safe at.

John Cassis
93' STX 4x4 3.0/5-speed

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From:JJ/Rae [SMTP:ramprat cheyenneweb.com]
Sent:Tuesday, July 14, 1998 8:44 AM
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Subject:FTE 80-96 - Towing Speed???

We will be towing the wife's car on a Tow Dolly and when I asked what
speed should we travel at I got the standard reply, don't go over 45
mph. this seems rather slow on interstate with a 75 mph speed limit.
Does anybody have any experience towing with a tow dolly and what would
a reasonable speed be on interstate.

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1997 F-250HD XLT Powerstroke Diesel 4x4, SC, SB, 5sp, 4.10,
285/75R16 BFG/MT's, K&N Filter, Lund bug deflector,
http://www.ford-trucks.com/pictorial/big/1997_f250_1.html
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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 16:18:34
From: Tim Clevenger
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Car & Driver this month

Alas, what bothered me the most was the lack of towing capacity. 2,000 pounds compared to the Ch*vy's and T*y*ta's 5,000? No contest!
This past weekend I took our 10' aluminum boat out to South Lake Tahoe. My poor '86 2.3L could barely make it out of the water with just the trailer. (The trailer is roughly equal in weight to a jetski trailer, and was so light, it was floating on its tires at one point.) I had to give it 3/4 throttle and feather the clutch to keep the engine from stalling while pulling this trailer up a mild launch ramp.

It's a tough compromise--I would like something that can handle 3,000 pounds in mountainous terrain when it needs to, but still gets decent gas mileage on the freeway.

Anybody notice the F-350 dually a couple pages down from the shootout? Now THAT's a truck! Sure, it gets only 11 mpg, but when you've got 6,000 pounds of truck hauling 14,000 pounds of trailer, then you're talking about a serious rig!

Tim Clevenger
90 Nissan 240SX SE
86 Ford Ranger 2WD
86 Honda Helix

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Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 19:01:34 -0500
From: Anthony Rio
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Car & Driver this month

Personally, I think the splash styling is slick... as for the V8.. you
could be right but they comparison tested all of them with 6's, and never
mentioned V* available as part of the decision making process (although you
are probably right, whether they mentioned it or not).

Tony



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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 15:08:55 -0800
From: Casey Vandor
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: Catalytic converter

Well Catalyst it is. I was looking for the wrong sticker. Someone
mentioned it was on the radiator, so thats where my eyes were...

thanks
Casey Vandor

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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 15:12:23 -0800
From: Casey Vandor
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Manual stick removal

I am ready to pull the tranny out, and need to remove the stick on the
T-18. How do you remove it? My Haynes says that there is a large nut
to take off, but all I see is the round bearing setup for the stick to
move around in? Also, before I pull the tranny, should I support the
rear of the engine? If so, the only place I could would be on the oil
pan, would I take a scrap 2x4 and place it across the bottom and a
bottle jack underneath that?

Thanks
Casey Vandor

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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 17:52:24 -0700
From: "Barry Baker"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - tires rub radius arms

I recently installed a set of 31*10.5*15 tires on my '87 SC 4X4 F150 XLT
Lariat (351W), and am now noticing occasional tire rub on the radius arms
when it's really cranked. I've lot's of similar trucks running the same
size, so I'm not quite sure what to think. It appears that the rims are
stock.

A buddy mentioned that I could adjust the turn-stops, but I'm a little
hesitant to do this as I tow a 26' travel trailer so would like to retain as
much manoeuvrability as possible. Any suggestions?


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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 21:27:15 -0700
From: "JayF"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - truck not getting any gasoline

please e-mail me if when you figure out the problem, thankyou
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From: Ellen B. Meade
To: 80-96-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Friday, July 10, 1998 6:48 PM
Subject: FTE 80-96 - truck not getting any gasoline


>I was driving my husband's 89 F150 last week. Changed from the almost
>empty fuel tank to the full one, started up an incline, and it sputtered
>and died. Hasn't cranked since. Any suggestions on how to get it running
>would be appreciated. Please send them to
>
>meade coscc.cc.tn.us
>
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>Systems Analyst Phone: (931)540-2646
>Columbia State Community College Fax: (931)540-2795
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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 22:53:41 -0500
From: Michael Ruth
Subject: FTE 80-96 - superduty Cat removal

I have a 99 Superduty 7.3 powerstoke and I was told another new owner
that he had his catalytic converter removed as the dealer told him it
was not necessary. I know it reduces emissions, but in MD Diesels are
exempt from emissions. I will not name the dealer for obvious reasons,
but they said it would not affect anything on the truck. This guy also
said he picked up 3 miles to the gallon!!! I am thinking of doing
this. Can anyone tell why I should NOT do this?? Other than being
unkind to the earth?
thanks,
....


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