80-96-list-digest Friday, July 17 1998 Volume 02 : Number 248



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In this issue:

FTE 80-96 - RE: Hi Lift Jack Missile - TRY THIS!
FTE 80-96 - Re: Ranger vs boat trailer
FTE 80-96 - Re: Diesel cats
FTE 80-96 - C-6 Tranny Leak

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Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 01:09:49 -0700
From: Randy
Subject: FTE 80-96 - RE: Hi Lift Jack Missile - TRY THIS!

Ok JJ (I think that was the original poster),
As an AutoCAD supervisor I will attempt to use this crude drawing
program (I feel like I'm sinning trying this...lol) we call e-mail to
try to convey my idea for you:

Go to the local steel and iron shop and get a scrap piece of tubular
steel, maybe 1" x 2" (I can't remember the size of the Hi-Lift beam
measuring height and width). Cut it to about 3 or 4" long and bolt
this (you'll have to drill two different size holes thru the walls,
one slightly larger than the bolt of the side nearest the bed and on
big enough to fit the head and your socket thru on the other wall).
Tack weld a small piece of steel over one end so now you have an
elongated box w/one end open to receive the end of the Hi-Lift. Place
this 'box' nearest the cab and the jack will never missile toward the
cab. The other end (closest to the tailgate) could then have a
'C'-channel piece of steel bolted to the bedrail having the open side
facing away to accept the jack and tack a plate to the end nearest the
gate and then you could use your hinge and lock idea to cover the open
part. Make sure the distance from the tacked-on cover plates is just
slightly more than the length of the Hi-Lift (48"???) to prevent it
from sliding around and making noise. Now let's try those diagrams
shall we. I could make a rough 3D Paintbrush drawing if you don't
understand this one... Made in 800 x 600 res and full screen on
Communicator.
_________________________________
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|| 'open' end--->|||
||||| Mount nearest to cab so you can 'slip' in jack end
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|_______||_______________________||

(end view of box)(side view of box)
1/4" larger (inside)
than size of jack
or larger if bolt
heads will interfere

________0------------
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| tack plate here->|||
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|_______||______________________|

(end view of 'C' Channel)(side view of 'C' channel)

______'C' channel________'box' side view
| |
| |
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|_____________|

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Whew!!! I only hope this is legible. If not feel free to e-mail me
off-list and I'll make a paintbrush drawing and send it to you...
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Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 01:16:09 -0500
From: lordjanusz juno.com (Paul M Radecki)
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: Ranger vs boat trailer

Tim,
Mine's a 300ci 5-speed, with 3.55 diff., K&N filter, and a
fiberglass topper. I can get 20mpg (highway) if I go easy. If you
don't plan to tow heavy stuff, the 2.73 or 3.08 gears should net you
better mileage. If you can afford one, the new mod motor trucks are
probably better yet. BTW, my '86 Ranger had the 2.0L...yuk.
If you like your Ranger, you'll LOVE your new F150! lordjanusz
>

>I agree with you--it's F-150 time. What kind of mileage do you get?
>Automatic or manual?
>
>Regards,
>
>Tim Clevenger
>90 Nissan 240SX SE
>86 Ford Ranger 2WD
>86 Honda Helix
>
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>
>Sounds like you need a bigger truck! I liked my '86 Ranger, but when
>I
>traded for a '94 F150 (fuel injected 300) I got better mileage and a
>truck that can tow a house off its foundation while carrying 4X8
>sheets
>of plywood. So how DID you get the boat out of the water, anyway?
>

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Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 01:38:42 -0500
From: lordjanusz juno.com (Paul M Radecki)
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: Diesel cats

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>
>Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 21:39:59 -0700
>From: Sheldon Belinkoff
>Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Re: Diesel cats
>
>> > new transmissions in the '99s allowed Ford to tune the Powerstroke
>
>> > for full rated power (always had to de-tune it before so the
>tranny > > would outlive the warranty).
>>
>> I didn't know that, nor do I have the ratings for the previous
>> diesels, but my buddy just picked up a new Ford van w/the 7.3 rated
>at
>> 500 lb/ft of torque!!! Would you EVER need more than that?
>
>Actually, the Ford iteration of the Navisatar T 444E engine is only
>moderately tuned. International uses several more powerful versions
>of
>the engine producing the following power and torque figures:
>
>
> HP Torque
>210 2300 520 1500
>230 2300 605 1500
>250 2300 650 1500
>
>
>
>- --
>Sheldon Belinkoff
>belinkoff earthlink.net
>
For the record, in 1995 the F-series truck Powerstroke was rated at
210hp 3000 and 425lb/ft. 2000. I drive a '97 Powerstroke E-SuperDuty
minibus (looks like a class C RV) for a living, and with over 200,000
miles it still runs like new and will keep up with anything on the
road... even with 21 passengers aboard! Our gas buses (454 Chevrolumps)
lasted half as long and were dog slow.
lordjanusz juno.com

'94 F150 (300ci) '73 F100(360ci) '97 Saturn (SWMBO's)

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Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 00:13:56 -0700
From: Steve Faust
Subject: FTE 80-96 - C-6 Tranny Leak

Hey All -- Anyone even seen this one... I have been out of town and
driving my wife's rig ('98 E.B. Expedition - very nice) for the past
couple weeks so my '88 F-250 4x4 w/ 7.3 diesel & C6 tranny has been
parked for about 2-weeks. I noticed a large leak has appeared under it
and upon further inspection it is tranny fluid which appears to be
leaking from the base of the dip-stick tube. It's actually dripping of a
bottom pan bolt at a rate of about 2 drops per minute, but it's
definitely running down to this point from around the base of the dip
stick tube area. Any ideas on why it would leak from here and any
suggestions on how to remedy the situation hopefully w/o pulling the
darn thing.

I did check the fluid level and it appears to be much too high, but I
want to check it again tomorrow after a short drive to work to see how
it reads warm. Never noticed any real tranny leak before -- though I did
clean the underside with engine cleaner (Gunk) the day before I parked
it. Any ideas, thoughts or things to look for would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Steve Faust
'88 F-250 Supercab 4x4 (7.3 diesel, C6 auto tranny)
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