80-96-list-digest Thursday, September 24 1998 Volume 02 : Number 329



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RE: FTE 80-96 - dead truck
Re: FTE 80-96 - Overspray
Re: FTE 80-96 - dead truck
FTE 80-96 - Re: ADMIN: Translation?
FTE 80-96 - Re: Bad Gas Mileage
Re: FTE 80-96 - dead truck

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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 23:36:18 -0500
From: Jim Cannon
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - dead truck

Casey-

I have been following your thread with interest, but no suggestions beyond
what others have said until tonight...

Could you have burned out a fusible link? They are there to protect the
wiring harness from very high current draw (just before the harness goes up
in flames). And it sounds like everything beyond the battery is dead.

I know of no reason to suspect the voltage regulator, but if an auto/truck
electircal specialist out there thinks you should, then I'd like to hear it!

Good luck. Wish I could be of more help.

Jim Cannon
Houston, TX

"Do not criticise a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.
That way, you'll be a mile away, and, you'll have his shoes!"
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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 19:59:27 -0000
From: "Radoje Spasojevic"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Overspray

Thanks for the info, I think I'll give it a shot.

Rade
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From: BigRed
To: 80-96-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 1998 7:05 AM
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Overspray


>Get it buffed out. You'd be amazed at what a good buffing can do. I do it
>every day and I'm still amazed. I don't know what a shop around you would
>charge (if you don't do it yourself), but if you lived near me (which I'm
>almost positive you don't) I do it for people I know for $20. That's a hell
>of a deal compared to what the shop would charge. Go to the auto parts
store
>and pick up some rubbing compound. You can do it by hand since you probably
>don't have a buffer laying around. By hand won't do as good a job and takes
>a bit longer, but it can be done. Then just keep waxing it often.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Radoje Spasojevic
>To: Joe ; 80-96-list ford-trucks.com
>
>Date: Wednesday, September 23, 1998 1:39 AM
>Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Overspray
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>>I have the crappy early '90s Ford paint (dark blue), the paint is only
>>chipping off in a couple of spots but the real problem is that every
little
>>twig leaves a streak in the paint and regular wax will not take them out.
>>Is there anything that can take these hundred of little streaks out of the
>>paint and something that will protect the paint so it will not happen
>>anymore? I don't have the kind of money to get my Bronco repainted so any
>>help would be great.
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: JSC721 aol.com
>>To: 80-96-list ford-trucks.com
>>Date: Wednesday, September 23, 1998 1:19 AM
>>Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Overspray
>>
>>
>>>Hey Craig,
>>>I know of a product called lite finish, it will remove
overspray,oxidation
>>&
>>>machine swirl marks.its a cleaner polish and can be used by hand, but
its
>>not
>>>sold in stores.My livlihood is supplying body shops ,detail shops, & car
>>>dealers with these products.
>>> I dont want to offend any of the members by promoting my products, but i
>>know
>>>a great deal about paint restoration and would like to help in any way i
>>>can.even if it does not pertain to my stuff. Many times when people think
>>that
>>>the paint on their vehicle is shot, it can be saved.if you have any
>>questions
>>>e-mail me at jsc721 aol.
>>>
>>> Joe
>>>Carollo
>>>
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Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 01:08:54 EDT
From: A4T1RAT aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - dead truck

Did ya try the netural safty switch ??
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Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 04:51:25 -0300
From: sbest
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: ADMIN: Translation?

>From: Randy
>Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Translation?
>SNIP>
>Ok Ken taking me down memory lane all the way back to high school
>here. I can probably give a rough translation:
>
>Hello,
>My name is Eric Leroy, I live in Brussels (Belgium) where I drive
>around in my 1988 Ford F-150 (300 6 cyl. :)) It was a special import
>from the USA. -- There are hardly any in Europe -OR- There aren't any
>this nice in Europe (something like that anyway) -- , but it is
>difficult to find parts. Is there a dealer in the U.S.A. that
>delivers (or has catalog of) parts, a drawing or serial number for
>order? [sounds weird there [, a drawing... so I might be off a
>little) Could you tell me if something exists on CD ROM?
>SNIP>
>> >Je m'appelle Eric LEROY, j'habite =E0 BRUXELLES (Belgium) et je roule=
avec un
>> >Ford F-150 (4.9 liters EFI) model 1988.
>> >C'est un vehicule d'occasion sp=E9cialement import=E9 des USA. Il n'y a=
presque
>> >pas de voitures comme =E7a en Europe,
>> >et il n'est pas facile d'avoir des pi=E8ces de rechanges.
>> >Il existe chez les dealers FORD U.S.A. un livre avec toutes les pi=E8ces=
de
>> >rechange, un dessin et le serial number pour les commander.
>> >Pouvez vous me dire si cela existe sur CD ROM ?
>> >
>> >Merci beaucoups

Pretty darned good Randy, I am at the same disadvantage, I used to live in=
=20
Belgium 20 years ago. Here is how I would translate the last 3 lines:

At the USA Ford dealers there exists a book with all=20
the repair parts, a drawing and serial number to order them.=20
Can you tell me if it exists on CD ROM?

If anybody has an answer I could probable translate it back to French.=20

There is an online translator at:
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com/cgi-bin/translate?

It is not perfect but it will help a lot.


Steve Best, Nova Scotia, sbest glinx.com
4 wheel drive van page: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.glinx.com/users/sbest
Tire chains, camping gear, tools,82 Bronco and some shooting stuff too.







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Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 05:09:14 -0300
From: sbest
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: Bad Gas Mileage

>From: Derick Mayberry
>Subject: FTE 80-96 - Bad Gas Mileage
>
>Guys, I have a 85' Bronco (FS) and I just rebuilt my 351W last December
>and ever since then I can't get any gas mileage out of it at all. I had
>the tranny gone through but I don't think he did much accept replace a
>broken band brace. I put a semi new Holley 4160 600cfm carb on it and
>it did not effect the gas mileage at all. I had dual exhaust put on it
>and I took off the emissions stuff. When I did this did I maybe screw
>up the vacuum. Should I have replaced the cam to a lower torque, semi
>performance cam. Can I replace the trannies valve body and inprove
>shift points and torque. I know I have asked alot of questions but I am
>really frustrated with this thing right now. I love my Bronco very much
>and I want to keep it but 7.5 mph is not going to get it.
>
>Derick Mayberry



My 82 got 8mpg after $100 in parts tune up. It was worse before!
I had big problems with the distributor, vacuum leaks, siezed carb
parts and linkages, and far too heavy a foot. I have all but one of
these fixed now (!) and my mileage was 15 mpg on the last tank, mostly
short trips.

I limited the centrifugal advance from 18 degrees to 13 so I
could run more initial advance, the engine just likes it that way.

Besides fixing the broken stuff I added headers and big muffler,
And I rebuilt the transmission with a mild shift kit and keep the
shift points quite low to match the low rpm (and power) of my 351W.

The C6 shift points are readily modified by turning the little
screw inside the hose nipple of the modulator valve. If yours doesn't
have a screw inside there, a modulator valve that does is cheap.

I would try changing you cam timing before buying a new cam,
it is a lot of work but can really change the character of the motor.
You would need a multi-keyway lower sprocket, again, cheap but lots
of work to change it. Best to look around for vacuum leaks first.

Can you describe more about how your engine runs?
Idles? Power? Spark knock? You do have a high temp thermostat do you?


Steve Best, Nova Scotia, sbest glinx.com
4 wheel drive van page: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.glinx.com/users/sbest
Tire chains, camping gear, tools,82 Bronco and some shooting stuff too.







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Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 04:57:53 EDT
From: Bakend aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - dead truck

In a message dated 9/23/98 9:57:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time,
cvandor hotmail.com writes:

> but I can't quite get there.
> I end up going from the sol. to a little sol. attached to the side of
> the carbon canister, and then into a 12 ga or so red wire heading
> towards the truck, then I lose it.
>
Look for the fusible link. It looks like a bulge in the wire but is actually a
fuse. Usually is right at the sol connector, When it opens you have no power
to ignition.
Good Luck
D Baken
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