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80-96-list-digest Monday, October 5 1998 Volume 02 : Number 345



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 80-96 - Re: FTE 80-96 Dual Exhaust on 95 F150
Re: FTE 80-96 - Cheap 100HP
Re: FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: T-shirt contest
FTE 80-96 - Jacking points
FTE 80-96 - Perplexing Problem
FTE 80-96 - Bent front end parts?
FTE 80-96 - Re: Rear end gear ratios
Re: FTE 80-96 - Jacking points
FTE 80-96 - AOD playing up.
FTE 80-96 - What is an E series

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Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 09:52:07 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Re: FTE 80-96 Dual Exhaust on 95 F150

i was under the impression that a plain jane 5.8L won't accept lightning
spec'd parts, such as the exhaust? aren't the headers different, and
thus won't match up?

parker

You maybe be right parker, I was assuming that they would be the same. I
would imagine that Ford in order to keep production costs down would
have kept as much of the original vechicle and add to that! Its hard to
tell though...Do Lightning headers fit regular F150s? If so could you
then use the other exhaust products? I guess the best thing would be to
call bassani...I wouldn't call anywhere else, I always get a response of
Ford never put dual exhaust on any of its trucks...I get this answer
from supposedly educated companies,I won't mention any names(Summit,
Jegs, Dynomax)! I will try to find out if this actually does work for my
own curiousity and if I get an answer I will post it!
Sorry if I caused any confusion!!!
Chris
94 Lightning #381

You can use Lightning exhaust products on your truck...you could get an
h-pipe from bassani or mac(I think) and a cat back exhaust from bassani
or borla! Watch it though it gets expensive as borla and bassani are
made of stainless steel. The quality of bassani products is UNMATCHED!
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Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 10:14:22 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Cheap 100HP

The TFS heads with the Ford Solution Stage III port job are awsome. I
started out with a Powerdyne 9lbs SC right out of the box four years
ago. I had a best run of 14.22 96. I sold it and had HP Racing in OKC
take over the project. The heads are awsome, but I would suggest
getting the CAM from Ford Soltuions also. The heads really out flow the
stock cam when they are ported like mine are. I am having the CAM put
in right now. I should be running 13.40s on motor.

Will the TFS be good for a daily driver...always concerned about
aluminum heads on a daily driver...I know as long as you keep it cool it
should be alright but seems like your giving about a little security.
They really perform weel though...thats amazing that you're faster with
a head change that with a blower...COOL! Probalby cost a little less
than blower also?

I don't know where you are located but a setup like you have now should
be good for 14.80 - 14.90 in Oklahoma. The Trans-go shift kit installed
at the second shift level makes on hell of a difference.
How have the TFS heads held up? What kind of other mods? I haven't had
mine to the track but what kinda of times should I be running with 14
degrees plus 93 octane, bassani x-pipe, borla nas-truck exhaust, taylor
wires and NGK plugs? I really need to have my tranny checked cause I
hate the first to second gear changes, shift kit?

I live in Maryland and though I haven't been to the track I have beaten
a few 5.0 Mustangs and 5.2L Dakotas at the stop lights. I just run them
to 60 mph and then let off...I have learned the hard way about speeding
tickets.
How hard is the Trans-go shift kit to install?
Thanks for your help
Chris
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Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 12:18:30 -0700
From: Randy
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: T-shirt contest

Ken,
Sorry to hear that (the med problem, of course). Hope you are of good
health now. You need to hook up your computer to use while you are in
bed :)

Take care,
Randy (Brew)

Ken Payne wrote:
>
> The web page for the t-shirt contest will be delayed until
> later this week. I had some medical problems and was on
> bedrest under doctors orders until this evening.
>
> Ken Payne
> CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
> http://www.ford-trucks.com
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Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 09:25:12 -0700
From: Jon Berman
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Jacking points

Hello,

Here's a basic question, but if I don't ask, I'll probably do it
wrong.... Where exactly do you position a hydraulic floor jack in order
to lift the front end of a 1994 F-150, 2wd? Once in the air, what are
safe positions for jack stands?

Thanks,
Jon


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Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 17:49:27 -0400
From: "David Roemhild"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Perplexing Problem

Hey All,

I have asked questions here before and all of your responses were helpful.
Here's my newest problem and would greatly appreciate any help. I have an
85 Bronco Full-Sized with a 351HO. I was going to work the other morning,
travelling at 65 mph when I lost engine power. There was no response from
the accelerater (that is - the engine did not rev when the accelerater was
pressed). My cruise control was still very much active as I found out when
I went to give it gas and the pedal was to the floor. I also noticed that
the tach was reading zero rpm. I signaled (always important, especially in
this situation) and headed toward the side of the road, all the while
slowing down through no desire of my own. Looking around, I had full
electrical power and the engine was still running since I did have power
steering still. Approx. 5 seconds later, the engine started to respond, the
tach came alive and I was headed on to work...confused, perplexed, and just
plain irritated.

At first, I just shook it off as a quirk since I am planning on replacing
the engine in a month or so, but it happened to me again yesterday. I had
the exact same symptoms, but this time I had a small stutter warning (at 40
mph) then it died (?) on me on entering the highway.

Needless to say, I am hesitant to drive it to work right now. As it stands
I am going to have to drive my old '79 towncar (always good for a few pimp
jokes from my co-workers) back and forth until I can get some direction on a
solution.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Dan Brewer
'85 Bronco
'70 Mark III
'97 Mark VIII
'79 Continental (pimpmobile)

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Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 17:53:15 -0500
From: Ron Madurski
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Bent front end parts?

I was in an accident today and it created a problem with my front end.
Previous to the accident I had no problems. All of the steering
components (except the steering box) had been replaced (Pitman arm, the
other arm, tie rods). My steering wheel was off just a hair but that
was from when I put it back on after installing the cruise control.

Now when I am going down the road the steering wheel center poiints
straight up and down. There is no pull one way or the other, and it
doesn't shimmy. It didn't get hit that hard (the guys air bags didn't
go off) and there is only slight damage to my bodywork. (Can't say the
same for him). The truck is an 85 F250 with 6.9L Diesel and the middle
of his hood was right under the front of my door. His car was a 94
Mazda MX-3.

My question is whether the steering box could have been damaged to the
point that it "skipped a tooth" or something like that? It is leaking
pretty badly right now, which is no big deal since I have another good
one in the garage to replace it.

Thanks.

Ron Madurski
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Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 21:12:48 -0300
From: sbest
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: Rear end gear ratios

>From: Philip Jern
>Subject: FTE 80-96 - Rear end gear ratios
>
>This is my first list posting here so be gentle...
>
>My truck is pictured in the pictorial if you are interested...
>
>What would be the practical effect of changing rear end ratios on my 96
>F150 4x2 shorty? (4.9L I6, 5 speed tranny (Mazda?)). If I read the door
>sticker right, it seems like it has 2:73 gears. As it is, first gear
>winds out very quickly, and is too low for almost any real use, and I
>was wondering what say a 3:55 gearset would do, and what would be
>involved in changing them. The only hauling/towing I do is a 1500 lb
>pop-up camper 5-6 times a year.
>
>regards, Phil

A 2.73 rear ratio is what we call a tall or high ratio.
It slows the engine down at any given speed. Installing a 3.55 gearset
would cause your 1st gear to wind out even quicker but you might find it
better to start away in second gear with the lower 3.55 gears.
Changing the gears might be best left to an expert because it requires
some specialized tools and measurements. A driveline shop that specializes
in this sort of thing is best for the job. The 3.55 gears will really
liven up the feeling of power in your truck if you have 2.73 gears right
now. It may hurt your fuel mileage slightly. You will also have to change
your speedometer gear ( $15) in most models. I am not sure about a 96.

There should be a tag under one of the bolts on your differential cover
that has the gear ratio embossed on one corner. It will read like: 2 73
or 2L73 if you have a limited slip. Optionally, you could jack up one rear
tire and turn it over twice with the transmission in neutral. Count the turns
of your drive shaft and this is your ratio. ie: tire= 2turns, driveshaft= 2.73
If the single jacked up tire will not turn, you have a limited slip
differential.
Jack up both rear and try turning them over one turn this time.



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: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 21:04:03 -0000
From: "Radoje Spasojevic"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Jacking points

There are a couple of good jacking points under the front of your 2WD F-250
and they apply to F-150s as well. You can jack where the I beam meets the
radius arm at the ball joint or at just about any point along the radius arm
or at the radius arm bracket too.

Rade
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From: Jon Berman
To: Ford truck mailing list
Date: Sunday, October 04, 1998 4:32 PM
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Jacking points


>Hello,
>
>Here's a basic question, but if I don't ask, I'll probably do it
>wrong.... Where exactly do you position a hydraulic floor jack in order
>to lift the front end of a 1994 F-150, 2wd? Once in the air, what are
>safe positions for jack stands?
>
>Thanks,
>Jon
>
>
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Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 15:50:19 +1000
From: "Tony"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - AOD playing up.

Hello,
I am hoping to get an answer from this group regarding my 86 F150 5.0 EFI
AOD. The AOD has been working OK until the day before yesterday when it
started skipping in and out of overdrive. I am fairly sure it wasn't going
from third back to second, just in and out of OD. I could fix it by
shifting back to Drive and letting the engine rev harder but this is not my
preferred solution. It seemed to do it more when heading into a wind or
driving up-hill. I checked the oil level and it was fine. Does anyone have
any suggestions?

While I have your attention, I have a couple of other problems which
someone may be able to help me with;
- - One fuel cap leaks fuel. It is the lockable type.

- - The rocker cover gasket(s) are leaking. Any tips on how to replace these
properly. I have heard that there is a wrong way to do this.

Thanks in advance for any advice offered.

Tony.

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Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 16:24:24 +1000
From: "Tony"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - What is an E series

Hello,
Sorry if this seems like a silly question but I have been watching this
group for some time and have seen a lot of references to E150,E250 & E350s.
We don't have these vehicles in Australia and I would like to know what
they are. I gather they are some sort of wagon, but I would be interested
to see one. In Australia, the only large Ford van is the Ford Transit which
I believe is sourced from the UK. Can anyone direct me to a site where....


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