80-96-list-digest Monday, December 14 1998 Volume 02 : Number 415



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 80-96 - Re:Start Problems/Gear-reduced Starters
FTE 80-96 - F350 gas...aftermarket options?
FTE 80-96 - Re: "Good" glowplugs, 11th commandment?
Re: FTE 80-96 - Re: "Good" glowplugs, 11th commandment?
FTE 80-96 - 4.9 Exhaust, Radius Arm Bracket, Door panel removal
FTE 80-96 - grade 5 verses grade 8 bolts
FTE 80-96 - Lift Kits ('80-'86 F-150)

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Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 10:26:19 -0600
From: David Cole
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Re:Start Problems/Gear-reduced Starters

>Wayne asked:
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>Are those the starters like the ones the after-market is selling as a "high
>torque mini." I have priced out the ones called "Mean Green" and they are
>pretty expensive. If you have had good experience with these then maybe the
>info on where to get them for cheaper than $400 would benefit all of us to
>know.

There is a company called Powermaster that has a starter that is identical
to the "Mean Green" starter that you mentioned. I talked with both
companies and as near as I can determine there is no difference in them.
Except price. I bought mine for $249 from Barnett Performance in Atlanta
(they had them in stock). Other mail-order outfits can get them, they just
have to order (Summit, Jegs).

Powermaster has a web site. the
starter I bought was part# 9132.

I like mine really well. It spins my 12.5:1 383-W over easily. One other
thing. I am collecting parts for a 512 stroker. This starter is designed
with replaceable nose piece. For $75 Powermaster will sell me a new nose
piece to let my starter fit the 429/460, same as part# 9152.

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Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 11:36:30 -0500
From: Doug Tinsman
Subject: FTE 80-96 - F350 gas...aftermarket options?

Hi All,
I have a stock 97 F350 Lariat, 4x4, 460, auto.

I am considering adding a K&N air filter, the type that replaces the
factory box. They are fairly expensive. Has anybody had any experience
with these? I seem to remember someone cutting the factory air filter
box to achieve the same results without spending the big bucks for the
K&N filter.

I was also considering a Super Chip. Anyone give an opinion on this
product?

A buddy of mine has the very same truck but, his is a 5 speed. He was
reading a magazine article about Ford 460 engines while waiting in the
doctor's office. He doesn't recall some of what he read but he said
there is a pipe or tube on the engine, if it is removed will cause a 30
HP gain. This is all of the article he can recall. Anyone have any idea
what he is talking about.

Thanks for the help,
DT

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Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 10:03:47 PST
From: "Bret Luter"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: "Good" glowplugs, 11th commandment?

Moses wrote: (well, besides the 10 Commandments!)
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Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998 21:47:06 -0600
From: "Moses O. McKnight"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 1986 F-250 Diesel??????

Yeah, glow plugs will burn out after a while (naturally, without
burning the
tips off), but if you get a good quality brand (like from ford
or international)
they will last twice as long a cheap brand or so I've been told
by a diesel
mechanic.

Moses
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I agree with Moses, having been thru a few glowplugs in my '85 F350 BUT,
the last time I bought glow plugs, those in the little plastic
"Motorcraft" bags were.....Made In Germany..... by Beru. One of the
other "American" brands, I think it was Champion, was...Made In Japan!
Buyer beware!


BTW, I bought the Motorcraft brand, I think they were about $8 each at
the local Autozone store. I figure this is what they use in Mercedes
Diesels and everyone knows how bullet-proof they are!

Bret in Raleigh, NC
'85 F350 6.9l Crew Cab (BMW Hauler)

p.s.- anybody heard the RUMOR that Ford was considering buying BMW??
Maybe the german Motorcraft Glow Plug was just a sign of things
to come!!??



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Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 15:16:49 -0800
From: Randy
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Re: "Good" glowplugs, 11th commandment?

Not to get too technical here:
Moses didn't actual write them, but I do know what you meant. But,
can we take advice from someone who lead an entire nation around the
woods for 40 years!!?? Couldn't even ask for directions! Typical
guy, eh? :) Just kidding there, Moses. Wouldn't wanna flame a
prophet or anything. Ok, Brew, enough of the religious stuff...

Later,
Brew

Bret Luter wrote:
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> Moses wrote: (well, besides the 10 Commandments!)
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> Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998 21:47:06 -0600
> From: "Moses O. McKnight"
> Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 1986 F-250 Diesel??????

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Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 18:19:56 PST
From: "Chris Mahaffey"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 4.9 Exhaust, Radius Arm Bracket, Door panel removal

Thank's for the advice on the 4.9L exhaust. I've got two gas tanks so
maybe I'll stick with a single system. Should it be OK if it's side
exit duals?

Also, a tip about removing the door panel, mine (92 XLT Flareside) has
3-4 screws near the bottom of the panel as well as the one near the
window post and armrest. Make sure you look for these.

And, I saw the discussion about the Radius Arm Bracket bushing, and 'm
not sure what this is. Could someone explain it to me. Is this
something specific to 4x4?

Thanks

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Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 18:44:22 -0800
From: bob chaytor
Subject: FTE 80-96 - grade 5 verses grade 8 bolts

Grade 8 bolts have a higher tensile strength which is the ability to
resist being pulled apart. They are used when something needs to be
torque like a head bolt. The forces are trying to pull it apart.
Grade 5 bolts are actually tougher when it comes to sideways loads and
in most applications are the better choice . Unless it is a straight
pull use grade 5

Rivet are usually made of low carbon steel, soft.

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Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 23:16:11 EST
From: CphgnCwby1 aol.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Lift Kits ('80-'86 F-150)

Hey guys,
What should I be looking to pay on a good lift kit? Is it worth it to lift my
truck 2" or should I just spend the extra money to lift it 4"? I am looking
for a truck around 1980-1986, an F-150. Thanks in Advance

Bart
1986 F-150
5.0L 4x4 auto
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