80-96-list-digest Monday, January 4 1999 Volume 02 : Number 436



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In this issue:

FTE 80-96 - Re:Taillight problem...
Re: FTE 80-96 - Straight-six
Re: FTE 80-96 - Straight-six
FTE 80-96 - Re: 80-96-list- EFI on 300-6
Re: FTE 80-96 - Straight-six
FTE 80-96 - Gauge Cluster Help
FTE 80-96 - Re: Clutch Hydraulics & Cold Weather
FTE 80-96 - Towing with Aerostar
FTE 80-96 - Taillight problem
FTE 80-96 - Straight-six

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Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 09:27:15 EST
From: BFunk33 aol.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re:Taillight problem...

In a message dated 1/3/99 4:50:34 AM US Mountain Standard Time,
owner-80-96-list-digest ford-trucks.com writes:


From: Brent McNabb
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Taillight problem...

I have a problem that recently developed with my '96 F-150. I was
helping a friend move some of his cars, we were going to rent a U-Haul
full-car trailer, which needed a trailer light connector. Not having
towed anything with my truck, I went to the local auto parts store and
purchased a Hoppy trailer adaptor, which you just disconnect the
vehicle's wiring harness, ...
drilled a hole in the frame for the connector ground. Reconnected the
battery, and no turn signals or tailights. After a few tries they
both worked, although quite dim. Never hooked up the trailer, and
disconnected the T-connector, but the problem still remains, and has
gotten worse. Now, when the turn signals are used, not only the
correct tailight flashes, but they all do. For example, push the
lever down for a left-hand turn, and the left-hand light flashes, but
so do the right-hand light, and the license plate light. The parking
lights do not work all the time. All other lights work fine.
Replaced flasher and fuse, no help. Anybody have any suggestions? I
called Hoppy, and they said to get it repaired, and send them the
bill, but I'd rather do this myself, don't really like anybody
working on my truck, 210,000 miles and still going. >>

This is the classic bad ground scenario. Check the ground very carefully.

Bill Funk
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Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999 10:44:40 -0500
From: Andre Roy
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Straight-six

SpyderLv81 aol.com wrote:
>
> I need to know the company that sells performance parts for the straight six.
> Do they have a web page?
>
Try Clifford Performance. A lot of stuff for Hudsons, AMC, Chrysler
Jeep, but hidden in there is a section for Fords. Look under the site
map.

Clifford Performance
2330 Pomona-Rincon Rd.
Corona, CA 91720
Phone: (909) 734-3310
Fax: (909) 734-8407
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.cliffordperformance.com/

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Andre, Somewhere ...
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Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 11:20:34 EST
From: Akim7125 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Straight-six

I know very little about the straight six. I have one that I am working on
myself. Good luck!
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Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 08:33:03 -0800 (PST)
From: rokkinhorse webtv.net
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: 80-96-list- EFI on 300-6

Not sure which year it began,but a 92 F-150 I bought brand new was EFI'd
with the 4.9.

Randy Goolsby,LaCenter,WA.94 Bronco EB 85 F-250 4X4"the Second
Amendment guarantees all the others"
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Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 14:39:31 EST
From: SpyderLv81 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Straight-six

That web page had no prices. I need to get some prices on the headers,
intake, and a carb. If there is anything else I should use let me know. I am
doing a full rebuild on the engine so I am going to do it right this time. It
has to pass smog still though.
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Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999 14:28:26 PST
From: "Chris W"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Gauge Cluster Help

Hello,

I am new to the list and already have a question!

I have a '95 F150, and need some help on how to get the gauges out of
the dashboard. I cannot seem to get the bezel around the dashboard off.
Is there a trick to getting it off without pulling off the headlight
switch?

If anyone is familiar with the 92-96 dashboard, could you give me the
basic steps to remove the gauges? I need to replace one, and just can't
seem to be able to get the dashboard apart!

Thanks!!

- -Chris
'95 F150

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Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 19:47:38 -0500
From: "msalvetti"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: Clutch Hydraulics & Cold Weather

Thanks to those that offered advice about my cold-weather gear engagement
problem. I'm pretty sure this is not transmission related. I have Mobil 1
synthetic in there, and the problem persists even when the transmission is
warm.

I have a hard time engaging first at a stop, and sometimes 3rd crunches a
little. To me the clutch isn't fully disengaging, and I'm just going to
take it as a sign that I have to adjust the linkage again. Just seemed
more than a coincidence that this would only have to be done when the
weather turned very cold.

Thanks again,

Mark Salvetti
1986 F150
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Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 03:00:58 EST
From: EBHecker aol.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Towing with Aerostar

We recently bought a 96 Aerostar AWD and plan on buying a travel trailer this
year to tow. I've seen other people doing the same, but I can't help but
wonder just how well this works out. Does anyone have any experiance towing
with an Aerostar AWD? It has a snappy 4.0 with a tow package( 3.73s with a big
radiator and a transmission cooler.)
Ed
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Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 09:03:17 +0100
From: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?Bj=F8rnar?= Huse"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Taillight problem

Brent wrote:
- -Now, when the turn signals are used, not only the
- -correct tailight flashes, but they all do.

This usually has one of two causes; 1) your grease/paste conducts
electricity in the plug/harness. Not all greases have zero conductivity.
Try removing all the grease, replug and test.
2) Your connectors or the ground wire may not be all the way in or well
connected. Have had this happen to a couple of my sedans. (Popular
science mode on): The electricity comes through the blinker lead and
tries to find ground through all the bulbs in the back.(Popular science
mode off). Find the offending non-connecting ground connection (!) and
use appropriate force, such as a BFH (big french(?) hammer)....

Happy hunting.
- -- =

Bj=F8rnar Huse
=C5lesund, Norway
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://bryggen.bgnett.no/~bjornar
1 Son, 3 yrs
1 Groenendael, 4 yrs
1 1990 Ford E-250 Club Wagon 7.3 diesel, 3.54, E4OD
1 1994 Ford Escort 1.3
1 1986 Ford Escort 1.6 Wagon
Oh, yes, one 1971 wife, too!
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Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 03:18:47 EST
From: SpyderLv81 aol.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Straight-six

Has anyone ever cut the computer out of a 80's truck? I was thinking of
cutting the computer out of my truck. Whats everyone think? Will it still
pass smog? Will it run better? I plan on putting that 4 barrel carb on so
none of the sensors hook up. Any thoughts would be appreciated. By the way
this is the straight six if you didn't read the title. Thanks.
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