80-96-list-digest Sunday, April 11 1999 Volume 03 : Number 101



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 80-96 - Air Shocks
Re: FTE 80-96 - what is wheel hop?
FTE 80-96 - Spark Plugs
FTE 80-96 - Electrical Connections Near Battery
FTE 80-96 - Re: THere are still good people out there :)
Re: FTE 80-96 - Electrical Connections Near Battery
Re: FTE 80-96 - Electrical Connections Near Battery
FTE 80-96 - Rough Idle
Re: FTE 80-96 - Where's the POWER?
Re: FTE 80-96 - Electrical Connections Near Battery
Re: FTE 80-96 - Electrical Connections Near Battery
FTE 80-96 - 1987 460 V8 - Exhaust Manifold bolts snapping
Re: FTE 80-96 - Where's the POWER?
Re: FTE 80-96 - Air Shocks
FTE 80-96 - Window gear kit

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 09:27:25 EDT
From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Air Shocks

well when air shocks were the big thing here in NYC ( about when Saturday
Night Fever came out and everyone had to have the back of their cars four
feet off of the ground) Sears had Road Handler Air Shocks that had a decent
guarantee on them..but if youre gonna use Air Shocks to lift the back of a
heavy load youre gonna blow the shocks.. you really need to put heavier
springs in your truck
Bob
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 11:03:46 EDT
From: FLR150 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - what is wheel hop?

Wheel hop refers to the rear axle and the torque or horsepower causing the
rear wheels to skip under hard acceleration...the term has nothing to do with
the front wheels. And on the truck looking like it is always going down
hill...it supposed to look like that. The truck is set up like that to handle
the weight transfer of towing or hauling..and yes the spring extenders will
change the tow and camber of the alignment.
Wayne Foy
'94 Flareside SC
"Hazardous Material"
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 09:50:06 -0700
From: "Josh"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Spark Plugs

Hope I'm not reanimating a dead horse...

What brand of spark plugs does anyone use on a 7,5L?
What does anyone recommend?

I drive 3.5 miles one-way to work on city streets... Usually don't haul or
trailer anything real heavy.


Josh
berelson gte.net
Edmonds, WA
90 F-250 4x4 7,5L 28k
Microsoft announced today that they are having problems with the development
of Windows 2000. The release date has been moved up to January 1st, 1901

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 10:50:11 +0000
From: Erston Reisch
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Electrical Connections Near Battery

List,

I'm putting a stereo into my truck, to replace the awful stock Ford unit with
my stereo from my last car. I'm planning out where I'm going to run the amp's
power lead, and I've got a question for the list..

Looking at the battery on my truck, the positive lead goes from the terminal
to a small, round device mounted on the inside of the fender. A few different
wires meet the positive lead (on a bolt with a special end cap) and take off
to different parts of the truck.

Is it correct to think that this is a power distribution point? Can I run the
power to the amp from there? I'm looking for an attachment point that will
provide unswitched, clean power for the amplifier. This point looks
neater/easier than going with an add-on adapter for the battery terminal. (For
the interested, I'm running a 50x2, max 25 amp draw, and I will be using 8 or
10 gauge, and it will be fused near the battery.)

Thanks!

- - Erston ]




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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 11:50:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: Casey Vandor
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: THere are still good people out there :)

Right now I am in Fairbanks, AK. Here they check for factory equipment
(ie take vin number, serial number, look up what you should have) If
you pass that part, then you get to take the emissions test. Mine
won't pass as it is now anyway, so I will keep it registered out of the
borough.

Question for yall. (again I know) What are the differences between EEC
III and EEC IV? I wanted to just strip out the computer, put my own
manifold/carb on there (not quite sure if I can). Would it be possible
to put a EEC IV system in? Or not worth the headaches?

Thanks,

>>>>>>
Casey, where are you located? I am in Long Island, NY and we
juststarted
using I/M testing but anything older than 1984 still uses the old
idletest.
And anything older than 25 years is exempt from emissions testing
>>>>>>

Casey Vandor
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://members.tripod.com/CaseyV/
_________________________________________________________
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 15:49:48 -0400
From: S Spaulding
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Electrical Connections Near Battery

That's where I took the power for both of my amplifiers. I have a noise
problem that I never corrected, but I don't think it is the source of
the noise.

Steve

Erston Reisch wrote:
>
> List,
>
> I'm putting a stereo into my truck, to replace the awful stock Ford unit with
> my stereo from my last car. I'm planning out where I'm going to run the amp's
> power lead, and I've got a question for the list..
>
> Looking at the battery on my truck, the positive lead goes from the terminal
> to a small, round device mounted on the inside of the fender. A few different
> wires meet the positive lead (on a bolt with a special end cap) and take off
> to different parts of the truck.
>
> Is it correct to think that this is a power distribution point? Can I run the
> power to the amp from there? I'm looking for an attachment point that will
> provide unswitched, clean power for the amplifier. This point looks
> neater/easier than going with an add-on adapter for the battery terminal. (For
> the interested, I'm running a 50x2, max 25 amp draw, and I will be using 8 or
> 10 gauge, and it will be fused near the battery.)
>
> Thanks!
>
> - Erston ]
>
>
>
>
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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 15:07:20 -0500
From: Matthew Banevich
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Electrical Connections Near Battery

Erston Reisch wrote:
>
> List,
>
> I'm putting a stereo into my truck, to replace the awful stock Ford unit with
> my stereo from my last car. I'm planning out where I'm going to run the amp's
> power lead, and I've got a question for the list..
>
> Looking at the battery on my truck, the positive lead goes from the terminal
> to a small, round device mounted on the inside of the fender. A few different
> wires meet the positive lead (on a bolt with a special end cap) and take off
> to different parts of the truck.
>
> Is it correct to think that this is a power distribution point? Can I run the
> power to the amp from there? I'm looking for an attachment point that will
> provide unswitched, clean power for the amplifier. This point looks
> neater/easier than going with an add-on adapter for the battery terminal. (For
> the interested, I'm running a 50x2, max 25 amp draw, and I will be using 8 or
> 10 gauge, and it will be fused near the battery.)
>
> Thanks!
>
> - Erston ]
>
>
>
>
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The round device is what they call the Starter Solenoid, you can run
your power from the connection that the battery goes to, that's how I
had my amp connected!
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 14:35:16 -0600
From: Chris Philipp
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Rough Idle

Jim,
My mechanic told me all gas(here in Colorado), is oxygenated, and
basically sucks! I had inquired about upgrading my exhaust, and was
told with all of the emssions, it is dificult to gain anything more than
a "cool sound". The reason I run the 92 is flat out more pull in the
mountains. The EGR looks okay?!!, have no idea how to test it. I
recently called AutoZone, and the guy told me that the TPS, and Air-Idle
valve do have a tendency to go out, and cause this situation(rough
idle). The odometer reads 72,000 or so(No far left # for 100,000 mark
though). I bought it with the intention of puting several grand more in
it for maintenance. Since I bought it last year, new rear in tank pump,
new clutch, new water pump/timing cover gasket, and new dual tank
switch. My feeling is that I will have to spend some cash to get it all
right, but I want to do it the first time. My front tires are also
wearing funny, and sloppy. Had a Nissan before this truck, hope I will
get my money's worth out of it. Like the truck, over the maintenance.
Chris

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 16:15:59 -0500
From: Jim Cannon
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Where's the POWER?

Sounds to me like you need to do some basic checking of mechanical systems
to see where the power went to. For example, check compression, check for
restriction in exhaust sustem (plugged cat), check vacuum with a guage,
check timing. You should do better than that. Find out what your rear end
ratio is. Is this an auto trans? What size tires are you running? Do you
have a lot of stuff in the bed making it heavy? Is 2 bbl carb working
right? with engine NOT running, can you get someone to step on the gas
pedal inside all the way and confirm visually that the throttle is opening
up all the way (no hoses or something preventing full travel)? Do you burn
oil (bad rings)? b

At 02:01 10/04/99 EDT, you wrote:
>I have an 84 F-150 with the 5.8 liter V-8. My dad bought it used. I
thought
>the 5.8 was more powerful than this! It has a 2 barrel carb and high gears,
>not sure what the gears are exactly. Are there any tricks or secrets that
>will make my truck faster It runs great! Just really slow. The worst part
>is my friend that has a '69 Ch*vy with a 6.2 liter diesel beats when we
drag.
> Please help me! My testosterone is suffering.
>

Jim Cannon
Houston, TX
'29 Ford Model A Phaeton
'63 Buick Riviera
'80 Ford F-150
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 21:19:13 EDT
From: FLR150 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Electrical Connections Near Battery

Erston,
I have run a 500 watt system in my truck. To answer your question, yes you
can use that (the starter solenoid/relay) as a power point. I have a 4 gauge
power lead run from there to a wafer fuse block. From there I ran the wire
through the hinge hole to a small grommet covered hole just before the
leading edge of the door, under the passenger side kick panel. You have to
remove the kick and feel around behind the electronics to get to it...it is a
really tight fit but it is a great and safe place to run the wire.
Wayne Foy
'94 Flareside SC
"Hazardous Material"
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 21:23:57 EDT
From: FLR150 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Electrical Connections Near Battery

In a message dated 4/10/99 3:53:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
ss80xt worldnet.att.net writes:


problem that I never corrected, but I don't think it is the source of
the noise.

Steve >>

Steve,
What year is your truck? I know that when I ran mine, the stock ignition
noise suppressor was a HUGE source of ignition noise. I replaced it with a
better aftermarket unit and PRESTO no more noise.
Just my thoughts,
Wayne Foy
'94 Flareside SC
"Hazardous Material"
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 22:22:43 -0400
From: "Walt Scudder"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 1987 460 V8 - Exhaust Manifold bolts snapping

I recently purchased a 1987 motorhome on F350 chassis w/ 460 CI V8. I
noticed that some of exhaust manifold bolts are snapped off. I have been
told that this is a common problem on these engines - something to do with
expansion of exhaust manifold when it gets hot. Others have told me that
Ford used wrong size or type of bolts in engine time of manufacture.
Engine has about 19K original miles on it. Can anyone shed any light on this
problem ? Is there a recall to fix it ? Is there a Ford TSB on it ? I
appreciate any help - especially on how to correct the problem so it doesn't
keep happening.

Walt S

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 22:44:19 EDT
From: BigFords1 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Where's the POWER?

It's an automatic, nothing in the bed at all, 30 inch tires, 2WD, Just ben
informed by my brother that carb is working fine (I'll check myself, he
already broke my fan belt, got a new and squeals are gone.), It doesn't burn
oil from what I can tell.


David
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 23:40:11 EDT
From: JSC721 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Air Shocks

Hey, I still like Saturday night fever.Lol. thanks for the info, But air
shocks will do ok for now. I have had good luck with alot of them lifting
weight in stretch limos that I owned for a long time. I think air bags that
towncars use would be better.I am only looking for a little height. I cant
squash that Bad boy E-250.

Joe
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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 23:49:38 -0500
From: Matthew Banevich
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Window gear kit

I don't remember who mentioned replacement gear kits for Window Motors
from Autozone, but I really appreciate it. I went to Pep Boys asking
for the gear, the guy said the only thing they had would have been in
the H.E.L.P. section.... NOT! And I remembered seeing the message about
Autozone.... the Chicago area just got em' in fact I installed the
rolling metal overhead door for this store, and I walked in and asked
them for the gear kit. the guy said they didn't carry them, I mentioned
that I had heard about the kits over the Internet, and just to make me
happy, the guy ooked through the computer menu, It was there ( lifetime
Warranty too!!!)

Thanks again

Matt Banevich

89' Bronco II
86' Bronco

I also just recently switched my drivers side door, with an 87-92
f-series truck, my dad is a body/fender man, and got me the door free,
just a little bondo, and Whola, NO Rust!....


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