80-96-list-digest Thursday, March 18 1999 Volume 03 : Number 077



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 80-96 - F-150 Model Distinctions
Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine options
Re: FTE 80-96 - diferential identification
FTE 80-96 - Seats for Rangers
FTE 80-96 - Temperature Sender Port
Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine options
FTE 80-96 - Shaking speedometer needle and noise in cabin
Re: FTE 80-96 - F-150 Model Distinctions
Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine options
FTE 80-96 - 96 F150 shift kit?
FTE 80-96 - Re: Shawns Troubles
[none]
FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Virus checking
Re: FTE 80-96 - 96 F150 shift kit?
FTE 80-96 - Re: I need a muffler

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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 07:03:56 EST
From: FLR150 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - F-150 Model Distinctions

In a message dated 3/16/99 9:20:22 PM Eastern Standard Time,
trio tigroupchicago.com writes:


> plastic grille and trim to the chrome one the XLT has. The other
> idea I had
> was painting the stock grille and trim to body color instead of Grey. (I
> have a maroon truck. She is a real 'beaut!) I'm trying to find a real
> sharp eye catching look for my truck. Something really mean and sporty. >>

I believe my Flareside was a conversion package truck, but it must have been
the XLT before they did the conversion. I have the chrome plate on my mirror
fronts, the chrome headlight trim/grill package, power accessories (lumbar
support, windows, locks). But I am missing the chrome piece on the tailgate,
mine is just painted and has the Ford logo lower passenger side of the
tailgate. I also have the chrome front and rear bumpers. I also believe the
extra power point (Cig lighter plug) was part of the XLT, but I'm not REALLY
sure.
On the "making it mean and sporty", I have given my truck a mild drop of 1
1/2" front
3" rear. I can still hop curbs if need be and my hauling/towing hasn't been
affected. I also took the grill off and painted just the grey insets to match
the body. Also a good piece is the front airdam. They are available from many
aftermarket dealers, and if you look around you can find one for around $120
w/lights. Then of course the air visors (side window air deflectors can be
left smoked or body color matched) hood deflector, etc, etc, etc, etc......
Its all just personal taste and how much of your coin you are willing to part
with. Then of course there's me....I spend my lunch money to get power parts
for my truck....next is making it look good. What am I saying...It looks GREAT
already...its a FORD!
Wayne Foy
'94 Flareside SC
"Hazardous Material"
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 07:09:33 EST
From: FLR150 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine options

Geoff,
There are several of the members who can lead you in the motor/tranny combo
direction. I can point you to the Technical Service Bulletin list AKA common
problem list. Its at
ALLDATA's Automotive Repair Information, Reca...
Wayne Foy
'94 Flareside SC
"Hazardous Material"
In a message dated 3/16/99 11:01:50 PM Eastern Standard Time,
timour conceptsnet.com writes:


a digest(archive) of common known problems?
>>
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 07:06:56 -0600
From: "Ferino, Chris"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - diferential identification

"I would like some help identifying the type of differential that I have
Reading my manuals it states that I need to put in a special type of oil
if I have a limited slip differential. The identification # that I took
off the unit are top row left to right S808D bottom row left to
right, 3 55 88 8C1 The truck in question is a 1988 f150 302 5 speed
manual transmission.
It is an 8.8" with 3.55 gears but wether or not its limited slip i don't
know. The special oil is just a Ford sythetic with friction modifier."

On the two 8.8" rear ends I've had with 3.55 gears, the one with an open
diff had the same codes as yours (3 55 88). The one I have now in my '93
Bronco has an L between the 3 and 55, indicating a limited slip.
Double-check this with your axle code, but I believe based upon your axle
tag that you do NOT have a limited slip differential.

- --Chris (not the one with the Lightning - the OTHER Chris :)
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 06:59:29 +0000
From: Matt Baldwin
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Seats for Rangers

I have an'85 Ranger 4x4, regular cab, ext. box, dual tanks. Can anyone tell
me if the seat mounts for the stock bench seat (that I have) are the same if I
am able to get a stock dual high-back seats from a similar aged Ranger?

Just wondering

Thanks,

Matt Baldwin
Victoria, BC
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 08:40:30 -0500
From: "Golly, Scott M"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Temperature Sender Port

Gentlemen,

I am looking for a place to put a temperature sender in a 1990 F-150 with a
351, it is an XLT Lariat. Most of the ports I can find are used by factory
senders and the factory senders won't work with my AutoMeter Guage.
Definitely nothing in the intake, any recommendations.

All recommendations are appreciated.
Scott M. Golly
Researcher/Fire Protection Engineer


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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 08:22:57 -0800
From: Mark Ponsford
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine options

>Sirs,
>
>I am sending this for my brother-in-law (an otherwise nice guy, but who is
>not internet connected). Is there in existence, either here or elsewhere, a
>list of available engine options for Ford trucks 80-96? Likewise, is there
>a digest(archive) of common known problems?
>
>Thanks in advance
>
>Geoff Keyes

I'm in the process of collecting this information and posting it at

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://gateway1.uvic.ca/staff/mponsford/ford_trucks_info/ford_trucks.html


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Mark Ponsfordphone: (250) 721-7397
McPherson Library - Systemsfax: (250) 721-8215
University of Victoria
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3H5


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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 12:26:13 -0500 (EST)
From: Victor L Moran
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Shaking speedometer needle and noise in cabin

Hello all,
I think that a speed sensitive noise I have coming from the
console of my 87 aerostar is from the speedometer cable. (Thank you to
who ever posted that solution earlier) I would like to know if anyone
here has greased the cable on an aerostar? Is it a real headache
and should be left for a long weekend or is it a 4 hour or less job? I
also don't have a grease gun and the attachment that was talked about
earlier (to get the grease down into the cable) is there an inexpensive
way of gettting grease down this cable?

Also there is a loud noise coming from under the rear seats of the
van (near where the gas tank is). The noise sounds like a pump sucking
air or something involving the movement of air and liquid. It's like a
sucking sound. Does anyone have any ideas what it could be? Is this
something all aerostar's go through (like the air conditioning problems)?

Thanks
Victor.

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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 12:54:46 -0500
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - F-150 Model Distinctions

Brian J. Babiuk wrote:
>
> Curious,
>
> Other than the Chrome grille, and headlight trim, is there any other
> Exterior distinctions between the '94 - '96 F-150 XL and XLT Lariat? My
> suspicions are the tailgate had chrome on it as well.
>
> The reason I ask is that I want to dress up my XL by replacing the stock
> plastic grille and trim to the chrome one the XLT has. The other idea I had
> was painting the stock grille and trim to body color instead of grey. (I
> have a maroon truck. She is a real 'beaut!) I'm trying to find a real
> sharp eye catching look for my truck. Something really mean and sporty.

I would paint it to match...chrome grille makes it look more luxurious
but the monochromatic paint scheme looks sporty and mean just like you
wany..i.e. Lightning!!! Try addin a cowl induction hood...then it looks
real mean...like you are going to spit that Z28 out your exhaust!
Chris
94 Lightning #381
NLOC #238
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 13:19:26 -0500
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine options

I am sending this for my brother-in-law (an otherwise nice guy, but who
is not internet connected). Is there in existence, either here or
elsewhere, a list of available engine options for Ford trucks 80-96?
Likewise, is there>a digest(archive) of common known problems?

There are a few...awhile back I posted a HP rating for all engines...if
someone still has that will you please send Geoff a copy

1) 4.9L 300 I-6
2) 5.0L 302 V-8
3) 5.8L 351W V-8
4) 5.8L 351W V-8 93-95(Lightning)
5) 6.9L ? Diesel
6) 7.3L? Diesel( couple diffrent variations of this motor)
7) 7.5L 460 V-8

The diesel and 460 could only be gotten on 250 and Larger ford trucks.
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 15:05:04 EST
From: Bromfed1 aol.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 96 F150 shift kit?

Does anyone know if anyone makes a shift kit for my 96 150? Not sure what the
model of my trans is, but its the 4 speed OD...

I think my truck is pretty quick, compared to most that I've driven, but it
seems like the tranny get confused sometimes and can't decide what gear it
wants to be in, I think the shift points could probably be improved, but I
don't know what to do.

Also wondering if anyone else out there with a 96 has the Flowmaster 3"
exhaust?
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 14:54:40 PST
From: "Casey Vandor"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: Shawns Troubles

I don't beat on my Ford at all. I have been very tempted to, but my
truck gets taken care of very well. Even the babied trucks break and
break and break.... Now my dodge on the other hand... Nevermind

Casey Vandor


>>>>>
yeah but if ya get a babied truck and beat the heck out of it.. things
will
break.. my Ford is still the best truck ive ever owned
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 21:12:46 -0500
From: "PmctBaker"
Subject: [none]

I need a muffler.

I have a 85 F-150 351w. the emissions system is back to stock from the
cats. up. it has two cats, and one muffler.
will backpressure be the deciding factor? if so its back to stock.
but I like the sound of a 30" thrush,
what do you all think?

loud in Ohio
mc baker
pmbaker your-net.com
1985 F-1504x4351wc-64bbl


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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 21:48:15 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Virus checking

While the list server will reject emails with a virus (it
rejects all attachments), I still get them in my personal
emailbox. In the position I'm in as admin of the lists,
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checker and have since McAfee was a nobody shareware company
in the DOS days. IMHO, using a virus checker is a
fundamental pre-requisite for using a computer and they
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Anyone posting an email to me or the lists with the Happy99
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 23:19:58 -0500
From: "Steve"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 96 F150 shift kit?

Bromfed1 aol.com wrote:

>Does anyone know if anyone makes a shift kit for my 96 150? Not sure what
the
>model of my trans is, but its the 4 speed OD...
>
>I think my truck is pretty quick, compared to most that I've driven, but it
>seems like the tranny get confused sometimes and can't decide what gear it
>wants to be in, I think the shift points could probably be improved, but I
>don't know what to do.

B&M makes a ton of shift kits. Check Summit Racing or JEGs catalogs for
your application.


Steve

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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 23:23:33 -0500
From: "Steve"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: I need a muffler

Pmbaker your-net.com wrote:


>I need a muffler.
>
>I have a 85 F-150 351w. the emissions system is back to stock from the
>cats. up. it has two cats, and one muffler.
>will backpressure be the deciding factor? if so its back to stock.
>but I like the sound of a 30" thrush,
>what do you all think?
>
>loud in Ohio

You should be able to great sound and a little extra flow-through power with....


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