80-96-list-digest Tuesday, April 6 1999 Volume 03 : Number 096



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 80-96 - FS: Polished B&M 144 supercharger for SB
RE: FTE 80-96 - How to remove trim...
FTE 80-96 - 91 F250 4x4 manual to auto trans swap?
FTE 80-96 - RE: High Altitude Carb Problem
FTE 80-96 - My 1997 F250HD
Re: FTE 80-96 - 91 F250 4x4 manual to auto trans swap?
FTE 80-96 - Bad weekend for my cars
Re: FTE 80-96 - Gorilla locking lug nuts -HELP
Re: FTE 80-96 - Gorilla locking lug nuts -HELP
Re: FTE 80-96 - Dual Tank Question
FTE 80-96 - Those Radius Arm Bushings...How Hard to change???
Re: FTE 80-96 - Gunk Fuel Injector Cleaner
Re: FTE 80-96 - exhaust, ball joints, etc.
Re: FTE 80-96 - Those Radius Arm Bushings...How Hard to change???
Re: FTE 80-96 - 302 vs. 351W
Re: FTE 80-96 - Those Radius Arm Bushings...How Hard to change???
Re: FTE 80-96 - 302 vs. 351W
FTE 80-96 - Rough Idle
Re: FTE 80-96 - RE: High Altitude Carb Problem

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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 08:43:41 -0400
From: "Matt Fitzsimmons"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - FS: Polished B&M 144 supercharger for SB

>A. The charger is set up for a carb, and can't be modified to run under
>EFI, which is what I meant by "needs to get rid of the EFI....". What
>remained unsaid, that everybody else understood what ".....if he wants to
>run this supercharger."
>
>B. You're, eh, rather "touchy" about the EFI vs Carb thing, aren't you?
>
>
>--
>Ken Woods


The super charger doesn't care if it's carb or EFI. The throttle body goes
on in place of the carb, and the injectors go into the lower manifold. EFI
can be somewhat trickier to set up than a carb ( but not as messy ) , but
will perform just as well for top power and you can still get the wildest
engines to idle.

Matt

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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 09:12:13 -0600
From: "Giddens, Scott"
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - How to remove trim...

Joe,

I would not take it off unless it was absolutely necessary. They pop on and
off with a special plastic tool. They are not easy to put back on and you
have to hit them just right with the palm of your hand so they snap on
right. It takes a few times to get the hang of it and you risk putting dents
in the trim or your roof.

I just mask off the trim with masking tape and use a light buffing compound
if it is in very bad shape otherwise buy some chrome polish and rub it by
hand if you don't have a buffing wheel or a grinder to put it on.

Scott

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Subject:FTE 80-96 - How to remove trim...

I'm looking to remove the windshield trim on my 92 F-150 to
polish it
up. How would I go about doing this? Do I need any special tools?
I don't
want to break it..

Thanks,

Joe
Lost in Jersey
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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 09:49:59 -0700
From: "Steven Salas"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 91 F250 4x4 manual to auto trans swap?

Has anyone done a manual to auto trans swap on a 91 4x4 w/4.9? I am
considering swapping out the manual in favor of an automatic. It's currently
a 5 speed and I'm wondering what are my options. I'd be interested in
hearing about if anyone has tried this already. Thank you
very much, Steve



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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 10:04:27 -0700
From: "Posluszny, Walt (POSL)"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - RE: High Altitude Carb Problem

Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 08:36:35 -0600
From: "Stephen W. Hansen"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Fw: l985 Ford F-250 (High Altitude Flooding)


Pass -- I-70 Tunnel -- Vail Pass -- Colorado>>

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Make sure your main and secondary jets are set up for High Altitude. That's
about 3 jet sizes reduction (if my memory serves me) if your carb was a sea
level carb and you moved to Denver. If you live or spend most of your time
higher, reduce the jets even further, it's a simple calculation and Holley
can make recommendations. AND, give that thing as much ignition timing as
it will take without pinging. You can get away with allot more than stock
timing at that altitude and it helps ALLOT!. My 78, 351M has 18 degrees
BTDC initial in Denver and it doesn't ping at all on regular unleaded. I've
got a 4160 Holley on it and it doesn't smoke a lick on any mountain pass.
If you have to, manually downshift to keep the rpm's up. A good free flow
air filter will help as well. Walt
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Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 13:09:38 -0500
From: Jason DiSalvo
Subject: FTE 80-96 - My 1997 F250HD

Hi guys- Its been a long time since I have posted. Here are my 2 questions.
I have a 1997 F250 and it has 2 problems that are buggin me. 1. The front
tires look like this / \ in stead of looking like this | | But there is no
alingment problem. The truck pulls stright. What do you think it is. 2.
When I am driving in OD (over drive) it pings after 15mph. What gives with
that? It is not gas...I have tried everything. Even thoes additives...Any
suggestions would be great.

- -Jason
disalvo tco.com
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Jason DiSalvo
disalvo tco.com
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Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 13:18:37 -0400
From: Chris Hedemark
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 91 F250 4x4 manual to auto trans swap?

Steven Salas wrote:
>
> Has anyone done a manual to auto trans swap on a 91 4x4 w/4.9? I am
> considering swapping out the manual in favor of an automatic. It's currently
> a 5 speed and I'm wondering what are my options. I'd be interested in
> hearing about if anyone has tried this already.

You can start by sending me your five speed so I can ditch this 4 speed
(effectively 3 speed as there is a granny first and no overdrive).
Heheheh.

- --

Chris Hedemark
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Can do more than tap good ale." - Saga of Olaf Haraldson: Part II
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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 10:25:38 -0700
From: "Jeff Hannon"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Bad weekend for my cars

> So now I've finally gotten the belt back on and I start it up, and hear
> a terrible noise. I immediately shut it off and went to look at it and
> found the pulley from the front of the crank was on the garage floor in
> 3 pieces. The bolt was laying right beside it. It looks like it's been
> loose for a while because the key has worn a groove in the crank. So, I

(snip)

> problems. I guess the good part about this is that it happened in my
> garage and not when my wife had it out somewhere.

I was not so lucky with my crank pulley. This was on a '90 Mitsubishi
Montero (sorry for the non-Ford content).

I had just replaced the tie rod ends on this SUV before a 3 hour drive
into central Idaho (read, not a lot of Mitsubishi parts around!). The
was a harsh vibration from the front end and I stopped to look at the
tie rods. They were fine. However the crank pulley was wobbling pretty
crazy (about 1/2" out of plane). No choice but to limp home. Half hour
later the crank bolt sheared, threw the pulley off with a loud bang
and busted every belt except the timing belt (driven from a sprocket
*behind* the crank pulley - thank God!). Drove home 3 hours on battery
power and no fan. Lucky it was a cold day! Also lucky that the rock
panels caught all the parts. Ended up having to drill out and retap
the end of the crank since half the crank bolt was still in there.
Talk about sweating bullets!

Kind of ironic that I'm racing to get the Mitsu back together so
that I can replace my radius arm bushings too.

Jeff

79 F150 C6 3/4 ton gear
74 F250 4x4 (Thanks CJ!)


Jeff Hannon(mailto:jhannon aha.com)
Staff VLSI Design Engineer
Advanced Hardware Architectures (http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.aha.com)
Pullman, WA

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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 17:13:54 EDT
From: DENNY727 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Gorilla locking lug nuts -HELP


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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 17:17:02 EDT
From: DENNY727 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Gorilla locking lug nuts -HELP

1. Machine Shop
2. A good local lock shop
or
Perhaps a "Speed shop" can give you the phone number to the company...
or better yet...call the person who sold it to you...
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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 17:25:48 EDT
From: DENNY727 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Dual Tank Question

There is a small resevoir that holds a pint or more. Both tanks empty into
it right before the fuel pump...Don't worry about it...
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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 16:37:56 -0500
From: "Dave Harmier"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Those Radius Arm Bushings...How Hard to change???

Hey Chris! I feel like I must do a few of these things to my 92 F-150...

On Radius Bushings:
I've heard of rivet removal/replace with bolts (UGH)
and I've heard of tugging forward on the beam to get it
done (Less UGH by FAR!)

Also, whose rebuilt calipers did you use?
Autozone and O'Riellys (sp?) are the nearest to me.
Autozone told me $10.95/ea. Sounds CHEAP!!!!

Don't want to do it...but feel I must!

Dave H.
dharmier NOSPAM.gte.net

P.S. I get WAY more junk email than I used to
Anyone else find this????
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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 17:41:08 EDT
From: DENNY727 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Gunk Fuel Injector Cleaner

Perhaps you were a bit easier on the throttle at red lights, stop signs,
passing etc... slight head wind, smaller load, on the return...The "Gunk"
mighta helped...and didn't hurt...It's always good to run some premium and a
bottle of injector cleaner on a regular basis...don't know which model,
mileage but Fords DO eat gas...Do you always use regular, mid or premium ? I
had an 81 F150 with a hi-output 351 Windsor that couldn't, wouldn't take
regular...Keep on cruisin'
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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 17:46:54 EDT
From: DENNY727 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - exhaust, ball joints, etc.

Kevin,
Try spraying some good quality penetrating fluid on the bolts...lots of
it...let soak...then give er' a try with a 3/4'" socket (not a 1/2")...ball
joints...don't know about 86 but I just whack em out from the
stud...again...let soak in penetrating fluid...
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Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 18:15:18 -0400
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Those Radius Arm Bushings...How Hard to change???

Hey Chris! I feel like I must do a few of these things to my 92
F-150...
On Radius Bushings:
I've heard of rivet removal/replace with bolts (UGH)
and I've heard of tugging forward on the beam to get it
done (Less UGH by FAR!)

Either way will work...I remove the rivots and replace with bolts...I
did not feel this was to bad of a job and after hearing about the
service bulletin of the rivots coming loose and causing frame creaks and
that Ford fixed this by replacing them with bolts...why not kill to
birds with one stone! I would diffently recommend polyurethane bushings
though...they last longer and bind less!

Also, whose rebuilt calipers did you use?
Autozone and O'Riellys (sp?) are the nearest to me.
Autozone told me $10.95/ea. Sounds CHEAP!!!!

I had mine rebuilt by the dealer when i bought the truck under warranty!
Don't want to do it...but feel I must!

It seems to be common on the F150s

Chris
94 Lightning #381
NLOC #238
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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 18:16:28 EDT
From: DENNY727 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 302 vs. 351W

Ben,
Any special reason for changing to a351 W from a 302 ?...I'm asking
because I bought an '89 Club Wagon that changed from 351 to 302...I also
drove an 81 F150 w/351 h/o Windsor...engine ran 4 ever BUT Luuuuved premium...


Dennis
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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 18:47:54 EDT
From: PSales264 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Those Radius Arm Bushings...How Hard to change???

I just did the bushings on my 85 f-250, 1) remove the nut and back
rubbers.2)place a porta- power between the axle and the pin just behind the
axle that sticks through the frame,CAREFULLYpush axle forward but not far
enough to break the brake hose you should have JUST ENOUGH travel to remove
the arm downward remove the rubber& washer reinstall new stuff. guide the arm
and release the porta-power . should take about 1/2 hour per side GOOD LUCK
PHIL
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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 18:26:26 EDT
From: DENNY727 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 302 vs. 351W

2nd reply...
Ben,
I checked the "Bill" from changing over from 351 to 302...Most additional
charges were hoses, water pump (looks the same type), oil change and a few
other things and a smog pump (maybe it needed changing)...BUT DON'T BASE YOUR
DECISION ON MY REPLY...GOOD LUCK


Dennis
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Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 20:21:01 -0600
From: Chris Philipp
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Rough Idle

When I am idling a light, or stopping suddenly, my 88 F-250 302
appears to almost stagger, rarely stalls however. Anyone have any
thoughts on what could be causing this? I thought I heard fuel pump,
and EGR earlier about this question. I am running premium gas, it
appears to have a shiny new fuel filter, and the main fuel(frame
mounted)pump looks to be weathered, appears to happen on both tanks, how
can I test the EGR.. vacuum test or something? What are the basics on
doing either job. I have had my mechanic do one of my in tank pumps
before, but he wants around $200+ to do it. I would easily make the
effort to save some cash. TIA Chris

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Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 02:00:17 EDT
From: FULSZBRONC aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - RE: High Altitude Carb Problem

In a message dated 4/5/99 11:11:59 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
POSL ....


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