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In this issue:

FTE 80-96 - Suspension
FTE 80-96 - 1985 F-150 Rough Idle
Re: FTE 80-96 - 87
Re: FTE 80-96 - Preliminary Success in IVR Replacement
RE: FTE 80-96 - Dana 44HD or Dana 50
FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down
FTE 80-96 - Do I have Posi??
Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down
Re: FTE 80-96 - 1985 F-150 Rough Idle
RE: FTE 80-96 - 1985 F-150 Rough Idle
Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down
Re: FTE 80-96 - Do I have Posi??
FTE 80-96 - Stopped up A/C hoses... Anyone else have this problem?
Re: FTE 80-96 - Brakes get "grabby" when wet
Re: FTE 80-96 - Dana 44HD or Dana 50
Re: FTE 80-96 - Do I have Posi??
Re: FTE 80-96 - Dana 44HD or Dana 50
RE: FTE 80-96 - Preliminary Success in IVR Replacement
Re: FTE 80-96 - Mileage
Re: FTE 80-96 - RE: Tailgate down...
Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down
Re: [Re: [FTE 80-96 - Brakes get]
FTE 80-96 - RE: Tailgate Down
Re: FTE 80-96 - Do I have Posi??
Re: FTE 80-96 - Do I have Posi??
Re: FTE 80-96 - 1985 F-150 Rough Idle
FTE 80-96 - 91 F-250 ?????Brakes, Tires, Rear Fuel Tank, and Axle (sort of long)
Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down
Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down
FTE 80-96 - Factory Radios
RE: FTE 80-96 - shocks

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 11:07:26 +0200
From: FXL
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Suspension

Hi Group!
Front leaf suspension, 3 leafs: How much free space should it be left to
the upper rubber? I have 1.5 in left.
Back leaf suspension: The extra leaf nearly tuches the upper extra
studs. Worn out?
- -91 F250 7.3 dsl
Gunnar
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 06:42:52 -0400
From: "Michael McCarthy"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 1985 F-150 Rough Idle

I have been experiencing rough idling in my '85 F150/I6. Particularly, after
it warms up. It is an intermittent problem that is becoming more and more
frequent. I have recently relocated to Pennsylvania and had the truck
inspected for emissions, which it failed. I spent the necessary $150 on
repairs (new plugs, wires, etc.) and got a waiver on the emissions test.
This is the first time the truck has ever failed emissions testing in any
state including California where it was purchased.
In the middle of troubleshooting the rough idle I noticed that the curb idle
screw on the carb was backed all the way out and was basically doing
nothing. I wonder if the inspection guy did that? I readjusted the carb and
thought I had found the problem, but it returned. I re-inspected everything
and found the carb leaking fuel. Rather than rebuild the carb again I
replaced it. Thought I had solved the problem for sure this time, but it
returned in all its glory.
I have replace the EGR valve, PCV valve and the Oxygen sensor. I have
checked for vacuum leaks and can't find any. When the engine is running
particularly rough at idle the emissions smell strange (not like burning
oil) and the exhaust is black.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Michael McCarthy
Export, PA

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 08:36:40 -0400
From: Judi Durant
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 87

Thanks for answering. I already have on the truck ground effects, smooth
front cover, rear roll pan, and tailgate cover. I'm just looking for other
ideas to customize it, plus some paint job colors. Any ideas?
Paul

Blake Malkamaki wrote:

> >I'm interested in customizing a 1987 F150, extended cab, 2wdrive, Ford
> >truck. Anyone have any ideas on the best way to do this, parts, best
> >companies to deal with, etc?
> >
> >Thanks for info,
> >Paul Durant
> >cowboy85 ix.netcom.com
> >
>
> What do you want to do with it Paul? What kind of customizing?
>
> Blake
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 08:58:48 -0400
From: Mike Sloane
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Preliminary Success in IVR Replacement

I am glad to hear that the material I sent helped. I too found out that the
capacitors were discontinued and found substitutes but I haven't built the
unit yet. And yes, the article in Nuts & Volts did indicate that the
additional components were there to protect from voltage spikes. The author
indicated that such spikes are more common in automotive electrical systems
than we would assume. I don't suppose such added protection would hurt.

Just out of curiosity, how big a box did you use? I was planning on using a
perfboard, but your busbar construction method sounds like a good solution.
Here in NJ the weather is too hot right now to even think about getting
under a truck dashboard, but maybe I will build the unit in my air
conditioned workshop and wait for a cool day to do the installation.

How are the gauges performing, and is there any heat generated by the new
unit?

Mike

Vogt Family wrote:

> To all it may concern, today I built and installed a new electronic IVR
> (instrument voltage regulator) to replace my malfunctioning mechanical
> one on my '86 F-250. I used a schematic and parts list that Mike Sloane
> gave me. I bought all the parts from Digikey (www.digikey.com) except
> two of the capacitors that had been discontinued, which I scrounged from
> some old Commodore 64 boards I keep around for that purpose. The
> discontinued part number was P1353-ND, a quick search at Digikey
> revealed many, many others that would be suitable. 100 uF is the
> value. This circuit uses a switching type regulator that is designed as
> a replacement for the 7805. I assume it uses these capacitors, as well
> as some zener diodes and a resistor, to control voltage spikes and
> present a minimum load to the regulator. I'm not sure if any of this is
> necessary as the gauges are always there and probably aren't too
> suceptible to voltage spikes. I used a small plastic case and no
> circuit board, just soldered the parts across a couple of bus wires I
> put in with hot glue. When done, there are three wires, voltage in, out
> and a ground, that I soldered to their original locations on the
> "flexible circuit board" that is behind the instruments. It checked out
> at a steady five volts and appears to be working OK. Total cost was
> about $30. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.
>
> Birken
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 09:43:17 -0400
From: Greg Carter
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - Dana 44HD or Dana 50

The locking hubs are larger on the Dana 50, same size as those on a Dana 60.

I originally had a Dana 50 in mine ('91), here are the numbers on the tag:
3 54 *E8TA ZC
*610 312

(the * is actually a triangle on the tag).

The approximate size of the original hub is 3 7/16 in diameter, the
inner axle shaft diameter is 1 3/16.

The front axle weight rating is 4600lb (you can get this from inside the
door).

I emailed Warn and they told me it was the Dana 50 with 3.54 gears.

I am swapping in a Dana 60 solid front axle from a F350.

For Sale - 1 Dana 50 :)
Bye.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Josh [mailto:berelson gte.net]
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 7:38 PM
To: Ford List
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Dana 44HD or Dana 50


I have a 90 F-250 regular cab 4x with 7,5L.
Is there a way to tell the difference



Josh
berelson gte.net
Edmonds, WA



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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 09:50:19 -0400
From: wkelly
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down

Iím new to the discussion group and this has probably been gone over
before. I have a 1990 F-150, 4.9 straight six with the AOD4
transmission. It bogs down and does not want to downshift unless I push
the gas peddle all most to the floorboard. It doesnít seem to do this
with speeds under 35-40 mph. Any help will be appreciated.

Bill Kelly
Pleasantville, Pa.




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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 08:43:04 -0700
From: redmist mb.sympatico.ca
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Do I have Posi??

Someone here mentioned an easy way to test if my truck had posi, and I
thought I had it right, but forgot what I was supposed to look for. I
jacked up the rear diff using a floor jack, and while in park (never
thought to try in neutral as I was in a hurry), if I turned the rear
wheel, the opposite wheel turned as well; but, here's the kicker: It
turned in the other direction. Don't tell me.....I have nothing right?
Not even limited slip? If so, that's a real drag. Also if so, can
anyone recommend an appropriate course of action?

Sheldon Charron
Manitoba, Canada
'94 F150 XLT SC/SB 4X4 302

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 12:19:05 CDT
From: Jett Rink
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down

Could it be the crummy shift patterns on the AOD? Hot Rod ran an article
awhile back on improvements to the AOD, and one was a new valve body set up
to shift the transmission more like a regular automatic.



>Iím new to the discussion group and this has probably been gone over
>before. I have a 1990 F-150, 4.9 straight six with the AOD4
>transmission. It bogs down and does not want to downshift unless I push
>the gas peddle all most to the floorboard. It doesnít seem to do this
>with speeds under 35-40 mph. Any help will be appreciated.



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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 13:39:43 EDT
From: CphgnCwby1 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 1985 F-150 Rough Idle

Bloack exhaust would usually mean that it is running to rich. Check to make
sure that the choke is opening all the way, Check to make sure that the float
level is not to high, but FIRST check/adjust the idle mixture screw outward
(just until the idle smooth's out) to see if this helps.

Let me know what happens and I will give you a few more pointers if needed


BART
'86 F-150 302 FI
31x10.50-15LT
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 12:58:44 -0500
From: "Baldwin, Dave (CPCP Design)"
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - 1985 F-150 Rough Idle

Just wanted to add that I have had a carb that had an intermittently-hanging
float/needle&seat assembly. It would hang open at odd times and fuel would
pump out the vent. Found it one day when I was about to start the car, and
I heard a gurgling noise (had electric fuel pump). This carb was vented to
the atmosphere so it was just pouring on the ground. Yours is vented
internally, so when it overflows, it goes inside the engine, creating a rich
condition--if this is actually what your problem is. Good luck.

Dave Baldwin
Dallas, TX

> -----Original Message-----
> From: CphgnCwby1 aol.com [mailto:CphgnCwby1 aol.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 1999 12:40 PM
> To: 80-96-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 1985 F-150 Rough Idle
>
>
> Bloack exhaust would usually mean that it is running to rich.
> Check to make ... snip ...
> sure that the float
> level is not to high...
> BART

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 11:02:35 -0700
From: Bob Kennedy
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down

Me thinks the 300 had the E4OD.

Bob


Jett Rink wrote:

> Could it be the crummy shift patterns on the AOD? Hot Rod ran an article
> awhile back on improvements to the AOD, and one was a new valve body set up
> to shift the transmission more like a regular automatic.
>
> >Iím new to the discussion group and this has probably been gone over
> >before. I have a 1990 F-150, 4.9 straight six with the AOD4
> >transmission. It bogs down and does not want to downshift unless I push
> >the gas peddle all most to the floorboard. It doesnít seem to do this
> >with speeds under 35-40 mph. Any help will be appreciated.
>
> Remember, if it's free it can't be all bad.
>
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 11:24:30 -0700
From: Mark Ponsford
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Do I have Posi??

>Someone here mentioned an easy way to test if my truck had posi, and I
>thought I had it right, but forgot what I was supposed to look for. I
>jacked up the rear diff using a floor jack, and while in park (never
>thought to try in neutral as I was in a hurry), if I turned the rear
>wheel, the opposite wheel turned as well; but, here's the kicker: It
>turned in the other direction. Don't tell me.....I have nothing right?
>Not even limited slip? If so, that's a real drag. Also if so, can
>anyone recommend an appropriate course of action?
>
>Sheldon Charron
>Manitoba, Canada
>'94 F150 XLT SC/SB 4X4 302

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 14:36:33 -0500
From: "Neff, Charles"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Stopped up A/C hoses... Anyone else have this problem?

Has anyone experienced a problem with the A/C hose from the Compressor to
the Condenser being stopped up ?
I have a high side pressure that approaches 350 PSI.
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 19:51:56 GMT
From: Hummer Luvver
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Brakes get "grabby" when wet

I've experienced the same thing with my '88 F-150. I always assumed it was
just a normal inconvenience.


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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 15:18:02 -0600
From: "Dave Resch"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Dana 44HD or Dana 50

>From: "Josh"
>Subject: FTE 80-96 - Dana 44HD or Dana 50
>
>I have a 90 F-250 regular cab 4x with 7,5L.
>Is there a way to tell the difference

Yo Josh:

Look at the build tag in the driver's side door jamb. If your truck is rated
for 8500 lbs GVW or more, it is an F250HD and it is equipped w/ the Dana 50 TTB.
If the GVW is less than 8500 lbs, it is an F250 equipped w/ the Dana 44HD TTB.

BTW, the only difference between the Dana 44HD and Dana 50 TTB units is the
differential housing and gears. The Dana 44 uses an 8.5" ring gear and the Dana
50 uses a 9.0" ring gear. The axle housings, pivot brackets, etc. are the same.

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 19:00:21 -0500
From: Blake Malkamaki
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Do I have Posi??

>Someone here mentioned an easy way to test if my truck had posi, and I
>thought I had it right, but forgot what I was supposed to look for. I
>jacked up the rear diff using a floor jack, and while in park (never
>thought to try in neutral as I was in a hurry), if I turned the rear
>wheel, the opposite wheel turned as well; but, here's the kicker: It
>turned in the other direction. Don't tell me.....I have nothing right?
>Not even limited slip? If so, that's a real drag. Also if so, can
>anyone recommend an appropriate course of action?
>

Hey you have an open differential. But look at the bright side... now you
can buy yourself whatever kinda of locker you want.

Check out the latest edition of 4 Wheel & Off Road for a review of lockers.


Blake
Little Mountain
Concord, Ohio
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 19:02:23 -0500
From: Blake Malkamaki
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Dana 44HD or Dana 50

>>From: "Josh"
>>Subject: FTE 80-96 - Dana 44HD or Dana 50
>>
>>I have a 90 F-250 regular cab 4x with 7,5L.
>>Is there a way to tell the difference
>
>Yo Josh:
>
>Look at the build tag in the driver's side door jamb. If your truck is rated
>for 8500 lbs GVW or more, it is an F250HD and it is equipped w/ the Dana
>50 TTB.
>If the GVW is less than 8500 lbs, it is an F250 equipped w/ the Dana 44HD TTB.
>
>BTW, the only difference between the Dana 44HD and Dana 50 TTB units is the
>differential housing and gears. The Dana 44 uses an 8.5" ring gear and
>the Dana
>50 uses a 9.0" ring gear. The axle housings, pivot brackets, etc. are the
>same.

Not necessarily.... our 1989 F-250HD diesel has a Dana 44HD front end with
the smaller hubs.


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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 18:51:32 -0500
From: "Baldwin, Dave (CPCP Design)"
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - Preliminary Success in IVR Replacement

You are so right. Every module in the vehicle will have some sort of
transient suppression, generally by a MOV or power zener diode. The usual
protection level is 40V. These transients are created by abrupt changes in
load (turning lights, wipers, A/C off, for example) or intermittent
connections (loose battery terminal).

Dave Baldwin
Dallas, TX

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> From: Mike Sloane [mailto:msloane att.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 1999 7:59 AM
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> Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Preliminary Success in IVR Replacement
>
>
> (voltage) spikes are more common in automotive
> electrical systems
> than we would assume.
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 20:59:54 -0400
From: "Troy"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Mileage

On 29 Jun 99, at 23:06, Blake Malkamaki wrote:

>Most of us take the tailgates off completely when snow plowing and put a
>couple of 2x4s along the back to hold sandbags, chains, and whatever tools
>we need. This way we get much better vision for tight backing.

Well, I remember the old '68 that we had. The tailgate wasn't on
the truck when we bought it, the person lost it a long time ago.
Anyway, the right bedrail had separated on the bottom. I guess it
was because of the wind and vibration. One would think the
tailgate being on there does stop this from happening. I just put
the tailgate down and go if I am going to be driving at highway
speeds for long periods of time. That way if I need to haul
something I can just put it up and not have to screw around with
boards.

>As far as the Consumer Reports opinion -- there is no credibility
>whatsoever with them. Just look what they did with the Jeep CJ's.

Oh, I don't bother with them. I go from personal experience and
talking to people that have had the same vehicle/product they are
trying to review.

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trophy. - Jeff Foxworthy


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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 21:01:03 -0400
From: "Troy"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - RE: Tailgate down...

On 25 Jun 99, at 17:38, Dave Harmier wrote:

>I have never run a whole tank through my '92 with the tailgate up!!!
>That's how much I swear by it!!! And another reason I know, is
>that I have a bed mat over 3/4 plywood to protect my floor, and with
>the gate up, that thing curls up under the tool box!!!

I only put the thing down if I'm out on the highways for long periods
of time. I don't like to do it on the busier roads for fear of a rear end
collision that might cause massive damage to the bed the rear
bumper might have avoided.

>p.s. I still think I'm getting a LOT more spam since joining the list???

I don't know, I just switched accounts. I have signed onto a few
email lists and posted to them all, and I have NO spam.

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 21:02:11 -0400
From: "Troy"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down

On 30 Jun 99, at 9:50, wkelly wrote:

>I=92m new to the discussion group and this has probably been gone
>over before. I have a 1990 F-150, 4.9 straight six with the AOD4
>transmission. It bogs down and does not want to downshift unless I
>push the gas peddle all most to the floorboard. It doesn=92t seem
>to do this with speeds under 35-40 mph. Any help will be
>appreciated.

That's the same way with my '84 F-150. It has an AOD tranny in it.

If you are doing around 35 or 40 MPH and try to pass, you don't
have to hit the gas as hard as if you were running around the
highway speeds, say around 40 MPh or over.

I think it's just a quirk of the tranny. I personally would like to rip
the damn thing out and change it over to a standard, but I'm
wondering what other changes I would have to make to the truck in
order to do it.

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 21:03:23 -0400
From: "Troy"
Subject: Re: [Re: [FTE 80-96 - Brakes get]

On 26 Jun 99, at 1:08, Blake Malkamaki wrote:

>I have never had grabby brake problems with any of the Ford trucks we have
>had. Perhaps someone put some kind of cheap organic non-esbestos
>environmental-extremist friendly brake shoes on it and they swell with
>moisture from the air.

That would be my brake pads on the front then. Raybestos
pads, they seem to be lasting, so I cannot complain. :)

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 20:18:18 -0500
From: "Dave Harmier"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - RE: Tailgate Down

On 24 Jun 99, at 9:06, Ratcliff, Dale wrote:

>CONSUMER REPORTS did a test of gas mileage with the tailgate up or down
and
>found there was no significant difference. The biggest problem with
leaving
>the gate down is the tailgate will rust out sooner. The moisture trapped
in
>the tailgate has nowhere to drain. If you run with the tailgate down, be
>sure to put it up after a rain or heavy dew.

>>Another thing to remember. Driving on the busy roads if there is a
>>risk of someone hitting your back end, it's better to leave the
>>tailgate up. At least with the gate up, they'll be hitting the bumper
>>first instead of the tailgate, causing major damage to the bed and
>>tailgate when the bumper might have stopped it.

Mine is a Tommy Lift, it's a pretty solid piece, attached very solidly to
my truck.
Woe to any car fool who hits me!!! (I'd like a new truck anyway!)

Dave H.

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 20:59:04 -0700
From: redmist mb.sympatico.ca
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Do I have Posi??

Mark Ponsford wrote:

> Bingo. Solution => visit your local neighbourhood autowrecker.

Okay. We've established that I have an open diff. Now what do I look
for at a wrecker to tell if I am getting a used Posi rear end, and what
gearing it is?? I am also putting 33" tires on it, so that is
important, isn't it? If I am going to put on a new (used) rear end,
what gearing? Are they hard to install? Can I add something to the
exiting rear end? Sorry for all the newbie questions.

Thanks......Sheldon


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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 21:03:17 -0700
From: redmist mb.sympatico.ca
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Do I have Posi??

Blake Malkamaki wrote:

> Hey you have an open differential. But look at the bright side... now you
> can buy yourself whatever kinda of locker you want.
>
> Check out the latest edition of 4 Wheel & Off Road for a review of lockers.

I'll have to look in to how much it will cost to add it. Whew! I just
spent nearly $1000 CDN to order new tires, and now lockers on a '94
truck with over 120,000 miles on it. Still runs great though..... I
bet a new locker would work better than new tires without a rear
locker. Sheesh!!

Shel


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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 21:56:19 -0500
From: Jim Cannon
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - 1985 F-150 Rough Idle

I don't know much, but I do know that black exhaust means WAY too much
fuel. Somehow you are getting too much in there. New carb and it's doing
this? I'd take the carb back and get another one. I don't think they set
the float right.

Did you check for warped or cracked intake or exhaust manifold? Did you
check to see that all of the manifold nuts/bolts are tight? Has the exhaust
manifold ever been off and an aftermarket manifold gasket been put in
there? The intake manifold is one place where you could have enough of a
vacuum leak to give you a rough idle. (It does not explain the black smoke,
though, which is why I think you have a bad rebuilt carb and you should
hurry go exchange it before the 90 days are up.)

That strange smell is from too much fuel. I forget what chemical is
produced but it is related to formaldehyde.

Because it is intermittant and heat makes it worse, I suggest looking for
loose conneciton, corroded connection, and possibly bad computer control
box. Does damp weather or driving in rain seem to make any difference?

At 06:42 30/06/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I have been experiencing rough idling in my '85 F150/I6. Particularly, after
>it warms up. It is an intermittent problem that is becoming more and more
>frequent.

>I have replace the EGR valve, PCV valve and the Oxygen sensor. I have
>checked for vacuum leaks and can't find any. When the engine is running
>particularly rough at idle the emissions smell strange (not like burning
>oil) and the exhaust is black.

Jim Cannon
Houston, TX
'29 Ford Model A Phaeton '63 Buick Riviera 401 V-8
'80 Ford F-150 300 I-6 2WD
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 23:25:52 EDT
From: WoodStck45 aol.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 91 F-250 ?????Brakes, Tires, Rear Fuel Tank, and Axle (sort of long)

Hi

I have a 1991 Ford F-250 H.D. 4x4, 460, 3:55's, stock tires, etc. When I
apply normal pressure to the brakes, they shimmy. If I apply more pressure
or less it doesn't do it. It's like they grab and let go, grab and let go.
Does this sound like the rotors need turned, or could it be a rear drum out
of roundness? It has rear anti-lock and i just put new brakes on it all the
way around 6 months ago. How much is it to turn the rotors or buy a new drum
if needed?

My next question is that i have a leaking rear fuel tank and was wondering
how hard or easy it is to take out. Any special tools required?

Another question:I have a open style 3:55 ratio rear end. i would like to
put a posi-trac in it and was wondering if anyone has done this in a similiar
truck and what kind of results/satisfaction you got from the one you chose.
I'm looking for both rear wheels to pull 99.9% of the time (always both
except on a turn on pavement). So i guess that knocks out auburn's limit
slip devices they got. I thought about a LockRight but i've heard some last
a long time and some burn up in like 8,000 miles and when they do your out of
luck. Would a Detroit or Detroit gearless be a good choice, their not much
more than a LockRight.

My final question is i am looking for a good set of stock mud tires slightly
wider than what i currently have. Right now i have 235/85/16's with an "E"
load range. I'd like to get a 255, 265, or 275 in an 85 series but i can
only find 255's. They come in 75 series and are the same height at what i
got, but i pull a 40 foot goosneck and need that "E" load range. Sorry its
so long of a message

Thanks
Paul
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 23:32:58 CDT
From: Jett Rink
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down

He never ID'd it as an electronic o/d and I have seen several other pickups
of this vintage with an AOD.


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Date: Thu, 1 Jul 1999 01:13:56 EDT
From: Mobilepdr aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Engine Bogging Down

my explorer with the 5.0 v8 does the same dame thing around 40 and
above it doesn't want to come out of lock up until i either manually take it
out or put the pedal at least half way down then the dam thing jumps and revs
out at about 3200rpms its annoying...........ding
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Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 01:17:21 CDT
From: Justin Ling
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Factory Radios

Hello,

Does anyone know where i can get a ford factory cd player? I have a 95
F-150 with the sony tape deck and looking for a cd player

Thanks,
Justin


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Date: Thu, 1 Jul 1999 16:29:58 +1000
From: les
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - shocks

On Wednesday, June 30, 1999 8:09 AM, ROlson1039 aol.com
[SMTP:ROlson1039 aol.com] wrote:
............ So for whatever its worth I wouldnt use anything BUT
> Gabriels
> Bob
> ROlson1039 aol.com
> 1989 F250 2WD
Hi All,
I am in the market for replacement shocks BUT Which one ??? The truck is....


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