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80-96-list-digest Sunday, August 22 1999 Volume 03 : Number 235



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In this issue:

FTE 80-96 - Horn and Cruise
FTE 80-96 - tranny swap
FTE 80-96 - Air Pump?????
Re: FTE 80-96 - advice on 88 F150
FTE 80-96 - FTE in Truckin' magazine
FTE 80-96 - RE: Leaking Power Steering
FTE 80-96 - looking for suggestions on my proposed improvements
FTE 80-96 - Trailer Lights
Re: FTE 80-96 - Trailer Lights

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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 11:44:09 -0400
From: "mahahn"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Horn and Cruise

For some strange reason the horn and the cruise control quit working on my '94 F-150.
Also, for the longest time the air bag light has been on. Fixed that one by covering it over with tape.

I have been on the digest for a few months now and this is my first post.
I have learned alot just by listening. There seems to be quite a few knowledgable folks on this list.
I hope at least one of you can help me out.

Mark Hahn
94 F-150 Supercab
Cincinnati Ohio


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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 11:05:46 -0500
From: "Joel Thomas"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - tranny swap

I need some help
I have a T-18 in my 84 F-150 4x4.\
And I can't stand this tranny for driving around town
it seems that there needs to be a gear between 1st and 2nd for starting up
1st is to low and 2nd is to high, and 3rd to 4th is a too big of ratio
difference.
the drivtrain is 351W-T-18-NP208-9in
what is involved in replacing the T-18 witha C-6 if I found one out of
a 4x4 ford same motor??

thanks
Joel Thomas mailto:treefort prodigy.net
1984 F-150, 351W, 9", T-18,
Edelbrock intake,Edelbrock 600cfm,
33" BFG MT's.
Little Rock,Ar





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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 14:41:47 -0500
From: " rocky50"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Air Pump?????

Looks like there's alot of BIG BUMPS, lost my 6 too...found a 302HO but could not for the life of me find that !$# valve, so the heck with it.
My air pump is pumping air to the two vacuum operated air valves, one to the rear of the heads and one to the cat. I have my air valves plumbed to be open all the time.

Moe
Houston
85F150
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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 13:41:16 -0700
From: Mark Ponsford
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - advice on 88 F150

>I'm looking for owner experience and advice before I buy a used 88 F150
>w/ 4.9 6-cylinder, and standard 5-speed with overdrive. The truck has
>135,000 mi. and was used to perform landscaping duties (hauling a light
>equipment trailer, small payloads, etc.). The clutch seems intact (not
>sure if it's been replaced) but is sometimes difficult to put into 1st
>when starting from a stop (any common syncro problems to look out for?).
>The oil pressure gauge doesn't work (is it common for sensors to go
>faulty?), and the alternator light flashes occasionally -- the owner
>doesn't seem to think it's a problem since he's been driving it
>regularly without incident. All else seems good and solid. The owner has
>replace rear brakes, shocks, starter, and electrical tune-up parts. The
>vehicle is a southeast car so I didn't see any signs of rust but would
>appreciate any advice as to where the common corrosion spots are for
>this model year.
>
>Are there specific items (especially those that are expensive) that one
>should look out for? Any inherent driveline problems or engine faults
>that owners frequently experience (e.g., differential problems, blown
>head gaskets, valve train problems, etc.) that I should be careful of?
>Your words of wisdom would be appreciated. Thanks.
>
>Peter
>
I'm the owner of an '88 F150 302/5spd. I've had it now for about 8-9 years.
Got it with 20K, now has 110K. I haven't had any major expenses or bad
experiences. Probably because I have very few options. DON'T have AC,
tilt-cruise, dual tanks, pwr windows-locks, 4WD, or auto trans. (These are
the things that'll putcha in the poor house when they break)

Yea, the Mazda 5spd tranny ain't all that great. Definitely not in the same
league (brute strength) as the BorgWarner T series. It does alright though
as long as you shift it gently. Difficulty getting into 1st from a stop is
a common problem. I usually put mine in 4th and then into 1st before
pulling away from a red light or stop sign. I don't think the problem is
being caused by the clutch. I think it is just the design of the
transmission. (incidently, 88 is the first year for this tranny.)

The oil pressure gauge is not an actual guage. At least that is what I've
been able to determine from monitoring this list. It's actually an idiot
light. When pressure is above 4.5psi, it registers half scale. When the
pressure drops below this threshold, it registers low. Nice trick, eh?

What to look for? These are thing that I would check.

- -front end: check to make sure ball joints and tie rod ends are good. Are
the front tires wearing funny? Factory original joints can't be greased.
You just wait for them to fail and then buckup.

- -master clutch cylinder: mine just about tore away from the firewall. There
are two bolts that hold it on. From the continual clutch action, the metal
around the mounting bolts fatigues and cracks. There is a special bracket
available to reinforce this area. I used a couple of large washers.

- -rear axle seals: are they leaking? Could/will cause problems with the rear
brakes.

- -body rot: look in the area in behind the rear wheel wells. Is it packed
full of mud? If so, previous owner didn't wash the undersides and you can
expect the paint to start bubbling anytime soon. They also rot out in the
bottom corners of the cab.

- -engine: can't be of much help here other than to say to have a compression
test done and be sure to get the oil pressure measured with a REAL pressure
gauge. (might this be the real reason the truck is for sale?)

Good Luck.

Mark Ponsford


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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 20:52:13 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 80-96 - FTE in Truckin' magazine

Hi gang! Check out the latest issue of Truckin' magazine
(October 99). Gary Pratt, of "Ford Folio" fame, gave us
a nice tip of the hat in his report on the 21st annual
F100 Supernationals in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He even
mentioned Don Neighbors and myself by name!

The article is pretty good. There's mention of some of
the new products out there. The whole article makes me
wish I was at the show again.

Ken Payne
Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 22:06:57 -0500
From: "Dave Harmier"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - RE: Leaking Power Steering

>Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - power steering pump

>Actually it appears to be leaking from the power steering box as apposed
>to the pump.

>Eric

We've got the same thing...91 F-150...the BOX is leaking. A mechanic buddy
has a roll over donor vehicle which will give us a "new" box.

Although I bet SOMEONE has an easier, and better idea!!!

Dave H.
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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 22:13:50 -0500
From: phydeaux koyote.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - looking for suggestions on my proposed improvements

I've got a stock '95 F150, 4.9 L engine, 5spd and 3.55 open diff.

I'm thinking of:
1. K&N filtercharger kit
2. Jacobs Electonics Pro-street ignition system
3. split headers from Clifford performance, performance cat.
converter and 3" cat-back exhaust (probably flowmaster)
4. (eventually) change the open diff to a 3.55 limited slip


Jeff & Melinda Parish

phydeaux koyote.com

"Choose you this day whom ye will serve...
but as for me and my house, we will
serve the Lord."
-Joshua 24:15 (KJV)
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Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 00:13:29 EDT
From: MadHavelka cs.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Trailer Lights

My friend and I are going fishing next weekend. His boat trailer has a
large, six point lighting plug. I don't have any trailer lights setup on my
truck, but I am familiar with the rectangular light plugs and can find a
splicing kit. Are there "pigtail" connectors available for the six point
setup, or will I have to make my own? If so, how should I go about it? Would
appreciate some advice.

Mark Havelka
Austin, TX
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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 21:56:07 -0700
From: "Radoje Spasojevic"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Trailer Lights

There are adapter plugs available to convert a 4prong flat plug to a 6 prong
round plug. Check the trailer wiring section of your local auto parts
place.

Rade
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From: MadHavelka cs.com
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Date: Saturday, August 21, 1999 9:18 PM
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Trailer Lights


>My friend and I are going fishing next weekend. His boat trailer has a
>large, six point lighting plug. I don't have any trailer lights setup on
my
>truck, but I am familiar with the rectangular light plugs and can find a
>splicing kit. Are there "pigtail" connectors available for the six point
>setup, or will I have to make my own? If so, how should I go about it?
Would
>appreciate some advice.
>
>Mark Havelka
>Austin, TX
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