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80-96-list-digest Sunday, September 12 1999 Volume 03 : Number 255



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Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1980-1996 Trucks and Vans
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In this issue:

FTE 80-96 - Re: '87 Tailgate latch -- HELP!
Re: FTE 80-96 - Sad Ford Aftermarket
Re: FTE 80-96 - Sad Ford Aftermarket
FTE 80-96 - Differential Info needed
FTE 80-96 - Making a healthier 302?
FTE 80-96 - EGR tube was easy - LOCK Actuator was a MOTHER!

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 13:50:19 -0400
From: "Mark Salvetti"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: '87 Tailgate latch -- HELP!

Serian wrote (in part):

>its a pretty easy swap, but be sure not to break those
>little plastic rod holders that keep your latch tab operating rods
>from falling out. good luck

But if you do break them (they get pretty brittle), they're readily
available at your dealer. In the 5 years I've had my '86, I've had both
plastic rod holders break. They can be a bit of a challenge to replace if
you have large hands, but otherwise no big deal.

Mark Salvetti
1986 F150



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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 13:05:35 -0700
From: "Mark Behling"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Sad Ford Aftermarket

Just curious, does anybody if it's still possible to get a brand new 4.9L I6 or
manual tranny for a late model F150? Miles seem to be building up on my truck fast
lately, and I'd like to try to renew the drivetrain rather than pay 25K for a new
truck. I've never had good luck with rebuilt units.

Mark



>Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 07:48:11 -0500
>From: "Steve Schmeckpeper"
>Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Sad Ford Aftermarket

>Yo Greg!
>My sentiments exactly! As a matter of fact....."Sad Ford Aftermarket" is the
>reason I belong to the list!! (In the last year I've picked up more GREAT
>info from the list, than the last 20 on my own.)
>A while back I was pretty much makin' the same lament to my buddy about
>timing chain covers (~200 for Ford cast aluminum from the dealer/~20 for
>Ch *y chrome steel from Autozone) I sez "it makes me wanna go over to the
>Dark Side". He sez "go to ford-frucks.com". I did it and I'm glad ;^))
>Thanks Ken Payne!!!!!!!!
>Smeck
>79 F100 & 87F150............ as of this post ;^)

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From: Greg Carter

> I sit here working late because I spent another day surfing the web
looking
> for engine parts when I should have been working...
>
> I have been looking at putting in a built 351w into my truck. About the
> best I have found (price wise) is:

> But its still pricey when compared to a Chev and it sucks, and I haven't
> even included what it is going to cost me to convert to mass air and
upgrade
> the EFI (injectors, performance intake...). 8 years ago I rebuilt a 289
for
> my Mustang, and I remember having to pay more for parts just because it
was
> a Ford. I thought back then "boy wont it be great with all these new 5.0
> Mustangs and all the new aftermarket parts.", but nothing has changed.
>
> If I had a Chev 350 I could go to the FACTORY and get a bran new 330 hp
> engine assembly , for just under $2000. No used block, no used
crank, >rods, right from the factory.
>
> What does Ford have, an SVO 351 for $4500, sure you get a water pump and
> distributor, or I could get the short block with no cam for $1700, what a
> deal.
>
> You can get a good set of performance heads (on above engine) from Chev
> fully assembled for the 350 for $414 a pair

>you can't even get one assembled GT-40 head for that.
>
> Am I missing something, just not looking in the right places?
>
> PS, the reason I know about the Chev stuff is because my friend with a
Chev
> has been nice enough to point out how much cheaper it is.
>
>
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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 16:49:06 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Sad Ford Aftermarket

>
>Yo Greg!
>My sentiments exactly! As a matter of fact....."Sad Ford Aftermarket" is the
>reason I belong to the list!! (In the last year I've picked up more GREAT
>info from the list, than the last 20 on my own.)
>A while back I was pretty much makin' the same lament to my buddy about
>timing chain covers (~200 for Ford cast aluminum from the dealer/~20 for
>Ch *y chrome steel from Autozone) I sez "it makes me wanna go over to the
>Dark Side". He sez "go to ford-frucks.com". I did it and I'm glad ;^))
>Thanks Ken Payne!!!!!!!!
>Smeck
>79 F100 & 87F150............ as of this post ;^)

You're welcome! And thanks to all the list members. You
provide a ton of knowledge for my addictive Ford mentality!
I wish I were in a position to help with the aftermarket.
I've talked to a few suppliers and the deals they can work
out on Ford parts stinks. One of them even wanted a
$10,000 initial purchase!!! BARF! FTE loses half that much
in a year!

Ken

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 17:38:38 -0500
From: "Mike Persell"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Differential Info needed

I have just crawled out from under the 85 F150 and found under all the grease
I have an ID tag on the differential.

The info on the tag reads WDR 4J07 55

Does that mean anything good or bad? What type is it other than
a 10 bolt of one type or another?

Mike



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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 17:42:38 -0500
From: "Mike Persell"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Making a healthier 302?

How do I go about making a healthier, better running and economy, 1985 302
with an AOD tagged on behind it? The engine is carbureted and has had a
nagging hesitation whenever I turn right during warm-up. Exhaust system is the
stock single outlet with the 55 gallon muffler.

Its a short bed stepside. Would a net help a little? Of course I have put synthetics
where I can and keep ignition parts up to date.

Mike


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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 18:17:44 -0500
From: "Dave Harmier"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - EGR tube was easy - LOCK Actuator was a MOTHER!

I got the EGR tube apart with a Polish Speed Wrench (Adjustable) in no
time.
As soon as I spent way too much money on a 1 1/4" wrench (At least I got
Craftsman, so if I ever break it... YEAH RIGHT!) it went back together
nicely. Ford parts man said they usually break.. what? ME Lucky? THIS time!

Lock actuator on the other hand, I'm used to the Ranger, that little turd
was a snap!
On this '91 however, it takes considerably more effort! Finally used a
short 5/16' bolt and nut (had to do it twice due to some screwup).

Fun as ever in Houston heat!

Dave H.
'92 F-150 mine
'91 F-150 mine to fix
Houston, TX
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