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80-96-list Digest Tue, 15 Feb 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 008

In This Issue:
Re: Leaning tires
Re: Truck Value?
Re: Verilock Locking Differentials from Dana
Re: Dead Truck
Re: C-6 and extended cab question
Re: Instrument clusters Part II
Re: 85 4 spd OD
Re: ez locker vs. powertrax help
Re: Coil question AND oil leak results
Re: Tires on 96 F150
re second nipple
Re: Leaning tires
Re: re second nipple
Re: re second nipple
Re: Catalytic Perverter
Re: re second nipple
Pulls Left...
Re: Pulls Left...
WTB- T-19D trans part
ez locker vs. powertrax help
Check out TransOnline - the Automotive Transmission Indus
Re: Factory Front LSD's
4wd Front Axle Problem
Re: Pulls Left...
Re: Leaning tires
Re: Check out TransOnline - the Automotive
Re: Leaning tires
Re: Leaning tires
Re: 4wd Front Axle Problem

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From: "Mahaffey, Chris M" ch.etn.com>
Subject: Re: Leaning tires
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 11:23:08 -0500

< < How do the front springs look? > >
< < this is your problem.... > >

Wouldn't bad springs allow sag in the front which would cause the tires to
lean in at the top? Mine are leaning out.


< < Have you got any teenage sons that might have taken a joy ride? > >
We don't have any children (except a dog) so that probably isn't the case.

I hope to crawl under it tonight and do some investigating. I'll let you
know what I find.

Thanks for all the ideas!

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From: "Dave Resch" sybase.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 10:24:13 -0700
Subject: Re: Truck Value?

>From: James Oxley thecore.com>
>Subject: Re: Truck Value?
>
>WoodStck45 aol.com wrote:
>snip
>>It is a: 95 F-250 H.D., ex-cab, long bed, 60,000, 4X4,
>snip
>
>>when i typed in the same things and listed
>>above only put it as a F-350, it says 4 wheel drive isn't
>>an option. Is this true?
>
>4WD was an option on all 95 Ford light duty pickup.

Yo WoodStck, Ox, et al:

The F350 was available w/ 4x4 only in standard cab and crew cab configurations.
Ford did not offer a SuperCab F350 4x4 until the new Super Duty line came out.
Apparently when you searched for an F350 SuperCab 4x4, the system simply told
you 4x4 was not an available option w/ the F350 SuperCab.

Dave R (M-block devotee)



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From: BRIGANDBAR aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 12:31:32 EST
Subject: Re: Verilock Locking Differentials from Dana

In a message dated 2/15/2000 10:27:07 AM Central Standard Time,
listar ford-trucks.com writes:

<< Dana is now out with a new locker called a Verilock that sounds
intriguing. This is now what is being installed in the 1999 and newer
Grand Cherokees with the old fashion newly designed gas guzzling
Quadratrack system of old.

Craig
Eggermanjuno.com
Casper,Wyoming
O|||||O >>


Does anyone have any additional information on the Verilock system. I tried
the search engine at the Dana website and got one of those "no results"
messages.

TIA

Steve

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Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 09:37:16 -0800 (PST)
From: "Casey R. Vandor" yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Dead Truck

Ok, so after much searching.... Now if I let my truck sit for more than about 8 hours, it
will start very hesitantly. It fires right over than it starts to knock and run rough and
takes about 4 seconds to clear up, then no problem. So does this still sound like an air
problem? I assume it is and I am taking it in to have the last five injectors replaced, but
what else would anybody suggest I have them look at?

Thanks,


=====
Casey Vandor
'88 Ford F-250 4x4 dsl
'77 Jeep CJ5
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From: FLR150aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 14:43:03 EST
Subject: Re: C-6 and extended cab question

In a message dated 2/13/00 9:06:16 PM Eastern Standard Time,
doom460yahoo.com writes:

<< Also, do all newer
F-series (92-96)extended cabs have fold down rear
seats? >>
Yes they do.
Later
Wayne Foy
'94 Flareside SC

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Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 08:08:01 +1100
From: les williams cyber.net.au>
Subject: Re: Instrument clusters Part II

Hi Alex,

FULSZBRONCaol.com wrote:

>Ford really could expand its sales overseas if they went back to
>making both LHD & RHD configurations like they supposedly used to do...
>and make it easier for gents like you to ''keep 'em running''
>There really is nothing like the Ford ''ride''. .

In my opinion, the real big problem is the lack of sales and too many cheeeeep
Asian imports, people calling toyota hilux, nissan navaras & GM rodeos,
'Trucks'..... This is OZ, we only have a population of 19 million in a land mass
the same as mainland USA. Also the cost of compliance to the ADRules. Total
Bummer!! Hey, at least it's easy to spot your 'F' in a major car park, it's
probably the only one there !!
Get 4 'F's in a car park and you can have an Effie Club Meeting.......

12-18 months ago GM did import a limited number of fully optioned & converted
'subdivisions' sorry, suburbans. These sold for about $88k Some people were
hoping for Ford to do a similar thing, but I suppose it's trying to balance sales
of the Explorer (Is that a Truck??) and the new 1 ton Falcon utes, and of course
Fords not so cheeep asian rebadged Mazdas units. How come the purchase price of
these cheep imports is not reflected in the cost of spare parts????

>(http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.isspro.com/aftermarket.html) looked promising for mechanical
>and programmable electric speedo's in KPH. I promise, if you order
>a catalogue you'll drive yourself nuts drooling over all the nifty gauges
>available.... (and it got me thinking again about installing a pyrometer.
>Anyone with first hand experience using a pyro on a gas engine?)

O.K. Just got back from that web site ... Very Interesting ..... That Pyrometer
has got to be good value !! Especially after the long running thread on cracking
exhaust manifolds, and it's association with extreme heat, and or cat
'constipation' for instance, and I don't mean the 4 legged variety choking on a
fur ball!! What the Hell am I talking about, I don't have a cat, I don't have
pollution lines or a smog pump. I don't even have a choke, no, it's not broken,
it's just not there. All the 'Fun' you miss out on by going Propane!! It would
still be interesting to observe in conjunction with Ignition timing, A/F set-up -
and setting up turbo/superchargers without going over the top, to meltdown.
Is this what you had in mind?

regards

Les
Lost in the Land of OZ


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From: DTrowbridgewebtv.net (David Trowbridge)
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 15:05:12 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: 85 4 spd OD

thanx Walt. thats the info i needed. my friends rear ratio is 2.47:1
and mine is 3.08:1. he has the 4 speed manual and i've got a C5. i
just want to be able to cruise on the highway, so we are going to swap
the rear ends. later.....

David
85 F-150 300 I6


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From: "Michael J. Pasznik, Jr." exit109.com>
Subject: Re: ez locker vs. powertrax help
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 17:40:12 -0500

A locker is planned for the future of my truck as well. For me, my mind
was made up when I heard that NASCAR uses Detroit Lockers. There's no way
I'll ever push that kind of horsepower, and if their stuff can hold up in a
racing application, I'm sure it can handle the Jersey roads and the sand on
the beach.

-Mike



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From: 2insaneexcite.com
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 14:35:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Coil question AND oil leak results

-----------------
I bought an MSD Blaster coil
and am more than happy with the results.
----------------
is this performance wise or just now its working again? mine is working fine
but have thought of getting msd blaster coil and putting it in just for a
little performance gain. better milage? faster? EZ to install?


ALSO, my oil leak that i thought was coming from the rear oil seal was cured
my replacing the driver side valve cover gasket. was going to do both sides
but the passenger side one was covered by the intake manifold and a bunch of
stuff so i decided to just do the one. . anyway the new gasket cured my
leak. the garage floor is now oil leak free. :-) thanks to the list members
who told me to do this before changing the seal.

DK







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Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 17:41:51 -0500
From: Rich snet.net>
Subject: Re: Tires on 96 F150

I have a 96 F150 reg cab 4x4. I bought it, and it had those "pizza
cutter" looking 235's, so I went and had them put Kelly Safari's on it.
They ar 31x10.50, they fit fine, in fact I am sorry that I didn't go
with 32x11.50 or even 33's. I had a 94 Ranger with 32x11.50 on it, and
they rubbed a little when steering was at full lock.
Rich

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Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 17:45:36 -0500
From: Rich snet.net>
Subject: re second nipple

the second nipple is for the coolant that runs thru the throttle
body. If you look at yours, you will probably see, rubber hoses running
to it already.
Rich

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Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2026 17:45:58 -0600
From: Ezekial galstar.com>
Subject: Re: Leaning tires

the 87 & up for sure do not have kingpins.. I am not sure what year they
dropped them in but the 87up's have ball joints

My 88 F-150 had them go out a few years ago and the front end would
wobble over bumps and lean excessivly in when backing up. and it would
jerk from side to side while driving.. My guess would be that its your
ball-joints.. Although it could also be your front springs sagging which
is a common problems on those suspensions. My 88 and 93 both have. I am
soon going to replace the front coils on my 93 with some fresh ones that
are an inch to 2inches higher. Plus a slightly higher spring load rate
thingy...

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Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 17:06:46 -0800
From: chuck sanborn deltanet.com>
Subject: Re: re second nipple

At 05:45 PM 2/15/00 -0500, you wrote:
>the second nipple is for the coolant that runs thru the throttle
>body. If you look at yours, you will probably see, rubber hoses running
>to it already.
>Rich
Thanks Rich but this is a carburized truck...
Chuck


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Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 20:31:14 -0500
From: S Spaulding worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Re: re second nipple

Is it the original radiator? Rich is right... many of the throttle body
heaters are routed that way, and my "replacement" radiator has the
fitting, even though my truck doesn't use it.

Steve

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From: "Dave Harmier" gte.net>
Subject: Re: Catalytic Perverter
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 20:18:14 -0600

The two in one, cat, muffler (still a bit throaty at the tail pipe) and
labor at the place we used in Pasadena came to about $400. Had a deal set
up to get Mustang shorties and the other stuff but blew it.

Now they didn't make the pipe from the manifolds. They cut them off a bit
ahead of the front cat, and put the Y there. Hope this answers your
questions!

Dave H.
Houston

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Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 18:48:56 -0800
From: chuck sanborn deltanet.com>
Subject: Re: re second nipple

At 08:31 PM 2/15/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Is it the original radiator? Rich is right... many of the throttle body
>heaters are routed that way, and my "replacement" radiator has the
>fitting, even though my truck doesn't use it.
>
>Steve

Doh!! Why didn't I think of that?!
Thank you both...
Chuck


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From: "Michael G" hotmail.com>
Subject: Pulls Left...
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 19:11:45 PST

Hi All,

I usually lurk around the list, this is my second post.

I have a 91' F-150 2wd with 45,000 miles. The truck has never been put
to any kind of hard work, and is is excellent mechanical condition. The
truck pulls to the left when stopping or accelerating from a stop. At
constant speed the truck tracks straight. Its been about 15,000 miles since
the front end was aligned. I changed the rotors and pads on the front end
two days ago, and the truck still pulls left when stopping or leaving a
light. I plan to get an alignment and if that doesn't work I plan to change
the front calipers. I would really appreciate any input or suggestions. I
have heard that these trucks tend to pull left, but this pulls enough that
if I don't hold the steering wheel right 20 degrees the truck would change
lanes after about 150 feet.

Thanks,
Mike
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Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 21:33:03 -0600
From: Jim Cannon gtalumni.org>
Subject: Re: Pulls Left...

At 19:11 15/02/00 PST, you wrote:
> I have a 91' F-150 2wd with 45,000 miles. The truck has never been put
>to any kind of hard work, and is is excellent mechanical condition. The
>truck pulls to the left when stopping or accelerating from a stop. At
>constant speed the truck tracks straight. Its been about 15,000 miles since
>the front end was aligned. I changed the rotors and pads on the front end
>two days ago, and the truck still pulls left when stopping or leaving a
>light. I plan to get an alignment and if that doesn't work I plan to change
>the front calipers.

Mike-
When you replaced the front brake pads, did you clean and lightly lubricate
the machined surfaces on the spindle where the caliper assemblies mount and
slide? If not, that is likely the cause of your pull. If you have a
binding caliper, putting new ones on is not needed (unless they are
obviously leaking). I clean mine up with a wire wheel in an electric drill
motor, then lightly grease with high-temp wheel bearing grease.

E-mail me off-list if you'd like more info.

Jim Cannon
Houston, TX "A Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
'29 Ford Model A Phaeton and a helluva' engineer!"
'80 Ford F-150 300 I-6 2WD '63 Buick Riviera 401 V-8

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From: "Bret Luter" hotmail.com>
Subject: WTB- T-19D trans part
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 22:38:21 EST

Hi all,

I need a countershaft for my '85 F350 with 6.9l diesel. It's a 4 speed T-19D
Borg Warner tranny, but I think any T-19 tranny and most T-18 tranny's will
have the same shaft. If you have a good one, please reply privately with
price, including shipping to me in NC (zip 27612).

Thanks,
Bret in NC
'85 F350 Crew Cab, 6.9l with 4-speed in a thousand pieces all over my
shop!!!!!
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Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 23:17:31 -0500
From: Scott Golly home.com>
Subject: ez locker vs. powertrax help

Dear list:

I have a 90 f-150 that has just about nothing stock!! I have ARB Air
Lockers in the front and Detroit Lockers in the rear with upgraded
axles, etc. I can tell you one thing, Detroit Lockers are phenomenal
products and ARBs are even better but I would prefer an automatic locker
(Detroits) in the rear. In the snow what you tend to find is you have
to be gentle on the throttle and expect a loose rear but all in all,
they are fantastic. I tend to use 4x4 more now than before but more for
stability/steering than a necessity. My personal opinion is that the
ARB and Detroit is an awesome combination!!! Don't skimp on a rear
locker though, they take abuse on pavement and if you buy something less
than a Detroit (or comparable brand if out there) you will be paying to
put another one in. You learn to be a good driver very quickly with a
locker and I don't let anyone drive my truck who hasn't driven a locker
before. Would I recommend a Detroit in a daily
drive...absolutely...great quality and great performance...same with
ARB.

Scott
fpegollyhome.com


___Original Message ___
I am considering putting the detroit locker in my 8.8 but was concerned
how
it would handle on snow and icy roads. Have you driven it in snow? how
was
it cornering on icy roads?

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From: FLR150aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 23:48:43 EST
Subject: Check out TransOnline - the Automotive Transmission Indus

Gang,
Check out this link a member of another list posted. WOW!!! Has all the part
numbers, rebuild specs, stuff to look for. What a great help to us DYIers.
Ken if you are tuning in..if they will let you put this on the website it
could be a great assistance to members.
Click here: TransOnline - the
Automotive Transmission Industry Resource

Later
Wayne Foy
'94 Flareside SC

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Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 20:50:15 -0800
Subject: Re: Factory Front LSD's
From: Joan and Walt Posluszny home.com>

I ordered my 85 in 84 with Factory LSD in Front and Traction Lock in Rear.
I don't know of any light truck manufacturer that now offers front and rear
as an option any more. It's a shame, was the best $201 I ever sent. Walt
>
> Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 20:18:09 -0500
> From: Blake Malkamaki little-mountain.com>
> Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Re - Front LSDs
>
>>> I was unaware that Ford put Limited Slip diffs in the front from the
>>> factory. I knew they used to in the 70's but the '80's & '90's? Auburn
>>> gear makes a great replacement limited slip. I had one in my '89 GT
>>
>> Mine sure feels like it has one; when you're "out" of 4wd, but haven't
>> backed it up yet [auto-lock hubs], the steering is pretty funky until you do
>> get the hubs disengaged. Then again, praps I just don't know what I'm
>> talking about, but it certainly does seem like the diff is interfering.
>>
>
> My 88 with limited slip up front sure is strange to drive when one side is
> on a good traction surface and the other on ice or slush. It pulls to one
> side really bad - more or less like pulling the steering lever on a dozer.
> On pure ice or snow it drives beautifully.
>
>
> Blake
> Little Mountain
> Concord, Ohio
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> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://little-mountain.com
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://little-mountain.com/blake
> "Society is safest when the criminals don't know who's armed."
> "An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject...."
>
>


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From: RobSweedaol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 01:43:27 EST
Subject: 4wd Front Axle Problem

Have any of you out there knowledge of 4wd front axles?
I bought my 94 F-150 SC 4X4 used with 18K three years ago from a Ford dealer.
The truck had just gone out of warranty and, because it was used I wanted an
extended FACTORY warranty the dealer obliged me by certifying it. Up until
this past month, in which we had some significant snow, I have very rarely
locked the part time hubs let alone put it in 4wd. I would lock the hubs
occasionally to circulate the lubricants. When I would lock them I felt a big
difference in the way the truck steered and I had it aligned. I've owned
numerous 4wd's and was accustomed to change in handling characteristics but
this was different. The truck wants to go straight when I want to turn.
Particularly when I turn just a little such as on a road with slight bends. A
few times I started crossing the double yellow and the shoulder because I was
distracted and was driving the way I would 99% of the time.

I took it to the dealer and at first they said they couldn't find anything
nor feel a problem while driving it. I took it for a test drive with the
service writer and was embarrassed because it wasn't doing it. I locked the
hub on my side and he did the same on his. I took it back and went to pick up
the wife and it was driving me crazy that it was no longer doing it. When I
got to my wife's work I checked the hubs again. It turns out that the
passenger side hub was in freewheel. I locked it and the problem returned.
Took the service writer for a ride again, making him drive and it was obvious
that he found the steering to be disconcerting.

The service writer's final answer was that 1, the front axle has
posi-traction, 2. none of the mechanics could find a problem nor did they
know of a fix for it, 3. no one has ever heard of this before thus there is
no fix for it, 4. it's just a characteristic of this type of vehicle (how can
it be a characteristic if no ones ever heard of it?) and 5. what am I doing
driving on dry ground with the hubs locked? (do you want to jump out of your
truck every five minutes to lock and unlock them driving in Philadelphia
where only the major streets get plowed)?

Sorry for the long winded message but this has got me bugged,
Bob Sweed
94 F-150 SC 4X4 302ci

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From: "Peters, Gary (G.R.)" visteon.com>
Subject: Re: Pulls Left...
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 07:24:28 -0500

This sounds like you have a bushing gone somewhere which allows the axle to
move under certain conditions such as braking and the opposit which lifts
the front end and forces the wheel back in the same way as braking but not
to the same degree. It is probably not your brakes and may be alignment but
due to a bad link or rubber bushing rather than an adjustment.

Check all rubber bushings in the radius arms and beam pivots and replace as
needed, and make sure your shocks are not binding then get an alignment and
go to a shop which is not afraid to bend the beams to correct the camber.
Camber spec is notoriously wide on beam front ends so specify that you want
it corrected to a tight spec and are willing to pay for extra time needed to
get it that way. Also ask them about what they do to correct for crowned
roads. If they say camber then they are probably a good shop since caster
can not be changed easily on these trucks and toe is not the correct answer.
In power steering vehicles, camber should be very close to zero, certainly
less than one degree.

Anything in the system that causes a momentary misalignement can cause your
symptoms. A hung shock on one side will cause all manner of wierd symptoms.
A broken spring, a sagged spring, a loose bushing or even a loose tie rod
end can do this. Try to find the loose culprit yourself before spending
money on work that may not net you anything. If you find nothing loose then
it may actually be alignment......

--
Michigan, Pot Hole Jumping,
78 Bronco Loving, Gary
--

> I have a 91' F-150 2wd with 45,000 miles. The truck has

>truck pulls to the left when stopping or accelerating from a stop. At

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From: "Peters, Gary (G.R.)" visteon.com>
Subject: Re: Leaning tires
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 07:39:36 -0500

On a two wheel drive truck? I just changed the king pins in a 91 ford van
and my son's 92 sits on my lift with king pins in the beams???

--
Michigan, Pot Hole Jumping,
78 Bronco Loving, Gary
--

>the 87 & up for sure do not have kingpins.. I am not sure what
>year they
>dropped them in but the 87up's have ball joints

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Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 08:09:31 -0500
From: Ken Payne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: Re: Check out TransOnline - the Automotive

At 11:48 PM 2/15/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Gang,
>Check out this link a member of another list posted. WOW!!! Has all the part
>numbers, rebuild specs, stuff to look for. What a great help to us DYIers.
>Ken if you are tuning in..if they will let you put this on the website it
>could be a great assistance to members.
>Click here: TransOnline - the
>Automotive Transmission Industry Resource

>Later
>Wayne Foy
>'94 Flareside SC

I doubt they will. They seem to be geared towards
industry, not consumers.

Ken



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From: "Matt Fitzsimmons" idirect.com>
Subject: Re: Leaning tires
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 09:45:59 -0500

Yes, on two wheel drive trucks. My '79 had king pins, my '82 had ball
joints. I suspect the change was made with the new '80 models. At least
with ball joints you had a chance of adjusting the camber. (replacing the
ball joints in the '82 was a whole lot more expensive than replacing the
king pins in the '79)

> On a two wheel drive truck? I just changed the king pins in a 91 ford van
> and my son's 92 sits on my lift with king pins in the beams???
>
> --
> Michigan, Pot Hole Jumping,
> 78 Bronco Loving, Gary
> --
>
> >the 87 & up for sure do not have kingpins.. I am not sure what
> >year they
> >dropped them in but the 87up's have ball joints



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From: "Peters, Gary (G.R.)" visteon.com>
Subject: Re: Leaning tires
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 10:55:27 -0500

All I can say is that is a tad confusing to me?? I've never seen a full
size ford truck with ball joints in 2wd configuration? In 97 they swapped
the TTB for swing arm like the chevies and I presume the I beam went the
same path? I know the vans in 91 had king pins, perhaps some configuration
of the pickups did not?

I will take another look at my son's 92 but the I beams look just like any
king pin setup I ever saw. I hope I'm not going senile......

--
Michigan, Pot Hole Jumping,
78 Bronco Loving, Gary
--

>Yes, on two wheel drive trucks. My '79 had king pins, my '82 had ball
>joints. I suspect the change was made with the new '80
>models. At least

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From: "Peters, Gary (G.R.)" visteon.com>
Subject: Re: 4wd Front Axle Problem
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 13:43:18 -0500

Locking the front axles by itself should not cause any trouble at all since
the driveshaft is free to move unless you do have a locker or spool in the
front which has too much preload or is locked up for some reason. Since you
bought it used the previous owner could have put anything in there.

This sounds like it may be a combination of several things. The front diff
could be damaged so the gears do not work freely or it could have a locker
of some kind in it but it could also be that some part of the steering
linkage (ball joints, tie rod ends etc.) is binding. The only way you can
verify this is to jack it up, disconnect the drag link and one tie rod end
and check each part for freedom of movement.

Since it's a TTB, pulling the diff to look is a big job so you may be able
to make a determination by trying some tests with the wheels etc...

I drive on dry pavement all the time with no trouble at all and no
noticeable difference in handling except in parking lots where I make sharp
turns in which case the tires buck and jump due to having to slip. When I
want to shift out of 4wd I take one tire off the edge of the road in the
dirt or snow to allow it to relieve the torsion on the drive shaft and then
move it out of gear or just jab the gas and let off at the same time I shift
to unload the axles etc.....Other than binding the 205's shifter I can't
tell the differnce between locked and unlocked on pavement just going down
the road, curves or no curves.

--
Michigan, Pot Hole Jumping,
78 Bronco Loving, Gary
--

>Particularly when I turn just a little such as on a road with
>slight bends. A
>few times I started crossing the double yellow and the
>shoulder because I was
>distracted and was driving the way I would 99% of the time.
>

> The service writer's final answer was that
> 1, the front axle has posi-traction
> 4. it's just a characteristic of this type of vehicle
> 5, what am I doing driving on dry ground with the hubs locked?

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