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80-96-list-digest Wednesday, December 29 1999 Volume 03 : Number 368



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

FTE 80-96 - Neutral/Reverse Lights Starting switch
FTE 80-96 - Stablizier bushings
FTE 80-96 - Power Stroke in an E340 Van
Re: FTE 80-96 - Exhausted Manifolds
Re: FTE 80-96 - Chrome Molding Around Wheel Wells
Re: FTE 80-96 - Stablizier bushings
Re: FTE 80-96 - Stablizier bushings
FTE 80-96 - Intake Manifold
FTE 80-96 - front end parts!!!!!
Re: FTE 80-96 - Stablizier bushings
Re: FTE 80-96 - Stablizier bushings
Re: FTE 80-96 - Exhausted Manifolds
FTE 80-96 - Correction - Radius Arm Bushings
FTE 80-96 - Caliper clunk
FTE 80-96 - Sick E4OD
FTE 80-96 - Cracked exhaust
FTE 80-96 - tranny slips when cold
FTE 80-96 - '88 stuff

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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 10:30:43 -0600
From: "Sartorius, Rob C." integris-health.com>
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Neutral/Reverse Lights Starting switch

I have a 1984 f-150 and the switch is on the drivers side of the tranny, it
has a cable from the sensor to the cab area, and is sorta semi circular and
has two bolts that
attach it to the tranny shifter....I went to the junk yard and got one for
$15.00 but had to show the guys as they did not know what it was, there is a
small hole above
the rotating part the you have to put a small drill bit (can't remember the
size but I can look it up) into and push in with the two bolts loose to
align the sensors correctly.

I aligned mine but did not good, and got a new (used one).

Rob Sartorius
Edmond, OK


Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 09:22:46 -0600
From: "David Anderson (EUS)" am1.ericsson.se>
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Neutral-Park Switch

On my '90 with E4OD transmission I keep getting a code 67 indicating
something wrong with the sensor for neutral and park position of the
shifter. I assume these contacts are part of a switch located on the
transmission called a MLPS. I plan to try adjusting this thing. Seems like
someone on the list commented on doing this and I am wondering how they did
it. Also, this truck only starts with the lever in Park. Seems like it
ought to start in Neutral also. Any comment on this?

Thanks,
David Anderson


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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 12:21:54 -0500
From: "Craig Hall" iquest.net>
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Stablizier bushings

I have a 93 F150, the rubber bushings on the ( stabilizer bars ? ) that
extend from the front axles back to the frame have worn to the point of
replacement. Are there any kits that allow an easy replacement for these
bushings. I know they are very difficult to change.

Craig Hall

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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 18:09:59 GMT
From: "Rick Gomes" hotmail.com>
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Power Stroke in an E340 Van

I interested in hearing the pros and cons from owners of E350 Econoline Van
with Power Stroke engine. I've been considering buying one and any
information concerning the Van and/or engine would be greatly appreciated.

Rick

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Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999 05:35:28 +1100
From: les williams cyber.net.au>
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Exhausted Manifolds

Hi Blake,
I suppose the problem I have is, the basic differences between OZ assembled & US
assembled, and imported trucks. Is the manifold cracking problem with any
particular engine config, that is I-6 or V8's ?
I was not aware that cracking was a serious problem on the Fords. If it only
affects 5% of US built trucks, I guess that's is still a lot of trucks. 5% in OZ
is not the same numerical problem. Going by the recall notices and the # of trucks
affected, these numbers equal our total new car regos for all new cars, in OZ.

I, personally would take the same action as you and fit 'pipes, without a second
thought. Any excuse to fit the correct type to suit the performance envelope of
the engine, is a good one.

regards

Les
Lost in the Land of OZ


Blake Malkamaki wrote:

> I understand that with aftermarket parts. But from what I have been
> hearing, many of these era Ford trucks are have manifold problems when only
> a few years old, and with no modifications or new parts. Even my own truck
> suffered the manifold cracking problem before I bought it. The previous
> owner had installed a set of 'cheapie' headers to replace them. These I
> have since replaced with a set of JBA headers and am quite pleased (so far).
>
> All through the years it seems that each manufacturer has been plagued with
> unique problems. For instance, the early 70s Fords had fenders that
> literally succumbed to rust holes within the first year (no kidding).
> Fortunately the company replaced these at no charge. By the late 70s, Ford
> built the best trucks they have ever made- before or since. Chevys suffered
> through several years of bad cams, and Dodge.... well, until the new styles
> out now, were pretty much guaranteed to rust apart very quickly around here.
>
> Blake
> Little Mountain
> Concord, Ohio
> Early Oil Well Historian http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://little-mountain.com/oilwell
> 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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Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999 05:35:46 +1100
From: les williams cyber.net.au>
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Chrome Molding Around Wheel Wells

Hi Justen,

If you were in OZ you would just fill and paint. But the general Oz attitude
is 'It's just more crap to fall of in the first place, and more options for
rust'
If anybody dumps on you, just tell 'em - 'It's the new hot look from
OZ' ;-))

The OZ Option Fitment Test: - (Only 1 yes is required to ok an install)

Do I need chrome strips (or whatever option you are thinking of installing)
on your truck.

Will it make the truck more comfortable to drive? - no
Will it make the truck safer to drive? - no
Will it make the truck Perform better? - no
Will it make the truck more economical to run? - no

Hmm ....4 'no's'...
Then you don't need it.....:-)) ... tough test isn't it?

regards
Les
Lost in the land of OZ


Justen Noakes wrote:

> Fellow Ford Truckers,
>
> Has anybody replaced/removed the chrome moldings around
> their wheel wells?
>
> I would like to replace them with something black and rubber,
> but I do not have a 4wd so I do not want the really big fender
> flares like bushwhacker offers.
>
> Any ideas on a good replacement or leaving them off all together?
>
> As always, thanks.
>
> Justen Noakes
> '95 F-150 XL
> 2wd, S/C
> 4.9L, 5sp
> jrnoakes texas.net
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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 12:53:55 -0600 (CST)
From: DTrowbridge webtv.net (David Trowbridge)
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Stablizier bushings

mine are going away as well on my 85' F-150. is this a common problem?

David
85 F-150 300 I6

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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 14:04:47 EST
From: SlamedF150 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Stablizier bushings

i don't know how often this happens but mine were fine and i went ahead and
replaced them with urethane bushings.(very hard to compress)
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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 11:11:53 -0800
From: Eric Sneed reil.com>
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Intake Manifold

Hello Group,
While visiting my sister this weekend my brother in law informed me that he
has an offy 4bl intake manifold for ford inline six that he wants to sell.
The manifold has never been used, he said he would take $85.00(half of what
he paid) plus shipping.

If anyone is interested let me know.

Eric S
89 F150 300 4x4 4sp
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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 14:02:46 EST
From: SlamedF150 aol.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - front end parts!!!!!

I was wondering if any one has any info on removing and replacing the I beams
from am 87 f-150. I need to know the tricks of the trade. ball joints, center
pins, a-arms, tie rod ends.

thanks
Chris
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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 14:27:48 -0500
From: "Craig Hall" iquest.net>
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Stablizier bushings

According to the only place in town that changes them, after 100K miles it's
very common. It will affect the alignment and the wheel well / tire
clearance ( I have oversized tires but still within spec.). I tried to
change the bushings on one side but failed, the job is very difficult and
dangerous. I had hoped that some company would have come out with a split
type bushing that could be pushed over the bar, connect the two halves and
then re-tighten the stabilizer bar.

C Hall

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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 14:33:37 -0500
From: "Craig Hall" iquest.net>
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Stablizier bushings

According to the only place in town that changes them, after 100K miles it's
very common. It will affect the alignment and the wheel well / tire
clearance ( I have oversized tires but still within spec.). I tried to
change the bushings on one side but failed, the job is very difficult and
dangerous. I had hoped that some company would have come out with a split
type bushing that could be pushed over the bar, connect the two halves and
then re-tighten the stabilizer bar.

C Hall


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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 14:39:34 -0500
From: Blake Malkamaki little-mountain.com>
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Exhausted Manifolds

>Hi Blake,
>I suppose the problem I have is, the basic differences between OZ
>assembled & US
>assembled, and imported trucks. Is the manifold cracking problem with any
>particular engine config, that is I-6 or V8's ?
>I was not aware that cracking was a serious problem on the Fords. If it only
>affects 5% of US built trucks, I guess that's is still a lot of trucks. 5%
>in OZ
>is not the same numerical problem. Going by the recall notices and the #
>of trucks
>affected, these numbers equal our total new car regos for all new cars, in OZ.
>
>I, personally would take the same action as you and fit 'pipes, without a
>second
>thought. Any excuse to fit the correct type to suit the performance
>envelope of
>the engine, is a good one.
>
>regards
>
>Les
>Lost in the Land of OZ

Hi Les,

I really don't know what the figures are... I have only heard of it as a
common complaint. Perhaps someone has some more quantitative information.


Blake
Little Mountain
Concord, Ohio
Early Oil Well Historian http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://little-mountain.com/oilwell
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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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 15:05:19 -0500
From: "Craig Hall" iquest.net>
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Correction - Radius Arm Bushings

I would like to correct my question, the bushings are on the Radius Arms.
Some people call them stabilizer bars nut this is not accurate.

Craig Hall

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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 15:56:58 -0800
From: "Pinson" speakeasy.org>
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Caliper clunk

Does anyone know the proper corrective action for Rattling Calipers, My 1994
F250 4X4 is rattling to the point of driving me nuts, I have replaced the
Caliper hardware but that only lasted for a couple of days and then It back
to the same old clatter. I am not opposed to replacing the calipers them
selves, but I really don't want to have to replace the rest of the axle.
Any info is appreciated
Thanks, Britt.

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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 18:00:02 PST
From: "Christopher Worley" hotmail.com>
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Sick E4OD

Greetings,
My 93' E40D Tranny is biting the dust, it slips in to neutral, growls,
and generally sucks, I know it is not the fluid as I changed it 2,000 miles
ago or so, need to know if anyone know of a good place to pick up a
replacement tranny, preferably new or rebuilt, no wrecking yard trannies
(don't feel like going to the trouble of pulling the old just to put in
someone else's problem).


TIA,

Chris Worley
67 F-100 LWB
93 F-150 SC
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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 19:11:14 -0800
From: "S.Harkema" ford-trucks.com>
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Cracked exhaust

>With due respect to all on this list, this not a
>problem unique to only Ford cast exhaust manifolds.

Or tubular manifolds.We have 3 j**p cherok**s at work.All three of them
have had the exhaust manifolds replaced.
BTW the j**ps are tinny piles of junk compared to my Explorer and they
are 5 years newer!!
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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 22:25:52 -0600 (CST)
From: DTrowbridge webtv.net (David Trowbridge)
Subject: FTE 80-96 - tranny slips when cold

i think my C-4 tranny has to be rebuilt, but i thought i would see if
anyone here might have a fix for this problem. when the truck is cold,
the tranny slips in and out of gear until i have gone down the road a
couple of miles. after that it runs fine. i have started letting the
truck warm up in nuetral and that seems to help some. the tranny is
full of brand new fluid and it is an 85 F-150 300 I6 with the C4 auto
tranny. thanx....

David

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Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 21:03:12 -0800
From: "Isaac Godsey" prodigy.net>
Subject: FTE 80-96 - '88 stuff....


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