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80-96-list Digest Sat, 27 Jan 2001 Volume: 2001  Issue: 019

In This Issue:
Epilectic Truck
Re: Brake Proportioning valve
Pulling with an F-150
Re: Pulling with an F-150
Re: Epilectic Truck
Re: Epilectic Truck
Change over to Yahoo?
Re: Epilectic Truck
Re: truck wont stay running
Re: Pulling with an F-150
Re: Pulling with an F-150
Re: Pulling with an F-150
Re: Pulling with an F-150
Re: truck wont stay running
WAY too rich

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From: "ONION" <ONIONMAN mediaone.net>
Subject: Epilectic Truck
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001 19:32:03 -0500


2 weeks after having to have the transmission replaced (49,000 miles)
my 95 f250 4x4 powerstroke has developed a bad front end shimmy.
35-42 mph mild bump in the road and it goes crazy . heads to the left
(crossed 2 lanes today before I could get it stopped)
It does not do it every time  evenif I drivr over the same bump at the same
speed.
Anyone have a fix?
Onion



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From: letitbe voyageur.ca
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001 22:31:52 -0600
Subject: Re: Brake Proportioning valve


When bleeding the brakes you have to pull the little rod on the end of
the proportioning valve out. I use a pair of vise grips to hold the rod
out. The rod only moves out about an eigth of an inch and must be held
out during the whole bleeding process.

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From: "Aaron Gordon" <agordon vt.edu>
Subject: Pulling with an F-150
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 00:33:54 -0500


I have an F-150 with a 5 liter V-8, mazda 5-speed, 3.10 non - lsd rear axle,
and a class III hitch. I am interested in towing a race car with it.
Ultimately I would like to tow a 2000 lb car on a flat bed car carrier.

What will I need to do to my truck to make it handle the load? I was hoping
to keep it under 5 grand.

Here is what I thought about so far. Let me know what you think:

trailer brake control
vortec supercharger
4.10 LSD rear axle
Some kind of suspension kit (I don't know what to get)

Thanks,
Aaron


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From: "Jason Derra" <derrar internetcds.com>
Subject: Re: Pulling with an F-150
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001 22:42:19 -0800




> I am interested in towing a race car with it.
> Ultimately I would like to tow a 2000 lb car on a flat bed car carrier.
I'll sell you my Powerstroke.  It will pull 2000 lb like its not even there.

> trailer brake control
Got it

> vortec supercharger
No supercharger, but it does have a turbo

> 4.10 LSD rear axle
Got it

> Some kind of suspension kit (I don't know what to get)
HD suspension with overload springs and air bags

Jason
'69 Bronco 5.0 HO SEFI, NP435
'96 F250 Ext Cab 4WD Powerstroke
'77 F150 4WD 429
"As fast as necessary, as slow as possible"




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From: FULSZBRONC aol.com
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 01:42:06 EST
Subject: Re: Epilectic Truck


The steering stabilizer is a good place to start. (it's that little shock
absorber on the steering linkage)  Insufficient positive caster will cause
the shimmy you describe, but with a good stabilizer it usually doesn't show
itself.
Alex

> ........my 95 f250 4x4 powerstroke has developed a bad front end shimmy.
>  35-42 mph mild bump in the road and it goes crazy . heads to the left
>  (crossed 2 lanes today before I could get it stopped)
>   It does not do it every time

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Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 07:33:49 -0500
From: James Oxley <luxjo thecore.com>
Subject: Re: Epilectic Truck




ONION wrote:
>
> 2 weeks after having to have the transmission replaced (49,000 miles)
> my 95 f250 4x4 powerstroke has developed a bad front end shimmy.
> 35-42 mph mild bump in the road and it goes crazy . heads to the left
> (crossed 2 lanes today before I could get it stopped)
>  It does not do it every time  evenif I drivr over the same bump at the same
> speed.
> Anyone have a fix?
> Onion

Check the engine/TTB cross member. Mine was loose (rivets loosened up)
and had to be welded. I've been told by several others (mostly from
bronco list) it is not uncommon. Yours may be real bad, but I'd think
you could hear a big clunk when steering is turned lock to lock. I did,
the whole cross member was moving!! A couple of tach welds and it was
all fixed up. Steering feel, which was horrible when I got the truck
(even though it wasn't clunking yet), was like a new.

                      OX

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From: "droptopgt" <droptopgt email.msn.com>
Subject: Change over to Yahoo?
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 08:04:27 -0600

Hey there listers. Sorry for the massive cross post but I didn't want to miss to many messages. I made my change to yahoo but now I'm checking to see how many other groups I'm on have not made the change.  I sure hope we don't lose many lists because they were taken over by Yahoo.

Craig-

94 GT
94 F-150
71 Mach1




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From: "ONION" <ONIONMAN mediaone.net>
Subject: Re: Epilectic Truck
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 10:59:29 -0500


Thanks for suggestions, will check the crossmember.
Mine does not have the steering stabilizer.Are these avaible after market
for a 95 250 4x4?  Where can I get one?

Onion


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From: Spruce1495 aol.com
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 14:26:59 EST
Subject: Re: truck wont stay running

Check ignition module. I believe it will be found on drivers side fender
under hood. It heats up and causes ignition to die. Had an '86 did same
thing. Could also check dist. module found at base of dist.

Bill in KY



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From: Spruce1495 aol.com
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 14:35:53 EST
Subject: Re: Pulling with an F-150

For your info. I have a 93 F150 with 5.0 and E4OD, 3.55 LSD and trailer tow
pkg. from factory and am pulling an 8000 lb. 5th wh. trvl. trlr. with little
problem. With the standard shift you would probably want a 4.10 or better
diff. ratio, not necessarily LSD, and a trailer with elec. brakes. I have
Accutrac brake control and it is a good unit. Have it installed by an RV
service tech and you will be in good shape. I used to pull by 3200 lb drag
car around with a '72 F100 6 cyl. stick, with no problem at all.

Bill in KY



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From: LGRanch aol.com
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 14:56:42 EST
Subject: Re: Pulling with an F-150

Ok I don't understand it.. I have a big Bronco with a 5.0L and AOD. The rear
end is 3.55LSD. I can pull a 3000 lb trailer in the flat lands with no
problem. But if I start working in Colorado,,, forget it. I can't get the rig
to get out of its own way. I have problems in the Blue Ridge Mtns. Even
northern New Hampshire is a challenge. Why does everyone else no problems.
What is wrong with my rig?????????



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From: "Mike Miller" <mikemilr blackfoot.net>
Subject: Re: Pulling with an F-150
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 13:24:40 -0700


----- Original Message -----
From: <LGRanch aol.com>

> Ok I don't understand it.. I have a big Bronco with a 5.0L and AOD. The
rear
> end is 3.55LSD. I can pull a 3000 lb trailer in the flat lands with no
> problem. But if I start working in Colorado,,, forget it. I can't get the
rig
> to get out of its own way. I have problems in the Blue Ridge Mtns. Even
> northern New Hampshire is a challenge. Why does everyone else no problems.
> What is wrong with my rig?????????

Likely nothing "wrong" with it. The first thing I would look at is a free
flowing exhaust. Let the engine breathe better. I had a 390, 4 bbl with
headers that was pretty gutless until I went to a 2 1/2 exhaust (dual) from
the 2 inch that was on there. Fuel economy with a 3k lb camper, towing 4500
lbs of boat/trailer was about 5 1/2 - after the new exhaust, it jumped to
about 8.

mike
85 F250 SC 4x4 6.9 Banks


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From: LGRanch aol.com
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 15:31:29 EST
Subject: Re: Pulling with an F-150

In a message dated 1/28/2001 3:25:45 PM Eastern Standard Time,
mikemilr blackfoot.net writes:


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <LGRanch aol.com>
>
> > Ok I don't understand it.. I have a big Bronco with a 5.0L and AOD. The
> rear
> > end is 3.55LSD. I can pull a 3000 lb trailer in the flat lands with no
> > problem. But if I start working in Colorado,,, forget it. I can't get the
> rig
> > to get out of its own way. I have problems in the Blue Ridge Mtns. Even
> > northern New Hampshire is a challenge. Why does everyone else no problems.
> > What is wrong with my rig?????????
>
> Likely nothing "wrong" with it. The first thing I would look at is a free
> flowing exhaust. Let the engine breathe better. I had a 390, 4 bbl with
> headers that was pretty gutless until I went to a 2 1/2 exhaust (dual) from
> the 2 inch that was on there. Fuel economy with a 3k lb camper, towing 4500
> lbs of boat/trailer was about 5 1/2 - after the new exhaust, it jumped to
> about 8.
>
> mike
> 85 F250 SC 4x4 6.9 Banks
>
Already have the shorty headers. The problem with the exhaust has always been
the cat converter. I'm based in NY and I have to have the cat. I guess I
could kludge flowmaster units and build a dual system..........., but talk
about cost. Are you sure this will "do it"???




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From: "Travis Moore" <webdoc arkansas.net>
Subject: Re: truck wont stay running
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 14:56:35 -0600


Might also check the coil.  Have an 84 that did this repeatedly until one
day it wouldn't start even after letting it cool.  Changing the coil did the
trick.  Don't have the specs handy, but you can check the resistance of both
sides with a simple ohm meter.

JMTCW....

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Check ignition module. I believe it will be found on drivers side fender
under hood. It heats up and causes ignition to die. Had an '86 did same
thing. Could also check dist. module found at base of dist.

Bill in KY






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Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 19:33:44 -0500
From: Blake Malkamaki <blake little-mountain.com>
Subject: WAY too rich


Hello all,

My 88/F150/302/5 speed has been running really awful lately... idle has
been surging up and down between 500 and 900 rpm, and the engine is running
so rich it has fouled the plugs and they are totally carbon. Has been
burning fuel like crazy too. This truck always ran with really clean white
porcelain on the plugs and a clean exhaust.

At first I felt the culprit was the thermostat because the heater was not
putting out much temperature and the temp gauge would only come up on a
hard pull up a hill. I figured the computer thought the engine was still
warming up all the time. So I replaced the thermostat and now get better
heat, but the other problems remain. This morning I barely made it home
from work.

Since the check engine light has been coming on occassionally, I bought a
code scanner and am trying to interpret its crazy code system through its
little flashes and beeps. Since I also suspected fuel pressure, I bought a
fuel pressure gauge.

Checking the fuel pressure with the engine off, I get 48 psi, and it
immediately bleeds off when the key is turned off or the pump quits
pumping. But with it running, I get a whopping 75-80 psi, much higher than
the recommended maximum of 40 psi. So, is my fuel regulator the culprit?
After running these fuel tests, so much fuel occumulated in the cylinders
that the engine would not turn over (hydrolocked). I presume I will have to
pull all the plugs and blow the fuel out before I can even start the truck.

I would appreciate any advice... thanks.


Blake
Little Mountain
Concord, Ohio
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