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fordtrucks80up-digest Monday, December 1 1997 Volume 01 : Number 246



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In this issue:

Re: Gasoline Prices ["Roy Preston" ]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #245 [Dhawk21 aol.com]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #244 ["Lou Guerriero"
5.0L power ["Dave L." ]
Re: gasoline prices [rockinghorse webtv.net (Randall Goolsby)]
Re: 2.9L Durability ["Jim Bielecki" ]
Gas Prices, etc. ["Robert Stinnett TSO8352 ]
Re: Gasoline Prices [silent.bob juno.com (Silent . Bob)]
fordtrucks80up-digest [Gary Yeagley ]
99 F-250/350 pics???? [Michael Ruth ]
RE: ignition delay-diesel ["Smeins, Larry" ]
Power Rear Window ["Chad Royse (Netcom)" ]
Re: Gasoline Prices [Keith Srb ]
RE: Gasoline Prices [tgstoner umich.edu]
Re: '84 F-SERIES [Bill Funk ]
RE: Chevron Gasoline [tgstoner umich.edu]
Re: Gasoline Prices [Jay Chlebowski ]
Re: Gasoline Prices [YIASCA aol.com]
Re: 5.0L power [YIASCA aol.com]
Re: Gas Prices, etc. [YIASCA aol.com]
about newsgroups ["Joseph L. Casey" ]
Re: New 1998 Ford Ranger 4X4 [Thom Cheney ]
Re: Gasoline Prices [Thom Cheney ]
FW: '96 Ranger - Help Needed for Rough Ride ["Richardson, Charlie (REU)" ]
F-150 Performance [Chris Brooks ]
89 Ranger 2.9 troubleshooting (spark) [Randy Dees ]
Re: FW: '96 Ranger - Help Needed for Rough Ride [Allan Goldarbit
fm modulater cd players????? [Brett Gudgel ]
Re: Gasoline Prices [Kevin Lindstedt ]
re: New 1998 Ford Ranger 4X4 [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)]

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 05:57:43 -0500
From: "Roy Preston"
Subject: Re: Gasoline Prices

In southern Indiana the price is running $1.09 - $1.21

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> From: Casey Vandor
> To: Ford Truck List
> Subject: Gasoline Prices
> Date: Sunday, November 30, 1997 5:29 PM
>
> Just curious here, what do some of you pay for regular gasoline/gallon.
Up
> here right now it is $1.649/gal.
> Casey
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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 07:36:35 -0500 (EST)
From: Dhawk21 aol.com
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #245

Atlanta area .91 per gallon and we dont have any oil wells around here.
Would also like to know if others are having trouble with the E4OD
transmissions.
Are more of these transmissions failing with the diesel and 460 than with
smaller engines. Check out website- MKBradley and The Lemon Aid Stand.

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 07:51:02 -0500
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #244

Well, gas in the Ottawa, Ontario area is really "cheap" around 53 cents a
litre. I don't know imprial measurements very well, but I think that's
$2.50 a gallon CDN. That's about $1.70. Let's hope that prices don't jump
up to the 63 cent range at Xmas like they did in the summer. Oh ya, most
of the Oil companies here are U.S. based. They really stick it to us. Be
thankful that the U.S. Gov't guarantees cheap oil for it's industry by
making large purchases of crude, and selling it off to keep prices down!

My 2 cents. (which isn't very much Gas!)

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 07:48:12 -0500
From: "Dave L."
Subject: 5.0L power

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I'm not sure if it's me or what but the 1993 F150 I bought this last =
year is a dog.

It's a 1993 F150 4x4 XLT 5.0L AOD.....had a 3.73 rear end now =
lower(higher),=20
I switched from 235 75R15 s to 31x10.5 15 LTs

I have a hard time accelerating on the smallest hills.....unless I =
downshift out of OD.
most of the time I decelerate, and then after downshifting.....I'm lucky =
to maintain a speed.

O2 sensor replaced, PCV replaced, TP sensor checked and adjusted.....No =
error codes KOEO or KOER....., advanced the timing slightly and running =
91 octane for a little more power (acceleration).....

There is slight lifter noise but it has been there for months and doesnt =
seem to be a big problem. =20

Will having my speedometer factor adjusted (reprogramed) help with this =
matter or is that purely for the speedometer readout. I never had it =
reprogramed after going to larger tires.

I would also like to know what I could expect from a power chip for this =
vehicle.


Slightly disappointed.......DAVE

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I'm not sure if it's me or what but =
the 1993=20
F150  I bought this last year is a dog.
 
It's a 1993 F150 4x4 XLT 5.0L AOD.....had a 3.73 =
rear end now=20
lower(higher),
I switched from 235 75R15 s to 31x10.5 15=20
LTs 
 
I have a hard time accelerating on the smallest=20
hills.....unless I downshift out of OD.
most of the time I decelerate, and then after=20
downshifting.....I'm lucky to maintain a speed. 
 
O2 sensor replaced, PCV replaced, TP sensor checked =
and=20
adjusted.....No error codes KOEO or KOER....., advanced the timing =
slightly and=20
running 91 octane for a little more power =
(acceleration).....
 
There is slight lifter noise but it has been there =
for months=20
and doesnt seem to be a big problem. 
 
Will having my speedometer factor adjusted =
(reprogramed) help=20
with this matter or is that purely for the speedometer readout.  I =
never=20
had it reprogramed after going to larger tires.
 
I would also like to know what I =
could expect=20
from a power chip for this vehicle.
 
 
Slightly disappointed.......DAVE
 
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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 06:05:29 -0800
From: rockinghorse webtv.net (Randall Goolsby)
Subject: Re: gasoline prices

Here in SW Washington State,regular unleaded goes from $1.209 to $1.389
a gallon.I personally haven't seen a dollar a gallon fuel for a long
time. Also, does anybody have any experience with adding delay wipers on
their truck? I've got an 85 F-250 that I think had them as an option.I'm
not interested in the aftermarket junk.I want to add the factory delay
switch.Are there enough elec. conductors present to do this?anybody?
RG 94 Bronco EB 85 F-250 4X4

















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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 09:10:01 -0500
From: "Jim Bielecki"
Subject: Re: 2.9L Durability

> I was looking for some information on the 2.9L V-6 engine durability and
> figered this would be the place to go. I have heard of problems with the
> heads on certain engines
> My ranger was made in 9-86 and has 113,000 miles on it, as far as I can
tell
> its all original except the transmission which I had rebuilt at 111,500
> miles. I was wondering when head problems surface with the engine if it
has
> any. The engine in my ranger burns no oil and leaks little or no oil, it
> leaks some antifreeze from the radiator but Im fairly sure theres none
from
> the engine. how many miles do these engines go before needing major work?

My old '87 2.9L Ranger had over 160,000 miles on it when I sold it. It
didn't burn oil but it sure did leak it (valve cover gaskets). A few
others on this group have gotten over 200K on these things so they were
well engineered.

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 09:24:45 EST
From: "Robert Stinnett TSO8352 - HOMENODE"
Subject: Gas Prices, etc.

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For about the past few weeks it has been a steady 1.049/gallon for 87 Octane.
The highest I can recall the past year was $1.099/gallon back in the summer.
I saw it as as low as $1.019/gallon at a "no-name" station a while back.

I always fill up with 87 Octane for my '97 Ranger. The manual specifies it
and I don't see any need for the "premium" stuff if Ford doesn't recommend it.
If I can, I fill up at MFA/Breaktime, a pretty well-established chain around
Missouri. On occassion, I will fill up at Shell if a Breaktime isn't nearby.

RLS

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 09:34:42 EST
From: silent.bob juno.com (Silent . Bob)
Subject: Re: Gasoline Prices

On Sun, 30 Nov 1997 13:29:34 -0900 "Casey Vandor"
writes:
>Just curious here, what do some of you pay for regular
>gasoline/gallon. Up
>here right now it is $1.649/gal.


I think 93 octane is average $1.25/gal here in Houston.

I also know a boat shop that sells 104 octane for $4.00/gal

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 09:04:04 -0500
From: Gary Yeagley
Subject: fordtrucks80up-digest

** High Priority **

I have an 86 4X4 that I am in the process of
swaping a 2.3 5 spd with an 88 2.9 5 spd. I
bought the entire 88 parts truck (which was
a roll-over), basically, so I could get the
wiring harness, computer, exhaust, AIR
CONDITIONING, radiator, fuel lines, etc.
The problems I have discovered (so far) are
#1. the 5spds for 2 wd and 4wd are not the
same ( thought they might be except for the
tail shafts - however I just got a boneyard
5spd complete) and #2 the drivers side motor
mount is also not the same (2wd vs 4wd). My
question is what else will I be surprised
with? (The motor mount really thru me.)

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 09:38:40 -0500
From: Michael Ruth
Subject: 99 F-250/350 pics????

Hey everyone!
What happened to all the pictures coming out on the new F super duties??
Feel free to e-mail them to me directly if you know of any new ones!!!
For awhile there, they were popping up evrywhere. I can't wait, I need
pictures, lots of pictures, I mean NOW. I know January is only 30 days
away, but I can't wait!!!!!!!!!
Mike
xplorit erols.com

95 F-250 4X4 pwrstrk (sold, and 99 ordered) sniff,sniff I miss my truck!
94 Explorer E.B.4X4
89 Merkur Scorpio
88 Merkur XR4Ti

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 08:01:35 -0700
From: "Smeins, Larry"
Subject: RE: ignition delay-diesel

Kurt,
I have one that idles the engine until the EGT drops to 300 degrees
rather than a fixed timer. I bought it with a complete EGT and boost
gauge kit from Precision Power Injection. At the time they were running
a special at about $250 for the whole kit. I don't know if they will
still sell for this price but for me I couldn't pass it up. You would
be surprised at how little it takes to get the turbo temp up to where it
needs cooling. I know I would not have cooled mine at times it should
be cooled had I not gotten the EGT gauge.

Larry

>Subject: ignition delay-diesel

>I recently bought a 1997 Ford Powerstroke F-350 4x4, and I have heard
that
>there is a product that allows you to have your truck running on a
timer
>delay for a specified amoount of time. You can turn off the ignition,
have
>the keys and lock the doors and the engine can cool down for 30-60
seconds as
>an example, and shuts off automatically after the specified time. Have
you
>heard about such a product out there?

>Kurt

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 10:23:18 -0800
From: "Chad Royse (Netcom)"
Subject: Power Rear Window

Hey everyone,

I've seen Power Rear Sliding Windows in some of the conversion
packages in the Cincinnati area. Mark III and Eclipse both offer it.
I believe that C.R. Lawrence is the actual Power Rear Sliding Window
manufacturer.

Has anyone ever heard of these before and know if you can get them in
an aftermarket kit? I really don't want an entire conversion, just
the window. A SuperCab is just to far to reach!!

Thanks,
Chad

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 08:33:37 -0700
From: Keith Srb
Subject: Re: Gasoline Prices

$1.159 for unleaded in Mesa, AZ

Keith Srb herbie netvalue.net

Mesa, AZ

1986 Ford Bronco II, 2.9L (I HATE LITERS) V-6, Mitsubishi
5-Speed.

1980 Harley Davidson, XLH, Rebuilt from the frame up.

1974 Ford F250 Ranger XLT, Camper Special, 390ci 4bbl, Automatic, Long
Box, Style Side.

1966 Ford F100, 240 C.I. Straight Six, Model 1100 1bbl carb, Oil Bath Air
Cleaner, Warner T-18 4-Speed, Short Box.

My Blood runs "TRUE BLUE FORD on Four Wheels and Pure HARLEY on Two
Wheels!"

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 10:38:05 -0500
From: tgstoner umich.edu
Subject: RE: Gasoline Prices

On Sun, 30 Nov 1997 "Casey Vandor" wrote:
> Just curious here, what do some of you pay for regular gasoline/gallon.
Up
> here right now it is $1.649/gal.
*****************************
Casey,

Where is "up here"? Here in the lower penninsula of Michigan, unleaded
regular gasoline is selling for anywhere from about $1.099 to $1.249 per
gallon at the "name brand" stations. The lower prices are generally found
in and around Detroit, with the higher prices at stations in the western
and northern parts of the penninsula. I think that the average here in Ann
Arbor is about $1.139 today. I hope that you find this information useful.

Tom Stoner
1996 Ranger XLT Super Cab (It's for sale!)
1996 Taurus LX
1998 F-150 Larait Super Cab Flareside 4x4 (due in any day now)
tgstoner umich.edu

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 08:44:01 -0700
From: Bill Funk
Subject: Re: '84 F-SERIES

> From: Shadorite aol.com
> Subject: '84 F-SERIES
>
> Hey All!
> I need help in deciding what powerplant to implant into my
> '84
> F-150 X-Cab Longbed 4x2. It currently has a '76 302 and 3spd auto
> tranny in
> it. My guess would be that the truck was in a wreck and was rebuilt
> about ten
> years ago, because its been in the family for bout ten years. Well I
> am
> currently looking at a 351W GT-40 and E4OD tranny to implant in it,
> with the
> addition of an Edelbrock Preformer Cam and a highrise twin tower
> manifold
> with daul Predator carbs. But I have found a 460 that just needs to be
>
> re-built for a heck of alot cheaper. So heres the question: Do I go
> with the
> 351 or with the 460? If anyone is intrested I will post any other
> info you
> want about this truck. Thanx.
>
> Ford! The Best Never Rest!
>
> Josh

Well, Josh, if that were mine, I'd go for the 460, especially if the
price worked out right. There's no substitute for cubic inches.If you do
use the 351, I'd give some serious thought to that setup you have in
mind. A truck is not a Mustang; the intake setup you envision will
certainly have horsepower, but at the higher RPM range. For trucks, with
their extra weight, what you really want is torque as low in the
powerband as possible. Here's a suggestion: look seriously at an
Edelbrock Performer manifold and something along the lines of a Holley
650 or so 4V carb. This will give more punch off the line, and won't
need a higher idle than stock (that hi-rise will). This will cost less,
and give excellent performance *and* economy.
Good luck.
Bill

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 10:44:34 -0500
From: tgstoner umich.edu
Subject: RE: Chevron Gasoline

On Sun, 30 Nov 1997 Thundercraft wrote:

> According the the Chevron web site, all three detroit auto makers
> truckup chevron for their emissions testing programs.

*********************************
I'd be surprised if Chevron's claim is correct, because I don't know of
Chevron gasoline begin sold or otherwise available in the Detroit area of
Michigan. And that's where "the big three" are all located.


Tom Stoner
Ann Arbor, MI
tgstoner umich.edu

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 97 10:17:18 -0000
From: Jay Chlebowski
Subject: Re: Gasoline Prices

At 01:29 PM 11/30/97 -0900, you wrote:

>Just curious here, what do some of you pay for regular gasoline/gallon. Up
>here right now it is $1.649/gal.

Holy Cow! Just filled up the wife's Cavalier Z24 the other day, and paid
0.963/gallon. Today I saw it had dropped another few cents. We're out
west of St. Louis, MO.

Best Regards,
Jay

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 11:15:26 -0500 (EST)
From: YIASCA aol.com
Subject: Re: Gasoline Prices

for most ford trucks, they are meant to tow and run on the cheapest gas
possible...if you modifiy the truck with ignition-computer chip-or a few
other items they say to use the highest octane.

dave

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 11:18:50 -0500 (EST)
From: YIASCA aol.com
Subject: Re: 5.0L power

ford truck are meant for TOWING--i had to modify my truck VIA computer chip
designed for bottom end power...i can run up the hills like a cobra mustang!

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 11:21:17 -0500 (EST)
From: YIASCA aol.com
Subject: Re: Gas Prices, etc.

94-98 rangers are disigned to run on good 87 octane gas,...if you add a
computer chip it raises the spark and a few other items so you must run high
grade octane or 93-94 octane fuel...really makes a difference!

I love my computer chip great option----

dave!

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 10:17:39 -0600 (CST)
From: "Joseph L. Casey"
Subject: about newsgroups

No offense is meant to anyone by posting this, but perhaps some will see the
truth in this question with its array of answers about news groups. This
doesn't fit this group nearly as well as it fits another one from which I
receive posts about recreational vehicles.

Q: How many listserv subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: 1,331:

- -1 to change the light bulb and to post to the list that the light bulb has
been changed.

- -14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light
bulb could have been changed differently.

- -7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.

- -27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs.

- -53 to flame the spell checkers

-156 to write to the list administrator complaining about the light bulb
discussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list.

-41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames.

-109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please take
this e-mail exchange to alt.lite.bulb

-203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar, alt.spelling and
alt.punctuation about changing light bulbs be stopped.

- -111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all use light bulbs
and therefore the posts **are** relevant to this mail list.

-306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to
buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this
technique, and what brands are faulty.

-27 to post URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs

-14 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and to post corrected
URLs.

-3 to post about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to this
list which makes light bulbs relevant to this list.

- -33 to summarize all posts to date, then quote them including all headers
and footers, and then add "Me Too."

-12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot
handle the light bulb controversy.

-19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three."

-4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ.

-1 to propose new alt.change.lite.bulb newsgroup.

-47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion was meant for,leave it
here.

-143 votes for alt.lite.bulb.

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 08:05:17 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: New 1998 Ford Ranger 4X4

check the Kelly Blue Book web site and you can actually see exactly what
the dealer paid in comparison to what you are being asked to pay. I
downloaded this info and took it along to the dealer. No hassles or
arguments. They rolled over and accepted my offer for the '97 S-cab
Ranger 4X4 STX in my garage. Completed the sale in about 1 hour.

Thom Cheney

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 08:16:00 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: Gasoline Prices

Casey Vandor wrote:
>
> Just curious here, what do some of you pay for regular gasoline/gallon. Up
> here right now it is $1.649/gal.
>

We drove from Portland, OR to Redding, Ca and back for the long weekend
& paid between 1.319 and 1.399 for reg. unleaded. The mighty Ranger
averaged about 20 mpg with the blue tarp flapping in the breeze. Next
trip we will have the tonneau installed :)

Thom Cheney

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 10:16:00 -0500
From: "Richardson, Charlie (REU)"
Subject: FW: '96 Ranger - Help Needed for Rough Ride

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From: Richardson, Charlie (REU)
To: 'Ford Trucks List'
Subject: '96 Ranger - Help Needed for Rough Ride
Date: Wednesday, November 26, 1997 3:08PM

I have a '96 Ranger Supercab and need help to correct a mistake I made.
I wasn't very unhappy with the ride before but wanted
to improve it somewhat, so changed the OEM shocks for aftermarket
Gabriel "sport utility" shocks. Unfortunately I didn't ask the
mechanic to save the OEM shocks.

Boy, what a mistake. The ride became super stiff and harsh. I
returned the "sport utility" shocks and put Gabriel "premium"
truck shocks on the front, and Gabriel air shocks on the back. No
improvement even with minimum pressure in the air shocks. It's driving
me crazy. Putting on some new tires to replace the stock Firestone FR
480's helped a tiny bit, but I need to improve
the ride of this truck to "better than stock". I am not expecting a
Cadillac ride, but want to keep the truck and have it ride
reasonably well since I put ~50 miles a day on it.

I don't want to buy a new set of OEM shocks at Ford dealer prices just
to get back to where I was -- I want to improve the
ride for the daily commute. I am willing to trade off some load
capacity in the bed to get a better ride. Your comments would
be welcome on anything I could do to improve the ride of this truck.
Currently I have the following plan:

1. Wait for the Edelbrock IAS shocks to become available. These are
supposed to be the current champ in both handling
and ride. They aren't shipping yet for the Ranger but should be
soon.

2. Take a rear leaf out and/or trim the leaf pack spring length to
reduce the spring rate in the rear.


The "extreme" plan would involve maybe a four-link or ladder bar setup
with air springs for the rear and possibly air springs
for the front, but I don't necessarily want to drop the truck and go to
all this trouble and expense.

I sure would appreciate any comments and suggestions from any of you out
there.

Thanks,

Charlie Richardson
richardc reu.relteccorp.com

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 12:04:59 -0500
From: Chris Brooks
Subject: F-150 Performance

I own a 92 F150 4x4, I've got a 3" body lift running 33x12.5's, the
truck has a 302, 4 speed auto, and 3.55 gears. The truck is a daily
driver and has 114,000 miles on it, the motor uses no oil and as near as
I can tell without doing compression checks is still very solid. For the
most part I am happy with ride and handling and can accept the gas
mileage but I do alot of off-road driving and the performance off road
is not the greatest. There are no performance mods on it right now but I
know are needed. My first thought is duals, what if any is the
performance difference between cat-back systems and true dual exhaust,
and what would be the most bang for the buck. What about the computer
chips? What manufacturer have people had good luck with? What about
intake mods? I would not like to loose any gas mileage if possible, and
a slight increase would make this that much sweeter but realize
something might have to suffer. I dont really want to change gears but
would entertain it if need be. Money is not a big consideration, but I
dont want to spend $5,000 either. Any advice would be greatly
appreciated.

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 12:02:30 -0500
From: Randy Dees
Subject: 89 Ranger 2.9 troubleshooting (spark)

I am having some trouble fixing a truck for a friend. 89 Ranger, 2.9 EFI,
just changed the head gaskets. Now I can't get it to start. I get a weak
spark that seems like it comes far too infrequently - maybe 1 in 4
revolutions.

It seems to me that this must be either the ignition module or the
distributor, but I have very little experience troubleshooting that kind of
system. Any ideas?

Thanks
- --
Randy Dees | SCA: Talorgen nei Wrguist
ASI Systems Administration | a bard, formerly known as Myrddyn

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 12:23:27 -0500
From: Allan Goldarbit
Subject: Re: FW: '96 Ranger - Help Needed for Rough Ride

Richardson, Charlie (REU) wrote:
>
> ----------
> From: Richardson, Charlie (REU)
> To: 'Ford Trucks List'
> Subject: '96 Ranger - Help Needed for Rough Ride
> Date: Wednesday, November 26, 1997 3:08PM
>
> I have a '96 Ranger Supercab and need help to correct a mistake I made.
> I wasn't very unhappy with the ride before but wanted
> to improve it somewhat, so changed the OEM shocks for aftermarket
> Gabriel "sport utility" shocks. Unfortunately I didn't ask the
> mechanic to save the OEM shocks.
>
> Boy, what a mistake. The ride became super stiff and harsh. I
> returned the "sport utility" shocks and put Gabriel "premium"
> truck shocks on the front, and Gabriel air shocks on the back. No
> improvement even with minimum pressure in the air shocks. It's driving
> me crazy. Putting on some new tires to replace the stock Firestone FR
> 480's helped a tiny bit, but I need to improve
> the ride of this truck to "better than stock". I am not expecting a
> Cadillac ride, but want to keep the truck and have it ride
> reasonably well since I put ~50 miles a day on it.
>
> I don't want to buy a new set of OEM shocks at Ford dealer prices just
> to get back to where I was -- I want to improve the
> ride for the daily commute. I am willing to trade off some load
> capacity in the bed to get a better ride. Your comments would
> be welcome on anything I could do to improve the ride of this truck.
> Currently I have the following plan:
>
> 1. Wait for the Edelbrock IAS shocks to become available. These are
> supposed to be the current champ in both handling
> and ride. They aren't shipping yet for the Ranger but should be
> soon.
>
> 2. Take a rear leaf out and/or trim the leaf pack spring length to
> reduce the spring rate in the rear.
>
> The "extreme" plan would involve maybe a four-link or ladder bar setup
> with air springs for the rear and possibly air springs
> for the front, but I don't necessarily want to drop the truck and go to
> all this trouble and expense.
>
> I sure would appreciate any comments and suggestions from any of you out
> there.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Charlie Richardson
> richardc reu.relteccorp.com
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I have a 97 Ranger 4x4 supercab and couldn't stand the bounciness of the
truck. I put in Explorer Pro Comp 3000's, which are a hydraulic shock.
It rides with more stability, doesn't wallow on bumps and has retained
most of its highway smoothness. The stock shocks are poor to say the
least. Am very happy with the Explorer Pro Comp shocks.

Allan

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 08:36:00 -0800
From: Brett Gudgel
Subject: fm modulater cd players?????

Does anyone on the list have one of these, and if so do you know where
to plug in the antenna cable. I know it doesnt go directly to the
antenna or the radio direct, because those two go together to get fm
reception. Maybe I'm wrong about that, but I think there might be a box
somwhere that it would plug into, but I'm not sure.

see ya,
Brett
96 Ranger supercab 4x4 4.0

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Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 11:54:47 -0600
From: Kevin Lindstedt....


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