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fordtrucks80up-digest Sunday, December 14 1997 Volume 01 : Number 262



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In this issue:

Re: FYI - 1999 info - plus some towing info ["jim schang"
Re: 4 X 4 Service [Dave Armbruster ]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #261 [Bill Funk ]
221 6l on 1988 4*4 f150 made in argentina ["ROVATTI-VAYSSIER"
88 Bronco II engine ticking ["DeGiosio" ]
Re: 88 Bronco II engine ticking ["Joe Merchak" ]
Re: 88 Bronco II engine ticking [Randy ]
Web page ["Casey Vandor" ]

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Date: Sat, 13 Dec 1997 08:31:40 -0500
From: "jim schang"
Subject: Re: FYI - 1999 info - plus some towing info

John,

Any tow ratings for the F250 /F350 Super Duty?
Thanks,
Jim
- -----Original Message-----
From: John Yee
To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
Date: Friday, December 12, 1997 6:05 PM
Subject: FYI - 1999 info - plus some towing info


>ripped off of rec.outdoor.rv
>There's some towing information, plus a lot of "older" information.
>
>-john
>
>

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Date: Sat, 13 Dec 1997 07:14:55 -0700
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: 4 X 4 Service

>RNSRobert wrote:
>>
>> I own a '94 Ranger, std cab, 4 liter V6, 4 X 4. I have 32,000 miles, mostly
>> city driving, of which about 200 are 4 wheel drive (carefully on dirt
>>roads).
>> I read recently that there are problems with vehicles like mine and that a
>> special service is required in order to prevent problems.
>> Given the history of my vehicle, do I need such a service, and if so, should
>> it be done by a Ford dealer or a 4 X 4 specialty shop?
>> Thanks, RNSRobert
>
>
>What, exactly have you been told? I believe my Ranger was built to be
>driven offroad, onroad, or wherever the he** else I want to take it.
>That's why I paid that extra money for all the 4X4 equipment. I will
>take better care of the drivetrain (as in, frequent oil changes, lube &
>cleaning), but beyond that, if this rig does not perform without
>breaking under these circumstances, Ford will have one very loud and
>angry ex-customer.
>
>TC

I haven't heard of any "special" care that must be taken with the '93-'97
Ranger, which had big influence when I bought my '97. The engine, transfer
case and axles (both 8.8" and TTB) have been under Ford's small trucks for
a very long time, and for a whole lot of trucks in that time, so if there
where problems, they'd probably show up. I've got the 5 speed auto, which
is probably the weak link in the mechanicals. I have known only one
problem to happen to more than one Ranger/Explorer: a blown auto hub. But
in both cases, it was 4 or 5 years after hard offroad service, so I am not
surprised. Easily replaced with manual hubs anyway. I am not particularly
gentle with mine and don't expect to have to baby a truck, big or small.
But, like you mention, I am very prompt with maintenance, which I bet is
the single biggest factor in the life of any vehicle.

I did read in a magazine once that trucks and SUVs require a different
level of attention. I think this was in a Car and Driver, when reviewing a
Explorer. Their argument is true, as most cars don't have transfer cases,
locking hubs, etc., and never see the abuse that trucks do. So, yes, you
must follow tighter maintenance and take some interest in the mechanical
status of your vehicle. But, there should be nothing on your truck that
your Ford dealer or any 4x4 shop can't handle reasonable.

my $.02,
Dave
'97 Ranger S/C XLT 4x4 4.0L

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Date: Sat, 13 Dec 1997 07:23:39 -0700
From: Bill Funk
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #261

> From: John Yee
> Subject: FYI - 1999 info - plus some towing info
>
> ripped off of rec.outdoor.rv
> There's some towing information, plus a lot of "older" information.
>
> - -john
>
> ==== cut here ========
>
> Subject:
> New Ford F series specs
> Date:
> 10 Dec 1997 23:18:13 GMT
> From:
> rrr918 aol.com (RRR918)
> Organization:
> AOL http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.aol.com
> Newsgroups:
> rec.outdoors.rv-travel
>
> The new 98/99 F250/350/450/550 Ford F Series trucks were announced at
> the
> Louisville RV trade show last week. I thought everyone might like to
> know what
> is
> coming.
>
> A quick rundown of the new features:

...

>
>
> 12. The maximum loaded trailer weight for the diesel (automatic and
> standard)
> is 18,300 for the regular cab and 17,700 for the crew cab on the F450.
>
> 13. The 550 is 100 lbs. less.

...

>
>
> If you have any further questions I will try to answer them.
>
> Regards
>
> Rick

Rick,
Why would the 550 have a lower towing limit than the 450? The normal
numbering sequence would give the 550 greater capacities than the 450.
Is there something about the 550 I'm missing?
Thanks,
Bill

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Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 19:48:37 -0300
From: "ROVATTI-VAYSSIER"
Subject: 221 6l on 1988 4*4 f150 made in argentina

I've got a 1988 F150 4*4 with an old style 6L 221cid. This engine looks
like the old Falcon's 221 or 180, with the intake manifold molded with the
head.I think it was used on the older F series in the US.
I've got a little suspension lift in front to clear 31*10.5 Sports Kings
and obtain the same hight front and rear (rear comes with blocs from the
fabric); other specificity: a 3 manual speed gear box, front and rear
limited slip difs.
This truck is made in Argentina, with transfert case and transmisions
imported from the usa.
I'm looking for a mister "Know it all" who can give me information about
this engine, what can i do to improve perf and milage. In Argentina, the
cost of a swap to something better is highter than in the US.
I've got a free flowing glass pack silencer and a free flowing HD truck
style doble air filter (Mann).
This engine is done for 116hp in stock form.
I've seen in an advice in a magazine than the Sport Kings are "from BFG".
Someone can confirm?
I'm french and I'm livig in Argentina. Sorry for my English, but i've seen
in the FAQ and in the general rules: no problem with orthographics mistakes
and foreign accent.

Thanks to answer.


Thomas

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Date: Sat, 13 Dec 1997 19:30:28 -0500
From: "DeGiosio"
Subject: 88 Bronco II engine ticking

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I have a 88 Bronco II 2.9 engine with 107,000 miles. I changed the oil =
every
3 to 4 thousand miles and it has been well maintained. I have developed =
a
problem lately when I start the engine cold I hear a loud ticking sound
coming from the engine. Once the engine warms up the ticking goes away.
However, if I run the engine at 3 to 3500 rpms for a extended period the
ticking comes back. The engine idles fine and has good power but seems =
to be
rougher (vibrating) at cruising speeds. I also hear a faint knock from =
under
the engine. Any ideas?

Gino


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Date: Sat, 13 Dec 1997 20:10:28 -0500
From: "Joe Merchak"
Subject: Re: 88 Bronco II engine ticking

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How is your oil pressure? I had something similar on a different motor, =
mine wound up being a bad lifter....

Just my .02....
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From: DeGiosio
To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
Date: Saturday, December 13, 1997 7:32 PM
Subject: 88 Bronco II engine ticking
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Date: Sat, 13 Dec 1997 22:20:42 -0800
From: Randy
Subject: Re: 88 Bronco II engine ticking

DeGiosio wrote:
>
> I have a 88 Bronco II 2.9 engine with 107,000 miles. I changed the oil
> every
> 3 to 4 thousand miles and it has been well maintained. I have
> developed a
> problem lately when I start the engine cold I hear a loud ticking
> sound
> coming from the engine. Once the engine warms up the ticking goes
> away.
> However, if I run the engine at 3 to 3500 rpms for a extended period
> the
> ticking comes back. The engine idles fine and has good power but seems
> to be
> rougher (vibrating) at cruising speeds. I also hear a faint knock from
> under
> the engine. Any ideas?
>
> Gino
>

Gino, the ticking sounds like a collapsed lifter. Usually....and I
stress usually.....a ticking sound in an engine at start-up indicates a
lifter which no longer holds oil in it, since it all ran down to the oil
pan at shut-down. Once the oil pressure comes up and pumps oil into the
lifter, the tappet stops clicking, since now there's oil under it.
Another possibility could be lifter adjustment, which may be indicated
by the tick returning at the higher rpm's you noted (although the
ticking sound returning under acceleration would be a sure sign).
Lifters used to be mechanical and needed regular adjustment. Today,
though, hydraulic lifters are the standard, and they require little
adjustment, since by design, they are self-adjusting. But through wear
and tear, they can still come out of adjustment, so I would have a
qualified mechanic adjust them if you've never attempted it before
(pretty straight forward design). As for the faint knock....well, you
may not want to hear this, but this is usually a sound made by your
connecting rods. For now, I wouldn't worry too much, especially until
after you've eliminated the tick, but if it gets progressively louder,
this would be tell-tale sign of a rod knocking. That'll give you three
choices: 1)keep driving until the rod cap decides to take out a hole in
your oil pan (certain doom and sure to happen when your on your way to
the most important event in you life). 2)have that checked into and if
that's it, have the lower-end of your motor rebuilt including grinding
the crankshaft rod bearing journals and refit with oversized bearings
(or rebuild the entire motor if funds allow). 3)toss that 'ol hamster....


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