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fordtrucks80up-digest Friday, December 26 1997 Volume 01 : Number 280



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In this issue:

Carburator Problems??? [Mitch Biarsky ]
Re: Carburator Problems??? [Randy ]
TTB [Blest25913 ]
Re: TTB [Randy ]
Need service manual for 89 Bronco II [Hayden Griffin ]
Re: Fan and Supercharging a Ranger [silent.bob juno.com]

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Date: Thu, 25 Dec 1997 13:41:24 -0500
From: Mitch Biarsky
Subject: Carburator Problems???

I have an '86 F250 w/351, 4 barrel carb, auto trans, 140k. Now for the
problem:

For the last couple of weeks, there was a dead spot (almost like the
engine would stop) when starting from a stop light (engine cold or
warm). It also happens when cruising, and you take your foot off the
accelerator and then try to regain speed. I would have to feather the
gas, to keep the truck running.

The last couple of days, the trucks been getting worse. It would not
start or die, even when warm. I shoot a dose of starter fluid down the
carb and it would start, run the engine for a few minutes, and then when
I engage the trans into drive or reverse the truck would cut out again.
I do the starter fluid trick 5 or 6 times, and off I go.

I've cleaned the carb (spay cleaner), added magic in a can (carb
cleaner) to the gas, and switched to premium gas. I'm not a motorhead,
and I don't plan on keeping the vehicle for more than 3-4 months
(trading in on a new truck), so I'm looking for a very inexpensive fix.

Is there anything easy to fix or replace, or is it in need of a carb
rebuild? What's something like that going to cost? Would it be cheaper
to purchase a rebuilt carb?

TIA, Mitch

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Date: Thu, 25 Dec 1997 16:11:34 -0800
From: Randy
Subject: Re: Carburator Problems???

Mitch Biarsky wrote:
>
> I have an '86 F250 w/351, 4 barrel carb, auto trans, 140k. Now for the
> problem:
>
> For the last couple of weeks, there was a dead spot (almost like the
> engine would stop) when starting from a stop light (engine cold or
> warm). It also happens when cruising, and you take your foot off the
> accelerator and then try to regain speed. I would have to feather the
> gas, to keep the truck running.
>
> The last couple of days, the trucks been getting worse. It would not
> start or die, even when warm. I shoot a dose of starter fluid down the
> carb and it would start, run the engine for a few minutes, and then when
> I engage the trans into drive or reverse the truck would cut out again.
> I do the starter fluid trick 5 or 6 times, and off I go.
>
> I've cleaned the carb (spay cleaner), added magic in a can (carb
> cleaner) to the gas, and switched to premium gas. I'm not a motorhead,
> and I don't plan on keeping the vehicle for more than 3-4 months
> (trading in on a new truck), so I'm looking for a very inexpensive fix.
>
> Is there anything easy to fix or replace, or is it in need of a carb
> rebuild? What's something like that going to cost? Would it be cheaper
> to purchase a rebuilt carb?
>
> TIA, Mitch
>
Mitch, when was the last time you tuned that truck? It could be bad
plugs, wires or cap/rotor. I have that same engine and had the same
prob w/the lag on acceleration although mine would always start up.
After doing a tune-up on it which was just the basic stuff: plugs,
wires, cap, rotor, filters I noticed an improvement. It still would
hesitate when cold once in a while, but now it's more of a neusiance
(sp?) than a problem. I'm thinking that the ether (starting fluid) is
being burned by the plugs because it can ignite easier. Once the engine
is going, they'll burn gas/air ok. Replace the fuel filter, too. It's
located in the front of the carb where the fuel line enters. Remove the
fuel line (don't forget that rag) and then remove the fuel filter ring,
it's the hex you'll have to 'hold' while turning out the gas line (don't
loose the spring). Don't let the looks of the filter fool you, it may
look fine, but....
These are some cheaper things to do before tearing off that carb. If
you don't plan on keeping the truck, just go w/cheaper parts store
stuff. Prices are probably around: $9/plugs, 18/wires, 12/cap&rotor
3/filter. Less than $50. If that's even too high, start w/one thing
first. Plugs would be a good start, then the filter. Hope you get it.

Later,
Randy

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Date: Thu, 25 Dec 1997 15:24:23 EST
From: Blest25913
Subject: TTB

In a message dated 12/25/97 6:01:13 AM, you wrote:


> > Wheeler, although I am not sure. But, they had a section on Ranger
> > modifications that are possible. One that caught my eye was a conversion
> > for F150 Dana 44 TTB to fit under older Rangers (and TTB Explorers I
> > assume). The blurb said that the width was reduced, 4" I think. I was
> > wondering if anyone has done, or heard of anyone doing, this.
>>

Just wondering, whats a TTB?
Ron
'96 Ranger 4X4

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Date: Thu, 25 Dec 1997 16:37:43 -0800
From: Randy
Subject: Re: TTB

Blest25913 wrote:
>
[snip]

> Just wondering, whats a TTB?
> Ron
> '96 Ranger 4X4

Stand for Twin-Traction Beam. It's an independant front suspension
(IFS) found on Ford trucks. Supposedly they are to make the ride
easier, but, to be honest, they may as well have put a solid front axle
on my F-250, because it doesn't make any difference in ride quality.
Besides, it would be alot cheaper for me to put a lift on if it were a
straight-axle. In fact I'm looking for a solid front axle now to swap
in. They may make a difference in the smaller trucks, but not he
heavy-duty trucks, for sure.

Later,
Randy

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Date: Thu, 25 Dec 1997 15:39:02 +0500
From: Hayden Griffin
Subject: Need service manual for 89 Bronco II

Can someone please tell me where I can get a good shop manual for our 89
Bronco II?

Thanks,
Hayden
griffin vt.edu

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Date: Thu, 25 Dec 1997 23:55:41 -0600
From: silent.bob juno.com
Subject: Re: Fan and Supercharging a Ranger

On Wed, 24 Dec 1997 10:23:18 -0800 Brad Allerheiligen
writes:
>First I was wondering if anybody has found a better than stock
>replacement for the engine fan on a 4.0 Ranger mine is cracking (as I
>heard most do pre-maturely).
>
>And second has anybody here supercharged the 4.0? Which
>manufacturer? How is the performance? How was the install? Would you
>recommend it? Any info on this at all would be great.
>
>TIA,
>Brad Allerheiligen
>94 Ranger XLT PreRunner (NSTYXLT)


I think Downs Ford sells a SC for the 4.0 Ranger.
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.DownsFord.com



silent.bob juno.com
95 Ranger 2.3L, SVO OHC
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.FordRanger.com (Ranger Site)
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.FordManTed.com (Mustang Site)....


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