fordtrucks80up-digest Monday, September 29 1997 Volume 01 : Number 136
Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1980 And Newer Trucks Digest
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In this issue:
bigger tires ["John W. McCleney Jr." ]
Re: bigger tires ["Bruce A. Ramirez" ]
ADMIN: Please give me any event information you have [Ken Payne
Event Request [BigDogF250 aol.com]
Transmissions [abbott ]
Re: Transmissions [Ken Payne ]
Ford Powerforce [JEREMY GRAMKOW ]
Hesitation [Ezekial ]
question on axle ratio formula [John Fehrmann ]
Re: Ford F-150 Mileage, Cold Start Problem, and Misc. ["Shawn & Jennifer ]
Re: 1999 F-350's ["Jim Bielecki" ]
leaf springs ["Casey Vandor" ]
On my 1991 f-150 4x2 I recently changed from the 6 in.wheel to an
aluminum 8 in. wheel I also went from the standard 235r15 tires to
31x10.50 A/T tires. Looks great, but when I make a full turn right or
left the back inside of the tire rubs the radius arms. Other than
getting rid of the tires is there anything to do (fairly
inexpensively) to correct the problem?
Thanks a lot.
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John W. McCleney Jr. wrote:
> On my 1991 f-150 4x2 I recently changed from the 6 in.wheel to an
> aluminum 8 in. wheel I also went from the standard 235r15 tires to
> 31x10.50 A/T tires. Looks great, but when I make a full turn right or
> left the back inside of the tire rubs the radius arms. Other than
> getting rid of the tires is there anything to do (fairly
> inexpensively) to correct the problem?
> Thanks a lot.
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I also have a 1991 F-150 4x4. I have the factory 15"x7.5" aluminum
wheels with 32/11.50R15 BF Goodrich All-Terrains and they too rub the
radius arms, but this doesn't cause and damage or problems. They only
rub when the wheel is turned all the way to the right or left. I have
had them on for 40,000 miles without and significant wear to the tire
and no damage to the radius arms. Think about it, how often do you turn
the wheel that hard anyway?
'91 F-150 4x4 4.9L
,94 E-250 4.9L
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 12:47:56 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: Please give me any event information you have
The events page on the web site is out of date. If anyone
has Ford (if it includes trucks), Ford truck or truck (if
it includes Fords) event information, please send the information
to me so I can update the page.
I just heard about this last night, there is a truck jamboree or
somethinorothher in indiana on october 10-11, I will get more info on it and
let you know.
P.S. thanx for the compliment on my truck
How do I find out about Ford Transmissions (types, years, ratios (&
syncro), avalable in...)
Example- T-18/T-98 when did they start making these, what first gear
ratio and did it have a first gear syncro's, were these only in trucks?
I feel it's a long shot but what ever you got will help.
At 11:14 AM 9/28/97 -0700, you wrote:
>How do I find out about Ford Transmissions (types, years, ratios (&
> syncro), avalable in...)
> Example- T-18/T-98 when did they start making these, what first gear
> ratio and did it have a first gear syncro's, were these only in trucks?
> I feel it's a long shot but what ever you got will help.
If you don't get an answer on this or the older truck lists, try
emailing cacinfo ford.com with your question. They may be able to
assist you. Are you looking for information on a specific tranny
or are you trying to find out about transmissions in a specific
year or model?
Lastly, I don't know if he'll know, but if you go to our web site and
go to the links page there is a link to the Ford V8 page. This guy
knows a lot about Ford engines and may be able to point you in the
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 13:15:38 -0600
From: JEREMY GRAMKOW
Subject: Ford Powerforce
For those of you asking about the 1999 Ford F-350 trucks, check out
FordUnleashed.com. They have info on the new Powerforce Truck and any
other Ford vehicles you might be interested in.
I have an 88 F150 with the 5.0. I asked this earlier and didn't get much
help so here it is again, but different.
Whenever I am driving and give it any gas it all my truck, instead of
going vvvrrrooooommmmm it goes vrr rrr o o o mm m m m and misses like
that through out driving speed. It gets better when higher rpms. I have
no idea what is wrong. Engine is some but cuts out, not at all ready to
die but fades in and out. Like the fuel filter is clogged sort of but I
just replaced it about 600 miles ago. Please let me know if you have
any ideas. Oh and it is two tanks and I have switched tanks so it
couldn't be water and I am running Marvel Mystery oil through it to
clean it out if possible. Hasn't helped any and I think this fuel
injector cleaner it pretty good for getting it at Wal-Mart.
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 17:51:59 -0400
From: John Fehrmann
Subject: question on axle ratio formula
Got a 95 club wagon on an E350 chasis with a 7.5L and a dana 4.10
rear end. want to change to a highway gear (and reduce gas spending
a bit), but i'm not sure if i want a 3.55 or 3.08 ratio. does anyone
have a chart or formula for engine rpm's at 60 mph with the various
size gear ratios? thanx in advance for your help.
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 17:02:58 -0500
From: "Shawn & Jennifer Clark"
Subject: Re: Ford F-150 Mileage, Cold Start Problem, and Misc.
Dave. Baldwin wrote:
> Subject: Re: Ford F-150 Mileage, Cold Start Problem, and Misc.
> Two things bother me about what you wrote (below):
> > 2. Exhaust
> > manifold is cracked completely in two behind the last cylinder on the
> > passenger side. Looks like poor, cantilevered design. It seals up
> > a few seconds of starting.
> > 5. I keep losing coolant out of the reservoir, slow process, have
> > caught it bubbling or anything like that although I keep trying.
> These are classic signs of past overheating. Your previous
> "Neanderthal" may have run it dry and the overheating cracked the
> exhaust manifold--and perhaps a head, too, causing you to lose coolant
> internally. If you're losing coolant, and it isn't leaking out, you're
> probably burning it.
The Neanderthal was not the previous owner, instead it was one of the
employees at the shops he had doing his oil changes. He took good care of
the truck, but didn't do much of the work himself. Another person tells me
that the cracked exhaust manifold is a common problem on these trucks. It
sure looks like a lousy design.
> If you're burning it, and it's a slow consumption, try comparing your
> plugs. I had a slow consumption problem that turned out to be a head
> gasket. The cylinder where the leak was had black powdery dry carbon
> dust deposits on it. These deposits fouled the plug, causing rough
> running (especially when cold). Milage also took a dive. Just look for
> differences of any type between the plugs.
I should have given more info. When I did an oil change I did not note any
coolant or corrosion products in the oil. I have noticed an organic film
(probably glycol) around the top of the coolant reservoir (wipe it off and
it keeps coming back.) It might just be a somewhat leaky radiator cap.
I'll keep an eye on the plugs though. I only pulled a few of them
recently, they all looked the same and were in good shape. I'm going to
change the whole lot out soon. I'll let you know if I find anything.
Unfortunately, I have been working too many hours lately to spend much time
fiddling with the truck.
I'm in Longview, TX so I have roughly the same weather as you. I'm also a
bit of a lead-foot so that doesn't help mileage, but on long stretches of
interstate driving I expect better mileage.
> Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 10:05:31 -0400 (EDT)
> From: BigDogF250 aol.com
> Subject: Re: 1999 F-350's
> was this the truck you saw?
HREF="http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.f150 online. com/images/0206bw4.
> jpg">New Ford
Yes and no. The trucks that I saw resembled the concept shown in the above
mentioned URL, but aren't anywhere near as extravagant. Take away the big
tires and wheels, the fancy chrome "brush" grille and the small diameter
headlamps and substitute "ordinary" looking items in their place, and you
pretty much have an idea of what the 1999 F-350 will look like. Again, the
prominent grille/hood and sculptured side windows are the two items that
still stick in my mind to this day.
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