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fordtrucks80up-digest Monday, November 17 1997 Volume 01 : Number 223



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In this issue:

production line grab-bag [MadPoodle aol.com]
Spedo Recalibration [Gary Snook ]
[none] [Gary Snook ]
Re: Power Stroke Cold Start Problem [Husk77 aol.com]
FS: 96 F-250 Powerstroke [db ols.net]
XL or XLT Ranger/Twin Cities ["Jim Bielecki"
re: Wrong badge ["Randy Kindler" ]
Radius Arm Bushings [Geoffrey Hoffman ]
Italian? [Ken Payne ]
1991 F-150 4WD Pulling Problem [JACK CHAPPELL ]
Ranger troubles ["The Lublin Family" ]
Re: Power Stroke Cold Start Problem [Jay Chlebowski ]
Re: Radius Arm Bushings [Bob Fiddes ]
Re: 1991 F-150 4WD Pulling Problem [Bob Fiddes ]
Re: 4 Door Ranger ["Bill A'Hearn" ]
Aluminum wheels [cvanhooser juno.com (Charles R. Van Hooser)]
Re: Power Stroke Cold Start Problem ["Claude S. Sutton Jr."
Re: Radius Arm Bushings [bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)]
Re: 4 Door Ranger [bill gibson ]

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 07:34:56 -0500 (EST)
From: MadPoodle aol.com
Subject: production line grab-bag

I have a friend whos brand new truck is a Chevy on one side, a GMC on the
other. And yes, we noticed it while the paper tag was still on it. He queried
the dealer, but decided to leave it that way just for giggles...

Scott

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 07:14:15 -0600
From: Gary Snook
Subject: Spedo Recalibration

The local ford dealer should have a list in the parts manual telling which
spedo gears fit which rear end/tire size. Generally, if your spedo is off
5 mph, they/you can change to the next availabel spedo gear size.

Gary

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 07:26:52 -0600
From: Gary Snook
Subject: [none]

Sometimes I have to wonder about Ford's #1 claim. Yes, the F150
outsold the Ch*vy and GMC trucks for 15 years running. But it has
not outsold Ch*vy and GMC trucks combined. And they are basically
the same truck.

Ahhhh, marketing....

I think "F" series out sell GMC and Chevy combined. "F" series trucks are
the #1 selling vehicle period, including cars of all makes. I have read
that "F" series trucks outsell #2 & #3 combined (which ever they may be
that particular year).
Gary

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 10:16:39 -0500 (EST)
From: Husk77 aol.com
Subject: Re: Power Stroke Cold Start Problem

It sounds like an air leak ii your fuel system. Make sure everything is up
tight. Check the fuel filter and bleeder for leaks

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 10:24:08 -0500 (EST)
From: db ols.net
Subject: FS: 96 F-250 Powerstroke

For Sale: 1996 F-250 XL Powerstroke 5-speed with 3.55 axle. White with blue
vinyl interior. Rubber mat floor. Tilt/cruise, AM/FM (no cassette), A/C,
frame hitch, 20K miles. Tires will last another 20K. Never towed anything
and never hauled much of anything. Driven daily as a "car". Located near
Winston-Salem, NC. Asking $18000 FIRM. Please reply by E-Mail. db ols.net

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 11:00:53 -0500
From: "Jim Bielecki"
Subject: XL or XLT Ranger/Twin Cities

> There's also rumblings of Ford ceasing production of Rangers in St. Paul.
> No shortage of speculation and investigation surrounding this Ford plant
> here as of late.

Their worry may be justified. According to a recent article in one of the
Detroit newpapers, Ford will probably spend a couple billion dollars on
renovating the Rouge plant (Dearborn) for Ranger production. If this does
happen, the Mustang will be moved 35 miles away to Wixom where it will be
built along with a new smaller Lincoln model, both which will based on the
new upcoming DEW-98 RWD platform. The article also mentioned that such a
move MAY mean the end of the Twin Cities plant.

For what it's worth, my brand new '98 Ranger 4X4 Supercab, which was built
at the Twin Cities plant, is one high quality vehicle.

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 11:29:47 -0700
From: "Randy Kindler"
Subject: re: Wrong badge

> .....I wouldn't assume the worst yet - after working in and around new
cars
> and trucks for the past ten years I've seen a lot worse! The fender
probably
> got a wrong badge by accident and the "cup holder guy" probably saw it and
> put a cup holder in! - anyway- that's why new vehicles come with
warranties!

A friend of mine bought a brand new Mustang Cobra in '93 that had Cobra
badge on one fender, GT badge on the other.

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 13:39:53 -0500
From: Geoffrey Hoffman
Subject: Radius Arm Bushings

I was wondering how hard it is to change these. I have a '93 Explorer. I
am sure that there is a fair amount of work to change them, but any ideas
on what i would need or whatever? i am getting that slight "clunk" every
now and then right under the drivers feet, and i don't think they have ever
been changed....

anyway, thanks for your time.....

- --
Geoffrey Hoffman gch2 cornell.edu
Cornell University http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pobox.com/~hoffy

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 14:00:48 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Italian?

Can anyone translate this? I got this message from a web
site visitor. Its Italian.

Il mio autocarro e' un FORD serie A mod. A0509P portata 50 ql. P.T.T.
mi piacerebbe sapere in quali stato e' stato fabbricato e in quali stati
e' stato venduto, commercializzato dato che in italia c'e' ne sono pochi
esemplari.
Dato la scarsa diffusione del modello come potrei fare per reperire le
parti di ricambio danneggiati.
Se esiste una pagina web dove poterlo vedere gradirei avere il nome di
questa pagina.
In attesa di una vostra risposta ringrazio.
Giacomo Argentati

Thanks,
Ken
CoAdmin

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 15:49:52 -0500
From: JACK CHAPPELL
Subject: 1991 F-150 4WD Pulling Problem

After I make a turn the truck wants to
pull in the direction of the turn. A quick
jerk on the steering wheel in the
opposite direction corrects the problem
(until the next turn that is...). Bearings?
Ball joints? Anyone have a clue?
Thanks!

jack

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 15:52:04 -0500
From: "The Lublin Family"
Subject: Ranger troubles

Hi all:

Our '89 Ranger 4X4 with a 2.9 V6 and 175K miles is making a ticking noise
at start up and it continues for about 10-20 Seconds after that. It is
also taking longer to develop oil pressure. I Think the noise is valve
train noise. It started doing this about a week ago. What could be
causing it? Is it serious? Any feedback is welcome. Thanks.

Chris "Lube" Lublin
300 Six devotee.

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 97 16:44:37 -0000
From: Jay Chlebowski
Subject: Re: Power Stroke Cold Start Problem

On 11/15/97 8:33 PM , Claude S. Sutton Jr. wrote:

>I have a late 1994 F350 Power Stroke.
>
>Lately it has developed some weird starting problems.
>
>When the temp is about 36 degrees, it starts normal. Below that it takes
>about 15 minutes on the block heater and then it starts perfectly.
>
>Sometimes it will die after a minute or two. Might surge and die, might
>not surge.
>
>Tests show the relay to the glow plugs and the glow plugs are working.
>
>If the computer and the glow plugs were not working, it would not start
>at 36 degrees withou heat.
>
>From my mechanic's description, it sounds like it might be the high
>pressure oil pump that operates the injectors.
>
>It has 143,000 miles on it using Shell Rotellat Multi viscosity 15/40.
>
>Does anyone else here run Shell in their power stroke and is it a good
>idea?
>
>It will be 20 degrees Monday morning and my mechanic will get to run
>all the tests on it, which I am sure will find the problem, but I already
>suspect the high pressure pump and am wondering if the oil is a factor.

>From what Shell & Navistar have both said, the oil is not the problem --
the engine was developed on/for Shell Rotella T 15W-40.

As for the high-pressure oil pump, it sounds like a good lead, but I
would be pissed! Ford likes to tout in the PowerStroke literature about
a fleet of PowerStroke equipped vehicles running 200,000 miles with no
more than routine maintenance, and you've only racked up 143,000. I'd
wait to see what they say, but I'd argue that the part was defective and
see if they'll pick up some of the tab.

Best Regards,
Jay

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 16:00:30 -0700
From: Bob Fiddes
Subject: Re: Radius Arm Bushings

It's Lots of fun. Plan to spend a few hours to the better part of the day
doing it. I have done it and it was lots of work. I have a 4" lift on
mine and the bushings were a constant source of problems. A good
suspension guy changed them the last time and went with an application from
a late 60's truck. These have a steel sleeve in them and they haven't
shown any signs of wear since they were put in. Prior to this, I could
count on changing them every year.

If you get a good shop manual, it will have all the do's and don'ts listed
in it. Good Luck

Bob


At 01:39 PM 11/16/97 -0500, you wrote:
>I was wondering how hard it is to change these. I have a '93 Explorer. I
>am sure that there is a fair amount of work to change them, but any ideas
>on what i would need or whatever? i am getting that slight "clunk" every
>now and then right under the drivers feet, and i don't think they have ever
>been changed....
>
>anyway, thanks for your time.....
>
>--
>Geoffrey Hoffman gch2 cornell.edu
>Cornell University http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pobox.com/~hoffy
>
>
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>

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 16:02:45 -0700
From: Bob Fiddes
Subject: Re: 1991 F-150 4WD Pulling Problem

Alignment and/or tie rods will both give you this problem. I think it is
the chamber that usually causes the wheel not to return to center.

Bob

At 03:49 PM 11/16/97 -0500, you wrote:
> After I make a turn the truck wants to
>pull in the direction of the turn. A quick
>jerk on the steering wheel in the
>opposite direction corrects the problem
>(until the next turn that is...). Bearings?
>Ball joints? Anyone have a clue?
> Thanks!
>
>jack
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>

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 15:18:16 -0800
From: "Bill A'Hearn"
Subject: Re: 4 Door Ranger

The Nov. issue of Popular Mechanics has a pix of a 1999 4-door Ranger.
It is loosely based on the Adrenalin Concept Car which was shown at the
1996 LA & Detroit Car Shows. The article goes on to say that Ford plans an
Adrenalin version of the Ranger 4-dr and a 4-door version w/2 half doors
for the 1998 1/2 model year. Check it out at Popular Mechanics' Page at:
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://popularmechanics.com under Detroit Spy Report.

Hopefully Ford will provide the 4.0 w/OHC engine in 99.=A0 Keep your
fingers crossed!!

Bill A'Hearn
88 Ranger SuperCab 2.9l
97 Explorer XLT 5.0l
(Future) 99 Ranger 4-door/Adrenalin or F150


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On 11/15/97, at 5:52 AM, Jim Bielecki wrote:

>For a good look at the new 4 door Ranger, see the following URL:
>
>http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.detnews.com/AUTOS/9711/12/spied/spied.htm
>
>Note that AUTOS is in caps.
>
>
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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 20:09:57 -0500
From: cvanhooser juno.com (Charles R. Van Hooser)
Subject: Aluminum wheels

The aluminum wheels on my 89 Bronco II look really bad, the clear coating
is showing signs like acrylic checking. My question is has anyone
restored this type of wheel before and if so how did you do it. I was
thinking of using a stripper and removing the clear coating and then
polishing them, someone at work told me that this is a bad idea because
the aluminum is pourous and will hold water and eventually do damage to
the wheels. Does anybody on the list have thoughts on this?

Chuck Van Hooser
89 Bronco II 4WD Eddie Baurer

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 21:15:48 est
From: "Claude S. Sutton Jr."
Subject: Re: Power Stroke Cold Start Problem

** Reply to note from Jay Chlebowski Sun, 16 Nov 97 16:44=
:37 -0000


> From what Shell & Navistar have both said, the oil is not the problem -- =

> the engine was developed on/for Shell Rotella T 15W-40.

Jay:

Thanks for that info.

Claude S. Sutton, Jr.

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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 20:50:54 -0600
From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
Subject: Re: Radius Arm Bushings

On Sun, 16 Nov 1997 13:39:53 -0500 Geoffrey Hoffman
writes:
>I was wondering how hard it is to change these. I have a '93
>Explorer. I
>am sure that there is a fair amount of work to change them, but any
>ideas
>on what i would need or whatever? i am getting that slight "clunk"
>every
>now and then right under the drivers feet, and i don't think they have
>ever
>been changed....
>
>anyway, thanks for your time.....
>
>--
>Geoffrey Hoffman gch2 cornell.edu
>Cornell University http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pobox.com/~hoffy
>
I changed mine and I went the route of pulling off the crossmember that
they are attached to. Decided to grind the rivet heads off, punch them
out and use bolts to replace the rivets. Did one side at a time just in
case. The manual would have you pull the radius arms off at the axle. :(
Oh, you will find your fuel filter if you do it this way. Have fun.

Brian Rickmanbmrickman juno.com
91 Exp 4X4 EB
81 F100 2wd 351wAOD


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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 22:12:25 -0800
From: bill gibson
Subject: Re: 4 Door Ranger

Bill A'Hearn wrote:
>
> Hopefully Ford will provide the 4.0 w/OHC engine in 99. Keep your
> fingers crossed!!
>
> Hi:I don't suppose there is any hope of a diesel option on these
trucks anytime soon ? Is there anyone out there who can tell me why we
can't get the diesel in the smaller trucks ?
When in Australia & New Zealand last year I drove a couple of
different 4 door trucks (utes)and both were equipped with 2.5 liter turbo
diesels .It was really tough to return to the gas guzzling engines on
this continent.
I'd buy a new 4 door in a minute if the engine was the Mitsu 2.5
, but I'll keep the oldies running till then.....


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