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fordtrucks80up-digest Tuesday, March 24 1998 Volume 02 : Number 109



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In this issue:

RE: Brakes Stick When Wet ["Chad Royse" ]
Engine surge & funky clutch on 87 F250 (302cid) [Chris Hedemark
RE: E40D ["Chad Royse" ]
RE: 95 Ranger Stx ["Nathan Sipes United Shipping Headquarters"
RE: Hi ["Rio, Tony" ]
RE: carphones & PA's ["Rio, Tony" ]
RE: Advice ["Rio, Tony" ]
300 I6 (was "Re: Hi") [Chris Hedemark ]
RE: 300 I6 (was "Re: Hi") ["Rio, Tony" ]
RE: 300 I6 (was "Re: Hi") [Mike Marcum ]
Re: [off-topic] Car phones [Joe Maleski ]
Re: F150 [David McDonald ]
Turbo Boost on PSD question [cfoye BayNetworks.COM (Chris Foye)]
New to List ["Kerr, Brian (R)" ]
Computer Codes ["Musolino, John" ]
Re: Computer Codes [Chris Hedemark ]
Re: Stalling F150 [Randall Wer ]
A/C Repair Question ["Posluszny, Walt (posl)" ]
Re: 300 I6 (was "Re: Hi") [Randy ]
Re: A/C Repair Question [Randy ]
Re: F-150 wheels [FSTFORDS ]
Re: Tire Size For 94 F150 [Logerman ]

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 09:17:59 -0500
From: "Chad Royse"
Subject: RE: Brakes Stick When Wet

I had that EXACT same problem with my 94 Ranger. You would think by '97
they could have fixed the problem at the factory and quit writing TSB's
about it.

Chad

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-fordtrucks80up ListService.net
[mailto:owner-fordtrucks80up ListService.net]On Behalf Of Dave
Armbruster
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 1998 9:57 AM
To: '80 and Up mailing list
Subject: Re: Brakes Stick When Wet


There is a TSB for my '97 Ranger on this very problem. I had it fixed
while still under warranty, according to the dealer it involved a new set
of shoes and complete cleaning of the mechanicals. Seemed to have fixed
the sticking. He told me that the brake dust would mix with the moisture
and when it got cold, it would gum up until the brake warmed from use.
Mine would stick when it got cold and was damp or raining, so that when
backing out of my parking spot the rear would sort of howl with the shoes
vibrating on the drum.

Dave

>Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 10:28:21 -0500
>From: "Chapman, David P"
>Subject: Brakes Stick When Wet
>
>On my 95 Bronco, which my wife mostly drives (I drive long distance to
>work and run a diesel VW for economy, so she gets the Bronco), she says
>the brakes tend to stick after the trucks been driven in wet weather or
>when sitting outside on a rainy day. She notices it when releasing the
>parking brake or when applying the brakes for the first time. Then it
>disappears. She'll release the brake and when she tries to move the
>truck, she hears a clunk as if the brake shoes just released. She backs
>out, applies the brakes, shifts into gear and hears another clunk as she
>moves forward. Then it stops. If the trucks been in the garage
>overnight (i.e. -out of the wet weather) it doesn't happen. Has anyone
>seen this before or have some insight?
>
>Thanks in advance,
>Dave C.
>

>
>Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 09:50:41 -0600
>From: John Cassis
>Subject: Brakes
>
>Dont know what it is, but my 93' 4x4 Ranger has done the same thing =
>since it was new. Exactly the same situation though, only whenits been =
>damp or raining out and it sticks the first couple of times and then =
>thats it. Any one out there know how to correct it?
>
>John Cassis

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Dave Armbruster
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http: www.milehigh.net/davel
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Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will
teach you to keep your mouth shut.
-- Ernest Hemmingway





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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 09:17:40 -0500
From: Chris Hedemark
Subject: Engine surge & funky clutch on 87 F250 (302cid)

Howdy folks,

I don't have this truck yet, but if everything goes right it should be
here the third week of April. The truck is my dad's so I got an honest
assessment of what works and doesn't work on the truck.

There are two remaining problems that are really bizarre and I am
wondering if anyone has seen them before. The truck is over 400 miles
away right now so I haven't seen these problems for myself yet and can
only pass on a description. They do sound like oddball problems though
and just wanted to see if anyone else has experienced these problems
before.

The first problem relates to an engine surge. When stopping at an
intersection, from time to time the engine will surge to 2,000 RPM's and
stay there for a bit. After you drive away it's fine.

The second problem relates to the clutch pedal. It only sits an inch or
so off the floor and has that much travel. Apparently this hasn't been
degrading or anything over the several years that my dad's had this
truck. He tried adjusting it and that wasn't the problem. Even though
the clutch works okay, I know there is supposed to be more travel than
an inch!! Any ideas?

The inlaws are coming down for a weekend visit the weekend after easter
so they are kind enough to tow this truck on a dolly behind their
Bronco. Yes, my inlaws are great. ALL of their cars are Fords. Sister
in law #1 has a 1966 Mustang. Sister In Law #2 has a 1994 Taurus.
Mother in law is on her second Bronco (1995). Father in law has a 1990
Ranger (soon to be traded up to a newer ranger I think). Brother in law
drives a 1994 escort. Wifey pooh drives a 1989 Escort but is soon
upgrading to 1996 Mustang GT (as soon as I get my f250). Even on my
side we all bleed ford blue. Mom drives an early taurus, dad drives
F250 (soon to be replaced with econoline van), brother drives a 1997
Cobra and 1971 Mach 1. Paternal grandfather always drove mercury's and
maternal grandfather drives an econoline van. I know this had nothing
to do with the subject but it was just a funny observation I had when
typing up the stuff that WAS cogent to the subject. :-)

- --

Chris Hedemark - chris yonderway.com - http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.yonderway.com
"From the fury of the Norsemen, oh Lord, deliver us!"

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 09:21:12 -0500
From: "Chad Royse"
Subject: RE: E40D

He was only trying to help, no need to yell.

I wouldn't worry too much about your tranny. Most people who bought the
Lightning, didn't buy it to tow, just to go fast and look good. My bet is
you're fine.

Chad

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-fordtrucks80up ListService.net
[mailto:owner-fordtrucks80up ListService.net]On Behalf Of Matthew P.
Hoyt
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 1998 4:03 AM
To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
Subject: Re: E40D


Well, the only reason I think it's the E40D is b/c IT SAYS IT RIGHT ON THE
TRANNY!!! :). Anyway, I should have mentioned it's a lightning.

Thanx
Matt



At 11:18 PM 3/20/98 -0500, you wrote:
>----------
>> From: Matthew P. Hoyt
>> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
>> Subject: E40D
>> Date: Friday, March 20, 1998 10:22 PM
>>
>> Hey guys, I joined right when you all were arguing about this
>transmission.
>> Since I'm stuck with one and i heard how much to replace it I've decided
>> to take care of it. Can anyone tell me from expierience the best best to
>> change out the fluid? Should I put in a plug like the the one in the oil
>> pan for easier access next time? What should I use? How much? Thanx in
>> advance...
>>
>> Matt
>> '93 Black F-150
>
>Don't think you should have the E40D.. Think you should have the AOD, or
>the 4R70W..
>
>
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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 08:47:41 -0700
From: "Nathan Sipes United Shipping Headquarters"
Subject: RE: 95 Ranger Stx

The second alternator is also for the fact that I have a 1500 watt power
inverter.
Nathan

> Nathan Sipes,
> IS Manager
> United Shipping, Inc.
> 7000 Broadway #405
> Denver, Co
> 80221
> Nsipes unitedshipping.com
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.unitedshipping.com
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Randy [SMTP:runawaykid ncweb.com]
> Sent: Saturday, March 21, 1998 4:40 PM
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> Subject: Re: 95 Ranger Stx
>
> Nathan,
> An alternator upgrade is probably in order along w/a second battery.
> Even if you don't upgrade the alternator definitely get the second
> battery as you mentioned. I'm sure some people will tell you how
> great their winches work w/o an upgraded alt or no second battery, but
> they're just asking for trouble. Depending on the winch, some can
> pull as much as 450 amps under full load! Wow! Fortunately you won't
> be pulling that much power for any length of time, but this will
> overpower even the biggest aftermarket alternator and you don't want
> to drain your main battery. Getting unstuck would be the least of
> your worries then. You don't NEED a battery isolater, but it is a
> good idea. E-mail me if you have any other q's.
> Later,
> Randy
>
> Nathan Sipes United Shipping Headquarters wrote:
> >
> > I plan to use it rather frequently probably at least twice a month. As
> for
> > the purpose to pull out my truck naturally. Duration will probably be
> fairly
> > short i.e. the winch will only have to work between 15-20 minutes at a
> time.
> >
> > I tend to get stuck a lot. Also I am into overkill better to have more
> power
> > than I ever need than be stuck that one time with out it. so I am
> looking at
> > 9000-10,000 lbs. winches.
> >
> > Also anyone happen to know the amp rating on the stock alternator. I
> figure
> > I will have to replace it with a higher capacity one.
> >
> > also probably a second battery.
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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 10:22:30 -0600
From: "Rio, Tony"
Subject: RE: Hi

Scottie

I may start a war here, but I'll tell you that for the money, the I6 is
an absolute workhorse. Change the oil regularly, and it'll last
forever. And quite honestly, matched up to the E4OD, it makes a pretty
good truck. It may not be suitable for constant heavy duty towing and
pulling, but for around the homestead type work, it's a winner. I use
mine up in '94 up in Wisconsin to pull stumps and such, and still get
around 20 mpg on the highway. For my money, I'm saying it's the best of
both worlds. Now if you're pulling a big horse-trailer or something all
the time...

Tony Rio
Allstate Enterprise Help Center
PRC Analyst \ Integration Owner
Trio1 Allstate.com
(W) 847.402.9386


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scottie Schmidt [SMTP:fordtrucks80up ListService.net]
> Sent: Saturday, March 21, 1998 8:01 AM
> To: fordtrucks80up-digest ListService.net;
> scottie.schmidt mailexcite.com
> Subject: Hi
>
> Hi, I am new to the list and think it is wonderful. I just put a
> deposit on a truck
> last Thursday. It is a 1993 F-150 straight 6. Another member in the
> family just
> announced that they are buying a farm and want to also buy a ford
> truck. I am not
> sure what type of ford would be best for a 14.5 acre farm. Any
> suggestions would
> be great thanks.
>
>
>
> Free web-based email, Forever, From anywhere!
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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 10:30:22 -0600
From: "Rio, Tony"
Subject: RE: carphones & PA's

Also, most areas have a local shop that does outfitting of police
cruisers that would probably be willing to sell you one. You can
probably contact the fleet manager at your local county sheriffs or fire
department, and they should be able to point you in a direction. My
uncle bought something similar to this not to long ago since he was on
the volunteer fire department.

Tony Rio
Allstate Enterprise Help Center
PRC Analyst \ Integration Owner
Trio1 Allstate.com
(W) 847.402.9386


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Hedemark [SMTP:fordtrucks80up ListService.net]
> Sent: Sunday, March 22, 1998 7:18 AM
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net; chris yonderway.com
> Subject: Re: carphones & PA's
>
> >Does anyone know where to get one of those controllers that run a
> police
> >siren that have the pa built in? It has the different siren sounds
> and the
> >mic is part of it. I am looking for one of the older ones that stands
> alone
> >and is not part of a radio. Thanks.
>
>
> Yes you can often get stuff like this at Ham Fests and if you want to
> buy
> from a store, you can look on www.yahoo.com under Companies and do a
> search
> on "Emergency Services" and "Sirens". There is a lot of irrelevant
> crap to
> filter through but you should find a company who sells this stuff that
> way.
>
> JC Whitney sells something like that, but I don't know if it is any
> good or
> not. It's supposed to make a whole bunch of sounds plus the siren
> sounds
> and the PA.
>
>
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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 10:35:11 -0600
From: "Rio, Tony"
Subject: RE: Advice

The only problem with buying something like this used is that god only
knows what the previous owner did with it. I know I used to have a
pretty mean Ch*vy full sized Blazer, and we just pounded the p*ss out of
it (and for the past two years it has sat on the side of a snowmobile
trail in Wisconsin where we left it when the engine blew and the truck
burned). With all the mods truck that you're looking at has, I would
guess its probably been romped on pretty hard.

Tony Rio
Allstate Enterprise Help Center
PRC Analyst \ Integration Owner
Trio1 Allstate.com
(W) 847.402.9386


> -----Original Message-----
> From: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> [SMTP:fordtrucks80up ListService.net]
> Sent: Sunday, March 22, 1998 7:55 AM
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net; Hawk sktc.net
> Subject: Advice
>
>
> FO>I have been looking at an 89 F-150 4spd, 39k miles, 3" lift, 33"
> tires,
> FO>American Racing wheels Diamond plate tool box superwinch hubs,
> bedliner,
> FO>flowmaster exhaust, procomp shocks, procomp steering stabilizer,
> push bar,
> FO>kc lights, new battery, and a centerforce high performance clutch.
> The
> FO>guy who is selling it is asking 10500. I think this is a pretty
> good deal,
> FO>but I was wondering what some others, particularly those who really
> now
> FO>fords, think about this deal. Please give me your opinion it will
> help me
> FO>out greatly.
>
> FO>Jeremy
>
>
> Sounds like a horse with a mean eye to me, I wouldn't touch it. Find
> a
> truck without all the tinsel and mod it the way YOU want it. It is
> very
> easy to buy serious problems (sometimes almost unfixable problems)
> with
> a deal like this. The price seems high, too, but I am a cheapskate.
> Just my 2 cents.
>
> Buck
>
>
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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 11:35:59 -0500
From: Chris Hedemark
Subject: 300 I6 (was "Re: Hi")

Rio, Tony wrote:

> I may start a war here, but I'll tell you that for the money, the I6 is
> an absolute workhorse. Change the oil regularly, and it'll last
> forever. And quite honestly, matched up to the E4OD, it makes a pretty
> good truck. It may not be suitable for constant heavy duty towing and
> pulling, but for around the homestead type work, it's a winner. I use
> mine up in '94 up in Wisconsin to pull stumps and such, and still get
> around 20 mpg on the highway. For my money, I'm saying it's the best of
> both worlds. Now if you're pulling a big horse-trailer or something all
> the time...

Tony, you'll get no argument from me. For working around the farm and
such the 300 I6 is great. Highly dependable, easy to get parts for if
it does happen to break, easy to get a replacement for if it is
unfixable, great fuel economy, rock solid bottom end, fairly light (you
can appreciate this if you ever try going offroad with a bigblock in
your truck). I wouldn't tow anything bigger than a bass boat with it
though.

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 10:51:47 -0600
From: "Rio, Tony"
Subject: RE: 300 I6 (was "Re: Hi")

" I wouldn't tow anything bigger than a bass boat with it
though."

...Which is exactly what I commonly tow with mine. Sure the big V8's
are nice, but the extra weight is a pain.

Last week, my 105lb wife and her friend Miryka took my truck into the
city (Chicago), and got it stuck on an ice patch in the alley behind her
Miryka's house. The truck was light enough that with little leverage,
my little wife was able to push it off the patch while Miryka manned the
gas pedal.

Sure 4 wheel drive and a big engine would have been nice, but I was
impressed that the truck is that much of a workhorse up at our house in
Wisconsin, but still light enough for my wife to get it unstuck.


Tony Rio
Allstate Enterprise Help Center
PRC Analyst \ Integration Owner
Trio1 Allstate.com
(W) 847.402.9386


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Hedemark [SMTP:fordtrucks80up ListService.net]
> Sent: Monday, March 23, 1998 10:35 AM
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net; chris yonderway.com
> Subject: 300 I6 (was "Re: Hi")
>
> Rio, Tony wrote:
>
> > I may start a war here, but I'll tell you that for the money, the I6
> is
> > an absolute workhorse. Change the oil regularly, and it'll last
> > forever. And quite honestly, matched up to the E4OD, it makes a
> pretty
> > good truck. It may not be suitable for constant heavy duty towing
> and
> > pulling, but for around the homestead type work, it's a winner. I
> use
> > mine up in '94 up in Wisconsin to pull stumps and such, and still
> get
> > around 20 mpg on the highway. For my money, I'm saying it's the
> best of
> > both worlds. Now if you're pulling a big horse-trailer or something
> all
> > the time...
>
> Tony, you'll get no argument from me. For working around the farm and
> such the 300 I6 is great. Highly dependable, easy to get parts for if
> it does happen to break, easy to get a replacement for if it is
> unfixable, great fuel economy, rock solid bottom end, fairly light
> (you
> can appreciate this if you ever try going offroad with a bigblock in
> your truck). I wouldn't tow anything bigger than a bass boat with it
> though.
>
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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 08:58:24 -0800
From: Mike Marcum
Subject: RE: 300 I6 (was "Re: Hi")

Hello,

I also agree that a Ford equipped with the 300 I6 is a very versatile
rig. My dad has had 2 F-150 4x4s with the 300 I6 and 4-speeds (w/granny
low). One was a 78 and his current one is an 81. He lives on a small
farm, and uses the truck for everything. That low gear is great for the
farm. You can idle around and feed the cows, or pull stumps, or
whatever. It actually tows very well. For fishing trips, he'll pull a
26' bumper-pull trailer, with a 14' aluminum car-top boat on the canopy.
He doesn't win any drag races, but the low-end torque is better than the
small V-8s. Gas milage has always been good for a full-size 4x4. I've
had the 302 in a 1990 F-250 with the 5 speed, and it would not tow as
well as my dad's 300 six (plus I got worse gas milage).

Just my 2 cents.

- - Mike

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Hedemark [SMTP:chris yonderway.com]
> Sent: Monday, March 23, 1998 8:36 AM
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> Subject: 300 I6 (was "Re: Hi")
>
> Rio, Tony wrote:
>
> > I may start a war here, but I'll tell you that for the money, the I6
> is
> > an absolute workhorse. Change the oil regularly, and it'll last
> > forever. And quite honestly, matched up to the E4OD, it makes a
> pretty
> > good truck. It may not be suitable for constant heavy duty towing
> and
> > pulling, but for around the homestead type work, it's a winner. I
> use
> > mine up in '94 up in Wisconsin to pull stumps and such, and still
> get
> > around 20 mpg on the highway. For my money, I'm saying it's the
> best of
> > both worlds. Now if you're pulling a big horse-trailer or something
> all
> > the time...
>
> Tony, you'll get no argument from me. For working around the farm and
> such the 300 I6 is great. Highly dependable, easy to get parts for if
> it does happen to break, easy to get a replacement for if it is
> unfixable, great fuel economy, rock solid bottom end, fairly light
> (you
> can appreciate this if you ever try going offroad with a bigblock in
> your truck). I wouldn't tow anything bigger than a bass boat with it
> though.
>
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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 09:47:00 -0800
From: Joe Maleski
Subject: Re: [off-topic] Car phones

>all you need is to have someone send this email to the FCC. They can fix
>your problem.

What problem?

Joe

************************************
Joe Maleski
Santa Clara, CA
1994 F-250HD SuperCab 4X4, 460/5-spd

mailto:jmaleski auspex.com
http://www.ford-trucks.com/pictorial/big/1994_f250.html

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 11:28:35 -0800
From: David McDonald
Subject: Re: F150

Jason DiSalvo wrote:
>
> Hi guys, I have a 1994 F150, I am looking to get rid of it. Any intrested
> please let me know.
>
> -Jason
> disalvo tco.com
>

Well, you could get rid of it by giving it to me,
I'll even pay shipping :)

Hee hee,

Dave McDonald

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 10:11:46 -0800
From: cfoye BayNetworks.COM (Chris Foye)
Subject: Turbo Boost on PSD question

Does anyone know what the boost in on the PSDs? Did they change the boost
at all over since the first PSD? Also, is there a way to hook up a boost
gauge? Just curious as to how much boost these turbos put on diesel
engines. I had an 85 SVO which put out 15lbs for the 2.3L four banger.

Thanks,

Chris

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:38:20 -0500
From: "Kerr, Brian (R)"
Subject: New to List

I have an 83 F 150 4X4 I-6 auto. The odometer read 81,600 Km (51K
miles) at purchase. It now is about 87,00 Km. It was purchased from a widow
in November. Her retired farmer husband lost his license about 4 years ago
due to declining health and vision, and it sat for 4 years before she sold
it to the guy I bought it from. Initially it seemed to run OK, but with a
bit of valve noise. So I spent evenings and weekends in January prepping the
body for paint. I welded in 2 new wheel openings in the box, new metal on
the rockers behind the wheels, etc, and covered up the "farm truck s**t
brown) with a 2 tone metallic blue paint job with fully stoneguarded rocker
panels and a pair of tricolor blue pinstripes to split the two colors, one
along the contour line between the door handle and lock, and the other
following the lower body contour above the rocker panel. (the second vehicle
I have ever painted) I wish it ran as good as it looks. I seem to be running
a very fast idle even when hot, but it will usually drop if I kick the
accelerator. While driving on the highway at a steady 60 mph I get about 13
miles per US gallon. Short trips around town etc. it drops by 20%. I don't
think it has the pulling power that it should have, but that part seems to
be improving! I am now slowly getting more milky oily condensation in the
dipstick tube, PCV hose and return line to the air breather. The dipstick is
always popped out an inch or so when I open the hood after it has been
running. The PCV valve is clear, I can easily blow through the PVC valve to
the intake, and the hose to the airbreather from the rocker cover vent/oil
fill hole is also clear. I also have an increasingly pronounced valve noise.
I am hoping that when I adjust the valves and clean the hoses etc. that I
will fix the problem, but I am not counting on it. I changed the plugs, and
they looked OK. There doesn't seem to be any contamination in the coolant. I
have not done a compression test yet. What kind of readings should I expect
when I do a compression test?
Any body got any ideas?
In the event that this motor is toast, is a 302 or a 351an easy bolt up,
and what needs to be changed, i.e. motor mounts, etc. What should I get from
the donor vehicle, and what, if any thing can I use from the I-6? I am in
South Central Ontario, would anyone have an engine for sale close by?

Brian Kerr
kerrb basf-corp.com

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 15:23:00 -0500
From: "Musolino, John"
Subject: Computer Codes

I have a '96 F-150 w/ 351 V-8. Is there an easy way to check computer
codes on this? I'm not experiencing trouble, but would like to be
prepared. I know my Mopars would read out codes by cycling the ignition
key and using the "Check Engine" light. Does the Ford have anything like
this, or do I have to search for the data port & jump slots like my old
Buick?

Moose

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 15:44:03 -0500
From: Chris Hedemark
Subject: Re: Computer Codes

Musolino, John wrote:

> I have a '96 F-150 w/ 351 V-8. Is there an easy way to check computer
> codes on this? I'm not experiencing trouble, but would like to be
> prepared. I know my Mopars would read out codes by cycling the ignition
> key and using the "Check Engine" light. Does the Ford have anything like
> this, or do I have to search for the data port & jump slots like my old
> Buick?


You can get code readers now for something like $50 or less. It plugs
right into a port that is in a predetermined place. Look around under
the dash for a wiring harness hanging down that isn't plugged into
anything. I found the one for my mustang when installing a new stereo
head unit. The code grabbers are great because you get a book eplaining
all of the error codes and you get a numeric display instead of having
to read something like morse code with the check engine light.

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 14:43:42 -0800 (PST)
From: Randall Wer
Subject: Re: Stalling F150

I posted here a while back about my sisters '85 F150 2wd that had a
stalling problem. She ended up taking it back to the dealer, they didn't
know what else to do, so they just changed a couple of things and
suggested she try a different kind of fuel. Something seems to have
worked, 'cause she isn't having the same problem any more. Just
wanted to let you know how it turned out. Thanks a lot to everybody who
wrote back with advice!

Randy
1990 F250 4X4

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 16:32:42 -0800
From: "Posluszny, Walt (posl)"
Subject: A/C Repair Question

I have a leaky A/C connection(leaks oil) at the condenser on my 85 F-150. It
still holds a little pressure but not much. I've tried tightening the
already tight connection to compress whatever o-ring or gasket that is in
there but that seemed to make it leak worse.

1.)Does anyone know if these connections can be simply taken apart, cleaned
and a new o-ring put in?

2) Do these use O-rings or gaskets, special order form FORD?

I3) 'I've heard that once you open up an A/C system you need to replace the
receiver/dryer. Is that true?

Then of course I know I need to take it in to have it vacuumed out and R12
put back in.

Thanks Walt

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 22:29:10 -0800
From: Randy
Subject: Re: 300 I6 (was "Re: Hi")

I'd say cube for cube (hehe) the 300 I6 is one of the most dependable
motors ever built. And you thought you'd start a war...
Later,
Randy


Chris Hedemark wrote:
>
> Rio, Tony wrote:
>
> > I may start a war here, but I'll tell you that for the money, the I6 is
> > an absolute workhorse. Change the oil regularly, and it'll last
> > forever. And quite honestly, matched up to the E4OD, it makes a pretty
> > good truck. It may not be suitable for constant heavy duty towing and
> > pulling, but for around the homestead type work, it's a winner. I use
> > mine up in '94 up in Wisconsin to pull stumps and such, and still get
> > around 20 mpg on the highway. For my money, I'm saying it's the best of
> > both worlds. Now if you're pulling a big horse-trailer or something all
> > the time...

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 22:33:41 -0800
From: Randy
Subject: Re: A/C Repair Question

Walt, Although I never messed w/a working A/C system, I do know most
use (or at least used to use) AN fittings (Army/Navy). They have the
bullet look to them before the threads. If it's tight maybe it's not
the O-ring seal, but a crack. In either case, I would 'suggest'
taking it to a local shop since they have to vacuum it out anyway like
you said. It would be nothing for them to take apart the connection
once it drained down anyway and it's all done at the same time. No
hassles...hopefully.
Later,
Randy

Posluszny, Walt (posl) wrote:
>
> I have a leaky A/C connection(leaks oil) at the condenser on my 85 F-150. It
> still holds a little pressure but not much. I've tried tightening the
> already tight connection to compress whatever o-ring or gasket that is in
> there but that seemed to make it leak worse.....


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