fordtrucks80up-digest Monday, April 20 1998 Volume 02 : Number 143



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In this issue:

ford explorer light switch [MJWinslow ]
Re: Ford is Better than Dodge:) ["Jim Bielecki"
OK,... what about this? [DAA7490 ]
Re: OK,... what about this? [Paul Laughlin ]
Gale Banks Live Chat [Jason Lester ]
'99 Chevy Silverado ["*Powerstrokeman* ..." ]
RE: Saleen Explorer ["Chad Royse" ]
RE: OK,... what about this? ["Chad Royse" ]

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Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 08:24:03 EDT
From: MJWinslow
Subject: ford explorer light switch

>here's one that has me baffled
>
>i have a '91 explorer with a light switch anomaly...pull all the way out,
>mains go on, rears and instrument panel lights off; push in towards the
>parking light setting, mains go out and instrument/rears come on....play with
>it a little more, and you can find a "sweet spot" (non-detented) where both
>will stay on, but the slightest tap one way or the other and one or the other
>will go out
>
>i made the obvious choice to replace the switch--and harness+leads--with a
new
>set, but curiously enough, that didnt fix it....the sweet spot is still
there,
>perhaps just a little bit less sensitive (probably different tolerance of the
>switch) but the same problem!!!
>
>any suggestions?? i'm confused....mike winslow

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Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 09:13:45 -0500
From: "Jim Bielecki"
Subject: Re: Ford is Better than Dodge:)

>> where the hell
>> do you think they got the new look for Rams? From the old F*rds!
>>>
>>I don't know, my sister dug up a picture of me next to my 1947 Dodge
>>Deluxe sedan, and I'd swear the ront ends were interchangeable, except
>the sedan had a push bar on the front(old squad car). My Ram doesn't.


There's more truth to the first statement than most folks realize.
Chrysler's current styling, while lauded as the industry's best, hasn't
exactly been known for its originality. The Viper is an admitted take-off
on the 1960's Cobra. The Prowler is based on any 1930's era car (some say
Model A) and the Ram is another admitted take-off of any modern day semi
(take a look at some of the big-rig Fords). Their Atlantic showcar of a few
years back was a modern-day rendering of the classic Bugatti. Too bad Ford
and the other manufacturers don't get any royalties for Chrysler's "new"
styling.

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Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 11:20:23 EDT
From: DAA7490
Subject: OK,... what about this?

Mucho Thanks on the response to the Diesel Conversion Idea. Outside of
the $50 sell me your 7.3 Liter motor suggestion, it sounds like the 'get
another Truck' theory is the most popular. That being the case, How about
this; what are the best vendors/options for Performance Enhancement of a 7.3
L (460 cu. in.) gas motor? I realize that a turbo or supercharger would
probably be the best ticket but I'm not familiar with companies that offer
those options. Racing stuff I've figured out but now I need to get the tow
truck more muscle. Anybody have any history or recommendations from pulling
trailers, rv's,...? The truck is great on flat ground but with trailer, car,
tools, crew, junk,... it has problems on the hills here in California and
going over to Nevada. Any suggestions (realistic and/or not flippant) would
be appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.

Dave A



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Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 21:43:56 -0700
From: Paul Laughlin
Subject: Re: OK,... what about this?

DAA7490 wrote:
7.3 L (460 cu. in.)

Not to nitpick or anything, but I believe that a 460 cu. in. engine is a
7.5 L not 7.3
Paul in Portland OR

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Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 12:13:46 -0400
From: Jason Lester
Subject: Gale Banks Live Chat

Just wanted to let the list members know that the Ford Diesel Website will
be hosting a live chat session with Gale Banks on 4/22 at 10:00pm EST. He
will be available to answer any questions about their performance kits as
well as general diesel and turbo questions. For more info, go to:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.abol.com/users/jlester/

Thanks,
Jason

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Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 12:13:24 MDT
From: "*Powerstrokeman* ..."
Subject: '99 Chevy Silverado

Since you guys are talking about Dodge I'd thought I might as well bring
up Chevy. Anyway I hear that GM did a test with this Silverado against
a 97 or maybe 98 Ford F-150. It was like a drag race, the object was to
race to 80mph and back to zero. And from what im hearing the Chevy was
finished before the Ford was at 80. I guess the trucks were similair
with no special horse boosters or anything.
If any of you know about this or have any comments I would appreciate a
reply.

/\ /\ /\
|~****~|
`------`
Ford Diesel

Long Live The King
POWERSTROKEMAN


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Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 15:46:52 -0400
From: "Chad Royse"
Subject: RE: Saleen Explorer

140mph Explorer? Now that's much more practical than a brush guard. Just
think how fast we can get the groceries home and the kids to soccer practice
now! :)

Now I am as big as fan as the next guy when it comes to kicken $$, but I'm
also a very no BS kinda guy. It just seems like a lot of extra $$$ when I
could go out and buy several different sports cars that out performs it in
every aspect, many of which will cost less. And I think Mike hit a good
point. There's a difference in a vehicle that was designed from the ground
up as a can of whupass and one that merely has one bolted on. Now before I
get a lot of flak over bolt-ons, I'm just saying they can be wisely used
and... not. If I'm going to make a serious investment in upgrades, I'm
going to try to enhance the already existing potential. Even if it isn't
used every day. Hell I even like going faster, but not at the expense of a
800lb payload or 1500lb tow rating in a truck. When it's taken to that
extreme it's like somebody trying to make his Mustang an offroad contender.
Why not just start with a vehicle that's got some potential? Why reinvent
the wheel?

To each his own,
Chad

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-fordtrucks80up ListService.net
[mailto:owner-fordtrucks80up ListService.net]On Behalf Of Randall
Goolsby
Sent: Friday, April 17, 1998 9:13 AM
To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
Subject: Re: Saleen Explorer


Saleen was instrumental in converting the first Rangers into racing
sport trucks,and was the guy who represented Ford and general tire,if
memory serves. The Saleen Mustangs were 5.0 cars modified brand-new with
5 lug wheels,roll cages,additional structural supports,suspension
mods,with the 5.0s warmed up.Their "claim to fame" AFAIK was that you
could drive one of these off the Ford Dealership lot(the only place you
could get them) and go racing! Just one more note on the Ford Tremor;
you can find it at the Popular Mechanix website.It is featured there
with other experimental vehicles from C%*#y & D*# e. It,to me,is not a
question of whether or not an SUV can perform safely 140mph;it isn't
meant to compete with formula sports cars.It is that it will get to
140mph at all! I'd love to have a Tremor for the weekend. Randy 94
Bronco EB 85 F-250 4x4



















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Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 16:13:08 -0400
From: "Chad Royse"
Subject: RE: OK,... what about this?

Banks makes quite a bit of towing enhancing upgrades for your 7.5L.

Chad

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-fordtrucks80up ListService.net
[mailto:owner-fordtrucks80up ListService.net]On Behalf Of DAA7490
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 1998 11:20 AM
To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
Subject: OK,... what about this?



Mucho Thanks on the response to the Diesel Conversion Idea. Outside of
the $50 sell me your 7.3 Liter motor suggestion, it sounds like the 'get
another Truck' theory is the most popular. That being the case, How about
this; what are the best vendors/options for Performance Enhancement of a
7.3
L (460 cu. in.) gas motor? I realize that a turbo or supercharger would
probably be the best ticket but I'm not familiar with companies that offer
those options. Racing stuff I've figured out but now I need to get the tow
truck more muscle. Anybody have any history or recommendations from pulling
trailers, rv's,...? The truck is great on flat ground but with trailer,
car,
tools, crew, junk,... it has problems on the hills here in California and
going over to Nevada. Any suggestions (realistic and/or not flippant) would
be appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.

Dave A





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