fordtrucks80up-digest Tuesday, April 7 1998 Volume 02 : Number 129



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In this issue:

Re: Starter, again ["Leo O'Neill" ]
Sliding Rear Window for sale [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)]
RE: Creaking trans crossmember ["Chad Royse" ]
FW: Average Milage [Anthony Rio ]
FW: cb [Anthony Rio ]
FW: Alarm System Suggestions [Anthony Rio ]
Re: CB Radios [Chris Hedemark ]
RE: CB Radios ["Giddens, Scott" ]
O2 sensors [yhtlines surfari.net]
re: cb 7 watts (false advertising) ["Randy L. Hatcher"
RE: cb 7 watts (false advertising) [CONWAY pjm.com]
Super Duty Xfer Case [Sheldon Belinkoff ]
Re: O2 Sensor - What is it used for? [David McDonald ]
RE: Creaking trans crossmember [ALBERT DANIELS ]
Parts Still For Sale ["Luke Walling" ]
Stereo system problem. [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)]
Wanted: Linear Amps [four-by-four juno.com (Off Road)]
Re: Wanted: Linear Amps ["Randy L. Hatcher" ]
Re: Stereo system problem. [Randy ]
Re: cb [four-by-four juno.com (Off Road)]
Re: '87 F150 Supercab 4x4 XLT Lariat [Randy ]
Re: thugs...was( Re: More Alarm Stuff....) [Dave Armbruster

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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 08:34:58 -0500
From: "Leo O'Neill"
Subject: Re: Starter, again

Casey Vandor wrote:

Ok, my starter wouldn't turn again today (after just cleaning the connection
and now replacing the cable from the batt to solanoid and the wire from batt
to ground. Should I pull the starter and have it checked to see if maybe
the bearings are shot, or what else can I replace to fix the problem?
*******************************
I had a similar problem with my '94 F-150. At various odd times it
just wouldn't start. No solenoid engagement. I cleaned contacts on
everything. It'd be OK for a while, then start acting up again.

The long and short of this is that I found the sta-con connector for
the selenoid on the starter motor was loose and intermittent. I took
a pair of plier and crimped in just a tad. It's been great since.

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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 08:49:46, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: Sliding Rear Window for sale

I have a sliding rear window from a '98 Ranger available for sale.
It came out of a regular cab, but will fit supercabs. Ford put the
same window in both supercabs and regular cabs this year. It has a
real nice dark tint to it. I'm asking $50 plus shipping. Anyone
interested?

Josh
KNBD87D prodigy.com

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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 09:04:26 -0400
From: "Chad Royse"
Subject: RE: Creaking trans crossmember

You may say 'been there...' but just in case.

My 97's popping was coming mainly from the front cross member under the
engine. They had to drill out a rivet on each side and replace them with
bolts. It got rid of 90% of my popping noises. I only get them now, under
major frame flex. My 97 is the same as your 96 (4x4).

Good luck,
Chad

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To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
Subject: Re: Creaking trans crossmember


I own a 96 F 250 HD extended cab longbed [460,E4OD] and it has been back
to the dealership twice for a creaking trans crossmember.
There is a TSB out on this and all of Ford's fixes have been tried to date
[grade 8
bolts,teflon pads] only to start creaking again in a few months.
Due to the length of this truck it flexes alot.
I have a few ideas [big,nasty star washers between x member& frame] but any
help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Dave



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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 09:08:41 -0500
From: Anthony Rio
Subject: FW: Average Milage

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Subject:RE: Average Milage

Scott....

I have a '94 with the I6 and get around 18 city, 20 highway. If it's
running especially good and evrything is humming, I have seen 24 highway

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Sent:Sunday, April 05, 1998 7:34 PM
To:fordtrucks80up-digest ListService.net
Subject:Average Milage

Hi, I was wondering what the most milage is that i could get out of a well
cared
for 93 F-150 XL I6 would be??
Scott
93 F-150 XL



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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 09:08:55 -0500
From: Anthony Rio
Subject: FW: cb

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From:Anthony Rio [SMTP:trio tigroupchicago.com]
Sent:Tuesday, April 07, 1998 8:53 AM
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Subject:RE: cb

I have a **OLD** Cobra 800XLT that works like a charm. My dad bought it,
had it for about three years, and then gave it to me about five - six years
ago when he traded up. The range is pretty good, and the sound quality is
excellent. I on't know how the new cobra's are, but I would consider
getting another.

- -----Original Message-----
From:Bryant Smith [SMTP:bryant wilmington.net]
Sent:Monday, April 06, 1998 8:26 AM
To:fordtrucks80up ListService.net
Subject:cb

I have used a Uniden Pro510XL because it boasted 7 watts of power. But
in my dump truck fleet (all Fords!), I use the Cobra 29XLT Classics.
They are a full size radio so they include all the adjustments for RF
gain, mic gain, etc. With the SWR set, they actually work better than
the 7 watt Uniden. There are also models available with weather band and
the newest model (that I'll be replacing the Uniden in my F-150 with)
also has a back-lit face plate so also the switches and knobs light up.


>
> Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 14:06:35 -0800
> From: "Casey Vandor"
> Subject: cb
>
> I am going to be replacing my cb in the truck with a new one. I am
> wondering what types you guys have used and liked, full size or mini.
>
> Thanks
>
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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 09:09:12 -0500
From: Anthony Rio
Subject: FW: Alarm System Suggestions

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Sent:Friday, April 03, 1998 7:24 PM
To:'fordtrucks80up listservice.net'
Subject:RE: Alarm System Suggestions

Heck... the way the Chicago roads are, I ain't diving anything but my
full-size! :) Seriously, we see potholes bigger than the tires on some
cars. Also, the truck is great in aggressive city trafic because you just
flip the blinker on and merge. They get out of your way every time, and a
full size pick-up is about the only thing that the cabbies seem to
"respect". So far I haven't found any garages I can't get into, but I only
have a 2x4, so it doesn't sit as high as the 4x4s.

As far as I'm concerned my truck handles well enough and is agile enough to
get me in and out of anyplace a car can go in the city. As long as you
are an above-average parallel parker, you're fine!

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From:Chris Hedemark [SMTP:chris yonderway.com]
Sent:Friday, April 03, 1998 9:03 AM
To:fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Subject:Re: Alarm System Suggestions

Arnold Gladwell wrote:

> Maybe the car thieves of ol' but the new - thug - car thief travel in
> packs. Just like a pack of jackals.
> I was referring to the gangs of the cities that rule the shadows. Their
new
> "thing" is to steal a car/truck and joyride in it and "trash" it or use
it
> to "pull off" a crime or two and then trash it. They don't even see the
> potential of selling the parts (like the car thieves of ol'). And YES
they
> do carry guns and don't hesitate to use them. In fact that is another
> "game" those thugs play, "lets see how many bullets they can pump into
> somebody", just look at the news of any medium or large city.

Show of hands, how many of us here drive full sized pickups in a large
city??? Anyone???

There are probably a couple. But until a year ago, I worked in Center
City Philadelphia (before moving south). I found that my Dodge Ram
wouldn't fit in any parking garage, and even the fenced in parking lots
couldn't contain a fullsize pickup unless I got in early enough to nab
an end spot.

Furthermore, the fellows that you speak of are indeed more common than
they used to be in places like Philly but I maintain that the
overwhelming majority of car theives are unarmed and cowardly.

I have yet to see anything resembling a street gang here in Durham NC
though plus I can finally drive a fullsize pickup into town (same goes
for nearby Raleigh).

Funny thing about Jackals, by the way, they are very cowardly. They
know their place in the food chain and when another predator challenges
them for food, they tuck their tails between their legs and run away.
Try it sometime. I had some punk playing with the door handle on my 96
Mustang at the mall in Durham last summer. I walked up to him, with a
fullblown Philly accent (they only here that in the movies heheheh) and
as I reached my hand around for the small of my back as if I had a gun,
I yelled at him "Hey greaseball, do you think you can run faster than a
9mm bullet?" There was a moment of doubt in his eyes but I kept a good
poker face and off the jackal ran. Of course there was no gun, but my
car was unharmed and I put a good scare into the kid.

The Ford truck I am getting is a heap. It's an 87 but it is a totally
stripped down 2 wheel drive "work truck" that spent several years on a
farm before the next owner, my dad, got a hold of it and beat it up some
more in his cabinet business. No air. No electronics other than base
am/fm radio. Now he works in a homeless shelter in a really bad
neighborhood in the suburbs of Philly. I would say that this place
(Chester) is worse than most places inside of Philly. He leaves his
truck out there every night, sometimes with the doors unlocked, and
nobody even bothers. But it runs good (other than burning a quart of
oil every thousand miles or so) and starts every morning so it's worth
that much anyway. I am always amused at how dad can park it out there
every night with the doors unlocked and everything and they don't even
bother. Heheheheh.

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Date: Tue, 07 Apr 1998 10:07:59 -0400
From: Chris Hedemark
Subject: Re: CB Radios

Jram wrote:

> As far as size, as other people have mentioned the size of the radio depends
> on where you want to locate in the vehicle. As far as buying one, be
> careful. The 'legal' limit is 4 watts, but I have yet to see any CB Police
> arresting people.

In the hayday of CB radio, you used to see what we called "The Candyman"
going up and down the street. It was a plain looking van with a
rotating antenna on top. When someone would key up you'd see the
antenna sweep back and forth until it homed in on the direction.
Basically if anyone called out "Candyman" there would be radio silence
for some time from anyone with illegal gear like linear amps.

I haven't seen such a van for 15 years or more.

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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 08:33:12 -0600
From: "Giddens, Scott"
Subject: RE: CB Radios

The best CB radio I have seen is a Cobra 148 GTL, It is a 40 channel
w/side band.
I paid 155.00/used for it years ago and they are now selling for around
168.00.
It is very large and I had to make a special bracket for it that mounts
to the floor
and bends backwards. I purchased it from a CB shop and the guy said it
was
"peaked up" which means he re-tuned it to put out more power. The 148
GTL
is great for this because they have to de-tune them in the factory allot
to meet
the legal limit. This is why they are very popular and costly.

Scott

> I am going to be replacing my cb in the truck with a new one. I am
> wondering what types you guys have used and liked, full size or mini.
>
> Thanks
>
>

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Date: Tue, 07 Apr 1998 07:04:35
From: yhtlines surfari.net
Subject: O2 sensors

Someone was asking about changing O2 sensors and what do they do. On trucks
and cars, these are real easy to change. Trucks have one, and 302 Mustangs
have two. If you are at this level of trouble shooting, you really should
have a code reader, and be trouble shooting with the onboard computer. You
can (at least on cars) use a paper clip to jumper the computer and read the
codes on the dash. But a $40 code reader is a little nicer. The trouble
codes are available on various web sites. My experience has been to replace
the O2 sensor on high mileage vehicles or if it has been contaminated by
solvents etc. And that all my engines exhibited wierd EGR codes, (code 11,
I think). By removing, checking the operation and cleaning the EGR valve,
(requires a two dollar gasket), most all of my problems, including bad idle
went away. Like a charm. This thingy gets pretty coked up. Don't forget to
reset all the trouble codes and start over again. Dave Lampert

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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 11:55:52 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Randy L. Hatcher"
Subject: re: cb 7 watts (false advertising)

what is copper electronics address???

On Tue, 7 Apr 1998, Steve Neumann
wrote:

> At 03:46 PM 4/6/98 -0800, you wrote:
> >They do boast so!! I had that model, and when I first got it, I thought it
> >was great, 7 watts of power and all, but the FCC limits it to 4 watts, and
> >if you read the fine print, it is 7 watts to the PA hookup and 4 watts to
> >the radio. I was pissed, anyway, I have decided to go with the Cobra 25 LTD
> >(i think it is LTD) and up here, they want $170.00 for it. Does anybody
> >know a store that I can order through to get on cheaper? A website even?
> > i looked at the cobra site someone listed, but it seems they are all
> >reconditioned, I havn't had great luck with reconditioned, so I would like
> >to get a new one)
> >
> >Thanks
> >Casey
> >
> Copper Electronics...not sure if they have a website or not though
>
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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 12:06:44 -0400
From: CONWAY pjm.com
Subject: RE: cb 7 watts (false advertising)

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

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> From:Randy L. Hatcher [SMTP:afn23242 afn.org]
> Sent:Tuesday, April 07, 1998 11:56 AM
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> Subject:re: cb 7 watts (false advertising)
>
> what is copper electronics address???
>
>

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Date: Tue, 07 Apr 1998 09:30:49 -0700
From: Sheldon Belinkoff
Subject: Super Duty Xfer Case

Which transfer case is used on the 4X4 Super Duty F-350. Is it still
the BW 13-56?
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Date: Tue, 07 Apr 1998 10:36:00 -0700
From: David McDonald
Subject: Re: O2 Sensor - What is it used for?

Del Hosner III wrote:
>
> Beaman, James wrote:
>
> > Does anyone want to volunteer to give intstructions on how to change out an
> > O2 sensor, especially the one on my '92 351W? :) How would one go about
> > locating and identifying it and how is it removed? This would be good
> > information to have on all the sensors on the Ford EFI engines that need
> > periodic replacement but it is probably too much work for one person to
> > cover all sensors for all types of engines.
>
> Generally, (not sure about Ford trucks specifically) the O2 sensor is
> located in either the exhaust manifold (inline engines) or in the
> exhaust pipe ahead of the cat (inline or V engines).
>
> Del
> Shelby Twp, Mich
>
> P.S. Do yourself a favor and heed the advise given on a previous post.
> Do not run your vehicle w/o the O2 sensor hooked-up. Very important to
> computer, as are all sensor inputs, for proper fuel delivery.


Heya,

I'm going to change the O2 sensor on my '90 F250 351 tonight. I've
already found it on the truck, and I'm hopin it goes as easy as the one I
just changed on my Ford Probe.

The sensor is on top of a crossover tube just where the two exhaust
pipes come closest together to run into the front of the cat. It pretty
much looks like a spark plug. It has a hex head close to the fitting it's
screwed into. I learned a trick when workin on the probe, I'm gonna try it
again on my truck. You can cut the wire and use a six sided deep socket to
get it out (with penetrating oil, elbow grease, and lotsa cussin), but to put
the new one back in without damaging the new wire had me puzzled, until I
grabbed my 12 point deep socket. Double the wire over, center it on one of
the flats of the hex head on the sensor, and slip the 12 point socket over
it. Unless the wire gauge is much bigger on the truck than on the car, it'll
fit in one of the extra points in the socket.

I bought the replacment for my Probe from Big A, but Napa has 'em
too. I called Ford and they wanted double what the parts stores wanted, cuz
Ford's has the official Ford wiring connector. The parts store generic units
come with a chevy connector, I think. Snip off the connectors, strip the
wires, and put on yer favorite choice of wire connectors, solder, smash on,
or twist and tape. Just make sure the wire doesn't hang down and hit the
exhaust pipe. Personally I'm gonna twist, shrink tube and silicone the
connection for max waterproofing.

Dave McDonald
'90 F250 4x4 351 5 spd
Gibson, K&N, MSD 6A, western plow

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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 10:18:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: ALBERT DANIELS
Subject: RE: Creaking trans crossmember

I own a 96 F-150 and my truck has been inthe shop three times to get the
same creaking noise out. It still creaks after a heavy rain. I don't
like it but I am tired of bringing it to the dealer and not having a
vehicle. I am so pissed, but what should I do? Thanks

On Tue, 7 Apr 1998, Chad Royse wrote:

> You may say 'been there...' but just in case.
>
> My 97's popping was coming mainly from the front cross member under the
> engine. They had to drill out a rivet on each side and replace them with
> bolts. It got rid of 90% of my popping noises. I only get them now, under
> major frame flex. My 97 is the same as your 96 (4x4).
>
> Good luck,
> Chad
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> [mailto:owner-fordtrucks80up ListService.net]On Behalf Of KZarnesky
> Sent: Monday, April 06, 1998 10:12 PM
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> Subject: Re: Creaking trans crossmember
>
>
> I own a 96 F 250 HD extended cab longbed [460,E4OD] and it has been back
> to the dealership twice for a creaking trans crossmember.
> There is a TSB out on this and all of Ford's fixes have been tried to date
> [grade 8
> bolts,teflon pads] only to start creaking again in a few months.
> Due to the length of this truck it flexes alot.
> I have a few ideas [big,nasty star washers between x member& frame] but any
> help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
> Dave
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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 14:14:02 -0400
From: "Luke Walling"
Subject: Parts Still For Sale

Misc Ford Items Still Forsale :

2bbl 360/390 FE Intake (Factory 74 Ford)
4bbl 460 Intake (Factory Lincoln Item)
Ford Motorsport 3.73 Ring & Pinion -- Under 2k miles on them w/new pinion
bearing.

Make offers on the above, will ship anywhere (Including CODs) as long as
your paying for it :)>


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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 18:50:51, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: Stereo system problem.

Here's a question for all you "stereo system" geniouses out there. I
just had a 180 watt JBL amp installed into my Ranger. It is hooked
up to the factory stereo and powers one 10 inch Cerwin Vega sub-
woofer. It worked great for a week, but on saturday afternoon, it
took a crap. I had an electric sliding rear window installed and the
stereo hasn't sounded right since. When I have all four (plus the
woofer) on (fade on stereo in mid way between F and B) and turn the
volume up past half way, it sounds like there is bad static, kinda
like a station isn't tuned in--but this happens while playing a CD
too. Also, when I turn the truck on, it sounds like there is a sound
coming from the speakers....BEFORE the radio actually turns on. Does
anyone have a clue what the hell could be wrong?

Josh

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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 20:00:08 -0700
From: four-by-four juno.com (Off Road)
Subject: Wanted: Linear Amps

Would someone please let me know of a place where I could a linear amp
for entertainment purposes only. Please relpy to schneeberger juno.com
with an anonomus E-mail if possible.

Thanks


Zack H. Schneeberger
schneeberger juno.com

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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 20:09:57 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Randy L. Hatcher"
Subject: Re: Wanted: Linear Amps

what kind and for what?

On Tue, 7 Apr 1998, Off Road wrote:

> Would someone please let me know of a place where I could a linear amp
> for entertainment purposes only. Please relpy to schneeberger juno.com
> with an anonomus E-mail if possible.
>
> Thanks
>
>
> Zack H. Schneeberger
> schneeberger juno.com
>
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Date: Tue, 07 Apr 1998 20:14:28 -0700
From: Randy
Subject: Re: Stereo system problem.

Josh, check the amplifiers grounding and make sure it's solid. When
the pwr rear slider was installed, where did they run the wiring?
They may have interfered w/the amplifier power input or the input to
the speakers and sub. Does the amp get its main power from the
battery or from a take of on the fuse block? I don't mean the remote
turn on from the radio (if you hooked that up). An amp that large is
much better having power routed directly from the battery. The remote
will turn it on and off w/the radio power.
Later,
Randy
p.s. Any chance of getting those nerfs from your son?
MR JOSH J TENNEY wrote:
>
> Here's a question for all you "stereo system" geniouses out there. I
> just had a 180 watt JBL amp installed into my Ranger. It is hooked
> up to the factory stereo and powers one 10 inch Cerwin Vega sub-
> woofer. It worked great for a week, but on saturday afternoon, it
> took a crap. I had an electric sliding rear window installed and the
> stereo hasn't sounded right since. When I have all four (plus the
> woofer) on (fade on stereo in mid way between F and B) and turn the
> volume up past half way, it sounds like there is bad static, kinda
> like a station isn't tuned in--but this happens while playing a CD
> too. Also, when I turn the truck on, it sounds like there is a sound
> coming from the speakers....BEFORE the radio actually turns on. Does
> anyone have a clue what the hell could be wrong?
>
> Josh
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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 19:56:44 -0700
From: four-by-four juno.com (Off Road)
Subject: Re: cb

On Mon, 06 Apr 1998 10:15:50 -0500 "Beaman, James"
writes:
>Casey Vandor wrote:
>
>> I am going to be replacing my cb in the truck with a new one. I am
>> wondering what types you guys have used and liked, full size or
>mini.
>>
>There is a good deal on a Cobra remanufactured CB at
>http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.cobraelec.com/cb1.html. This is a radio with weatherband
>and a
>new one is regularly $110 but these are only $30. I went ahead and
>ordered
>one but it has not arrived yet so can not tell you my experience but
>it
>might be something you are interested in.
>
>James Beaman
>james.beaman lmco.com
>Houston, Texas

I have that cb. It is nice and definatly worth the price it has some
weather bands also. The only thing it lacks is a pa output. It has a nice
front firing speaker also.

Zack Schneeberger
schneeberger juno.com

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Date: Tue, 07 Apr 1998 20:24:46 -0700
From: Randy
Subject: Re: '87 F150 Supercab 4x4 XLT Lariat

Barry,
Congrats on the new truck. I too have an '87 (although it's an
F-250HD 4x4), but have the same motor. It is a Windsor motor, not a
Cleveland, which if I remember right from the list was never put into
a truck. The M (modified 400) was used in the 70' models. The only
difference that I KNOW of on our motors w/the H.O. label is they have
4 bbl carbs (the last year too). Whether or not Ford put anything
else special into these motors I have yet to find out. As mentioned
you probably have the C-6 tranny and not the C-4 which would be found
(more likely) behind a 5.0 liter. The Windsor has a taller deck
height than the Cleveland making it better for trucks (longer stroke,
more torque :}). I see someone mentioned they installed an F-250
front end, but if you're going to bother w/all that work, I'd search
long and hard (you'll have to) to find an F-350 monobeam axle as
opposed to the IFS, just a matter of opinion on that one.
Hope that answers some of your q's
Later,
Randy

Barry Baker wrote:
>
> I recently bought this truck, but it didn't come with any documentation, and
> it's my first Ford. BTW, it's a propane conversion. I'd really appreciate
> it if you could help me out with a couple of beginner questions...
>
> 1. The air filter cover says "5.8 Litre 4V H.O." OK, so it's a 351 -- but
> which one? I haven't found anything online so far that suggests whether it
> be the C, the W, the M, or some other breed altogether. Whichever it is,
> what are its general pros/cons.
>
> 2. What type of (automatic) transmission is the standard/best match?
>
> 3. Do front end/suspension components from 250/350's fit the 150?
>
> 4. The oil pressure gauge occasionally bottoms out while driving, but no
> other symptoms/leaks, and the dipstick looks fine. Are the pressure sensors
> suspect?
>
> 5. The brakes are kind of squishy, but by the sounds of a number of recent
> posts, that's a problem well-known to Ford trucks. Anything in particular
> that might contribute to brake problems with this particular model/year?
>
> 6. This model has power door locks. Did it originally come with remotes,
> or are there any aftermarket kits that allow you to add remotes?
>
> 7. Generally speaking, are there any other maintenance issues to which I
> should pay particular attention with this model/year?
>
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Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 19:28:32 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: thugs...was( Re: More Alarm Stuff....)

I have a friend who lives near and works in downtown Denver, who swore off
"The Club and those stupid blinking lights" and put two NRA stickers on his
back window and bright orange bumper sticker that said "Guns don't kill
people, unless you aim right." Hasn't even had his stereo stolen in the
almost two years he's lived in the less-than-perfect neighborhood.

Kind of goes along with the "What if THIS one's got a (well sighted I might
add) shiny stainless steel 9mm Ruger under his seat?" that might pass
through their mind before attempting a theft.

my $.02,
Dave
Arvada, --concealed weapon permit issuing-- CO....


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