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fordtrucks80up-digest Digest Volume 97 : Issue 64

Today's Topics:

Re: lightning wheels [Max Dooley
Help! Need advice! [Mark Roberts ]
Re; '98 Ranger [tgstoner umich.edu ]
Bronco II Stuff... [ILuvTruks aol.com ]
Explorer Goodies... [Mike Krause ]
RE: Help! Need advice! ["DAVID MUMMERY"
Re: Re; '98 Ranger [silent.bob juno.com (Silent . Bob) ]
Re: Re; '98 Ranger [Chris Kelly ]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest Digest V97 [deeney frii.com ]
460 knocking noise, need help! [deeney frii.com ]
Re: 460 knocking noise, need help! [Chewer aol.com ]
Remove me from mail list please. ["Paul H. McAmish"

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Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 00:29:14 -0400
From: Max Dooley
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Johnson Bradford Durkee wrote:
>
> Hi Guys,
> Does anybody know of a source for used lightning wheels. the dealer will
> bend me over for $350.00 each. (OUCH)I like the wheels but not that much.
> Brad Johnson
> Houston, Texas------ksbdj00 tamuk.edu
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> Texas A& I Kingsville, Texas
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JBD, just a thaught, you might try the connection in memphis tennesee.
not only might they have the wheels, they also carry a lot of factory
oem chrome wheels. I've seen one set of lightning wheels chromes and
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Date: Thu, 07 Aug 1997 23:57:48 -0500
From: Mark Roberts
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Subject: Help! Need advice!
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Am preparing to buy first Ford pickup, preferably a '96 or '97 (to get
low mileage). I don't know very much about trucks (like zippo) so all
pertinent and helpful advice would be appreciated.

Particularly I need help knowing what to buy to successfully pull a
fifth wheel trailer (in the 5000-6000 pound range).

I don't even know what F150 means (half ton?) or F250, or engine sizes,
etc. Please help this newbie get his Ford feet wet!

Thanks so much.


Mark

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Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 09:02:58 -0400
From: tgstoner umich.edu
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re; '98 Ranger
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Brian Pynn wrote:
> Any of you had the opportunity to actually see the new Ford Ranger
> (i.e. Auto Show somewhere in the US)? If so, what did you think of
> the new grille and hood? Haven't been any on display here in
> beautiful BC. I saw a picture on the internet but hard to make a
> judgment based on one static photo. I had a factory order in for a 97
> but my dealer missed the deadline and I was S.O.L. (or is that
> S.O.T.?). If I like the 98's I will likely purchase one...I
> understand they have mucho improved stability, torque, comfort and
> reliability on top of the cosmetic changes.
**********************************
Brian,

I haven't seen the new Ranger "in person" but wanted to tell everyone that
last week's issue of AutoWeek magazine had a half page description of the
changes along with a front view photograph. As I recall, although only the
new hood line is really noticable in the photo, they say that all of the
sheet metal is newly designed for '98. Apparently the standard cab has
more room, and the suspension is all new. In addition, the locking hubs on
the 4x4 are a totally new design which can be locked or released at any
speed. In that one photograph I've seen, the hood and grill look okay to
me. I might be tempted, but I'm really waiting for the true four door cab
design which is still apparently about nine months away. I'd like to have
a real back seat, and can generally do without a little bit of the bed size
in trade.

Tom Stoner
Ann Arbor, MI
1996 Ranger XLT SuperCab
1996 Taurus LX sedan

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Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 13:26:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: ILuvTruks aol.com
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Bronco II Stuff...
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Hi, ya lou,

I have a 1986 Bronco II XLT 4x4. I have been re-conditioning my truck for a
year. Due to an accident the previous owner had, ( Had no brake booster,
master cylindar, pads, and later no rotor, he couldn't stop and busted up the
front Right quarter) someone stealing the radio ( busting up the entire
interior dash ), and the mileage (150k) I have not made any major financial
modifications to it to make it show-truck quality. It is my proud work of
re-created art. You could say that my heart and soul have gone into this
truck...well, a lot of blood anyway. :-(

I have, however, upgraded the balding 205 tires to BF Goodrich AT 235/75
R15's on the re-painted stock rims with chrome hubcaps. It fills the truck's
profile much better and feels better driving. :-)

I'm not sure what the gearing is on the 88, or my 86 for that matter, but I'm
sure I can find out in a few days. I would not recomend a lift for this
vehicle if you want to be able to drive it. Even with my 235's I can feel
the tires go light at 30 mph on an on-ramp. I am super-careful when turning
and can not imagine how people drive the B2 with these 4" lifts. I love the
way it looks with the lift and 35' tires, don't get me wrong, but I think it
is way too unsafe.

Ford is supposed to be working something out with servicing the B2 to give it
some anti-topheavey counterweights. But between the courts, lawyers, and
Ford, who knows when we will see something happen?

As for your steering, my front end is very loose as well. I think that it
needs to be tightened up, but I have been busy with other trucks. ( F150
threw timing chain, conveniently placed behind everything :-(
I can fix the problem of being Xtra loose on bumpy pavement....Put on some
new shocks, and presto-chango! It Werkt fer mee!

Hope I can help with the info, I'll let you know if I find what the gearing
is.

Clay
86 Bronco II XLT 4x4

:-) The shortest distance between two points is always under construction :-(

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Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 12:56:51 -0500
From: Mike Krause
To: fordtrucks80up-digest lofcom.com
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Does anybody out there know if the new Mustang Cobra R rims can fit on a
'91 Explorer??? Also, I just got my A/C totally redone(new radiator,
termostat, hoses, etc.) and it doesn't run as cool as it used to. Can
anyone give me input so I can correct this????? Any help is much
appreciated. Thanks.
Mike

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Date: Fri, 8 Aug 97 23:02:29 UT
From: "DAVID MUMMERY"
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: RE: Help! Need advice!
Message-Id:

hi mark, It sounds as if you will be looking for a F250. I would recommend get
it with the 7.3L powerstroke diesel. The other choices are a 5.8L(351ci) or a
7.5L(460ci). The last two motors are great motors but, the diesel is made to
pull.
As for the 5.8L it will not have the power to safely get up hills. The 7.5L
will have more than enough power but it is a gas motor and it will drink quite
a lot of it.
You might think that a diesel is a turn off but, once you drive one you will
not want anything else.
As for the truck size. A F150 can pull the weight but,. 1) biggest motor is a
5.8L. 2) after going down a long hill the breaks get kind of warm. So the next
choice is the F250. They are available in the older body style and you can get
the 7.3L powerstroke.
Also you can get all three cab styles with the F250. Regular cab, super cab,
and the crew cab. I would look at the super or the crew cabs. The super cab
has the bench seat in the back and the crew cab has the four doors. So if you
are not confined to space and you do not mind the length go for the biggest
you can get. The longer the wheel base the better the truck will handle the
load.
As for the F350 one ton. You can get that with the 7.3L power stroke, but it
will ride a bit harder than the F250 because of the different front end.
Last little comment is to make sure you get a truck with a limited slip rear
end. Also if you can afford a 4X4 Get It! It is well worth it.
So hear is a little to get your feat wet. Have fun looking and always remember
to get what you need and what you want.
Good Luck Scott M

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From: Mark Roberts
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 1997 11:57 PM
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Help! Need advice!

Am preparing to buy first Ford pickup, preferably a '96 or '97 (to get
low mileage). I don't know very much about trucks (like zippo) so all
pertinent and helpful advice would be appreciated.

Particularly I need help knowing what to buy to successfully pull a
fifth wheel trailer (in the 5000-6000 pound range).

I don't even know what F150 means (half ton?) or F250, or engine sizes,
etc. Please help this newbie get his Ford feet wet!

Thanks so much.


Mark


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Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 21:25:46 EDT
From: silent.bob juno.com (Silent . Bob)
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: Re; '98 Ranger
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On Fri, 8 Aug 1997 09:02:58 -0400 tgstoner umich.edu writes:

>I haven't seen the new Ranger "in person" but wanted to tell everyone
>that
>last week's issue of AutoWeek magazine had a half page description of
>the
>changes along with a front view photograph. As I recall, although
>only the
>new hood line is really noticable in the photo, they say that all of
>the
>sheet metal is newly designed for '98. Apparently the standard cab
>has
>more room, and the suspension is all new. In addition, the locking
>hubs on
>the 4x4 are a totally new design which can be locked or released at
>any
>speed. In that one photograph I've seen, the hood and grill look okay
>to

>Tom Stoner
>Ann Arbor, MI
>1996 Ranger XLT SuperCab
>1996 Taurus LX sedan


Sounds good. Have you read anything about the engine sizes? I read
somewhere that they planed to do away with putting 2.3L and start putting
2.5L.

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Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 21:59:04 -0400
From: Chris Kelly
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Silent . Bob wrote:
>
> On Fri, 8 Aug 1997 09:02:58 -0400 tgstoner umich.edu writes:
>
> >I haven't seen the new Ranger "in person" but wanted to tell everyone
> >that
> >last week's issue of AutoWeek magazine had a half page description of
> >the
> >changes along with a front view photograph. As I recall, although
> >only the
> >new hood line is really noticable in the photo, they say that all of
> >the
> >sheet metal is newly designed for '98. Apparently the standard cab
> >has
> >more room, and the suspension is all new. In addition, the locking
> >hubs on
> >the 4x4 are a totally new design which can be locked or released at
> >any
> >speed. In that one photograph I've seen, the hood and grill look okay
> >to
>
> >Tom Stoner
> >Ann Arbor, MI
> >1996 Ranger XLT SuperCab
> >1996 Taurus LX sedan
>
> Sounds good. Have you read anything about the engine sizes? I read
> somewhere that they planed to do away with putting 2.3L and start putting
> 2.5L.
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absolutely right...reworked 2.3, more torque and horsepower! I cant
remember for sure but I think its 120 hp and 150 lbs tq. Should make a
little difference, is also suppose to be less noisy!!!!! and better
balanced. If you are still thinking about installing that V-8..wait..the
lighting is coming back with a reworked 5.4 liter(no numbers yet)
lowered f-150, fleetside or stepside, might not be able to get manual
though! Will let know when I find out more. Motor Trend is the
information source!

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Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 13:13:59 -0600 (MDT)
From: deeney frii.com
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
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I have a puzzler for everyone. I'm at wits end with a knocking noise coming
from the 460 engine with my '88 Ford E350. Here's the symptoms:

-Will not occur when driving around town.
-Starts rattling after about 15 minutes on the Interstate
-Seems to be coming from the left side of the engine.
-Frequency directly related to engine speed
-Pitch & volume not necessarily related to engine load.
-Sound is sort of a cross between banging & hammering noise.
-The knocking is occurring more and more frequently with time.
When first noticed, it would usually stop banging after
leaving the highway. It now continues until the engine
completely cools & is restarted.

What I've tried:

-Looked all around for exhaust leaks when the noise occurs. Nothing
obvious. The noise does resonate through the exhaust system.
-Used a stethoscope to check various parts of the engine. Seems to
be coming from the left rear cylinders (7/8).
-Yesterday I added a quart of Marvel Mystery oil, in an attempt to
remove varnish that could cause a sticking lifter. After driving
100 miles, it's still just as bad.

What I suspect:

From the stethoscope noise, it sounds like a mechanical hammering.
I suspect a lifter is sticking. With this theory, what puzzles me is
why it only occurs after an extended period of highway driving?

Another possibility would be a leaking head gasket that opens up when
the head gets warm. After using the stethoscope, I have a harder
time believing this.

My questions:

Could this be caused by a sticking lifter? I haven't been able to
figure out why high temperature & high speed would cause a lifter to
stick.

If it is a lifter, do I really need to remove the intake manifold to
fix?

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. My next step is to remove
the valve cover & check out the 7/8 cylinder valve rockers & adjusters.
Given the difficulty of accessing this motor, I'm not especially eager
to undertake this job if there's another alternative.

-Jeffrey Deeney- deeney frii.com
Life is a gift, live in the present.


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Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 13:15:52 -0600 (MDT)
From: deeney frii.com
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: 460 knocking noise, need help!
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I have a puzzler for everyone. I'm at wits end with a knocking noise coming
from the 460 engine with my '88 Ford E350. Here's the symptoms:

-Will not occur when driving around town.
-Starts rattling after about 15 minutes on the Interstate
-Seems to be coming from the left side of the engine.
-Frequency directly related to engine speed
-Pitch & volume not necessarily related to engine load.
-Sound is sort of a cross between banging & hammering noise.
-The knocking is occurring more and more frequently with time.
When first noticed, it would usually stop banging after
leaving the highway. It now continues until the engine
completely cools & is restarted.

What I've tried:

-Looked all around for exhaust leaks when the noise occurs. Nothing
obvious. The noise does resonate through the exhaust system.
-Used a stethoscope to check various parts of the engine. Seems to
be coming from the left rear cylinders (7/8).
-Yesterday I added a quart of Marvel Mystery oil, in an attempt to
remove varnish that could cause a sticking lifter. After driving
100 miles, it's still just as bad.

What I suspect:

From the stethoscope noise, it sounds like a mechanical hammering.
I suspect a lifter is sticking. With this theory, what puzzles me is
why it only occurs after an extended period of highway driving?

Another possibility would be a leaking head gasket that opens up when
the head gets warm. After using the stethoscope, I have a harder
time believing this.

My questions:

Could this be caused by a sticking lifter? I haven't been able to
figure out why high temperature & high speed would cause a lifter to
stick.

If it is a lifter, do I really need to remove the intake manifold to
fix?

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. My next step is to remove
the valve cover & check out the 7/8 cylinder valve rockers & adjusters.
Given the difficulty of accessing this motor, I'm not especially eager
to undertake this job if there's another alternative.

-Jeffrey Deeney- deeney frii.com
Life is a gift, live in the present.


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Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 19:19:09 -0400 (EDT)
From: Chewer aol.com
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: 460 knocking noise, need help!
Message-ID:

I'm currently a service manager in a Ford Dealership, and have been for over
10 years. I think I can point you in the direction of the source of your
noise however if I'm right you're not going to be happy. In 88 & 89 there....


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