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small-list Digest Sat, 26 Feb 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 017

In This Issue:
Re: Remove a body decal
Re: Remove a body decal
Re: ethnic slurs
Re: [Re: [Re: 97 Explorer Alignment]];oops..
ADMIN: I'm back
ADMIN: Ford press releases


From: "William Hickey">
Subject: Re: Remove a body decal
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 07:34:35 PST

I am restoring a Pontiac Firebird Transam and would like to know how
to remove an exterial body decal. The car was repainted but the guy put
incorrect decals on it. How can I remove them without damaging the paint ?
Is there a checmical I can use to soften them up ? They apear to be a thin
plastic material like the 4X4 Offroad decals that are on my Ranger.

99 Ranger SC 4X4
98 Escort Wagon
97 Mustang Cobra (a rocket on wheels !)
88 Camaro Iroc-Z
85 Pontiac TransAm



Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 10:51:00 -0500
From: David Cooley>
Subject: Re: Remove a body decal

At 07:34 AM 2/26/00 -0800, you wrote:
>I am restoring a Pontiac Firebird Transam and would like to know how
>to remove an exterial body decal. The car was repainted but the guy put
>incorrect decals on it. How can I remove them without damaging the paint ?
>Is there a checmical I can use to soften them up ? They apear to be a
>thin plastic material like the 4X4 Offroad decals that are on my Ranger.

I'm not sure about *ALL* decals, but the ones I have seen are easily
removed with a hair dryer to heat them, then wax and grease remover to get
rid of the remaining adhesive stuck to the paint.

David Cooley N5XMT Internet: N5XMT
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Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 13:22:02 -0500
From: George Kowal>
Subject: Re: ethnic slurs

James Oxley wrote:

> David Cooley wrote:
> >
> > At 06:59 AM 2/17/00 -0500, you wrote:
> >
> > >I think a lot of us yung-uns simply don't know any better, and don't
> > >really mean anything by using the term, but I have since removed it from
> > >my vocabulary. I just call them Asian cars now.
> >
> What is the abbreviation for Japanese? According to websters, it's Jap.
> You could always use japanesque, which is "of japanese style". I don't
> see the problem with using it unless you are using it in a derogatory
> context.
> OX

I think we should redefine and reassess these "sensitivities".
It's quite normal and acceptable to shorten many terms for brevity and ease.
For instance when referring to someone from the Unites Kingdom, as an example,
you often call them a "Brit". Well I think it's time to give everyone the
freedom to
do similar to anyone else. As I see it, not allowing someone to call a car or
person of
Japanese origin is discriminatory.
Anyway enough on this subject, I'll still tend to call whomever whatever as we
all have the right to free speech. GK


Date: 26 Feb 00 19:42:47 EST
From: Tim Turner>
Subject: Re: [Re: [Re: 97 Explorer Alignment]];oops..

"Bobby Herring"> wrote:
> Are we talking about the same thing? I am the original poster.
> He showed me the parts and I thought he was showing me the washers on each
> end of the large bolt that holds the inboard end of the upper a-frame to
> frame.

Oops.. I thought the Explorer used the set up I described; the arrangement
you describe is certainly valid as well. Not being at the shop I had to go on
(faulty) memory. ;-)

> I also have a 93 Ranger and when I took it, he told me something along the
> lines of what you are talking about. A bushing that the ball joint mounts
> to move its placement in order to change caster/camber. I thought the way
> explained it to me, that the Explorer and Ranger were different because the
> 93 Ranger still has the I-beams and the Explorer is the later model with
> upper/lower a-frames, without the I-beams.

Fine with me if they did change it! But then again I guess the old bushing
set up was better than the ancient practice of bending the I-beam. I prefer
eccentric washers for adjustment myself and this *may* be what you now have.

> I am not questioning what you are saying,

That's OK; I question my own sanity often.

> I am only trying to understand.

Sorry if I muddied the waters.


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Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 20:51:23 -0500
From: Ken Payne>
Subject: ADMIN: I'm back

Hi gang. Peggy and I are back from her grandfather's funeral.
We decided that there wasn't much point in staying the entire
weekend and left a couple of hours after the funeral. He was
a very good man who's been suffering with cancer for months.

If you'll indulge me for a few sentences....

I hold in high regard anyone, regardless of their faith (ie,
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc) who can follow that
faith 100%. Its something I have a very difficult time doing.
Peggy's grandfather, "Doc", was one such man who, as a country
physician, had helped countless individuals and practiced
medicine in his retirement home to the very end. Very well
loved man who had a sincere belief in his God and did his
best to help others, even to the point of being taken
advantage of. I didn't know him very long, but his death
touched me deeply. I think his dying words said it all...

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure
is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my
course, I have kept the faith" 2 Timothy, 4:6-7

Can you imagine going out with those words? Hearing it left me

Anyway, I have received numerous messages of condolence from
fellow FTE'rs, and rather than attempt to answer them all I'll
say here to everyone.... "thank you." I mean it sincerely and
it was nice coming home to it. I'll be taking care of FTE
administrative items and will catch up by the end of the

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 09:59:16 -0500
From: Ken Payne>
Subject: ADMIN: Ford press releases

Five press releases from Ford have been added to the
news section of the site (linked off the main page of
the site,

Included is information on the 2001 Ranger Edge, the
2000 Escape and F150 Harley-Davidson pricing.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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