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Re: Speedo gears and Better mpg with Higher Diff
Windshield wiper motor
Re: Windshield wiper motor
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Re: 2.8/2.9 Numbers


Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 08:13:36 -0500
From: David Cooley>
Subject: Re: Speedo gears and Better mpg with Higher Diff

At 12:16 AM 3/13/2000, you wrote:
>Yes, The speedo gear has been re-callibrated. It is within 1 mile per hour of
>dad's 1998 Ford Taurus. We ran them side by side at 30, 45 and 60 MPH. It
>varies more than 1 MPH. I would consider that pretty accurate.

Since Speedo is accurate, MPG increase is probably due to the engine
operating at an RPM that is more efficient for it's calibration than before.

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Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 14:20:50 -0700
From: Cliff Cameron>
Subject: Windshield wiper motor

I have to replace the wiper motor in my 86 B-II and it looks like a PITA.Does the cowl cover come off easily to get
access, or do I have to work through the grille with a couple screwdrivers. The forecast is for wet snow so I gotta do
this tonight. Anybody been through this one and got some advice?



From: "Bad Brian">
Subject: Re: Windshield wiper motor
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 13:40:55 PST

>I have to replace the wiper motor in my 86 B-II and it looks like a
>PITA.Does the cowl cover come off easily to get
>access, or do I have to work through the grille with a couple screwdrivers.
> The forecast is for wet snow so I gotta do
>this tonight. Anybody been through this one and got some advice?


I have an 87 and the wiper motor itself it mounted externally. There are
two access plates to get to the linkages. Are you sure this is not the
case? I would think they would be the same. If not i can only say.....

good luck




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Date: 14 Mar 00 21:07:48 EST
From: Tim Turner>
Subject: Re: 2.8/2.9 Numbers

Anyone know the factory redline, torque/hp figures w/ RPM for the 2.8 & 2.9?

Adam McLaughlin> wrote:
> What are considered mid to high engine speeds? I have never, ever run my
> beyond 3000 RPM. Is this a mid to higher speed?

Others may disagree but I'd call it solidly in the mid. But then when I'm not
in the truck I like the sound of engines that rev to high limits... (totally
OT, but a rotary engine at 8000 with an unrestricted intake is music to my
ears...) :-) In my 2.8 B-II I might shift at 3000 if I'm in no particular
hurry and up to 5000 If I'm rushed. (6000 If I'm POed!) Not much reason to
go past 4800-5200 though as the HP & torque have started falling way off by

> I am told that I am sacrificing power here,

A lot depends on the design of the engine though.. just as a generalization
you can have lots of low end torque at the expense of high RPM HP or lots of
HP up high at the sacrifice of low end torque. (One of the reasons for 'high
stall' torque converters; let the RPM come up enough to make some decent
torque at launch)

On my B-II the emphasis seems to be down low (as it should be for a 4x4) and
it's done making good usuable power at about the same RPM as Kim's 1.5L Capri
starts pushing you into the seat. Of course the redline on the Capri is some
2000-3000 RPM higher but the emphasis there is quickness rather than 'grunt'.
Shifting the B-II at 3000 probably wouldn't hurt the 0-60 time greatly but I
hate to think what it would do to the Capri's time Vs. shifting at 7000+!
(from 10 seconds to 17?) Made the mistake once of pulling into 60 MPH traffic
in 2nd and it seemed an eternity before it came up to speed. ;-)

> but I would rather have an engine
> last me forvever than to light then up whenever I wanted.

Nothing lasts forever! ;-) It's just me but I prefer to push it to the limits
(and beyond!) Of course this may have something to do with why I'm in the
occupation I'm in... bent my fist valve at 17 (1.8 Isuzu.. already 1000 RPM
over redline and go to shift and throttle stuck.. probably in excess of 9000
RPM when it bent); also my first valve job. later on (after the Road
Runner) had a 71 Capri 2L; back then for whatever reason Ford wasn't marking
tachs with a redline so I used it all (8000); only bad effect I saw on that
one was timing belt life measured in months.

Hmmm.. gonna run for now; big gasoline spill downtown at the HESS plant with
evacuations, drawbridge raised etc.. wonder if it'll make Nat'l news.. (Oh
joy.. spilt gas means even higher prices!) ;-)

Tim T.
Wilmington NC

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