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fordtrucks-small-digest Wednesday, December 31 1997 Volume 01 : Number 006



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In this issue:

Explorer radio question [Jason Lile ]
CBs: antennas and mounting [Jerad Heffner ]
4.0L performance parts upgrades -Reply [Brad Allerheiligen
302 Ranger [Cullo ]
Chip for 2.3L [Mark Pawlowski ]
Re:CBs: antennas and mounting [Geoffrey Hoffman ]
Re:Explorer radio question [Geoffrey Hoffman ]
Re: CBs: antennas and mounting [Jmark6969 ]
Re: 302 Ranger [Jmark6969 ]
Re: Chip for 2.3L [Jmark6969 ]
Re: CBs: antennas and mounting [Blest25913 ]
Re: Explorer radio question [Midwest96 ]
Re: CBs: antennas and mounting [Midwest96 ]
Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #5 [Luke Wells ]
Re: CBs: antennas and mounting [thomas.panfili snet.net (Tom)]
Re: Explorer radio question [bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)]
exhausted exhaust [mgpkep juno.com (Michael G. Peacock)]
Re:exhaust and plugs [bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)]
Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #5 ["Justin Ling" ]
Fw: '88 bronco II ["Jim Shedlauskas" ]
Re:'88 bronco II [bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)]
ADMIN: Request for articles [Ken Payne ]

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 10:44:48 -0600
From: Jason Lile
Subject: Explorer radio question

I just bought my 91 Explorer about a month ago. I upgraded to the
factory cd player. I would like to sell the factory cassette deck that
I took out of my truck. Can someone please tell me how to know what
type of deck I have? I have the toggle switch volume control, but no
subwoofer in the right rear panel. Is this a non-JBL radio? What is
the difference if mine is not the JBL radio? Thanks for helping out
this Ford newbie! I love my new truck by the way. It's snowing
today...
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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 11:06:01 -0500
From: Jerad Heffner
Subject: CBs: antennas and mounting

I have an '84 Ranger 4x4. I am trying to find a suitable location to
mount a CB antenna, but I don't want some humongous antenna stickin' up
in the air. I'd rather not have a magnetic mount, and I was looking at
mirror mount. I've seen some trucks with the mirror mounted that look
decent, but I am afraid to do it to my truck. . I want to keep it
somewhat sporty (the appearance that is, the 2.3L 4-cyl doesn't cut it!
:P) I did find some that were through-the-window, and I think they are
relatively new to the market. My question is this: does anyone have
this kind of antenna, and if so, would you recommend it. It's a little
more expensive than the other ones i've looked at, but it would work
perfect and look great.

thanx in advance for any response

Jerad Heffner
'84 Ranger 4x4

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 08:41:23 -0800
From: Brad Allerheiligen
Subject: 4.0L performance parts upgrades -Reply

The December 97 issue of Off-Road Magazine has an article "4.0 Power
Up", according to the article "Like a larger throttle body, MAF sensors
create relatively modest improvements in power. Test data indicates the
smaller 65mm and 70mm units are capable of power increases in the
4-5hp range, while the larger 75mm and 77mm units are capable of
8-10hp increases on a properly appointed engine."

I have a 4.0 with a K&N filter, BBK headers, and a dual chamber
Flowmaster, I can definitely recommend all of these mods. Since you
already have a cat-back system look into headers, and if you really want
some good gains get a Competition Cams 49-410-8, good for 20hp or
there more aggressive 49-422-8, which is good for 30+hp in trucks with
exhaust/intake system upgrades and an aftermarket chip. If your going
the MAF sensor, or throttle body route I would recommend changing the
throttle body first, you get about the same hp gain but also have a
noticeable increase in throttle response. Let me know if you want some
more info.

Brad 94 Ranger PreRunner (NSTYXLT)
bradal guess.com

(From: KNBD87D prodigy.com)
Has anyone installed and K&N and larger mass air sensor onto thier 4.
0L Ranger/Explorer? I have a '98 with a 4.0L and I already had a
custom cat back system installed. I am looking for more power. My
plan is to add a K&N and larger mass air sensor next. Them comes a
larger throttle body, headers, and a computer chip. I was just
wondering if any of you have installed these parts and what you
thought of the hp and torque gains. Thanks in advance for any
responses.

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 12:28:13 EST
From: Cullo
Subject: 302 Ranger

No pictures at this point, I'm sorry. What I am gaining is alot of practical
experience
with little details of this conversion. I might be able to save someone some
time. My 87 ranger is a stripper, no power brakes, no power steering, no A/C.
All of which I am installing along with the 302 and AOD. I also installed
heavier front springs and sway bars, front and rear. I have dealt with the
three major suppliers of conversion parts and Ford. I was fortunate to find
Daves Mustang Parts (http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.daves-mustang-parts.com) here in Albuquerque.
Not only does he recycle Mustangs, he also handles Rangers, so I was able to
do alot of one stop shopping for used parts.
This all started when I moved from the mid-west to the west. Climbing the
passes I was being passed by 67 VW bugs and skate boarders. After 110,000
trouble free miles the old 2.0 was getting tired. So I took the plunge, it has
taken longer and will be more difficult then I imagined. The main problem has
been to keep it emissions legal.
Dart

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 10:45:45 -0800
From: Mark Pawlowski
Subject: Chip for 2.3L

I have a 97 XLT SC with a 2.3L and a 5 speed. I'm in Oregon and we have a few
hills that I have to drive up and down a couple of times a day to and from work.

I need a bit more power than the 2.3L has right now. I bought the truck with 4
miles on it in July and I have 12K on it now. I use Mobil 1 and noticed a
difference compaired to Ford's Dino Lub.

I was wondering if anyone out there has tried one of the chips for this engine
that I've seen on the Net and if you have which chip or where did you get it.

My other car, the one my wife allows me to drive once a week, is a 95 SHO which
is more or less a stock car with lights!

Thanks in advance,

Mark

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 14:27:33 -0500
From: Geoffrey Hoffman
Subject: Re:CBs: antennas and mounting

At 11:06 AM -0500 12/30/97, Jerad Heffner wrote:
>I have an '84 Ranger 4x4. I am trying to find a suitable location to
>mount a CB antenna, but I don't want some humongous antenna stickin' up
>in the air. I'd rather not have a magnetic mount, and I was looking at
>mirror mount. I've seen some trucks with the mirror mounted that look
>decent, but I am afraid to do it to my truck. . I want to keep it
>somewhat sporty (the appearance that is, the 2.3L 4-cyl doesn't cut it!
>:P) I did find some that were through-the-window, and I think they are
>relatively new to the market. My question is this: does anyone have
>this kind of antenna, and if so, would you recommend it. It's a little
>more expensive than the other ones i've looked at, but it would work
>perfect and look great.

the thing to remember about CB antenna's is that height is the most
important thing. you may not like having it on the roof per se, but that
is the best combo. you can put it on mirros and stuff as well, and that is
not a problem, the problem comes when people put them in the bottom of
their bed and can't figure out why it isn't working right.

even if an antenna is wound or whatever, it is still the height that makes
the most difference.


- --
Geoffrey Hoffman gch2 cornell.edu
Cornell University http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pobox.com/~hoffy

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 14:31:59 -0500
From: Geoffrey Hoffman
Subject: Re:Explorer radio question

At 11:44 AM -0500 12/30/97, Jason Lile wrote:
>I just bought my 91 Explorer about a month ago. I upgraded to the
>factory cd player. I would like to sell the factory cassette deck that
>I took out of my truck. Can someone please tell me how to know what
>type of deck I have? I have the toggle switch volume control, but no
>subwoofer in the right rear panel. Is this a non-JBL radio? What is
>the difference if mine is not the JBL radio? Thanks for helping out
>this Ford newbie! I love my new truck by the way. It's snowing
>today...

I am pretty sure my sister has the same explorer, and it is not a JBL
radio. The main difference is the sub in back, which is what i have. as
far as what kind, my sister had taken it out and put in a cd player, and i
looked at it, and it appears to be just a standard ford one.

see ya....


- --
Geoffrey Hoffman gch2 cornell.edu
Cornell University http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pobox.com/~hoffy

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 15:04:44 EST
From: Jmark6969
Subject: Re: CBs: antennas and mounting

hey guy,
I got a 96 ranger 2.3cyl, reg.cab, 4x2. I have a 102" antenna mounted in the
center of the front bed wall. Yeah i know it looks goofy but it works. i
get almost 15 miles in downtown dallas and can talk to colorado if conditions
are right. but if you want it to look sporty go with a 4 or 5 ft. on the
drivers bed side. you will have to drill holes for it but they won't look
bad. let me know ho it goes.

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 15:09:11 EST
From: Jmark6969
Subject: Re: 302 Ranger

I have a 96 ranger and I want to drop in a 302 with a full mustang package.
Could you send me the name's and addresses of the people who have helped you.
I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your help in advance.

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 15:14:37 EST
From: Jmark6969
Subject: Re: Chip for 2.3L

If you find out about the chip, please let me know. I have a 96 xlt and am
looking for more power. I got a few tips if you want them let me know

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 15:38:13 EST
From: Blest25913
Subject: Re: CBs: antennas and mounting

In a message dated 12/30/97 11:07:27 AM, you wrote:


mount a CB antenna, but I don't want some humongous antenna stickin' up
in the air. I'd rather not have a magnetic mount, and I was looking at
mirror mount. I've seen some trucks with the mirror mounted that look
decent, but I am afraid to do it to my truck. . I want to keep it
somewhat sporty (the appearance that is, the 2.3L 4-cyl doesn't cut it!
:P) I did find some that were through-the-window, and I think they are
relatively new to the market. My question is this: does anyone have
this kind of antenna, and if so, would you recommend it. It's a little
more expensive than the other ones i've looked at, but it would work
perfect and look great.

thanx in advance for any response

Jerad Heffner
'84 Ranger 4x4
>>

I have seen those advertised, too. If you get one, let me know how it works. I
have my CB antenna mounted on my '96 Ranger on the left front fender, where it
meets the hood. That way I don't have any holes in the top of the fender.
I just put a magnet mount on my '91 C*v*l**r. On the trunk.
Both of these work fine.

Ron Trampe

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 16:57:52 EST
From: Midwest96
Subject: Re: Explorer radio question

In a message dated 97-12-30 14:36:55 EST, you write:


radio. The main difference is the sub in back, which is what i have. as
far as what kind, my sister had taken it out and put in a cd player, and i
looked at it, and it appears to be just a standard ford one.

see ya....


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Geoffrey Hoffman gch2 cornell.edu
Cornell University http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pobox.com/~hoffy >>


In addition, you won't be able to reseel the stock radio. Ford destroys
several hundred a year, and they're not interested in getting any back.

Craig {Midwest96 aol.com}

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 17:03:25 EST
From: Midwest96
Subject: Re: CBs: antennas and mounting

In a message dated 97-12-30 11:07:27 EST, you write:


mount a CB antenna, but I don't want some humongous antenna stickin' up
in the air. I'd rather not have a magnetic mount, and I was looking at
mirror mount. I've seen some trucks with the mirror mounted that look
decent, but I am afraid to do it to my truck. . I want to keep it
somewhat sporty (the appearance that is, the 2.3L 4-cyl doesn't cut it!
:P) I did find some that were through-the-window, and I think they are
relatively new to the market. My question is this: does anyone have
this kind of antenna, and if so, would you recommend it. It's a little
more expensive than the other ones i've looked at, but it would work
perfect and look great.

thanx in advance for any response

Jerad Heffner
'84 Ranger 4x4
>>

Don't use through the glass if you want to hit more than a mile or so. I have
drilled out my mirrors ('96 F150 XLT) and put dual 3' on. If you want
receiving range definately go with duals. Other than that, don't put it on
the bed (Ithink that was mentioned somewhere). Sides of bed are fine, just
not on the floor. Through the glass distorts the signal enough that it really
limits your range. I have friend with a 94 Rangeer XLT Glass mount, and he
doesn't get beyond a mile or so.

Craig {Midwest96 aol.com}

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 18:18:52 -0500
From: Luke Wells
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #5

I have heard the Ford Ranger is the best selling compact truck in the US year
after year. I had a question, do the sales figures include state purchased
vehicles(a lot of work trucks in my state NC are F-150s or Rangers) also city
owned. And does this include business purchased Rangers( Pep Boys,and others use
the Ranger for a business truck). There is also a private garbage pickup in my
city that uses a half Ranger half garbage truck( it looks weird!). Thanks

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 23:26:29 GMT
From: thomas.panfili snet.net (Tom)
Subject: Re: CBs: antennas and mounting

On Tue, 30 Dec 1997 11:06:01 -0500, you wrote:

>I have an '84 Ranger 4x4. I am trying to find a suitable location to
>mount a CB antenna, but I don't want some humongous antenna stickin' up
>in the air. I'd rather not have a magnetic mount, and I was looking at
>mirror mount. I've seen some trucks with the mirror mounted that look
>decent, but I am afraid to do it to my truck. . I want to keep it
>somewhat sporty (the appearance that is, the 2.3L 4-cyl doesn't cut it!
>:P) I did find some that were through-the-window, and I think they are
>relatively new to the market. My question is this: does anyone have
>this kind of antenna, and if so, would you recommend it. It's a little
>more expensive than the other ones i've looked at, but it would work
>perfect and look great.
>
>thanx in advance for any response
>
>Jerad Heffner
>'84 Ranger 4x4
I have a '94 Splash 4x4 with a window mount and it works just fine.
It's from Radio shack a 2' fiberglass,about 40.00 bucks
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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 17:15:49 -0600
From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
Subject: Re: Explorer radio question

On Tue, 30 Dec 1997 16:57:52 EST Midwest96 writes:
In a message dated 97-12-30 14:36:55 EST, you write:

radio. The main difference is the sub in back, which is what i have.
as far as what kind, my sister had taken it out and put in a cd player,
and i looked at it, and it appears to be just a standard ford one.

see ya....


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> Geoffrey Hoffman gch2 cornell.edu
> Cornell University http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pobox.com/~hoffy >>
>
>
>In addition, you won't be able to reseel the stock radio. Ford
>destroys
>several hundred a year, and they're not interested in getting any
>back.
>
>Craig {Midwest96 aol.com}
>+---------
I wouln't buy a used one. My 91 cassette radio croaked and the
"Authorized Ford Radio Guy" said that the internal connection at the
volume toggle fails and ruins the circut board and is not worth fixing.
This is a JBL system with subwoofer in back. Was told that JBL systems
are unique in that they are a low-line level system with the amplifier at
each speaker, thus the clearer sound. (it is nice). My solution was to
buy a Ford JBL CD radio (complete with the Sony sticker on the side). The
guy only had two and acted like this wasn't a well stocked part. Paid
about $240.00 about two years ago for it and was happy to do so. Good
aftermarket CD radios were at least that much and many were more and they
were not compatiable with the rest of the JBL system (low line level and
all of that). The Ford unit was "plug and play" and sounds very nice,
plus it says "Ford" on it. By the way, I am NOT a radio expert! This is
the extent of my knowledge on dem dare radeoz.

B Rickman bmrickman juno.com
91 Exp 4X4 EB
81 F100 2wd 351w AOD

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 19:20:21 +0000
From: mgpkep juno.com (Michael G. Peacock)
Subject: exhausted exhaust

Hi, a quick question about exhuast. I have an '86 BroncoII 2.9Lefi.
I'm trying to pull a little more torque out of it. I've read some good
suggestions. I've put a K&N air filter on. I'm going to put a turbo
muffler on. Question is, for the effect that the muffler will have on the
2.9L over stock, should I spend a larger some of money for a name brand
turbo muffler or 15$ for a Summit Racing Equip. turbo? Keep in mind that
I'm interested in torque, not speed. Also It's almost time for enother
tuneup. Which spark plugs would you suggest and why? Thanks for any and
all replys! -Mike

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 19:19:13 -0600
From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
Subject: Re:exhaust and plugs

On Tue, 30 Dec 1997 19:20:21 +0000 mgpkep juno.com (Michael G. Peacock)
writes:
> Hi, a quick question about exhuast. I have an '86 BroncoII
>2.9Lefi. I'm trying to pull a little more torque out of it. I've read
>some good suggestions. I've put a K&N air filter on. I'm going to put
>a turbo muffler on. Question is, for the effect that the muffler will
>have on the 2.9L over stock, should I spend a larger some of money for
>a name brand turbo muffler or 15$ for a Summit Racing Equip. turbo?
>Keep in mind that I'm interested in torque, not speed. Also It's
>almost time for enother tuneup. Which spark plugs would you suggest
>and why? Thanks for any and all replys! -Mike
>+---------

writes:
>In a message dated 97-12-29 17:35:18 EST, you write:
>
>
> mileage was replacing the spark plugs. (with Autolite platinum) Good
>for
> about 2mpg at the time. Oh yeah, its got the "god I hope it n >>
>
> Umm. I thought that Autolites and Motorcraft were the same thing. I
could be wrong.
>+--------------
It seems to me that Autolite may be marketed more towards aftermarket
than factory replacement. May irk c*e*y owners to see Motorcraft on
their trucks. :-) I've heard that Autolite is better (probably more
marketing propaganda) and I'm happy with them. The money proably goes
in
the same pocket anyway.
>>

I used Split Fire as a performance alternative on my 96' Ranger with a
3.0L V6 and they we nothing but a hassle.. I think I got 12,000 miles out
of 'em. I replaced them with Autolights and have had 30,000 trouble free
miles so far out of them.
+--------------Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1980 and Newer
Here's a snip from the other list on plugs.
The last muffler I had put on my Explorer was an off the shelf turbo.
Cheap, quiet, and power and mileage are very acceptable to me.

B Rickman bmrickman juno.com
91 Exp 4X4 EB
81 F100 2wd 351w AOD

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 19:44:31 -0600
From: "Justin Ling"
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #5

Hey everybody, i have a Ranger '90 2.3L 4-cylinder.....(sad to say, want a
full-size)
anyways, had a wreck a while back...fixin it right now....one
question...the fenders in the frontat the bottom....has anybody ever
noticed these?? Should they kinda skrit out or are they at like a 90degree
angle?? mine are kinda skirted out...it took a lick in the front
end....any help is appreiciated...thanks

Also, to the man wanting a toneau cover, from personal experience on my
dad's '97 F-150, if you are gonna be in dusty conditions, i know not to get
a soft toneau, thats all i kow bout em

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> Re: 87 Ford ranger [silent.bob juno.com (Silent .
Bob)]
> RE: fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #1 [Barry Nestor

> 4.0L performance parts upgrades [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J
TENNEY)]
> Re: Tonneau or shell for Ranger? [Ned Young
]
> Re: Tonneau or shell for Ranger? [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J
TENNEY)]
> Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #3 [Bakend
]
> Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #4 [Bakend
]
> Tremendous growth... [Ken Payne
]
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> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 09:36:03 EST
> From: silent.bob juno.com (Silent . Bob)
> Subject: Re: 87 Ford ranger
>
> On Sun, 28 Dec 1997 18:41:51 EST Cullo writes:
> >I am in the process of putting an emmisions legal 302 and AOD in an 87
> >ford
> >ranger. Any one who is interested and has questions can e-mail me.
> >
> >
> >Dart
>
>
> Have any photos to show the install?
>
>
>
> silent.bob juno.com
> 95 Ranger 2.3L, SVO OHC
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.FordRanger.com (Ranger Site)
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.FordManTed.com (Mustang Site)
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 09:58:57 -0500
> From: Barry Nestor
> Subject: RE: fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #1
>
> I noticed in the models covered portion of the charter that Explorer's
> are not mentioned - should they be or am I misunderstanding something?
>
> Regards,
>
> Barry Nestor
>
> 91 Explorer Sport
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 10:26:16, -0500
> From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
> Subject: 4.0L performance parts upgrades
>
> Has anyone installed and K&N and larger mass air sensor onto thier 4.
> 0L Ranger/Explorer? I have a '98 with a 4.0L and I already had a
> custom cat back system installed. I am looking for more power. My
> plan is to add a K&N and larger mass air sensor next. Them comes a
> larger throttle body, headers, and a computer chip. I was just
> wondering if any of you have installed these parts and what you
> thought of the hp and torque gains. Thanks in advance for any
> responses.
>
> Josh
> KNBD87D prodigy.com
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 11:07:17 -0800
> From: Ned Young
> Subject: Re: Tonneau or shell for Ranger?
>
> I recently bought a soft cover for my 97 Ranger. I use the truck for
> commuting and occasional hauling, not work.
>
> A cap converts the truck into a 2-door station wagon. It can be locked.
> If you want to use the open bed for hauling, you'll probably
> need a hand getting the cap off. Hauling 4x8 plywood looked
> inconvenient. Rear visibility is affected. The cap should last the life
> of the truck.
>
> A hard cover seemed to me the least useful, unless you carry long
> things that aren't very tall. It can be locked. Again, you may need
> a hand dismounting it. The hard cover should last the life of the
> truck.
>
> A soft cover can't be locked. You can get access to any part of the
> bed anytime. One person can handle it. The cover can be rolled up
> like a bedroll and left attached at the front, great when you're away
> from home and decide to put something big in back. The other cover
> types would have to be taken off the truck and put somewhere.
>
> A soft cover won't last as long as a hard cover. Dealers
> in the (CA) Bay Area claimed a 2-3 year lifespan. But the soft cover's
> US$200, a hard cover's US$600, so I'd have to replace the soft one
> twice before it's more expensive.
>
> No idea about gas mileage. I try not to think about fuel economy,
> since I still remember my Accord. :-)
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 14:26:42, -0500
> From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
> Subject: Re: Tonneau or shell for Ranger?
>
> I have had both a hard and soft cover on my Rangers. The hard cover
> was very nice because it looked great and I could lock stuff inside.
> It was a b*tch to take off when I needed to. Now I have a soft cover
> on my '98. It doesn't look as good and I can't keep it secured. It
> basically keeps things dry back there. Gas mileage really isn't a
> factor....maybe 1 mpg. It won't pay off unless you keep the truck
> for a long, long time. Gas mileage might improve on like a 460 or big
> V8, but I really didn't notice any major difference. If you never, I
> mean NEVER haul anything higher than the bed rails, go with a hard
> cover. If you hual often, buy a soft one. I hardly ever haul
> anything, but the occasional once or twice a year made me buy a soft
> cover. I hope this helps.
>
> Josh Tenney
> KNBD87D prodigy.com
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 14:44:40 EST
> From: Bakend
> Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #3
>
> Where is the tank at? (State)
> D
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 14:47:23 EST
> From: Bakend
> Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #4
>
> In a message dated 97-12-29 06:52:33 EST, you write:
>
>
> Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 18:41:51 EST
> From: Cullo
> Subject: 87 Ford ranger
>
> I am in the process of putting an emmisions legal 302 and AOD in an 87
ford
> ranger. Any one who is interested and has questions can e-mail me.
>

> Dart
> >>
> Hey Dart,
> Keep us up dated on the project as it goes along Lots of us ae intrested!
> D Baken
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 22:17:39 -0500
> From: Ken Payne
> Subject: Tremendous growth...
>
> Just wait till the conversation on this list heats
> up! Next to our first list, this group has the
> fastest growth in our history. 140 members already!
>
> Ken Payne
> Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
> http://www.ford-trucks.com
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of fordtrucks-small-digest V1 #5
> ************************************
>
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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 21:06:27 -0600
From: "Jim Shedlauskas"
Subject: Fw: '88 bronco II

> >The gas gauge on my '88 Bronco II is off the scale when the tank is
full,
> >and reads 1/2 when the tank is empty. Is there a way to adjust this
other
> >than adjusting the float in the tank?
> >
> >Also, I'm looking at the idea of finding a 4.0l v6 and transmission in a
> >junkyard and replacing the 2.9 I've got now. Is this a direct swap?
Will
> >the electronic ignition on my '88 work on the 4.0l?
> >
> >Jim
> >

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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 21:47:30 -0600
From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
Subject: Re:'88 bronco II

On Tue, 30 Dec 1997 21:06:27 -0600 "Jim Shedlauskas"
writes:
>
>
>> >The gas gauge on my '88 Bronco II is off the scale when the tank is
>full,
>> >and reads 1/2 when the tank is empty. Is there a way to adjust
>this
>other
>> >than adjusting the float in the tank?
>> >
>> >Also, I'm looking at the idea of finding a 4.0l v6 and transmission
>in a
>> >junkyard and replacing the 2.9 I've got now. Is this a direct
>swap?
>Will
>> >the electronic ignition on my '88 work on the 4.0l?
>> >
>> >Jim
>> >
>+---------

The 4.0 is on it's own as far as parts. The ignition is crank fired
(distributerless). You might try to put a variable resistor (dashpot,
rheostat) in series with the guage wire to find the happy spot.
Good luck with your swap, I really like my 4.0. Lots of torque, for a
six anyway. No doubt many will suggest a V8 though.


B Rickman bmrickman juno.com
91 Exp 4X4 EB
81 F100 2wd 351w AOD

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Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 00:09:34 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: Request for articles

If you have a talent, have done an upgrade, engine swap,....


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