fordtrucks-small-digest Thursday, April 16 1998 Volume 02 : Number 108



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In this issue:

bronco II conversion ["T.J. Spampinato" ]
Just some info on 1991 3.0L V6 [RandalDGazdecki eaton.com]
Re: bronco II conversion [mark fitzgerald ]
Re: Just some info on 1991 3.0L V6 ["Joe Merchak"
Torsion Bar--Easy to adjust? ["Shane Watson" ]
Wheel Weight Alternative ["Jerry Dean" ]

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Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 07:44:25 +0000
From: "T.J. Spampinato"
Subject: bronco II conversion

Hello,
Well since noone seems to have anything to say lately, I thought I
would ask about something that has been on my mind. Can you convert a
ford bronco II to a solid front axle, and if so what can you get it off
of? Plus I would like to hear anyones sstories good or bad about
building these little mini Bronc's. I happen to feel they are great
little trucks but are often over looked by the aftermarket. Any info is
helpful, thanks.

T.J.

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Date: 15 Apr 98 10:31:06 EDT
From: RandalDGazdecki eaton.com
Subject: Just some info on 1991 3.0L V6

The list has been kinda dead lately so I thought I would throw some wood on the fire...

I have been working on improving the performance of my 1991 3.0L V6 Ranger and I have been appalled at the lack of aftermarket parts available for it. The 4.0L has a ton of stuff available, but the 3.0L is just left in the dust. Here is some of the improvements I have found through some heavy searching.

1. Headers: Two california companies have PROMISED to design headers for the 3.0L this summer. I am crossing my fingers that they are compatible with my older 3.0L.

2. Intake: K&N "drop-in" filters are already available, but many of you noticed that there isn't much of an increase and they can be hard to install due to stiff rubber gaskets. My solution is a custom kit from Kurtz Kustom Motorsports. They basically sell you an adaptor and a cone filter and you take it from there. Problem: They are not street certified, but then again most emission inspection shops can't tell what's custom or stock. Anyway I am keeping the existing air-box for my annual inspections.

3. Exhaust: Borla has a Cat-back system that many people love, but I don't want to spend the money on single exhaust if I am going to dual this summer.

4. High-flow cat: This one's easy. Just get the 4.0L cat or one rated for 800cfm+ JC Whitney has some for about $99.

5. Chip: Don't want to buy Premium fuel? Don't buy the chip. Gas is too expensive here in WI, $0.27 tax per gallon.

6. Ignition: Depends on the aftermarket mods. You may need to upgrade the ignition if you keep fooling with the stock set-up. BTW: "Spout connector" if you don't know what it is, find out.

7. Rear-gears: Most (not all) 2wd older rangers come with 3.45 stock rear gears (axle code 84). You can get some pretty good giddyup with 3.73's and posi-traction. But unless you find one at a junkyard, the costs could become prohibitive.

8. XXXXXcharging: Don't try the turbocharging, it looks like a nightmare. Supercharging is possible but $$$$$. No intercoolers can cause pinging.

9. Ram air: Custom ram air looks simple and effective, but look out. One-ounce of water will blow your engine in a heart-beat.

10. Other: Any other suggestions??

Just a list I compiled along the way. Anyone else have info I am missing? Just trying to spark life to the discussion.

Randy
randaldgazdecki eaton.com

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Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 08:54:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: bronco II conversion

Yes it is p[ossible top swap a dana 44 or something similiar into a
ranger (bronco II twin). Your best bet wouls be to find a mid 70's
bronco and go from there. Enjoy.

Fitzy

- ---"T.J. Spampinato" wrote:
>
> Hello,
> Well since noone seems to have anything to say lately, I
thought I
> would ask about something that has been on my mind. Can you convert a
> ford bronco II to a solid front axle, and if so what can you get it
off
> of? Plus I would like to hear anyones sstories good or bad about
> building these little mini Bronc's. I happen to feel they are great
> little trucks but are often over looked by the aftermarket. Any
info is
> helpful, thanks.
>
> T.J.
>
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Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 12:15:51 -0400
From: "Joe Merchak"
Subject: Re: Just some info on 1991 3.0L V6

Some of these are good, but here are my mods

K&N air filter - fits perfect
Accell Supercoil
Gibbson 3" cat back exhaust - was only $200 something dont remember 5 years
ago when I bought
SuperMax Turbo air charger - $59.00 very good investment gave engine 22HP
measured on wheel dyno
JET - stage 1 chip - truck runs fine on regular gas
Blocked the vacuum line for the heat stack motor

- -----Original Message-----
From: RandalDGazdecki eaton.com
To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 1998 10:45 AM
Subject: Just some info on 1991 3.0L V6


>The list has been kinda dead lately so I thought I would throw some wood on
the fire...
>
>I have been working on improving the performance of my 1991 3.0L V6 Ranger
and I have been appalled at the lack of aftermarket parts available for it.
The 4.0L has a ton of stuff available, but the 3.0L is just left in the
dust. Here is some of the improvements I have found through some heavy
searching.
>
>1. Headers: Two california companies have PROMISED to design headers for
the 3.0L this summer. I am crossing my fingers that they are compatible
with my older 3.0L.
>
>2. Intake: K&N "drop-in" filters are already available, but many of you
noticed that there isn't much of an increase and they can be hard to install
due to stiff rubber gaskets. My solution is a custom kit from Kurtz Kustom
Motorsports. They basically sell you an adaptor and a cone filter and you
take it from there. Problem: They are not street certified, but then again
most emission inspection shops can't tell what's custom or stock. Anyway I
am keeping the existing air-box for my annual inspections.
>
>3. Exhaust: Borla has a Cat-back system that many people love, but I don't
want to spend the money on single exhaust if I am going to dual this summer.
>
>4. High-flow cat: This one's easy. Just get the 4.0L cat or one rated for
800cfm+ JC Whitney has some for about $99.
>
>5. Chip: Don't want to buy Premium fuel? Don't buy the chip. Gas is too
expensive here in WI, $0.27 tax per gallon.
>
>6. Ignition: Depends on the aftermarket mods. You may need to upgrade the
ignition if you keep fooling with the stock set-up. BTW: "Spout connector"
if you don't know what it is, find out.
>
>7. Rear-gears: Most (not all) 2wd older rangers come with 3.45 stock rear
gears (axle code 84). You can get some pretty good giddyup with 3.73's and
posi-traction. But unless you find one at a junkyard, the costs could
become prohibitive.
>
>8. XXXXXcharging: Don't try the turbocharging, it looks like a nightmare.
Supercharging is possible but $$$$$. No intercoolers can cause pinging.
>
>9. Ram air: Custom ram air looks simple and effective, but look out.
One-ounce of water will blow your engine in a heart-beat.
>
>10. Other: Any other suggestions??
>
>Just a list I compiled along the way. Anyone else have info I am missing?
Just trying to spark life to the discussion.
>
>Randy
>randaldgazdecki eaton.com
>
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Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 12:46:32 AKDT
From: "Shane Watson"
Subject: Torsion Bar--Easy to adjust?

Hi,

I have a 1998 Eddie Bauer with front independent suspension. I'd like to
raise the front end about an inch. At the same time, I plan to get a
lift kit for the rear end raising about 1(1/2) inches so that the entire
vehicle would be slanted slightly with the front pointing to the ground
for better aerodynamics and better highway stability.

Since I don't have an automatic ride control option, driving the Alaskan
potholes are uncommon. Is the torsion bar in the front easy to adjust
and how can this be achieved with simple hand tools?

Also, I'm thinking about having a height controllable device that
enables the driver and perhaps having a semi-automatic system that
raises and lower the ride height. Is there a company besides airlift
that offers it? I like the airlift offerings, but I don't like the
analog gauges for the controls. I like digital types that go along with
the message center and the digital clock radio.

I like the stance on fully equipped Dodge Durango and I like my car to
be the same.


Thanks,

Shane



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Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 18:02:42 -0400
From: "Jerry Dean"
Subject: Wheel Weight Alternative

Has anyone out there ever heard of or used the product called "Equal Tire
Performance"? I need to balance my new tires and wheels, but there is no
where to put any wheel weights on the rim. It mounts flush to the tire on
the front side and the back. The garage suggested using stick on weights,....


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