fordtrucks-small-digest Friday, April 17 1998 Volume 02 : Number 109



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In this issue:

Re: Just some info on 1991 3.0L V6 ["Mark Colaluca"
4.0 Performance Catalog [Brad Allerheiligen ]
re: 4.0 Performance Catalog [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)]
Slanted rear end [Shane Hampshire ]
Rear Seat Problem ["Maurer, Robert M." ]
4.0L engine knock ["Pendlebury" ]
'91 Explorer [Ken St John ]
Re: Slanted rear end [Ken Payne ]
1989 Bronco II- need help with some small problems [Jonathan Smith
Re: 1989 Bronco II- need help with some small problems [mark fitzgerald
exhaust and MPG [Randy Shelton ]
Re: 1989 Bronco II- need help with some small problems [Jonathan Smith
Re: Just some info on 1991 3.0L V6 [Tom Test ]

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 08:16:35 -0500
From: "Mark Colaluca"
Subject: Re: Just some info on 1991 3.0L V6

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...snip...

>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.
>


Doesn't Kurtz also have an electric fan kit that is supposed to help lighten
the load? Wondering what people's experience with them has been.

Another guy I talked to bought the NOS kit for the Mustang (kit # 05115) for
his Ranger ('93 I believe). Cost = $425.

Just a few more sprinkles of lighter fluid for your fire :)

Mark C.
pepsi cyberramp.net

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 08:08:19 -0800
From: Brad Allerheiligen
Subject: 4.0 Performance Catalog

Has anyone ordered 4.0 Liter Performance's $7.00 catalog? And is it
worth it?

4.0 Liter Performance
708B Betterarvia
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-8848

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 11:25:37, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: re: 4.0 Performance Catalog

I bought their catalog. Nice equipment for sale and great articles,
but I don't think it's worth $7. No color, no glossy lamination, no
nuthin'. Just black and white. If they gave them away they would
get more customers or charged a buck or two. Not worth $7. See if
you can get a better deal.
Josh

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 08:27:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: Shane Hampshire
Subject: Slanted rear end

Hello;

I have a 1983 Ford Ranger, its a nice truck and has been taken
care of. However, the rear end sits crooked.Driver side being lower
than the passenger. I was just wondering how I might get it to sit
properly.I don't have much money or very good tools, but if you can
help me I would appreciate it.



Shane Hampshire




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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 15:58:58 -0400
From: "Maurer, Robert M."
Subject: Rear Seat Problem

How's this for a shot in the dark? I recently purchased a 96 Explorer XLT
V8. A few days later I realized the 60 rear seat section (60/40 split)
would not fold flat. The 40 section works fine. The seat hinge at the
handle releases but the other hinge seems to bind. Looking at the other
seat, the hinge at the handle locks and the other does not. So I can not
understand what the seat is hung-up on.

I did not buy from a Ford dealer, so I figured I would try and fix things.
All else fails I'll take it to a Ford dealer (still have the balance of the
warranty).

Any ideas?? Any similar problems?? Thanks in advance for the help.

Rob
93 GT
96 XLT

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 17:16:18 -0400
From: "Pendlebury"
Subject: 4.0L engine knock

Hi All,

I have a 90 Ranger 4x2 with a 4.0L, auto trans and 120k. The tranny has
gone AGAIN and I'm wondering if it's worth replacing. Not only is the
tranny bad but I have a light metallic knock on initial start-up. It is
much more pronounced when it's cold out and goes away after 30-60 seconds.
I've had three opinions, one being the main bearing and two being lifters or
rods, but no one can say for sure. Is there a sure fire way to find out
before I put a $1500 tranny into a vehicle with a bad engine? It seems that
part of the problem is here in SE Virginia the weather has gotten warm
enough that the knock is very hit and miss sometimes non-existent.

TIA
Scott

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 17:00:11 -0600
From: Ken St John
Subject: '91 Explorer

My Explorer just started dropping 2-3 mph, when initially set to a
specific speed, in cruise control. Also, the speed drops more then
usual when going up inclines (while in cruise control). Dirty
injectors? or is this just the Cruise control system? Is this managed
by the on-board computer or does it have it's own electronic system?

Ken

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 21:22:32 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: Slanted rear end

At 08:27 AM 4/16/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Hello;
>
> I have a 1983 Ford Ranger, its a nice truck and has been taken
>care of. However, the rear end sits crooked.Driver side being lower
>than the passenger. I was just wondering how I might get it to sit
>properly.I don't have much money or very good tools, but if you can
>help me I would appreciate it.
>
>
>
> Shane Hampshire
>

Take it to a suspension shop and have them either replace the
rear springs or "re-arch" them.

Ken

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 22:56:31 -0500
From: Jonathan Smith
Subject: 1989 Bronco II- need help with some small problems

I just bought a 1989 Bronco II. It's 2wd w/ the 2.9L engine and a
5 speed manual transmission. The truck seems to be in excellent
mechanical shape but there are a few minor problems (cosmetic really :>)
that I'm trying to fix. I'd appreciate any advice.

The horn doesn't work. I haven't had a chance to really look at it, but
the fuse seems to be find and the horn is plugged into the wiring
harness. Anybody have any ideas of what could be wrong?

The side mirrors (it has the "flag" style fold flat mirrors) won't stay
in position- is there a fix for this or do I need to buy new mirrors?

The fuel gauge is not very accurate- I'm 90% sure that the truck has
a 23 gallon tank, but today when I filled it up (for the first time
since I've gotten it) the fuel gauge showed slightly less than 1/4
tank remaining, but it only held ~12 gallons. Is this just something
I'll have to live with (it's not a big deal but I want to make sure
it doesn't indicate a worse problem).

Finally- is there an aftermarket supplier of things like the mirrors,
etc? I need a few other things for the truck (spare tire cover for
one) and I think the Ford price is going to be a bit high.

Well, thanks for any help. I'm really enjoying this truck and if I can
get these few things fixed I'd enjoy it even more! :>

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 20:21:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: 1989 Bronco II- need help with some small problems

I believe the truck has two horns actually....One on the passenger
side in front of the battery and one on the drivers side next to the
radiator. you might want to play around checking continuity. I ended
up replacing the in-tank sensor on my ranger...it should run you about
90$ through Ford. The mirrors and tire covers are sold at any auto
parts store...cheap too...hope this helps.

Best regards,
Fitzy

- ---Jonathan Smith wrote:
>
> I just bought a 1989 Bronco II. It's 2wd w/ the 2.9L engine and a
> 5 speed manual transmission. The truck seems to be in excellent
> mechanical shape but there are a few minor problems (cosmetic really
:>)
> that I'm trying to fix. I'd appreciate any advice.
>
> The horn doesn't work. I haven't had a chance to really look at it,
but
> the fuse seems to be find and the horn is plugged into the wiring
> harness. Anybody have any ideas of what could be wrong?
>
> The side mirrors (it has the "flag" style fold flat mirrors) won't
stay
> in position- is there a fix for this or do I need to buy new mirrors?
>
> The fuel gauge is not very accurate- I'm 90% sure that the truck has
> a 23 gallon tank, but today when I filled it up (for the first time
> since I've gotten it) the fuel gauge showed slightly less than 1/4
> tank remaining, but it only held ~12 gallons. Is this just something
> I'll have to live with (it's not a big deal but I want to make sure
> it doesn't indicate a worse problem).
>
> Finally- is there an aftermarket supplier of things like the mirrors,
> etc? I need a few other things for the truck (spare tire cover for
> one) and I think the Ford price is going to be a bit high.
>
> Well, thanks for any help. I'm really enjoying this truck and if I
can
> get these few things fixed I'd enjoy it even more! :>
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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 23:29:44 -0500
From: Randy Shelton
Subject: exhaust and MPG

After much thought and all the exhaust solutions offered here, I decided to
try something different, mainly due to budget. I have a 97 super cab, 4x4,
4.0L, 5 spd manual, 3.27 diff, with 13000 miles. the original exhaust was
2.5 inch through the convertor and resonator, then reduced to 2 inch into
the muffler and out. I had a muffler shop cut the pipe at the reduction, and
bend anew pipe aout of 2.5 inch, to conform to stock apperance, but with no
muffler. Now th truck has a nice sound, although it's a V6 sound. Gas mileage
was 19/21 and now is 20/22.5. Cost $75.00. If gas is $1.00/gal, will pay for
itself in 12,000 miles. Power is deffinately better, especially in the low
end.
I can now start in first from idle on level. I can also pull some hills in 5th
that I had to downshift before.

Emissions should be the same, since I didn't change the convertor or the O2
sensors.

Just a thought for those wanting to know.

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 23:31:29 -0500
From: Jonathan Smith
Subject: Re: 1989 Bronco II- need help with some small problems

I'll have to bug my father about the mirrors. He owns an auto
parts store. I got the truck monday, so far I'm going to have to
replace the front shocks (no big deal, they're easy to get to), the
driver side door bushings, and the glove compartment latch. The truck
is in good shape (really! :>) but there's a few small things that I'd
like to fix. Thanks for the help- I'll check the horns tomorrow- I
forgot about the passenger side.
mark fitzgerald wrote:
>
> I believe the truck has two horns actually....One on the passenger
> side in front of the battery and one on the drivers side next to the
> radiator. you might want to play around checking continuity. I ended
> up replacing the in-tank sensor on my ranger...it should run you about
> 90$ through Ford. The mirrors and tire covers are sold at any auto
> parts store...cheap too...hope this helps.
>
> Best regards,
> Fitzy
>
> ---Jonathan Smith wrote:
> >
> > I just bought a 1989 Bronco II. It's 2wd w/ the 2.9L engine and a
> > 5 speed manual transmission. The truck seems to be in excellent
> > mechanical shape but there are a few minor problems (cosmetic really
> :>)
> > that I'm trying to fix. I'd appreciate any advice.
> >
> > The horn doesn't work. I haven't had a chance to really look at it,
> but
> > the fuse seems to be find and the horn is plugged into the wiring
> > harness. Anybody have any ideas of what could be wrong?
> >
> > The side mirrors (it has the "flag" style fold flat mirrors) won't
> stay
> > in position- is there a fix for this or do I need to buy new mirrors?
> >
> > The fuel gauge is not very accurate- I'm 90% sure that the truck has
> > a 23 gallon tank, but today when I filled it up (for the first time
> > since I've gotten it) the fuel gauge showed slightly less than 1/4
> > tank remaining, but it only held ~12 gallons. Is this just something
> > I'll have to live with (it's not a big deal but I want to make sure
> > it doesn't indicate a worse problem).
> >
> > Finally- is there an aftermarket supplier of things like the mirrors,
> > etc? I need a few other things for the truck (spare tire cover for
> > one) and I think the Ford price is going to be a bit high.
> >
> > Well, thanks for any help. I'm really enjoying this truck and if I
> can
> > get these few things fixed I'd enjoy it even more! :>
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Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 00:01:23 EDT
From: Tom Test
Subject: Re: Just some info on 1991 3.0L V6

In a message dated 98-04-15 10:48:05 EDT, you write:

> The 4.0L has a ton of stuff available, but the 3.0L is just left in the
dust.
>

This is the kind of problem you run into when there is a bigger engine
available; for more power, it looks like the better starting point, unless
the big engine has some kind of basic defect (too heavy, over-
stroked, siamesed bores, etc). A lot of times, the most cost effective
way of getting more power from a small-engine car or truck is to
put it a bigger engine. This has pretty much been the case in every
factory use of the 3.0 V6.

It doesn't look like a bad engine. I had one in a Sable, and have one
in a Ranger now. It spins up readily, but seems to be choked up
beyond 5000 rpm. It could probably stand better breathing for both
intake and exhaust. It is relatively light for its size. The power
for the displacement is actually comparable to a EFI 5.0 HO. (But
we've sort of gotten used to more expensive 3.0 engines being
as powerful as the 5.0 ).

I think, as a starting point, this engine compares well (for its size)
to the original '62 small block Ford V8 or '55 Chevy V8. A lot of the
engineering is the same, and the metallurgy is about 20 years better.
I've seen a lot of comments like "can't do anything with that, it has
a cast-iron crank" or "no good, it has cast pistons."

Both the Ford and Chevy V8s share these "problems." Both can
be taken quite a bit past stock before you have to start going to
stronger aftermarket parts. But they were not hampered by size.
Remember the first thing the manufacturers did with both of those
was increase displacement. People don't tweak 221 Fords, they
start with a 289, 302, or 351.

You've covered most of the "external" hot rod tricks, there are
really things available for about all you can do and stay smog legal.
At a higher cost, you can do more inside the engine and probably
still pass inspection though technically illegal. Here I'm talking
about blue-printing, porting, sending the cam out for a different
grind, maybe even a bit of boring and stroking, the traditional
machine shop hot rod stuff. That intake manifold looks like a
candidate for some polishing or maybe extrude-honing.

You can't rule out a chip change, this it the modern equivalent of tuning
carb and timing. A chip might be made to do something useful
without advancing timing into the premium gas range, but something
else you do to get more power out of the same displacement
(boost, more compression) may get you into high octane territory.

Anyway, I've been thinking about playing with 3.0 Vulcans after
retirement (about 10 years). The junkyards are going to be
full of good parts (count those Tauri) and the engine will be
getting to EPA "grandfather" age. The object of the exercise
would be to develop a nice performance 3.0 V6, not necessarily
for a truck, but for the fun of it.

But hey, you want to get more power now. If you want to be
street legal, I think the biggest single bolt-on increase would be
a centrifugal supercharger. If you only want to drag, nitrous ....


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