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fordtrucks-small-digest Saturday, May 2 1998 Volume 02 : Number 120



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In this issue:

Re: fordRangers.com? [crazy69 cyberzone.net (??????)]
oil-leaking 2.9 [Chuck Anderson ]
Re: oil-leaking 2.9 [Filip M Gieszczykiewicz ]
Re: fordRangers.com? [S-10 Killer ]
ADMIN: List downtime scheduled [Ken Payne ]
RE: Dana 28 to Dana 35 swap ["Pete Lawless" ]
95 Ranger electrical problem [Melvin Montemerlo ]
Re: oil-leaking 2.9 [Bob Fiddes ]
Re: 95 Ranger electrical problem ["Jose A. Castillo" ]
Re: fordRangers.com? [Tom Test ]

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Date: Fri, 01 May 1998 11:29:32 GMT
From: crazy69 cyberzone.net (??????)
Subject: Re: fordRangers.com?

On Thu, 30 Apr 1998 22:44:05 -0500 (CDT), you wrote:

>anyone have any idea what's happened to www.ford ranger. com? I keep
>trying to access it and I keep getting "forbidden" messages.
>
>
>Jeff Parish stdjap11 unx1.shsu.ed
I just tried it and it worked just fine.
What scares me most about the concept of Good Old Days is that
someday, these will be the Good Old Days !!

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Date: Fri, 01 May 1998 10:14:06 -0400
From: Chuck Anderson
Subject: oil-leaking 2.9

I have a 1990 Bronco II with a 2.9. The vehicle has about 145,000 miles,
looks good and runs great. It's the most dependable vehicle I've ever
owned. The only problem, valve cover gaskets. I've replaced them before
but they keep leaking. Is there a manufacturer that makes a rubber-like
gasket? The cork gaskets just do not do the job.
Chuck Anderson,
Southeast Community College

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Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 09:49:15 -0500 (CDT)
From: Filip M Gieszczykiewicz
Subject: Re: oil-leaking 2.9

You (Chuck Anderson) wrote:
> I have a 1990 Bronco II with a 2.9. The vehicle has about 145,000 miles,
> looks good and runs great. It's the most dependable vehicle I've ever
> owned. The only problem, valve cover gaskets. I've replaced them before
> but they keep leaking. Is there a manufacturer that makes a rubber-like
> gasket? The cork gaskets just do not do the job.

Cork + RTV blue on both sides does a good job. 30K+ thus far... no sign of
even seepage. (Degrease both mating surfaces with engine-degreaser followed
by acetone. Straighten out the valve cover where the screws hold it down,
apply RTV in a continuous bead to both surfaces of gasket, place in gasket
in cover (most have tabs that hold it aligned, RTV holds it in place while
upside-down) and torque ONLY until bolts start moving cover down. Let cure
(usually 24hrs). Tighten down 1 turn more. Presto :-)

Take care.

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Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 09:56:33 -0500 (CDT)
From: S-10 Killer
Subject: Re: fordRangers.com?

Hey when did you start going to Sam Houston State? SHSU.edu has been
banned from ford ranger. com for quite some time now. Too many problems
thanks to Larry and Jay (aka Reddog, aka Goober) Ill see what I can do.

Robert Fox

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2.3L, SVO OHC
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On Thu, 30 Apr 1998, Hamstersbane wrote:

> anyone have any idea what's happened to www.ford ranger. com? I keep
> trying to access it and I keep getting "forbidden" messages.
>
>
> Jeff Parish stdjap11 unx1.shsu.ed
>
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.shsu.edu/~stdjap11
>
> It's not really paranoia if everyone really is out to get you.
>

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Date: Fri, 01 May 1998 11:32:49 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: List downtime scheduled

Saturday night at 8:00pm EST the lists will go down for the switch
to the new list server. All posts to the old lists after this time
will disappear into the bit bucket without a trace. Emails such
as "why aren't my posts getting through" and "why is the list dead"
will be ignored - take this as Fair Warning (Lord, strike that
poor boy down.... sorry Deacon, couldn't resist).

The switch should take a couple of hours but don't count on it.
Once the switch takes place, an email will be sent to all list
members containing subscribe, unsubscribe and posting
instructions. After receiving this email you'll be able to
post.

Subscribe requests to the old server will simply result in an
email containing new subscribe instructions. The web site
and FAQ will be updated to reflect the server change.

Also, no posts prior to downtime will get lost. I'll be
forcing a digest to go out to digest members about 5 minutes
before the shutdown so everyone will get their FTE fix.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 09:40:53 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: RE: Dana 28 to Dana 35 swap

Just a few more notes on the subject:
I also considered the solid axle Dana 44 swap, (which is a much revered and
proven piece of equipment, but have also seen plenty of them broken on the
trail) and after much research and considerable discussion with several
"experts" on the subject I came to the conclusion that the Dana 35 would be
MY best upgrade choice. A few things that helped me decide: Dana 35's use
the same size knuckles and u-joints as the Dana 44 TTB and, as OX stated,
you can help beef this up with Spicer's; the D35 ring and pinion is not a
weak point; properly set-up the D35 can achieve some pretty impressive
articulation; the D35 is a direct bolt-in (no cutting, welding, adapting)
with basically the same track width and same bolt pattern; lastly, cost.
Plus I'm just one of those guys that likes to go against the grain and
challenge the popular notion that TTB's are worthless. My Dana 28, although
overpowered by the 35" tires and 4.56 gears, impressed a lot of solid axle
boys over the years. And, hey, I can always cut and weld later!!
Pete

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Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 12:03:22 -0400
From: Melvin Montemerlo
Subject: 95 Ranger electrical problem

The Interior Cab light of the 95 Ranger is supposed to come on when you
open the drivers side door. It is supposed to stay on until you start the
truck, or for a max of 30 seconds. In my Ranger, it may or may not.
Usually the light doesn't come on when it is supposed to. However once it
didnt go off for an hour, until I found it on and opened and closed the
door a few times. In the warm (summer) weather, it generally does bettere
than in cold weather.
There is something else that may be related. When you are exiting
the truck and you put your hand on the interior door handle of the driver's
side, you get a small pulsating shock if your fingers touch the screws in
that handle.
Is there an electrical system manual for the 95 Ranger that might
be helpful?
The truck is still under the original warantee, but I would like to
be knowledgeable when I take it in to the Dealer.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Is it simply a box that has to be
replaced, or does it sound more complex? As you can tell, I am not a
mechanic.
Thanks,
Mel

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Date: Fri, 01 May 1998 18:42:21 -0700
From: Bob Fiddes
Subject: Re: oil-leaking 2.9

Yep, cork leaks like a crazy!!! Lots of work and no sealing. Get the ones from Felpro. They make the rubber versions
with the metal inserts where the bolt holes are. Also, clean both surfaces real well with a good grease/oil cutter.
Then use some high temperature RTV that is oil resistant to add additional sealing to both surfaces. When you
re-install the screws, use some loctite, 242 on the threads. That will help them to not loosen up due to engine
vibrations. Used this technique on my 86 Ranger, 2.9 about 120,000 miles ago and they are still sealed and dry.

It pays to take the extra time to do it right. Took me about 6 hours to do both sides cause there isn't much room to
work in there!

Good luck,

Bob

Chuck Anderson wrote:

> I have a 1990 Bronco II with a 2.9. The cork gaskets just do not do the job.
> Chuck Anderson,
> Southeast Community College
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Date: Fri, 01 May 1998 22:11:28 -0500
From: "Jose A. Castillo"
Subject: Re: 95 Ranger electrical problem

If you want the details to the Rangers electrics/wiring, to get a good
idea of how she is wired, I would suggest Helm Incorporated service
manual (1-800-782-4356) (They make the official service manual for FORD)

ask for - Electrical and Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual (EVTM)
FCS-12127-95

it will run you 36 dollars, and it is worth its' weight in gold.

I bought one when I was having door chime problems.
(The thought of going to a dealer makes me break out in a cold sweat)

Castillo, Jose A.
Dallas, Tx
1995 Ranger XLT, Extend Cab

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Date: Sat, 2 May 1998 01:55:17 EDT
From: Tom Test
Subject: Re: fordRangers.com?

In a message dated 98-05-01 07:33:52 EDT, you write:

> I keep getting "forbidden" messages

When you see something like this, it is not usually coming
from the site you want to connect to, but from someone
trying to screen content (censor-ware). If it is your ISP, you
need another ISP (unless you have asked for this service,
in which case it just backfired on you). If you get the problem
trying to go out from a corporate gateway/firewall, your
company may be controlling access. What ends up being....


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