fordtrucks-small-digest Sunday, April 5 1998 Volume 02 : Number 100



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In this issue:

Wheels for sale [Luke Wells ]
Air Silencer on Explorer... [Mike Krause ]
Hydraulic Lifters - 2.9L [Hawk sktc.net]
Re: Wheels for sale [Garr&Pam ]
ADMIN: Article request, T-shirt and web site updates [Ken Payne
ADMIN: March archives online [Ken Payne ]
94 Ranger (Mazda) Upgrade options... ["Mark Colaluca"
Thule rack noise on 93 Explorer [John Eberst ]
Re: Intake Mods for a '94 Ranger 4.0 [Tom Test ]
Re: Intake Mods for a '94 Ranger 4.0 ["AutoTech" ]
Re: Pulling... ["Lou Guerriero" ]
Re: Low range upgrade for V8 Explorers and other stuff. [Tom Test

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Date: Sat, 04 Apr 1998 11:17:15 -0500
From: Luke Wells
Subject: Wheels for sale

If anyone is interested I have a set of 96 chrome ranger rims off my
splash, I just purchase a set
of 95 mustang cobra rims and need to get rid of these, they are 15x7
and only have 28,000 miles on
the rims and tires(P235 60 R15 Firestone Firehawk Touring) They are in
excellent condition, thanks

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Date: Sat, 04 Apr 1998 13:02:17 -0600
From: Mike Krause
Subject: Air Silencer on Explorer...

Could anyone tell me how to take the air silencer off on a '91
Explorer(4.0L V6). Also, does this in any way harm the engine or are
there any drawbacks?? Thanks
Mike

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Date: 4 Apr 1998 13:15:18 EDT
From: Hawk sktc.net
Subject: Hydraulic Lifters - 2.9L

Jayme wrote:
FO>Thanks to all those who have responded about the hyrdraulic lifter post a
FO>few issues ago. Well, from what I have ascertained from this list and
FO>talking with other people is that to do a complete lifter job entails the
FO>following parts:

FO>complete head gasket set(includes rocker cover, intake manifold, fuel
FO>injection gaskets) $45 bucks
FO>heads need to be resurfaced as well as possible valve job (around $100
FO>bucks here in Santa Cruz, CA)
FO>stretch bolts (45 bucks)
FO>new camshaft for high mileage engines (around $100 bucks?)
FO>lifters ($4 bucks each x 12 = 48 bucks)

FO>for a total of somewhere around $350w/tax if you do it yourself.

FO>Has anyone done this job? Am I missing anything? I'm going to do this
FO>in about 2 months when I have time this summer. It should be a good
FO>experience, hopefully it won't take more than, what, 6 hours under the
FO>hood? (and probably 3 hours of running around town when I find out I'm
FO>missing something important! arhjagh!)

Hi Jayme,

You better check out the tool box. You will need a good half inch drive
torx socket for the head bolts, T55 I think. Snap-on is worth the money
here (I broke a brand new Lysle on the 4th bolt). You will probably need
a good long breaker bar and cheater to properly torque the head bolts.
Six hours seemes optomistic to me, but I am slow. Good luck!
Buck Shoff

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Date: Sat, 04 Apr 1998 14:58:50 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: Wheels for sale

Luke Wells wrote:
>
> If anyone is interested I have a set of 96 chrome ranger rims off my
> splash, I just purchase a set
> of 95 mustang cobra rims and need to get rid of these, they are 15x7
> and only have 28,000 miles on
> the rims and tires(P235 60 R15 Firestone Firehawk Touring) They are in
> excellent condition, thanks
>
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How much?
Chris

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Date: Sat, 04 Apr 1998 15:35:19 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: Article request, T-shirt and web site updates

Work on the T-shirt is underway again. I would like
to ask members to send in pictures of their trucks
for the design. All years wanted! We want to
represent as many eras as possible. Must be stock or
near stock "appearance" (lowered within reason is okay),
no offense meant to modified owners but the T-shirt
will be a "historial" picture. Send your photo as a
JPG formated image (set image quality to highest
setting) to kpayne mindspring.com or snail mail it to:

Ford Truck Enthusiasts
T-Shirt Photo
PO Box 422
Lilburn, GA 30048

Those whose trucks we use will get a free T-shirt. If
we choose your truck, we will email a release to you.
Simply return it with your permission. Release will
cover you as well as us. Proceeds, as usual, will go
to fund the web site and lists. We also hope to expand
the mailings if proceeds allow.

The following updates have been made to the web site:

1. All pictorial pages reformated with a better layout.
2. 1960-1966, 1973-1979, 1980-1986, 1987-1996 and 1997+
pictorial pages have additions
3. Several new articles added to the articles page

I would like to ask list members to send in any articles.
It doesn't have to be fancy. If you can write a guide
detailing something you've done to your truck, from
installing a K&N filter on a 1997 F150 to installing a
new cam in a 302, its wanted. Since we have all skill
levels represented on the lists articles of all skill
levels are useful. As with all the articles, you keep
the copyright (I add a notice saying you're the copyright
holder and people need your permission to republish it).

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

PS. I almost have the free web space script working. Should be
up next weekend.

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Date: Sat, 04 Apr 1998 21:31:22 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: March archives online

March digest archives are now on the web site.

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

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Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 21:58:41 -0600
From: "Mark Colaluca"
Subject: 94 Ranger (Mazda) Upgrade options...

Have recently subscribed to this list, enjoying it immensely. Am beginning
to look at upgrading my 1994 Ranger (actually Mazda B-3000) Extended Cab
pickup. It is stock, was not going to do alot of upgrades if I wasn't going
to keep it - now it looks like I will have it for awhile. So, was wondering
if anyone has any opinions on the following upgrades:

1) I've got stock 14" alloy wheels (Bridgestone 27x8.5R14LT tires) right
now. Can I put on a 15" or 16" wheel with a lower profile tire in this
body? How would I go about finding out what wheel/tire combinations would
fit?

2) I've been reading about K&N air filters, and their air intake systems.
Would this be another suitable upgrade to look at?

3) Anyone added any subwoofer systems to this truck? I know JL Audio sells
a StealthEnclosure box, wondering if anyone has any other experiences with
custom stereo installs.

4) Finally, looking at a Dynomax Super Turbo Exhaust System. Any opinions?

Thanks for letting me ask a few newbie questions...

Mark Colaluca
pepsi cyberramp.net

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Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 20:09:45 -0800
From: John Eberst
Subject: Thule rack noise on 93 Explorer

I recently replaced the stock racks on my 93 Explorer with Thule racks.
The bars are 60" (I think, didn't measure) and I have the Thule legs w/
locks which fit in the stock roof tracks. The new rack fits my needs but
is far too noisy on the highway. I am not sure if the noise is caused by
the Thule legs, the square bar or the fact that the bars stick out over the
roof of the truck. I have spoken with two other Explore owners with Thule
racks and they both have noise problems. One has solved his problem with
the addition of the Thule wind screen. I wanted to try one but the dealer
did not have one in stock. Must admit that I am not happy that I need to
buy another $50 piece to quite down the Thule rack system.

Looking for any info other Thule users may have that might solve the noise
problem.

Thanks,
John Eberst
jeberst san.rr.com

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Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 00:01:29 EST
From: Tom Test
Subject: Re: Intake Mods for a '94 Ranger 4.0

In a message dated 98-04-02 02:48:37 EST, you write:

> On my way to work yesterday i saw a new F-250 in the parking lot. It was
> simply awsome. But it was the new bodystyle. I thought the F-250 was
> supposed to be the same body as the F-150?

There are two kinds of F-250 (have been for at least a couple
of generations). There is F-250 which is more or less a 3/4 ton
F-150; the new version shares the F-150 cab.

Then there is F-250 HD, which is a 3/4 ton rated medium truck,
in family F-350 - F-550. This one gets the new medium truck
cab (last year it still had the previous generation cab, along with
the rest of the medium size Fords).

The difference in styling is the small difference. The real
differences are in strength of frame, axles and springs.

Tom Test
92 Ranger

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Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 00:27:25 -0500
From: "AutoTech"
Subject: Re: Intake Mods for a '94 Ranger 4.0

FORD HAS FOR MANY YEARS ALLOWED YOU TO ORDER ANY STYLE BODY WITH HD REARS
AND TRANNY COMBOS AS LONG AS THE CHASSIS WAS COMPATABLE. I KNOW THIS
BECAUSE I HAD A FEW AND SO HAVE MY BROTHERS


BRONCO CORRAL

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> From: Tom Test
> To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Subject: Re: Intake Mods for a '94 Ranger 4.0
> Date: Sunday, April 05, 1998 12:01 AM
>
> In a message dated 98-04-02 02:48:37 EST, you write:
>
> > On my way to work yesterday i saw a new F-250 in the parking lot. It
was
> > simply awsome. But it was the new bodystyle. I thought the F-250 was
> > supposed to be the same body as the F-150?
>
> There are two kinds of F-250 (have been for at least a couple
> of generations). There is F-250 which is more or less a 3/4 ton
> F-150; the new version shares the F-150 cab.
>
> Then there is F-250 HD, which is a 3/4 ton rated medium truck,
> in family F-350 - F-550. This one gets the new medium truck
> cab (last year it still had the previous generation cab, along with
> the rest of the medium size Fords).
>
> The difference in styling is the small difference. The real
> differences are in strength of frame, axles and springs.
>
> Tom Test
> 92 Ranger
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Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 01:30:35 -0500
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: Re: Pulling...

Hi,

Reference the "dumping the anti-sieze compound" idea.

For me, I've had my brakes cleaned, brushed adjusted 3 times in the 2 years
I've owned it. Never did I notice the major difference that I found with
this.

Just my personal experience. But my TRUSTWORTHY mechanic friend said never
use it. He won't use it, since it promotes RUSTING, which causes the pull
in the first place.

That's the way I read it, and I'm happy.....

Lou Guerriero
________________________________
E-Mail: loug bigfoot.com
OR loucifur hotmail.com
ICQ UIN: 1235438
Kali NN: Loucifur

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Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 04:01:28 EDT
From: Tom Test
Subject: Re: Low range upgrade for V8 Explorers and other stuff.

In a message dated 98-04-03 01:10:21 EST, you write:
....


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