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fordtrucks-small-digest Thursday, March 12 1998 Volume 02 : Number 075



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In this issue:

Re: Water leaking into passenger side floor [Bakend ]
I wonder? [Luke Wells ]
RE: Explorer Radius Arm Bushing [Ken St John ]
Re: Engines & Air [Bill Funk ]
Lower Crawl Ratio ["Pete Lawless" ]
Green/Blue I/P illumination [qzl0st tpc.natp.gmeds.com (EI - Michael Ioco]
Re: Lower Crawl Ratio [mark fitzgerald ]
Re: Lower Crawl Ratio [james oxley ]
Re: Bronco front ends... and... ["Lou Guerriero" ]
ADMIN: Aerostar vote [Ken Payne ]
Re: Green/Blue I/P illumination ["R. Carson" ]
RE: ADMIN: Aerostar vote ["Rio, Tony" ]
Aerostars on mailing list [MEB8100 ]
Re: Aerostars on mailing list [Ken Payne ]
Bob or Sherry Anderson... [Ken Payne ]
Re: ADMIN: Aerostar vote [HYDROSMITH ]
Ron Blest - Engines & air [Richard Salitra ]

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 09:38:44 EST
From: Bakend
Subject: Re: Water leaking into passenger side floor

In a message dated 98-03-11 05:08:29 EST, you write:

> When I picked up my new '93 Ranger it was raining. By that night there was
> several inches of water on the passenger side floor.
> I took it to the dealer and they resealed the windshield. When the leak
> came
> back (just a little) a month later, I put some clear plastic caulking
around
> the lower right side of the windshield as best as I could after raising the
> hood. The leak never came back again. This might be your problem.
> Ron
That remided me of when I first got my 84 Broncette(B2) it leaked too (not as
bad as these) I removed the windshield trim and used silicone sealer around
the windshield and never thought about it again. If it works it is alot easier
than taking fenders and such apart.
D Baken

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 10:55:53 -0500
From: Luke Wells
Subject: I wonder?

I was reading an article in Sport and Compact Cars and saw a bit on how
higher octane gas used in Japanese vehicles does not affect horsepower
like it would in a mustang or c#maro. I can't remember the technical
stuff but it showed that these engines were built for this type of
gasoline, it also mentioned about how 100 octane in Japan is what 87 is
here in the states. I mean I never bias against any car until I buy it
drive it like hell and in a few months it blows(not like my Ranger). I
love any type of automobile truck or car whatever as long as it lasts.
The same magazine also had an article on drag testing of a 98 Firebird
Ram Air vs. a 98 Suburu(4 banger 2.8L 260 HP i think correct me if I am
wrong) anyway the Subaru waxed the Firebird by a complete second plus
some, I mean I love ford but they could take a few lessons. I was
wanting to know if it was possible to put two of these Hondatype 4's in
a mustang body and see what it would run, the weight couldn't be much
more than a 351 and would kill the 351's HP to weight ratio. Just my .02

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 08:59:00 -0700
From: Ken St John
Subject: RE: Explorer Radius Arm Bushing

I'll be installing radius arm drops along with polyurethane bushings
this weekend. I'll let you know the degree of difficulty for a ' 91
Explorer.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:Scola [SMTP:rscola email.msn.com]
> Sent:Tuesday, March 10, 1998 10:55 PM
> To:fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Subject:Re: Explorer Radius Arm Bushing
>
>
> Check out the Explorer Owner's Maintenance Reference Page at
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.glue.umd.edu/~singletn/exp.html
> They have a section on radius arm bushings.
>
> Bob
> '97 Explorer XLT SOHC
>
> >
> >>I've heard and now know that the passenger side radius arm bushing
> on
> >>the older(91-94?) Explorer has a tendency to MELT cause it's so
> close
> >to....
> >
>
>
>
>
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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 09:37:13 -0700
From: Bill Funk
Subject: Re: Engines & Air

> From: Blest25913
> Subject: Engines and Air
>
> I've just received my K&N air filter, and plan on putting it into my
> '96
> Ranger (3.0L) this weekend. I'll probably get the entire K&N 'air
> routing duct
> work" later.
> Does it really matter anymore how very clean the air is going to the
> engine?
> The air no longer has to go through a carburetor to get mixed with
> gas. What
> difference does it make if a few small particles of dust make it
> through the
> filter? Won't they just be burned up in the cylinder, and the smoke
> exhausted
> through the tail pipe? It seems to me that the quantity of air is more
>
> important than the cleanliness of the air.
> Ron

Clean air is very important.
The cylinder walls are not dry when the air/fuel charge enters; they
have a thin film of oil on them (otherwise they's char, and the rings
would go away real fast).
That oil will trap particles, and the rings will then drag them, scoring
the walls, ruining compression and allowing blow-by. Not a Good Thing.
Also, a particle trapped under a valve can cause a burnt spot, also not
a Good Thing.
The carb (or lack of the carb) doesn't have much to do with it.

Bill

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 10:16:34 -0800
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: Lower Crawl Ratio

I would like to lower the "crawl ratio" on my '88 Ranger STX 4x4. I'm
running 4.56's now which is just right for my tire size and steet-ability.
It's got the 5 speed Mitzu transmission. The truck has a very good granny
low range, but still struggled through the rougher stretches (and there are
a lot of them in its 30+ miles) of the Duzy-Ersham trail last summer. Too
much reving and slipping the clutch (tough on the equipment) to get up and
over the bigger rocks.
Anyone have any suggestions or experience with lowering the gears in the
transfer case? The Jeep and Toyota boys seem to have several options
through Marlin Crawler, Advanced Adapters, etc. for lower gear sets or dual
transfer cases. Anything similar for us Ford guys?
BTW: Aside from a couple good old pre-'77 broncos, I had the only Ranger on
the mountain (amongst a steady supply of Jeeps and Toyotas) and the best
looking rig if I don't say so myself.
Thanks in advance, Pete Lawless

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 14:43:21 -0500
From: qzl0st tpc.natp.gmeds.com (EI - Michael Ioco)
Subject: Green/Blue I/P illumination

Has anybody noticed the change in the illumination from 96-98 Explorers? I'm
not sure what the 97's look like, and I know that this applied to the 98 Ranger
as well.

On the 96 Explorers, the illumination was more of a blue. The 98 that I test
drove as well as my 98 Ranger has a green illumination. Does anybody know what
the reason for this change was?

I like the look of the blue illumination a lot better. It looks so much more
"alive" than this drab green. I do think the coolest one in the truck line-up
though it the F-150.

Any comments, idea, reasoning. Is this just a light behind the I/P, or is it
molded with a green tint?





Mike in Michigan

98 Ford Ranger
97 F-150
96 Explorer

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 12:51:28 -0800 (PST)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: Lower Crawl Ratio

if you really want to spend some cash but improve your trannie
immensely, you could go out and purchase the New Venture 4500. This
trannie has a grannie low first gear. other than that send your
transfer case out and have different gears swapped in. either way
you're looking at a serious bit of cash.

best regards,
Fitzy

- ---Pete Lawless wrote:
>
> I would like to lower the "crawl ratio" on my '88 Ranger STX 4x4. I'm
> running 4.56's now which is just right for my tire size and
steet-ability.
> It's got the 5 speed Mitzu transmission. The truck has a very good
granny
> low range, but still struggled through the rougher stretches (and
there are
> a lot of them in its 30+ miles) of the Duzy-Ersham trail last
summer. Too
> much reving and slipping the clutch (tough on the equipment) to get
up and
> over the bigger rocks.
> Anyone have any suggestions or experience with lowering the gears in
the
> transfer case? The Jeep and Toyota boys seem to have several options
> through Marlin Crawler, Advanced Adapters, etc. for lower gear sets
or dual
> transfer cases. Anything similar for us Ford guys?
> BTW: Aside from a couple good old pre-'77 broncos, I had the only
Ranger on
> the mountain (amongst a steady supply of Jeeps and Toyotas) and the
best
> looking rig if I don't say so myself.
> Thanks in advance, Pete Lawless
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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 16:05:47 -0800
From: james oxley
Subject: Re: Lower Crawl Ratio

mark fitzgerald wrote:
>
> if you really want to spend some cash but improve your trannie
> immensely, you could go out and purchase the New Venture 4500. This
> trannie has a grannie low first gear.

Not sure if they ever made the T-18/19 and/or NP 435 for small block
bell housings, but either of those has a 6.68 first gear and the NP435
came behind 460's, so power handling will never be a problem. NP205 gear
driven transfer case bolts right up to these trannies and is the
strongest transfer case ever made.

OX

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 17:38:31 -0500
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: Re: Bronco front ends... and...

Hi,

Thanks to James Oxely for the great advice on ranger/bronco front ends..
.much of that I would never have known... I'm still learning things..

As for the whole "oil" debate... well... I'll stand by my subsidy
claims... I think it's the US energy comission or something like that in
charge of it... I do know that millions of barrels are held "in reserve"
and are only sold when prices rise... to keep it cheap for the consumer...
often, due to fluctuations, the oil ends up being sold at a loss to the US
Govt... Which comes out of taxpayers pockets... which artificially keeps
the price down, which I, and others would call a subsidy. If you call the
government playing with prices free market, well....

You do make some good points though... But I still think that there is
no need to waste resources, just because we can. Mileage should be improved
greatly, and there is no reason why it can't be, especially when you compare
the development of passenger vehicles against trucks/suv's.

Anyway, I sure did spark a debate!

Lou Guerriero
________________________________
E-Mailloug bigfoot.com

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 17:32:15 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: Aerostar vote

Based on the response about Aerostars, there's enough interest,
for or against, to merit a vote. I will not vote on this issue
myself because:

Pro: I own an Aerostar and I would benefit from the discussion.
Con: It could change the nature/content of this list. (But, quite
frankly, I don't envision housewives on a Ford truck list
talking about their Aerostars)

Voting form is based off the main page of the web site. Voting
expires in 2 weeks. Please vote!! In our past votes less than
10% of the members voted. Your opinion counts and the issues
could possibly affect the character of the list (positively or
negatively).


http://www.ford-trucks.com

- -Ken

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 19:29:11 -0500
From: "R. Carson"
Subject: Re: Green/Blue I/P illumination

I agree with you on liking the 97 dash color. My 98 Ranger has the ugly
green while my 97 Ranger had the pretty blue. I wish their was a way to
get the blue color back.

ron

*********** REPLY SEPARATOR ***********

On 3/11/98, at 2:43 PM, qzl0st tpc.natp.gmeds.com wrote:

>Has anybody noticed the change in the illumination from 96-98 Explorers?
I'm
>not sure what the 97's look like, and I know that this applied to the 98
Ranger
>as well.
>
>On the 96 Explorers, the illumination was more of a blue. The 98 that I
test
>drove as well as my 98 Ranger has a green illumination. Does anybody know
what
>the reason for this change was?
>
>I like the look of the blue illumination a lot better. It looks so much
more
>"alive" than this drab green. I do think the coolest one in the truck
line-up
>though it the F-150.
>
>Any comments, idea, reasoning. Is this just a light behind the I/P, or is
it
>molded with a green tint?
>
>
>
>
>
>Mike in Michigan
>
>98 Ford Ranger
>97 F-150
>96 Explorer
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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 20:32:21 -0600
From: "Rio, Tony"
Subject: RE: ADMIN: Aerostar vote

Ken...

Might this be yet another list? Just curious as since I am also on the
80 and up list, I see posts concerning full sized Ford Vans. If Ford Van
discussion is permitted on the full sized truck lists, why not small
vans on the small truck list?

Of course this leads to a few philosophical questions...

1. Is a van a truck, or a truck a van, or both?
2. Which came first, the truck or the van?
3. If a van and a truck crash in the middle of a forest, but nobody is
there to hear it, do the airbags still deploy?

Just curious........

Tony Rio
Allstate Enterprise Help Center
PRC Analyst \ Integration Owner
Trio1 Allstate.com
(W) 847.402.9386


> -----Original Message-----
> From:Ken Payne [SMTP:fordtrucks-small listservice.net]
> Sent:Wednesday, March 11, 1998 4:32 PM
> To:fordtrucks-small listservice.net; kpayne mindspring.com
> Subject:ADMIN: Aerostar vote
>
> Based on the response about Aerostars, there's enough interest,
> for or against, to merit a vote. I will not vote on this issue
> myself because:
>
> Pro: I own an Aerostar and I would benefit from the discussion.
> Con: It could change the nature/content of this list. (But, quite
> frankly, I don't envision housewives on a Ford truck list
> talking about their Aerostars)
>
> Voting form is based off the main page of the web site. Voting
> expires in 2 weeks. Please vote!! In our past votes less than
> 10% of the members voted. Your opinion counts and the issues
> could possibly affect the character of the list (positively or
> negatively).
>
>
> http://www.ford-trucks.com
>
> -Ken
>
>
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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 21:36:19 EST
From: MEB8100
Subject: Aerostars on mailing list

Hopefully it's not too late to get my $.02 worth in. I have owned two
Aerostars and two Rangers. Presently have a 4.0 AWD Aerostar and a 4.0/auto
4X4 Ranger and I love them both (except the mileage sucks!). I definitely
would vote for putting Aerostars on the list, I don't think there would be
alot of volume but with the product commonality it would be a benefit overal.
Most people would be like me, owning an Aerostar AND a Ford truck.

Hopefully I can use this to get ONE Aerostar question in...has anybody
sucessfully SUV'd an Aerostar (increased ground clearance, 15" wheels, stiffer
suspension, etc.). If so, please write to me directly since Aerostars are not
on the list yet.

Thanks and keep up the great work guys,
Mark Biederbeck
MEB8100 aol.com

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 21:55:28 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: Aerostars on mailing list

You've got two weeks to get your vote in on the web site.

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

At 09:36 PM 3/11/98 EST, you wrote:
>Hopefully it's not too late to get my $.02 worth in. I have owned two
>Aerostars and two Rangers. Presently have a 4.0 AWD Aerostar and a 4.0/auto
>4X4 Ranger and I love them both (except the mileage sucks!). I definitely
>would vote for putting Aerostars on the list, I don't think there would be
>alot of volume but with the product commonality it would be a benefit overal.
>Most people would be like me, owning an Aerostar AND a Ford truck.
>
>Hopefully I can use this to get ONE Aerostar question in...has anybody
>sucessfully SUV'd an Aerostar (increased ground clearance, 15" wheels, stiffer
>suspension, etc.). If so, please write to me directly since Aerostars are not
>on the list yet.
>
>Thanks and keep up the great work guys,
>Mark Biederbeck
>MEB8100 aol.com
>

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 22:37:49 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Bob or Sherry Anderson...

Forwarded, if Bob or Sherry Anderson is here:

>Have been enjoying the truck enthusiast web page for some time.I have a
>53 F100 that we just finished.We may post it at a later date.
> I saw the 1951 Ford and 57 dragster that Bob & Sherry Anderson
>submitted. Unfortunately ,I see they do not have a E-Mail address
>attached to their article.
>I also have a 50's dragster that I am trying to restore and would like
>to contact them about theirs. We are planning to haul it with our 53.
>If possible, please forward this on for their consideration or have them
>mail us at rpracing execulink.com
>thank you for your consideration;
>
>Rick Proctor

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Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 00:52:15 EST
From: HYDROSMITH
Subject: Re: ADMIN: Aerostar vote

In a message dated 98-03-11 21:37:34 EST, you write:


there to hear it, do the airbags still deploy? >>

Just look for the people that the airbags killed.

Ford content:
The brake idiot light on my '88 Ranger S/C 4X4 5speed is coming on when I
apply the brakes. The pedal feels just fine,it's not mushy and it doesn't get
anywhere near the floor and pumping it makes no difference. Where is my
problem?

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 10:24:38 -0800
From: Richard Salitra
Subject: Ron Blest - Engines & air

After you've installed your K&N air filter and driven around with it
some, I'd be very curious for your opinion as to what, if any,
improvements it's made in the efficiency and performance of your
engine. I've contacted K&N myself about their product, but they don't
yet make their entire Filtercharger Injection Performance Kit for my....


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