small-list-digest Tuesday, September 22 1998 Volume 02 : Number 265



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In this issue:

FTE Small - 3.8 V6 Into a Bronco?
FTE Small - Hesitation
Re: FTE Small - Hesitation
Re: FTE Small - 3.8 V6 Into a Bronco?
FTE Small - Parts for '86 Ranger
FTE Small - What are U-Joints???
FTE Small - Disney Land directions??
Re: FTE Small - Disney Land directions??
Re: FTE Small - Disney Land directions??
FTE Small - roaring ranger
Re: FTE Small - roaring ranger
Re: FTE Small - roaring ranger

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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 06:47:53 -0400
From: The Neighbors
Subject: FTE Small - 3.8 V6 Into a Bronco?

I probably don't have all the info I need to ask this question, but
I'm going to forge ahead anyway: A friend of mine has a mid-80's Bronco
with about 175,000 on the clock. He just bought a Mercury 3.8 V6 with
less than 70,000 miles on it, and he wants to know if he can drop that
3.8 into the hole the 2.9 was in?
This question is out of my league, since my truck is at least 30
years older than his. He's also not online, which is why I am posting
this question for him.

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'54 F250 Named Grover

"Any dropped tool or part will automatically fall into the most
inaccessible part of the vehicle."

grover ford-trucks.com


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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 08:40:57 -0400
From: ALFRED BROWN
Subject: FTE Small - Hesitation

I have a 1992 Ford Aerostar with 104,000 miles, having problems with
loss of power and hesitation when accelerating. Thanks in Advance.

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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 10:24:11 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Hesitation

Any black smoke from your tailpipe? How about a check engine light? The most
common cause I see of hesitation is a rich condition cause by a bad O2
sensor. A hesitation without a miss sounds fuel related so if you're not
getting any CE lights try a fuel filter, if that doesn't solve it check
your fuel pressure.
- -Russ
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From: ALFRED BROWN
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Monday, September 21, 1998 8:51 AM
Subject: FTE Small - Hesitation


>I have a 1992 Ford Aerostar with 104,000 miles, having problems with
>loss of power and hesitation when accelerating. Thanks in Advance.
>
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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 08:01:55 -0700
From: "Douglas Crann"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 3.8 V6 Into a Bronco?

any thing is doable with a torch and a hammer!
- -----Original Message-----
From: The Neighbors
To: FTE Small Trucks
Date: Monday, September 21, 1998 3:38 AM
Subject: FTE Small - 3.8 V6 Into a Bronco?


> I probably don't have all the info I need to ask this question, but
>I'm going to forge ahead anyway: A friend of mine has a mid-80's Bronco
>with about 175,000 on the clock. He just bought a Mercury 3.8 V6 with
>less than 70,000 miles on it, and he wants to know if he can drop that
>3.8 into the hole the 2.9 was in?
> This question is out of my league, since my truck is at least 30
>years older than his. He's also not online, which is why I am posting
>this question for him.
>
>--
>Don Neighbors
> '54 F250 Named Grover
>
> "Any dropped tool or part will automatically fall into the most
> inaccessible part of the vehicle."
>
> grover ford-trucks.com
>
>
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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 11:20:02 -0400
From: "Pierre Smith"
Subject: FTE Small - Parts for '86 Ranger

Hi all. I'm new to this list. I have '86 Ranger STX with the 2.9l engine
with 137k miles. It has generally been a great truck, but is beginning to
show its age. Judging from my readings the last couple of days, things
like U-joints are probably due to be inpected and probably replaced. At
any rate, I'm concerned with finding parts for this older truck. A couple
of years ago, one of the seat belt clasps (the female side) broke. I
literally went to five junk yards to find a replacement, without any luck.
(The part had long been discontinued by Ford). I eventually did find a
replacement that works (it's black and not chrome like the original) but,
without going into the details, I was lucky. Does anybody know of a mail
order house or something similar that deals in old parts (I need lots of
things that are simply not being replaced)? JC Whitney is not the answer
for seatbelts, at least. I want to keep the truck, but I really need a
ready supply of parts.

Thanks.

Pierre L. Smith

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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 08:56:33 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: FTE Small - What are U-Joints???

At 11:20 AM 9/21/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi all. I'm new to this list. I have '86 Ranger STX with the 2.9l engine
>with 137k miles. It has generally been a great truck, but is beginning to
>show its age. Judging from my readings the last couple of days, things
>like U-joints are probably due to be inpected and probably replaced.

I've seen a lot of comments regarding bad U-joints as well. What are
U-Joints anyway and how can I inspect mine?

Thanks.
Alan Wilson


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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 09:44:35 PDT
From: "Michael Krause"
Subject: FTE Small - Disney Land directions??

I'm new to CA and am interested in the get together at Disney Land. A
couple of questions though. 1) How far is and how do you get to Disney
Land from San Diego?? 2) Are there any residents of San Diego on this
list who are going to the this get together that I may meet up with? I
live in Pacific Beach if that helps. Thanks.
Michael Krause
sharktooth_76 hotmail.com

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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 10:06:42 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Disney Land directions??

Go north on I-5 for about 2 hours. Watch the exits, you can see the
Matterhorn right from the fwy (left side as you head north). If you get
to LA County, you've gone too far. Maybe you ought to get a good map of
So Cal before you leave.... you DON'T want to get lost in LA.
- --
Thom Cheney (ex-So Cal resident)
Early Bronco Entertainment
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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 10:08:47 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Disney Land directions??

At 09:44 AM 9/21/98 PDT, you wrote:
>I'm new to CA and am interested in the get together at Disney Land. A
>couple of questions though. 1) How far is and how do you get to Disney
>Land from San Diego?? 2) Are there any residents of San Diego on this
>list who are going to the this get together that I may meet up with? I
>live in Pacific Beach if that helps. Thanks.
>Michael Krause
>sharktooth_76 hotmail.com
>
Disneyland is about 30 minutes EAST of Los Angeles. San Diego is about 2
hours(depending on driving speed, could be less) SOUTH of Los Angeles.

What you could do is take Interstate 5 North until you reach the 91
Freeway...then take the 91 East and look for the signs...

Alan Wilson


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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 23:04:09 -0400
From: Nathan Heid
Subject: FTE Small - roaring ranger

about 3 months ago I posted a problem. after having my clutch along with
pilot and throwout bearings replaced at an AAMCO franchise, I have a loud
roaring from the floor from 25-32 mph in 3rd gear and from 30-45 in 4th
the noise is louder with increasing load, i.e. accelerating harder or
climbing a grade. at it's worst the rear view mirror blurs enough that it
becomes useless. my CD player will no longer track while accelerating from
25-45. steady cruising at these speeds is smooth and quiet. AAMCO has
flip-flopped from claiming there is no noise to stating that the noise is
to be expected in small trucks. this noise was non-existant until they
worked on the truck. By the way this is an '87 Ranger with a 5-speed and
130,000 miles.
So far I've replaced motor mounts, transmission mount, exhaust (cat-back),
and both universal joints with no change in the noise. What else could it
be? pilot bearing machined wrong???
AAMCO has offered to re-replace the clutch however if this doesn't fix
things I'll have to eat the costs. Anybody have any ideas what's wrong?
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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 23:37:07 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - roaring ranger

The clutch is probably out of balance, which would
be a defect in the clutch and therefor should be
warrantied.
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From: Nathan Heid
To: small-list ford-trucks.com

Date: Monday, September 21, 1998 11:12 PM
Subject: FTE Small - roaring ranger


> about 3 months ago I posted a problem. after
having my clutch along with
>pilot and throwout bearings replaced at an AAMCO
franchise, I have a loud
>roaring from the floor from 25-32 mph in 3rd gear
and from 30-45 in 4th
>the noise is louder with increasing load, i.e.
accelerating harder or
>climbing a grade. at it's worst the rear view
mirror blurs enough that it
>becomes useless. my CD player will no longer
track while accelerating from
>25-45. steady cruising at these speeds is smooth
and quiet. AAMCO has
>flip-flopped from claiming there is no noise to
stating that the noise is
>to be expected in small trucks. this noise was
non-existant until they
>worked on the truck. By the way this is an '87
Ranger with a 5-speed and
>130,000 miles.
> So far I've replaced motor mounts, transmission
mount, exhaust (cat-back),
>and both universal joints with no change in the
noise. What else could it
>be? pilot bearing machined wrong???
> AAMCO has offered to re-replace the clutch
however if this doesn't fix
>things I'll have to eat the costs. Anybody have
any ideas what's wrong?
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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 01:55:49 EDT
From: Raynesbear aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - roaring ranger

I've got a 92 4.0L ranger with a Mazda 5 speed and I had the tranny fixed
twice. The first time I was having the roaring sound for quite a while, then
the input shaft broke about one half hour into a two hour trip home. The shop
that fixed it told me I had leaked out most of the fluild through three small
holes used for installing purposes, then plugged with rubber grommets gone
bad. This shop replaced the input shaft, and put in a new clutch and slave and
PP, yet the tranny still roared when I picked it up. He danced around about
the other bearings in the tranny looked "good" so he did'nt replace all, so
just live with it. Seven months later I started hearing this "Playing card on
the spokes" sound in the tranny, so I took it to a local tranny shop, they
tore it down, and said that the cluster gear assembly had heated from the
first breakdown and should have been replaced then also. Those gears were now
brittle and breaking. They replaced it and another new input shaft, "matched
set", you know, and put brass plugs in the three holes and cured my roaring
problem!

Hope this helps!....


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