small-list-digest Thursday, May 28 1998 Volume 02 : Number 147



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Ranger 3.0
FTE Small - Bronco II questions
Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump
FTE Small - Temp & Hubs
FTE Small - Re: 3.0L V-6
Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0
Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0
Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump
Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump
FTE Small - Tires
Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump
FTE Small - ADMIN: Ranchero list?
Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump
Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 08:50:51 -0400
From: Chuck Anderson
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

Being a former employee of a Ford dealer, I would reccommend the 3.0 V6 in
any Ford built vehicle. The 3.0 is a very durable, dependable engine. The
biggest drawback to the 3.0, besides the crazy location of the oil filter,
is the lack of performance add-ons in the market. There are many more
add-ons for the 4.0 due largely to the popularity of the Explorer. But for
a daily driver or commercial use, you can't go wrong with the 3.0.
Chuck Anderson

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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 09:07:50 -0400
From: Chuck Anderson
Subject: FTE Small - Bronco II questions

I have a 90 Bronco II, 2.9, auto. trans, and 147,000 miles. This has been a
true workhorse of a vehicle. Day in and day out this truck just keeps on
going, running more like it has only 47,000 miles. This is the firs 4X4
truck I've owned and the first with a auto transmission. A few questions:

1) The vehicle has a vibration at highway speeds, I'm not an ASE certified
mechanic, but I know it's the driveline. I want to replace the part. It
consist of CV joints and a small shaft. Do you just replace the joints?
The whole unit (shaft and joints)? I go to several auotparts stores and
they act as if I'm crazy. What is this part called? I call it the drive
line, but they scratch their heads and nod their heads yes just to go along
with me. I have both the hanes and chilton manuals, which BTW are about as
valuable as a $3 bill with Bill Clinton's face on it. The manuals give no
information. Any suggestions?

2) I need to change the transmission fluid, never attempted this on my own,
but what the heck. How much fluid does this hold? In one section of the
hanes manual it says 3 quarts, in another section it says 10 pints. I know
my math, and 3 quarts does not equal 10 pints. Help appreciated.

3) I bought the bronco used with about 70,000 miles 4 years ago. During
the first year I owned it, I regularly received mail from the Bronco II
Litigation Society. Does anyone know what gives with this now? Or did
people relize that the Bronco II cannot be driven like a Mustang GT.

Oh well, sorry to go on so long. But any feed back on these questions is
very much appreciated. I really like this list, it has proven very helpful.

Thanks,
Chuck Anderson

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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 10:09:06 EDT
From: Bakend
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump

In a message dated 5/26/98 10:27:30 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
jmerchak webspan.net writes:

> I had this problem with my 81 TA. I found out it was the pressure =
> release valve in the oil pump that was bad. would get stuck open.
Hey,
I am thinking this problem would also cause hydraulic lifters to clatter at
different times and then suddenly stop clattering,and run fine for a while and
then start in again. What do you think? I have had this problemwith my 2.9 in
a ranger since it was new, but it is getting almost intolerable now.
D Baken
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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 09:23:55 -0500
From: John Cassis
Subject: FTE Small - Temp & Hubs

James,

Thanks for the info. did you go back with factory auto-lock hubs or did =
you replace yours with the manuals? I talked to Off-Road Unlimited over =
the w/e and they only wanted $250 to put in warn manual lockers - they =
said and so have many people on the list that the warns are the way to =
go. Right now I'm just goint to fix the cooling system and hope the hub =
hold out for a couple of months (I'm going on vacation in another 6 =
weeks trying to save some cash). Anyway thanks for the help.

John Cassis
93' STX 4x4 3.0/5-speed
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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 09:40:44 -0500
From: "John Cheyney RN, BSN, CCRN"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: 3.0L V-6

>Ron,

>I have to disagree......kind-of.


I also disagree. I have a 1993 XLT Supercab, (2 wheel drive, 5-speed OD) with the 3.0L V-6. The engine does have it's limitations, mostly a lack of low end torque. I get 19 to 20 mpg commuting in the city and a couple more mpg on the road. The engine has been bulletproof. The only thing I have had to do is have the waterpump replaced. That was partially my fault because the truck was showing symptoms of a problem and I ignored them for too long.


There are a couple of places I would go for the 4.0L. If I were doing heavy towing or four-wheel drive work I would take the bigger engine (for the torque). Also, if I planned on doing some serious hotrodding I would go with the 4.0L because there are a lot more parts out there. (We have been trying to get someone to make headers for the 3.0L for years and are just now hearing they might be coming out this summer.) Otherwise if money is an issue I can recommend the 3.0L engine as a good bet.



8080,0000,8080John Cheyney
RN, BSN, CCRN

1213 McHam

Irving, Texas

75062


Email: cheyne19 idt.net

jcheyn childmed.dallas.tx.us



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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 11:37:11 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

I do not have the 3.0., I have the 2.9 and i have all of the power i need, I
can even take my father off the line and he Has a 4.0

Later
Jim
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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 16:18:01 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

FrdRngrLvr wrote:
>
> I do not have the 3.0., I have the 2.9 and i have all of the power i need, I
> can even take my father off the line and he Has a 4.0
>
> Later
> Jim
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The 4.0 come form the 2.9...in MY opinion the 2.9 has more power than
the 3.0! Just ask the guy in the B3000(Mazdas verison of the ranger)
with a 5 speed why he got whipped by an 88 ranger(bone stock) with a 2.9
and auto!

Chris
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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 16:08:52 -0500
From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump

On Wed, 27 May 1998 10:09:06 EDT Bakend writes:
>In a message dated 5/26/98 10:27:30 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
>jmerchak webspan.net writes:
>
>> I had this problem with my 81 TA. I found out it was the pressure =
>> release valve in the oil pump that was bad. would get stuck open.
>Hey, I am thinking this problem would also cause hydraulic lifters to
>clatter at different times and then suddenly stop clattering,and run
fine for a
>while and then start in again. What do you think? I have had this
problem with >my 2.9 in a ranger since it was new, but it is getting
almost intolerable now.
>D Baken
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If I'm not mistaken the 2.9 (and 2.8) liter have solid lifters. You may
want to look into adjusting them.

Brian Rickman bmrickman juno.com
91 Explorer 4X4 EB AOD
81 F100 2wd 351w AOD

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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 17:50:29 -0400
From: luxjo thecore.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump

Have some stuff for sale.

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Sell 100$

Alignment shims, 5 in all, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75,
and 2 degree. Perfect for your camber or
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Sell all for 50$

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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 21:01:00 -0400
From: David
Subject: FTE Small - Tires

I'm getting ready to put new tires on my ranger. Does anyone have any
recomendations on replacement tires? In the back of Petersons 4 wheel and
Off road there is a company that sells retreads. Has anyone had any
experiences with them? I emailed the company and they said that they come
with a 2 yr./24k warranty. They want $31.99 for 235/75R-15's. Any other
suggestions on replacement tires

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Date: 27 May 1998 19:22:18 EDT
From: Hawk sktc.net
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump

SM>In a message dated 5/26/98 10:27:30 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
SM>jmerchak webspan.net writes:

SM>> I had this problem with my 81 TA. I found out it was the pressure =
SM>> release valve in the oil pump that was bad. would get stuck open.
SM>Hey,
SM>I am thinking this problem would also cause hydraulic lifters to clatter at
SM>different times and then suddenly stop clattering,and run fine for a while a
SM>then start in again. What do you think? I have had this problemwith my 2.9 i
SM>a ranger since it was new, but it is getting almost intolerable now.
SM>D Baken

Someone suggested checking the oil pressure with a mechanical/master
guage. I think that was excellent advise. If you can't get hold of a
master guage, think about trying a new sender, they are cheap and easy
to stick in. Alot cheaper and easier than pulling a pan and replacing a
oil pump. It is my experience that 2.9's have excellent oil pumps and
short life oil pressure senders. Anything can break, but the oil pumps
in these things are BIG. They look like they could run a 351. Just my
opinions.
Buck Shoff

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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 21:36:28 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Ranchero list?

Anyone here think a Ranchero list would be a good idea? The
Ranchero folks really are up a creek since they join, find
very little talk about their truck/car and leave. There really
isn't much on the net for Ranchero folks. It shouldn't be a
problem for us to admin it, I don't expect high volume postings.

Let me know,
Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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Date: 27 May 1998 19:46:58 EDT
From: Hawk sktc.net
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump

SM>If I'm not mistaken the 2.9 (and 2.8) liter have solid lifters. You may
SM>want to look into adjusting them.

SM>Brian Rickman bmrickman juno.com
SM>91 Explorer 4X4 EB AOD
SM>81 F100 2wd 351w

I disagree, every 2.9 that I've had apart had hydralic lifters. The
adjustment bolts on the rockers look like those on solids, though.
Buck Shoff

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Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 22:20:14 -0600
From: Eddie Torres
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

What modifications have you done? The only thing I've done is add
taillight covers, Optimus 100 watt 4 channel amp, and 2 GPX CD player's
with car kit.

I want to do a lift w/ bigger tires, new speakers (what kind?) front
light covers, k & n air filter (is there better?). . .

Thanks in advance.

Joe Merchak wrote:
>
> Ron
>
> I agree with you. With a few mods I have done, I can beat any stock 4.0l on
> the road with my 3.0L XLT.....
>
> Just my .02
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