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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump
Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump
FTE Small - Tires for Ranger
FTE Small - Body work
RE: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0
RE: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0
RE: FTE Small - Body work
Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0
Re: FTE Small - Bronco II questions
Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0
Re: FTE Small - Body work
FTE Small - Removal from list
FTE Small - Ranger Smog Problems
Re: FTE Small - Ranger Smog Problems
Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 05:17:03 EDT
From: Bakend aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump

In a message dated 5/27/98 3:24:36 PM Mountain Daylight Time,
bmrickman juno.com writes:

> 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
No. My 2.9 has the hydraulic lifters although the 2.8 I had used solid
lifters.
D Baken
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 05:27:36 EDT
From: Bakend aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump

In a message dated 5/27/98 7:16:33 PM Mountain Daylight Time, Hawk sktc.net
writes:

>
> 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

Something in my 2.9 is affecting the oil pressure itself though. The sender
wouldn't change the pressure to the lifters. The gauge seems to only have two
positions, one that is in the normal (middle) range and the lifters rattle,
and one that is in the high range and not a sound from the lifters.I am
thinking of replacing the engine but it doesn't use any oil and runs good when
the pressure is in the high range. I am interested in any opinions that might
help me decide which way to go. Or maybe I should just stick a 302 in her?
D Baken
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 08:32:55 -0400
From: Chuck Anderson
Subject: FTE Small - Tires for Ranger

I could not place too much confidence in retreads. Tires are a very serious
matter to me because that is all there is between you and the road. All
major companies manufacture what they call "private label" brand tires.
These tires have nearly the identical tread pattern as the main brand tires.
In some cases, the "private label" tires last longer and have better
traction than the name brands. Even better, the "private label" tires
usually sell between 20 to 40 percent less than the name brands. For
instance, Goodyear owns Kelly tires and Kelly sells private label brand
names Summit and Multi-Mile. These are great tires. On a 235/75/15 tire
the GoodYear Wrangler RTS will probably list for $115.00 where the Kelly
Safri, Summit Trail Climber, or Wild Country RVT will sell for $70. Do some
shopping, see what you find.

Chuck Anderson

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 08:35:03 EDT
From: "Robert Stinnett TSO8352 - HOMENODE"
Subject: FTE Small - Body work

- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
My '97 Ranger scraped up against a cart return at Wal-Mart this past week
and suffered about $460 in damage to the left fender (mostly cosmetic).
The body shop at the Ford Dealer has it scheduled for repair next week.

Is there anything in particular I should be concerned with in terms of quality
of repair? I have 19,000 miles on it and have loved it since day 1.

BTW, saw the new 4-door Ranger at the dealer. Wow! Pretty nice. They had
the splash version on show and it looked very nice.

Robert Stinnett, IS
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 09:19:45 -0400
From: "jmerchak"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

Here are the mods I have done to my Ranger XLT 4X2 3.0L - Auto

3" Cat back exhaust
Accell super coil
8MM Wires
K&N air filter
JET stage 1 chip
SpiralMax(tm) Turbo Air Twister
Added 15" wheels with LT235 75 R15 tires
Hi Rise fiberglass cap
600 watt stereo system

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-small-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-small-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Eddie Torres
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 1998 12:20 AM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
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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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 08:41:31 -0500
From: John Cassis
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

Have you noticed a signifcant difrence in performance......top end or low
end or both? What is a Turbo Air Twister? Is it a form of turbo-charger or
am I missing something here? Thanks for the info on your hubs I did'nt
notice you e-mailed that to me and not the list until your message today.

John Cassis
93' STX 4x4 3.0/5-speed

- -----Original Message-----
From: jmerchak [SMTP:jmerchak webspan.net]
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 1998 8:20 AM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

Here are the mods I have done to my Ranger XLT 4X2 3.0L - Auto

3" Cat back exhaust
Accell super coil
8MM Wires
K&N air filter
JET stage 1 chip
SpiralMax(tm) Turbo Air Twister
Added 15" wheels with LT235 75 R15 tires
Hi Rise fiberglass cap
600 watt stereo system

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-small-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-small-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Eddie Torres
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 1998 12:20 AM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
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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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 07:52:05 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Body work

You probably won't have this problem, but when I worked at the auto
parts store (as a 16 year old parts driver), I heard of people
(particularly on imports) getting aftermarket sheetmetal that wasn't
stamped by the manufacturer. Many times the part did not line up
properly, was thinner gauge and did not have the zinc coating that just
about everyone uses now. I would guess that you are less likely to have
that happen at a dealer, but not impossible.

Otherwise, make sure that any painting they have to do on repaired
sheetmetal stops at a hard edge (like a door or fender well) or
pinstripe, be less noticeable that way.

I had my '97 repaired, after getting rear ended, at a the Ford dealer
that I bought from. I was very happy with the work. I even got a few
scratches unrelated to the accident fixed without even asking. ;^)

Dave

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Stinnett TSO8352 - HOMENODE
> [SMTP:USSMIB54 IBMMAIL.COM]
> Sent: Thursday, May 28, 1998 6:35 AM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE Small - Body work
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> ---------
> My '97 Ranger scraped up against a cart return at Wal-Mart this past
> week
> and suffered about $460 in damage to the left fender (mostly
> cosmetic).
> The body shop at the Ford Dealer has it scheduled for repair next
> week.
>
> Is there anything in particular I should be concerned with in terms of
> quality
> of repair? I have 19,000 miles on it and have loved it since day 1.
>
> BTW, saw the new 4-door Ranger at the dealer. Wow! Pretty nice.
> They had
> the splash version on show and it looked very nice.
>
> Robert Stinnett, IS
> /report
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 10:35:37 -0400
From: "Joe Merchak"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

A turbo air twister is a device that you put in the intake air stream to
smooth the air charge going into the engine. You can more info on this
product at http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.SpiralMax.com.

Both the exhaust and chip have increased low to mid range power.
- -----Original Message-----
From: John Cassis
To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
Date: Thursday, May 28, 1998 9:43 AM
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0


>Have you noticed a signifcant difrence in performance......top end or low
>end or both? What is a Turbo Air Twister? Is it a form of turbo-charger or
>am I missing something here? Thanks for the info on your hubs I did'nt
>notice you e-mailed that to me and not the list until your message today.
>
>John Cassis
>93' STX 4x4 3.0/5-speed
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: jmerchak [SMTP:jmerchak webspan.net]
>Sent: Thursday, May 28, 1998 8:20 AM
>To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0
>
>Here are the mods I have done to my Ranger XLT 4X2 3.0L - Auto
>
>3" Cat back exhaust
>Accell super coil
>8MM Wires
>K&N air filter
>JET stage 1 chip
>SpiralMax(tm) Turbo Air Twister
>Added 15" wheels with LT235 75 R15 tires
>Hi Rise fiberglass cap
>600 watt stereo system
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-small-list ford-trucks.com
>[mailto:owner-small-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Eddie Torres
>Sent: Thursday, May 28, 1998 12:20 AM
>To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>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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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 11:03:01 -0400
From: "AutoTech"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Bronco II questions

HEY CHUCK, What is the Bronco 2 litigation society?

3 quarts is the proper amount to add, the reason for this is so that you do
not over fill the transmission, which can cause slipping, and create a lot
of problems. After you add 3 quarts you want to run the truck through each
gear for about 5 seconds, then check the fluid while the transmission is in
neutral, and the engine is running.

Regarding your driveline problem, basically if youhave an original Ford
Drivehaft, then you have to replace the whole driveshaft. The original ford
driveshafts and universals (some know them as cv joints) are one piece, your
best bet would be to buy a remanufactured from a local shop in your town
that deals with driveshafts. You will have to measure the driveshaft on your
truck, from flange to flange. The shop will need this info to get you the
right driveshaft. I had one made for my bronco 2, and it cost me $320 but it
sure aint going to break, this is an extremely well built driveshaft. If you
have any other questions feel free to email me, or give me a call.
AutoTech/Bronco Corral
(973)728-0721
(973)283-4232
- -----Original Message-----
From: Chuck Anderson
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 1998 9:12 AM
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: Thu, 28 May 1998 07:59:24 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

John Cassis wrote:
>
>What is a Turbo Air Twister? Is it a form of turbo-charger or
> am I missing something here?

I think I saw a test on the Turbo Air Twister. It didn't do anything.
The concept is that it will create some sort of "vortex" that will
organize and increase the airflow into your intake system. An
interesting premise, but in application, didn't make any difference in
the test vehicle.

Looks cool though.

TC


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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 07:54:05 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Body work

Robert Stinnett TSO8352 - HOMENODE wrote:
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> My '97 Ranger scraped up against a cart return at Wal-Mart this past week
> and suffered about $460 in damage to the left fender

Don't you mean YOU scraped your Ranger against the cart return...

just kidding... sorry to hear about that. As far as what to look
for.... are they replacing the fender or repairing? If repairing, watch
out for giant chunks of bondo. Depending on the depth of the scrape
this could be an issue. Bondo has a nasty habit of falling off when you
are bouncing around on some trail or just sitting in the driveway. The
next critical phase is painting. Since your truck is pretty new, they
will probably use the stock color right out of the can & not worry about
matching an old sun faded paint job. They should take the fender off &
paint the whole thing, otherwise it will be a chore to blend the old
paint & the new. Beyond that, you are looking for drips and sags in the
paint. I haven't been in the paint business since they got all these
water based primers & paints, so I'm not sure how soon you can wax, but
be sure to ask if they don't tell you.

Good luck!

TC
(knocking on wood that my '97 remains unmarked)


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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 10:57:40 -0500
From: "Gosse, Jim"
Subject: FTE Small - Removal from list

This forum is very good and informative, however the volume of emails
have become a problem, and the majority of them are of no interest.
Could I have my address removed from the list? or could you inform me as
to how to have it removed.

Thanks for your time.

Jim Gosse
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 10:07:51 +0000
From: "Chris Henderson"
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger Smog Problems

I've got a '84 Ranger with a 2.8L V6. The truck runs great with
almost 140,000 miles but the smog police here in California are not
passing it. The smog tester said that it is running rich both in
idle and at 2,500 RPM. I totally agree with earlier posts about
Hayes and Chilton manuals. They tell how to remove and replace smog
parts but no clues how to troubleshoot or test any parts to see if
they are working. And I am reluctant to spend $140 to buy the Ford
shop manual. I am basically using the shotgun approach and replacing
a bunch of parts and retesting, but this is getting expensive. Has
anyone had experience with not being able to pass smog? The smog
tester said that the majority of the Fords with that engine do not
pass!
The engine is sound as far as compression and valve
adjustment and ignition parts go, and the computer code scan does not
reveal anything wrong. Does anyone know how to test the following
components:
1. The throttle position sensor.
2. The carburator feedback soleniod. (this looks like it just lets
some air past the jets if the mixture is too rich but when is this
supposed to come on?)
3. The air pump diverter valves. (I cannot find any reference as to
when air should go directly to the catalytic converter and when it
should go to the manifolds)

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

- -Chris Henderson

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 10:28:03 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger Smog Problems

As I recall, you basically tune the engine to pass the test & then
retune so it runs right. You have to lean it out so it barely maintains
idle. Some of the more "creative" garages around LA know how to tune it
to pass.

good luck!

TC
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 13:58:41 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger 3.0

At 07:59 AM 5/28/98 -0800, you wrote:
>John Cassis wrote:
>>
>>What is a Turbo Air Twister? Is it a form of turbo-charger or
>> am I missing something here?
>
>I think I saw a test on the Turbo Air Twister. It didn't do anything.....


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