small-list-digest Sunday, May 31 1998 Volume 02 : Number 151



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In this issue:

FTE Small - rear disc brakes
Re: FTE Small - Ticking
FTE Small - RE: 3.0 Vs 4.0
FTE Small - Transmission Lines
Re: FTE Small - RE: 3.0 Vs 4.0
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Lines
FTE Small - Tapping...tapping
FTE Small - smpg problems
FTE Small - How do I
FTE Small - Rear Axle Wheel Bearings

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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 10:12:56 -0400
From: David
Subject: FTE Small - rear disc brakes

Has anyone converted their rear drums to discs? I saw a conversion kit in a
magazine yesterday selling for $250.00. If you replace the rear brakes on a
vechicle with ABS will it still function properly?

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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 15:13:07 EDT
From: SMTH100 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ticking

In a message dated 98-05-30 06:09:13 EDT, you write:


noise to the lifters and adjusted the noisey one till quiet. It worked for a
while but then the noise came back. I have the new cam and lifters ordered
and
hope to have them installed in about two weeks. I will report the results to
the list.
D Baken
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It is good that you have ordered the cam also. My '88 2.9L came with a slight
tick when I bought it at 120,000 mi and after a year it turned into a loud
constant clatter after it warmed up and this was after I swapped in a new set
of lifters. Fianally I swapped in a rebuilt long block and am very happy with
the performance. Upon disassembling the old engine the cam was nearly flat,not
much left of the lobes.

Hope this helps anyone.

Tim Smith
'88 2.9L 4X4 S/C 3.73's dana 28-ford 7.5 29" tires 5 speed needs brakes &
front bearings this summer
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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 15:02:44 -0500
From: "Gary Snook"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: 3.0 Vs 4.0

Here are my obversations;

1. Owned a reg cab 4x2, 87, 2.9, 5spd. Was very pleased!
2. Now have a 94 Super Cab 4x2, 4.0, 5 spd with trailer package (gives LS
rear and 3.53 gears). This truck will beat any 3.0 I have found!
3. KICKER - Wifes 97 4.0 Aerostar with auto and same rear end can get away
from me! NO BULL! (It's the A4OD transmision that allows it!)

My .02!
Gary


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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 13:27:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: FTE Small - Transmission Lines

Hello everybody. I was hoping someone would be able to help me with a
slight dilemma i've been having. I was hoping to run flexible
transmission lines. However i am under the assumption that automatic
transmissions need lines that are approved for a certain pressure. I
was wondering if running fuel line approved for fuel injection would
be safe. I don't know at what pressure fuel injection operates at. Any
information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Best regards,
Fitzy




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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 18:17:25 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: 3.0 Vs 4.0

At 03:02 PM 5/30/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Here are my obversations;
>
>1. Owned a reg cab 4x2, 87, 2.9, 5spd. Was very pleased!
>2. Now have a 94 Super Cab 4x2, 4.0, 5 spd with trailer package (gives LS
>rear and 3.53 gears). This truck will beat any 3.0 I have found!
>3. KICKER - Wifes 97 4.0 Aerostar with auto and same rear end can get away
>from me! NO BULL! (It's the A4OD transmision that allows it!)
>
>My .02!
>Gary
>

Not always surprizing considering that its just a Ranger shaped
like a box!

Ken Payne

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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 17:48:41 -0500
From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Lines

On Sat, 30 May 1998 13:27:10 -0700 (PDT) mark fitzgerald
writes:
>Hello everybody. I was hoping someone would be able to help me with a
>slight dilemma i've been having. I was hoping to run flexible
>transmission lines. However i am under the assumption that automatic
>transmissions need lines that are approved for a certain pressure. I
>was wondering if running fuel line approved for fuel injection would
>be safe. I don't know at what pressure fuel injection operates at. Any
>information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
>
>Best regards,
>Fitzy
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I have fuel injection hose running between the steel lines and the tranny
cooler with no problems for about a year and a half now. I don't think
the external pressure is very high though. But like you I was suspect and
bought high(er) pressure hose. Don't remember the rating but it was
clearly shown on the packaging. I also put two clamps on each end of the
hose because that was part of the reason I was working on it to begin
with. Very cheap insurance.
If you were planning on running flexible lines the entire length I would
be very concerned about chafing, a lot of vibration going on down there.

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

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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 15:56:40 -0700
From: "Alan Heaberlin"
Subject: FTE Small - Tapping...tapping

>
>
>>Are you sure it's the lifters? My 88 2.9L Bronco II makes a relatively
>loud
>>ticking at idle, and my 88 4.0L Aerostar has a light tick. I believe
both
>>are noisy injectors, not valve lifters.
>>
>>Try holding a long screwdriver to the fuel rail with the other end at your
>ear
>>to trace the noise to its source.
>>
>>Alan K.
>
>
>I concur. My 1986 Ranger 4x4 had a computer problem which resulted in
>destruction of the engine. I rebuilt the block and replaced all parts,
>including cam, lifters, valves, oil pump, etc.
>From the very first I had a loud ticking from the left side of the engine.
I
>took the truck to my machine shop and made the machinist look at it.
>Naturally he said to drive it and the noise would go away. Funny thing is
it
>would go away while you were standing there listening to it and then
subtly
>(and maddeningly) it would come right back. Also if you start it and let it
>run till the oil pressure comes up to normal, turn the engine off and
>restart it the ticking almost always stops and won't come back till the
next
>day!
>I spent a couple of years tolerating the noise and finally started putting
>additives in the oil to try to rid myself of the noise. By now it was
>sporadic and usually more bothersome in hot (not cold) weather. The
opposite
>of what you would expect with an oiling problem or bad lifter.
>Finally, I decided to pull the left side and get new lifters, and repair a
>leaking valve cover at the same time. My parts man questioned what I was
>doing and I explained the problem to him. He took me into the parking lot
>and started his 1988 Ranger (essentially identical to mine). It sounded
like
>a thrashing machine! He turned off the switch and restarted and the noise
>was gone. "Fuel injectors," he said.
>My theory is that the injectors may be sensitive to fuel rail pressure and
>that's why it goes away after you restart with full fuel pressure. I'm not
>sure if there is even a pressure regulator but it may just rely on the high
>pressure pump output which may vary with fuel filter pressure, etc. It runs
>OK so I've been ignoring it ever since.
>
>Alan Heaberlin
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>Buffalo Run Enterprises
>

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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 17:08:28 PDT
From: "Stan Short"
Subject: FTE Small - smpg problems

i helped my neighbor with a 84 2.8l carburated ranger just 2 weeks ago.
they truck ran like crap until it heated up then it ran fine. the the
smog police nabbed him. the solution was so simple it was almost funny.
take the carb, mounting plate, and intake off and u will find that the
egr passage ways are full of carbon. the cause of this problem when the
hot air goes to the valves the hole is smaller than the mating hole on
the intake manifold. in your life u will only find a few honest smog
techs that will tell u this. total cost for my neighbor was 2 smog
checks and a top end gasket kit(about $60).hope this helps and ? email
me at stans hotmail.com

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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 19:06:46 -0500
From: "John Becker"
Subject: FTE Small - How do I

My wife's aunt gave up driving at the age of 85
and gave us here 87 Taurus with 6274 miles on it.

How do I reset the time on the clock?
It's not like in my ranger.

John.
Louisiana, Missouri.

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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 20:34:18 -0400
From: "Eric"
Subject: FTE Small - Rear Axle Wheel Bearings

I've noticed that my real wheel bearings are in need of replacement (low
growl and about 1/8" radial play at wheel). Could anyone offer any advice
on replacing them?

>From what I can see it should be just a matter of removing the axle shaft
(via pins in diff.? - haven't done much in the way of differentials) and
using a pull-hammer to get the old bearing and seal out and then using an
oversized socket to tap the new bearing and seal in.

I was planning on feeling my way through this procedure with the Chilton's
manual, but I've found that more often than not the advice on this list is
much more helpful than my manual. Thanks in advance.

Eric S. - '94 Splash SC 4x4 (8.8" differential)




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