small-list-digest Monday, June 1 1998 Volume 02 : Number 152



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Ticking 2.9L
FTE Small - ADMIN: Web site updates
FTE Small - Re:Transmission Lines
FTE Small - Re: Ranger Smog Problems
FTE Small - Ticking possibly solved

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Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 12:24:59 -0700 (PDT)
From: Cory Favreau
Subject: FTE Small - Ticking 2.9L

I have the same clatter problem with my motor as ealier posted. I'm
aggravated at this since I rebuilt the motor, completely, with new
cam, lifters, .030 pistons, ings, oil pump, bearings, clutch. Before
the rebuild, it made ticking when hot, after highway driving and when
first started in hot weather. Now, it does it all the time and it is
louder than ever. It seems to echo loudl from the bell housing, so I'm
not sure if it is lower end, because from up top on the left side of
the motor it is nearl as loud. Any thoughts?

Cory Favreau
'86 STX 2.9L 4x4, 0 miles on rebuild



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Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 15:56:33 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Web site updates

- -Couple of items added to "New, Info and Member Contributions" page. Click
"Misc" button on main page to get there.

- -4 pictures added to pictorial.

- -Pigeon Forge F100 Supernationals photos are up!

- -Links section expanded. Misc. vehicle site section has been revamped with
an index.

- -It looks like the vote for the Performance group is going to pass (92%
in favor. Two more days left to vote. Go to the main web page to
find the voting link. I've already set it up and will be working
with list member Keith Srb (he's volunteered to administer it) for about
a week before it goes live.

My "to do" list is steadily get smaller. Anyone waiting on things
(such as the free web space), please be patient, I haven't forgetten!
I really do have a written "to do list!"

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

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Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 13:08:45 -0700
From: Pat Brown
Subject: FTE Small - Re:Transmission Lines

Fitzy Wrote:

>
> 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.
>

Main concern on ATF hoses is high temperature. Use hydraulic hose,
available at 'real' auto parts stores. I suspect it will be a lot
cheaper than FI hose. BTW, EFI runs at 40-70 psi.

Pat Brown
Sebatopol, California

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Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 21:17:08 -0800
From: "Tom Watson"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Ranger Smog Problems

On Thu, 28 May 1998 14:21:38 -0400 (EDT), "Chris Henderson"
Wrote:

> Subject: FTE Small - Ranger Smog Problems
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>
> Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
>

While my experience with the smog police was not with a Ford Truck, (it was
a silly Honda Civic), I offer something that MIGHT get you thru a test so
that your vehicle will pass.

First: Drive until the gas tank is ALMOST on fumes. You should have very
little fuel (enough for 20 miles or so).
Second: Go to the local corner drug store and buy some 91% Alcohol. Make
sure it is the 91% (It costs about double the 70% stuff that is called
"rubbing alcohol"). You will need 1-2 quarts.
Third: Make an appointment with your smog police enforcer (they guy who is
doing the smog check at the corner gas station). Don't bug him too much,
he is trying to make an honest buck. He didn't pass the laws.
Fourth: Add the 1-2 quarts (amount depends on how much you have emptied
the gas tank, more if not empty enough) to the gas tank. Just "pour it
in". This will "oxigenate" the fuel.
Fifth: Now drive "very hard" for at least 10 minutes at freeway speeds. This
heats up the catylitic converter and with all that oxygenated fuel now
mixing in the tank, should be making nice water and soda pop bubbles (CO2).
Sixth: Drive right up to the smog test station, and get your vehicle tested
RIGHT NOW. You don't want the thing to cool down or anything. Your amount
of "unburned hydrocarbons" (which must be below a certian number) will be
incredibly low.

An example: I did this on my 1981 Honda civic, and the unburned HC went from
over 200 ppm down to something in the 10-20 range (well within range).

Side benefit: This "adaptive fuel adjustment" is perfectly legal. While I
wouldn't recommend running your truck full time and adding $1.95 bottles
of alcohol to the tank, it will reduce stuff coming out of the tailpipe
WITHOUT modifying anything that is checked by the "smog police".

Good luck...

p.s. The Civic is gone. I have a nice 1998 Explorer!!
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tsw johana.com (I'm at home now)
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Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 02:08:56 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Ticking possibly solved

Hey
Treatment, I have been driving for a little while and all is quiet..I also
have been considering trying "Motor Up" does anyone have any opinions on this
product...
Thank you

Jim
A much quieter 90' Ranger
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