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In this issue:

RE: FTE Small - Shocking story
Re: FTE Small - FTE in V8 Times Magazine
RE: FTE Small - Shocking story
Re: FTE Small - Shocking story
Re: FTE Small - Bed Liners
RE: FTE Small - Shocking story
Re: FTE Small - Bed Liners
FTE Small - FTE in V8 Times Magazine
FTE Small - removal from mailing list
FTE Small - Special tool
FTE Small - Static Zap
FTE Small - Fake Oil Gauges
RE: FTE Small - Static Zap
Re: FTE Small - Special tool
Re: FTE Small - Special tool
FTE Small - 1996 Explorer V8 Performance Products - Continuing Saga
FTE Small - 2.9L engine swap or replace heads?

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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 06:47:18 -0500
From: John Cassis
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Shocking story

Try it before you make fun of it, it realy works.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Keith Smith [SMTP:ksmith unm.edu]
Sent: Friday, June 05, 1998 4:49 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Shocking story

On Fri, 5 Jun 1998, Ken Payne wrote:
> Its the tires. Low resistance tires, which helps bring up the
> milage figures, are known for this. They've gotten better over
> the years but the problem still exists.

If that's the case, will Downeying the carpets really help?
Downey the tires? ;(
- -keith
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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 09:20:15 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Randy L. Hatcher"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - FTE in V8 Times Magazine

huh??--I must have missed the topic....

On Sun, 7 Jun 1998, Ken Payne wrote:

> V8 Times did a 1/2 page write up about in their May/June issue!
> Anyone interested can order a copy from:
>
> Linda McDonald
> V8 Times
> 1752 Darwin Ave.
> Livermore, CA 94550 or they can be ordered via FAX and credit card numbers
> from her at (925) 447-2920
>
> Later,
> Ken Payne
> CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
> http://www.ford-trucks.com
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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 08:59:09 -0600 (MDT)
From: Keith Smith
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Shocking story

Wasn't making fun of the approach; plan to try it. My concern is for
*where* the extra electrons are coming from. If rubbing against the
carpet is doing it, Downey will certainly solve it. If the (flexing of
the?) tires are causing it, then the "grab the door, then step out"
approach seems to be the only solution, because solving the carpet
problem can't possibly (in my mind) solve the tire problem.

On Mon, 8 Jun 1998, John Cassis wrote:

> Try it before you make fun of it, it realy works.
>
> On Fri, 5 Jun 1998, Ken Payne wrote:
> > Its the tires. Low resistance tires, which helps bring up the
> > milage figures, are known for this. They've gotten better over
> > the years but the problem still exists.
>
> If that's the case, will Downeying the carpets really help?
> Downey the tires? ;(
> -keith
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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 08:14:18 -0700
From: "Tim J. Clevenger"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Shocking story

Hi listers,

I work in computers, and one of my employees recommended this trick, =
which seems to work well. In a large spray bottle, mix about 3/4 capful =
of liquid fabric softener (such as Downy) into a spray-bottle-full of =
water. Mist the carpets (and seats, if cloth) lightly, and allow to =
dry. Works great in the office, and should work just as well in the =
car. I used unscented Downy, and it didn't make the carpets sticky or =
stained (although you have to wait for it to dry, since it's a little =
slick otherwise.) Under normal wear, it has to be reapplied about once =
a month.

Tim

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Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 02:12:25 -0400
From: Garnet Quinn
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Shocking story


To exit SHOCK free, open the door and BEFORE you put your foot down,
grab hold of a metal painted part of the door or body and without
letting go place your feet on the ground and exit. This method will
ground the static charge and let you close the door in the normal
way. Give it a try, it works for me.


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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 11:18:23 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Bed Liners

I use a PENDA Liner over a rubber mat. The truck came with a rubber mat
when I bought it, but I wanted more protection than that offered so I bought
the bedliner. The bedliner fit over the rubber mat (barely) so I kept them
both. The mat also keeps the bedliner from rubbing up against the bottom of
the bed. I bought the plastic instead of the spray-on because it offers
more shock protection. Throwing a chunk of concrete onto a spray-on liner
is just like tossing it onto the unprotected bed. It may not cut through
the liner but it will dent. The plastic liner will absorb the shock better
and they can be replaced, try fixing a Rhino liner if you mess it up.
The plastic liner will move around an wear on your bed, however I have
not found it to be all that bad. I had an S10 w/ a plastic liner (no mat)
in it for almost 100,000 miles and wear I noticed can be compared to
windburn.
It all boils down to what your using (or may use) the truck for. 98% of
the time I haul nothing, but all it takes is one weekend project to screw up
your bed for good. If you get a plastic liner, find one that allows you to
use 2x4s to lock your load in place. It comes in handy, especially if you
have to haul around sandbags in the winter.

Good Luck,
Tony
94' Ranger SC; 4.0L, 5-Speed

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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 10:20:24 -0500
From: John Cassis
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Shocking story

My guess would be is that its the carpet. I have the same problem and I'm
running BFG's 31X10.50 AT's. My old 92' 2x Ranger did it on the stock 14"
Firestones. My point is that I dont think it is the tires, alot of us have
the same problem and we all run difrent brands and sizes of tires so I dont
think the tire theory holds much water so to speek, unless I am missing the
point on that. Mine only does it in the winter so my gues was it was the
static electricity building up in the carpet. Anyway good luck.

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


- -----Original Message-----
From: Keith Smith [SMTP:ksmith unm.edu]
Sent: Monday, June 08, 1998 9:59 AM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Shocking story


Wasn't making fun of the approach; plan to try it. My concern is for
*where* the extra electrons are coming from. If rubbing against the
carpet is doing it, Downey will certainly solve it. If the (flexing of
the?) tires are causing it, then the "grab the door, then step out"
approach seems to be the only solution, because solving the carpet
problem can't possibly (in my mind) solve the tire problem.

On Mon, 8 Jun 1998, John Cassis wrote:

> Try it before you make fun of it, it realy works.
>
> On Fri, 5 Jun 1998, Ken Payne wrote:
> > Its the tires. Low resistance tires, which helps bring up the
> > milage figures, are known for this. They've gotten better over
> > the years but the problem still exists.
>
> If that's the case, will Downeying the carpets really help?
> Downey the tires? ;(
> -keith
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Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 09:19:21 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Bed Liners

I just put a Pendaliner S/C in my Ranger. I considered the spray
liners, but just couldn't justify the $400 price tag vs. $139 with a
lifetime guarantee. I drove my Toyota around with a drop in bedliner
for 6 years with no problems (other than stuff sliding around... the
Penda S/C addresses this with some kind of non skid material). My
experience has been in Oregon and California, both places with mild
winters and no salted roads. If you live in the rust belt you might be
better off with the spray liner. The Penda also has the pockets for
2X6's to separate the load, etc.

TC
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Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 13:22:16 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - FTE in V8 Times Magazine

Woops! Typo the first time out!

V8 Times did a 1/2 page write up about Ford Truck Enthusiasts
in their May/June issue! Anyone interested can order a copy from:

Linda McDonald
V8 Times
1752 Darwin Ave.
Livermore, CA 94550 or they can be ordered via FAX and credit card numbers
from her at (925) 447-2920

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



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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 13:39:15 EDT
From: HOUGH23 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - removal from mailing list

please remove my address from your mailing list
thank you
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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 12:11:58 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: FTE Small - Special tool

I was attempting to replace my fuel filter on my '97 Ranger 4.0L (41k
miles) and found that the front (post-filter) connection requires a
specific tool. Has anyone else run into anything like this? The tank
side had a clip that locked the fitting to the filter that was easily
removed, but the engine side apparently has internal locking fingers
that require a tool to be fitted into the fitting to release the
mechanism. Looks like a push to snap, push again to unsnap kind of
thing, but the manual lists a Ford Rotunda tool number (that I have not
called to see if I can even buy). Will Ford sell special tools to
anyone, if that is what is required to do this? Seems a little silly
that they have even gotten to the point that you have to take your truck
to Ford to replace a fuel filter.

Dave
Denver, CO
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Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 12:55:01 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Static Zap

Someone posted here his solution to being zapped upon exiting the
vehicle. He said to touch a painted metal surface when stepping onto
the asphalt. I approve.

In cold dry weather, we build up a static charge inside the vehicle,
probably from simply rubbing our clothing against the seat cover
material. In addition, there may be some differential charge between
the vehicle and earth ground, with the tires as the insulators (some
tires being worse than others).

I got tired of being zapped when touching a doorknob in a carpeted
office building. What I do now is to always touch the plaster wall
before the doorknob. It works every time. This provides a relatively
slow discharge through the imperfect ground path provided by the plaster
and paint. The car paint method should do the same thing. Note that
you can ground the static from yourself, or yourself and the vehicle.
It may take some experimentation to get the hang of how to do this with
your particular vehicle.

I think that carbon-rubber ground straps are a good way to go. However,
you still may get zapped when you touch the door handle (anyone ever
have this happen?).

Btw: I'll sometimes wear my special shoes with electrostatic-discharge
soles to the job. Nonetheless, I still get shocked unless I touch the
wall.

Richard
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Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 13:00:21 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Fake Oil Gauges

Question: please re-explain the phony oil pressure gauge business. I
read it too quickly and zapped the file. What I got was that in some
vehicles, Ford used a switch sender instead of a normal resistance
sender for the oil gauge. This, coupled with a resistor to the gauge
gives a "reading" that's always the same, something like an idiot
light. I assume that when the oil pressure is low (in other words, when
your engine has already been damaged), the gauge shows Zero.

Did I get this right?

I have a '92 Aerostar. I recently changed to Mobil 1 oil 5w30. I could
swear that the oil pressure on the gauge is now higher. But is this my
imagination? I mean, the needle just seems to go to one spot and sit
there regardless of any engine conditions. Can anyone tell me what kind
of gauge hookup I have?

Thanks

Richard
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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 15:15:41 -0500
From: John Cassis
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Static Zap

Would'nt it be alot eisier to just get a spray bottle, make the solution I
spoke of before (3/4 water to 1/4 downey fabric softener - non sented) and
spray this on the carpet of your car and home for that matter about every
couple of months give or take. Try it out it will stop your static
electricity problems.


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


- -----Original Message-----
From: Richard [SMTP:rgstein pacbell.net]
Sent: Monday, June 08, 1998 2:55 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE Small - Static Zap

Someone posted here his solution to being zapped upon exiting the
vehicle. He said to touch a painted metal surface when stepping onto
the asphalt. I approve.

In cold dry weather, we build up a static charge inside the vehicle,
probably from simply rubbing our clothing against the seat cover
material. In addition, there may be some differential charge between
the vehicle and earth ground, with the tires as the insulators (some
tires being worse than others).

I got tired of being zapped when touching a doorknob in a carpeted
office building. What I do now is to always touch the plaster wall
before the doorknob. It works every time. This provides a relatively
slow discharge through the imperfect ground path provided by the plaster
and paint. The car paint method should do the same thing. Note that
you can ground the static from yourself, or yourself and the vehicle.
It may take some experimentation to get the hang of how to do this with
your particular vehicle.

I think that carbon-rubber ground straps are a good way to go. However,
you still may get zapped when you touch the door handle (anyone ever
have this happen?).

Btw: I'll sometimes wear my special shoes with electrostatic-discharge
soles to the job. Nonetheless, I still get shocked unless I touch the
wall.

Richard
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ADDRESS !!


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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 16:49:18 EDT
From: EOD32 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Special tool

Ford will not sell me a tool, but after calling around I found out Mazada
would most Ford and Mazada are made togethter.


Jim
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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 18:40:35 -0500
From: "Larry Brown"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Special tool

You might look for an OTC tool dealer in your area, They make most of the
special tool for ford that are in the Rotunda line, another choice is find a
Snap-On tool dealer and see if they have one.
Larry

84 Bronco II
69 F100 Stepside

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From: EOD32 aol.com
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Monday, June 08, 1998 3:57 PM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Special tool


>Ford will not sell me a tool, but after calling around I found out Mazada
>would most Ford and Mazada are made togethter.
>
>
>Jim
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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 21:12:41 -0400
From: "Butler, Rick"
Subject: FTE Small - 1996 Explorer V8 Performance Products - Continuing Saga

I followed many links from a suggestion made earlier, but could not find
any products specific to my 96 V8 Explorer. Most, if not all, were for
the V6 engine. Perhaps if someone would spoon feed me the specific
URL's ...

I received a catalog today from Performance Products. They list several
items that would apply to my Explorer. What would be the best to
purchase first? They are:

JET Performance Module - 294 dollars
Borla Exhaust System - 545 dollars
K&N Performance Kit - they list the 5.0 V8 for the F Series 86-93 and
1994-95, and I'm sure one of those engines is the same as mine.
However, I'm not sure if the air cleaner kit would be a bolt-on scenario
the Explorer. They are 135 or 180 dollars. Any comments?

If I were to install these components, how much additional wear will
there be on the transmission or other parts of the vehicle? I have the
tow package, which includes the additional trans fluid cooler. Am I
looking at possible expensive repairs down the road?

Any opinions or other suggestions would be most welcome.


Rick Butler
Atlanta, GA
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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 21:04:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jayme Uldarico Newell
Subject: FTE Small - 2.9L engine swap or replace heads?

I'm sure most people are familiar with the 2.9l ford engines having an
engineering flaw regarding heads commonly cracking. Well I thought I was
lucky and had an unflawed engine until last week. My head gasket has
either blown or my heads are cracked.
I can't find any sign of coolant in the oil/ vice-versa. I just have
to constantly fill my radiator (about 1/2 to 1 gallon every other day)
and water is blowing out the exhaust. But the oil looks FINE!

cracked heads? probably. any advice?
Should I replace the heads or just throw in another engine? (190,000
miles on this one.)



Also, has anyone swapped this motor out for another 2.9l? I want to do
it as simply as possible, i.e. no rewiring, just an easy swap. If anyone....


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