small-list-digest Thursday, June 11 1998 Volume 02 : Number 163

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
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In this issue:

FTE Small - Liquid Electrical Tape
FTE Small - '96 Explorer V8 K&N Filter
FTE Small - RE: 2.9L engine swap or replace heads?
FTE Small - Update on the California Get Together.
FTE Small - Fake Oil Pressure Gauges
FTE Small - Motor Oil Additives
FTE Small - Horn Relay & door bushings
Re: FTE Small - Door lock and window motors
Re: FTE Small - RE: 2.9L engine swap or replace heads?
Re: FTE Small - RE: 2.9L engine swap or replace heads?



Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 06:44:56 -0500
From: John Cassis
Subject: FTE Small - Liquid Electrical Tape

I either purchased it from an auto parts store or a boating supply store like Boat US. Cant remember which one, but its one of the two.

John Cassis

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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 09:41:41 -0500
From: balusek (Danny Balusek)
Subject: FTE Small - '96 Explorer V8 K&N Filter

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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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I just purchased a K&N filter for my '96 V8 Explorer from
Summit Racing Equiptment P/N KNN-E-0996 ($38.95)
Fits perfectly. Just installed yesterday so can't comment on
mileage or performance yet.

Danny Balusek
Garland, Tx.
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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 10:07:20 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: 2.9L engine swap or replace heads?

>>>A tech from another Ranger BB claims that 2.9ltr engines manufactured
>>>than 1988 do not suffer from the cracking problems experienced with '88
>>>earlier engines.
>>>Later.... Pete
>> I thought the good heads didn't come along until late 90. My 89 cracked
>> a head at about 160K. Cracked the other soon after.
>> Buck Shoff
>Sorry guys, but a buddy of mine had a 91 with a 2.9, and that was the
>first head replacement i ever did. As for as i know the problem was
>never remedied.
>best regards,

Could be.... I've got a interesting 2.9 Ltr head story for ya though: Was
getting an intermittent mis on my '88 a couple of years ago, so I stopped
by the Ford Dealership after-hours were my bro's a heavy trucks tech to
hook up to the scope (once again it's who ya know!!) We determined it must
be one of the Splitfires (they suck) gone bad. We replaced all the plugs
with a set of &^%$$# from the parts counter. About 15 miles down the road
on the way home that night "Kapowww" an extremely loud explosion with an
impressive flash of flames shooting out the drivers side wheel well and
gaps in the hood. It looked like the fender and hood flexed up and out
about an inch. This was at about 65 mph in traffic... talk about sending
you to the dresser for a clean pair of boxers (o) Pulled over to take a
look, the plug wire was laying back with the remnents of the new plug in
the boot. The plug base was still in the head but completely hollow. Drove
it the rest of the way home (kinda loud!) Later inspection revealed a
cracked head. Although, "probably" cracked prior, admitting coolant and
causing the sparkplug to explode... the dealership turned it in as a
warranty to &^%$$# as a faulty plug exploding thus cracking the head. Got
a brand new (not remanufactured) head and labor out of the deal (I bought
the passenger side head).

Later.... Pete
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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 11:40:17 -0700
From: Keith Srb
Subject: FTE Small - Update on the California Get Together.

Hello List Members.

I am sending this update on the CA Get together to all of the lists.

First I would like to thank Pat Brown for taking the time to research, and
send me a list of possible activities.

This list was forwarded to Deacon, (from the 61-79 List, who lives in CA).
Deacon spent a lot of time researching Pat's list, and searching for other
activities we could attend. Unfortunately Deacon did not find much for
Truck related events. Most of them were for cars. So Deacon sent me the
following message.

Deacon Message to Keith

Hi Keith.
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I checked out the places
Pat suggested and though some of the ones that weren't just Mustang related
looked like fun, none of them were truck related. I tried to look at it
objectively because I didn't want to reject an idea because it wasn't in
So. Ca. and I don't think I did. If there was a Harley show, sure you and I
would have a blast but would anyone else. So no matter what the event some
of the people would come just to meet with other members. If the event had
nothing to do for a family no ones wife or kids would want to come with
them. I looked for something with it in mind, if there wasn't something
that was Ford truck or American truck related that was big enough to get
and keep people interested it wouldn't be worth doing. I tried to find a
west coast Ford Nat's and there isn't anything to compare with PF in
California. I was at my wits end and ready to throw in the towel. It had
been 2 days and knew I had
to send you something or you might think I'd lost interest in helping. Last
night I gave in, there was nothing happening I thought would be the right
environment for our west coast get together. Not wanting to give in, this
morning I sat here in front of my computer ready to send you one of two
messages "I've got it" or "I give up" so here it is.
I've got it! :) FTE's Weekend at Disneyland! There's an airport with
shuttle service, hotels, dining, things to keep a family happy and plenty
of local attractions to get us in trouble. We can plan it so it doesn't
conflict with PF or other holidays. We can and make our own day. It can be
"FTE's annual weekend at Disneyland" so people can make plans.

End of Deacon's Message to Keith

I know some of you will say, "What does going to Disneyland have to do with
Ford Trucks." For one, I am sure some of the list members will be able to
drive to Disneyland. This would give us a close-up look at some of their
modifications to their Trucks. After attending the show in Pigeon Forge, I
am confident that the simple fact of meeting some of these people face to
face, would also include a lot of Truck talk. This would also give us
time to socialize a little with each other and discuss other topics as
well, one being, what else could we do to make the list more enjoyable and
useful for everyone. What it takes to brew beer at home, (one of the list
members, that I talk to off list, has a very nice setup for brewing beer at
home). I am sure there are other list members that converse off list about
different things.

Now, as far as when to have this get together. I am going to pick a
weekend. October 3rd and 4th. Now I know some of you may not be able to
make it this weekend. But that is going to happen no matter what weekend
this event is planned for. This is similar to what Pat Ford does with the
Pigeon Forge show, He picks a weekend, and everybody plans around it.

More details about the get together will follow later.

Now if anyone has any complaints or comments, please send them to me off
list. My Email Address is herbie

I would also like to thank Deacon and Ken for their help with this.


Keith Srb herbie
Mesa, AZ

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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 13:00:57 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Fake Oil Pressure Gauges

Pat Brown replied to my query about the fake oil pressure gauge
circuits. In the private post, he mentioned something about Ford's
changing to this radical (and to my mind, deceitful) redesign in order
to kill warranty problems.

Pat, would you please go into some detail about this warranty issue?

I've never owned a vehicle with a real oil pressure gauge. So, I'd
appreciate some replies here about how a real oil pressure gauge appears
to the driver during use of the vehicle. Does the needle constantly
change position, reflecting a constant increase and decrease of actual
oil pressure as the motor goes faster and slower? Is the needle
movement damped through the use of a bi-metal thermal design (as is the
fuel gauge)? Are different mechanical designs used? Can I restore
"real world" gauge indication just by removing the resistor and
replacing the switch-type sender with an "honest" variable-resistance



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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 10:48:36 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Motor Oil Additives

== original post ==

Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 09:23:06 -0400
From: Chuck Anderson
Subject: FTE Small - Motor Oil

Does any one on the list place their trust in additives such as Slick 50
Duralube? I used Duralube a couple of times with no ill effects? The
additive seems to work much like the semi-senthetic oil I used last
Is there any relation between the two? The oil is a much cheaper way to
Chuck Anderson

== my reply ==
This subject is covered in depth on a web site in which some research
info was brought together -- and added to -- by some college students.
Go digging and you'll find it (I forgot how I got to it, and didn't
bookmark it, but I read it just last week).

I'll paraphrase from memory:
The results were incontestable: all motor oil additives are just a lot
of hype. Most are sourced by the same company. Most contain TFE
(teflon), which has been publicly disclaimed for this purpose by the
mfr. The manufacturer artfully dodges requests for test results and
even the names of testers, replying that all this is "proprietary."
Further, they haven't replied to requests for info by Tom and Ray
Magliozzi (Car Talk, National Public Radio).

There's some debunking there of the "engine-without-oil" tv demo. But
worse: TFE (Teflon) is a solid. It settles out, a you'd suspect. Now,
your oil filter does what it is supposed to do: it filters out the solid
TFE particles, which may, in turn, clog your oil filter, engaging sooner
the bypass valve, and increasing your engine wear by now passing other
solids through the filter.

And that's what you get for your money when you buy Slick 50: faster
engine wear. How about that?


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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 18:28:24 -0500
From: Jonathan Smith
Subject: FTE Small - Horn Relay & door bushings

I've got a couple of questions for the list. I've posted one of them
before and was advised to buy the ford shop manual. While I may do
that, I'm a poor college student and I can't afford to lay out $100+
just to find out where the problem in my horn is. :> Here goes:

The horn on my truck doesn't work. As far as I've been able to tell
the problem is in the horn relay (switch is OK, horns are plugged up,
but I don't get any sound). I'm assuming there IS a relay on this
truck but I could be wrong. :> It's a 1989 Bronco II XLT w/ the 2.9
engine (and I'm getting scared by the discussion of the heads on the
2.9 btw :>). Anyway, the question: Is there a relay and if so where
is the thing? I'd appreciate any help on this.

Other question: The bushings on the bottom hinge of the driver's side
door are worn entirely out. Is it possible to replace these or do I
have to just buy a new hinge? The hinge-pin doesn't look like it's
going to be easy to remove (it appears to have a heat shrunk fastener
on it). I've got some bushings that should work, but I want to know
if it's possible to replace them before I tear the hinge up trying
to do the impossible. :>

Well, thanks in advance for any help anybody can offer me. So far I'm
loving my Bronco II, but I'd like to get these little problems fixed.
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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 17:17:13 -0700
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Door lock and window motors

In my 86 ranger the gears wore out in my power window I got a new gear
for 20 bucks I think. The moter was around $90 with a life time
warrenty. Mine still woked so I didn't get the moter. It took about an
hour and a half to pull out and put back in ( about 8 hours after
driving all aroung San diego to find the part). As far as for the power
door locks my passanger one quite woking. To get it out you have do
drill out some rivets. Havent replaced it yet but hopefully will soon.

Matt Dresselhaus 1986 ranger 4x4

Chuck Anderson wrote:
> I have a 90 Bronco II with power windows and door locks. After almost 9
> years of usage the door lock and window motors are going bad. Is there an
> after market company that sells these items? I could go through Ford, but
> would love to save some $$$$$$$. In the past I have put junk yard motors on
> past vehicles but with little success.
> Chuck Anderson
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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 21:19:57 -0400
From: daner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: 2.9L engine swap or replace heads?

My '89 Ranger Custom with a 2.9L cracked it's heads.

At 08:52 AM 6/9/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Jayme Uldarico Newell wrote:
>>But my best guess is that anything that I
>>put in will have to be a rebuilt 2.9l with the same crappy heads.
>A tech from another Ranger BB claims that 2.9ltr engines manufactured later
>than 1988 do not suffer from the cracking problems experienced with '88 and
>earlier engines.
>Later.... Pete
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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 23:28:20 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: 2.9L engine swap or replace heads?

My 90' Ranger lost it heads around 108, 000 miles, had them replaced, 9 months....

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