small-list-digest Wednesday, July 1 1998 Volume 02 : Number 181



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Amplifiers: a caution
RE: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner
Re: FTE Small - Amplifiers: a caution
RE: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner
FTE Small - 5.0 or 351W
FTE Small - Re: Noisy 4th gear after clutch change

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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 09:50:25 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Amplifiers: a caution

I suggest that anyone installing an audio amplifier be sure to use a
low-power unit. Loud audio definitely causes irreversable hearing
damage. This is especially true of low-frequency sound: the bass. I
just witnessed a rock musician leaving my ENT doctor's office, swearing
that he would instantly convert to acoustic music. The reason: his own
substantial hearing losses.

In the tiny acoustical chamber of a truck cab, I'd estimate that five
true audio watts per channel would just about blow your head off.
Subtracting for all the liberal BS that abounds in the car stereo
industry, this would translate into their claimed 20-watts per channel.
Even this could cause deterioration in your ears. Definitely. In fact,
this would be very ample power in the much larger chamber of my
Aerostar.

I speak from many years of experience as an audio specialist.

Richard.
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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 16:02:39 -0500
From: "Scott Fischer"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

I have a 2.9 and have 180,000 with no problems. wish I had the 4.0 though.

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>The problem, My truck, while under warranty had the heads replaced 2 times
>because of cracked heads, now here I am 2 yrs out of warranty and I've got
>another cracked head. This is obviously a MFG Defect (probably an untrue
>block deck I'd guess) 4 sets of heads in 60,000 miles??
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>So my first question is, has anyone else had a similar experience?
>

I heard problems with the 2.9L engines.
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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 19:14:05 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Amplifiers: a caution

Hmm..i have 600 true watts of power in my truck, as long as i dont drive
around blasting it all day my ears feel fine. In fact, the only time i turn
it up real loud is when i am not in it. Thats all it comes down too, look at
the pros, their systems are capable of 170+ dBs and they seem to be ok..its
all about volume control...
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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 21:00:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Linda d' Fan"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

At 04:02 PM 6/30/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I have a 2.9 and have 180,000 with no problems. wish I had the 4.0 though.
>

I wish I could of gone 180,000 miles.

Bob

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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 21:50:53 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Linda d' Fan"
Subject: FTE Small - 5.0 or 351W

Ok, I'm seriously considering swapping the 4.0L V6 in my 1990 Ranger 4x4 for
a V8.

Now first are the 351W and the 302's the same externally size wise? (its
been a long time since I fooled with engine swapping) in other words, will
the 351W fit the same as a 302? If the 351W isn't a problem I'd go that way
as I don't want to build a "RACE" truck I just want a good reliable engine
in my truck and a stock fresh 351 would provide me with all I'll ever need.

Next does anyone know where to look for the necessary parts (mounts etc)? I
can't remember the names of the companies that specialize in this stuff for
the life of me. Any WEB address's would be appreciated.

One more question, transmissions, I have the AOD 4speed now, will this bolt
to the V8's?


Bob

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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 23:21:32 -0700
From: Pat Brown
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Noisy 4th gear after clutch change

Nathan Heid wrote:

At 04:10 PM 6/26/98 -0400, you wrote:
>> I just had the clutch replaced in my '87 Ranger 4 cyl/5-speed.
>> Now I have
>> a loud roaring/rattle in fourth gear while accelerating from 35-45
>> mph.

> OK, here's the latest on this problem... The transmission shop
> that installed the clutch says that the noise is caused by wornout
> engine mounts. Sounds logical, but doesn't explain why this appeared
> after the clutch work.

Sounds like your shop let the engine dangle on the mounts while
they had the tranny out, tearing the rubber. Make a deal with them,
have them change the mounts (for free) and you'll buy the mounts.
If they go for it, great. If not, find a new garage. After they fix
them, find a new garage . . .


> How difficult is it to change the mounts on a 2.0 4 cyl.? Should I
> just pay a garage to do it? how much would I pay?

Can't help specifically, but 4-cyl mounts shouldn't be too difficult.
Requires a floor jack too support them engine, and maybe a variety of
sockets / extentions / unversals to get at the bolts.

Pat Brown
Sebastopol, California

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