small-list-digest Monday, July 6 1998 Volume 02 : Number 186



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Bronco advice
FTE Small - Ford parts
Re: FTE Small - Bronco II Questions
FTE Small - Re: Loudest exhaust?
Re: FTE Small - Bronco advice
FTE Small - ADMIN: Web site updates
FTE Small - ADMIN: June Archives
FTE Small - Aerostar: Eddie Bauer in 97?
FTE Small - Full Size Spare on Aerostar?
FTE Small - Photo's

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Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 07:20:09 -0400
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: FTE Small - Bronco advice

>Hi, I just joined the mail list after purchasing a 87 Bronco II and have
>some questions about some problems I have:

I Have an 88, some of these things I've had too... hheheheh They are great
little trucks though.

>- - There is a tansmission oil leak (automatic) where only after a long
>drive the trans will start to leak while running the engine and stops
>leaking when I turn off the engine. The leak comes from where the motor
>and trans connect. The car has 105K, but the trans shifts fine. Is this
>>a major or minor fix?

Hmmm sounds like a seal. You could probably do it yourself with
the right tools, etc. May be costly because of the Diff, etc, being
"in the way" but I'm no expert.

>- - There is an oil leak where I can smell oil burning (a little smoke
>from the engine compartment too) and it appears to be just a valve cover
>leak. What else could leak oil? This is a small leak and oil does not
>drip on the ground.

I had a valve cover leak, and along with it, the oil pressure sensor was
leaking oil. This year, it leaked again.

Also, I've had oil leak from the filter if it's not put on properly. Last
Oil change the guy never sealed and/or seated
it properly... Was REALLY worried at the loss of oil.... But new filter
and it's ok.

Just get a mechanic to check this out and tell you what's leaking. If
it's really bad, you can consider getting some
dye. It shows up under an ultraviolet light, so you'll see just where the
oil is coming from... Since there may be other
deposits of oil/grime in any older vehicle.

>- - The interior blower fan seems to have something stuck in it since I
>can here a "clicking" that changes with the speed of the fan with the
>A/C on. Do I have to take apart the blower casing under the dash to fix
>this? The noise gets worse when I make right turns (go figure?)

Dunno about that one.. could be one of the fins.

>- - The Rear Antilock brake light flashes on the dash intermittently. Is
>this cause for concern?

YES. It's either a simple electrical problem, or the rear brakes are
snafued. As you can
imagine, brakes are important! :-)

>Other then these problems, I LOVE THIS TRUCK. It's an EB edition with
>all the goodies and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

hehehe has it started leaking yet? check under your floormats.. I'll bet
you have water somewhere...

heheh also, look in the back. I love mine too, but damn, they leak a
lot...


>Tom

Lou Guerriero
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Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 13:01:04 -0400
From: Barry Nestor
Subject: FTE Small - Ford parts

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Date: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 05:42:58 -0500
From: Mike Krause
Subject: FTE Small - Ford parts and numbers...

I'm looking to replace some of the stock parts on my '91 Explorer(rear leaf
springs, interior stuff) and was wondering if anyone knows a good place to
get
parts at a reasonable price. I'm not looking to upgrade anything just want
a
place to get certified Ford parts at a reasonable price. Also, where can I
get
the product codes to order this stuff. Thanks.
Mike Krause

Mike,

There are some dealers who have ads for Ford parts in the back of some of
the car mags although I have never called any of them. I might be interested
though if you do find a reputable place that really does sell new parts at a
discount. The local dealer here in town is under new mgmt and the last thing
they care about is giving anyone a break in pricing.

Have a great day,

Barry

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Date: Sun, 05 Jul 1998 12:19:24 -0500
From: "Eric P. Neal"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Bronco II Questions

I have an '88 Bronco II, and I've had the same problem with the tranny and
the engine leaking oil. On the bad side, the tranny had to be replaced at a
cost of $1800. Fortunately though, the oil leak around the valve covers was
fixed with an $8 change in valve cover gaskets. Just be sure to scrape all
the old cork off from the old gasket.

Thomas Moore wrote:

> Hi, I just joined the mail list after purchasing a 87 Bronco II and have
> some questions about some problems I have:
>
> - There is a tansmission oil leak (automatic) where only after a long
> drive the trans will start to leak while running the engine and stops
> leaking when I turn off the engine. The leak comes from where the motor
> and trans connect. The car has 105K, but the trans shifts fine. Is this
> a major or minor fix?
>
> - There is an oil leak where I can smell oil burning (a little smoke
> from the engine compartment too) and it appears to be just a valve cover
> leak. What else could leak oil? This is a small leak and oil does not
> drip on the ground.
>
> - The interior blower fan seems to have something stuck in it since I
> can here a "clicking" that changes with the speed of the fan with the
> A/C on. Do I have to take apart the blower casing under the dash to fix
> this? The noise gets worse when I make right turns (go figure?)
>
> - The Rear Antilock brake light flashes on the dash intermittently. Is
> this cause for concern?
>
> Other then these problems, I LOVE THIS TRUCK. It's an EB edition with
> all the goodies and I wouldn't trade it for anything!
>
> Tom
>
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Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 16:21:28 EDT
From: BFunk33 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Loudest exhaust?

Lou Guerriero asked:

> Here's a non audio related question... (hehehe). What's the loudest
>exhaust system I can put on a Ranger / Bronco II?

Probably a megaphone right off each exhaust port, aimed up (through the hood).
Should be plenty loud! ;-)
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Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 15:26:35 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Bronco advice

You (Lou Guerriero) wrote:
> hehehe has it started leaking yet? check under your floormats.. I'll bet
> you have water somewhere...
> heheh also, look in the back. I love mine too, but damn, they leak a
> lot...

They are not SUPPOSED to leak. If they leak it's because there are rust
holes. If you do not catch these NOW you will need welding - which is what
I'm doing now! (I got it used). The weaknesses are:

Front: both corners of roof. Look for stress cracks, rust, holes

Rear: both hinge areas, away from the hinge towards the side of the truck.
Look for stress cracks, rust, holes.

Both bottom corners near the rubber gate-seal.

Both sides of inner (of above) from the wheel well. That
gets a hole first, then everything else rusts. Water from
hinge-area holes does not improve matters.

Do NOT be afraid to poke the paint with an awl... if you have a hole,
catching it now will make your life that much easier. It's a cancer.

I'll have small pictures on my website with repairs I've made by
end of summer (moving right now, no time). I've been mastering the
MIG process the last few weekends. Catch it with bondo before it
becomes stuctural!

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Date: Sun, 05 Jul 1998 16:37:50 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Web site updates

Ford Truck Enthusiasts web site updates:

- - Several pictures added to pictorial (let me know if I missed yours, I
have a bunch of pictures that I lost the original email to!).
- - Rotary Lift article added to the tech articles page.
- - Several links added.

The new products pages are nearly complete and will be up tomorrow
night! This will feature products which are available at a discount to
Ford Truck Enthusiasts list members and web site visitors. Items
covering all years will be featured. If these pages do well we'll be
able to expand our free services. Web space has been tight so we
haven't been able to do some of the things we've been wanting to.

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

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Date: Sun, 05 Jul 1998 17:05:39 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: June Archives

June list archives are now on the web site. This
includes the new Performance list archives.

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

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Date: Sun, 05 Jul 1998 14:08:10
From: "M. Monninger"
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar: Eddie Bauer in 97?

Does anyone know if Ford offered the Eddie Bauer package on Aerostars in
1997? We're thinking of upgrading from our 93 Aerostar EB and would like to
find a 97 with the EB package but I haven't seen it listed in any of the 97
sales info.

I sure wish Ford hadn't discontinued the Aerostar. The only choice for a
RWD minivan now is a Chevy Astro. I'd sure hate to switch to GM but I might
not have any choice. We spent a lot of time this weekend looking at Astros,
and while they're nice, they just aren't as refined as the Aerostar.
Typical el-cheapo GM interiors, etc. Damn, I knew we shoulda bought a 97
last year. Sigh...

Anyone know of a new left-over 97 Aerostar with the EB package, or at least
a high-end XLT?

Thanks...

Mark markem primenet.com

PS: I think discussing Aerostars is OK on this list. If not, please forgive
me...
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Date: Sun, 05 Jul 1998 14:15:27
From: "M. Monninger"
Subject: FTE Small - Full Size Spare on Aerostar?

Another Aerostar question...

I have a 93 extended length Aerostar. I'd like to replace the weenie little
temp spare with a real spare. The manual says not to carry a full sized
spare where the temp spare is mounted (under the rear) because it might
interfere with the rear axle. Looking at it, there seems to be plenty of
space. Perhaps on the normal length van there might be a problem but it
would be OK on the extended? Or is it a question of weight and the spare
holder might not be strong enough for a full sized spare? Anyone have any
insight into this?

Thanks...

Mark markem primenet.com
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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 00:48:15 -0400 (EDT)
From: Andrew
Subject: FTE Small - Photo's

Hi All,

A idea came to me (*see below) and I thought here at small ford
people could exchange some thoughts better with pictures.
Recently I exchanged some wheel'n pictures with a guy from
Argentina. It was fun seeing his Jeep and the modifications he had done to
it. Also he sent scanned photo's of some of the places he has been. His
nephew had a scanner and was nice enough to forward me the pictures.

* My idea, Not everyone has a scanner. I do, and due to
circumstances beyond my control, I have extra time on my hands. It was
nice for a while but, getting old, fast. Soo, send me your photo's.
Each photo will receive personal attention. I studied photography
for nearly 25 years as a hobby. Only the best software is used. If anyone
has pictures they would like scanned into their computer, send them to me.
To cover expenses, I think $4 a dozen is a fair and good deal ($4 for 1-12
photo's).

This is intended for list members here on Fordtrucks Small and
two other lists I subscribe to. For a time I considered doing it for free,
but realized that, the last time the scanner was repaired it cost me ninety
bucks.
....


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