small-list-digest Thursday, August 6 1998 Volume 02 : Number 219



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?
Re: FTE Small - The continuing transmission problems....
Subject: FTE Small - Moving on...
Re: FTE Small - aux. gas tanks
Re: FTE Small - Speedometer Reading/Tire Size
FTE Small - RE: Moving On
FTE Small - Is it safe to lift Trucks?
FTE Small - aux. gas tanks (bigger tank on explorer?)
Re: FTE Small - Peeling paint!
Re: FTE Small - Peeling paint!
FTE Small - Bronco II CV Joints / Driveshaft

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Date: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 08:13:32 -0500
From: "Ben L. Held"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?

I have a 4.0L 4x4 with manual transmission. I have the same driveline
creaking and a clunk in the rear end when changing from forward to reverse.
The dealer claimed that the 98-11-9 TSB was only for AUTOMATICS and that
the 97-23-12 TSB (for a clunk) covered only through 1997 Rangers. I don't
know what to do! Anyone with a 1998 manual transmission having the same
problems and had them fixed?


Ben Held
Simulation Technology & Applied Research, Inc.
11520 N. Port Washington Rd.
Suite 101 B
Mequon, WI 53092
Phone: (414) 240-0293
FAX: (414) 240-0294
e-mail: ben.held staarinc.com
Visit our Web Site at www.staarinc.com

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Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 08:40:59 -0500
From: "Mike Nassour"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - The continuing transmission problems....

From: tarmy webtv.net (thomas oslick jr)


> sounds like you did not have repairs done at a ford garage. sounds like
> they did not flush transmission cooler
>

Actually, we addressed that very issue. The tech said they did
indeed flush the entire system, the tubes in the radiator as well as
the external cooler. But he said that even a complete flushing does
not always get everything out, and that since tranny fluid has
detergent properties, hard-set grundge can break loose the flush
missed can break loose after a repair.

To be fair, the old tranny had not been serviced for 50K(!), so I
guess that just about anything could have been hiding in the
cooler....



Mike Nassour / mnassour onr.com

"Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in shoes. That way,
you'll be a mile away. And you'll have his shoes." -- unknown

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Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 07:12:44 -0700
From: "Ulysses Samilo"
Subject: Subject: FTE Small - Moving on...

Mike,

There are no performance shops in La jolla. Nuthin' but rich folks out
that way. But across the tracks (literally, there are train tracks
separating La Jolla from the eastward towns) in Kearny Mesa there is an Off
Road Warehouse and a Four Wheel Parts Wholesalers (think that's what it is,
but it's right next to Comp USA so you can pick up a computer right after
you get some work done on your truck). In Mira Mesa there is a 4x4
Unlimited that does good work.


Ulysses Samilo
High Speed Logic Design Engineer
Email: (wk) ulyssess amcc.com
(hm) usamilo1 san.rr.com
WWW: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://home.san.rr.com/ulysses
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Date: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 09:47:52 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: FTE Small - aux. gas tanks

Not sure about the addition of another tank, but I have seen in some 4x4
magazines an aftermarket tank that is larger for Rangers. If I remember
right, it was something like 8 gallons bigger, so it might the bill.
Sounds like they remold the tank to fit in empty spaces under the truck.

Dave
Denver, CO


>Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 11:25:19 -0800
>From: Thom Cheney
>Subject: FTE Small - aux. gas tanks
>
>I'm interested in adding a smallish (10 gal. or so) auxiliary gas tank
>to my '97 Ranger. Has anyone made this addition?
>
>Thom Cheney
>Portland, OR

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Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 11:34:25 -0500
From: "David Steelman"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Speedometer Reading/Tire Size

Question: When you use tires that are larger or smaller than stock, is
there a way to have your speedometer adjusted to reflect the difference? Or
is this something that most folks don't bother with?

FYI: I have a 98 Ranger 4x4 Supercab with 235/75/16 and I would eventually
like to go up a little bit in tire size. Of course I'm going to wait until
my current tires need to be replaced, so this won't happen any time soon.
Has anyone experimented with larger tires on Rangers w/o lifts? I do plan
to lift the truck a little in the future but no more than 4"

Thanks
Dave
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Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 09:41:53 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Moving On

Mike:
Get your A/C recharged :-) it's been hanging around 110 degrees for the
last week up here in the Santa Clara valley and down south through the
desert's been hitting 120.

San Diego (and all of southern cal for that matter) is ripe with
performance shops.... shouldn't be a problem finding one! Good luck.

Later..... Pete
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Date: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 10:03:38 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: FTE Small - Is it safe to lift Trucks?

At 11:34 AM 8/5/98 -0500, you wrote:

>
>FYI: I have a 98 Ranger 4x4 Supercab with 235/75/16 and I would eventually
>like to go up a little bit in tire size. Of course I'm going to wait until
>my current tires need to be replaced, so this won't happen any time soon.
>Has anyone experimented with larger tires on Rangers w/o lifts? I do plan
>to lift the truck a little in the future but no more than 4"
>
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I have a 98 Ranger and I wouldn't mind lifting it a bit in the future and
addng bigger tires either. Is this kind of thing safe for the vehicle and
how is it most commonly done? do shops do it? or is it a self service thing.

Alan Wilson


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Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 13:09:00 -0400
From: Geoffrey Hoffman
Subject: FTE Small - aux. gas tanks (bigger tank on explorer?)

At 11:47 AM -0400 8/5/98, Dave Armbruster wrote:
>Not sure about the addition of another tank, but I have seen in some 4x4
>magazines an aftermarket tank that is larger for Rangers. If I remember
>right, it was something like 8 gallons bigger, so it might the bill.
>Sounds like they remold the tank to fit in empty spaces under the truck.

I have seen these, and was curious if anyone has put these in. any do it
to something around a '93 explorer? i wanted to increase my range, but
didn't know how big an ordeal this is, and/or how much it costs....

thansk for your time...
+-----------------------------------------------------------+
Geoffrey Hoffman http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pobox.com/~hoffy/
ICQ: 10113556 gch2 cornell.edu
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Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 12:27:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Peeling paint!

I have a B2 that I need to strip the hood on. Is that Tal Strip better
than the stripper I see at Home Depot in the gallon cans? Where can I
find it. I am dreading this job.


- ---"Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ" wrote:
>
> You (thomas oslick jr) wrote:
> > paint is only covered for one year or 12,000 miles which ever comes
> > first.
>
> Speak of the devil... it's 1AM here... and I'm using a gallon jug
> of Tal-Strip on the roof of my 87 B2... I have BARE metal on 80%
> of it already... I'll prime it ASAP... before the condensation
> makes hell of the steel... !!
>
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DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 21:10:49 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Peeling paint!

You (Bill Ciocco) wrote:
> I have a B2 that I need to strip the hood on. Is that Tal Strip better
> than the stripper I see at Home Depot in the gallon cans? Where can I
> find it. I am dreading this job.

Yes, and you should - this stuff is NASTY. For one, it will go
right through your latex gloves as if there weren't on! I found
that the yellow, kitchen (rubber) variety does work. The fumes will
kill you... do it outside if at all possible. EVEN then, set up
a big floor-fan and ensure that you're breathing "fresh" air and
not any fumes... if you get any of it on your skin, you **WILL**
hurt - burns like mad... not a "physical" burn (I can't see it
now, a day later) but it hurts like hell.

Use a NEW, flexible putty knife to scoop up the "crud" that used to
be your finish. You will _most likely_ need as many applications
as there are coats of paint (CC, base, primer -> 2-3 applications).
It WILL take primer off down to bare metal...

Get a can of Naval Jelly while you're in there store... you WILL
need it to prevent flash-rust (forms in about 10-20 min if the
humidity is high enough)... You can treat it later, too... just
don't panic when you see rust color everywhere :-)

See, you're NOT supposed to look forwards to it... but it does
beat the grind/sand/putty cycle... barely :-)

***

I'm bummed... I thought I had minimal rust on the passenger side
of my B2 (looked good enough) BUT, alas, same deal... had to cut
out about 4x5 swath from the part of the fender behind the
passenger seat... it was ALL rotted... and I'll have to use the
solid-angle 1/8" reinforcement... can't weld to air... also lots
of holes in the "trunk" area on the passenger side... sigh. More
pics... will work on it when I get back from a trip Friday..
[damn damn damn :-]
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Date: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 21:57:18 -0700
From: Pat Brown
Subject: FTE Small - Bronco II CV Joints / Driveshaft

Hello All,

Well, a few weeks back, my son tells me the Baby Bronco is making
funny noises when leaving stop signs. I go for a ride, sure enough
it produces a nice clickety-clack after a full stop. I crawl under
and tap the boot off the rear CV joint, and pack it full of grease.
Funny noises gone . . .

I call around, get prices from $115 (Kragen's rebuild - lifetime
guarentee) to $350 (local drivetrain shop). I go to Kragen's and
order the rebuild, pick it up a couple days later. Bummer. It's
a full eight inches too long. I return it, they parts droid calls
the supplier - they don't even want to talk too him about BII
driveshafts. They say "every one of them is a different length".
I get my money back, and decide to concentrate on getting ready to
go on vacation (next day). The Bronco will have to wait until I
return. I pick up a few needed supplies ( a radiator for my F-250 :-)
and grab a couple of magazines to read when the water is too rough to
ski (life is tough sometimes).

So, sitting at the lake later that week, I'm scanning through Off Road
magazine, I spot a couple of ads for BII driveshafts. When I returned
home, I called Dick's Driveshaft in Phoenix, and ordered a custom
driveshaft ($140 + $20 shipping). He had OEM style CV shafts for $95,
I ordered the custom driveshaft which uses standard U-joints and slip
joints. All I needed was to measure the distance between the flanges
in the truck (34 inches). 4-5 days later, UPS dropped a nice box at my
house, full of driveshaft. A slightly longer than anticipated
installation
(hey, them bolts are TIGHT! and LOCKTIGHTED!) and now the baby bronc is
back on the road!

Not Affiliated with Dick, or his driveshaft shop, just a happy customer:....


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