small-list-digest Wednesday, August 19 1998 Volume 02 : Number 233



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - 4.0
FTE Small - Explorer Spark Plugs
Re: FTE Small - Explorer Spark Plugs
FTE Small - What was it?
Re: FTE Small - What was it?
FTE Small - Re: Changing Explorer Spark Plugs..
FTE Small - Re: Ranger SOHC Questions
Re: FTE Small - Re: Ranger SOHC Questions
Re: FTE Small - Re: Ranger SOHC Questions
Re: FTE Small - Re: Ranger SOHC Questions
FTE Small - Engine Pinging
FTE Small - plug wires

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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 07:50:02 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0

Ding060297 aol.com wrote:
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> Has anyone found any magazines articles on the 5.0 v8 that have upgrades on
> performance parts...............
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I have seen a supercharger kit! I would image most mustang parts will
work!
Chris
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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 06:57:14 -0700
From: "Alan Heaberlin"
Subject: FTE Small - Explorer Spark Plugs

I guarantee you that Ford doesn't flat rate a plug change at 4 hours or
anything near that! If you can see the plugs you can get a wrench on them.
Get something to stand on so you can reach everything. Use a swivel spark
plug socket and don't overlook the possibility of a very long extension to
get to the plug.
Years ago I had a 67 Fairlane 500 with a 390 shoehorned into it by the
factory. In 2 years of driving it I couldn't figure out how to get the left
rear plug out from behind the shock tower. I finally broke down and took it
to a Ford garage and to my amazement the mechanic used a 4 foot extension
between the hood and firewall. It was so easy I wanted to puke!
If you are going to do your own work you must learn persistence and
patience. Tackle a job and work intelligently until it's done. Just like
peeling potatoes in the Army...One potato at a time. Don't get in a hurry,
don't get frustrated...Just do it.

Alan Heaberlin
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Buffalo Run Enterprises

"Law is a matter of statistical probability and truth is finally
a matter of whichever of the many geometries best suit your needs."
George Elliot

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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 08:03:15 -0700
From: Rick Horwitz
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer Spark Plugs

I missed the initial post, but I assume you're reffering to the plug
on the passenger side rear of the Explorer. I found that the best way
to remove it is by removing the right front tire and getting it from
the wheel well. I made this a little easier by making two verticle
cuts in the plastic wheel well which made a flap that I could push out
of the way for extra clearence. Once you look at it from underneath
you will probably get the picture.

Good Luck,
Rick Horwitz
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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 13:29:51 -0700
From: cassis
Subject: FTE Small - What was it?

Hey guys I saw the most Bad A%$ 4x4 (or 6x6) Ford Truck I've ever seen this
w/e. I was at some Drag Boat Races in Marble Falls, Texas and while walking
thru the pits there was this truck that was the front half of a F350 Crew
Cab 4x4 but the back was some kind of camper - not a truck bed camper but
like the back half of an RV. Had four wheels in the back (like a tandem
trailer). It was huge the camper area was about twenty feet long. It had
4x4 stickers on the camper part of it. It was sitting on some 33" Tall BFG
All terains. It looked like the ultimate camper. Any of you guys ever see
anything like this before? What exactly was it? Who makes it? And I just
have to know what would a rig like that cost? Any ideas?

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

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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 15:46:42 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: Re: FTE Small - What was it?

Four Wheeler magazine had a little article on a moterhome like you are
talking about. I don't remember what issue it was in. It was a couple
of years ago though. You might be able to cantact them if you want more
info. I belive it was a 4x4 with the 3rd axle just to trail along and
hold the extra weight.

Matt Dresselhaus
1986 ranger 4x4

cassis wrote:
>
> Hey guys I saw the most Bad A%$ 4x4 (or 6x6) Ford Truck I've ever seen this
> w/e. I was at some Drag Boat Races in Marble Falls, Texas and while walking
> thru the pits there was this truck that was the front half of a F350 Crew
> Cab 4x4 but the back was some kind of camper - not a truck bed camper but
> like the back half of an RV. Had four wheels in the back (like a tandem
> trailer). It was huge the camper area was about twenty feet long. It had
> 4x4 stickers on the camper part of it. It was sitting on some 33" Tall BFG
> All terains. It looked like the ultimate camper. Any of you guys ever see
> anything like this before? What exactly was it? Who makes it? And I just
> have to know what would a rig like that cost? Any ideas?
>
> John Cassis
> 93' STX 4x4 3.0/5-speed
>
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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 20:24:18 -0500
From: "Jim Bielecki"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Changing Explorer Spark Plugs..

>This weekend, I was all set to put a new set of plugs
>and wires on the old blue (93) Explorer. On the driver's
>side of the engine, everything looked fine, but when I
>went to look over at the passenger side ... GREAT GOOGALY
>MOOGALY! I _know_ my hands wouldn't fit into the space
>to reach the plugs, much less a socket.
>Can anyone post how this operation should be done?

Remove the passenger side front tire and go in through the wheel well. Ford
has cut a nifty opening in interior portion of the wheel well that gives you
direct access to the rear (firewall) two plugs.

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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 20:39:06 -0500
From: "Jim Bielecki"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Ranger SOHC Questions

>So you're saying that Ford won't go to it's suppliers and say "look,
>these things are selling like hotcakes.. let's step up production & we
>can all make some more money here." I don't buy it. If they had to,
>they could put SOHC's in everything. I think my original post hits the
>mark... they are #1... why try harder? When sales slip to #2 you watch
>how quickly the Ranger gets an update.

Ford deals with many suppliers. Some Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers are
operating at full capacity right now and may be unable to increase their
production. Ford is currently having the same problem with the 3.0L V6
(there's constant discussion whether to allocate this engine's production to
the Taurus/Sable or put it in the Ranger). They had a similar problem with
the fancy wheels on the '97 F-150 when that came out. The supplier couldn't
supply the wheels (up to a two month wait) and Ford lost sales to Chevy and
Dodge.


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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 23:25:21 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Ranger SOHC Questions

WE NEED TO GET OFF THE SOHC ENGINE AND THE FORD EXPLORER TUNE UP THIS IS
GETTING OLD AND BORING.........WHO CARES THE ENGINE ISN'T THERE AND JUST GET A
RATCHET SOME EXTENSIONS AND A SWIVEL AND JUST DO IT ALREADY I DID MINE IT
SUCKED BUT I DID IT IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES
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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 23:32:16 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Ranger SOHC Questions

Alrighty then Mr All Capital letter using guy,
pick a more interesting topic and lets get down to
it.
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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 00:27:43 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Ranger SOHC Questions

yeah really...who wants a high reving SOHC engine in a freaking truck
anyway...that will help you out alot when you are tring to climb a 40 percent
grade when your wheeling...a OHV engine blows doors on a SOHC for low end
torque. And for the plugs, a little elbow grease gets the job done everytime.
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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 00:10:50 -0700
From: "Kenneth C. St.John"
Subject: FTE Small - Engine Pinging

What would cause my '91 Explorer to ping when the accelerator is bottomed
out? I thought there was some type of sensor for that?
Its more prominent in the hot weather (also, I'm at a high altitude --
4200). I've replaced just about all the sensors due to another problem in
the past (that turned out to be an intermittent connection of the mass air
flow sensor) and don't remember seeing one for the "pinging".
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance
Ken

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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 00:15:33 -0700
From: Victor Jorge
Subject: FTE Small - plug wires

Hey all,
Any good reports from Splitfire's plug wires?? I am using Bosch
plugs with Pep Boys some ??? brand plug wires and hate the plug wires. I
love using the Bosch Platinum plugs but reusing the Pep Boys wires is
not a good thing to do. The wires are only good for one pluck and might
as well throw them away....


- -Victor

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