small-list-digest Wednesday, August 26 1998 Volume 02 : Number 239



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In this issue:

FTE Small - cooling system
FTE Small - TV Show: Shade Tree Mechanics
Re: FTE Small - TV Show: Shade Tree Mechanics
FTE Small - Getting better mileage and power
Re: FTE Small - TV Show: Shade Tree Mechanics
Re: FTE Small - TV Show: Shade Tree Mechanics
FTE Small - Re: 3.0L V-6 Exhaust Questions
Re: FTE Small - cooling system
Re: FTE Small - TV Show: Shade Tree Mechanics
Re: FTE Small - Getting better mileage and power
Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging

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Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 02:45:13 -0400
From: MICHAEL PEACOCK
Subject: FTE Small - cooling system

Hi,
My '86 BroncoII is running hot. Especially in traffic, on the highway =
it cools down somewhat.
This leads me to believe that the fan clutch is at fault.
Here's what I'm going to do.
Flush the system
Change the thermostat
Address the fan issue
Here are my questions:
I was told that going down a step in thermostat temps would effect the =
computer. I've taken the temp sensors resistance readings cold and at =
mid-normal range. I'm going to place a resister in the line to fool the =
computer into thinking it's operating at operating temp while the 180 =
degree thermostat hopefully keeps the engine cooler. I know that cooler =
air and fuel helps the engine produce more efficient power, but what can =
I expect out of a cooler engine? And how might my reasoning be flawed in =
the computer tricking idea?
About the fan problem, are electric fans as good as I here? What are the =
draw backs? How do they effect the charging system? Are they worth the =
$80?
Again thank you for all responses!

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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 07:54:32 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - TV Show: Shade Tree Mechanics

Ding060297 aol.com wrote
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Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Litre Performance Stuff

There is a show on tv usally saturday mornings called shade tree
mechanics...
and they have the same truck you have.

My Reply
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This sounds like an interesting and useful TV show. But I've never
heard of it. Could you please provide more information about it. For
starters, do you know if it is syndicated, network, or local-only for
your area? Do you watch it on a Public TV station or a commercial one?
What city do you get it from (so others in your area could watch it,
too). Thanks.

Richard
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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 12:09:35 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - TV Show: Shade Tree Mechanics

It's on TNN. The channel with all the hank-n-spank country stuff on during
the week. During the weekend the channel turns into motorhead mayhem with
mostly automotive shows with a few hunting and fishing shows sprinkled in.
If they had football I'd never have to touch my remote on sunday!
- -Russ

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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 11:48:23 -0500
From: balusek aud.alcatel.com (Danny Balusek)
Subject: FTE Small - Getting better mileage and power

Alan Wilson wrote:


My question is: Does getting a K&N air filter really help?

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I installed a K&N Filter on my '86 Bronco II with 2.9L V6 a couple
of months ago and have not been able to detect any change in performance
or fuel mileage. If you think about it, the air/fuel mixture is controlled
by the onboard computer and if something causes one of those to change,
the computer will compensate by changing the other so as to keep things
in balance according to some predefined definition (determined by Ford
and most likely the big Oil Companies).
I think the biggest improvement to be had with the K&N Filter may
be cleaner air.

The next thing I plan on doing to my Bronco II in the ever elusive
search for improved mileage and performance is installing an
MSD coil, 8MM plug wires, and new set of Autolite Platinum plugs
gapped .005" to .007" wider than stock recommendations. I've
been told this combination works pretty good but only time
and money will tell.

regards,

Danny B.

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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 15:31:16 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - TV Show: Shade Tree Mechanics

>My Reply
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>This sounds like an interesting and useful TV show. But I've never
>heard of it. Could you please provide more information about it. For
>starters, do you know if it is syndicated, network, or local-only for
>your area? Do you watch it on a Public TV station or a commercial one?
>What city do you get it from (so others in your area could watch it,
>too). Thanks.
>
>Richard

Just keep in mind that the show is 90% advertising for products.
The two boneheads on it seem to be really impressed with themselves,
which is quite a joke to me. It was really funny watching them act
like a couple of goofy apes when they fired up the V8 they built.
Then they acted like the dyno results were impressive. Don't recall
the exact figures, but they certainly weren't impressive to me.


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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 15:46:53 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - TV Show: Shade Tree Mechanics

I especially like all the $200 plug wire sets they install. "Boy those will
ad 10 horses!" Yeah right! Also I'd still like to kick Ed Bruce's ass for
that Truckin USA show!
- -Russ

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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 19:55:11 -0500
From: "John Cheyney RN, BSN, CCRN"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: 3.0L V-6 Exhaust Questions

>I have been thinking about ways of getting more boost out of my 3.0 V6 98
>Ranger.

Many of us have been trying to find aftermarket headers for the 3.0L V-6.
To the best of our knowledge no one makes them. We have been told that JBA
is contmplating bringing 3.0L headers later this year but nothing has come
out.

If anyone out there knows of a company that makes headers for our engine
put the word out.

John Cheyney RN
cheyne19 idt.net
1993 Ford Ranger XLT Supercab
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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 21:07:58 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - cooling system

First of all i wouldn't touch the thermostat for one you don't want to mess
with the computer two running cooler temps might increase hp slightly but will
also make fuel mileage go down.......I would start with flushing out your
radiator real good and get rid of that fan.....You can go either two ways one
get a flex fan there always pulling in air and they will cool your truck or
rip it out an put in a electric fan i've have done this in an older 2.8 chevy
blazer i owned and it did improve but you must put the biggest fan you can
fit in the truck..........ding060297
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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 21:11:17 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - TV Show: Shade Tree Mechanics

Remove what string to reply ????? And shade tree mechanics is on tnn here
in new jersey and i've seen it on my other tv in pennslyvania so check out
your tv guide.......Every week they do new projects everything from normal
tune ups and coolant changes to doing a valve job for those more
knowledgable......good show
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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 21:19:51 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Getting better mileage and power

Danny don't even waste your time with msd ignition ....It does work in some
applications but i don't think its worth the time and money in your situation
of that lil 2.9 ..Your better off doing other upgrades Like for starters just
hit the simple things like get rid of you power robbing fan and throw in a
electric one for $80 and you can do it yourself in less than an hour.. Look
into changing your exhaust and i don't mean cat back systems they only give ya
.005 seconds off...Look into headers a free flow cat and a nice cat back with
free flow mufflers you can buy the whole system from any of the big companies
borla or flowmaster gibson... And get rid or your air box that holds your air
cleaner make it so its an open element with a k&n air filter and you 'll
probably be twice as happy as if you would of did just an msd ignition.....And
if you got any money left look into a hyperchip....and you should be pretty
happy with that for awhile you'll get a sweet sound and a little better fuel
mileage when your not stepping on it.......
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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 23:17:57 -0700
From: "Kenneth C. St.John"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging

I've exerimented with diffent octanes to see if the problem was the same --
no change.
I've cleaned the throttle body but not the injectors (as no loss of gas
mileage has occurred).
When I swapped to a K&N filter, again, the problem was still there. I have
about 53K miles on the engine but this problem started under 5K miles!
Since I was running back and forth over-seas, I never had time for the
dealer to look at it. Now that I'm here for good, I'd like to diagnose/fix
myself. I had read another article relating to the EGR valve. I don't
think my engine has this on it (4.0), correct?
Any other ideas on this?

Ken
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> From: Garr&Pam
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging
> Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 07:58:24 +0000
>
>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?
>
>Check your timing. Maybe you have carbon build up also...check into
>having your throttle body and injectors cleaned. You can try running
>high octane gas and seee if that helps.
>Chris
>94 Lightning #381
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