small-list-digest Thursday, September 24 1998 Volume 02 : Number 268



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Re: Airbox & update on 5.0 ranger
FTE Small - Air box replacement!
Re: FTE Small - Air box replacement!
FTE Small - i have a thought!!
Re: FTE Small - What are U-Joints???
FTE Small - ADMIN: Translation?
Re: FTE Small - ADMIN: Translation?
Re: FTE Small - ADMIN: Translation?
FTE Small - V8 Aerostar
FTE Small - ADMIN: Two more milestones
Re: FTE Small - V8 Aerostar
Re: FTE Small - ADMIN: Translation?
Re: FTE Small - Air box replacement!

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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 09:41:23 -0500
From: Erik
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Airbox & update on 5.0 ranger

well for mine.. a new ram air hood and making my own out of
pipe bent and stuff... looks ok.

btw im back from my trip... the 5.0 Ranger runs like a banshee
even into Denver it ran very very powerful.
but the brakes werent upgraded yet... and coming back with a the bed
hauling a load of about 1000 lbs. the brakes were really weak IMHO

Suspension is ok.. minor adjusting still to do...
tryin to find a mesh grill for it.. i dont like the stock one...
and going to smooth the body out some...
Since its no longer my daily driver its going to get the show truck treatment.
Erik

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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 10:06:33 -0700
From: "Andr E. Benguerel"
Subject: FTE Small - Air box replacement!

Steve,

Check out the Tru Rev
Induction kit from Kurtz
Kustomz Motorsports.



I just installed a kit on my
Ranger. It's far superior to
the K&N kit and works better
than any shade tree "hack."
The price is also great, and
Warren Kurtz is a genuinely
nice guy! The kit is not a
"cold air" set up but flows
much better than the factory
air box.

Hope this helps!

Andre E. Benguerel

1995 Ford Ranger 4 X4 SC
4.0L V6, OD Auto, Xlt

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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 10:53:04 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Air box replacement!

At 10:06 AM 9/23/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Steve,
>
>Check out the Tru Rev
>Induction kit from Kurtz
>Kustomz Motorsports.
>
>
>
>I just installed a kit on my
>Ranger. It's far superior to
>the K&N kit and works better
>than any shade tree "hack."
>The price is also great, and
>Warren Kurtz is a genuinely
>nice guy! The kit is not a
>"cold air" set up but flows
>much better than the factory
>air box.
>

Don't forget to pick up your royalty check from Tru Rev!

Alan Wilson


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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 20:53:52 EDT
From: KLESNANSKY aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - i have a thought!!

I know a lot of people in this list have or are going to put a 5.0 in their
ranger's, But has anyone considered a turbo diesel? I was thinking maybe like
taking a ram, forgive me, 3/4 ton or maybe 1 ton and attaching the bodies of
the ranger to the ram's frame and suspension. I figure by changing the front
fenders to a fiberglass version that has much wider openings. And by cutting
the rear wheelwells out a bit. I should be able to fit a 35" at stock height.
Any thoughts? I spend a lot of time on the road just thinking, another way to
stay awake, on how I could improve the off road ability of my truck. Maybe I
wouldn't be the fastest up the hill or through the mud, but I could almost
always pull anything. With this setup. The only problem I could see is how
to get the steering to fit properly. I know the body mounts would have to be
one-offs. Any thoughts would be appreciated

Ken
95 Ranger 4x4 stx, soon to have 33" YIPPY :-)
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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 22:35:28 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - What are U-Joints???

At 08:56 AM 9/21/98 -0700, you wrote:
>At 11:20 AM 9/21/98 -0400, you wrote:
>>Hi all. I'm new to this list. I have '86 Ranger STX with the 2.9l engine
>>with 137k miles. It has generally been a great truck, but is beginning to
>>show its age. Judging from my readings the last couple of days, things
>>like U-joints are probably due to be inpected and probably replaced.
>
>I've seen a lot of comments regarding bad U-joints as well. What are
>U-Joints anyway and how can I inspect mine?
>
>Thanks.
>Alan Wilson
>

U-joints are the pivot points on the driveshaft. They supply the
power to the rear end regardless of the engine/axle angle. To
Check them, block the wheels (front and back), place the truck
in neutral and crawl under the back. Grasp the drive shaft and
try to turn it back and forth. If there is any play in the joint,
you'll know it.

Ken Payne

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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 22:36:01 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Translation?

Can someone translate this?

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

>
>Bonjour,
>Je m'appelle Eric LEROY, j'habite =E0 BRUXELLES (Belgium) et je roule avec=
un
>Ford F-150 (4.9 liters EFI) model 1988.
>C'est un vehicule d'occasion sp=E9cialement import=E9 des USA. Il n'y a=
presque
>pas de voitures comme =E7a en Europe,
>et il n'est pas facile d'avoir des pi=E8ces de rechanges.
>Il existe chez les dealers FORD U.S.A. un livre avec toutes les pi=E8ces de
>rechange, un dessin et le serial number pour les commander.
>Pouvez vous me dire si cela existe sur CD ROM ?
>
>Merci beaucoups
>
>
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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 22:53:59 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - ADMIN: Translation?

He's saying he has an F150 thats been imported and
he's having trouble finding parts. Wants to know
if anyone can tell him if Ford has shop manuals
and parts lists. ( Like michro-fiche) on CD-ROM.
I'd imagine he wants them in french too. Tall
order I'd say.
My wife translated it for me....I dont speak
french so I cant answer him.
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Date: Wednesday, September 23, 1998 10:44 PM
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Translation?


Can someone translate this?

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

>
>Bonjour,
>Je m'appelle Eric LEROY, j'habite BRUXELLES
(Belgium) et je roule avec un
>Ford F-150 (4.9 liters EFI) model 1988.
>C'est un vehicule d'occasion spcialement import
des USA. Il n'y a presque
>pas de voitures comme a en Europe,
>et il n'est pas facile d'avoir des pices de
rechanges.
>Il existe chez les dealers FORD U.S.A. un livre
avec toutes les pices de
>rechange, un dessin et le serial number pour les
commander.
>Pouvez vous me dire si cela existe sur CD ROM ?
>
>Merci beaucoups
>
>
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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 23:04:16 -0400
From: Geoffrey Hoffman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - ADMIN: Translation?

>Can someone translate this?

if no one responds, i can churn something out..... been a while since i
took french, but i could dig up the dictionary, and give you the perfect
translation....

here goes:


basically, he has an '88 F150 in brusselles, and has a hard time getting
parts out there.

>>Bonjour,

hey

>>Je m'appelle Eric LEROY, j'habite =E0 BRUXELLES (Belgium) et je roule avec=
un

- - I am eric leroy, and i live in brussels and drive

>>Ford F-150 (4.9 liters EFI) model 1988.

- - an F150 (bet you had trouble with this part... :)

>>C'est un vehicule d'occasion sp=E9cialement import=E9 des USA. Il n'y a p=
resque
>>pas de voitures comme =E7a en Europe,

- - (not sure about the first part, something about how it is not a big deal
in the states,) but there are no vehicles like it in europe.

>>et il n'est pas facile d'avoir des pi=E8ces de rechanges.

- - and there is no easy way to get parts

>>Il existe chez les dealers FORD U.S.A. un livre avec toutes les pi=E8ces d=
e
>>rechange, un dessin et le serial number pour les commander.

- - at the ford dealers, there exists a book with all the peices, diagrams,
and the serial number for ordering.

>>Pouvez vous me dire si cela existe sur CD ROM ?

- - does this exist on CD ROM?



anyway, that is a rough guess.... otherwise, i can look up the ones i am
not sure about....
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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 20:48:01 -0700
From: "Lawrence E. Creeden"
Subject: FTE Small - V8 Aerostar

Anybody know about or done a V8 swap into an Aerostar? Seems like it
should be similar to the V8 Bronco/Ranger swap, and that the James Duff
stuff should work. This would make a great hot rod "surfer" van, like
the old bread trucks, but haven't seen anybody doin' it. Maybe it's not
as easy as it looks. No substitute for experience.

Forgive me if this is something discussed previously. Didn't see it in
the archives or recent discussions.

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Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 00:11:24 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Two more milestones

This should have been announced about 10 days ago but I've been
very busy lately....

Ford Truck Enthusiasts surpassed 3000 subscribers! We've been
consistantly growing at a rate of about 160-175 new subscribers
per month since we started.

Additionally, last week we had our 350,000th visitor to the
main page. When using a visitor log analysis tool (which counts
visitors who may not come in via the main page) we show over
500,000 visitors to the site in the last 10 months!

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 00:14:04 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - V8 Aerostar

At 08:48 PM 9/23/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Anybody know about or done a V8 swap into an Aerostar? Seems like it
>should be similar to the V8 Bronco/Ranger swap, and that the James Duff
>stuff should work. This would make a great hot rod "surfer" van, like
>the old bread trucks, but haven't seen anybody doin' it. Maybe it's not
>as easy as it looks. No substitute for experience.
>
>Forgive me if this is something discussed previously. Didn't see it in
>the archives or recent discussions.
>

All I can say is that the V6 fit is so tight that I physically cannot
change all the spark plugs. My wife has to reach two of them for
me. I seriously doubt a V8 would fit without removing a large portion
of the interior and moving the seats back. Nothing like my 67 F100,
even with a 390 V8, I can stand next to it in the engine compartment.

Ken Payne



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Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 02:32:13 -0400
From: "D. Garnet Quinn"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - ADMIN: Translation?

Ken Payne wrote:
> Can someone translate this?
>(French deleted)

For those interested, there is an online translator at:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com/cgi-bin/translate?

It even does whole web pages. It is far from perfect but you
certainly can get the jest of things. For example its take
on Ken's query was:

> Hello, I am called Eric LEROY, I live in BRUSSELS (Belgium) and I roll with Ford F-150
> (4.9 liters EFI) model 1988. It is an especially imported vehicule of occasion of the USA.
> There are almost no cars like that in Europe, and it is not easy to have spare parts.
> There exists at the dealers FORD U.S.A. a book with all the spare parts, a drawing and
> the serial number to control them. Can you say to me if that exists on CD ROM?
>
> Thank you beaucoups
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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 17:44:19 -0700
From: "Steven Husaim"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Air box replacement!

Hey all,

Hey, thanks so much for all of your time..I really appreciate it. The only prob is that tru-rev is for a 1993 on up..And I happen to have a 1992....I think that it would still work, I'd just have to move the battery to where the air-box is located now....I send them an e-mail, hopefully they will respond...Thanks again !!....


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