small-list-digest Saturday, November 28 1998 Volume 02 : Number 330

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
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FTE Small - sensitive brakes
FTE Small - ADMIN: Chat page



Date: Thu, 26 Nov 1998 07:57:08 -0800
From: "Ken Powell"
Subject: FTE Small - sensitive brakes

Hi, I have read the list for quite some time and owned and driven many pick
ups during the past seven decades. I now knock around in a 1993 long bed
with the 2.3 and autoOD. I probably enjoy this one as much as, or more than,
any of the others. My only problem is trying to keep the speed down to the
posted limit on major highways. That little sucker wants to cruise about

Like Bill I have a '93 Ranger with brakes that seem to grab the first time
they are applied each day. Thereafter they perform normally and very well.
It may be that the confuser on my shoulders has compensated for the size
elevens at the other end and advised against "stomping" on the little pedal
near the floorboard.

All of this talk about brakes has caused me to reflect on the early Fords
that had mechanical brake systems. I seem to remember some models during the
mid thirties that used wire cables to actuate the brakes and those cables
always stretched. This created a market for various devices that were used
to shorten or remove the slack from these stretched cables to permit
continued use until they absolutely had to be replaced.

I believe the first Fords to have hydraulic brakes were the 1939 models.
Prior to that, there was a very high "pucker factor" during panic stops.

kp (High miles but still moving)

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Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 21:46:27 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Chat page

To those who've wondered when the chat page is going to be
back up.... I've been testing out the chat engine we used
in the spring (the one that would hang up every 2-3 days).
On the new server, it doesn't seem to have the hanging
problems. 2-3 more days of testing and it will be online.
This chat server doesn't use web server resources at all,
unlike the one we've been using which hogs 1 web connection
per user (which causes web visitors to wait for a web
connection if they're all used up).

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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