small-list-digest Monday, November 30 1998 Volume 02 : Number 332



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Where's the Fresh Air Intake?
Re: FTE Small - Where's the Fresh Air Intake?
FTE Small - Wax Removal from Plastic
FTE Small - Re: Sensitive brakes
FTE Small - Finally got my 302 in my Ranger
Re: FTE Small - Wax Removal from Plastic
FTE Small - Re:
FTE Small - Snow tires
FTE Small - Re: Bronco II Seats

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 09:05:21 -0800 (PST)
From: Bruce Ross
Subject: FTE Small - Where's the Fresh Air Intake?

I have a '93 Ranger (4litre, A/C) and I suspect that the fresh air intake
for the inside fan is blocked with debris. I recently drove through some
tall grass which completely blocked my radiator and condensor. I cleaned
these off with a hose however now I have very little air pressure coming out
of the heater/defroster fan. I suspect that the fresh air intake is blocked
but I can't find where it is. I've looked all around the blower housing but
can't seem to find any opening for fresh air to get in. My manual has
nothing on this; does anyone know where the fresh air intake is on this vehicle?

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 12:47:23 EST
From: MindEfx AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Where's the Fresh Air Intake?

Your fresh air intake is on your cowl. Look by the wipers, all those little
holes is where it gets that fresh air. Thats why in the winter if its all
blocked up by ice and snow you dont get much air flowing... I cant see how
grass could get up there though...

Jon
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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 14:18:37 -0500
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - Wax Removal from Plastic

Anybody know of a good product that removes wax from plastic parts? I
got some on my door latches and have tried Simple Green, Armor All, Bug &
Tar Remover w/ Kerosene, all to no avail. It's been on there a few months.

Thanks,
Tony
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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 12:59:19 PST
From: "Joe Mitchell"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Sensitive brakes

>From: "Ken Powell"
>Subject: FTE Small - sensitive brakes
>My only problem is trying to keep the speed down to the
>posted limit on major highways. That little sucker wants to cruise
>about eighty.

I have had the same problem lately. I had to make two 300 mile trips
over Thanksgiving (one there, one back) plus several short trips in
between. The whole time, the truck seemed to never slow down. While
passing several S-10's, full size Chevys, and even a few Ford's (!), the
truck just wouldn't stop! Anyone know what's wrong? I'm thinking of
putting a 454 in it to slow it down a bit....
(ps-that was a joke, I'd NEVER drive a 454... :)
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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 16:22:23 EST
From: Dudley151 AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - Finally got my 302 in my Ranger

It was alot of work,but its in there.Its been almost a year since I started
building the '79 302.I got a '71 FMX and had it rebuilt to go behind
it.Everythings new.I started up the motor today,I LOVE IT,when you rev it up
the whole truck twists over,can't wait to drive it.I also have a 9" rearend
I'm rebuilding to go in.I'll keep everyone posted on my progress.I gotta go
look for more parts,bye.
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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 16:45:00 -0600
From: mercury
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Wax Removal from Plastic

Anthony Rifici wrote:
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> Anybody know of a good product that removes wax from plastic parts? I
> got some on my door latches and have tried Simple Green, Armor All, Bug &
> Tar Remover w/ Kerosene, all to no avail. It's been on there a few months.
>
> Thanks,
> Tony
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wax as in candles?
Best way to remove that is to chill it with ice cubes(or park outside
iff you're in snow country) then chip/scrape it off there is a product
out that will dissolve it,but I cant think of the name right off.
if it's warm,all you'll do is smear it around.

merc.
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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 15:52:49 -0000
From: "John Becker"
Subject: FTE Small - Re:

funning - this message came in without a NAME or SUBJECT.


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> Anthony Rifici wrote:
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> > Anybody know of a good product that removes wax from plastic parts?
I
> > got some on my door latches and have tried Simple Green, Armor All, Bug
&
> > Tar Remover w/ Kerosene, all to no avail. It's been on there a few
months.
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> > Thanks,
> > Tony
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> wax as in candles?
> Best way to remove that is to chill it with ice cubes(or park outside
> iff you're in snow country) then chip/scrape it off there is a product
> out that will dissolve it,but I cant think of the name right off.
> if it's warm,all you'll do is smear it around.
>
> merc.
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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 22:46:39 -0500
From: "Craig Rabin"
Subject: FTE Small - Snow tires

>From: Daniel Chace
>I have a 1993 Ranger 2WD with the 14" Aluminum wheels. Since I am needing
new
>tires and the clearcoat is wearing off I thought that it might be a good
>time to
>shop around for some newer wheels.


I looked around for new "snow" tires for my 98 ranger with 14 inch wheels.
Other than going to smaller auto tires, there is next to nothing available
in a 225/70-14. After LOTS of research on ALL the tire sites on the web, the
best combination I came up with was the BF Goodrich All Terrain tires in the
27/8.5-14 size which I put on the cheapest chrome rims I could find. I ended
up with the American Racing Chrome nuggets in a 14x7 size. I lucked out
getting a special deal at sears. 4 Tires and rims, mounted and balanced,
with road hazard and new lug nuts for $500. Town fair tire wanted $100 each
just for the tires.

The tire height is within 1/2 inch of stock, and has an agressive tread.
Havn't tried them in snow, but they seem real good in the dirt. My friend on
the Canadian border in Maine runs them and claims they are very good in the
snow. They are only slightly louder than stock. The ride is slightly rougher
due to the heavier construction over the stock tires.

The only other tires I saw in this size were the Superswamper TSL tires, but
the tires looked to be too open to be good in the snow, but would be perfect
for mud

If you want to go to 15 inch tires, you need the 235/75-15 LT tires. The
only problem is that these tires are the smallest LT tires (that I could
find) but are 1 1/2 inches taller than the 225/70-14 tires. With a manual
trans and the tall gearing in the rear end, this wasn't an option if I
wanted to be able to tow.

I also placed 360 lbs of sand over the rear axle. This seems to smooth out
the ride somewhat, and it is much harder to break the back end loose in the
rain.

Good luck.

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 23:30:53 -0500
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Bronco II Seats

Anyone out there had problems with their ranger or bronco seat assembly
rusting in the front?

Is it possible to change the steel, or does the whole seat need to be
replaced???

Is a seat expensive? (I'm guessing very, judgin by Ford prices..)

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