small-list-digest Wednesday, December 2 1998 Volume 02 : Number 334



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In this issue:

FTE Small - ADMIN: Classics4sale
FTE Small - Mazda/Ford
Re: FTE Small - Mazda/Ford
FTE Small - Re: Tires
FTE Small - Lug nut question
Re: FTE Small - Re: Tires
Re: FTE Small - Lug nut question

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Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 07:02:14 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Classics4sale

Dear Ford Truck Enthusiasts list members:

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This site offers the public a listing of classic cars and trucks
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If you use their services or enjoy their site, we would like to
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Now returning you to our regularly scheduled program...

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 10:44:12 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: FTE Small - Mazda/Ford

Is the Mazda p/u a Ranger in disguise?





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DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 11:57:08 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Mazda/Ford

Bill Ciocco wrote:
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> Is the Mazda p/u a Ranger in disguise?
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yup. I kinda like the quasi-stepside styling on the box. Does anyone
know if the interior bed dimensions are the same as the fleetside
Rangers? The only thing I don't like about the Mazda version is the
dorky chrome strip running around the side windows... but then again,
that's why I bought a Ranger STX... no chrome.
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Thom Cheney
Early Bronco Entertainment
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Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 16:51:07 -0500
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Tires

Hi,

I just changed my 215/75r15's to 235's... do I have to change anything for
speedometer/odometer purposes???

Lou.

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Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 17:24:08 PST
From: "Joe Mitchell"
Subject: FTE Small - Lug nut question

Hi, I have a problem here....Today the cover to one of the lugs fell off
of my tire, and I cant seem to find a replacement. As it is, I cannot
take the lug off the simply replace it, as it started to round it off
when I tried. If anyone has any idea how to remove one of these, send it
my way.
ps-A guy told me to use a "break-away". What is this and what will it
do? Thanx for ANY info!
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Joe
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I'd push a Ford before I drove a Chevy, but I don't need to.
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Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 23:34:36 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Tires

Lou Guerriero wrote:
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> Hi,
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> I just changed my 215/75r15's to 235's... do I have to change anything for
> speedometer/odometer purposes???
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Yes and no.. You wont be off by much (about 2-4 MPH at 60 or around
4-5% low ). Just do the speed
limit if it's below 70 and you'll be a bit over and 70 up take off 5.
(Do 65 in 70 Zones.) My truck had 195's stock, when I got it 235's were
on it; as I recall indicated 50 was 53 point something. I'm now running
31x10.5's and the difference wasnt very noticeable at 50. If you REALLY
want to know then find a speedometer shop in your area and have a check
done for around $30 or so; to change your gear to read closer (might be
a little off in the other direction afterwards) expect another $30-50.
There is one small legal issue though.. if your speedometer is off so is
your odometer and in this case it'll be registering less mileage than is
actually travelled. (Admittedly small.. 6000/100,000 but..)

Theoretically if you can find a tire chart giving the revs/mile of your
old tires and the new tires you could figure the % difference/mile and
get pretty close on how far off your speedometer will be. I know mine's
6-7% off and do the math as I drive. ;-) No tickets yet! If you
just want to be safe then remove your old speedometer gear in the tranny
and get one that's one tooth smaller.. you might be reading a little off
in the OTHER direction though. (better to get passed than ticketed eh?)

Remember it IS a ratio, so the error is more at higher speeds. Be glad
you dont have a very new Dodge.. you have to reprogram the engine
computer for the new tire size and if it's not a 'stock option' you're
outta luck. I had one truck in the shop that the owner went up 7 tire
sizes (!!) and the dealer sent him to me.. he wasnt happy when I said
Dodge had to reprogram it for the largest tire size available and it'd
still be off. (Doh!)

I almost quit over one calibration like that.. the vehicle owner got
some outrageous ticket like 78/55 and the owner of the shop I worked at
(then!) wanted me to alter it to match.. The speed sensor in that was
all electric though so no go and I started job hunting!


Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
manic1 bellsouth.net
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Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 23:42:04 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Lug nut question

Joe Mitchell wrote:
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> Hi, I have a problem here....Today the cover to one of the lugs fell off
> of my tire, and I cant seem to find a replacement. As it is, I cannot
> take the lug off the simply replace it, as it started to round it off

I **HATE** those dang chrome covers.. use an 18mm socket and get 'real'
lugs without the covers. :-) You ought to try to get one of those
covers out of the socket after it gets stuck inside it!

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
manic1 bellsouth.net
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