small-list-digest Friday, December 18 1998 Volume 02 : Number 350



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Muffler
Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine
FTE Small - Towing W/ Bronco II
FTE Small - V-8 Rangers
Re: FTE Small - Spark plug replacement?
Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine
Re: FTE Small - V-8 Rangers
Re: FTE Small - V-8 Rangers
Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine
Re: FTE Small - V-8 Rangers
Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine
Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine

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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 07:20:21 -0500
From: Scotty Dixon MDX
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Muffler

Eric
I have a Flowmaster muffler with 3" tips
which sounds pretty good

>>> "Eric Davis" 12/16 9:14 PM >>>
Does anyone out there have an Edelbrock muffler on there truck. I'm about to
put one on my truck and wanted to know how does it sound. Thanks

Eric Davis


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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 07:52:32 -0700
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine

>Eric Davis wrote:
>>
>> Does anyone know the difference between the 4.0L engine in the Ranger
and
>> the one in the Explorer. I want to know how come the Explorer has
more power
>> than my 98 Ranger with the 4.0L. Also does can I make my 4.0L put out
that
>> much hp.
>>
>> Eric Davis

>to my knowledge, the explorer with the regular 4.0 has the same
>horsepower, (What were the numbers that you heard?)
>but the Explorer offers a single overhead cam version of the same
engine
>that puts out 205-210HP. There have been rumors that the Ranger may get
>this motor in the near future, but right now they cannot build enough
to
>supply Explorers (which, of course are much higher profit margin:)
>
>as far as making yours put out that kind of horsepower, there are some
>performance options. BBK makes headers, throttlebody, mass air
sensors,
>and the big power gainer, a supercharger kit. There are other places
as
>well.
>check out http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://home.earthlink.net/~powerrangers/home.htm for a more
>info, and some pretty good performance links.
>(I am not affiliated with this site, I just found it to be a pretty
good
>resource for 4.0 info)

I think on my '97 4.0L Ranger was rated at 160 hp and 225 lbs/ft torque
from the factory. When I ordered it in Sept of '96, the brochure showed
a photo of the SOHC engine and my order sheet came back listed with the
SOHC engine but the truck was delivered with the older 4.0L. So, they
have been saying they are planning to put the SOHC engine in the Ranger
for a while now. You'd think Ford would have found a way to increase
the SOHC engine production if they really intend on using it in the
Ranger. But, that may not be a bad thing, since pushrod engines usually
develop more torque at lower RPMs than overhead cam engines, something
that is good if the truck does more than commuter duty.

For performance parts, try:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://members.aol.com/vanirv6/vanir.htm
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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 11:21:40 -0500
From: "Summers, Burnett (OCD-PO1)"
Subject: FTE Small - Towing W/ Bronco II

I second Tim's opinion. The book says no towing in 5th gear. About 30k miles
ago, I had to tow a U-haul trailer about 600 miles. Despite Ford's advice I
just gave it a try. The truck ran great at 65 mph in 5th so I towed the
trailer that way.

Recently I blew the 5th gear. Two of the teeth on the counter gear (?) broke
off with additional stress cracks visible on the bearing surface. The 5th
drive gear also lost part of a tooth. I spent roughly $650 on repairs. The
mechanic who did the work said it was unusual to have this happen -
especially since the rest of the trans. was in excellent condition. He did
remark that the 5th gear was a light duty, and the repair parts from Ford
were labeled as an 'upgrade' kit.

After so long, I don't know that the two events are related. I have read
that causing unusual heat build-up in the gears makes them brittle and
likely to shatter. In any case, I've never done any really hard driving or
any other towing with the truck. So my suggestion is stick with 4th gear for
towing and just let the engine get a little more exercise!!

Hope this helps.

Burnett 89 BII
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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 07:06:29 PST
From: "Bryan Snyder"
Subject: FTE Small - V-8 Rangers

Has anyone seen, heard of, or own a ranger with a 351 or a new modular
4.6 or 5.4 V-8? I am very interested in putting a 4.6 cobra mill in my
truck if I can find the people with the right knowledge to get the bugs
out and mounted up. Also anyone have site addresses or names of people
that specialize in such criitters

Thanks,
Bryan

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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 09:18:15 -0600 (EST)
From: Robert Fox
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Spark plug replacement?

Use a 3/8" ratchet with u-joint and an extension, and you should be able
to get the driver's side done with a little time. The passenger's side is
a snap.

Robert Fox
fox ford ranger. com
www.ford ranger. com

On Thu, 17 Dec 1998, luke wells wrote:

> what is the best method of changing plugs and wires on 96 2.3 ranger?
>

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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 09:22:59 -0600 (EST)
From: Robert Fox
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine

The 4.0L in the Ranger is a OHV motor. The Explorer 4.0L is the SOHC
motor. Both the Ranger and the Explorer got the 4.0L OHV motor. The
Ranger was just never offered with a 4.0L SOHC motor. The SOHC motor
should bolt right in without any modification.

Robert Fox
fox ford ranger. com
www.ford ranger. com

On Wed, 16 Dec 1998, Eric Davis wrote:

> Does anyone know the difference between the 4.0L engine in the Ranger and
> the one in the Explorer. I want to know how come the Explorer has more power
> than my 98 Ranger with the 4.0L. Also does can I make my 4.0L put out that
> much hp.
>
> Eric Davis

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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 10:46:05 -0500
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - V-8 Rangers

Bryan Snyder wrote:
>
> Has anyone seen, heard of, or own a ranger with a 351 or a new modular
> 4.6 or 5.4 V-8? I am very interested in putting a 4.6 cobra mill in my
> truck if I can find the people with the right knowledge to get the bugs
> out and mounted up. Also anyone have site addresses or names of people
> that specialize in such criitters
>
> Thanks,
> Bryan
>
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I have seen both 5.0(of course) and 5.8L(351) powered rangers. Alot of
compnaies do the 5.0 swap! The 351 powered ranger I saw was built for my
neighbor(a few years ago) by some racing outfit in PA! I was trick to
get the headers to fit they had the steering shaft in between the
tubes...not something I was to sure about!!! I worked though and it
would run of course the motor had its share of modifications but we took
50 bucks from a guy when the new crapmaros come out(Z28)! I haven't seen
a 4.6 in a ranger and I don't think you when get that Cobra 4.6 in
there! I have seen this done to the new f150s and to install it they had
to remove the whole cab! It was in an article in one of my
magazines(forget which one) but it was done by Steeda or Kenny Brown or
one of those companies! Hope you have a small fortune to spend!
Good luck
Chris
94 Lightning #381
NLOC #238
Lets us know what you do!
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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 09:40:30 -0600 (EST)
From: Robert Fox
Subject: Re: FTE Small - V-8 Rangers

5.0/5.8 swaps are pretty common. But I have yet to see anyone put a 4.6 in
any Ranger or make a kit to put a 4.6 in a Ranger due to the over all size
of the block. Those heads are big! BUT, from what I have been told, the
Explorer is going to start getting the 4.6. If there isnt any change done
to the Explorer that sets it aside from the 98+ Rangers. It might be
possible to do a direct 4.6L swap. I think its possible now to do a
direct swap from a 5.0L Explorer to a 98+ Ranger.

Robert Fox
fox ford ranger. com
www.ford ranger. com

On Thu, 17 Dec 1998, Bryan Snyder wrote:

> Has anyone seen, heard of, or own a ranger with a 351 or a new modular
> 4.6 or 5.4 V-8? I am very interested in putting a 4.6 cobra mill in my
> truck if I can find the people with the right knowledge to get the bugs
> out and mounted up. Also anyone have site addresses or names of people
> that specialize in such criitters
>
> Thanks,
> Bryan

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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 16:31:09 -0500
From: "Eric Davis"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine

Eric Davis
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From: Robert Fox
To: Ranger
Date: Thursday, December 17, 1998 10:41 AM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine


>The 4.0L in the Ranger is a OHV motor. The Explorer 4.0L is the SOHC
>motor. Both the Ranger and the Explorer got the 4.0L OHV motor. The
>Ranger was just never offered with a 4.0L SOHC motor. The SOHC motor
>should bolt right in without any modification.
>
>Can I make my 4.0l OHV into a SOHC. Or do I have to buy a new motor.

Eric Davis


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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 20:20:45 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - V-8 Rangers

Bryan Snyder wrote:
>
> Has anyone seen, heard of, or own a ranger with a 351 or a new modular
> 4.6 or 5.4 V-8? I am very interested in putting a 4.6 cobra mill in my
> truck if I can find the people with the right knowledge to get the bugs
> out and mounted up. Also anyone have site addresses or names of people
> that specialize in such criitters
>


I dont know if they're working on it or not, but some e-mail to advance
adaptors might be informative
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.advanceadapters.com/Ford/Ford.html I know they've got lots
of stuff for the 5.0/5.8 swap (The 351's TIGHT!), maybe with some luck
you could help them 'pioneer' a conversion to the mod quad.. ;-)

Tim Turner/manic Mechanic
Wilmington NC
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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 20:32:11 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine

Robert Fox wrote:
>

> Ranger was just never offered with a 4.0L SOHC motor. The SOHC motor
> should bolt right in without any modification.
>

Assuming both engines use the same sensors, the same computer and that
all the belt driven accesories bolt to the different heads in the same
positions with the same brackets and that the clutch hasnt been upgraded
for the stronger engine etc. etc... I think I'd look at a K&N induction
1st, then add Borla exhaust and/or Headers next, maybe a 'chip' or even
a supercharger if you really want to extract more HP out of it. (Or NOS
if you're brave & lucky.)

TT
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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 21:48:20 EST
From: RReed44450 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine

I would have to agree with Dave on the push rod engine torque. I have a '98
Explorer with the 4.0 SOHC engine, and it specs out at 205hp 5,000 RPM and
250 lbs/ft of torque 3,000 RPM. The 4.0 OHV engine specs at 160hp 4,200
RPM but 225 lbs/ft of torque 2,750 RPM.

I drove both before settling on the SOHC engine, and the difference seemed
negligible. Towing capacities with the 373 gear are 5,080 for the SOHC and
5,100 for the OHV. I think that the SOHC engine offers more drivability for....


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