small-list-digest Tuesday, December 22 1998 Volume 02 : Number 354



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In this issue:

FTE Small - RE: Temp. Gauge
FTE Small - Ranger water temp gauge
FTE Small - Fw: Bronco II Brake cable
Re: FTE Small - Ranger water temp gauge
Re: FTE Small - Ranger water temp gauge
FTE Small - Ranger body kits
FTE Small - '84 Ranger with 302....

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Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 10:17:15 -0500
From: Harry Trafford
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Temp. Gauge

The standard method for checking an electrical gauge, is to pull
the wire from the sending unit on the engine. With the key in the
'run' position, ground the wire connector to the engine. If the
gauge is working properly, it will show fully hot (maximum needle
deflection). If it doesn't show this, check the circuit back to
where the gauge is connected. Or you just have a bad gauge. 90% of
the time, it will be a bad sender. This also works for fuel gauges.

Harry
'90 B2

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From: Kevin Sharpe
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I have an '86 Ranger XLT 2.9L. The temp gauge hasn't
moved off the "C"
(cold) since I've owned it (3 years).
snip
So, it must be the dash gauge or wiring
from the sensor to the gauge. I'll hit the sensor
wire with 12 volts one of these days and see if I
can get a pulse or electrocute the gauge!!! KLS

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Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 07:37:36 -0800
From: "Tom Ewing"
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger water temp gauge

Amen. To the complaints about the water temp gauges not moving from
the cold indication. I've got a 92 4cylinder that I bought new, and I
can only remember a couple times when that gauge moved much
at all form left to right. I should have taken it to the dealer when it was
under warranty. I guess being that the truck worked just fine, I let
it go. But I was into the dash the other day replacing some bulbs--wait
until you do that. Its a scary trip as you pretty much just tug pull and
continue disassembling the dash much further than you ever wanted to
go. But the lights do work now, although I hear some new squeaks
resulting from tug and pull handy work.
Tom

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Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 12:47:58 -0500
From: "Jason Talbot"
Subject: FTE Small - Fw: Bronco II Brake cable

- -----Original Message-----
From: Jason Talbot
To: smaill-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Monday, December 21, 1998 10:39 AM
Subject: Bronco II Brake cable


> I have a 88 Bronco II. It's a five speed, with a 2.9 V6. My parking
>brake cable broke at the pedal. I bought the front replacement only. The
>rest of the cables are ok. How do you get the front cable off? It's off
>the pedal, and disconnected at the other end too. There's some rubber
>grommet that's attached to it.
> Also, I just replaced my AC compressor. I bought a new one from ford
>directly. It's really noisy though. I heard most ford truck compressors
>are. Is this true? Or is the new compressor bad. It seems to work fine.
>If anyone can help? Please do.
>Thanks
>
>
>



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Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 09:30:19 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger water temp gauge

The only time my temp. gauge showed cold all of the time was when the
thermostat was stuck partially open. I have an 87 BII w/ 240k miles.
The oil level light does come on once in a while though - even with
the oil full.







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DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 19:05:36 EST
From: Bakend AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger water temp gauge

In a message dated 12/21/98 11:32:24 AM Mountain Standard Time,
bciocco yahoo.com writes:

> hermostat was stuck partially open. I have an 87 BII w/ 240k miles.
> The oil level light does come on once in a while though - even with
> the oil full.
>
My 87 Ranger does the same thing with the check oil light. Must be kinda
normal thing with that year. I just check the oil and go on>
D Baken
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Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 23:08:44 -0500
From: Rick and Deborah Kelso
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger body kits

A while back, I saw anad in a magazine for a body kit that converted a Ranger into a '40 Ford pickup or a '36 Ford pickup. does anyone know who makes these kits? I am unable to find anyone who has heard of these kits.


Quote of the day: Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it!

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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 00:15:15 -0800
From: Jeff Keenan & DeAnna Edwards
Subject: FTE Small - '84 Ranger with 302....

Hello, I am new to the list and have a few questions. I am looking into
purchasing an '84 Ranger with the Advance Adaptors kit installed with the
302. On the passenger side there is a "chunk" missing from the top of the
frame to clear the exhaust, is this a normal thing or did this guy just not
use the correct manifold? Can this truck take the added power of this
motor, I am thinking of swapping in an EFI 5.0 out of a Mustang. It has a
couple of other little quirks to it as well, but I am interested in it
because it seems to have gears and a rear (at least) locker. If it gets
pulled of the road for a cracked frame, I will just swap all of the goodies
to a newer x-cab ranger!!! Please feel free to comment!!! Thanks.

Jeff
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