small-list-digest Wednesday, December 23 1998 Volume 02 : Number 355



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Re: cold thermostat
Re: FTE Small - Ranger body kits
FTE Small - T5 identity
FTE Small - 7 or 8 tooth speedometer gear
Re: FTE Small - '84 Ranger with 302....
Re: FTE Small - '84 Ranger with 302....
FTE Small - UPGRADE Q"S NEED A"S
Re: FTE Small - '84 Ranger with 302....

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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 08:24:33 -0500
From: "Karl Noah"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: cold thermostat

Regarding the cold thermostat, I agree with Bill Ciocco, its probably the
thermostat stuck open. I'm the original owner of a '91 Explorer and after
about a year owning it, the temp never moved off cold (or it was hit or
miss). Finally, I decided to check it out and sure enough, the thermostat
was open. Replaced it, and the temp is right on the money and the Explorer
actually puts out hot air during the winter months---imagine that :-). I
never bothered looking because the truck was pretty much new when the
stupid thermostat started failing. Anyway, its easy enough to disconnect
the wire to the sending unit and determine if its the sending unit. I
agree with one follow enthusiast, I seriously doubt that its the gauge and
I have yet had to replace a sending unit of any kind on the Explorer.

Hope this helps.
Karl M. Noah
'91 Explorer XLT
Gaithersburg, MD


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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 09:30:02 -0500 (EST)
From: Tom McGrath
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger body kits

Try Kitcar alist4u.net. Good luck

On Mon, 21 Dec 1998, Rick and Deborah Kelso wrote:

> 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.
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> 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 98 16:12:20 PST
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: FTE Small - T5 identity

I'm currently swapping a 302 from a 1989 Mustang into
my 1988 Ranger. I chose to take a rebuilt T5 rather
than the one that came on the car. My problem is that
there is no tag on the rebuilt tranny & I want to find
out what part number it is.

I have the following numbers:

T5 on Mustang:
tag p/n 7E6ZR-7003-FB
number on main housing: 13-52-066-908
number on tail housing: 13-52-066-919
number on main housing top plate: 13-52-097-913
main housing has "Basic 1B" on it
top plate has "Basic 3" on it.

Unknown rebuilt:
no tag
number on main housing: 13-52-065-921
number on tail housing: 13-52-065-919
number on main housing top plate: 13-52-097-913
main housing has "Basic 2A" on it
top plate has "Basic 3" on it.

I'm concerned because the Advanced Adapter kit that I
have says it's for a "World Class 5 speed" and I've
just found out that T5's come on Chevys, Jeeps,various
Fords, etc. The kit instructions have many warnings
about incompatible transmissions, so if I can't
identify this one, I'm thinking that maybe I should
stick with the one on the donor car.

>From a web site:
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mustanggt/gttranny.htm
I think I would like either of two part numbers:
E9ZR-7003-A or E9ZR-7003-AA.

Any help or comments would be appreciated.

- -- Don
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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 98 17:10:39 PST
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: FTE Small - 7 or 8 tooth speedometer gear

On my 302 into Ranger swap, the donor car
had a 7 tooth speedometer gear on the
transmission. Would an 8 tooth tranny
confuse the computer? What about the
speedometer?

Thanks,
Don
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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 98 17:45:31 PST
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: Re: 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.

I'm just getting started on a swap myself. The "chunk" sounds like someone
needed a little extra clearance, as some kit instructions mention grinding
the frame, but usually state that stock manifolds will fit without any mods.
I would think twice about swapping in an EFI because the wiring is a MAJOR
job. I'm starting to dread what I'm in for.
If your current 302 is halfway decent, I'd stick with it.

- -- Don


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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 20:55:50 -0500
From: Daner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '84 Ranger with 302....

I have done the same.

It wasn't necessary to take a 'chunk' out, but I did
remove a little bit, in case, when the motor torques (it
will torque towards the passenger side) the exhaust header
won't hit.

I'm ran my '89 Ext-a-cab Ranger half a year on the street and the strip.
Running 4.10 gears and t-5, with my 5.0L EFI. Getting 14.0x's at the track.
I just dropped in a B303 cam, with 2 degrees retarded on the timing chain.

The Ranger has lots more pull now, especially in 3rd gear, from 2500-6000 rpm.

Daner
Daner Racing
London, Ontario, Canada


At 12:15 AM 12/22/98 -0800, Jeff Keenan & DeAnna Edwards wrote:
> 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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Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 09:49:32 -0500
From: luke wells
Subject: FTE Small - UPGRADE Q"S NEED A"S

Few q's about putting in my turbo

1.If I go in steps can I upgrade my fuel pump(190lph), injectors(36#),
and regulator first or would this confuse
the computer too much.
2.Jet Chips has a mail in offer to send in the ECU and receive it back
in 2 to 3 days. This includes describing
current mods and future mods, could I put that i will be adding a turbo
and above and expect the chip to learn
as I add it.
3.Would a down pipe from a turbo car (TC, stang, or xr) fit onto my 96
ranger or how would I go about making
a pipe?
4.I am going by the steps on Fastfours page, i have the tach, plugs, and
wire as a starter and plan on the fuel
system upgrades next but don't won't to mess it up.



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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 21:46:06 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '84 Ranger with 302....

Jeff Keenan & DeAnna Edwards wrote:
>

> 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.
>

If the price is right DO IT!!! The manual tranny (if equipped) is weak
and the stock 7.5's are marginal if you're into serious work, but all
the adaptors and headers alone total around $1400; add in the locker and
other parts.. Check Advance's site and you'll find a nice shot of one
with the EFI motor. :-)

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
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