small-list-digest Friday, December 25 1998 Volume 02 : Number 357



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Re: Thermostat question (again)
FTE Small - Santa's Sleigh
FTE Small - RE: SOHC 4.0
FTE Small - Re: captains seats
Re: FTE Small - RE: SOHC 4.0
Re: FTE Small - Santa's Sleigh
Re: FTE Small - Re: Thermostat question (again)
Re: FTE Small - 5 Speed, poor downshifting
FTE Small - BOSCH Platinum +4 spark plugs
Re: FTE Small - RE: SOHC 4.0
FTE Small - Ranger/Aerostar Seat Questions

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Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 06:19:20 -0500
From: Jeff Baker
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Thermostat question (again)

Joe,
My Ranger (92) started to have fluctuations in the oil pressure about 8
months ago. It turns out that the gasket material (not a real gasket) that
Ford uses in the factory had started to fall apart. The pick-up screen on
the oil pump became clogged with this stuff. I would take a turn and the
pressure would fluctuate pretty bad. I bought a new oil pump and pick-up.
Didn't really need to replace it after all, but did any way. You could be
having the same problem.

As far as the thermostat, maybe it is stuck open. (See messages from the
last week or so). Try replacing it and see of that doesn't allow the engine
to warm up.

Jeff
92 Ranger XLT 2.3L 5-speed - 100K miles and NO major repairs - GREAT TRUCK
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> Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 20:44:43 PST
> From: "Joe Mitchell"
> Subject: FTE Small - Thermostat question (again)
>
> Ok, here's a question for ya who know anything about it...my gauge
> always says its cold. BUT, it does put out cold air. I flushed the
> radiator and replaced the fluid, but it didnt achieve much. Also, my
oil
> pressure gauge swings from normal to low while i'm driving and jumps
> back up after a few seconds. Anyone have any ideas what is wrong? Thanx
> in advance...
> - --
> Joe

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Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 10:45:17 -0500
From: "Bill Pruitt"
Subject: FTE Small - Santa's Sleigh

I just finished putting christmas lights on my '93 Splash.

Looks cool.

Set of 50 muticolors.
Wiring threaded under some of the snaps of the bed cover to hold them in
place.
DC-AC converter plugged into the cig lighter handles the power.

Easy to do, looks great.

Bill
kiteflyer earthlink.net


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Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 08:40:54 -0700
From: "Bob Marrs"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: SOHC 4.0

Hi Folks,

Just FYI, I did a thorough investigation about fitting SOHC 4.0L into a
Ranger/Bronco. It will fit fine. I have all the engine dimensions if anyone
is interested. You need to notch air con/heater box a bit (just the box, not
the internals). Of course, you need the computer and exact trans to match to
computer, etc. Most of the SOHC 4.0's I've seen have the 4 speed auto
behind it. If you have a Ranger with the battery on the drivers side, it
will be much less work. The 4.6L engine is CONSIDERABLY wider and would be
much more difficult to fit. If anyone finds a SOHC 4.0L which has/had a 5
speed, or a wrecked 4x4 Explorer with this set-up, I would like to purchase.

Merry Christmas to all,
Bob Marrs
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Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 08:20:28 -0700
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine

In '97 and earlier Rangers, I think the 5.0L is about the only one that
would fit reasonably well. I would think the mod V8 engines are way too
wide to fit between the fenders. The same *may* be true of the 4.0L
SOHC now that I think of it, but I don't know. This may not be the case
with '98 and '99 Rangers (and newer Explorers), since that could have
been part of the criteria when the engine compartment was redesigned.

So, I wonder what the MPG of a 4.6L Cobra in a Ranger XLT SC 4x4 would
be? Probably drop it from bad to M1A1 tank-like, measured in gallons
per mile.

Dave
Denver, CO


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Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 09:36:10 -0700
From: Keith Srb
Subject: FTE Small - Re: captains seats

Forwarded for "Gary Snook"


> >2. If anyone out there has an Aerostar with captains chairs in the 2nd
>row, I
>>would like to know how they mount. Are they individually removable? Are
>they
>>basically front seats with an adapter plate? I have a bench and want to
>g*et a
>>pair of captains chairs (the kids are starting to fight)...
>>
>
>Captians seats fit in the same floor mounts that the bench seat fits in.
>The one on the sliding door side "flips" forward to provide access to the
>rear seat. I don't think they are the same as the front seats, and they
>aren't even the same from left to right, as the arm rest is on diferent
>sides of the back. I have wondered if the back seat will fit in the middle
>position. Could expand the seating to 8........ Back seat would be hard to
>get in tho.
>
>Hope this helps,
>Gary
>
>

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Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 15:25:12 -0500
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: SOHC 4.0

Bob Marrs wrote:
>
> Hi Folks,
>
> Just FYI, I did a thorough investigation about fitting SOHC 4.0L into a
> Ranger/Bronco. It will fit fine. I have all the engine dimensions if anyone
> is interested. You need to notch air con/heater box a bit (just the box, not
> the internals). Of course, you need the computer and exact trans to match to
> computer, etc. Most of the SOHC 4.0's I've seen have the 4 speed auto
> behind it. If you have a Ranger with the battery on the drivers side, it
> will be much less work. The 4.6L engine is CONSIDERABLY wider and would be
> much more difficult to fit. If anyone finds a SOHC 4.0L which has/had a 5
> speed, or a wrecked 4x4 Explorer with this set-up, I would like to purchase.
>
> Merry Christmas to all,
> Bob Marrs
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>
> Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 08:20:28 -0700
> From: Dave Armbruster
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine
>
> In '97 and earlier Rangers, I think the 5.0L is about the only one that
> would fit reasonably well. I would think the mod V8 engines are way too
> wide to fit between the fenders. The same *may* be true of the 4.0L
> SOHC now that I think of it, but I don't know. This may not be the case
> with '98 and '99 Rangers (and newer Explorers), since that could have
> been part of the criteria when the engine compartment was redesigned.
>
> So, I wonder what the MPG of a 4.6L Cobra in a Ranger XLT SC 4x4 would
> be? Probably drop it from bad to M1A1 tank-like, measured in gallons
> per mile.
>
> Dave
> Denver, CO
>
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i thought the new tranny was a 5 speed auto!
Chris
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Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 15:26:25 -0500
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Santa's Sleigh

Bill Pruitt wrote:
>
> I just finished putting christmas lights on my '93 Splash.
>
> Looks cool.
>
> Set of 50 muticolors.
> Wiring threaded under some of the snaps of the bed cover to hold them in
> place.
> DC-AC converter plugged into the cig lighter handles the power.
>
> Easy to do, looks great.
>
> Bill
> kiteflyer earthlink.net
>
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Want to buy a ground effects kit and roll pan for Santa Sleigh...I have
them in my basement. Traded my truck in back in Feb. and don't have any
use for this parts!
Chris
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Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 15:18:11 EST
From: MadDog15M AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Thermostat question (again)

Yah, my bronco had the same problem about a week ago. I found out my
thermostat was stuck open. Just run out and but a new one that should fix you
problem with the gauge always reading cold. As for the oil pressure you migh
want to look into a new oil pump, but it might be something else


Eric Blackwell
88' Bronco II
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Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 18:16:16 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 5 Speed, poor downshifting

Craig Rabin wrote:
>
> I have a 98 3 liter with the 5 speed (should have gone with the auto) and
> have a question:

Nah.. stay with the 5 speeds you can replace a bunch of clutches for the
price of the inevitable tranny rebuild with an auto.

> Any idea's ? The only thing I have done was to put Mobile 1 ATF in, but this didn't help.

Just something to try.. 1 or 2 tubes of 'posi-trac' additive. Hope it
helps!


TT
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Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 18:40:38 -0700
From: "Ken St.John"
Subject: FTE Small - BOSCH Platinum +4 spark plugs

Just an FYI on these spark plugs...
I installed them, today, on my '91 Explorer. I've tried the split fire
before and weren't impressed. So, I'll provide some feedback on these after
a few good runs.

Merry Christmas all

Ken
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Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 01:15:59 -0600 (CST)
From: sford umr.edu
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: SOHC 4.0

>
> Bob Marrs wrote:
> >
> > Hi Folks,
> >
> > Just FYI, I did a thorough investigation about fitting SOHC 4.0L into a
> > Ranger/Bronco. It will fit fine. I have all the engine dimensions if anyone
> > is interested. You need to notch air con/heater box a bit (just the box, not
> > the internals). Of course, you need the computer and exact trans to match to
> > computer, etc. Most of the SOHC 4.0's I've seen have the 4 speed auto
> > behind it. If you have a Ranger with the battery on the drivers side, it
> > will be much less work. The 4.6L engine is CONSIDERABLY wider and would be
> > much more difficult to fit. If anyone finds a SOHC 4.0L which has/had a 5
> > speed, or a wrecked 4x4 Explorer with this set-up, I would like to purchase.

Unfortunately the SOHC 4.0 is only offered with the 5-speed Automatic
in the explorer, so you will not find a five speed (manual) or even a
four speed auto behind one. However the bellhousing from a ranger 4.0
five speed should fit, but that tranny is kinda weak (which is probably
why they don't offer it as an option)


Scott Ford
sford umr.edu
'92 Ranger 4X4
'86 Mustang GT
'56 Ford F-100

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Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 11:21:09 -0800
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger/Aerostar Seat Questions

Mark Biederbeck asked about putting Aerostar/Explorer seats into his '9`
Ranger Extracab.

In case you were thinking about the option of using Aerostar front
seats, here are a comment or two.

At least three different front "captain's chair" seat designs were used
in the Aerostars. I recommend against the later high-back seats with
the "donut-hole" "head rest." It is anti-ergonomic. The inflatable
lumbar support is too low for real people; could contribute to backaches
if used. The headrest is too wide, and almost prevents the driver from
viewing anything to the left rear quarter: a safety hazard. And the
rotation stop prevents the seat from being positioned adequately
upright: not as bad as an old Cadillac, but I always feel as if I'm
reclining more than I want to. I may shim my seat with washers for this
problem. Otherwise, the seat is comfortable, but I'd rather have one
that has respect for its occupant.

I prefer an older design that was in an '89 Aerostar that I drove. The
back was lower, with no head support. However, it was comfortable and
more vertical (I hate excessively-reclining seats). There was no
inflatable lumbar support, but who needs it when it is lower than your
own lumbar. The issue is which seat design is appropriate for your
physique.

I suspect that Ford mixed and matched their seats. I've been meaning to....


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