small-list-digest Friday, January 1 1999 Volume 02 : Number 364



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Re:Cargo mat
Re: FTE Small - '97 Explorer XLT
FTE Small - '97 Explorer XLT
FTE Small - Fitting speakers in diff places
FTE Small - Fwd: Re: Bronco II Reliability
FTE Small - re: ranger clutch
Re: FTE Small - re: ranger clutch
Re: FTE Small - Fwd: Re: Bronco II Reliability
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ranger Clutch

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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 06:08:11 -0700
From: Ken Justice
Subject: FTE Small - Re:Cargo mat

> Mary McMahon wrote:
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> > Well, I am now the proud owner of a 92 explorer, this thing is loaded
> > and in mint condition, and I would like to keep it that way. Even
> > though my husband says he'll never load his tools in it, I'm just not
> > buying it. I am looking for some sort of protection for the rear cargo
> > area. Has anyone installed something like this? If so, where did you
> > get it and what was the price? Thanks, Mary McMahon

Hello Mary,

You might consider the "Working Mat" that protects and holds cargo.
You can check it out http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.workingmat.com

Regards,
Ken Justice
Discover the Working Mat!
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.workingmat.com
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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 12:47:01 EST
From: bobherring juno.com (Bobby D Herring)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '97 Explorer XLT

Thanks again to all who responded to the query about finding
the combination for the door locks on the 97 Explorer.
It was in the jack compartment on an electronic control box
of some sort.

Bobby Herring
'64 F100 short-wide, 292 Y-block/3speed, motor in pieces, make me an
offer
'72 F100 400/C6 in progress
'93 Ranger V6/Auto/Super cab
'97 Explorer XLT 4.0 Auto

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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 12:47:02 EST
From: bobherring juno.com (Bobby D Herring)
Subject: FTE Small - '97 Explorer XLT

Hello again.
Can someone tell me if there is a vin decoder for the Explorers like
the one for the larger trucks? I have used the one for my 72 and
would like to find out about the Explorer I just acquired.

Also, I haven't looked yet, but does the Explorer have the id
sticker inside the door jamb that describes the equipment like
the pickups do? Do I need a decoder for that info?

Thanks,
Bobby Herring
'64 F100 short-wide, 292 Y-block/3speed, motor in pieces, make me an
offer
'72 F100 400/C6 in progress
'93 Ranger V6/Auto/Super cab
'97 Explorer XLT 4.0 Auto

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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 13:23:50 -0800
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Fitting speakers in diff places

Replying to Joe Mitchell's post:

>Okay, I don't know if any of you are audio experts

I am. Most of my experience has been with home systems, radio, and
recording studios. However, I've put in a few car stereos and have some
knowledge about them. People who _repair_ them have more knowledge than
I do about their innards, but I probably know more about accurate sound
reproduction than all the people in car audio put together (the field is
liberally-laced with BS).

>I currently have two 8's behind my seat, and was wondering if
>anyone had any luck fitting the same size speakers UNDER your seat. I
>know you must get seperate boxes for it, but i dont know if they will
>fit under my seat.

Speakers come in different _depths._ So do the enclosures, which are
made to different designs. There are two kinds of speaker boxes:
Acoustic Suspension (sealed box)and Bass Reflex (has a port). There are
variations of these designs with other names. You get the most bass in
the smallest box by using the Acoustic Suspension principle, which is
what I'd certainly go for in a vehicle. Note that the driver (raw
loudspeaker). Before getting into it, check your clearances, and then
spend some time gathering exact specs on the parts you're considering.

>Since I have a regular cab (91 Ranger), I'm kinda
>cramped for space. I want to put two 10's behind the seat and the 8's I
>have now under it, but do not know if I can fit them under.

(2) 8 inch speakers in a cab are sufficient to make you permanently deaf
and to cause people who desire peace and quiet to run after your truck
with pitchforks. 8 inches is an optimum speaker size, for a number of
reasons. Remember that a good, smooth, 8" system is a hell of a lot
better than a lousy 15" unit.

I used to enjoy the McGee Radio Warehouse catalog (Kansas City) for
great gobs of drivers, enclosures, kits, etc. Also, Just Speakers in
northern California. I think that you will be able to find good values
at these places. There are others, too. I think that you will find the
most satisfying car speakers from a speaker company, rather than a car
stereo company.

Note that Acoustic Suspension designs are less efficient than other
types, so more amplifier power may be in order. What do I mean by "more
amp power?" Like, 12 to 40 watts per channel. That's enough power to
deafen people across the street. AS woofers must be designed to mate
with that method and cabinet volume. I don't believe that an all-mount
speaker can be much good.

Richard

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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 17:10:30 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - Fwd: Re: Bronco II Reliability

Forwarded for Brockdbhm aol.com

There are lots of variablies when it comes to transmission life. Auto vs
standard, 4wd vs 2wd, towing vs not towing, heat, etc.

I bought a used '89 B II w/4wd about two years ago with 2.9L and 5 speed
manual trans. It had about 110K miles when I bought it, and now it has 126K
miles. I just had the transmission rebuilt because it was beginning to make
noise. Cost about $1200 at Cottman Transmissions. The bearings were going,
and they replaced the 4th gear synchronizer too. This truck did not have an
easy previous life. It was used in a commercial nursery for several years in
MD, and the second owner, who I bought it from, admitted he had been shifting
it with a bad clutch. So I wasn't surprised when it needed rebuilding.

The transmission guy said most cars come in for transmission work at about 70K
with two exceptions. Hondas and Toyota 4 Runners usually don't show up until
about 130K miles. I think with "reasonable care" your B II should last easily
into the 100K range - at least for the manual transmission models.



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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 17:28:17 EST
From: KLESNANSKY AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - re: ranger clutch

In a message dated 12/31/98 3:48:19 AM Mountain Standard Time, owner-small-
list-digest ford-trucks.com writes:


This morning when I went to drive my truck (1993 4.0L w/ 5spd) I could not
get my clutch to entirely disengage. After noting that the master
cylinder resevoir was empty, I filled it to the line with barake fluid.
This did not help the problem. The pedal does not feel like it is pushing
anything until near the end of its travel. I followed the directions from
an old Chiltons book to bleed the system, letting it gravity bleed until
clean fluid appeared then closing it up. I pumped the pedal many times
but there was no change in the feel.

Does anyone have any tips to help me fix my clutch? It was working fine
when I drove it last night. Thanks in advance!
>>
Talk about timing my 95 did that the monday before x-mas. Took it to the shop
when I got off of work they ended up replacing the master and slave cylinder
and put in a high peformance clutch while they were in there. I got it back
on Monday runs great but now I think the synchro's in the tranny are going. I
am having to double shift to get into 3,4, and 5 gear now. That brings up
another question from me. Does anyone know if I could find an adapter for a
NV4500 or NV5500 tranny to fit my 4.0? I do alot of miles and looking for
something that will still be able to handle my folly of 4x4ing.

Ken
95 Ranger STX now with 33" swampersand only 2 inches of lift
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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 17:32:14 EST
From: MindEfx AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - re: ranger clutch

This is crazy, mine just did that this morning..I bled it and it works fine
now..

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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 18:56:28 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Fwd: Re: Bronco II Reliability

Ken Payne wrote:
>
> Forwarded for Brockdbhm aol.com
>
> There are lots of variablies when it comes to transmission life. Auto vs
> standard, 4wd vs 2wd, towing vs not towing, heat, etc.
>

> I think with "reasonable care" your B II should last easily
> into the 100K range - at least for the manual transmission models.
>

153K on '85 B-II 5 spd. and still going strong. Generally speaking I
dont see but maybe 3 bad (manual) transmissions a year out of ALL the
vehicles I test drive and they are usually either very high mileage
(250K+) or obviously abused and fail early

Tim
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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 23:22:56 -0500
From: Rick and Deborah Kelso
Subject: Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ranger Clutch

This morning when I went to drive my truck (1993 4.0L w/ 5spd) I could not
get my clutch to entirely disengage. After noting that the master
cylinder resevoir was empty, I filled it to the line with barake fluid.
This did not help the problem. The pedal does not feel like it is pushing
anything until near the end of its travel. I followed the directions from
an old Chiltons book to bleed the system, letting it gravity bleed until
clean fluid appeared then closing it up. I pumped the pedal many times
but there was no change in the feel.

Does anyone have any tips to help me fix my clutch? It was working fine
when I drove it last night. Thanks in advance!

Look underneath your truck at the bellhousing. It will probably have fluid leaking from it. If so, replace the
slave cylinder assembly.

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