small-list-digest Saturday, January 16 1999 Volume 03 : Number 011



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In this issue:

FTE Small - FTE small - wrecked 94 explorer
Re: FTE Small - Radio Display
FTE Small - '93 Ranger Temp Guage
Re: FTE Small - FTE small - wrecked 94 explorer
Re: FTE Small - '93 Ranger Temp Guage
Re: FTE Small - 91 Explorer transmission
Re: FTE Small - '93 Ranger Temp Guage
Re: FTE Small - '93 Ranger Temp Guage
Re: FTE Small - '93 Ranger Temp Guage
[none]
FTE Small - Ranger fuel sending unit
FTE Small - My Aerostar Stinks!
FTE Small - Your stereo and my ears
FTE Small - RE: 2.9L Heads

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Date: 15 Jan 99 07:56:41 EST
From: CharlesASkarsaune eaton.com
Subject: FTE Small - FTE small - wrecked 94 explorer

Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 19:52:24 -0500
From: Harry Trafford
Subject: FTE Small - '94 (wrecked) Explorer

>Is there any interest in the parts from a '94 Explorer? A friend just
>was in an accident with the thing. Guy ran a stop sign and hit the
>right front. It's a total, frame wise, but before he decides to let
>the insurance company take it, I said I'd check to see if there is any
>interest in the parts.
>4 wheel drive, V-6, nice full leather interior, sound system has CD
>player, auto adjusting rear-view mirror, side glass, etc.

>The Explorer is located 25 miles south of Miami Florida, in Homestead.
>He'll ship parts (needs firm commitment), but he needs to know real
>soon, because if he keeps it to part out, the insurance won't pay the
>full amount and he doesn't want to be stuck with it.
>I can look at it in the daylight to get more info, phone number, etc.
>Just ask.

>Harry

How about the motor & wiring harness, axles, tranny & transfer case...
how much would he want? I can pick up the parts...

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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 06:31:11 -0800
From: Tim Bowman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Radio Display

I found that I had to go to a small independent auto parts store that
had various types of bulbs that were not in bubble packs. The
replacement bulb is slightly smaller that what I took out. It is a
bulb that is also used in console display applications.

Tim Bowman
Burien, WA
Lots of FOMOCO's
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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 11:41:37 EST
From: bobherring juno.com (Bobby D Herring)
Subject: FTE Small - '93 Ranger Temp Guage

I didn't pay enough attention to the thread a while back about the
temp guage in the Rangers. Mine is a '93 with the 4.0 v6 and auto
transmission. It has 103k mikes on it.
Back during the summer, the guage would read about the middle
of the word NORMAL, which seemed reasonable. Now, when the
outside temprature is in the 20's, it will not even get up to the low
end of the bracket around the word NORMAL. I have to run the
heater control all the way over to hot to keep it warm in the cab
with the window cracked.

Should I check the thermostat? How hard is it to get to?
I purchased it last summer with 79k miles on it and haven't
had to do anything yet except change the oil.
Thanks for any info or experience you might have.


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: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 12:50:50 -0500
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - FTE small - wrecked 94 explorer

CharlesASkarsaune eaton.com wrote:
>
> Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 19:52:24 -0500
> From: Harry Trafford
> Subject: FTE Small - '94 (wrecked) Explorer
>
> >Is there any interest in the parts from a '94 Explorer? A friend just
> >was in an accident with the thing. Guy ran a stop sign and hit the
> >right front. It's a total, frame wise, but before he decides to let
> >the insurance company take it, I said I'd check to see if there is any
> >interest in the parts.
> >4 wheel drive, V-6, nice full leather interior, sound system has CD
> >player, auto adjusting rear-view mirror, side glass, etc.
>
> >The Explorer is located 25 miles south of Miami Florida, in Homestead.
> >He'll ship parts (needs firm commitment), but he needs to know real
> >soon, because if he keeps it to part out, the insurance won't pay the
> >full amount and he doesn't want to be stuck with it.
> >I can look at it in the daylight to get more info, phone number, etc.
> >Just ask.
>
> >Harry
>
> How about the motor & wiring harness, axles, tranny & transfer case...
> how much would he want? I can pick up the parts...
>
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How much for the cd player?
Chris
94 Lightning #381
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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 09:50:13 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '93 Ranger Temp Guage

Remove the thrmostat and look at it. It is probably stuck partially
open. If it is, replace it. As cheap as they are, you might just
replace it as long as you have it out.





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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 13:23:03 EST
From: PRODRVR11 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 91 Explorer transmission

You negleted to tell us whether you need manual or auto and engine size. I
have a 5-speed out of my 89 2.9L Ranger that will work. Trans is in great
shape, it was replaced in '93 after old one split open. I recently converted
over from 4WD to 2WD, so it is just collecting dust here.
Let me know.

Robert
prodrvr11 aol.com
417-581-5250
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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 14:32:54 -0500
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '93 Ranger Temp Guage

>Should I check the thermostat? How hard is it to get to?
>I purchased it last summer with 79k miles on it and haven't
>had to do anything yet except change the oil.
>Thanks for any info or experience you might have.
>
>
Just had the same problem w/ my '94 4.0L. Thermostat was stuck open.
It is an easy do it yourself job. It is not all that hard to get to either
as long as you have a good assortment of straight and universal socket
extensions. I was even able to use a torque wrench on it. Thermostat,
5yr/150,000 mile antifreeze and radiator flush was about $10-$12.

Tony
'94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed


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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 12:07:35 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '93 Ranger Temp Guage

I never use expensive anti-freeze in my Bronco II. I have to change
thermostats too often. Every other year at least.





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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 17:46:05 EST
From: bobherring juno.com (Bobby D Herring)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '93 Ranger Temp Guage

Would this have anything to do with mileage, like they were talking about
on the other thread? Sounded like if the engine didn't get up to the
proper temp that the mileage would suffer.
Bobby

On Fri, 15 Jan 1999 14:32:54 -0500 "Anthony Rifici"
writes:
>
>>Should I check the thermostat? How hard is it to get to?
>>I purchased it last summer with 79k miles on it and haven't
>>had to do anything yet except change the oil.
>>Thanks for any info or experience you might have.
>>
>>
>Just had the same problem w/ my '94 4.0L. Thermostat was stuck open.
>It is an easy do it yourself job. It is not all that hard to get to
either
>as long as you have a good assortment of straight and universal socket
>extensions. I was even able to use a torque wrench on it. Thermostat,
>5yr/150,000 mile antifreeze and radiator flush was about $10-$12.
>
> Tony
> '94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed

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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 16:13:54 PST
From: "mike fenwick"
Subject: [none]

I have an 87 ranger with a 2.9l V6 that I have just discovered has a
cracked head after only 108k miles. I am going to replace both heads,
but I fear that the same problem will happen again to the remanufactured
heads since everyone I have spoken to has said they have seen this many
times in this particular engine. Anyway, I would like to know if there
is something I can do to either re-enforce the new heads or am I bound
to run into this problem in another 100k miles?

Mike Fenwick

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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 99 18:35:55 PST
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger fuel sending unit

I just saw this on the 80-96 list and was wondering if it may be the
reason my '88 Ranger fuel guage is dead.

... but the gauge that drops to
empty is because the float gets porous, fills up with fuel, and eventually
drops. I have the same problem with my 89 e-250 van. I am in the process of
dropping that tank and fixing it....

Has anyone ever looked into a bad sender? The dealer wants to sell me an
entire fuel pump assembly which may develop the same problem. If I could
fix my current sender & make the fix permanent, that would be great.

- -- Don
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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 12:54:41 -0800
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - My Aerostar Stinks!

Help!!

I bought my '92 Aerostar 3.0 last November. I went on a trip of a few
hundred miles soon after I bought it. In December, I drove on a longer
trip. I noticed an odor perhaps three miles starting up the vehicle
while it was warming up on the freeway. The best I can describe the
odor is having the heady aroma of a burning mixture of sulfur and
sewage.

Lately, I've been smelling the same odor in the cabin. Now, it is
strong. And once it is in my nose, it feels like it is everywhere, and
stays with me for hours, even out of the van. I can't seem to note a
pattern: sometimes it seems to be coming through the heater, sometimes
it seems to be entering when the windows are open.

Sometimes, I don't seem to smell it during a long freeway drive most
between 55 and 65 mph with the windows rolled up all the way and using
either AC or heat.

Ford has a "Rotten egg smell" service bulletin with the fix being to
replace the computer. I smelled something similar in my old Toyota, and
always assumed that it was the catalytic converter.

Anyone have any experience or tips with this?

Richard


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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 12:42:56 -0800
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Your stereo and my ears

don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw) wrote last week---------------------

If a "thumper" [blasting car stereo] were followed by honking horns
everywhere he went, it might take the fun out of it.

These thumping cars are so ubiquitous in California that I don't think
the law is enforced at all.

- - -- Don

Me-----------------------------------------------------------------

I'm afraid that we've all gotten incrementally used to steadily-invasive
noise pollution. We now put up with horrible droning small gasoline
engines, foreground "motivational" music + commercials in stores: I
believe that all this slowly drains us.

Perhaps all we have to do about the car stereos is to call it to the
attention of: 1. Police dept's; as official complaints and requests for
enforcement; 2. The politicians who serve (?) us. In other words, city
council members, county supervisors, [insert politician here.] For
those of you who live outside California, the names of these offices may
be different. But the main idea is to get ahold of your elected
representative who has input into police policies. For example, I live
on County land just outside an incorporated city. Thus, the guy whose
chain I will shake is the county supervisor for my district.

I also want to thank all those who have responded here. It is nice to
know I'm not alone. And the agreement has been unanimous.

Richard


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Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 00:40:17 -0500
From: Burnett
Subject: FTE Small - RE: 2.9L Heads

mike fenwick wrote:
> I have an 87 ranger with a 2.9l V6 that I have just discovered has a
> cracked head after only 108k miles...
> Anyway, I would like to know if there
> is something I can do to either re-enforce the new heads

This is a very common problem with the Ford 2.9L engine. Ford reinforced
the heads with a heavier casting in mid-'88, so later trucks are less prone
to this problem. However, my '89 BII cracked a head at 115k miles.

World Products makes a 2.9L head that reportedly solves this problem. It's
supposed to have a heavier casting than even the later Ford heads. However,
you can't buy the heads directly from them. You have to go through a
machine shop or rebuilder. The price is generally far better than what it
would cost to get a new head from a Ford dealer, but from what I've heard
these heads are not especially easy to get your hands on. If you don't have
any luck getting them, at least be sure and get an '89 or later head for
(hopefully!) more reliability.

Also, there is a Web Page called Kunz Korner that is dedicated to
discussions about the Ford 2.9L engine. You may find lots of helpful
information there. The link is:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ford....


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