small-list-digest Monday, May 31 1999 Volume 03 : Number 133



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In this issue:

FTE Small - AAA
RE: FTE Small - BII rear door rattle, some performance upgrade questions
FTE Small - '91 Explorer Drums
FTE Small - SOS Help me get this bracket off!
Re: FTE Small - SOS Help me get this bracket off!
FTE Small - ADMIN: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 07:53:27 -0700
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - AAA

Tony wrote -----------------------------------------------------------

I also was
able to get re-imbursed for towing after my truck was towed out of my
apartment complex when I forgot to put the parking pass on it.

We thought of calling AAA to tow my father's 53 F100 to the welders
to
get the IFS put on. However, we didn't think that they would believe
that
it just broke down.


My reply ------------------------------------------------------------

It's great that AAA is liberal in interpreting your towing needs.
I live in northern California. The AAA affiliate here is called
California State Automobile Association. They handle northern
California, Nevada, and Utah, sort of an "AAA empire." Enough people
have either intentionally overused the towing program, or have needed
lots of emergency road service because their vehicles were old and
undermaintained (or perhaps Fiats and Yugos [same thing]).

CSAA has imposed a limit of four free road service trips per year.
After that, you have to pay per trip. They also will give you free
plastic keys so that you don't have to use up a road service event when
you do the inevitable. This is useful to me, because there's something
about the design of my Aerostar's ignition switch interlocks that has me
locking myself out at least once per month.

I agree that the higher-priced membership is worth the extra cost. Last
year, my Aerostar blew a heater hose on the freeway and overheated (I
then discovered that my Ford temp gauge was innacurate -- never went
near the red zone), delivering the final blow to my head gaskets.
Anyway, I called the state highway dep't from a roadside phone. They
immediately patched me through to AAA, and my van rode back home 45
miles on the back of a flatbed truck. The driver made sure that he
delivered my van to the shop of my choice. This coverage is definitely
worth the money!

I have reservations about CSAA's governance, which is anti-democratic by
a self-perpetuating board of directors, who gratuitously eliminated
their one fantastic offering: the mechanical advice service. This was a
small group of mechanics with back injuries who really knew their
stuff. But this is really for another news group, and I'll not stray
off topic further.

Richard

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Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 13:29:37 -0500
From: Larry Brown
Subject: RE: FTE Small - BII rear door rattle, some performance upgrade questions

Sorry this is so late in reply, but as the owner if one of these, the place
it start is replace the weather stripping and make sure the striker bolts
have the bushings on them (a hard plastic sleeve around the bolt body). If
you also have a external tire carrier you will need to check and install a
piece of rubber around the part where it latches. Other places to check are
the release handle for the tire carrier, I placed some rubber bushings on
both sides where the pivot pin eleminating any slack there and the arms of
the carrier at the attachment points are sometimes loose and need to be
shimed up.
Larry

- -----Original Message-----
From:Robb [SMTP:robb netidea.com]
Sent:Wednesday, May 26, 1999 1:57 AM
To:small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject:FTE Small - BII rear door rattle, some performance upgrade
questions

okay, important things first, the rear door rattle/squeaks when i go over
bumps, and i have at least traced the problem to a loose/squeaky door
fitting, but not sure what it could be as it only makes the noise when the
door is fully closed which makes tracing the problem a little more
difficult
*grin* if anyone else has had experienced anything like this, please let me
know what you did to fix it etc.

next: anyone had a custom roofrack made for their BII? if so, how was it
attached? where? what shape did it take? i am planning so far, not knowing
any better, on having a custom rack made up that will come down over the
sides behind the front doors and just in front of the rear door (allowing
the door angle to come up fully so the back is still accessible) the bars
are planned to come over the bottom edge of the body and go directly onto
the frame. cost isn't really a problem for me, so if anyone has any ideas,
but think it might be too expensive or something, just say it, i'll
appreciate the input.

when i *finally* get this truck done, i'll post some pics at the site. hehe

thanks in advance,
robb '86 BII 258000kms, but its doing fine, TLC'd



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Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 18:02:16 PDT
From: "Michael Krause"
Subject: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Drums

Hey everyone, I've got a few questions covering the drum brakes on a '91
Explorer. My brake warning light has started to come on and I know it's due
to my drums(I haven't changed anything on them since I've had the car, about
40-45,000 miles). I want to change out everything, if it's possible, on my
drums and need a little help doing so. Where should I start and what do I
need to replace?? I've got a Haynes manual so I'm not completely in the
dark, but I do need some advise on these things. Thanks to all.

Mike


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Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 20:26:22 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: FTE Small - SOS Help me get this bracket off!

Hi,

I just got a James Duff 3" lift for my 1988 Bronco 2. I have it most of the
way done, except for the hang-down bracket that holds up the right front
side of the front axle. I need to remove it to put in the new one, although
it's being very difficult. There are four rivets that hold it up there, and
I have all of the heads of one side ground off, and two of the other side
ground off too.

I just can't get that darn bracket off of the crossmember! It's the bracket
that sits right below the oil pan, so I can't get crazy with a hammer or a
drill. I even pulled the radius arms off, but I just can't get that darn
bracket off, come hell or high water.

I started this project Saturday afternoon at one, and this darn bracket is
the only thing that's holding me back from being completed. Does anyone
have any ideas of what I could do? I've tried penetraiting oil, punches,
grinding, drilling, hammering, sledging, prying with chisel and pipe, and
I'm stuck.

I have got to get this truck back to work by tomorrow. It's my ride to work!

Thanks in advance,

Adam
Adam McLaughlin KD6POC
KD6POC JPS.net
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ICQ #6147499
No-SSB International #1,000,178
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"We are the dreamers, and we are the music makers"

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Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 21:09:58 +0100
From: Matt Baldwin
Subject: Re: FTE Small - SOS Help me get this bracket off!

How about a torch? Be careful about starting a fire! If a torch is not a
possibility, try a soldering iron.

Just an idea, no guarantees.

- -Matt

Adam McLaughlin wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I just got a James Duff 3" lift for my 1988 Bronco 2. I have it most of the
> way done, except for the hang-down bracket that holds up the right front
> side of the front axle. I need to remove it to put in the new one, although
> it's being very difficult. There are four rivets that hold it up there, and
> I have all of the heads of one side ground off, and two of the other side
> ground off too.
>
> I just can't get that darn bracket off of the crossmember! It's the bracket
> that sits right below the oil pan, so I can't get crazy with a hammer or a
> drill. I even pulled the radius arms off, but I just can't get that darn
> bracket off, come hell or high water.
>
> I started this project Saturday afternoon at one, and this darn bracket is
> the only thing that's holding me back from being completed. Does anyone
> have any ideas of what I could do? I've tried penetraiting oil, punches,
> grinding, drilling, hammering, sledging, prying with chisel and pipe, and
> I'm stuck.
>
> I have got to get this truck back to work by tomorrow. It's my ride to work!
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Adam
> Adam McLaughlin KD6POC
> KD6POC JPS.net
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.jps.net/jmclaugh/adam2.htm
> ICQ #6147499
> No-SSB International #1,000,178
> NO-QRP International #1,000,006
> AIM "Screen Name" is: kd6poc
> "We are the dreamers, and we are the music makers"
>
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Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 03:09:00 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ford Truck Enthusiasts is pleased to announce the following:

1. A new International Ford truck club, the Association of
Ford Truck Enthusiasts, has been formed. This club is an
independent non-profit club that has a license agreement
with Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Inc. to provide services
for its members.

The club has many benefits:

Lots of web space provided for the members (5 or 10 meg
per member). List archives on ZIP disk or CDROM, window
sticker, keyword notification on the web classifieds
(someone types in what you're looking for and you get
email notification), picture classifieds, t-shirt, email
address, product discounts, pictorial posting privilages,
private bulletin board, private web site, private club
email list and a member travel list.

Go to the web site for more information.

2. New chat. This chat engine should knock your socks off!
No registration is required, very easy to use and incredibly
feature packed. This chat should address all the complaints.

3. New bulletin board system. This system is a professional,
fast, feature packed system. The old BBS will be archived
for about a month or so on the site for reference to old
threads.

4. The classifieds will accept pictures for club members.

5. The entire look of the web site has been updated. Those who
have beta'd it have had very positive feedback.

6. SPEED. The web site should be much faster. We're on a new
server.

7. New articles added to the web site Tech Articles.

8. Over 40 trucks added to the web pictorial.

9. 15 new links added to the web site links.

10. Completely updated events guide.

11. A few photos from the 21st Annual Pigeon Forge F100 Supernationals
are on the site. More will appear later.

95% of the new site is complete and a few minor additions will be
added over the course of the week.

Let me know what you think and please report any problems.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com....


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