small-list-digest Tuesday, February 2 1999 Volume 03 : Number 028



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Service in Colorado Springs: need advice
FTE Small - tailgating question
FTE Small - True confessions of an automotive addict
FTE Small - 97 Explorer Tranny cooler
FTE Small - This is my secound post, please help if anyone can.
FTE Small - This is my secound post, Please help if anyone can.
FTE Small - Towing Capacity
Re: FTE Small - Towing Capacity
FTE Small - radio pin-out
Re: FTE Small - Service in Colorado Springs: need advice
FTE Small - RE: Noisy tranny
Re: FTE Small - This is my secound post, please help if anyone can.
FTE Small - Ed the Aussie
FTE Small - ADMIN: 1 Million visitors

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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 06:39:29 -0500
From: qzl0st tpc.natp.gmeds.com (EI - Michael Ioco)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Service in Colorado Springs: need advice

Being that you have a 99, you still have a long warranty left. Why would you
take it somewhere else and have to pay for it?

Maintenance (oil changes, tire rotations) is a different story though.

> From jeffr uswest.net Sat Jan 30 19:38:26 1999
>
> Greetings!
>
> I recently moved to Colorado Springs, and I'm looking for suggestions as to
> where to take my '99 Ranger for service. I'm a little wary of dealers, but
> Ford dealers know Fords better than most anyone I assume. Anyone here in
> Colorado (or anywhere, for that matter) have suggestions for Ford truck
> service in Colorado Springs?
>
> Thanks in advance for any input.
> ~Jeff Richardson
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Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 09:45:34 -0500
From: Donald Canavan
Subject: FTE Small - tailgating question

Anybody know how much weight a tail gate in the down position on a
ranger can hold?
Thanks
Don

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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 08:54:16 -0600
From: Wayne Haley
Subject: FTE Small - True confessions of an automotive addict

To Bill Ciocco and all other interested FT owners:
My response to Bill's post (re: Aerostar Hodgepodge) carried an implication
that I am not mechanically inept. Upon further consideration, I have
decided this is not the case! As I have thought back on all the bolts I
have twisted off, screws I have dropped down carb throat and stuff I have
taken off and couldn't remember how to get back on, I have decided I am most
certainly a liability under any hood. I probably am the guy that could turn
a 15 minute oil change into a one hour ordeal!

I am going to keep at it though. After all, this is a Ford, not a Ferrari!
No dis intended :-).

This is a great mailing list, appreciate all the input on my various insane
questions. Happy motoring!


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Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 10:25:36 EST
From: Bobby D Herring
Subject: FTE Small - 97 Explorer Tranny cooler

I noticed Sunday that the front crossmember was wet with oil.
After further investigation, it looks like the clamps on the
transmission cooler lines were loose. Tightened them and had to
add a quart of fluid to get it back to normal.

Now the question: The dip stick handle says use Mercron V.
I had several qusrts of Quaker State that says it works for
Dexron and Mercron fluid. Am I going to mess somthing up by
not buying Mercron V specifically?


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, 103k
'97 Explorer XLT 4.0 Auto

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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 10:48:06 -0500
From: "Jason Talbot"
Subject: FTE Small - This is my secound post, please help if anyone can.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Jason Talbot
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 1999 2:18 PM
Subject: Replace 2.9, or upgrade to a 4.0


>I have a 88 Bronco II. The 2.9 that's in it is shot. Would it be better
to
>replace the 2.9, with a remanufactured one, or get a remanufactured 4.0. I
>have a 5 speed manual, and it's a 4X4. I can get a 4.0 for $500 less that
>the 2.9. What modifications would I have to make for the 4.0 to fit.
Would
>I be able to keep my AC, Power Steering, etc. What kind of Headers would I
>have to get? Would I have to move the tranny? The Transfer Case? I am
kind
>of new at this and could anyone's help.
>Thanks
>
>



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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 10:47:25 -0500
From: "Jason Talbot"
Subject: FTE Small - This is my secound post, Please help if anyone can.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Jason Talbot
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 1999 2:04 PM
Subject: Bronco II Brake cable


>> I have a 88 Bronco II. It's a five speed, with a 2.9 V6. My parking
>>brake cable broke at the pedal. I bought the front replacement only. The
>>rest of the cables are ok. How do you get the front cable off? It's off
>>the pedal, and disconnected at the other end too. There's some rubber
>>grommet that's attached to it.
>> Also, I just replaced my AC compressor. I bought a new one from ford
>>directly. It's really noisy though. I heard most ford truck compressors
>>are. Is this true? Or is the new compressor bad. It seems to work fine.
>>If anyone can help? Please do.
>>Thanks
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>



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Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 15:20:09 -0500
From: J Cope
Subject: FTE Small - Towing Capacity

I drive an '88 BII XLT with the auto tranny and 4WD, and I was considering
upgrading the trailer hitch. I was wondering what the vehicle's actual
towing capacity was so I can get an appropriate hitch, and I can't seem to
find the info in the manual... Thanks for any help!

JC

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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 20:42:26 EST
From: Ding060297 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Towing Capacity

I would say with just an educated guess and no manual in front of me if you
have a good axle ratio say around 3:55 or even better 3:73 about 2200 to 2800
i wouldn't push it after that...........ding
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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 19:55:25 -0600
From: "John Becker"
Subject: FTE Small - radio pin-out



I need the pin out for a radio that was in our 92
aerostar. The wife totaled it and I pulled the radio and would
like to put it in the basement shop on a dc power supply.

John

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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 21:49:11 EST
From: CaraRyan AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Service in Colorado Springs: need advice

sorry I can't help I'm in florida
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Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 19:12:34 PST
From: "Joe Mitchell"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Noisy tranny

>From: Bakend AOL.COM
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - 87 ranger w/ noisy clutch
>Oh oh! Not a good indication from my experience! The same thing
happened on my
>87 and I tore it down, replaced the clutch, pilot bearing, Input shaft
bearing
>on tranny, and the throwout bearing. Then the dang thing failed
(snipped to make msg shorter)

Is there any way to prevent this? I have noticed the same thing, but not
very loud and only occurs 50% of driving time, so I'm thinking it might
be in an early stage of it....
Joe

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Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 01:03:40 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - This is my secound post, please help if anyone can.

If you don't get any answers, you might want to check out
the performance list.

At 10:48 AM 2/1/99 -0500, you wrote:
>
>>I have a 88 Bronco II. The 2.9 that's in it is shot. Would it be better
>to
>>replace the 2.9, with a remanufactured one, or get a remanufactured 4.0. I
>>have a 5 speed manual, and it's a 4X4. I can get a 4.0 for $500 less that
>>the 2.9. What modifications would I have to make for the 4.0 to fit.
>Would

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Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 17:45:38 +1100
From: "Ed Minner"
Subject: FTE Small - Ed the Aussie

Hi I'm Ed from Australia, and l lived St Louis for some time, is there
anyone out there from St. Louis?
I have a 97 Explorer which I have been informed is built St. Louis.
Go the Cards!!
Ed the Aussie

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Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 01:44:12 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: 1 Million visitors

Hi gang!

Its official! Just compiled the January logs and we
had our one millionth visitor to the Ford Truck
Enthusiasts web site late in the month. In our first
year, we had slightly over 100,000 visitors and over
900,000 in the second year.

Our monthly visitor growth has been about 19% since we
started. Current list membership hovers around 4,000.
Many had privately expressed a concern this past summer
about FTE's ability to handle the growth. We've taken
steps which we believe have been successful:

- - The BBS has offset the mailing list growth and made it
manageable. Hit and run subscribers aren't as common
anymore.

- - The new classifieds are not only far more powerful,
they also require less of my time.

- - The new chat is virtually maintenance free (although
its difficult to use the first time around).

- - Ordering on the web site means I don't have to spend
time each evening checking the PO box (now we check on
Tuesdays and Saturdays). This has been very important
because cash flow was suffering again and we needed to
pay for the classifieds software and server upgrades
(the load is getting huge, close to 200,000 file hits
per day). Our costs have gone way up lately.

Pictorial submissions have gone way up recently too, with
as many as 10 pictorial submissions per week!

Look for more additions to our content as we continue to
grow. Thank you to everyone for making FTE the community
it has become! You're really a great bunch! Hope to
meet some of you at the Pigeon Forge Supernationals.....


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