small-list-digest Thursday, February 11 1999 Volume 03 : Number 037



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Grabbing Brakes!
FTE Small - Multi Purpose bed cover, light snowplows
FTE Small - Re: Bronco II v8 kit and A4LD/BW1350 question
Re: FTE Small - Re: Bronco II v8 kit and A4LD/BW1350 question
FTE Small - Wiring Schematic
FTE Small - Rear Axle end play
Re: FTE Small - Grabbing Brakes!
FTE Small - Re: Sliders
Re: FTE Small - Report: My Aerostar Doesn't Stink Now
FTE Small - ADMIN: A.R.E Tonneau covers and truck caps
Re: FTE Small - Grabbing Brakes!

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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:18:14 -0500
From: Jeff Masse
Subject: FTE Small - Grabbing Brakes!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I had the same problem with the rear
brakes on my '96 Ranger. They were grabbing and squeaking terribly on wet or
humid days. About two years ago I went to the dealer and they replaced with
the "new" pads per this TSB. HOWEVER, today as I backed down the driveway,
they still squeaked and grabbed. They have done this for the last year. So
this TSB fix only works temporarily. I have just gotten used to it. It only
grabs a little in the morning, and only in reverse. But ANNOYING!

Jeff
'96 Ranger 4x4
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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:32:36 -0500
From: "Mike McNany"
Subject: FTE Small - Multi Purpose bed cover, light snowplows

I just got in a brochure from www.snowbear.com for their line of "personal"
snowplows designed for homeowners & small businesses.
They also have a "VersaCap", a hard tonnou cover that opens lengthwise from
the side or the middle. If you open from the middle it can prop itself up
for large loads (like a stake bed) and you can also connect the top front
and rear edges for use as a high rack. No idea on carrying capacity but this
looks like the best of all worlds for the general purpose truck user. But,
since I have an Explorer & Expedition and my only real truck is a 78 F150 I
won't be getting one.

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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:17:11 -0800
From: johny
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Bronco II v8 kit and A4LD/BW1350 question

The James Duff catalog has a pretty thorough description on what needs
to be done to add a small block V8. It's worth checking out.
Unfortunately only some of it is described here.

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.jamesduff.com/
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.jamesduff.com/broncoII/v8conversions.html

Also do any of you know the gear ratios and transfer case ratios
of an 89 bronco II?

Transmission is an A4LD and the trasfer case is a BW1350.
I'm trying to get a handle on the "crawl ratio".
I think the low ratio on the BW1350 is 2:48, but am not sure.
I don't know what 1st gear is on the A4LD, but i'm interested in all
the gears, including reverse if it's available.

The current rear end ratio is 4:10 if you care.

Would anyone also know if a BW1345 transfer case is a "direct bolt-in"
for the BW 1350? Just curious.


thanks,
- -john

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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:44:45 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Bronco II v8 kit and A4LD/BW1350 question

johny wrote:
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> The James Duff catalog has a pretty thorough description on what needs
> to be done to add a small block V8. It's worth checking out.


you can find the e-mail address for their tech guy on the web site. The
Duff's are good people & they will work to make it right. Suzi Duff
(James' daughter) is a friend of mine & we were hanging out at the Rose
Garden here in PDX last Saturday while their driver Rod Jansen was
driving his V-8 powered B-II in the tough truck event. I have spent
some time checking out how they built that B-II & it is a quality job.
They brought it & Richard's half cab early Bronco to our Son O' Beach
event last summer & played in the sand with us all weekend.

I am not a Duff employee... although they are putting one of my t-shirt
designs in their next catalog!!!
- --
Thom Cheney
tcgrafx... among other things
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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 17:17:02 -0600
From: "NinjaRider"
Subject: FTE Small - Wiring Schematic

This might be a long shot but does anyone have the wiring schematic for a
1997 Ranger XLT that they can email me? I am wanting to install a remote car
starter and I think that it would help to have a schematic.

Thanks in advance,
Peter.

1986 Kawasaki Zx1000R Ninja
1987 Ford Ranger XLT

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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 18:06:43 EST
From: CBadgerJr AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - Rear Axle end play

I have an 84 B II 4x4. Having seen many hard miles, I was checking out the
rear tires when I noticed a significant amount of end-play on both ends of the
rear axle. How much is too much, and how difficult is it to repair myself?

Chuck
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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 20:15:54 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Grabbing Brakes!

Jeff Masse wrote:
>

> the "new" pads per this TSB. HOWEVER, today as I backed down the driveway,
> they still squeaked and grabbed. They have done this for the last year. So
> this TSB fix only works temporarily. I have just gotten used to it. It only
> grabs a little in the morning, and only in reverse. But ANNOYING!

Hmm.. ride the brake a little as you roll out the driveway to heat 'em
up a bit? :-)

TT
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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 17:27:31 PST
From: "Joe Mitchell"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Sliders

>From: Sandman

>I do live in Texas and have a rear piece of glass sitting in my garage
>from when I got a rear slider installed. If you are intrested in it,
go
>ahead an email me, I live in Houston.

Ok, I'm going to go get a few quotes from a few several places (that I
think might install em) and if its out of my range, I'll give ya an
e-mail. Thanx for the offer whether or not I turn out getting it... :)
Joe

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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 22:46:01 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Report: My Aerostar Doesn't Stink Now

At 01:38 AM 2/10/99 -0800, you wrote:
>A public "thank you" to Ken. My Aerostar doesn't stink any more. And,
>it was exactly as you stated. After a little over one tankful of
>Chevron regular, the rotten egg stink was gone. Now, that stench was
>powerful bad.

Good to hear it worked!

>
>I had been using Arco fuel. No more Arco for me! It ain't worth the
>savings at any price. The machine runs better, too, without all that
>sulfur loading down the performance. I'm amazed that they could sell
>this stuff here in air-conscious California.
>
>I'm not partial to the Chevron Corp. I just decided to use their fuel
>because they are here.
>
>I have two questions, now.
>
>#1: What have peoples' experiences been with stinky and non-stinky
>fuels?

I've never had the problem with a "big" name brand. Many smaller
chains are good to. The rock bottom places seem to be the worst.

>#2: Does the catalytic converter vent the stink differently than it
>vents the exhaust?
>

Don't see how it could. You might have a slight leak of exhaust
into the van via the engine access cover. I'd check that to
see if you're getting a decent seal.


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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 23:15:15 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: A.R.E Tonneau covers and truck caps

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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 03:10:13 -0500
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Grabbing Brakes!

>Jeff Masse wrote:
>>
>
>> the "new" pads per this TSB. HOWEVER, today as I backed down the
driveway,
>> they still squeaked and grabbed. They have done this for the last year.
So
>> this TSB fix only works temporarily. I have just gotten used to it. It
only
>> grabs a little in the morning, and only in reverse. But ANNOYING!
>
>Hmm.. ride the brake a little as you roll out the driveway to heat 'em
>up a bit? :-)
>
>TT


Works fine, as long as it is not Winter and your not trying to work a
2-wheel drive, 5-speed out of a snow/ice covered driveway and down the
street while the slightest touch of the brakes locks the rear wheels. Or
your not desperately trying to get said truck to move because the damn brake
pads froze to the drums while the parking brake was on overnight. The
frozen parking brake thing happened to me twice. Once I was parked on a
hill and when I was able to break it free by giving it some gas in reverse.
The second time, I was parked on flat ground and couldn't break it free with
the throttle. My brother and I had to rock it back and forth for 15 minutes
before one of the rear wheels broke free. We continued rocking it to try
and get the other free (passenger side), but it only dragged across the ice.
15 more minutes of forward/reverse action along with alot of pushing finally
got the other one free. No more parking brake for me in the Winter unless I
absolutely have to use it.
There, now I feel better, I think I can cope with the grabbing brakes
for a little while longer now.

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


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