small-list-digest Tuesday, February 23 1999 Volume 03 : Number 049



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Husky Liners
FTE Small - In which I Praise my Aerostar
FTE Small - Hey Ken, stereo list maybe
FTE Small - Ford I-Beams
FTE Small - best sounding muffler
Re: FTE Small - best sounding muffler
Re: FTE Small - best sounding muffler
FTE Small - Where can I find service manual?
FTE Small - 99 Ranger After Market Fuel Tanks
FTE Small - Transmission oil recommendations

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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 07:49:42 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Husky Liners

Craig Rabin wrote:

>
> I have the Husky Liners and they work great. They seem to hold all the snow,
> dirt, and water that I drag in on my boots.

I came SOOOOO close to spending $50 on those high capacity floor mats.
After nearly ruining the nice emroidered carpet ones that came with my
Ranger, I was ready to buy. Then, walking through Costco, I happened to
notice the off-brand (actually, I think they were labelled as Kraco...
remember them?) for sale. $9.99 for the set. They work great. I
haven't taken the time to see how much they will actually hold, but I
would say it is nearly the 1-1/2 quarts that the expensive guys
advertise. Also, these came in grey which looks much better on my grey
carpeting than black would. When they get dirty & full of sand, dirt or
whatever, I take them out and beat them against a wall... or scrub with
a good stiff brush to remove the sticky clay we have here in Oregon.
I've had them for a year now & no complaints or noticeable wear.
- --
Thom Cheney
tcgrafx... among other things
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Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 08:54:59 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - In which I Praise my Aerostar

Tim Turner wrote --------------------------------

> 11. I am happy to do my part to end "welfare-as-we-know-it." I am
> eagerly looking forward to hiring my first squirrel monkey mechanic to
> work on my Aerostar.

As the only thin framed tech at the shop I seem to get most of these
beasties. (Or at least get asked to reach certain places for my more
muscular co-workers!)

Me ---
"Ah feel your pain..."

>
> There, you have it. Grateful words about my Aerostar. See? It's not
> all bad.
>
Tim -------------------------------------------------------------------
No there are some good things about them and even some relatively
trouble-free ones on the road.
Me --------------------------------------------------------------------
What? Tell me. I'm desperate!

Richard
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Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 09:33:24 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Hey Ken, stereo list maybe

Tim Turner wrote --------------------------------------------------
And just to turn this back to the small Ford topic what would you
suggest as the minimum power (peak and RMS.) for my 85 B-II to have
clean sound at 'below concert' volumes?

Me ----------------------------------------------------------------
I have to answer your question from my "real world" experience. In
other words, rather than answer you with technical accuracy, I'll use
the same exaggerated BS that users and mfrs claim during their p-----g
contests. It doesn't help if I give you what I feel are honest "home
stereo" specs if the entire car stereo industry is hooked on fantasy.
And please understand that my expertise is limited to live music,
recording studios, custom home audio, and radio broadcasting. I'm not
an expert on car audio (which does have its own witchcraft)
Therefore...

A few years ago, I bought a Korean stereo from JC Whitney advertised as
"high power 65 watts" (the unit came with the ripped-off "Lear Jet" logo
on it). I put it into my '79 Toyota Corona wagon after testing it on the
bench with good home speakers to see what it would really do. The
performance with home speakers was more than I expected, although the
output was cut in half by the 8 ohm speakers.

In the car, using fairly ordinary speakers (but remounted so that they
sealed with the interior panels), the unit's performance was all that I
could want (oh, I'd wanted to put in larger drivers, but never got
around to it). The specs that came with the stereo said, 'well, ahem,
the 65 watts is peak for both channels combined. It's 32.5 combined
RMS.' Tim, do you get the picture? What I do like about this fake
"Lear Jet" product is that it has a: a 5-band equalizer, and b: Dolby
for the tape (a true neccessity if you're going to play music tapes).

Despite my being an audio expert, as you may guess, I think that putting
an audiophile system into a vehicle is lunacy; road noise defeats the
whole concept (I won't explain why now). Believe it or not, a good 6x9
speaker can give pleasing classical music (or jazz) reproduction in a
car (until you pass that semi).

Did this answer your question?

Richard
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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 11:57:26 PST
From: "Michael Krause"
Subject: FTE Small - Ford I-Beams

I was wondering if anyone knows if the I-Beams on the Ranger are the
same stock number as those used on the Explorer. I need to know b/c I'm
pricing drop kits for my '91 Explorer and there are mostly Ranger kits
out there. I would assume the stock numbers are the same since the
Explorer is built on the Ranger platform, but I need to be sure. Thanks
to all those who help.
Mike Krause
sharktooth_76 hotmail.com

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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 19:11:26 -0500
From: Robert Jenkins
Subject: FTE Small - best sounding muffler

I'm tired of hearing from my friends (one with a 5.0 jeep with headers and
one with a big block suburban)that my '94 explorer v6 sounds like "a soccer
moms car". I've done some mods but have to slow down on the spending and
would like to change only the muffler. Any suggestions on which muffler
will simply bolt in and squeak out some performance, but most importantly
improve the sound of my Ford would greatly be appreciated.



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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 19:39:53 -0500
From: Kelly Maitland
Subject: Re: FTE Small - best sounding muffler

Hey,

I myself have looked into mufflers with sound and performance, and I have found

that Flow Master mufflers are the cheapest with performance gain, three
chamber
mufflers are quiter and will add more torque, two chamber FM muffler will addd
more horsepower from what i understand anywhere from 10-25 HP, both are around
$60 I believe.

TK

Robert Jenkins wrote:

> I'm tired of hearing from my friends (one with a 5.0 jeep with headers and
> one with a big block suburban)that my '94 explorer v6 sounds like "a soccer
> moms car". I've done some mods but have to slow down on the spending and
> would like to change only the muffler. Any suggestions on which muffler
> will simply bolt in and squeak out some performance, but most importantly
> improve the sound of my Ford would greatly be appreciated.
>
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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 20:55:54 -0600
From: "Greg Hopper"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - best sounding muffler

well, we've got a 3-chamber Flowmaster on my dad's '94 Ranger 4.0... sounds
pretty nice, i think it's kinda "European"... and it bought us a few horses
as well, i think...
dave


>I'm tired of hearing from my friends (one with a 5.0 jeep with headers and
>one with a big block suburban)that my '94 explorer v6 sounds like "a soccer
>moms car". I've done some mods but have to slow down on the spending and
>would like to change only the muffler. Any suggestions on which muffler
>will simply bolt in and squeak out some performance, but most importantly
>improve the sound of my Ford would greatly be appreciated.
>
>
>
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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 23:20:26 -0500 (EST)
From: "Dennis G. Bretton "
Subject: FTE Small - Where can I find service manual?

Hello,

I do apologize if this topci has come up quite a bit, but I am
performing this search for my brother.
I am looking for a service manual for a 11991 Ford Explorer, and would
like to know where the best place to search is.
Are there any places on the web?
Also, new or used does not matter. :)

Please respond privately to: dbretton cs.uml.edu, as I am subscribed t o3
lists already adn will not be able to stay subscribed to this for long.

Thank you in advance!

Regards,
Dennis



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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 23:15:33 -0800
From: JJ Thomas
Subject: FTE Small - 99 Ranger After Market Fuel Tanks

Are there after market fuel tanks available for the 99 Rangers?

TIA

Julian
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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 00:08:03 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Transmission oil recommendations

The time has come to replace all the fluid in my A4LD transmission; '92
Aerostar variety. I'm wondering what to use for the fill. Here are the
choices I'm looking at:

1. A good grade of the regular Mercon stuff.
2. Mercon V (is it backward compatible?).
3. Mobil 1 ATF.

What do you say?

Richard
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