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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Broncos/rangers/et al.
Re: FTE Small - Crome Bumpers
Re: FTE Small - Fuel Pump problem on an '86 Ford Ranger
FTE Small - Trouble light solution
FTE Small - Ranger Brake Problems
FTE Small - FM Reception in Explorer
Re: FTE Small - Crome Bumpers
FTE Small - Re: Broncos/rangers/et al
FTE Small - Re: FM RECEPTION IN 98 EXPLORER
FTE Small - Re: Aerostar vs. Explorer
Re: FTE Small - Ranger Brake Problems
Re: FTE Small - Re: EGR etc was Ranger Mileage
FTE Small - Re: Fuel Pump problem on an '86 Ford Ranger
Re: FTE Small - Re: Broncos/rangers/et al
FTE Small - Overdrive Question ???
Re: FTE Small - Re: small-list-digest. FM RECEPTION IN 98 EXPLORER XLT 5.0L
Re: FTE Small - Ranger Brake Problems
FTE Small - Re: FM RECEPTION ignore for small fans..
Re: FTE Small - Re: EGR etc was Ranger Mileage
FTE Small - ADMIN: Supernationals and FTE attendance there.
Re: FTE Small - Re: EGR etc was Ranger Mileage
Re: FTE Small - Re: EGR etc was Ranger Mileage
Re: FTE Small - Re: FM RECEPTION IN 98 EXPLORER
FTE Small - Water in glove box
FTE Small - Bumpers
Re: FTE Small - Water in glove box
Re: FTE Small - Water in glove box
Re: FTE Small - Ranger Brake Problems
RE: FTE Small - Water in glove box
Re: FTE Small - Water in glove box
FTE Small - Heater Duct assembly
Re: FTE Small - Water in glove box
Re: FTE Small - Broncos/rangers/et al.
RE: FTE Small - Another Audio Question

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Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 21:03:48 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Broncos/rangers/et al.

Steve P wrote:
>
> I joined this list to learn about maintaining and repairing my '87
> Bronco II, and hoped to also find some cool aftermarkets mods to be done
> as well... But the actual amount of messages about our trucks this list
> is supposed to generate is minimal, while discussions of car-audio,
> Big-ford-trucks, the enviroment,

I apoligise Steve; you joined at a bad time, usually we're not this off
topic and there are a good number of B-II/Ranger folks on the list. (85
B-II myself) Stick around it'll get better! You might also want to
check out the Performance list if you're interested in mods; it seems to
be geared more towards the V-8's but there's some discussion of the
smaller motors as well.

I know I'm certainly guilty of responding to off topic posts and maybe
yours will help me keep my tongue (fingers?) in check. FWIW when I ran
a BBS in the pre-internet days I could never keep people on-topic
either! :-)

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
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Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 21:07:29 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Crome Bumpers

Ken Justice wrote:
>
> Eric,
>
> Have you checked the used parts market?
>

> >Does anyone know if you can paint crome on. I would like to make my bumpers
> >crome but I don't want to pay $600 to get new ones. Thanks
> >

Try JC Whitney! :-)

TT
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Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 21:16:18 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Fuel Pump problem on an '86 Ford Ranger

David Herron wrote:
>
> Hi --
>
> I just bought my first ford pickup ('86 Ford Ranger 2.3L 4cyl FI 2wd)
> and


Any luck yet? I've run out of time tonight, but I'll jump into it with
both fingers tomorrow. :-)

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
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Date: Tue, 2 Mar 99 18:35:39 PST
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: FTE Small - Trouble light solution

I though I'd pass this on. I've always had a problem with breaking
bulb filaments in my trouble light due to clumsiness & rough handling.
I saw that Harbor Freight carries a "rough service" bulb and was going to
order some, figuring that anything with a filament would eventually
break but that these might last longer. But, when I was in Orchard
Supply Hardware, I saw a spiral-wound flourescent bulb that's the same
diameter as a regular bulb and a little higher. It just fits my trouble
light with zero room to spare. So far this week I've dropped it several
times and bumped a lot of things that would have cost me several bulbs but
it's still going strong.

It's called a "twister bulb". Lights of America model 2425. Costs about $12.
It's rated at 25 watts but puts out the equivalent of a 100 watt incandescent
(1650 lumens). When first turned on, it's only as bright as a 40 watt bulb,
but after two or three minutes, it's about as bright as a 100 watt bulb.

Another plus is that it barely gets warm, so it won't melt a plastic
trouble light and my metal trouble light will no longer melt the interior
plastic in my truck.

The only downsides I've seen are that it's heavier and it costs about $12.
Its rated lifetime is 10,000 hours. An incandescent under my truck usually
lasts about 5 hours. Plus my bulb supply in the garage is always out, so
I have to run into the house to get a new one. And if my wife is home, I
have to take off my shoes & wash my hands first. All in all, this has made
my life a lot easier.

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Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 01:43:54 -0500
From: "dkoller"
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger Brake Problems

I have a 90 Ranger 4x4 ext cab. While driving tonight, the dash brake light
and rear antilock indicator came on and stayed on. I have noticed no loss
of stopping performance or difference in the pedal. Brake fluid level is
okay and there is no obvious leakage around the wheels. I'm pulling the
wheels off this weekend and will replace pads/shoes and other hardware if
needed. My understanding of the warnings lights is they are turned on when
there is a differnece in pressure between the two hydralic circuits.

Is the most likely culprit the master cylinder, RABS or other component?
Are there any diagnostic test to isolate the problem?

Any help appreciated.

Thanks

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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 00:03:33 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - FM Reception in Explorer

Wharton84 AOL.COM asked -----------------------------------------

Any ideas how to bring in a little more distant FM signals? Is there any
kind of special or real long or big antenna?

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

I don't know what kind of radio is in your truck, but I'm assuming that
you have a stock Ford unit. Seems to me that the Ford radio in my
Aerostar is a decent OEM unit, not outstanding, has adequate but no way
excellent FM performance. Here's what I think will help; others may
have more ideas:

1. Make sure that the antenna is the right length. I seem to recall
that 97 inches is optimum, but my memory may be off. If it is too
long, it won't resonate properly in the FM band.

2. The optimum place for the whip antenna would be in the middle of the
cab roof. Since this probably isn't practical for a few reasons
including water leakage, my next favorite spot for it is the left rear
of the cabin: Volvo got it right.

3. Put in a fancier radio; this is one place where some of the newer
"trick" FM circuits may help. The ability to hold the reception in Mono
(via a mono switch instead of giving you only an automatic circuit for
this) can work wonders. It takes great gobs more signal strength to
provide good stereo sound than in mono. Six times more signal; again
I'm going back way too many years since I was on the air at an FM
station and knew all this stuff.

4. There's one or two other people here who may have more current
knowledge than I do re: what's on the market right now. I'll defer to
them.

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Besides my being the biggest offender, I actually agree with the two
guys who complained about this becoming an "Audio List." I'll try to
refrain from so much clarification, etc. Hope this is useful.

Richard

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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 13:30:01 GMT
From: alannorthstar mindspring.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Crome Bumpers

On Tue, 02 Mar 1999 21:07:29 -0500, you wrote:

:
:
:Ken Justice wrote:
:> Eric,
:> Have you checked the used parts market?
:> >Does anyone know if you can paint crome on. I would like to make my =
bumpers
:> >crome but I don't want to pay $600 to get new ones. Thanks
:> >
Chrome has to be plated on, and that's an electro/chemical
process that is expensive and it stinks. Only done in factories.

You might find cheaper bumpers somewhere (Like J.C.Whitney) but
you get what you pay for in the chrome department. . . .

Later,
Alan
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Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 09:54:27 -0500
From: "Mike McNany"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Broncos/rangers/et al

Steve P wrote "Where is all this heading you may be wondering? (if you're
still reading
this) I am looking for web-page address's, other lists, or other recommended
sources of information to learn about my vehicle, and what its potential is
in regards to improving power and/or mileage."

Well, Steve, I, too, could care less about changing the adequate factory
premium sound I have in my explorer. But all lists go off primary topics
from time to time, just like the Mississippi river, hard to really control.
I hope you've checked the archives. Don't forget to go back to before the
different ford truck sections got "shook out of the family tree".

That said, Hey, dudes, how about continuing Stereos and Sound Amplification
101 through separate direct posts? After a while it does get boring, and on
a few days I just delete the digest (the format I receive) rather than wade
through all that. As someone said, it could be a separate list ( even FORD
vehicle stereos). I do think the actual process of removing, adding, or
mounting of the components is very pertinent to the truck list.
Just MHO,
Mike


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Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 10:35:00 -0500
From: "Mike McNany"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: FM RECEPTION IN 98 EXPLORER

SNIP
any kind
of special or real long or big antenna?>

Short answer - NO!
Long answer-see below
I've seen people get a real long CB or SSB antenna, attach them to their
bumpers and not get any better signal unless they electrically match the
bandwidth to the commercial FM band. I won't get into how to do that cause
it's impractical and ugly to boot. The really silly ones then had to tie it
down (bend it lower to miss things) NET GAIN IN TRANSIT = 0. And that was at
a Navy electronics school!
The best FM antenna I've found has always been the stock one piece Ford
antenna. Ever since my AM/FM only 88 Aerostar (GASP!), they've gotten the
best reception. Didn't even miss having a cassette(CDs were hardly a gleam
in someone's eye). Even though my 98 Expedition uses the antenna as an
overhead curb feeler in my garage, I won't change it. It has maximum
practical highth and is the exact length for the FM band at abt 31". You
could try a antenna amp but I have only had them amplify ALL the signals
including noise around the distant station. This does not inhance the
listening pleasure. The Ford stereo manual has a good explanation of signal
path problems. The only way to make distance FM stations heard is more power
on their part, a higher (not necessarily taller) antenna (xmitter or
receiver), and a tighter, more discriminating receiver (which is getting
harder to improve at reasonable cost, that's why all those other nifty
features are being added to radios). Oh, yah, you could mount a 31" antenna
on the roof or roof rack to make it higher but then the curb feeler effect
occurs.
And I will gladly give a detailed explanation of the term RMS (Root Mean
Square) in agonizing detail to anyone who requests it BUT NOT HERE!
Mike the exLT


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Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 10:14:40 -0800
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Aerostar vs. Explorer

Ding wrote:
>if i'll be killing my t-case i'm worried about the
>extra torque being put thru it

No need to worry, your transfer case is probably the toughest component on
your vehicle. There are several other "weak links" that are much more
likely to break before the BW T-case.

Later..... Pete
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Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 12:58:42 -0600
From: "Greg Hopper"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger Brake Problems

in my dad's 94, that happened one time, but the light eventually fixed
itself. however, i do think there is a way to pull codes off the ABS much
like you pull em off the ECM when you get a check engine light. also, keep
in mind that if that light is on, your ABS is probably disabled...
dave


>I have a 90 Ranger 4x4 ext cab. While driving tonight, the dash brake
light
>and rear antilock indicator came on and stayed on. I have noticed no loss
>of stopping performance or difference in the pedal. Brake fluid level is
>okay and there is no obvious leakage around the wheels. I'm pulling the
>wheels off this weekend and will replace pads/shoes and other hardware if
>needed. My understanding of the warnings lights is they are turned on when
>there is a differnece in pressure between the two hydralic circuits.
>
>Is the most likely culprit the master cylinder, RABS or other component?
>Are there any diagnostic test to isolate the problem?

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Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 15:40:55 -0500
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: EGR etc was Ranger Mileage

At 9:28 PM -0500 2/18/99, Tim Turner wrote:

> Dave Slotter wrote:
>>
>> My wife's '86 BII used to get about 16 mpg highway. After resetting
>> the base timing, we now get 25 mpg highway.

[snip]

>> I believe that if the EGR valve is
>> replaced, it may fix a whole slew of problems:
>>
>> 1. Easier startup in the morning
>> 2. Better gas mileage
>> 3. Lower emissions - pass emission inspection without waiver sticker
>> 4. Remove trouble codes.
>>
>
> Probably right on all counts (will take some 60 cycles of the key to
> clear the codes in the 'CONT' section, but the KOER should be OK). Let
> us know if it doesn't and we'll help!

Tim,

It's been a little while now since I replaced the EGR valve and after
a little adjusting period by the computer, I can triumphantly say
that things are much improved! Starting up the Bronco in the mornings
is easier, our gas mileage is slightly improved and the trouble codes
are now gone. We get 1-1 from the computer now from both the KOEO and
KOER tests! :-) I imagine the emissions are improved now since
we're no longer getting complaints about the EGR valve movement not
being detected and the engine running rich, but will have to wait
until next year to see if we pass the PA state emissions test. If
this doesn't improve the emissions, then I will have to replace the
catalytic converter. However, I feel confident that our BII has been
much improved with its recent servicing.

By the way, I was able to clear out the trouble codes immediately
using the procedure I documented previously.

Now if I can only get 1-1 from my Ford Merkur XR4Ti! (But that is
another story and a different list.)

- -Dave
- --

ICQ# 16458879 AOL/AIM ID: "Mac XR"
1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 122K Pittsburgh PA

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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 15:01:43 -0500
From: "Willliam A. Hopkins"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Fuel Pump problem on an '86 Ford Ranger

> Are the pumps regulated by some other device (ie. a regulator that
> turns on the low pressure pump until a certain PSI is reached, then
> activates the High Pressure pump)? Or does each pump run independently? Do
> they run simultaneously? Should there always be power to both? Is there a
> fuse or fusable link in that connection, or only that relay? Do you have
> any clue where else I may look? We are at our wits end trying to figure out
> what the problem could be, and we're almost to the point of rewiring the
> pumps. I would appreciate any response or help you may give.
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
You're nearly there. The fuel pump relay is controlled by a lead from the EEC-4, which also has a similiar looking, but not interchangable, POWER relay.
When my '86 bit the dust with a no start, it was that relay. The spark runs because the TFI module will output pulses when the distributor is turning but
the EEC isn't providing SPOUT, so mine even tried when I sprayed carb. cleaner past the throttle bore. So try it out. I don't know where on the Ranger it's
located, but on my '86 E150, it was between the passenger kick panel and outside right fender, and had gotten severely corroded there. I re-located mine
right next to the fuel pump relay upon replacement.

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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 12:46:47 -0800
From: JJ Thomas
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Broncos/rangers/et al

>> Hey, dudes, how about continuing Stereos and Sound
>> Amplification 101 through separate direct posts? After
>> a while it does get boring...

I think the bandwidth consumed by the topic relating to "Stereos and Sound
Amplification" has been successfully suppressed by the discussion by how
off topic the original discussion is - was.

Just my $.02

- -Julian

At 09:54 03/03/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Steve P wrote "Where is all this heading you may be wondering? (if you're
>still reading
>this) I am looking for web-page address's, other lists, or other recommended
>sources of information to learn about my vehicle, and what its potential is
>in regards to improving power and/or mileage."
>
>Well, Steve, I, too, could care less about changing the adequate factory
>premium sound I have in my explorer. But all lists go off primary topics
>from time to time, just like the Mississippi river, hard to really control.
>I hope you've checked the archives. Don't forget to go back to before the
>different ford truck sections got "shook out of the family tree".
>
>That said, Hey, dudes, how about continuing Stereos and Sound Amplification
>101 through separate direct posts? After a while it does get boring, and on
>a few days I just delete the digest (the format I receive) rather than wade
>through all that. As someone said, it could be a separate list ( even FORD
>vehicle stereos). I do think the actual process of removing, adding, or
>mounting of the components is very pertinent to the truck list.
>Just MHO,
>Mike
>

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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 19:20:08 -0500
From: "Bryan A. Dann"
Subject: FTE Small - Overdrive Question ???

My 93 Ranger 4.0 Automatic will not go it in to overdrive.

Does anyone have an idea why this is happening???


- --
70 Mustang Mach1 351C-Shaker
93 Ranger STX S/C 4x4
97 Dodge Caravan Sport (wife)


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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 23:12:42 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: small-list-digest. FM RECEPTION IN 98 EXPLORER XLT 5.0L

Wharton84 AOL.COM wrote:
>
> Any ideas how to bring in a little more distant FM signals? Is there any kind
> of special or real long or big antenna?
> I don't know if I asked this here before.
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Get an antenna booster from Radio Shack or similar.

TT
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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 23:22:21 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger Brake Problems

dkoller wrote:
>
> I have a 90 Ranger 4x4 ext cab. While driving tonight, the dash brake light
> and rear antilock indicator came on and stayed on. I have noticed no loss
> of stopping performance or difference in the pedal.

Usually wont; just like the 'check engine' light it means the computer
sees something impossible like a sustained 0 MPH at the rear and 50 MPH
at each front wheel. If the light is on the ABS is usually *inactive*
so be aware of that.

> Brake fluid level is
> okay and there is no obvious leakage around the wheels. I'm pulling the
> wheels off this weekend and will replace pads/shoes and other hardware if
> needed. My understanding of the warnings lights is they are turned on when
> there is a differnece in pressure between the two hydralic circuits.
>
> Is the most likely culprit the master cylinder, RABS or other component?
> Are there any diagnostic test to isolate the problem?

I dont have the test handy, but you need to check for codes in the ABS
and address them first; rear wheel speed sensor or it's wiring is common
though.

e-mail/post more if I can help. :-)

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 23:43:01 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: FTE Small - Re: FM RECEPTION ignore for small fans..

Mike McNany wrote:
>
> SNIP
> any kind
> of special or real long or big antenna?>
>
> Short answer - NO!
> Long answer-see below
> I've seen people get a real long CB or SSB antenna, attach them to their
> bumpers and not get any better signal unless they electrically match the
> bandwidth to the commercial FM band.

Well that's just plain stupid as the antenna MUST match the wavelength
involved; admittedly it's much more critical for transmitting than
recieving, but a 32" (I think could be 38..) whip is the best you'll do
for FM on the 100MhZ band, a CB antenna is optimized for 27 MHz.

> down (bend it lower to miss things) NET GAIN IN TRANSIT = 0. And that was at
> a Navy electronics school!

Doing it for the theory thing I guess.. Sure it's possible, but easier
to cut the thing down to the right size!

> could try a antenna amp but I have only had them amplify ALL the signals
> including noise around the distant station.

I'll agree in general for the cheap ones, but just like 2-way radio work
there *are* amps that work for pulling in distant stations without
amp'ing the noise (Get what you pay for!)


> And I will gladly give a detailed explanation of the term RMS (Root Mean
> Square) in agonizing detail to anyone who requests it BUT NOT HERE!

I almost did last night.. It's so basic it's probably not in the EE
books as it's covered sooner. Your house 110 is a RMS; the peak is more
along 140-150.

TT
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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 23:50:15 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: EGR etc was Ranger Mileage

Dave Slotter wrote:
>
> At 9:28 PM -0500 2/18/99, Tim Turner wrote:
>
> > Dave Slotter wrote:
> >>
> >> My wife's '86 BII used to get about 16 mpg highway. After resetting
> >> the base timing, we now get 25 mpg highway.


Beware inept people that dont follow the proper timing procedure.. it'll
be around 20 degrees low if the SPOUT isnt disconnected!

> Tim,
>
> It's been a little while now since I replaced the EGR valve and after
> a little adjusting period by the computer, I can triumphantly say
> that things are much improved!

Glad to hear it! I always like it when e-mail leads to a solution. :-)

> Now if I can only get 1-1 from my Ford Merkur XR4Ti! (But that is
> another story and a different list.)

E-mail works there too.. I'm not just a truck guy.

TT
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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 23:30:36 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Supernationals and FTE attendance there.

Ford Truck Enthusiasts has reserved a block of 40 rooms at Days Inn Pigeon
Forge for the F100 Supernationals, May 13 - 16. The rates for the rooms are:
$34.00 + tax Sunday through Thursday
$68.00 + tax Friday through Saturday
This is a group rate, so be sure to mention Ford Truck Enthusiasts when
reserving your room. Rooms are first come, first served, of course, and the
last day to reserve at the group rate is April 15.
To make your reservation, call:
1-800-645-3079
We've also reserved tables for at least 40 people at Alan Jackson's Show
Car Cafe on Saturday at 9:00 AM for breakfast. Total cost for the Breakfast
Buffet is $8.00 per person. This price includes tax and gratuity. To reserve
your spot, email Don Neighbors at:
grover ford-trucks.com
by April 25 so we can give the folks at Alan Jackson's a head count.


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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 22:56:32 -0600
From: Matthew Banevich
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: EGR etc was Ranger Mileage

Tim Turner wrote:
>
> Dave Slotter wrote:
> >
> > At 9:28 PM -0500 2/18/99, Tim Turner wrote:
> >
> > > Dave Slotter wrote:
> > >>
> > >> My wife's '86 BII used to get about 16 mpg highway. After resetting
> > >> the base timing, we now get 25 mpg highway.
>
> Beware inept people that dont follow the proper timing procedure.. it'll
> be around 20 degrees low if the SPOUT isnt disconnected!
>
> > Tim,
> >
> > It's been a little while now since I replaced the EGR valve and after
> > a little adjusting period by the computer, I can triumphantly say
> > that things are much improved!
>
> Glad to hear it! I always like it when e-mail leads to a solution. :-)
>
> > Now if I can only get 1-1 from my Ford Merkur XR4Ti! (But that is
> > another story and a different list.)
>
> E-mail works there too.. I'm not just a truck guy.
>
> TT
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I'm kinda interested, and I haven't caught most of these messages, but
I'm kinda confused about increasing the mileage of my BII, 2.9 5
speed... any sugg, what did they mean by not following the normal
timing procedure ( i'm kinda a dummy in that dept.)
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Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 00:32:38 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: EGR etc was Ranger Mileage

Matthew Banevich wrote:
>
> Tim Turner wrote:
> >
> > Dave Slotter wrote:
> > >

> speed... any sugg, what did they mean by not following the normal
> timing procedure ( i'm kinda a dummy in that dept.)

On vehicles with computer controlled timing there is a a way to disable
the control (spout in Ford's terminology) If it hasnt been unplugged on
a distributor equipped vehicle when setting he timing it'll be way off.
All too common a mistake by mechanics that arent up to speed on the
newer vehicles or just dont give a damn.. (One of my favorite pet
peeves and I'm not going to go into it on this post!)

Tim Turner/Manic Nechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 01:18:51 -0600 (CST)
From: Sandman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: FM RECEPTION IN 98 EXPLORER

Well, you always could build a tower on the roof, and get a little better
reception. :) Looks like everything here sounds on target. More height
will get you better reception. Being a new ham operator I learned all
about this stuff recently. I think the most common misconception people
have is a longer antenna will give them a better signal, which is not
true, you have to look at the wavelenght of the band and match the antenna
to the wavelength.


> Long answer-see below
> I've seen people get a real long CB or SSB antenna, attach them to their
> bumpers and not get any better signal unless they electrically match the
> bandwidth to the commercial FM band. I won't get into how to do that cause
> it's impractical and ugly to boot. The really silly ones then had to tie it
> down (bend it lower to miss things) NET GAIN IN TRANSIT = 0. And that was at
> a Navy electronics school!
> The best FM antenna I've found has always been the stock one piece Ford
> antenna. Ever since my AM/FM only 88 Aerostar (GASP!), they've gotten the
> best reception. Didn't even miss having a cassette(CDs were hardly a gleam
> in someone's eye). Even though my 98 Expedition uses the antenna as an
> overhead curb feeler in my garage, I won't change it. It has maximum
> practical highth and is the exact length for the FM band at abt 31". You
> could try a antenna amp but I have only had them amplify ALL the signals
> including noise around the distant station. This does not inhance the
> listening pleasure. The Ford stereo manual has a good explanation of signal
> path problems. The only way to make distance FM stations heard is more power
> on their part, a higher (not necessarily taller) antenna (xmitter or
> receiver), and a tighter, more discriminating receiver (which is getting
> harder to improve at reasonable cost, that's why all those other nifty
> features are being added to radios). Oh, yah, you could mount a 31" antenna
> on the roof or roof rack to make it higher but then the curb feeler effect
> occurs.
> And I will gladly give a detailed explanation of the term RMS (Root Mean
> Square) in agonizing detail to anyone who requests it BUT NOT HERE!
> Mike the exLT
>


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Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 03:53:24 -0500
From: J Cope
Subject: FTE Small - Water in glove box

Sometimes, and only sometimes, after it rains I get water in the glove box
of my 88 BII. Any suggestions as to where it's comming from or how to stop
it?
Thanks!

JC

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Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 01:31:19 -0800
From: "J.S.H."
Subject: FTE Small - Bumpers

A good wrecking yard on a national locator system should be able to
get you a chrome bumper or most any thing else within a couple of days
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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 08:57:04 -0500
From: "Mel and Jay Chesak"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Water in glove box

The water in the glove box might be coming from the louvered vent right
below the wind shield. I have an 83 Ranger and have the same problem. I
have no idea on how to fix it but if you find out something please let me
know.
Thanks
J
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From: J Cope
To: Small Trucks Mailing List (E-mail)
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 1999 3:53 AM
Subject: FTE Small - Water in glove box


>Sometimes, and only sometimes, after it rains I get water in the glove box
>of my 88 BII. Any suggestions as to where it's comming from or how to stop
>it?
>Thanks!
>
>JC
>
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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 09:01:24 -0500
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Water in glove box

At 3:53 AM -0500 3/4/99, J Cope wrote:
> Sometimes, and only sometimes, after it rains I get water in the glove box
> of my 88 BII. Any suggestions as to where it's comming from or how to stop
> it?
> Thanks!
>
> JC

Hi JC. Our '86 BII leaks sometimes in the rain too. We resealed the
windows and for the most part, it stopped. Right now the seat belts
get wet when it rains, and from what I figure, it must be the sunroof
which is leaking now. It is hard to keep up older vehicles, but
fulfilling when you DIY.

Good luck.

- -Dave
- --

ICQ# 16458879 AOL/AIM ID: "Mac XR"
1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 122K Pittsburgh PA

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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 10:27:13 -0800
From: William Street
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger Brake Problems

Had the same thing happen on my 90 Ranger. Stopping isn't a problem except the
rears will lock on a hard stop. A mechanic diagnosed the RABS as being bad but
I didn't want to spend the money at the time to replace it. Drove it that way
for
a year or so and suddenly it 'healed' itself - lights are normal - anti-lock
braking
is working.

There are diagnostics - the above mentioned mechanic put his magic box on it
for only $65 but was his diagnosis correct???

Bill

dkoller wrote:

> I have a 90 Ranger 4x4 ext cab. While driving tonight, the dash brake light
> and rear antilock indicator came on and stayed on. I have noticed no loss
> of stopping performance or difference in the pedal. Brake fluid level is
> okay and there is no obvious leakage around the wheels. I'm pulling the
> wheels off this weekend and will replace pads/shoes and other hardware if
> needed. My understanding of the warnings lights is they are turned on when
> there is a differnece in pressure between the two hydralic circuits.
>
> Is the most likely culprit the master cylinder, RABS or other component?
> Are there any diagnostic test to isolate the problem?


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Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 11:17:59 -0500
From: J Cope
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Water in glove box

Funny that. My driver's side seatbelt was soaked after a rain once, but I don't have a sunroof... Thanks for the input.

JC

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From:Dave Slotter [SMTP:dave slotter.org]
Sent:Thursday, March 04, 1999 9:01 AM
To:small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject:Re: FTE Small - Water in glove box

At 3:53 AM -0500 3/4/99, J Cope wrote:
> Sometimes, and only sometimes, after it rains I get water in the glove box
> of my 88 BII. Any suggestions as to where it's comming from or how to stop
> it?
> Thanks!
>
> JC

Hi JC. Our '86 BII leaks sometimes in the rain too. We resealed the
windows and for the most part, it stopped. Right now the seat belts
get wet when it rains, and from what I figure, it must be the sunroof
which is leaking now. It is hard to keep up older vehicles, but
fulfilling when you DIY.

Good luck.

- -Dave
- --

ICQ# 16458879 AOL/AIM ID: "Mac XR"
1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 122K Pittsburgh PA

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Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 12:03:26 -0600
From: Matthew Banevich
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Water in glove box

I know that Fords and Chevys are different, but when I changed the
heater core in my caprice, I had a bad leak until I went and sealed the
box on the firewall, what happened was that the water would run down my
windshield, into the compartment where the water goes down to the
ground, and where the blower intake was, because I had to remove that
part to get the heater core out, I just took some urethane and sealed
it, worked great, I think that maybe the seal on the firewall where the
blower and the hoses go into the heater core may have a break in it, not
sure cause I don't have that problem on my 89' Bronco II yet, plus I
know that I wont have the same problem when the heater core goes out,
cause I think that ford made it easy......

Maybe this might give you something to look at, I'm not sure...

Matt Banevich

89' Bronco II 2.9L-5 Speed Standard

86' Bronco 4.9L- 4 Speed Standard
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Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 12:21:34 -0600
From: Matthew Banevich
Subject: FTE Small - Heater Duct assembly

I have a problem with my duct assemblyin my 89' Bronco II, it's run by a
cable that goes from the slide bar control to the duct control.
Sometimes when I leave it in the panel position, it will not work
anymore, I have to reach my hand into the opening of the glove box, and
push down on a white plastic piece until it slides back into the blue
plastic piece, the only way I know the colors is that I spent a whole
night getting the dash out and popping them back together.

Is one of those pieces broken ? What do I do ?

Also, when I sit in my drivers seat, sometimes it causes a short and the
radio shuts down and restarts. The seat has two power air pumps in it,
one for the back support ( it works ) , and one for the part you sit on
( it doesn't work ).
What could be wrong here ?

Matt Banevich

89' Bronco II 2.9L- 5 Speed

86' Bronco 4.9L- 4 Speed
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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 13:31:35 -0600
From: "SPECTRE"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Water in glove box

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>Funny that. My driver's side seatbelt was soaked after a rain once, but I
don't have a sunroof... Thanks for the input.

It might be the door seals. I had to replace them on my '84 BII


SPECTRE
NUKE 'EM TILL THEY GLOW,
THEN SHOOT 'EM IN THE DARK.


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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 16:31:49 EST
From: Mtbikr17 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Broncos/rangers/et al.

hey steve if u have any guestions about your bronco 2 about sterios or the
truck itself, just ask, cause i own a 88 Ranger myself plus im a mechanic
from
Mtbikr17
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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 23:12:01 -0500
From: Burnett
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Another Audio Question

NT650 AOL.COM wrote:
> Fellow Listers,
> Is there something about the Ranger's speaker placement which....


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