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small-list-digest Friday, June 25 1999 Volume 03 : Number 158



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Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
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In this issue:

FTE Small - Explorer Cam
FTE Small - '86 Ranger Auto Trans - A4LD
Re: FTE Small - Ticking Noise
FTE Small - intake, exhaust, and head questions.
RE: FTE Small - intake, exhaust, and head questions.
Re: FTE Small - intake, exhaust, and head questions.
Re: FTE Small - Explorer Cam
FTE Small - door ajar light and noise
FTE Small - RE: Catalytic converter replacement
RE: FTE Small - door ajar light and noise
FTE Small - Pinging Explorer

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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 11:38:09 -0400
From: "Rasmussen, Tim"
Subject: FTE Small - Explorer Cam

I have a '93 Explorer XLT 4x4...been very happy. I'm just about to turn 50k
miles on it. I took in today to get a front end alignment. The guy at the
shop says I need a new cam on the passenger side. He wants to buy and
install a cam kit (will cover both sides) for $170. Does this sound right?
Too much? Good deal? Am I getting jerked around?

Thanks,

TimR>
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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 09:52:10 -0600
From: "David Herron"
Subject: FTE Small - '86 Ranger Auto Trans - A4LD

Hey all!

FINALLY the mechanic working on my transmission (a friend) got it to use
forward gears again. I'm not quite sure what it was, but he said that
someone had inproperly assembled it the last time it was worked on (Tranny
lasted 1.5 months - OUCH).
Anyway, now that it's going forward, we are trying to troubleshoot some
other little tranny problems. Second gear seems to hang on for quite a
while longer than it should (RPM's increase to a 'almost unsafe' level
before shifting). Is there an adjustment for this? Where can I find it?
Also, this transmission has Overdrive, but it still dosen't seem to engage.
Are there any adjustments for when to activate it? Transmissions are mostly
out of my league, but I want to have a few ideas before taking it back to
him. After all, he already pulled the tranny 8 times :-(
Oh, BTW -- It's a '86 Ford Ranger 2.3L w/ Auto A4LD Transmission, 2WD

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Colorado Plains Medical Center
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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 16:28:14 GMT
From: jcope fnusa.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ticking Noise

My '88 BII (2.9L V6) had the same problem for a while. Apparently it
was the pivot in the rockers wearing out and causing the rockers to move
side to side a bit as they rocked. Not sure how easy it is to fix, I
put a new engine in mine to fix a load of other problems....

JC

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Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ticking Noise
From: David Cooley
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 08:03:50 -0400

At 01:34 AM 6/22/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi all, new to the list and thought I would ask a question. I have a
1991
>Ford Ranger with the 2.3L 4 cyl. Lately when I start it up, the engine
ticks
>loudly for about 1 to 2 minutes. After that the noise dies off and
eventually
>is gone. Does anyone know what could be the cause and how to fix it?
Thanks a
>lot....

When was the last time you changed the oil and filter?
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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 12:49:08 -0400
From: "Carl Schmidt"
Subject: FTE Small - intake, exhaust, and head questions.

Hello everyone, I am fairly new to this group but I was wondering if there
are any performance gains to be had by replacing the ugly stock heads with
the World Products heads? This seems to be the only company with a big race
name that has a head for this engine (2.9L). The vehicle is my fathers but I
am hoping to inheret it some day and want to do some research on it. What
sorts of exhaust can I put on here. It's an 87 Bronco II eddiebauer edition.
I wonder, would dual exhaust be worth it? Where can I purchase headers? I
heard that JBA makes headers for this application, is this true? What you
recommend as far as overall pipe diameter for the exhast? Also, what is this
Scorpio intake I heard about, anyone know what it is, what it does, and
where it can be bought? Thanks for an help that be offered!

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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 10:13:28 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - intake, exhaust, and head questions.

I have JBA headers on my "94 Ranger 4x4, 4.0 liter. I like them and am
pretty sure that they'd have headers for your vehicle. One thing I noticed
after getting the headers is that there is a low ticking noise, which
apparently is the sound of the internal workings of the motor coming through
the header pipe walls. Took a little getting used to at first. Performance
and efficiency did improve. I also had them install a larger exhaust. The
factory had 2.25" and I now have 2.5." I've seen other exhaust shops
independent of JBA that sell JBA products, so you shouldn't have to go to
JBA directly. I know that JBA has an 800 number that you can call to check
applications; unfortunately, I don't have it on me at the moment, but you
can find them up on the internet.

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> From: Carl Schmidt[SMTP:carl_schmidt82 hotmail.com]
> Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Thursday, June 24, 1999 9:49 AM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE Small - intake, exhaust, and head questions.
>
> Hello everyone, I am fairly new to this group but I was wondering if there
> are any performance gains to be had by replacing the ugly stock heads with
> the World Products heads? This seems to be the only company with a big
> race
> name that has a head for this engine (2.9L). The vehicle is my fathers but
> I
> am hoping to inheret it some day and want to do some research on it. What
> sorts of exhaust can I put on here. It's an 87 Bronco II eddiebauer
> edition.
> I wonder, would dual exhaust be worth it? Where can I purchase headers? I
> heard that JBA makes headers for this application, is this true? What you
> recommend as far as overall pipe diameter for the exhast? Also, what is
> this
> Scorpio intake I heard about, anyone know what it is, what it does, and
> where it can be bought? Thanks for an help that be offered!
>
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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 13:18:36 -0400
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - intake, exhaust, and head questions.

At 12:49 PM -0400 6/24/99, Carl Schmidt wrote:

[snip]

>Also, what is this Scorpio intake I heard about, anyone know what it
>is, what it does, and where it can be bought? Thanks for an help
>that be offered!


Carl,

The Merkur Scorpio is a four door luxury sedan as well as the big
brother to the Merkur XR4Ti (two door sports coupe). Ford imported
the Scorpios and sold them through their Mercury dealerships from
1988-1989. (The XR4Ti was imported from 1985-1989).

If you want more information on the Merkur Scorpio, you should visit
which is the web home of the Merkur
Owners mailing list. You should also visit the Merkurbahn, which is
operated by the President of the International Merkur Owners Network,
Roland Zuk. That URL is:
. (I am a member of IMON.)

The Scorpio, like the Rangers and Bronco II, uses a 2.9 V6. However,
there are a lot of differences in the engine compartment between the
two vehicles (which is to be expected). The intake upon initial
inspection by myself looks significantly different than my wife's BII.

I hope this helps you locate the information that you desire on the
Scorpio. It is truly a luxury vehicle (and still a Ford) which can be
bought at a bargain price.

- -Dave Slotter
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His: '87 XR Auto Red AC Cruise 96K Hers: '89 Scorpio Bronze Loaded Pgh, PA
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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 14:48:09 -0400
From: Chris Slaw
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer Cam

"Rasmussen, Tim" wrote:

> I have a '93 Explorer XLT 4x4...been very happy. I'm just about to turn 50k
> miles on it. I took in today to get a front end alignment. The guy at the
> shop says I need a new cam on the passenger side. He wants to buy and
> install a cam kit (will cover both sides) for $170. Does this sound right?
> Too much? Good deal? Am I getting jerked around?

Right on the money, at least for the newer models. I just got concentric
adjusters installed on both sides of my '97 Explorer, at 19k miles, by the
local Ford dealer. Total was $169, including the $45 alignment fee. Granted,
this is not the TTB front end, but Lou, the service manager, is a close
personal friend of mine-- He says Ford should have installed them on every
Explorer, because they ALL need them.

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Chris Slaw
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'97 Explorer V8 19k
'93 626ES auto 50k
'90 MustangGT 5spd 60k
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"If you find a path with no obstacles,
it probably doesn't lead anywhere."
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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 15:30:11 EDT
From: FrankR4036 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - door ajar light and noise

I have a 95 Ranger and even when the doors are closed the door ajar light
stays on for a while (sometimes 20 minutes) and that dinging noise also keeps
going. Any suggestions how to fix that?
Thank you
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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 17:49:01 -0400
From: Harry Trafford
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Catalytic converter replacement

Good question. When I get ready to replace mine ('90 B2) I plan on
brainstorming with the manager at a muffler shop, whom seems to be competent.
I have dual in-line cats, and if possible, I'd like to put a better breathing
cat system back on this 2.9L. This could require a custom bent pipe. If cost
exceeds function, I'll just go back to the stock setup.

Harry

*> From: "David A. Cooley"
*>
*> Has anyone replaced the converters on their 97-up V6
*> explorer (or any with
*> dual cats in series) for better flow?
*> I noticed it's pretty small tubing into the first cat,
*> between 1 and 2 and
*> out...
snip
*> Dave

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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 15:09:45 -0700
From: Ron Richardson
Subject: RE: FTE Small - door ajar light and noise

I had the same problem on my '97 Ranger XLT Supercab 4x4. It was still under
warranty, so the dealer replaced both door switches free of charge. Problem
fixed.

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Sent: Thursday, June 24, 1999 1:30 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE Small - door ajar light and noise


I have a 95 Ranger and even when the doors are closed the door ajar light
stays on for a while (sometimes 20 minutes) and that dinging noise also
keeps
going. Any suggestions how to fix that?
Thank you
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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 22:25:41 -0700
From: "J.S.H."
Subject: FTE Small - Pinging Explorer

My 91 Explorer is pinging.I know this was covered before,....


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