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small-list-digest Thursday, July 8 1999 Volume 03 : Number 169



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - beyond injectors - reviving the 4.0
Re: FTE Small - beyond injectors - reviving the 4.0
Re: FTE Small - beyond injectors - reviving the 4.0
RE: FTE Small - Maybe Problem
RE: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a MECHANICAL dash
RE: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a MECHANICAL dash
RE: FTE Small - Super Chip
Re: FTE Small - Mass Air Flow Sensor
FTE Small - paint
FTE Small - Smog Pump

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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 12:06:54 -0400
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - beyond injectors - reviving the 4.0

>At 07:51 AM 7/6/99 -0500, you wrote:
>>I was talking with a neighbor (while enviously eyeing his new 5.0
>>explorer) about my 93 and his old 93. He put about 200k on his
>>before trading up, but he said he knew his motor was going south
>>when mileage dropped off. He said he went from being able to go
>>about 300 miles on a tank to around 210, which is really about
>>where I am now too.
>>
>>Is there anything that can be done to bring new life back to the
>>4.0 V6? Mine's got about 94k miles, with the most recent 20k or
>>so involving some maximum load (or more) towing in central Texas
>>hills. I replaced the plugs at about 65k, and am going to clean
>>the injectors this week.
>>
>>Is the drop in mileage the sound of the death knell for this motor?
>
>John,
>A drop in mileage doesn't have anything to do with an engine being ready to
>blow...
>Your neighbor is obviously not mechanically inclined.
>A loss in mileage means something isn't right efficiency wise. If the
>engine isn't making noise (knocking/clattering etc) and not burning oil,
>then it's probably in pretty good shape. Most often, a drop in mileage is
>caused by bad plugs/wires/dirty injectors/bad Oxygen sensor or bad
>catalytic converter.
>With 94 K on yours, the plug wires and a complete tune-up is what I'd do
>first... You'd be surprised what a difference that will make!
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>Packet: N5XMT KQ4LO.#INT.NC.USA.NA T.A.P.R. Member #7068
>We are Borg... Prepare to be assimilated!
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I would agree with everything David said exept the part about the
catalytic converter. I don't see how changing out the CAT will affect
gas mileage. It will effect exhaust emissions, but I would certainly
be open to learning how it could improve gas mileage.

Run a computer diagnostic on your EEC - it's fun, fast, easy and
cheap! You will know from the codes what needs to be looked at. I'd
suspect O2 sensor first if it hasn't been changed in a while.

- -Dave
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1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 123K Pittsburgh PA

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Date: Wed, 07 Jul 1999 12:20:41 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - beyond injectors - reviving the 4.0

At 12:06 PM 7/7/99 -0400, you wrote:

>
>I would agree with everything David said exept the part about the
>catalytic converter. I don't see how changing out the CAT will affect
>gas mileage. It will effect exhaust emissions, but I would certainly
>be open to learning how it could improve gas mileage.

Usually when a high mileage cat goes bad, it doesn't just quit working or
get less effective, it plugs up restricting the exhaust. Any restriction
to the exhaust will drop gas mileage.
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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 12:50:28 -0400
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - beyond injectors - reviving the 4.0

>At 12:06 PM 7/7/99 -0400, you wrote:
>
>>
>>I would agree with everything David said exept the part about the
>>catalytic converter. I don't see how changing out the CAT will affect
>>gas mileage. It will effect exhaust emissions, but I would certainly
>>be open to learning how it could improve gas mileage.
>
>Usually when a high mileage cat goes bad, it doesn't just quit working or
>get less effective, it plugs up restricting the exhaust. Any restriction
>to the exhaust will drop gas mileage.

Ok. That makes sense. I thought you meant that the precious metals
(platinum, etc.) had worn away and it wasn't converting the exhaust
gases into CO2 and H2O. I hadn't thought about it getting plugged up.

Thanks for the clarification.

- -Dave
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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 12:27:46 -0500
From: "Herring, Bobby"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Maybe Problem

I have the 93 Extended cab 4.0 with automatic. Driving to work is a 75 mile
round trip with 90% highway and 10% in town. I always get between 19 and 21,
with the air on or off.
Bobby Herring
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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 14:29:50 -0500
From: Mike Harms
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a MECHANICAL dash

Tony,

Any good speedo repair place should be able to do it assuming it's not a
throw away speedometer you buy. If you don't know of a repair place in town
check the yellow pages under speedometer. If no luck there, check with a
local large trucking company in town (Yellow Freight, CFI, or a Truck
Dealer, PeterBilt, Freightliner) and ask them where they send their
speedometers for repair. Same guys that fix theirs should be able to adjust
yours.

>Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 19:39:34 -0400
>From: "Anthony Rifici"
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a MECHANICAL dash
>
>>
...
>>(since it has a tach) and would like to change the odoemeter reading on
the
>>used one to match that
>>what his truck says. (the used one from the wreckers reads 220,000 kms,
and
..
>>
>
>
...
> Is there anyway this can be done to a "regular" mechanical speedometer?
...
>inaccurate tach with an Auto Meter set. However, I want the odometer to
>read actual mileage. Can this be done?? If it cannot be done with an
> Thanks,
> Tony
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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 15:03:29 -0500
From: "Herring, Bobby"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a MECHANICAL dash

My sister used to work for a local Ford dealer that sent his used vehicles
to certain used car dealers in a certain area of Waco to get the
speedometers rolled back. Won't mention any names but he no longer is in
business. Sold out to someone else. They could probably fix it for you.
Bobby Herring

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Harms [mailto:MikeH bechamp.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 1999 2:30 PM
> To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
> Subject: RE: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a MECHANICAL dash
>
>
> Tony,
>
> Any good speedo repair place should be able to do it assuming
> it's not a throw away speedometer you buy. If you don't know of a
> repair place in town check the yellow pages under speedometer.
> If no luck there, check with a local large trucking company in town
> (Yellow Freight, CFI, or a Truck Dealer, PeterBilt, Freightliner) and
> ask them where they send their speedometers for repair.
> Same guys that fix theirs should be able to adjust yours.
>
> >Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 19:39:34 -0400
> >From: "Anthony Rifici"
> >Subject: Re: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a MECHANICAL dash
> >
> >>
> ...
> >>(since it has a tach) and would like to change the odoemeter reading on
> >>the used one to match that what his truck says. (the used one from
> >>the wreckers reads 220,000 kms, and ..
> >>
> > Is there anyway this can be done to a "regular"
> mechanical speedometer?
> ...
> >inaccurate tach with an Auto Meter set. However, I want the
> odometer to
> >read actual mileage. Can this be done?? If it cannot be
> done with an
> > Thanks,
> > Tony
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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 19:51:02 -0700
From: "Robert Eberhardt"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Super Chip

Ray,

Sorry, I am equally as guilty of my response time. I went out of town for a
while and let my mail build up to the point that it took too much of my time
to read it. I am just now getting around to it. To answer your question,
4.0L Performance is (was?) located in California. They are either part of,
or owned by Central Coast Mustang. At least that is how they answered the
phone and that is what was on my receipt. In bold letters on the add that I
used from Sport Truck Magazine it shows them as 4.0L Performance. I ordered
an exhaust tech, cat-back exhaust, Pro-Flo Mass Air Meter, and a SuperChip
from them in 1994 for my then Ranger.

Robert

>Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 10:11:46 -0700
>From: Ray Scheidnes
>Subject: RE: FTE Small - Super Chip
>
>Robert,
>
>Kind of a late response to this old email, but, where is "4.0L
Performance?"
>Are they on the internet? I've also heard of another company called
>"Pro-M." Does anyone know about them as well?
>


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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 20:08:48 -0700
From: "Robert Eberhardt"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Mass Air Flow Sensor

I have one leftover from my '94, except I think it is 77mm. Along with the
MAF, I installed an exhaust tech cat-back exhaust, SuperChip, K&N Filter,
opened up the air-box and went with synthetic oil on my 4.0L SuperCab. My
biggest gains came from the exhuast. When it had 500 miles on it, I ran it
at Milan Dragway in Michigan. It ran 16.7 seconds in the 1/4 mile at 80.5
MPH. At about 12,000 miles I put the exhaust on. My times dropped to 16.4
seconds 82.5 MPH. Nothing else I did seemed to do anything for my times. I
even ran 5 runs once and then pulled my SuperChip out and made 5 more runs.
My times were all within .1 seconds. The only way I could even tell it was
in there was by my rev-limiter being raised. The MAF didn't seem to do much
either. I suppose with headers and a larger throttle body it could have some
use though. Unfortunately I never got around to the last two mods.

Robert

>Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 10:33:19 -0400
>From: "Eric Davis"
>Subject: FTE Small - Mass Air Flow Sensor
>
>Does anyone out there have a 70mm MAF. I would like to know how much hp did
>you feel. Was it a good thing to get.
>
>Eric Davis
>97 EB Expedition
>99 F-150 Lariat
>98 4x4 Ranger,
>Custom Exhaust with Edlebrock muffler,
>Superchip, K&N.


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Date: Wed, 07 Jul 1999 21:52:58 -0700
From: Richard Salitra
Subject: FTE Small - paint

I just had a chance to wash the dirt off my '98 Ranger after the July
4th weekend at the beach. It seems that there is some type of sandy
film over a good portion of my truck that will not come off with a
regular wash. Although the film did come off my wheels after alot of
elbow grease. Has anybody ran into this before? And if so, what did
you do to get the film off. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance
for everybody's help.

btw, for those who live in Washington state, Long Beach is definitely a
great place to do the 4th of July. Nonwithstanding my current problem.

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Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 01:01:14 -0400
From: J Cope
Subject: FTE Small - Smog Pump

Anyone know anything about the smog pump in the 2.9L EFI V6 or how I can go
about disconnecting it? I've heard rumors that it could help gas
mileage...
Thanks!

JC

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