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In this issue:

FTE Small - Knocking Noise
FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?
Re: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?
RE: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?
Re: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?
Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT
FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust, my experiance
Re: FTE Small - Knocking Noise
Re: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?
Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT
Re: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust, my experiance
Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT
Re: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust, my experiance
FTE Small - Faithful B-II
Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT
AW: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?

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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 08:09:12 -0400
From: Jim Crawford
Subject: FTE Small - Knocking Noise

I have a 1991 Ford Ranger with a 3.0 V-6
when I first start the truck I hear a knocking noise till it warms up then
all is quiet.
Is this a big problem to worry about or just a lifter taking some time to
pump up?

Thanks
Jim Crawford
jcrawford1 ohio.edu
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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 08:38:05 -0500
From: gmv ddc-us.com
Subject: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?

First, a brief history of the situation:

May '98: Purchased shiny new Ranger 4L 4 Door 4x4.
June '98: Got married.
July '98: Wife get's pregnant
April '99: Daughter born.

Anyway, now anytime the three of us go anywhere, we have to take the wife's
car because we can't put the carseat in the back seat of the Ranger. This
isn't a problem in summer, but in winter here in Minnesota, I feel a lot
better taking the 4x4.

Does anybody know of a carseat specifically designed for a Ranger SuperCab?
Or maybe an adapter of some sort that will allow a standard seat to be used
safely?

Thanks.

Greg Voelker
gmv ddc-us.com

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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 10:22:36 -0400
From: "Kenneth J. Nagy"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?

Sounds like a problem. Looks like the only place to correctly use a carseat
(rear-facing because of your child's age) is in the front passenger seat,
assuming you can turn that airbag off. Never saw anything for those
side-facing rear seats, and I don't think I would trust a seat back there
anyway. Go with the car for now.

later,
Ken


> Does anybody know of a carseat specifically designed for a Ranger
SuperCab?
> Or maybe an adapter of some sort that will allow a standard seat to be
used
> safely?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Greg Voelker
> gmv ddc-us.com
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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 07:37:48 -0700
From: "RUSSELL CHARLES S (CHUCK)"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?

Why can't you use the center seat belt (attached to the floor below the
bench) to attach the carrier facing to the rear? You can reinforce it by
lowering both jump seats to keep it from swaying side to side.

Caveat Emptor. I own a '95 supercab, but don't have any young critters to
haul.

Good luck, good hunting.

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From: Kenneth J. Nagy [mailto:knagy ixtelecom.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 7:23 AM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?


Sounds like a problem. Looks like the only place to correctly use a carseat
(rear-facing because of your child's age) is in the front passenger seat,
assuming you can turn that airbag off. Never saw anything for those
side-facing rear seats, and I don't think I would trust a seat back there
anyway. Go with the car for now.

later,
Ken


> Does anybody know of a carseat specifically designed for a Ranger
SuperCab?
> Or maybe an adapter of some sort that will allow a standard seat to be
used
> safely?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Greg Voelker
> gmv ddc-us.com
>
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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 11:02:37 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?

Hello I am a FF/EMT due to the side impact that the child would br reciving
it is not really safe to put the kid in back, however the wife can go in back
if she does not mind.


Jim
96 Ranger 4 cylinder 160 hp
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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 09:06:09 -0700
From: "Robert Eberhardt"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT

Are you sure it is dropping into 4th when you step on the gas? My 5 speed
Auto unlocks the torque converter pretty easily. Are you sure that is not
what you are feeling? It usually takes at least 1/2 throttle for it to
downshift to 4th.

Robert

> Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 15:53:59 -0400
> From: "william.hickey"
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT
>
> I have a 99 Ranger SC 4x4 with the Off-road package. It has the new 5
speed
> automatic transmission. I have noticed that when I'm cruising in 5th gear
(OD)
> and take my foot off the pedal, it appears to freewheel ( I think) but
when I
> press on the gas again it ALWAYS drops down to 4th and THEN shifts back to
> 5th. In my mind, this would cause an excessive amount of wear on it I
don't
> remember any passenger cars that I have driven with 4 spd. ATs doing this.
Is
> this typical of this transmission ? ...... Thanks,
> Bill


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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 16:02:05 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust, my experiance

The Gibson has been returned, despite the noticeable increase in power.

There were two problems which led to that decision. First, the last
section of pipe was so oversized, that it could not be clamped to the
over-axle pipe. This caused the pipe to swing down and rub against the tire
carrier. I had cranked the clamp down with a 18 inch length of pipe on the
end of my ratchet and I could still rotate the tail section by hand. I
spent everyday for a week under the truck adjusting it to no avail.
Secondly, the exhaust was loudest between 2 and 3000 RPM (freeway cruising
speed). This was very loud with the windows down, but not real loud with
the windows up. This is what I was looking for. Unfortunately, that sound
is very low frequency, probably near the bottom of the audible range. The
best way I can think to describe it is a subtle booming, not the desirable
deep and throaty sound most of us look for. The sound was irritating,
caused headaches, and ruined the enjoyment of any music. The combination of
these two made me happy to eat the cost of the shipping to return it.

Gibson was going to send me another tail-section, but I refused it
because I didn't want to deal with the system anymore. As for the sound, it
may just be a characteristic of my ears that made it so disagreeable. Also,
it could be different on the 3.0L. However comparing the stock exhaust to
the Gibson, the stock exhaust gets louder with increasing RPM it does not
have a peak between 2 and 3000 RPM. This leads me to believe that stock
exhausts are tuned to match the characteristics of the engine they are
attached to. Thus the stock exhaust was able to compensate for or cancel
out the resonance between 2 and 3000 RPM where the Gibson, a universal
muffler, could not. The Gibson was probably designed with a small-block
Chevy in mind and simply fitted to other, lower volume, applications.

ADVICE TO ALL PUTTING ON CAT-BACKS: Do not destroy your old exhaust
system, you may have to put it back on. I took my stock one off with this
in mind and had not trouble putting it back on. Here is how I did it on my
94 4.0L Supercab: Cut the fat end off of the hangar (the part that keeps it
from sliding through the rubber) and take the tire carrier off, this will
allow you to remove the whole exhaust in one piece. Now if you want to put
it back on, the fat end of the hangar can be replaced by tapping the end of
the rod and installing a screw with an oversized washer.

Good luck,
Tony
94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed.

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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 16:11:44 EDT
From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Knocking Noise

if its a lifter you will hear more of a tick than a knock. Knocks are usually
due to bad bearings or insufficient oil to them. Now if youre saying this is
a knock as opposed to a tick, and it goes away after warm up it could be that
the motor oil you are using is too thick and until the truck gets hot and
the oil thins out there is insufficient oil and oil pressure to the bearings
( I had this myself with an old Jeep Cherokee years ago) If that solution
doesnt pan out you might be looking at a bad oil pump. You might also want to
put an oil pressure guage on the motor and watch your pressures in the
mornings as opposed to the rest of the day.

Bob
ROlson1039 aol.com
99 Ranger 2WD
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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 16:14:05 EDT
From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?

why dont you ask the selling dealer for the vehicle Im sure they either sell
or can recommend a specific seat or arrange for the purchase of one
ROlson1039 aol.com
Bob
99 Ranger 2wd reg cab
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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 21:01:47 -0400
From: "Nate Snell"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT

I recently wrote an e-mail about a 92 ranger XLT, a/t, 4 cyl, 2.3 liter.
I am inquiring on what the size of the gas tank is? Or how much a sending
unit for a gas thing is? mine went bad so i have to go my miles which is
really annoying. Another thing is how can i supe it up i know that Ranger's
aren't meant to be racing machines but at this point it has no pick-up how
can i give it a little.
please reply a.s.a.p

- -Nate-

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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 18:30:28 -0700
From: "Hans Luckoff"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust, my experiance

One more question for Tony, does the Gibson come one piece from the flange
back or is it in three pieces. TIA Hans
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From: Anthony Rifici
To:
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 1:02 PM
Subject: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust, my experiance


> The Gibson has been returned, despite the noticeable increase in
power.
>
> There were two problems which led to that decision. First, the last
> section of pipe was so oversized, that it could not be clamped to the
> over-axle pipe. This caused the pipe to swing down and rub against the
tire
> carrier. I had cranked the clamp down with a 18 inch length of pipe on
the
> end of my ratchet and I could still rotate the tail section by hand. I
> spent everyday for a week under the truck adjusting it to no avail.
> Secondly, the exhaust was loudest between 2 and 3000 RPM (freeway cruising
> speed). This was very loud with the windows down, but not real loud with
> the windows up. This is what I was looking for. Unfortunately, that
sound
> is very low frequency, probably near the bottom of the audible range. The
> best way I can think to describe it is a subtle booming, not the desirable
> deep and throaty sound most of us look for. The sound was irritating,
> caused headaches, and ruined the enjoyment of any music. The combination
of
> these two made me happy to eat the cost of the shipping to return it.
>
> Gibson was going to send me another tail-section, but I refused it
> because I didn't want to deal with the system anymore. As for the sound,
it
> may just be a characteristic of my ears that made it so disagreeable.
Also,
> it could be different on the 3.0L. However comparing the stock exhaust to
> the Gibson, the stock exhaust gets louder with increasing RPM it does not
> have a peak between 2 and 3000 RPM. This leads me to believe that stock
> exhausts are tuned to match the characteristics of the engine they are
> attached to. Thus the stock exhaust was able to compensate for or cancel
> out the resonance between 2 and 3000 RPM where the Gibson, a universal
> muffler, could not. The Gibson was probably designed with a small-block
> Chevy in mind and simply fitted to other, lower volume, applications.
>
> ADVICE TO ALL PUTTING ON CAT-BACKS: Do not destroy your old exhaust
> system, you may have to put it back on. I took my stock one off with this
> in mind and had not trouble putting it back on. Here is how I did it on
my
> 94 4.0L Supercab: Cut the fat end off of the hangar (the part that keeps
it
> from sliding through the rubber) and take the tire carrier off, this will
> allow you to remove the whole exhaust in one piece. Now if you want to
put
> it back on, the fat end of the hangar can be replaced by tapping the end
of
> the rod and installing a screw with an oversized washer.
>
> Good luck,
> Tony
> 94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed.
>
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Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 00:07:15 -0500
From: Christopher J Abele
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT

Want the most power you can get from your 4-banger? Best way to do it is
to remove the dog of an engine you have and swap a full V-8 in. With some
diligence you should be able to find a good kit for the conversion,
however it being a 99 and all I would be a bit hesitant on this one.
Maybe wait a couple of years and just go big!

Then again you could do what everyone else does. . . headers, high flow
exhaust, chip, underdrive pulley, bored and polished, possibly NOS?

(Can anyone tell that I have a car that I like to see go fast???)

Christopher J. Abele
CCRC Head Coach and Moderator
1562 Archwood Lane
Toledo, OH 43614
(419)382-8581

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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 21:42:40 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust, my experiance

At 06:30 PM 9/21/99 -0700, you wrote:
> > The Gibson has been returned, despite the noticeable increase in
>power.
> >
> > There were two problems which led to that decision. First, the last
> > section of pipe was so oversized, that it could not be clamped to the
> > over-axle pipe. This caused the pipe to swing down and rub against the
>tire
> > carrier. I had cranked the clamp down with a 18 inch length of pipe on
>the
> > end of my ratchet and I could still rotate the tail section by hand. I
> > spent everyday for a week under the truck adjusting it to no avail.
> > Secondly, the exhaust was loudest between 2 and 3000 RPM (freeway cruising
> > speed). This was very loud with the windows down, but not real loud with
> > the windows up. This is what I was looking for. Unfortunately, that
>sound


could have taken it to a muffler shop and had the joint welded... Most of
your "drone" was probably because of the leak at the joint.

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Date: 21 Sep 99 22:19:03 EDT
From: Tim Turner
Subject: FTE Small - Faithful B-II

Greetings from what is truly "Hurricane Alley"! :-)

The 85 B-II had been in semi-retirement awaiting a long block to replac=
e
it's tired heart and other minor annoying problems but a new battery and =
it
fired right up for our journey away from Mr. Floyd and his rain/wind. =

Realizing how much water we'd get I knew the best choice for returning wo=
uld
be the highest vehicle we had. (How right I was! whoo... never would hav=
e
made the water crossings we did using the Capri!) Kim was worried about =
the
tired old steed but I had faith in him. With the 31s and the reduced
compression 5th gear was useless once we got to ground with real hills an=
d
used a quart of oil per tank (leaks & burns), but the ol' boy made the tr=
ip
even with the extra 2 days spent waiting for a road to open up back home.=
(Not
for lack of trying! tried every back path I knew and some I didnt to get =
home
all to no avail. see the 'off-road' list for more detail when I get it
posted.

I 'hope' to get caught up on the mail from the list during my absence but=

forgive me if I dont... lots to do here (the homestead is OK) and many
vehicles with water damage to repair being towed to the shop.

Tim
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC (AKA the island of)

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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 21:47:22 -0700
From: "Tom Ewing"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT

Nate. I've got a 2.3L 92 2wd 5spd. I'm guessing your motor is a 3.0L? Is
that the size of the 99 four cylinder? I've done a few of the regular things
to try and speed mine up, but as a Calif car we're limited by air resource
board pretty significantly. I don't know about your state. But there are
many
things available to you. I've gotten the biggest help from lower gears. It
of
course won't help your highway mileage, if you do a lot of highway driving
that is. I went from 3:45 to 4:11 gears and the truck is totally more
driveable, and with the 5th gear--I rarely ever used it with the 3:45
gears--
I just use that more often now. I just put the 4:11 positraction rear end
in last weekend. I plan to race it at Sears Point 1/4 mile drags tomorrow
night. I'm a regular in the Sport Street Class(a new class around here
for four cyclinders--Hondas, Mitsu-whatevers, etc and my Ranger too).
I don't expect the 1/4 speed to change any, but its the elapsed time that
counts in drag racing, and I expect to reach the end of the track sooner.
Best time to date is about 18.6sec. Ford Racing has some cam shafts
and other things-get their catalog, also Racer Walsh in Jacksonville, Fl
www.racerwalsh.com or800-334-01511, also Kurtz Kustomz Motorsports
in Kansas City at www.kustomz.com or 816-891-0998 . Also check
in with the www.ford ranger. com site for their tech boards--you can learn
a ton about some wild 4cylinders at this site.
Goodluck Tom
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From: Nate Snell
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT


>I recently wrote an e-mail about a 92 ranger XLT, a/t, 4 cyl, 2.3 liter.
>I am inquiring on what the size of the gas tank is? Or how much a sending
>unit for a gas thing is? mine went bad so i have to go my miles which is
>really annoying. Another thing is how can i supe it up i know that Ranger's
>aren't meant to be racing machines but at this point it has no pick-up how
>can i give it a little.
>please reply a.s.a.p
>
>-Nate-
>
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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 09:21:08 +0200
From: "Ucen, Thomas, PRE"
Subject: AW: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?

Just to satisfy my curiosity: What's a FF/EMT?

Tom
1993 Aerostar 3.0L
Munich, Germany

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