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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - heater core
Re: FTE Small - wheel offset
Re: FTE Small - heater core
FTE Small - ADMIN: Archives
FTE Small - heater core
FTE Small - ADMIN: Interview with Bob Masone, F150 Brand Manager!
FTE Small - Explorer Exhaust
FTE Small - Brake Problems
Re: FTE Small - Explorer Exhaust
Re: FTE Small - Brake Problems
Re: FTE Small - Brake Problems
FTE Small - Speedo gear

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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 14:34:34 +0200
From: Bolte Brent
Subject: Re: FTE Small - heater core

Seems like a lot of work for what may be a normal
operating condition. Having the windshield fog up
immediately when starting the vehicle after having the
heat/defrost on is fairly normal. The fogging is caused
by moisture build up on the A/C coils ( remember
the A/C runs in all of the defrost positions to help
dehumidify the air ) being blown up on to the windshield
when the fan starts to run. This isn't necessarily
moisture from the heater core leaking. Unless
you've been loosing anti-freeze and have ruled out
any leaks in the engine or the rest of the cooling
system ( the radiators in 1991's were know to leak
at the seams where the metal center core mates to
the plastic end tanks ) or have actually found anti-freeze
residue in the floor heat ducts, I would say that the
fogging you are experiencing when starting the vehicle
after having run the heat/defrosters is completely normal.

Thanks, Brent Bolte

On Thu, 14 Oct 1999, Wesley Murphy wrote:

> I'm getting ready to do the same thing Pat.
> In my 91 Eddie Bauer, the windshield fogs
> up immediately after starting, especially if
> it was last left in the heat/defrost position.
> Let me know how the job goes. I'm still
> undecided as to whether I should have it
> done or do it myself.

> Wesley Murphy

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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 14:52:24 -0700
From: "Tom Ewing"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - wheel offset

Richard. I read a car mag article some time back that has worked for me.
Take a piece of 1inch or so angle iron aprox 30 inches in length. Get a
piece
of 1/4inch or so all thread about 11inches or so. Drill a hole near the end
of
your angle iron the approp. diameter so you can push the all thread in along
with
a nut on each side. You can now use this tool such that you remove your
wheel
and tire and place the angle iron across the center of your drum? or however
you can best simulate the surface against which the new wheel will rest.
After
that extend the angle iron the correct length from the center such that
you're
duplicating the new wheels radius. You've now duplicated the path along
which
the diameter of the tire will run. Now just adjust the length of the all
thread to
duplicate the width of the tire and you can screw the all thread in and out
of the
angle iron to duplicate different tire width sizes . This is probably
easier
to understand with some pictures, but if you think about it you'll come up
with
a variation that works for you. Make sure that whatever surface you use to
lay the angle iron against is the actual surface against which the wheel
will
rest. Some drums for instance have a protrusion? at the center etc. You
must allow for this when doing your computations. Also figure at least one
inch or so on the inside to allow for the tire to bulge when cornering etc..
If you can make the tool--it will probably become clearer as you try using
it.
Tom
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From: Richard Salitra
To: Ford trucks discussion group
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 1999 9:24 PM
Subject: FTE Small - wheel offset


>I got a '98 sc 4x4 & I'm going to change my wheel/tire setup from the
>stock 16x7 wheels with P235R7016 Firstone Wilderness AT tires to 15x8
>wheels with 31x10.5x15 BF Goodrich AT KO tires. I decided to go with
>15" rims because I can get approximately the same overall diameter &
>width at less cost (I don't like the looks of the original 16" rims & am
>replacing them anyways). Since I've not done this before, I was hoping
>that someone might be able to help me with figuring out the proper
>offset. BTW, I decided I'd prefer to go with the American Racing Outlaw
>II as it's a good looking wheel at a reasonable price. Thanks for the
>help.
>
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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 17:29:11 EDT
From: DHall1157 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - heater core

Unless you are using a different antifreeze than I am, you would know immediately if this moisture is a leak from your coolant system. It will smell like anti-freeze and fairly old, stinky anti-freeze at that. I had a leak in a Tempo I once owned. Not only did it stink, but the little bit of moisture that it blew onto the windshield would not dry clear as it had anti-freeze in it. After a little while, my windshield had a nice thin coating like if you smoke and don't clean the windshield for 3 or 4 years.

Dave Hall

In a message dated Thu, 14 Oct 1999 8:40:09 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Bolte Brent writes:

> Seems like a lot of work for what may be a normal
> operating condition. Having the windshield fog up
> immediately when starting the vehicle after having the
> heat/defrost on is fairly normal. The fogging is caused
> by moisture build up on the A/C coils ( remember
> the A/C runs in all of the defrost positions to help
> dehumidify the air ) being blown up on to the windshield
> when the fan starts to run. This isn't necessarily
> moisture from the heater core leaking. Unless
> you've been loosing anti-freeze and have ruled out
> any leaks in the engine or the rest of the cooling
> system ( the radiators in 1991's were know to leak
> at the seams where the metal center core mates to
> the plastic end tanks ) or have actually found anti-freeze
> residue in the floor heat ducts, I would say that the
> fogging you are experiencing when starting the vehicle
> after having run the heat/defrosters is completely normal.
>
> Thanks, Brent Bolte
>
> On Thu, 14 Oct 1999, Wesley Murphy wrote:
>
> > I'm getting ready to do the same thing Pat.
> > In my 91 Eddie Bauer, the windshield fogs
> > up immediately after starting, especially if
> > it was last left in the heat/defrost position.
> > Let me know how the job goes. I'm still
> > undecided as to whether I should have it
> > done or do it myself.
>
> > Wesley Murphy
>
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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 17:36:17 -0400
From: kpayne ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Archives

Just a quick update. The mailing list archives (all
166 meg!) have been formatted as HTML pages and uploaded
to the server.

As soon as they are indexed for searching and we come
up with a good way to protect them from email address
harvesting they will become available to the users.

Not sure is anyone has noticed, but our web server is
faster and mail delivery is too. The T1 install is
on schedule.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 18:59:57 -0400
From: "Pat Hester"
Subject: FTE Small - heater core

Well I just replaced the heater core in my 91 Explorer. It was an easy
job. 4 bolts on the cover underneath the dash (under the glove box area)
and undo the heater hoses and its out. The only problem I found was that
apparently Ford used two types of core, a copper one and aluminium one.
They are basically the same shape although the aluminium one is a shade
longer. I bought the copper one and took mine out to find it was the
other. The aluminium one was $40 more so I just threw the copper one in.
It fit fine and appears to work.
Anyway thanks for the replys to my earlier question.

Pat

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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 20:01:26 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Interview with Bob Masone, F150 Brand Manager!

FIRST TO PRESS! FordNews.com has supplied us with transcripts to
their interview with Bob Masone, F150 Brand Manager! You can find
it on the main page of the web site.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 20:42:35 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: FTE Small - Explorer Exhaust

Hey all,
Just got a new exhaust on my 97 V8 Eddie Bauer Explorer...
Came from CarSound in CA. It's a Magnaflow straight thru muffler, had all
the right flanges/hangars to bolt up in the stock spot, it's dual 2 1/2"
inlet and single 3" outlet. Local muffler shop did the 3" tailpipe out the
back pretty close to the stock spot.
Sounds GREAT. Had it on for the week now and I love it! nice rumble at
idle, good purr (but quiet) at cruise and a nice growl when you nail
it. Between that and the intake box mod, it's breathing much better! The
stock air cleaner snorkle (uses the square panel filter) was 2" X 1.5"
oval... Removed it and cut a 4" hole, epoxied in a 4" diameter piece of
PCV pipe to extend thru the plastic heat baffle to about the position of
the stock snorkle behind the passenger side headlight... K&N also in there!
Ever seen an AWD explorer get rubber on asphalt? I power braked it at a
light that was about to change and nailed it when it turned green... Left
between 25 and 30 feet of rubber from all 4 tires on DRY pavement! I was
impressed. It never even squeeked them before!
I'm going to get some pictures of the exhaust system and put them on my web
page sometime next week (hopefully I'll have time) and a sound clip as well.
If anyone wants the info on CarSound (Magnaflow) price etc, let me know.
Later,
Dave

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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 14:14:55 +1300
From: Colin Campbell - CSERVNZ
Subject: FTE Small - Brake Problems

G'day All,

I work with an F100 enthusiast who suggested the collective wisdom of this
group may be able to help me. My truck is a 1994 Courier, which may be a
rebadged Ranger or a Mazda B-series, not sure which, or if it matters.
(Anyone know for sure?)

The problem is this: when the brakes are first applied, even with very
gentle pedal pressure, they come on viciously hard. It's almost funny: you
just about smack your passenger's head on the windscreen, and get a chirp
from the back wheels when unladen.

But! If you are braking for a longer time with gentle pressure, you have to
really stand on the pedal hard to get the thing to stop before you rear-end
the stationary vehicle in front. There is such a difference in the
relationship between pedal pressure and braking force that the truck is
awkward to drive smoothly - I use either too little or too much input. I
fear emergency braking will not be executed with the control it should be.

Can anyone suggest what could be causing this behaviour? Could it be simply
a poor choice of brake pads? I've only had the truck a few weeks. My friend
thought maybe it is a booster vacuum problem.

Many thanks for any and all suggestions!

Cheers,
Colin
Auckland, New Zealand
mailto:colin.campbell lion-nathan.co.nz
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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 21:51:42 EDT
From: "Joe Gill"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer Exhaust

Dave,
I have a 94 Explorer with FlowmasterII single exahust on it with a KKM
Tru-Rev intake on mine. All the KKM Tru-Rev intake is is a high flow S & B
conical filter on a fitting that goes on your stock intake where your airbox
would be. I don't understand the type of set up you are discribing. Does
it replace the stock air box?? Also is it an external snorkle?? If so
how'd you make it or where'd you buy it?? I'd love plans to build an
external snorkle using a custom cone filter and an external pipe leading up
to an intake on the roof...

Lastly my exahust question is this... If I replace the tailpipe from the
muffler back with a 3 inch pipe do you think that'll give me more sound??
It's 2 1/2 inch now. Would running it straight pipe harm the engine?? How
bout with a glass pack on it?? I want more noise. :)

Thanks all,

Joe :)
Soon to be lifted 94 Explorer.
and soon to be 33x10.50xR15 BFG KO All Terrains



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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 23:33:48 -0400
From: "Jesse A. Edwards"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Brake Problems

Hi Colin -

I have a '94 Ranger, 55000 miles, which I just spent 700 US dollars to have
the brakes repaired. The problem was the pistons in the calipers were sticking
- - causing strange braking habits. When checked, the front disc calipers were
destroyed - deep ridges - could not be turned!

Am researching for Ford recalls and/or National Highway Safety & Transportation
action. This problem was a design error. Ford should reimburse the cost for
the repair.

Let's keep in touch -

Jerry Edwards
Asheville, NC



Colin Campbell - CSERVNZ wrote:

> G'day All,
>
> I work with an F100 enthusiast who suggested the collective wisdom of this
> group may be able to help me. My truck is a 1994 Courier, which may be a
> rebadged Ranger or a Mazda B-series, not sure which, or if it matters.
> (Anyone know for sure?)
>
> The problem is this: when the brakes are first applied, even with very
> gentle pedal pressure, they come on viciously hard. It's almost funny: you
> just about smack your passenger's head on the windscreen, and get a chirp
> from the back wheels when unladen.
>
> But! If you are braking for a longer time with gentle pressure, you have to
> really stand on the pedal hard to get the thing to stop before you rear-end
> the stationary vehicle in front. There is such a difference in the
> relationship between pedal pressure and braking force that the truck is
> awkward to drive smoothly - I use either too little or too much input. I
> fear emergency braking will not be executed with the control it should be.
>
> Can anyone suggest what could be causing this behaviour? Could it be simply
> a poor choice of brake pads? I've only had the truck a few weeks. My friend
> thought maybe it is a booster vacuum problem.
>
> Many thanks for any and all suggestions!
>
> Cheers,
> Colin
> Auckland, New Zealand
> mailto:colin.campbell lion-nathan.co.nz
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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 22:11:21 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Brake Problems

Wow! I put new calipers on mine when I converted to stainless steel brake lines,
carbon mettalic pads, and power stop rotors. I think the whole new caliper was $35,
$30 of which was a core charge!!

Whoa! Where did you go?

Adam

"Jesse A. Edwards" wrote:

> Hi Colin -
>
> I have a '94 Ranger, 55000 miles, which I just spent 700 US dollars to have
> the brakes repaired. The problem was the pistons in the calipers were sticking
> - causing strange braking habits. When checked, the front disc calipers were
> destroyed - deep ridges - could not be turned!
>
> Am researching for Ford recalls and/or National Highway Safety & Transportation
> action. This problem was a design error. Ford should reimburse the cost for
> the repair.
>
> Let's keep in touch -
>
> Jerry Edwards
> Asheville, NC
>
> Colin Campbell - CSERVNZ wrote:
>
> > G'day All,
> >
> > I work with an F100 enthusiast who suggested the collective wisdom of this
> > group may be able to help me. My truck is a 1994 Courier, which may be a
> > rebadged Ranger or a Mazda B-series, not sure which, or if it matters.
> > (Anyone know for sure?)
> >
> > The problem is this: when the brakes are first applied, even with very
> > gentle pedal pressure, they come on viciously hard. It's almost funny: you
> > just about smack your passenger's head on the windscreen, and get a chirp
> > from the back wheels when unladen.
> >
> > But! If you are braking for a longer time with gentle pressure, you have to
> > really stand on the pedal hard to get the thing to stop before you rear-end
> > the stationary vehicle in front. There is such a difference in the
> > relationship between pedal pressure and braking force that the truck is
> > awkward to drive smoothly - I use either too little or too much input. I
> > fear emergency braking will not be executed with the control it should be.
> >
> > Can anyone suggest what could be causing this behaviour? Could it be simply
> > a poor choice of brake pads? I've only had the truck a few weeks. My friend
> > thought maybe it is a booster vacuum problem.
> >
> > Many thanks for any and all suggestions!
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Colin
> > Auckland, New Zealand
> > mailto:colin.campbell lion-nathan.co.nz
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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 05:09:16 -0400
From: J Cope
Subject: FTE Small - Speedo gear

Hey girls and guys!....


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