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small-list-digest Tuesday, November 2 1999 Volume 03 : Number 286



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Trans Fluid
ADMIN: DO NOT RESPOND TO: FTE Small - Aerostars Unlimited
RE: FTE Small - Suspension Upgrades
RE: ADMIN: DO NOT RESPOND TO: FTE Small - Aerostars Unlimited
FTE Small - Selling my Ranger
FTE Small - Door ajar warning
FTE Small - Air vent on a 99 Ranger/Heater-AC Wars
AW: FTE Small - Aerostars

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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 04:56:09 -0800 (PST)
From: Mike Cagley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Trans Fluid

I'm going to change fluid in trans of my '88 2.3L. I
was surprised to find out that the newer tranny's use
auto trans fluid -- mine, 5OD Mazda trans, uses
dexron/mercom III. hope this helps.

Mike

- --- PRODRVR11 aol.com wrote:
> I just installed a brand new 5-speed in my Ranger
> but can't find any info on
> what gear oil to use. The manual only gives a Ford
> part number and I've
> spent enough with them already. Can anyone tell me
> what weight to use for a
> '92 5-speed please. Thanks.
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Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 08:36:08 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: DO NOT RESPOND TO: FTE Small - Aerostars Unlimited

At 05:31 AM 11/1/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 11:43:22 EST
>From: "Joe Gill"
>Subject: FTE Small - Aerostars Unlimited
>
>**** an Aroestar!!!
>
>Note: This is a mailing list is for FORD TRUCKS. Not want to be yuppie
>"trucks". To all the Aroestar owners, get your own seperate mailing list!!

This jerk has been removed from our lists and
blocked from sending our server any email.
His IP, which is in is email header, has been
traced back to his Internet provider and a
complaint has been filed. If they do not
take action, we shall block him from browsing
the web site (yes, it can be done!).

I apologize for his language getting posted,
I don't know how it got past the filters, but
I'm looking into it.

Please DO NOT reply to his email on the list!

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 06:34:30 -0800
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Suspension Upgrades

For your worn out springs, you can check out National Spring in El Cajon,
CA. They make just about any kind of leaf spring setup that you can
imagine. I have a set of their springs in the rear of my 94 Ranger (which
is a mild prerunner setup). National advertises in the back of some of the
various off roading magazines...

> ----------
> From: J Cope[SMTP:88biixlt fncool.com]
> Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Sunday, October 31, 1999 10:59 PM
> To: Small Trucks Mailing List; Performance Mailing List
> Subject: FTE Small - Suspension Upgrades
>
> I have an '88 BII XLT and I'm looking to upgrade the suspension. I don't
> want a lift, and I don't really need on-the-fly adjustability, but the
> leafs
> are getting old enought that they're gonna need replacing, and I was
> wondering what I could do to beef up the suspension.
> Any suggestions are appreciated, but I don't want a lift.
> Thanks!
>
> JC
> '88 BII XLT
> 10k tow hooks
> 40ch CB
> Removed airbox
> K&N
> Light bar
> Headlight Stone Guards
> 30x9.5 BFG A/T TA KOs
> Empty brackets that used to be fog lights
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://88biixlt.web.com/
>
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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 11:48:48 -0600
From: "Campbell, Carl "
Subject: RE: ADMIN: DO NOT RESPOND TO: FTE Small - Aerostars Unlimited

BRAVO KEN!!! AND THANK YOU!!

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> From: Ken Payne[SMTP:kpayne ford-trucks.com]
> Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Monday, November 01, 1999 7:36 AM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: ADMIN: DO NOT RESPOND TO: FTE Small - Aerostars Unlimited
>
> At 05:31 AM 11/1/99 -0500, you wrote:
> >Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 11:43:22 EST
> >From: "Joe Gill"
> >Subject: FTE Small - Aerostars Unlimited
> >
> >**** an Aroestar!!!
> >
> >Note: This is a mailing list is for FORD TRUCKS. Not want to be yuppie
>
> >"trucks". To all the Aroestar owners, get your own seperate mailing
> list!!
>
> This jerk has been removed from our lists and
> blocked from sending our server any email.
> His IP, which is in is email header, has been
> traced back to his Internet provider and a
> complaint has been filed. If they do not
> take action, we shall block him from browsing
> the web site (yes, it can be done!).
>
> I apologize for his language getting posted,
> I don't know how it got past the filters, but
> I'm looking into it.
>
> Please DO NOT reply to his email on the list!
>
> Ken Payne
> Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
>
>
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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 11:56:17 -0600
From: curtish webtechnology.com (Curtis Hartung)
Subject: FTE Small - Selling my Ranger

Due to divorce I am selling my '92 Ranger. See it on Yahoo:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://auctions.yahoo.com/auction/11033115



My bank wouldn't loan me money on my truck but they did loan me money =
to buy another truck. I got a '94 Mazda B3000 V6 extended cab. I need =
the cash from my '92 Ranger to settle with my wife.=20


Thanks

Curtis


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Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 09:16:31 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Door ajar warning

This is a long shot, since I'm thinking of my '92 Aerostar. If Laura's
Ranger is set up the same way, this will apply.

On my vehicle, tracking down this problem would be a real b***h. There
is an electronic device somewhere in my electrical system which operates
these lights. It contains a timing ciruit and a relay. Thus, when any
dome light switch is activated, the circuit holds it on for around 20
seconds. The bad part follows.

There are four door switches: one for each door (2 front, side slide,
rear). There are also two cutesy switches in each, get this, _front
door handle_: pull the handle and the dome light goes on.

If any of these switches are slightly misadjusted, a door sprung
out-of-alignment, or wiring abraded and touching ground, this may
intermittantly trigger the circuit. And if it happens more than every
20 seconds, the dome light stays on all the time.

Richard


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Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 09:31:31 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Air vent on a 99 Ranger/Heater-AC Wars

alannorthstar mindspring.com wrote ----------------------------------

This is because the air goes through the heater core on it's way to
you, and the only way you can turn off the hot water that keeps the
core hot is to put it in MAC AC.

It's such a pain! I like to have the windows open unless it is REALLY
too hot and I need the AC. However, the bit of warming that goes on
in VENT mode is really a piss-off!

Me -----------------------------------------------------------------
If it worked this way, I'd be truly surprised. I mean, surprised that
Ford would actually spend 75 cents on a water valve. The only way to
get such a setup for an Aerostar is to retrofit the special Micky Mouse
switched/vacuum-controlled bypass valve onto the heater core. And it
then works exactly as you describe: the valve shuts off the water only
in "Max AC." All-or-nothing, too.

If you stop and think about it, the present setup wastes a little
gasoline, running the AC excessively to combat the heater. Man, talk
about stupid cheap f**k you engineering!

We're still waiting for our list's mechanics to render a verdict about
whether it would be safe to install a simple hardware-store-type water
valve in the hoses to kill the heat (or modulate it).

I once replaced the heater valve in my Toyota. It was elegant, simple,
and the replacement aftermarket part was made in US. I wonder if a
better fix would be to install a valve from a different car or truck.
The type I have in mind is controlled by a flexible cable from a
dashboard lever: traditional. Of course, retrofitting the cable control
to a modern Ford product might be one hellish nightmare.

I suspect that a workable solution might be useful for all the different
trucks on this list. Ideas?

Richard

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Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 09:38:09 +0100
From: ThomasUcen premiereworld.de
Subject: AW: FTE Small - Aerostars

Richard wrote:

" But, wait!=20
There's something else preventing you from taking off that cover. Why,
mercy me, it's the antilock brake computer module, neatly bolted right
below the ash tray. You can easily find the antilock brake computer: =
it
is a black slab that says "Mexico" on it. So thoughtful of Ford: I
always wanted my antilock brake computer right there in the middle of
the dashboard."

I thought this $%&=A7 thing preventing me to take off the engine cover =
was the
computer regulating emmission control etc. Where is that part then?....


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