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small-list-digest Thursday, November 11 1999 Volume 03 : Number 295

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

FTE Small - Used Parts Source
RE: FTE Small - Engine swap from 2.9L
Re: FTE Small - 2.9 and their idle adjustment
Re: FTE Small - Explorers. . .
FTE Small - RE: Re: "...built on a Ranger Chassis"



Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 08:28:20 -0500
From: "Ronald D. Miller"
Subject: FTE Small - Used Parts Source

We have loads of used parts at bargain prices for Rangers, Aerostars and
Bronco lls. Email at requests at akraft or phone 800-228-7346.
Thanks, Ron Miller Auto Krafters, Inc. Broadway, VA.

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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 08:54:52 -0600
From: Mike Harms
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Engine swap from 2.9L

Go to the home of Ford Ranger/Bronco II 5.0 Message board
: ranger. com/v8.html

Discussions of the 5.0 upgrade abound here and there are those that have
already done it as well.

Understand that such a job is not cheap as Engine, Computer, Transmission,
and Driveshafts all need to be replaced. Not a minor task.

If you feel like a challenge and would like to join the few and the proud
working to get 200+ HP from their 2.9 engines, check out the home of 2.9
performance at: ranger. com/wwwboard3.html

>Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999 00:06:13 EST
>From: "Joe Scott"
>Subject: FTE Small - Engine swap from 2.9L

>OK guys, I heard something today from a guy I work with about swapping the
>2.9L in an 88 BII to a 302 V-8 with the proper kit. I had been looking to
>radiator capacity would need a boost as well. I can just picture my mostly
>stock BII with that kind of power. Just don't tell the insurance company...
>Where can I get more info?

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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 09:03:37 -0600
From: Mike Harms
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.9 and their idle adjustment

Don't mess with the distributor to change idle speeds. This is from a post
on this message board: ranger. com/wwwboard3.html (Kunz

Please note that you want to make sure nothing else is causing the idle
problems first. I would recommend clearing the computer (battery
disconnected for 15 minutes) and letting it re-learn things for a couple
weeks before messing with this. Once that is all set and you still want to
adjust idle speed you:

Assuming that the throttlebody is thouroughly clean as well as the ISC motor
and the tps hasn't been messed with, what you need to do is get the engine
up to operating temp 160 or higher, then disconnect the ISC motor (pull the
little plug on the back) the engine should stay running if everything is set
right, if it doesn't stay running adjust the throttle stop so that the
throtle blade is a little more open or until you can start it and it still
barely runs, once you
keep it running with the ISC motor disconnected adjust the throttle stop
until the rpm is 800 with an auto or 850 with a manual. then reconnect the
ISC motor and disconect the batery and let it sit for 15 seconds
use minutes here> and then reconnect the battery, then with the key on
engine off varify that the TPS signal voltage is still under 1 volt with the
throttle closed. restart the engine and it should relearn it's idle fairly
quickly assuming there isn't any other problems.
Pat Kunz

>Date: Fri, 05 Nov 1999 22:31:02 -0800
>From: Adam McLaughlin
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.9 and their idle adjustment
>I tried that and I got it right where I wanted it, at 12 BTDC. This is for
>premium gas and a MSD-6A system. The tech there says that it has a slight
>at idle that can be corrected by this repair. I am looking to the air
>valve, but I am not sure. Any ideas? He's N6BK, and I'm kd6poc...
>> One other thing that he mentioned was that there was a way to adjust the
>> idle speed of the engine. Moving the screw on the throttle body isn't
>> the right way to do this, he says. Says that there is some adjustment
>> elsewhere. Huh... Does anyone have any idea what he's talking about or
>> where I could read about this?
>>> The only way i know of is by turning the distributor one way or the
>>> just enough to drop the idle. Double check your timing though to make

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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 09:32:11 -0600
From: Jordan Dean
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorers. . .

At 10:25 PM 11/3/99 -0500, you wrote:
>At 11:50 PM 3/14/00 -0500, you wrote:
>>I could have sworn that all explorers came with a 4.0L V6. Am I
>Some of the older ones (91 or so) came with a 4 cyl (I think) and starting
>in 96, you could get a 5.0L V8 with AWD.
prior to 96 they all had a 4.0L V6 after that the options were the same
4.0L, a newer better 4.0L and a 5.0 they never had a 4cyl.

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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 16:26:15 -0700
From: "Bob Marrs"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Re: "...built on a Ranger Chassis"

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Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 19:57:59 -0500
From: "Jim Bielecki"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: "...built on a Ranger Chassis"

> :> Parked my Explorer nose to nose with a ranger today... Explorer is =
> almost
> :> a foot wider.
> :
> :You sure about this? According to Ford the Ranger is 69.3 inches wide =
> and
> :the Explorer 70.2 inches. These are '98 figures which should be =
> identical
> :to '99 and '00.
> :
> :Jim Bielecki
> :
> Well, that's .9 of an inch difference -- less than an inch. All
> they have to do it flare the fenders a little differently, or bulge
> some body panel a little differently.
> It could all still be built on the same chassis, though.

>>Agreed. I doubted that an Explorer is one foot wider than a Ranger, hence
my post.

>>Jim Bielecki

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Hi Folks,

Regarding this, FYI, I did some detail measurements of Explorers, Rangers,
and my old Bronco II when looking into swapping a 4.0L SOIC into my B2. You
need to measure the hood width and depth (firewall to radiator mounting
area, and well as some underhood dimensions. Basically, they are all the
same at the front end. As I recall, less than 1/4 inch difference of hood
width for example. At least for the '98 when I measured them. The Explorer
does have wider overall fenders and a matching wider Dana 35 than the

Bob Marrs

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