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small-list-digest Tuesday, January 11 2000 Volume 04 : Number 009



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In this issue:

RE: FTE Small - 2.9L cracked heads
Re: FTE Small - Buildup inside of Fuel Injectors
Re: FTE Small - Buildup inside of Fuel Injectors
Re: FTE Small - Ranger fuel filling problem
Re: FTE Small - Fuel Injectors
FTE Small - rebuild T5 tranny
FTE Small - Body Parts
Re: FTE Small - Fuel Injectors

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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 09:35:08 -0600
From: Mike Harms bechamp.com>
Subject: RE: FTE Small - 2.9L cracked heads

>Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2000 08:48:20 -0800 (PST)
>From: Dan Lee yahoo.com>
>Subject: FTE Small - 2.9L cracked heads

>Is there a known cure for cracking heads on a 2.9L? I
>have heard about a redesigned head for these, if so
>what is the source for these?

The same cure as on most motor vehicles. Keep the temperature reasonable.
Don't let it overheat. Up until 88, the Ford 2.9 was sensitive to
overheating and would crack the head near the rear of the block if the
engine was allowed to overheat. This was party a design issue, but more so
a poor exhaust manifold design that built up heat near the head. Headers
improve the situation dramatically as well.

In mid 88 Ford made a new casting for the heads and are labeled 89TM. The
89TM heads were modified to improve the head's resistance to cracking.
These heads were in Late 88 and newer engines (including 90, 91, ...) In
addition, World Products (http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.worldcastings.com/) has a casting for
the Ford 2.9 heads that also is stronger than the early 80's heads. In
addition, their parts are cheaper than buying direct from Ford. Note, there
are no known performance heads for the 2.9 outside of custom work. The Word
Product heads are just standard stuff. I don't believe they sell direct,
buy you should be able to get them from a local rebuilder.
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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 08:27:47 PST
From: "Duane Beery" hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Buildup inside of Fuel Injectors

I just had the pressure cleaning of mt EFI done by Ford on friday. Although
it didn't fix my initial problem of popping and sputtering at low RPMs it
made a world of difference in mid to high RPM performance. I can pass slow
drivers on the highway again!
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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 08:29:10 PST
From: "Duane Beery" hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Buildup inside of Fuel Injectors

Oh and the cost for pressure cleaning EFI and a diagnostics was around
$270.00. Good luck!
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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 15:52:52 -0800
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger fuel filling problem

> From owner-small-list ford-trucks.com Sat Jan 8 12:18 PST 2000
> From: rgstein pacbell.net
> Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2000 11:21:49 -0800
> Subject: FTE Small - Ranger fuel filling problem
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> Donald Paauw wrote:
>
> I have a '90 Ranger that takes about ten minutes to fill up. The
> first few gallons go in ok while there is still some compressible
> air volume left in the tank but eventually the nozzle starts clicking
> off and raw fuel starts burping back out of the filler.... I was
> wondering if anyone knows how the air is supposed to vent during
> filling.
>
> My reply-------------------------------------
>
> Your problem can be diagnosed using a Ranger Filler Tube Restriction
> Device Analyzer (RFTRDA, Ford Rotunda part no. 10239897). Note: do not
> mistakenly purchase the analyzer made for Aerostars: it will not work.
> Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your Ranger to a California
> certified smog test station, where they use the Universal Filler Pipe
> Restriction Test Adaptor (UFPRTA), a module that plugs into the smog
> test computer.

A good suggestion but the smog station burned to the ground after a small
incident with my Pinto last week.

> The State-approved test procedure is fairly simple, and you can help the
> tester perform it. You start the engine, and immediately press the gas
> pedal to the floor and hold it there while the engine stabilizes at the
> highest possible RPM. When you are satisfied that the revs have
> stabilized, yell as loud as you can (to be heard above your engine) to
> the test technician (I always find that wordless yelling and screaming
> works best). He then takes his flat, rectangular box and mashes it down
> firmly on your filler pipe. If gasoline sprays out of every fitting on
> the vehicle, you have passed the filler pipe test. However, if gasoline
> fails to spray from at least one fitting, you need to have all the
> fittings replaced.

The Pinto passed with flying colors (or flying gas). Unfortunately, it
was also lost in the fire. I got out ok since I have experience in
emergency evacuation from flaming Pintos. The inspector will recover
but I think a lawsuit is in the works. He's pricing Ferraris.

>
> To remove the old fittings, you need to purchase a Ford Ranger Fuel
> Fitting Removal Tool ($195 from the dealer, or $79.95 at NAPA), which
> destroys the special Chinese plastic fitting collars. You also need a
> supply of new fitting collars (which the dealer doesn't sell), available
> on special order from NAPA for $4.95 each. The Ranger uses 16 of them.
> One of the fittings is located inside the transmission, which must be
> removed and torn down to access it.

I can't tear down the transmission without a second car available to
make runs for parts. Ah, if only I still had the Pinto. But since the
lawyers now have a lien on my Ranger, I'm starting to lose interest in
the whole project.

>
> I have found it helpful to use the following publications for this job:
> "'90 Ford Filler Pipe and Associated Lines and Fittings Manual", Helm,
> $195, plus $5 shipping and $29.95 handling, and the pamphlet "Easy
> replacement of dedicated self-destructing Ford fittings in the Mojave
> Desert" (special order from Joe and Sam's Auto Parts, Tehachape, CA).

The Helm price is now up to $349.50, but they are out of stock anyway.
I believe I met Sam a few years back. He said he used to be a smog
inspector but came into some money and no longer needs to peddle his
pamphlet. He had some terrible burn scars but a really nice Ferrari.

>
> Good luck.
>
> Richard
>
Thanks,
Don
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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 21:39:26 -0600
From: Buck Shoff sktc.net>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Fuel Injectors

Adam McLaughlin wrote:
>
> Has anyone out there had any experience replacing the fuel injectors on
> a 2.9? I am working on mine, and they are being an absolute hassle!


I didn't see anyone answer this, so I will take a stab. I'm no expert,
but I have had the fuel rail off a 2.9. I can only think of two things
that would cause this problem. 1) a bad or cut o-ring, or 2) a cacked
fuel rail. You should check all o-rings for nicks and cuts. Inspect
the fuel rail, looking for cracks around the injector holes and the
seams where the rail is put together. The only other thing I can think
of is if the rail is bent or warped, so as not to seat properly over one
or more injectors. The fuel rail impressed me as being very, very
delicate. When putting the rail on, I used a very small amount of
Vasolene on the o-rings for lubrication. I then got all of the
injectors lined up and started into the rail, then sort of hammered real
lightly with my hand to seat the rail. No hammers needed here!

As for the stripped bolt in the manifold, do they make metric
heli-coils?

Let us know what you find out and good luck. Buck Shoff
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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 20:28:07 -0800
From: "Tom Ewing" napanet.net>
Subject: FTE Small - rebuild T5 tranny

Has anyone seen an instruction book and or video to help me rebuild my
1988 T5 tranny out of a TBird turbo coupe?
Tom

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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 20:37:09 PST
From: "Paul L" hotmail.com>
Subject: FTE Small - Body Parts

I am looking into purchasing an 80's or early 90's Ranger. How easy is it
to get replacement weld in patch panels for common rust through areas for
these trucks.

Also any things to look out for when shopping for these trucks.

Thanks,

Paul
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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 21:31:21 -0800
From: Adam McLaughlin jps.net>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Fuel Injectors

After fiddling with it, I found that one of my *new* orings has a chip taken
out of it. After replacing it with an old, green and brown o-ring, everything
worked fine.

"Oh and the cost for pressure cleaning EFI and a diagnostics was around
$270.00. Good luck!"

While this is more expensive than Duane's work, I think it may pay off in the
long run.
Now, I did spend $386 for a new set of the Summitt ADS injectors, but by the
look of the ones coming out, I am surprised that they worked at all. The
truck is much more stable at the low RPMs, near 900 to 1000, and it sounds
better, runs smoother, etc.

While I was there I "hosed down" the upper intake manifold, lower intake and
fuel rail with carberautor cleaner. I also put new gaskets on the upper
intake, along with a new MAB sensor. It now runs like a champ.

It' surprising how well it will work with all of that crap on it, but that's
a ford for you. Reliable and Durable.

I feel that this was expensive, (Approx $400 for injectors, cleaner, gaskets
and fuel tool) But now I have a new fuel system that behaves better than new.
Eary this summer it got a new fuel pressure regulator, a new high pressure
pump, and just last week a new James Duff power chip.

For an old Bronco II, this little girl gets moving. She's no V-8, but she's
all mine.

Adam

Buck Shoff wrote:

> Adam McLaughlin wrote:
> >
> > Has anyone out there had any experience replacing the fuel injectors on
> > a 2.9? I am working on mine, and they are being an absolute hassle!
>
> I didn't see anyone answer this, so I will take a stab. I'm no expert,
> but I have had the fuel rail off a 2.9. I can only think of two things
> that would cause this problem. 1) a bad or cut o-ring, or 2) a cacked
> fuel rail. You should check all o-rings for nicks and cuts. Inspect
> the fuel rail, looking for cracks around the injector holes and the
> seams where the rail is put together. The only other thing I can think
> of is if the rail is bent or warped, so as not to seat properly over one
> or more injectors. The fuel rail impressed me as being very, very
> delicate. When putting the rail on, I used a very small amount of
> Vasolene on the o-rings for lubrication. I then got all of the
> injectors lined up and started into the rail, then sort of hammered real
> lightly with my hand to seat the rail. No hammers needed here!
>
> As for the stripped bolt in the manifold, do they make metric
> heli-coils?
>
> Let us know what you find out and good luck. Buck Shoff
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