80-96-list-digest Monday, September 21 1998 Volume 02 : Number 323

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FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Web site updates
FTE 80-96 - Rear Main Seal Leaking
Re: FTE 80-96 - What engine?
Re: FTE 80-96 - re. ? open circuit



Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 16:49:22 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 80-96 - ADMIN: Web site updates

Sept 20th Ford Truck Enthusiasts web site updates:

1. Several links have been added.
2. Correction made to formula in carb tech article.
3. Following added to pictorial:
1978 F100 Ranger
1995 F350
1989 F150
1988 Bronco II
1971 F250

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 18:03:33 EDT
From: JSC721aol.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Rear Main Seal Leaking

Hey Guys,
I have an 89 e-250 van with 178k on it, 4.9 engine. it looks like i am going
to have to put a rear seal in it. i tried stop leak, and it worked for a while
but not anymore. would anyone know how big of a job this is going to be, and
do i need any special tools to do it?the oil is dripping from the flywheel
housing.any ideas?

thanks, joe
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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 00:02:19 -0400
From: "Matt Fitzsimmons"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - What engine?

The '87 and up 300 I6 makes great low end torque(265, I think), and 35 more
horses(140) than the previous 1 lung carb version. I have done the swap to
a fuel injected 300 in an '82 F150. Mechanicaly everything bolts up very
easily. I used the dual exhaust and cats from the newer truck and a minor
custom piece to finish the exhaust. The intake and computer installation
required a little bit of custom work, but there is plenty of room under the
hood, and I had to install an in tank fuel pump. Any small block V8 is
also a pretty straight forward swap. Just a bit more work with the motor
mounts and engine accessories.

After the swap, my truck ran great. It was a work truck, and therefore
always loaded. It always had ample power (a lot more than before, but you
never have enough), ran smoothly, and was about 20% better on fuel.

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> From: pollenmindspring.com
> To: 80-96 Ford
> Subject: FTE 80-96 - What engine?
> Date: Saturday, September 19, 1998 1:19 AM
> Hi,
> I'm brand spanking new to ford trucks with an 85 F-150 4x4 shorty. I am
> wondering what engine would be best for me and I would appreciate any
> opinions and advice. I will be using the truck as a daily driver with
> light hauling, and trail riding and the occasional heavy load. Fuel
> is important but so is a little fun. The truck currently has a tired
> (with all the emissions and computer stripped out) with an auto trans,
> gears and I'll be running 31"x10.5" tires most likely. I am planning
> replacing the computer and sensors/emissions systems with the swap. So I
> wondering if you find that the 300-6 has enough juice for daily driving
> on the highway? How is the 302?
> I am also wondering whether to swap in a motor with a carb or whether to
> switch to EFI/MPI. Is there a noticeable difference in performance and
> economy between the two?
> Any advice is appreciated, thanks.
> Lars
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Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 23:20:13 -0500
From: "Parker Brooks"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - re. ? open circuit

hey trevor,

i actually looked at it tonight. i've got about 2.87 amps showing on my
voltmeter. went up front and started disconnecting power wires from he power
distributor area (since i've got my battery in the bed). seems like it's the
computer, or the factory wires. have everything else disconnected and with
the 2 factory connections, the drain is still there.

are you saying, that if i've got the harness hanging underneath the dash,
with no wires touching or anything, that you had dirt and water get into
your's and short them out somehow? i've still got the old dinger, maybe i'll
just plug it back together and see if it disappears. i pulled the fuse, like
you mentioned, but no help. so it may not be that dinger harness.

i'm not really wanting to go the route of making a quick disconnect. i'd
rather get this problem taken care of. is really gonna piss me off if it's
the computer or something. cause this truck only had 6xxx miles on her. no
excuse for a computer failure.

oh great!! will pass on what i find, and thanks,
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Parker Brooks (St. Louis)
'98 Windstar (work: 62,2xx)
'97 SHO
'95 Flareside (NLOC #42)

"Let's go! While we're young!!"
R. Dangerfield
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From: T.Gill
To: 80-96-listford-trucks.com
Date: Friday, September 18, 1998 9:54 AM
Subject: FTE 80-96 - re. ? open circuit

>On Mon, 14 Sep 1998 19:10:29 -0500 "Parker Brooks"
> >also, if it means anything to you, we have this in common as well...
> >i have the buzzer disconnected AND (i know this doesn't apply to you)
> >removed my airbag and disconnected the idiot light that comes on to
>tell you
> >something is wrong.
>Hi Parker,
>I cut the wires to the buzzer plug and this fixed the parasitic
>electrical drain. I'm pretty sure the plug was contaminated with dirt,
>water, etc. What ever the reason the drain stopped.
>If you can't find a short draining your battery would a battery
>disconnect switch be on option? You mentioned earlier your truck is a
>weekend toy, perhaps it doesn't get out to play enough. :-)
>Trevor Gill
>1993 f-150 4x4 4.9 litre.
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