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80-96-list-digest Wednesday, November 10 1999 Volume 03 : Number 317

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1980-1996 Trucks and Vans
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In this issue:

Re: FTE 80-96 - Temp Gauge Problem
FTE 80-96 - Front bumper replacement
FTE 80-96 - Loose Antenna
FTE 80-96 - Brake weirdness
FTE 80-96 - tyre size, tickets & points...& ford
Re: FTE 80-96 - Zoops Brackets



Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999 23:03:13 -0600
From: Jim Cannon
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Temp Gauge Problem

At 06:32 09/11/99 -0500, you wrote:
>I know it is in full overheat because extremely hot water is pouring out
>everywhere. Also, I just put a brand new 195 degree thermostat in my truck
>and the temp gauge reads just below the "N" in Normal on the gauge or about
>1.3 scale. If the gauge reading is linear (a big assumption on my part) then
>the half scale reading would be about 290 degrees. BTW I have an old
>radiator so it may overheat easier than some others. Got to change that
>thing soon.
>Michael McCarthy
>Export, PA

It is not linear.

Jim Cannon
Houston, TX "A Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
'29 Ford Model A Phaeton and a helluva' engineer!"
'80 Ford F-150 300 I-6 2WD '63 Buick Riviera 401 V-8
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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 01:35:32 -0500
From: "Phil Jern"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Front bumper replacement

Anyone have a recommended source for a front bumper replacement for a
96 F-150? Mine just generally looks like crap, and got dinged a few
times. I've looked at some of the "cover" bumpers, and have been
unimpressed. I'd just paint it again, but that won't fix the crease
in it where I took my foot off the clutch before shutting off the
engine and it jumped into a ball hitch on the truck in front of me :)

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Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 22:31:57 -0800
From: Chris McKinnon
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Loose Antenna

Here is a new one to baffle and confuse the collective wisdom of the list.
The antenna on my '84 F-150 has gotten loose somehow. I can't seem to figure
out how the antenna is attached to the fender. Any insights?

'84 F150
NP 435
281K Km

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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 01:49:11 -0500
From: "Phil Jern"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Brake weirdness

I thought I'd share this with the list because I'm a little puzzled.

At 70,000 miles, I had the front disc pads replaced on my 96 F-150.
(Preventative maintenance, they probably had another 10K on them).
The rotors were smooth and in spec for runout, warpage, etc. Over the
last 4 or 5K since then, the brakes developed a startling pull to the
left when warm... the first 3 - 4 stops of the day were fine, but the
warmer the brakes got, the harder the pull. Finally got so bad I was
doing unintended lane changes :) Literally, a sudden stop felt like
it was gonna pull the wheel out of your hand.

Took the truck in, they drove it and confirmed the problem, and
decided to change the right front brake hose. This sounded like a
reasonable guess to me. (If the right front brake wasn't working it
would pull left, correct?)
By feel, the right front caliper was MUCH cooler than the left one.

This didn't correct the problem. Took it back, they confirmed that
the problem still existed.

Finally, after a couple of trips back and forth, the guy adjusts the
REAR brakes.

Problem Solved.

but.... what I want to know,,, is WHY????

Clearly, it seemed like the problem was in the right front. I'm just
trying to figure out the mechanism that's at work here.

Am I missing something obvious? BTW, the mechanic seemed as mystified
as I was as to why that worked.


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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 20:36:19 +1100
From: les williams
Subject: FTE 80-96 - tyre size, tickets & points...& ford

Hi All,
I have a question to ask that was the result of the last err -
rather robust discussion, just past. Alex (FULSZBRONC) indicated he
was busted for speeding, and as long as he paid up and 'copped it
sweet' the suffers NO points penalty? Is this true ? ( a yes/no answer
will do...)

If it's true how many of these mid-range violations at 16 mph (25 kph)
us$35.00 fine, using Alex's example, can you collect before it becomes a
problem, - that is, a forced 'holiday' from driving your beloved Ford
Truck? ( just the facts :-) will do )

Are fines and points transferable across state lines ?

Just the facts, to put you all in the picture, down here in OZ, 20 kph
over earns a fine of aud$121.00 and 3 point deduction. No ifs, No butts.
Do that 4 times in 2 years and you score a 'holiday.' (Suspended Licence
for 6 months, or there abouts) and points are credited to you licence
regardless of the state you 'win' them in........ We play a game called
Double Jeopardy, - Public Holidays, Easter, Xmas etc., All fines &
points are doubled. Now it doesn't take the reasoning powers of Einstein
to realize it's possible to cop two infringements of the above, and be
put off the road.

So this situation makes it mission critical to get tyre size and speedo
error corrected quickly, and accurately, to avoid 'trouble' in your Ford
in OZ.

My apologies if the above questions are dumb, from you point of view,
but I am curious in the result.

Andy Norris '89 F250 Computer programmer from the real land of Oz... the
flatlands of Kansas.

Andy, this is a point I will readily concede to you. I must admit I get
a vision of an F100 roaring up the yellow brick road..... sort of like
the Terminator teams up with the Tinman, now that would have made a
difference to the the movie.... we'd be copping no crap from those
I am on one other mailing group, for media/video production etc, with a
heavy tilt to European subscribers, and when I signed it as Australia,
people would confuse it for Austria, and start sending mail in
german/austrian..... when they see OZ they all understand Australia, the
land down under, but never the flatlands of Kansas....Like all good
things in media, it's all plagiarized!!


Lost in the Land of OZ

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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 04:48:32 -0500
From: "Doug ( DJ Fire )"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Zoops Brackets

- -----Original Message-----
Date: November 09, 1999 5:51 PM
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Zoops Brackets

So how do we contact this Zoops Company ???
86 F-350 6.9L Diesel Dually Ambulance

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