Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 03:50:24 -0700 (MST)
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fordtrucks80up-digest Friday, January 2 1998 Volume 02 : Number 001

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In this issue:

1998 F150 [TCPFL ]
whine in my F250 [ (Roger Loving)]
Re: V8 engines ["Roy Preston" ]
Re: How do I boost engine performance in a 1996 351 ["Bruce A. Ramirez"
Re:More Power/Gears [Gary Gadwa ]
Re: Auto locking hubs [Troy Reifsnider ]
Re: Carpet ["Bryce T. Beyler" ]
Re: How do I boost engine performance in a 1996 351 [Midwest96
Explor rear Seat [Michael Ruth ]
Re: Glass packs... [Randy ]
Re:Whine in my F250 ["Jeff Wey" ]



Date: Thu, 1 Jan 1998 07:06:26 EST
Subject: 1998 F150

Happy New Year!!!
Does anyone know if there are parts available for the 4.2 liter V-6 ford
engine? I just purchased a 1998 F150 and would like to enhance performance
without adversely affecting the 3 year warranty.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Date: Thu, 1 Jan 1998 07:56:50 -0600 (CST)
From: (Roger Loving)
Subject: whine in my F250

Hello, I've been lurking for a year and enjoying it a lot. To introduce
myself, I'm a 50 year-old mech. engineer...I live in an old cabin I built years
ago in the mountains outside Boulder, Colorado. And like most of the guys on
this list I've been a mechanic all my life. Sometimes for pay and mostly for
fun, but I'm a pretty good wrench by now..... Which proves something about the
value of staying power...
Anyway, My F-250 Powerstroke has a whine to the motor as I let off the loud
pedal to shift gears. Not too loud, but I wonder about it. The basic vehicle is
a '95 Powerstroke, manual trans. 4x4 extended cab and loaded. Yes, I bought it
new and all warranty and even oil changes are done at the dealer. ($10.00 for
motorcraft oil plus filter!).
So does anyone know about this noise? Could it just be turbo whine? Does
anyone else have anything to add? The motor does seem to be making more smoke
than usual when I shift gears; could this be related? We aren't talking about a
lot of smoke or a very loud whine...It is very subtle....But I'm curious because
for the first two years the motor never did make more than a tiny puff of diesel
smoke...something is different now.
Roger Loving


Date: Thu, 1 Jan 1998 09:47:30 -0500
From: "Roy Preston"
Subject: Re: V8 engines

I found V-8 engines throughout various wrecking yards for $100 and up. I
ended up buying a 351-C from an individual who had removed it from a car
they were rebuilding. I gave $150 for the engine and the heads had been
recently redone. As for as which one will fit, I cannot help you there.

Good Luck

- ----------
> From: Duane J. Standaert
> To:
> Subject: V8 engines
> Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1997 4:28 PM
> I have a 81 Ford Mustang with the inline 200cubic inch 6 cylinder. I
have plans
> on removing the 6 and puting in a V8. I was thinking of a 302 or a 351.
I'm not
> sure if the 351 will fit or not. My question is which one should I go
for and if
> anyone has one for cheap so I can rebuild it from scratch. Any opinions
on how much
> I should pay, what speed goodies I should use, what I should look for and
which V8
> I should go for would be greatly appreciated.
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Date: Thu, 01 Jan 1998 09:52:57 -0500
From: "Bruce A. Ramirez"
Subject: Re: How do I boost engine performance in a 1996 351

If you just change gears and not tires, your RPM's will increase at any
speed. Let's say with 3.55's at 60 MPH your RPM's are 2000, changing to
4.10's will change your RPM's at 60 MPH from 2000 RPM's to 2309 RPM's.

If you just change tires and not gears, your RPM's will decrease at any
speed. Again say with 237/75R15 tires at 60 MPH your RPM's are 2000,
changing to 265/75R15 tires will change your RPM's at 60 MPH from 2000
RPM's to 1881 RPM's.

Now if you change your tires from 235/75R15 to 265/75R15 and your gears
from 3.55's to 4.10's, your RPM's at 60 MPH will be 2175 RPM.s

Happy New Year

Bruce Ramirez
'91 F-150 4x4
Midwest96 wrote:
> What would happen if you just changed gears? IE, I have 235/75/R15, but am
> switching to 265, what would happen if I switched to 4.10 or something
> similar?
> Craig {}


Date: Thu, 01 Jan 1998 09:52:21 -0700
From: Gary Gadwa
Subject: Re:More Power/Gears

More Power vs. Gear Ratios: Phil: you most likely have a Tachometer on
the Dash. See what your Rpm's are at Crusing Speed? You wantt to be
Geared and "Tired" at the point where you obtain Maximum Torque Range
Rpm's for your Engine. The 351 should be as I recall between 2200 and
2600 RPM for your best Power Band utilization. Not necessarily best
Economy. Several Publications have charts to compare Tire sizes to Gear
Ratio's for for optimum configuration. Unless you go to really radical
tires the 4:10's should put the engine in the ball park. If you want
higher rev's then consider 4:27 or 4:56 gears. A good Rear End Shop can
give excellent advice to match your tires to your particular setup.
Gears first, then the other Mods, if you're into tinkering and have
plenty of loose change.

Gary Gadwa
Stanley Idaho
1990 F-250 4X4 Supercab 351 Modified!!!
1996 Explorer
1931 Victoria


Date: Thu, 1 Jan 1998 09:17:29 -0800 (PST)
From: Troy Reifsnider
Subject: Re: Auto locking hubs

> ------------------------------
> Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 09:53:27 -0500
> From: Claude King
> Subject: auto locking hubs
> I'm planning on buying a 99 ford 350 4X4, from the spec sheets the
shift on
> the fly [electric shift] comes with auto locking hubs. The manual

I believe you mean the electronic shift comes with Pulse Vacuum
Hublocks or pvh. this is the same system found on the 1998 ranger.
It is very smooth and quiet, but it is a new and not very experienced
system. this system uses engine vacuum to lock the hubs at almost
any speed.


Date: Thu, 1 Jan 1998 14:49:12 -0500
From: "Bryce T. Beyler"
Subject: Re: Carpet

Just got my set of Husky Liners from Summit Racing a few weeks ago. I
think they ran $96 or so dollars for the complete set (front and rear).
They worked great on our first snow this year, no leakage onto the floor.
My only complaint is that the rear liner doesn't cover the raised portion
of the floor that is across the extreme back ot the cab (about 3-4 inches).

'97 Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCab

- ----------
> From: Jim Orson
> To:
> Subject: Re: Carpet
> Date: Tuesday, December 30, 1997 9:29 PM

> Look at the Husky Liner as an option at
> Should run under $100 for both front and rear (if you have the extended
> cab). Probably $50 for just the front. The fit is perfect. I leave
> them in the winter and move them in and out in the summer depending on
> the weather. A truck accessories store in your town should be able to
> order them.


Date: Thu, 1 Jan 1998 17:02:37 EST
From: Midwest96
Subject: Re: How do I boost engine performance in a 1996 351

In a message dated 98-01-01 09:55:27 EST, you write:

from 3.55's to 4.10's, your RPM's at 60 MPH will be 2175 RPM.s >>

Ok, I think I understand, but - switching to higher gears gives lower RPMs,
which increases mileage? Higher RPMs means more power? Is that correct?
Recently I started running higher RPMs (stick - no tach :( so I can't give
numbers) and my mileage improved. Can you decrease your mileage by feeding
too much gas? Thanks for your help,



Date: Thu, 01 Jan 1998 23:03:58 -0500
From: Michael Ruth
Subject: Explor rear Seat

There is an available rear seat for all Explorers. When I bought my
Explorer they sent me an AFTERMARKET catalog by John Baker accessories.
There is one offered in there also lots of great upgrades. I bought a
$400 suspension kit offered and my Explorer hangles GREAT. It reduces
most of the body roll! Anyway... If any one wants the number reply
offlist and I will look for it .
1999 F-350 SC Pwr Strk 4X4 LAriat (ON ORDER)
1994 Explorer E.B. 4X4
1989 Merkur Scorpio
1988 Merkur XR4Ti (my play car)


Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 00:41:22 -0800
From: Randy
Subject: Re: Glass packs...

The Lublin Family wrote:
> Why and how do glass packs reduce power and economy? I personally like the sound of them over a turbo or any other muffler.

> Chris "Lube" Lublin
Lubester, yeah I read that in a magazine recently, along w/some of the
other exhaust info I gave a few days ago. I don't remember the reason
for the glass-packs problem. I think that they explained glass-packs
reduce some of the hp/torque that you gained by putting on bigger pipes
or duals. In other words, they didn't reduce power/economy below what
the engine had (unless you put them on the stock exhaust), but that they
somewhat offset the benefits gained by the rest of the exhaust. If you
want more info, contact me direct and I'll make an effort to find the
article for you, or anyone else interested for that matter.



Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 00:22:25 -0500
From: "Jeff Wey"
Subject: Re:Whine in my F250

I noted similar problems and returned it to dealer and they replaced the
turbo mount,they said that there was a recall on the mount I had and it
caused the problem.Unfortunately I do not know what was causing the
problem,I think the oil to the turbo runs through the mount and the new one
looks bigger. Hope this helps


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