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small-list Digest Fri, 22 Sep 2000 Volume: 2000  Issue: 155

In This Issue:
Re: Don't Do What I Did
Re: [  42 Volts (some info)]
Don't do what I did ;)


From: "Jim Bielecki" <>
Subject: Re: Don't Do What I Did
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 21:28:01 -0400

> From: Chris Hunt <>
> Subject: Don't do what I did ;)
> After my wife complaining that my '94 Ranger 4x4 SC highboy rode too rough
> I decided to replace the shocks. With 92,000 miles they were in need  ;)
> The rears went in just fine (after lowering the spare) so I started
> on the front.  After a squirt of liquid wrench I started on the lower left
> shock bolt.  With a 1/2" socket wrench I proceed to remove the combo
> nut/washer and snap....  Went to Pat Goss's Shop (The guy on
> MoterWeek and Radio) and a real mechanic cut out the old shock mount and
> put in a bolt-in, Installed the supplied shocks and repacked the front
> bearings for $250.
> Chris

This happened to my '93 Explorer too.  After I snapped off the mount, I took
it to my Ford dealer who picked up a new lower shock mount from a nearby GM
dealer (!) for $16.00.  The service manager said that this was a common
problem on GM trucks, hence the affordable and readily available mount kit.
What I thought was going to be a major repair turned out to be almost

Jim Bielecki


Date:      Sat, 23 Sep 2000 02:03:21 -0800
From: "Tom Watson" <>
Subject: Re: [  42 Volts (some info)]

> From: Chuck Badger <>
> Subject: Re: [  42 volts (some info)]
> This sounds very similar to the arguments used to make the change over from 6
> volts to 12 volts back in the sixties.  Higher voltage, lower current, smaller
> wire can be used to support the load for less money.  The downside back then
> was that everything went to 12 volts, not just a partial change over.  JC
> Whitney sold a 6 volt to 12 volt converter for many years so that those with 6
> volt systems could use the new radios and tape players in their vehicles.
<Quote of my original message reduced to this reference>

Sounds like what happened with my 1962 Porsche.  I wanted to run some ham
radio stuff, and for a while just had a 12 volt battery that I charged up.

I saw the 6 -> 12 volt converters and for a while thought about it.  Then
with the help of my brother-in-law we did the easiest thing.  Just convert
the vehicle to 12 volts.  Not much was striclty 6 volts anyway except for
bunches of lights (tail, head, panel).  In the process made the headlights
"nasty" 100 watt mains.  They would slice thru anything!!.  The generator
was available in a 12 volt model (later engines used it).  The ignition
system was left alone (who really needs a ballast resistor anyway), and
the starter was left at 6 volts (with the implied warning not to crank
for very long!!).  The vehicle is now a 12 volt model.  The marvels of
Bosch electrictal systems.  They just don't make 'em that way much

p.s.  The radio had a 12 <-> 6 volt strap.  Changed it over quite nicely.
Tom Watson         Generic short signature     (I'm at home now)


Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 08:30:36 -0400
From: Chris Hunt <>
Subject: Don't do what I did ;)

I've always put A-S on wheel lugs as I believe the 100 pound setting for
most Fords is wet.

Pat's Shop is about 2 miles outside the Washington DC Beltway in MD.  Take
the Route450 east, turn left at the sign for seabrook elementary
school.  The road ends at a Amtrak line, the shop is on the right.


>From: "parker brooks" <>
>Subject: Re: Don't do what I did ;)
>Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 11:09:42 -0500
>hey chris,
>where is his shop?
>AND (hope this ain't stupid), is putting anti-seize on wheel lugs advisable,
>or a no-no?


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