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  1. 4.2 ford engine swap problems

    Long story longer, "friend" overheats his truck (about 300K on it) and it won't start the next morning, he says it blew the head gasket (97 f-150 5sp). So he buys a wrecked truck ('98 F-150 auto) that still runs. We swap the engines and the "new" one won't start in his truck. It tries- acts like...
  2. Thai ranger

    Been in thailand two weeks and seen some bad-ass rangers. Are.these the euro rangers or something different? Ive got pics but better just to access fords website. I googled thailand ford ranger and brought it right up. Those quad cabs are really cool diesel engine is icing on the cake. Be sure...
  3. 96 4.0 revs up

    friend of mine's truck, driving along and it went full throttle- and wasn't the pedal sticking. Any ideas? It had to be towed because it is bad enough where it isn't safe to drive. It has a few other driveability issues too, especially cold- doesn't want to move at first and takes some pedal...
  4. 99 4.0 mazda/ranger question

    I see a local ad for a 99 mazda B4000 with a blown engine on craigslist for cheap. On car-part.com, they act like these engines between a mazda B4000 and a 4.0 Ranger are somehow different as they are in different categories. As you might imagine, the Ranger engines are much more plentiful than...
  5. Bacon

    I remember a thread on bacon a year or so ago, then recently stumbled across some bacon jerky at the local wal-mart stupidcenter... This stuff is awesome. Hard to find, it isn't where the beef jerky is, it is located on an end cap over by the frozen coolers. Anyone else try this stuff? Really...
  6. bought an ecoboost today...

    I feel a little like I've betrayed my ranger, but at least I didn't go over to the dirtyside and buy a tax-money vehicle from dodge or chebby. 2011 f-150 super crew with the 6 speed auto in grey, 3:55 limited slip rear. Had 17 miles on it when I picked 'er up, and got 10 grand off sticker. I...
  7. San Antonio member spotting

    Was in San Antonio Thursday on 1604 loop heading east about 3 PM or so and got passed by a 98 or 99 regular cab ranger in orange. The TRS decal was at the top of the rear window and was hooked up at least 75 MPH, hee hee... This is significant because it is the first TRS decal I have ever seen...
  8. help me diagnose plz

    02 4.0 auto 112,000 miles. Stopped at the post office everything was fine when I shut it off. I crank 'er back and immediate stall. Would run with my foot on the gas so I drove it home (2 miles)- it would only run with my foot at the top of the pedal, and not much power. Got it home, stumbling...
  9. Help with a POS chebby- fuel problem

    Neighbor's fuel pump quit- so I swapped relays in the box, then dropped the tank (the only way to get to the connector). The connector, one of the middle pins showed voltage for 2 or 3 seconds when the key was cycled, so I had power down there at the pump. Since I had power I figured the pump...
  10. Ford must hate us

    Just rolled 100K on my truck (4.slow) and decided to do a tune-up. Bought all motorcraft OE stuff. Got the driver's side in about 30 minutes, wires and plugs, and then I moved over to the passenger side. Holy s*** batman! I spent at least an hour per plug. This is the worst vehicle I have ever...
  11. airbag light success story

    So I get in the truck to go yesterday and my airbag light starts blinking, then stays on solid. Does this everytime I crank the truck. Finally I realize it is flashing a code, so I count up the flashes and get a 47. Since I have the complete set of shop manuals for the truck, I did a little...
  12. F150 alternator question

    Wasn't sure where to post this one, too many choices- moderators feel free to move it. F150 still charging but with bad bearings so I replaced it with three crappy rebuilds, none of which worked. Finally got the customer to buy a motorcraft and it still doesn't charge... is there a fuse or...
  13. Anyone work on flatheads?

    I've got a 1950 F-1 that has been parked for 33 years... just bought it last summer and noticed the starter is dragging. You wouldn't think removing a starter off of a simple old vehicle like this would be a bitch, but I can't get it off!! Is there a trick to this? I removed all the bolts around...
  14. Cool engine animation video

    A friend sent this to me. What is that tube around the alternator area, looks like a cooling vent or something. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXd1PlGur8M
  15. Jeep P1389 code story

    I'm sure some of you mechanical gurus have seen this one before, but I always like to tell these tales of woe to help someone else out who may not know. Did an engine swap on a 2002 jeep liberty for a customer. Got the engine from a junkyard, the old one wasn't worth fixing because of 200K...


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