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Post by terrydec on Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:15 pm

If it is a 14" good luck.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:32 pm

It's a 15". So was the BII rim.
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Post by terrydec on Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:38 am

I wish mine was.  As I mentioned my tire and wheel got snatched while I was moving.  A used 14" rim is $50 to $75.
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Post by 75X11 on Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:58 am

If there is a chance to find a reasonably priced part, I have found this site to be a big help in finding it.

http://www.car-part.com/
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Post by 35Z5 on Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:27 am

75X11 wrote:Searched all over Saturday for a spare tire and rim.  Also removed one of my wheels to see if the old steel rim from my bronco II would fit.  The lug pattern didn't match.  I had to use 3 different deep well sockets to remove the mixed up nuts with the close tolerance openings in my wheel.  Bought a new set of spline drive nuts.  Glad I did that before an emergency cropped up.

All Bronco II, Rangers, and the Explorers from mid '90s  use a 4.5" x 5 bolt pattern, same as full size Ford, mercury, Lincoln passenger car(also many older sub models, but other than MK VII/LSC Lincolns, AFAIK nothing newer than around '80)... The '89 - '97 T-Bird, MK VIII Lincolns and all Taurus used a 4.25" X 5 lug pattern... Earlier T-Bird back ti '79 & Mustang '74-'93 were 4 lug... Before '74 & later '90s Stangs will fit Ranger...

The Full size trucks use a 5" x 5 lug pattern...

While you can use a '02-earlier Crown Vic/Grand Marquis wheel on a Ranger, one for full size Bronco or F-100/150 must come from same... The Crown Vic/Grand marquis wheels will be 15" from around '80 and 16" from '98 up, but can be used as spare... A friend had a full set of '90 Vic aluminum wheels on his '00 Ranger...

Should be plenty of wheels on Craigslist for either truck...
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Post by 75X11 on Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:52 pm

I finally found a spare on car-part.com for $25 and inatalled it and the carrier this morning.

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Post by 35Z5 on Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:07 pm

75X11 wrote:I finally found a spare on car-part.com for $25 and inatalled it and the carrier this morning.


Shore is purdy...


Guess I was lucky, mine came with a spare... Mounted on RF.. That corner was ridin' around in the bed, had a big hole in sidewall... The mount was just swinging around under the truck, sounded like some was beating on the bed with a hammer...

I remounted spare and second spare from a Explorer I was selling on the Superior aluminum wheels, the "may pop" is filling in for spare(better than nuthin')...
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Post by terrydec on Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:36 pm

I'm thinking about selling my truck.  I added up all of the invoices and I've paid almost $3,000 for a truck barely worth $900.  And it doesn't stop there- I need a new hose from my gas tank to the fillup thingy. $150.  I need front shocks, another $100 dollars, and my gas gauge doesn't work.  The last time that was fixed it cost $300.  And don't forget a new tire and rim.

I'm seriously thinking of going to a "Buy Here-Pay Here" lot. Maybe they'll give me a $300 trade in on my truck, if I'm lucky.

If I had had all of the money I've spent at one time when I was looking for a vehicle I could have bought a new one.
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Re: Bit By Bit

Post by 75X11 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:48 pm

My engine has begun to miss a bit at highway speed. Today I went ahead and got an OBD II and ABS reader. It is a bit nicer than the OBD I type I use with the Mustang. It says there is a misfire on cyl 1.
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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:22 pm

It says there is a misfire on cyl 1.

Sounds like a coil-pack going bad. I'll bet your spark plugs have burned to a wide gap!

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Post by 35Z5 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:53 am

MEZLAW wrote:It says there is a misfire on cyl 1.

Sounds like a coil-pack going bad. I'll bet your spark plugs have burned to a wide gap!

The 5.0 in '96 F-150 doesn't have coil packs, conventional coil, rotor, cap & wires...
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Post by 75X11 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:55 am

And it would have to be the wire routed below the alternator. A little easter egg hunt for the fourth. At least if it needs wires, I have had good luck with the cut to fit accel set I use on the Mustang.
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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:07 am

35Z5 wrote:
MEZLAW wrote:It says there is a misfire on cyl 1.

Sounds like a coil-pack going bad. I'll bet your spark plugs have burned to a wide gap!

The 5.0 in '96 F-150 doesn't have coil packs, conventional coil, rotor, cap & wires...


My bad, did they come out in 97? My 97 Taurus had a coil pack.

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:36 am

I believe the packs came out with the 4.6l v8, and whatever v6 superceded the 2.9. I don't feel bad about not having one though. I'm familiar with a distributor and just one coil. Plus, they worked out that the coil driver board (TFI) shouldn't be cooled by contacting the distributor body.
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Post by terrydec on Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:26 pm

Does anybody remember sitting at the kitchen table with your wife bitching at you about the gasoline smell while you try and find the missing part of the carburetor rebuild Kit?
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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:25 pm

don't know what you're talkin' about.......no more wife!   Very Happy  Now I can clean hub caps in the dish washer!  

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Post by 35Z5 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:25 pm

terrydec wrote:Does anybody remember sitting at the kitchen table with your wife bitching at you about the gasoline smell while you try and find the missing part of the carburetor rebuild Kit?

Ummm could be the reason you're not married??? I've pulled wired in PC boards and replaced color TV flybacks on the kitchen table, but never rebuilt a carb... Lucky till I bought a house with a garage, I could use the folks garage to do mechanical work...

75X11 wrote:I believe the packs came out with the 4.6l v8, and whatever v6 superceded the 2.9.  I don't feel bad about not having one though.  I'm familiar with a distributor and just one coil.  Plus, they worked out that the coil driver board (TFI) shouldn't be cooled by contacting the distributor body.

AFAIK only 5.0 to use coil packs were  the Explorers, the 4.6 always used coil packs(four cyl per pack) from the time they were introduced in the Town Cars in '91 & Crown Vic & Grand Marquis in '92... 1998 saw the introduction of individual coils for 4.6... Lots of other Ford vehicles used them starting mid/late '90s as well...
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Post by 75X11 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:48 pm

Carburetors, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions and small engines. Me no touch. They die in my grasp.
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Post by 75X11 on Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:21 pm

Well, I celebrated the fourth by putting out the fireworks. The little blue ones here and there in the engine compartment. I put in a set of accel cut to fit plug wires, plugs and a new cap and rotor. These plugs are at least as hard to get to as the Mustang's. I had to use a 2 1/2 foot extension with ball joint, a u-joint and a 3 ft. extension to get the passenger side rear one. 3 of the plugs were barely tightened down and one had blow by. The fireworks will not keep me up tonight. I have a new computer and monitor to set up. I wonder when.
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Post by terrydec on Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:54 pm

There were three fireworks shows close to here that I could see. One went past 11 PM.  They were nice at first but after the first hour they got boring. Then the people down the street started showing off their guns,I guess, and across the street they started setting off dynamite, or cheery bombs, whatever.  That went on until 3 AM.   I finally went to sleep.  Rocky didn't go out as long as there were loud noises. So of course he left me a nice present at the back door.  Whoopee.
Unhappy 4th.
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Post by 75X11 on Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:58 pm

many of the folks around here went to shows, it appears. That is always a good thing when you have a convertible. I didn't hear very many 7 or 14 strings of pops without the attendant crackling that says they are fireworks as opposed to an unlawful discharge.
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Post by terrydec on Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:41 pm

75X11 wrote:many of the folks around here went to shows, it appears.  That is always a good thing when you have a convertible.  I didn't hear very many 7 or 14 strings of pops without the attendant crackling that says they are fireworks as opposed to an unlawful discharge.

I don't know about that.  I do know that the guy down the street was bragging about firing his 45.  I wonder where those bullets end up.  
Oops-there was just another loud noise, probably someone slamming a door, but my dog has disappeared. (")
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Post by 75X11 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:36 am

Well, the tune up made a big difference in the trucks' performance. It is running much smoother and has better accelerator response.
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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:29 am

75X11 wrote:Well, the tune up made a big difference in the trucks' performance.  It is running much smoother and has better accelerator response.  

I'll bet the fuel ecconomy will improve also!  Very Happy 

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:12 pm

I'm holding my breath on that one. Just filled up yesterday. Tank and a half. $84. If I get the same mileage difference I get in performance, it will be a good investment in time and money.
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