Go Back   EcoModder Forum > EcoModding > EcoModding Central
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-29-2012, 09:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
4ringcircus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 31

Ford Ranger - '97 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4
90 day: 21.28 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 18 Times in 1 Post
Starting with some aerodynamic mods. I made a tonneau cover out of vinyl and had plenty left over. I decided to use the vinyl to make a belly pan that could stretch over the TTB (Ford's front independent 4x4 axle) . This allows the TTB to flex. Took a great deal of sewing and patience, but it wraps up around the wheel wells and around all the suspension bits. Here are the pics:
from the front....


wrapping around the wheel (passenger side)....


from the back....


Last edited by 4ringcircus; 01-01-2013 at 10:15 AM..
  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 01-05-2013, 08:10 AM   #12 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
4ringcircus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 31

Ford Ranger - '97 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4
90 day: 21.28 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 18 Times in 1 Post
Today's post is on an mod I did a while back. I need to post again because I am having some electrical problems. A few years ago I converted my AC pump electric clutch to attach to my power steering. This mod was good for about 1mpg. I put up a thread on it here: http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...ing-14952.html

I tapped power from the power window's relay. It has worked fine for years, but just a few weeks ago it blew the 10amp fuse on the power window relay circuit. I replaced the fuse and it immediately re-burned the fuse when I operated the switch. My hope is something is wrong with the switch, so I'll try a different one and test it again. My fear is something worse is happening as I burned out a headlight last month and another last week

Aside from my electrical ineptitude, the mechanics of the project work great. Here are a few pics:
...the finished product....

....this is the front of my AC unit. The electric clutch is designed to fit on this part, so I simply cut it off....

.... and attached it to the bracket that holds the power steering unit.

Then I threaded the inside of the power steering shaft

.... enabling me to bolt on the spring plate

Last edited by 4ringcircus; 01-05-2013 at 08:21 AM..
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 10:48 AM   #13 (permalink)
radioranger
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Canton CT
Posts: 442
Thanks: 140
Thanked 43 Times in 32 Posts
Got to give you credit good work , real inventiveness there,
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 11:03 AM   #14 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: rhode island
Posts: 30

o - '84 Ford F150
Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
anther way to squeeze some mpgs out of the 4.0 is to convert the cooling fan to electrical one out of early 90's taurus are basically bolt in when i did the swap on my old ranger i got another 1mpg and are cheap i payed 15$ at a local junk yard. as far as gearing in the axles go they came with gears as high as 3.27s but the best all around gears ive found 3.55s are perfect. i don't know how mechanically inclined you are or how far you want to dig into the truck but the second generation rangers with the 2.9s had different gearing in 1st 2nd and 3rd while retaining the same 4th and 5th gear ratios.i had swapped one into my truck and having the lower first 3 gears helped boost my city mpg.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 01:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
4ringcircus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 31

Ford Ranger - '97 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4
90 day: 21.28 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 18 Times in 1 Post
Thanks c_silva88. I just fixed my electric power steering; the switch had gone bad. I think the term is 'arching'. Anyway, I love the idea of putting in an e-fan. I don't have one yet, but I've read on ecomodder that some on here go without the fan altogether in the winter. I have a quality after-market temp gauge installed, so I can monitor the engine for safety. I'm going to pull mine sometime soon and give it a try.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 01:23 PM   #16 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: rhode island
Posts: 30

o - '84 Ford F150
Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
no problem if you need any advice or help fixing any thing check out therangerstation.com im a member over there its the best forum for rangers ive found with tons of information and how to
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 01:43 PM   #17 (permalink)
Smeghead
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Central AK
Posts: 933

escort - '99 ford escort sport
90 day: 42.38 mpg (US)

scoobaru - '02 Subaru Forester s
90 day: 28.65 mpg (US)
Thanks: 32
Thanked 146 Times in 97 Posts
I see you have a vac gauge, which is good. An Ultra gauge is better. Have you thought about doing an aero camper shell?
__________________

Learn from the mistakes of others, that way when you mess up you can do so in new and interesting ways.

One mile of road will take you one mile, one mile of runway can take you around the world.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2013, 07:36 PM   #18 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
4ringcircus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 31

Ford Ranger - '97 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4
90 day: 21.28 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 18 Times in 1 Post
I've given a little thought to an aero shell, but I don't like the look. I currently have a tonneau that I've made. As for other aero improvements, I plan on grille shutters. I might do a full belly pan, something at the end of the tailgate and something behind the top of the cab.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 05:39 PM   #19 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
4ringcircus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 31

Ford Ranger - '97 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4
90 day: 21.28 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 18 Times in 1 Post
I took out the radiator fan a week ago. Initial results are about 1mpg improvement. I've been monitoring the engine temp with an aftermarket temp gauge hooked up at the thermostat The truck heats up faster and runs around 160 to 180 in this cold. That's probably up a few degrees from where it would be with the fan, but I'm surprised how well it cools itself driving 45mph down the highway. Makes me wish I had yanked the fan years ago! I'll see how hot it gets when the summer gets here~ might either have to put the fan back on or do the electric fan conversion.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 08:32 PM   #20 (permalink)
(:
 
Frank Lee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: up north
Posts: 12,761

Blue - '93 Ford Tempo
Last 3: 27.29 mpg (US)

F150 - '94 Ford F150 XLT 4x4
90 day: 18.5 mpg (US)

Sport Coupe - '92 Ford Tempo GL
Last 3: 69.62 mpg (US)

ShWing! - '82 honda gold wing Interstate
90 day: 33.65 mpg (US)

Moon Unit - '98 Mercury Sable LX Wagon
90 day: 21.24 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,585
Thanked 3,546 Times in 2,215 Posts
I yanked the F150's fan years ago with the intent of adding an e-fan... still has no fan...

__________________


  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Tags
ford, project, ranger, truck

Thread Tools




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com