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own a ford courier

Postby 4x4man » Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:39 pm

hello

just recently bought a 1991 ford courier with 31inch muddies
was wondering what would be some other minor modifications i could do ???


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Postby BlakeNZ » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:51 am

Get basic recovery gear, a first aid kit, and put some rated recovery hooks on it, and drive it like it is for a little while. No point spending on mods if you decide you don't like the truck, or is too expensive to run(if it's a petrol). If you like it, then you can consider a snorkel, protective bars, winch etc. Has it got a LSD in the rear?

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Postby 4x4man » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:37 pm

okay thanks
not to sure if it has a lsd, how do you tell ????

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Postby mudlva » Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:46 pm

Little sticker next to the oil level plug

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Postby 4x4man » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:49 am

checked the rear diff last night and there was no sticker there. looked like there was one at some stage.

duno what it is but the ute gets quite hot when driving in 4wd low ???anyone know what that could be ??

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Postby BlakeNZ » Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:42 am

cooling system? radiator may need to be flushed or rodded. also check the cooling fan is working properly.

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Postby coxsy » Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:02 pm

the radiator hangs low in couriers fills with crap quick off road
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Postby 4x4man » Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:30 pm

have now figured that it is an lsd.
also found the problem to over heating, the thermostat was stuck shut and wouldnt open :D :D

can someone help me as to the best place to buy a thermostat from or can u repair the old one ??

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Postby BlakeNZ » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:16 pm

any garage can order one for you. or repco, supercheap etc. Ford dealer will have them in stock too.
they aren't expensive.
You can't fix them. They last a long time.
If you need to drive the vehicle, in MOST cases you can gut the valve bit out of the centre, so water can flow trough all the time. The ute will take much longer to rise up to operating temp, but that's not a biggy= at least you are mobile while you wait for a replacement.

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Postby 4x4man » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:43 am

okay thanks for the help
i was also wondering what is the positives and negatives of a LSD???

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Postby Smurf » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:04 pm

There is a Repco in Greymouth, head in there and buy a new one dude.

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Postby 4x4man » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:32 pm

yip ive sorted the thermostat now
still wondering is it good or bad to have a lSD???

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Postby Smurf » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:41 pm

4x4man wrote:yip ive sorted the thermostat now
still wondering is it good or bad to have a lSD???


LSD is better than open, depending how well it works.

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Postby coxsy » Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:49 pm

you may need to yank on the the handbrake to get the power on the front wheels now and then it's not 50/50 power split from the transfer case
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Postby 4x4man » Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:19 pm

thanks for the help
nothing like abit of speed anyway, that always gets u there. :D

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Postby coxsy » Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:33 pm

yes mine, shamed a few heavy 4wds ,just to small for family trips, plus it was work truck so repairs became a nuisance, to work schedules
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Postby 4x4man » Thu Feb 18, 2016 5:29 pm

always good when u do better than a new ute :D :D
have flushed the radiator and taken the old thermostat out while waiting for my new one and ran it 2day and the radiator is still getting hot after i drive it for about 5 mins ???
anyone got an idea of what this could be

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Postby BlakeNZ » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:27 pm

what was the temp gauge doing?
when a vehicle overheats , sometimes crud in the water galleries is loosened, and it all gets pumped into the radiator, and blocks the lower third of the radiator. Radiator out, and reverse flush bottom to top, or send to radiator shop, and they will remove tanks and clean core. OR you water pump could be failing.

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Postby zukmeista » Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:04 pm

Some motors need to have a thermostat fitted as it blocks the bypass when it opens so the coolant has to go through the radiator so if it's not fitted the coolant won't actually flow through the radiator properly.

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Postby mudlva » Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:08 pm

fluid travelling to fast will not cool either.

put the old unit back in with the center removed as stated above and try again

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Postby 4x4man » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:37 am

okay thanks i will try it and see, the temperature gauge just sits normal when moved but just the pipes and radiator get real hot.

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Postby 4x4man » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:56 am

just wondering how do i put a bolt through the fan so it can run all the time ????

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Postby mudsurfv6 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:22 am

a viscous fan, you just drill a couple of holes right through hub opposite each other towards the centre where it gets thinner. bolts through. it won't be able to be a viscous hub again.
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Postby suzolla » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:53 pm

What makes you think it is getting TOO hot, if the gauge is reading normal, with the thermostat working properly it should be getting quite hot, too hot to put your hand on, have you checked the temperature by some other means.
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Postby 4x4man » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:46 pm

the gauge is reading properly but goes above the red and starts boiling real bad

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Postby Smurf » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:23 pm

If the water is boiling that badly, you have a bigger problem than just a cooling issue.

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Re: own a ford courier

Postby GreyGhost » Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:19 pm

Water pump could be knackered, hoses collapsed internally (they might look OK on the outside, but are buggered internally, blocking water flow).
Air flow through radiator (as mentioned earlier) can be stuffed up by having dirt/mud jamming the fins. Have you checked that air can flow properly through the fins?
What thermostat (make, and degrees, etc)?
Auto or manual gearbox?
If auto may need a trans cooler or a good trans flush and new oil too.
What's the service history (Yeah, I know. West Coast and servicing a vehicle? "Service? What's that"?).
Hey, I own a Prado so I'm all for a cool ride!
Driving on soft sand will certainly raise temps too.
I would just use a cable tie to lock up the viscous hub then try it.
That way you haven't buggered it by drilling a bolt hole through it.
If it's the hub it can be rebuilt easily (stripped down, cleaned, new oil, etc).
Blocked exhaust (or squashed up pipe from 4x4 work on rough ground) maybe?
31" muddies? Maybe too much load on the vehicle when slow driving (it's like starting off, and driving along in too high a gear all the time). Probably quite happy at highway speed.

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Re: own a ford courier

Postby cornflake » Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:01 pm

what motor are we talking about here

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Re: own a ford courier

Postby 4x4man » Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:11 pm

2.6 petrol

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Postby Crash bandicoot » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:09 pm

4x4man wrote:2.6 petrol


is that the astron motor that is in the procceed aswell?
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