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61-79-list-digest Tuesday, September 7 1999 Volume 03 : Number 318

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1961-1979 Trucks and Vans
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In this issue:

FTE 61-79 - FE Valve Adjustment
FTE 61-79 - I need Fenders and a Tailgate
FTE 61-79 - Further proof that Fords are better than Chevys
FTE 61-79 - power steering conversion
FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: Web site pictorial updates
FTE 61-79 - Thank You All
FTE 61-79 - Door Seal Install Q's



Date: Mon, 06 Sep 1999 09:45:21 -0700
From: "O'Connor"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - FE Valve Adjustment

You don't realy adjust the valves, you change the clearance between the
rocker arm and the pushrod! I think it is .05-.150" for a 352/360 without
looking it up. Inspect the "ball" seat in the rocker arm where the pushrod
pivots. If it is warn severly, you will need to change them. That will
give you less clearance and the pushrods may be OK. If the clearance is
still not correct, you can buy oversize and undersize ones at Autozone.
While checking the clearance, you have to turn the crank to the correct
positions to assure that the valves are seated and the cam is down all the
way. Good luck

Tim (Rebuilt 352)
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Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1999 10:47:59 -0400
From: "Tony"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - I need Fenders and a Tailgate

Hi, I need fenders and a tail gate for my 70 F100 2WD Short Bed automatic
302 cu in. Also what late model trucks can I get a 60/40 Split bench seat
out of that will fit my truck size wise. Actual bolt mounting fit is not a

Anthony D. Daniels

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Date: Mon, 06 Sep 1999 18:19:03 +0100
From: "Robert Werner"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Further proof that Fords are better than Chevys

The other night I was just sittin round the house when a kid I know from school came over. Him and his whole family are all big Chevy people. Anyways, he has a late 70's Camamro which he's been tryin to sell. No buyers, so he went out for a little cruise. Didn't get very far, cause the drive shaft fell off...for the 3rd time. He told me never to buy one like his, he's had nothin but trouble with it. Also, the county fair had a demolition derby recently. I wonder why Chevy's are the victims of choice for those things, and why Fords always end up towing them off the track?

P.S. Anybody know of any full-size Ford pickups for sale in the Western Michigan area w/ no engines? 4x4, and Manual transmission prefered. Thanks
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Date: Mon, 06 Sep 1999 13:06:34 -0400
From: "J. Doss Halsey"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - power steering conversion

Hey, Folks

I have an update for you and a question about my power steering conversion:

The update:

I have built my 390 4V and it is sitting on the engine stand awaiting a
free weekend to install it. In the last few weeks I removed the cab from
the frame in the driveway (much to the chagrin of my wife). I installed new
cab mounts and painted the frame and entire underside of the cab with
POR-15 semigloss black. I love that stuff. I got the cab back on, now I am
reassembling the front clip.

The power steering conversion:

I have had fits with this. I am trying to put a '72 (Ford) power steering
unit and pump into my '68 F250 2WD. I have the pump, the unit, FE brackets,
the shorter column for the steering, and the power steering driver's side
engine mount horn. My problem relates to the pitman arm. The pitman arm for
the '72 power unit seems to be at the wrong angle for my drag link. The
pitman arm from the '68 (Ford) manual unit, although having the correct
length and angle, has a different spline and won't fit on the '72 power
steering unit.

Should I get the whole drag link from a '72 power steering truck? Is there
a third pitman arm which will solve my problem?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Doss Halsey
'68 F250 Camper Special, Ranger Trim
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Date: Mon, 06 Sep 1999 14:11:18 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: Web site pictorial updates

The following have been added to the web site pictorial:

1950 F1
1956 F100
1966 F100
1971 F100
1973 F350 Super Camper Special Ranger
1986 F350 Ambulance
1990 F150 XLT Lariat
1999 F150

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1999 21:37:05 -0400
From: "Matthew Schwartz"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Thank You All

Well, after almost one year, I finally drove my Re-born F-250 supercab out
of the driveway and down the road. What was to be a quick engine swap turned
into a winter project, then it morphed into a "life experience". So ...gone
is the 302 / 4 speed for a rebuilt 460/c6. Thanks to all those that have
responded to my questions over the year.


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Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1999 23:33:05 -0400 (EDT)
From: crewcab
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Door Seal Install Q's

I spent several hours removing, prepping, and installing
the front passenger door seal over the weekend, what a pain!

Before I embark on the remaining 3 doors, does anyone
have any solutions to the following problems:

Removal of old seal remnants and glue without removing
the paint underneath.

Installing seal when both ends of an area are preformed,
forcing one to install them before the middle areas.

I used contact cement and when installing rubber into a
corner invariably one side touches (and sticks) before
the other leaving the seal in a slightly wrong position.

Teach me oh all knowing ones of the FTE!

I will say the seal (purchased from Vintage Ford) fit
very well, with the formed pieces fitting properly in
the appropriate places. Cost 65$ for a pair.

The lack of a good seal contributed greatly to the many
rattles in the truck, one down, three to go! I will
have to do some creative re-engineering to fit the seal
to the rear doors! Time to play with some sharp objects!

Jeff '64 F100 CrewCab

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