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FTE Pre48 - panel truck
Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck
Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck
Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck
Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck
Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck
Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck

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Date: Thu, 03 Jun 1999 08:19:16 -0500
From: Chris Chambers
Subject: FTE Pre48 - panel truck

I recently purchased a panel truck. I've always been a Mustang man but
want to restore this truck for my business. At first I thought it was a
46 but a friend helped me load it and said that because the distributor
was on the front of the motor it was a 42. Is this correct? I will
need all of the help I can get since I am just learning about these old
trucks. Thank-you
- -Chris

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Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 10:20:14 -0400
From: "John Lawson"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck

Chris, both the 42 and the 46 have front plate mounted distributors. The 42
distributor cap was significantly different with individual spark plug wire
terminal connection sockets located around the perimeter of a flat cap. The
46 has no exposed wire sockets with an outer cap with 2 horns aimed up and
back toward the wire looms and an inner cap where the wires plugged
straight in facing the camshaft.
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From: Chris Chambers
To: pre48-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Thursday, June 03, 1999 9:22 AM
Subject: FTE Pre48 - panel truck


>I recently purchased a panel truck. I've always been a Mustang man but
>want to restore this truck for my business. At first I thought it was a
>46 but a friend helped me load it and said that because the distributor
>was on the front of the motor it was a 42. Is this correct? I will
>need all of the help I can get since I am just learning about these old
>trucks. Thank-you
>-Chris
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Date: Thu, 03 Jun 1999 13:24:12 -0500
From: Chris Chambers
Subject: Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck

Thank-you John for the information. When I went home at lunch, I checked my
distributor cap. It is exactly as you described with all of the wires plugging
into the top of the single cap, this would mean that it is indeed a 42,
correct? Thanks again for the info, I am really looking forward to getting an
education on this truck. By the way, what are these motors worth? I now have
two of them and am planning to go a little more modern with my truck with a
better front suspension and probably a 351W. Thanks
- -Chris

John Lawson wrote:

> Chris, both the 42 and the 46 have front plate mounted distributors. The 42
> distributor cap was significantly different with individual spark plug wire
> terminal connection sockets located around the perimeter of a flat cap. The
> 46 has no exposed wire sockets with an outer cap with 2 horns aimed up and
> back toward the wire looms and an inner cap where the wires plugged
> straight in facing the camshaft.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Chambers
> To: pre48-list ford-trucks.com
> Date: Thursday, June 03, 1999 9:22 AM
> Subject: FTE Pre48 - panel truck
>
> >I recently purchased a panel truck. I've always been a Mustang man but
> >want to restore this truck for my business. At first I thought it was a
> >46 but a friend helped me load it and said that because the distributor
> >was on the front of the motor it was a 42. Is this correct? I will
> >need all of the help I can get since I am just learning about these old
> >trucks. Thank-you
> >-Chris
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Date: Thu, 03 Jun 1999 15:46:44 -0400
From: 47Fred
Subject: Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck

Chris Chambers wrote:
>
> I recently purchased a panel truck.
> At first I thought it was a 46 but a friend helped me load it and said that > because the distributor was on the front of the motor it was a 42. Is this
> correct?


All the trucks made from '42 thru '47 are pretty much all alike, they
all had front mounted distributors, even the 6 cylinder ones. Because of
the war, you don't see many '42's, and 43,44 & 45 are almost
nonexistent. Chances are good that you have either a '46 or '47 and
since a lot of them have had the engine swapped, its hard to track
what's what even with with motor numbers. My thoughts? if you want it to
be a '46 call it a 46 it'll take a pretty clever fellow to prove
otherwise, and I bet that your bill of sale says "46".

Whatca got for a Mustang?

47Fred
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Date: Thu, 03 Jun 1999 15:55:16 -0400
From: 47Fred
Subject: Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck

John Lawson wrote:
>
> Chris, both the 42 and the 46 have front plate mounted distributors. The 42
> distributor cap was significantly different with individual spark plug wire
> terminal connection sockets located around the perimeter of a flat cap. The
> 46 has no exposed wire sockets with an outer cap with 2 horns aimed up and
> back toward the wire looms and an inner cap where the wires plugged
> straight in facing the camshaft.

My '47 has the flat cap, looks like a dead crab. The wires go up
more or less loose into two wire guides, or tubes, for lack of a better
name. I suppose it could have easily been swapped, I once had a '46
inline 6 and it also had the crab style cap.

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Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 16:46:45 -0400
From: "John Lawson"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck

Chris, I don't think your distributor cap is the 42 type. On the 42, you can
see the socket where each wire plugs in to the cap. These wire sockets are
evenly spaced around the outer perimeter of the cap. The 46 and newer type
have 4 plug wires running into each upper side of the outer cap and you
cannot actually see the socket where the wires are plugged in to the inner
cap.

Also, as Fred said, too many things have been changed in 50 years to base
the model on a single part identification. It is most likely to be a 46 or
newer truck.

The value of the engine is determined by the condition. If it is crack free
and ready to run it could be worth up to $1500. If it is a clunker which
needs major attention it might be worth $100 or less.
- -----Original Message-----
From: Chris Chambers
To: pre48-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Thursday, June 03, 1999 2:26 PM
Subject: Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck


>Thank-you John for the information. When I went home at lunch, I checked
my
>distributor cap. It is exactly as you described with all of the wires
plugging
>into the top of the single cap, this would mean that it is indeed a 42,
>correct? Thanks again for the info, I am really looking forward to getting
an
>education on this truck. By the way, what are these motors worth? I now
have
>two of them and am planning to go a little more modern with my truck with a
>better front suspension and probably a 351W. Thanks
>-Chris
>
>John Lawson wrote:
>
>> Chris, both the 42 and the 46 have front plate mounted distributors. The
42
>> distributor cap was significantly different with individual spark plug
wire
>> terminal connection sockets located around the perimeter of a flat cap.
The
>> 46 has no exposed wire sockets with an outer cap with 2 horns aimed up
and
>> back toward the wire looms and an inner cap where the wires plugged
>> straight in facing the camshaft.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Chris Chambers
>> To: pre48-list ford-trucks.com
>> Date: Thursday, June 03, 1999 9:22 AM
>> Subject: FTE Pre48 - panel truck
>>
>> >I recently purchased a panel truck. I've always been a Mustang man but
>> >want to restore this truck for my business. At first I thought it was a
>> >46 but a friend helped me load it and said that because the distributor
>> >was on the front of the motor it was a 42. Is this correct? I will
>> >need all of the help I can get since I am just learning about these old
>> >trucks. Thank-you
>> >-Chris
>> >
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Date: Thu, 03 Jun 1999 18:26:07 -0500
From: Chris Chambers
Subject: Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck

John, I may have forgot to mention that my motor is a straight six. Does that
matter for the plug wire configuration? Also, are these motors worth anything?
I'm sorry I forgot to mention that earlier.
- -Chris

John Lawson wrote:

> Chris, I don't think your distributor cap is the 42 type. On the 42, you can
> see the socket where each wire plugs in to the cap. These wire sockets are
> evenly spaced around the outer perimeter of the cap. The 46 and newer type
> have 4 plug wires running into each upper side of the outer cap and you
> cannot actually see the socket where the wires are plugged in to the inner
> cap.
>
> Also, as Fred said, too many things have been changed in 50 years to base
> the model on a single part identification. It is most likely to be a 46 or
> newer truck.
>
> The value of the engine is determined by the condition. If it is crack free
> and ready to run it could be worth up to $1500. If it is a clunker which
> needs major attention it might be worth $100 or less.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Chambers
> To: pre48-list ford-trucks.com
> Date: Thursday, June 03, 1999 2:26 PM
> Subject: Re: FTE Pre48 - panel truck
>
> >Thank-you John for the information. When I went home at lunch, I checked
> my
> >distributor cap. It is exactly as you described with all of the wires
> plugging
> >into the top of the single cap, this would mean that it is indeed a 42,
> >correct? Thanks again for the info, I am really looking forward to getting
> an
> >education on this truck. By the way, what are these motors worth? I now
> have
> >two of them and am planning to go a little more modern with my truck with a
> >better front suspension and probably a 351W. Thanks
> >-Chris
> >
> >John Lawson wrote:
> >
> >> Chris, both the 42 and the 46 have front plate mounted distributors. The
> 42
> >> distributor cap was significantly different with individual spark plug
> wire
> >> terminal connection sockets located around the perimeter of a flat cap.
> The
> >> 46 has no exposed wire sockets with an outer cap with 2 horns aimed up
> and
> >> back toward the wire looms and an inner cap where the wires plugged
> >> straight in facing the camshaft.
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Chris Chambers
> >> To: pre48-list ford-trucks.com
> >> Date: Thursday, June 03, 1999 9:22 AM
> >> Subject: FTE Pre48 - panel truck
> >>
> >> >I recently purchased a panel truck. I've always been a Mustang man but
> >> >want to restore this truck for my business. At first I thought it was a
> >> >46 but a friend helped me load it and said that because the distributor
> >> >was on the front of the motor it was a 42. Is this correct? I will
> >> >need all of the help I can get since I am just learning about these old
> >> >trucks. Thank-you
> >> >-Chris
> >> >
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