pre48-list-digest Monday, June 7 1999 Volume 02 : Number 054

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FTE Pre48 - 40 3/4 tonner brake drums



Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 23:50:49 EDT
From: Brechtjohn
Subject: FTE Pre48 - 40 3/4 tonner brake drums

Hello one and all:
I have a '40 3/4 tonner that I am restoring (gradually). In rebuilding the
front end I had a revelation about the break drums -- that someday they will
wear out and I will be SOL unless I can replace them. My desires are to do
an actual restoration and would prefer to have the original drums. These are
unusual as they are the 10.75" bolt pattern and my wheels have the LARGE hole
in the center. In the event that I can't find the original style drums. Can
the '40 spindles be retrofitted with late-model drums and bearings? What is
the model of the part that would work?

I also have a thought for Chris with the panel truck. Take your time, do
your research. If you don't have unlimited funds this will be a long
process. I know how hungry you are for infomation, you want as much as you
can find out and want it now. I was there, and after five years I am still
hungry for information (hence, my request above). You run the risk of going
hog wild, jumping in blindly and realizing you are over your head. Then it
isn't fun anymore. Join the V/8 Club of America - a good source of Ford
flathead info. "Skinned Knuckles" is a good general purpose magazine with
excellent techincal articles. "This Old Truck" is another fine mag. Last
but not least this list is great access to people that know. Picking brains
is a good source of information. I wish you luck on your panel truck
(though, I wish you were restoring and not modifying, restoring is bringing
back to original and happens to be my thing). I empathize with your need for
information and to get to work on the truck, but I would like to warn you to
take it easy, don't rush it, you will always be learning.

By the way, what is the rear-end on your panel truck? Is it a 3/4 ton model
or a half ton? I am looking for a 4.11: 1 rear that will replace my 4.87:1
(the 4:11 was an option for my truck in 1940).

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