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pre61-list Digest Sun, 16 Jul 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 127

In This Issue:
53 F-100 Rear Suspension Q's
Re: Transmission Identification
Differential Identification
rear ends
Truckin Mags.
Re: tools


Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 17:03:46 -0400
From: Glen <53effie>
Subject: 53 F-100 Rear Suspension Q's

Hi Gang,

Well, I'm beginning to wonder if it may be time to re-think my
suspension options for the truck. I had planned on using a TCI 4-link
rear-end along with either coil-overs or air bags. Others have suggested
just sticking with the leaf-spring arrangement but have the eyes on the
leaves reversed to lower the truck.

Any comments regarding 4-link vs. leaf springs (ride quality, handling,
traction, etc.)? And one step further, any comments regarding air bags
vs coil overs?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Take care.

Glen Mead - 53effie
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Digital Content Creator
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Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 14:09:38 -0700
From: Dan Wentz>
Subject: Re: Transmission Identification

>I need some help identifying a Ford automatic
>transmission. I bought a 302 engine and transmission
>that came out of an 82 or 83 LTD station wagon. I was
>told the transmission was an AOD (non electronic), but
>after taking a good look at it I am not so sure.

How many bolts are on the pan? A C4/C5 (which is what it would probably be
if not an AOD) has 11 bolts and the pan is square. AOD has 14 bolts and
the pan sort of tapers at the back.

If you have the C4/C5 shaped pan you'll have to find somebody who can
decipher that code for you. If the car is an 83 then it would be a C5 for
sure, but in 81 and 82 they used both C4 and C5. Before 80 they just used
the C4. AOD forst appeared in 80 so it could be that too.


1950 F1 351C--Not neglected and definitely not for sale. Persistence is
1998 Explorer--I'm not like the other Explorer drivers--honest!
Quench my thirst with gasoline.


From: DewayneReding
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 23:14:51 EDT
Subject: Differential Identification


I do not have a rearend decoder chart but the 3.25 stamping does refer to the
gear ratio the rear end was originally geared with. I would count the number
of teeth on the ring and pinion gear to verify before I installed. Simply
divide the big number (ring gear) by the small number (pinion gear) A 3.25
ration would be an excellent choice for a street gear.



From: Oldtrukman (R. Pietsch)
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 00:48:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: rear ends

Hi Dan

I swapped the original rear end out of my '56 several years back. I
picked up a 9 inch out of a '66 Ford F100. It was a direct bolt in, and
only took me an afternoon, a bottle jack, a pair of jack stands, and
common hand tools to do the job. I believe that nearly any Ford pickup
rear end from '57 through '72 will fit, as far as brackets and such are
concerned. But you should measure the overall width from the backing
plate mounting flanges just to be sure.

Now with the 9 inch I am running 3.25 gears and it makes freeway
driving much more enjoyable.

For a while I ran 3.89 gears for towing our 5th wheel trailer, but
we sold it last year so I put the 3.25's back in. That's the beauty of
the 9 inch. It only takes an hour or so to swap ratios.

Hope this helps a little.

Rix56 'The Rat'


From: Oldtrukman (R. Pietsch)
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 01:33:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Truckin Mags.

Hi all out there in Ford country.

I got to cleaning out my book case and have several yeas
accumulation of old Truckin Magazines I would like to get rid of.
They're taking up room that I could use to collect more stuff that I
probably won't ever use either.

Anyway, I have all years from '84 through '99, all in binders by
the year.

I would like to sell them complete by the year, or the whole lot. I
would rather not break them up by individual magazine.

I am only logged on to the Pre61 and the Performance list, so if
any of you want to pass this on to any of the other lists I would
appreciate it.

Any one interested can contact me off list.


Rix56 'The Rat'


Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 10:45:45 -0500
From: Doug Siedsma>
Subject: tools

Hi all,
Need to find a source for tools that are identified in the shop manuals.

Specifically I am rebuilding the flat 6 on my '51 and to remove the
valve springs it requires a specific tool that I have not found at local

auto parts stores...Searched the net for the tool mfg. listed but found
nothing.. any help would be appreciated.


Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 21:01:11 -0500
From: JeffH>
Subject: Re: tools

At 10:45 AM 7/17/2000 -0500, Doug wrote:
>Hi all,
>Need to find a source for tools that are identified in the shop manuals.
>Specifically I am rebuilding the flat 6 on my '51 and to remove the
>valve springs it requires a specific tool that I have not found at local
>auto parts stores...Searched the net for the tool mfg. listed but found
>nothing.. any help would be appreciated.

You can give Eastwood Company a try, or
(800) 345-1178.

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