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pre61-list Digest Thu, 04 May 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 071

In This Issue:
SEMA Action Network Legislative Alert - U.S. House of
Where do I begin?
Re: Where do I begin?
Re: Where do I begin?
steering wheel cover/ stepside step bumper
'53 mirrors

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Date: Thu, 04 May 2000 20:58:26 -0400
From: Ken Payne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: SEMA Action Network Legislative Alert - U.S. House of

As some of you may have noticed by the main page of the Ford
Truck Enthusiasts web site, we recently joined SEMA. Just as
FTE got SEMA alerts as a club, it now received additional
alerts as a member. Following is an alert concerning CAFE
Standards:

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

U.S. House of Representatives to Consider Stricter
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards

CAFE mandates that all manufacturers meet fuel economy targets for their
vehicle fleet. For the last several years, the automotive industry has
successfully fought to freeze the fleet fuel economy average at 27.5 mpg for
cars and 20.7 mpg for light trucks (SUV’s, pickups, minivans). Now, a few
members of the U.S. House of Representatives, in a misguided attempt to
reduce pollution, gas prices and U.S. dependence on foreign oil, are
actively seeking to end the current freeze on CAFE standards. If they are
successful, the effects on consumer choice, not to mention vehicle safety,
will be dramatic.

Contact Your Federal Representatives to Oppose Lifting the CAFE Freeze

Higher CAFE Standards will…

Limit consumer choice in purchasing vehicles. Manufacturers will be forced
to make SUVs, light trucks and minivans more expensive, smaller, less
powerful, and less useful in terms of hauling and towing capacity.

Result in less vehicle availability and higher prices. Light trucks and SUV
’s, noted as “gas guzzlers,” will inevitably be phased out in order for
manufacturers to meet increasing government-mandated fuel economy standards.
In addition, CAFE increases in the light truck market will cost consumers up
to $2,750 in higher vehicle prices.

Lead to more deaths on our nation’s highways. Increased CAFE standards for
larger vehicles will force consumers into smaller cars with higher accident
fatality rates. A USA Today analysis found that “46,000 people have died in
crashes they would have survived in bigger heavier cars.” This works out to
“roughly 7,700 deaths for every mile per gallon gained” by driving smaller
cars (USA Today, July 2, 1999).

Higher CAFE Standards will not…

Improve on pollution. CAFE was enacted in 1975 to conserve fuel, not to
reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The idea that manmade CO2 emissions will
drastically reduce through higher CAFE standards is inaccurate. Even
doubling the fuel economy of new cars in the U.S. would reduce manmade CO2
emissions less than one percent worldwide.

Reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. To date, CAFE and small cars have
done little to reduce gasoline consumption and the U.S. imports more foreign
oil today than when CAFE standards were first imposed.

Save the consumer money at the gas pump with more fuel efficient vehicles.
Total gas consumption depends on factors such as total miles traveled, the
make-up of the overall vehicle fleet and gasoline prices, NOT simply on new
vehicle mileage standards.

Contact your Member of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose any
raising of CAFE standards. If you need assistance in determining who your
legislators are, this information can be obtained by calling the SEMA
Washington, D.C. office at 202/783-6007 or you can access this information
via the internet at www.sema.org/fedleg/legislatorrequest.

For assistance in turning this alert into a letter to a legislator, go to
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.sema.org/consumer/fedleg/ and choose SEMA's link on "How to Lobby
Elected Officials."

Please fax a copy of your letters to us at 202/783-6024 or mail to: SEMA
Washington Office, 1317 F St., NW, Ste. 500, Washington, D.C. 20004, Attn:
Brian Caudill




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From: "Mark Campbell" hotmail.com>
Subject: Where do I begin?
Date: Fri, 05 May 2000 07:50:16 CDT

Hey guys, I'm brand knew to this forum. I only got my 1950 ford F3
pickup(flatbed) yesterday and I'm dying to get started with the restoration.
It was in a cemetery for the first 20 yrs and was not really driven much
for the next 30. I've got about 53,000 on the original flathead V8. The
truck has been setting in a junk lot since 92'. Everything has a layer of
rust on it. Engine looks not to bad.
I was just wondering where you guys would begin this project. I thought I
would just get it running but don't know where to begin that....clean gas
tank(rust), change plugs, d-cap, points, etc.

What are your thought????
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From: NACatin aol.com
Date: Fri, 5 May 2000 09:14:56 EDT
Subject: Re: Where do I begin?

Mark,
I'm pretty new also. Got my 52 F4 flatbed truck in Jan and had a 2 month
spell where I worked on the truck with a vengeance. First thing I did was
change all the fluids and buy 3 cans of "break away" for the rusted bolts and
a case of break clean. Started in the engine compartment and did a major 50
yr. spring cleaning. Retuned, new hoses, filters, rebuilt the carb, etc.
Mine does have a 58 292 and it was running but like yours mine was confined
to an oil field. When the engine was done I rewired the entire truck. I
didn't have body work (thank God) so all of my work was electro-mech. It
all depends how much you want to spend and what the end result will be. I
wanted a reliable work truck that was as close to orig. as possible. This
site is great. Try Ebay for parts and get your hands on a Dennis Carpenter
and MACS catalogues. Good luck and mail me off line for info on guys I dealt
w/ for reasonable parts.
Nick
nacatin aol.com

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From: "Corry Winchester" premierecanada.com>
Subject: Re: Where do I begin?
Date: Fri, 5 May 2000 10:18:16 -0400

Hey Mark, welcome.

My 2 cents:

First thing is to decide if you want to restore original (if you have a lot
of original parts), stock or just get it running. If you are going to
restore original, I would suggest dismantling down to the frame, sandblast &
paint and start to piece it back together bit by bit.

Engine and tranny are obviously most important but not priority in
originality.

I am still in the dismantling stage myself on a 51 F1.

Corry Winchester
Systems Manager, Canada
Tel.Vmail.Fax: 416-204-9115
Networked Mailbox: 416-384-0015
Email: cwinches premierecanada.com



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Hey guys, I'm brand knew to this forum. I only got my 1950 ford F3
pickup(flatbed) yesterday and I'm dying to get started with the restoration.
It was in a cemetery for the first 20 yrs and was not really driven much
for the next 30. I've got about 53,000 on the original flathead V8. The
truck has been setting in a junk lot since 92'. Everything has a layer of
rust on it. Engine looks not to bad.
I was just wondering where you guys would begin this project. I thought I
would just get it running but don't know where to begin that....clean gas
tank(rust), change plugs, d-cap, points, etc.

What are your thought????
________________________________________________________________________

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From: "mark" argolink.net>
Subject: steering wheel cover/ stepside step bumper
Date: Fri, 5 May 2000 09:27:08 -0500

does anyone know where I can find a steering wheel cover (like the kind you
lace around the wheel) that'll fit the stock 18" steering wheel in my '59
F-100 and/or a step bumper for a stepside? I'm not having much luck with
these on my own.

thanks,
mark

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://209.144.1.250/mcarter/59/



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Date: Fri, 05 May 2000 20:30:24 -0400
From: Mark Barnes telerama.com>
Subject: '53 mirrors

Howdy,
I'm looking for a set of those old, tall, square looking mirrors that bolt on to the door mounts for my '53 F-350. I've seen some pictures where they look like they have telescoping height adjustment screws, (like a mic stand). I need the ones with the '53 -'56 type mount.
Actually, I'd like to find 4 of them, but 2 will do to start with. Cracked glass is OK. Anybody have or know where any of these mirrors are, email me at barnes telerama.com

Thanks...
Mark.
www.geocities.com/fifty_three_ford




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