fordtrucks-digest Tuesday, December 30 1997 Volume 01 : Number 094
Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 And Older Trucks Digest
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Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 10:16:02 -0800
From: Gary Haselbusch
Subject: Re: '54 F-100
R. Garber wrote:
> I am considering buying a 1954 F-100.
> IMOP best year to obtain, Least produced, Least common restored.
> >First, was a 4x4 F-100 produced that year?
> Can't help here.
> What engine combination
> 6-cyl 223, 8-cyl 239,256,279 and 317
> A flathead is installed, and I thought 1953 was the last year
> 53 was the last year.
> . It is possible that a mistake was made somewhere in
> >titling the truck.
> One thing is sure, anything could have happened.
> Is there any way of determining the origin of this truck
> >by tracing the VIN? If so, where do I start?
> Books, post the vin and we can tell you what you need to know.
> (mine was assembled in St.Paul, July of 54, Motor&Trans. june of 54)
> it has a
> >late-model (70's) grille, cedar running boards and tail gate. I would like
> >to return the truck to "original" condition. Are the parts going to be hard
> >to find?
> The parts missing are prob. the most expensive to obtain, however all are
> > I really want this truck, but I don't know if its worth the
> >Earl, any classic is worth it, If you decide not to prusue this
> let the list know. Be prepared to spend money, do it right, and ENJOY!
> 54 F100
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'54 was a split year, the first half was 239ci flathead, the second half
was 239ci overhead valve. Good luck, Gary
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 13:39:50 -0600
From: Jeff Hazewinkel
Subject: 12volt conversion problems
I am trying to finish the conversion of my 47 1 1/2 ton to 12 volt and
am running into some problems. I have installed an alternator, selinoid
and coil ( with resister in line). I also added a new wiring harness.
The engine runs great, the problem is in the starting.
Right now the engine starts as soon as I turn the ignition switch on,
even though the starter button is not depressed. I even took the
starter button completely out of the circuit and engine still starts
with the ingnition switch only. The other problem is that the starter
does not disengage.
I have checked the wiring at the selinoid and all is correct, but I
believe there may be something wrong with it. I have replaced the 12
volt selinoid twice but still have not been able to get things to work
properly. I want to see if anyone else has run across similiar
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 19:12:49 -0500
Subject: Driving by the ocean
I'll take the snow; your road hasn't been washed out by mudslides yet?
I hate to think about the big earthquake coming soon...what a loss of
perfectly good Ford trucks!!
In snowy Waynesboro, Va., where we got 6" Saturday, and about 8 more on
the way now.
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 21:51:18 -0800
From: rmeier connect.net (Roger Meier)
Subject: 12 volt conversion problems
Jeff Hazewinkel writes:
...."I have checked the wiring at the selinoid and all is correct, but I believe there may be something wrong with it. I have replaced the 12 volt selinoid twice but still have not been able to get things to work properly. I want to see if anyone else has run across similiar problems."
Maybe I can help. I cannot tell how you have wired things, but I will hazard a guess. There is a basic difference between the 6 volt and 12 volt solenoids. The 6 volt solenoid is activated when you connect the starter button post to ground. The 12 volt solenoid activates when you connect the post to +12, so the basic wiring must be changed. Disconnect the starter from the solenoid, turn the switch "on" and measure the voltage at the side post terminal. If you are reading 12 volts here that is the problem, see where it is coming from. Actually on late model solenoids there are two side terminals, one is for the starter signal input (+12 volts to activate) and one that connects 12 volt to the coil (bypassing the resistor in series with the coil) when the starter is engaged.
Hope this helps,
> > >First, was a 4x4 F-100 produced that year?
I think the first year for a factory Ford 4x4 was '59 or '60, but there
were dealer option 4x4 conversions done to the '54's.
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 00:19:20 EST
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-digest V1 #93
I must be a redneck (from Memphis!!). I do have my favorite 57 truck as wall
paper. I just wish the picture was big enough not to be tiled 16 times! (By
the way, it came off of this website before it was trashed). I probably
answered yes to others, but that is the only one I'll own up too! (My kids
probably set their colas on the CD's)
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