fordtrucks-digest Saturday, January 3 1998 Volume 02 : Number 001
Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 And Older Trucks Digest
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Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 07:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: jniolon uss.com
Subject: 9" limited slip unit needed
A Happy New Year to everyone...
How many of you started on your New Years resolution when you said
"I've got to clean up this mess !!"
So.. in your diligent effort to do that...uncover that 9" limited slip
or traction loc pumpkin. I don't need the case or the axles...just
the 3rd member. any gear from 2.75 to 3.50.
Come on guys...I need the pumpkin...you need the floor space.
Everyone should be able to walk at least 6 feet thru their shop
without stepping over something, shouldn't they ?
I'll be....Standin' by the mailbox for the UPS guy with a hernia...
(hey !! that could be a country song...)
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 1998 00:36:17 -0400
From: Ray Cardogno
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-digest V1 #97
Subject: buying afar
Can somebody tell me what are the most important things to
consider when buying a truck long distance? I know that the best way is to go
up there and see it before you buy it, however if the vehicle is several
hundred miles away, one needs to be absolutely sure that that is the vehicle
you want and need before you travel to see it.
This is more a story than advice, perhaps it's bad advice, but here goes. I
bought a 53 F-600 less than a year ago that was 1650 miles away from my
home. I did it without pictures. I asked so many questions that I could
have written a book about the truck. It was Low miles, rock solid, new
stake body dump bed, new upholstery, new paint, and the price was $2000.
For that price how wrong can you go? Do you take a chance? Sure. What an
adventure! The seller sounded like an honest person. I sent the guy $1000
to hold the thing for me because I couldn't get down that way for 4 months.
I come from the land of salt and rust (Massachusetts) so I figured I'd fly
in and buy a more recent truck that is still solid (like early 80's) for my
work truck and also buy a flatbed car trailer to haul back my jewell. But
what happens to me? I get on the net the night before my flight and do a
nationwide search for trucks for sale and print it without reading it. I
figured I'd save that reading for the plane ride. I had been thinking for a
while, Gee a Cabover truck would be cool to use for work. The time finally
came and I am in flight. Lo and behold the first truck on the list, the
only cabover on the net, a C-600, was in Oklahoma about 250 miles from
where I was to land. The first thing I did when I got to the airport was
to go to a pay phone and call this guy about the C-600. He says "Oh you
mean the old bubble nose"? Something came over me. I thought: "The hell
with the 80's work truck". I got directions, rented a car and went to see
it. It had no brakes, a smashed windshield, and the 91 year-old man who
owned it had finally decided to sell it because his barn had collapsed on
it! After the beams were chainsawed away and it was dragged from the
wreckage of the barn and the hood was sledge-hammered out I BOUGHT IT! The
motor ran great (28K mi.) I drove it over 100 miles to OK City ala Obsolete
Ford Parts and popped a new windshield into it on the side of the road in
the rain (you gotta love it). Next, new wheel cylinders and shoes. Then I
bought a trailer and hooked it up to the truck's pre-existing trailer hitch
and drove 150 miles to where my other gem (the 53 F-600) was waiting. It
was a real sharp looking sweetheart, but I was by far more excited about my
big ugly cab-over. I loaded the F-600 on the back of the cabover and set
off on my journey home 1800 miles from where I started. I thought to my
self: "You gotta be crazy, do you really think you'll make it"? Then I
thought "Some people climb mountains". Away I went, winter time, no heat.
It was th greatest ride of my life. You would'nt beleive the looks I got
because of my rig... most of'em dirty. When I was relatively close to home
in NY someone asked where I was going. Whan I told them Massachusetts they
said, "boy you got a lot of nerve". When I told the I had just come over
1500 miles they nearly died. Well, I made it home. The bitmap texture on
the "Merry Christmas" picture on the pictorial section of this website was
taken the day I got back home without any breakdowns to my wife and six
You gotta love it!
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