fordtrucks-digest Thursday, April 30 1998 Volume 02 : Number 117
Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 And Older Trucks Digest
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In this issue:
56 rear tanks [jniolon uss.com]
Intro/Fenders [YT ]
Transmission cover needed [Lynn Schrum ]
Re: '58 Ford [RJC988 ]
Gas tank sealant ["Paul G." ]
Radiator overflow cap ["Paul G." ]
Re Voltage Regulator [GEGK00A prodigy.com ( DAN LEE)]
Fuel venting [Stephen Hansen ]
Y-block for sale [Charlie Powell ]
one other note on the mustang tank...I did see a 54 at Pigeon Forge
last year used a mustang tank and brought the filler out to the rear
cowl, under the tailgate...fabbed a little hinged drop down door, with
magnetic latch...when it was closed you didn't even see it unless you
were looking for it...really neat install...forgot I knew that till
today...old body, old mind.
Hi, This is my first post to the list although I have been hanging
around for a couple of months. I have a '55 F-100"Old Red" which I
drive daily. It is my ongoing project and currently has a '70s V-8 and
TH350. it is reliable, easy to work on and I love it. It is also the
envy of all the boys in the scout troop where I am scoutmaster. I also
have a '55 F-250"Old Blue" which is all original custom cab with a 292
which runs. I will probably be selling Old Blue though because I don't
have time or space for two projects.
FENDERS- This is a little slow but I went out last night and measured
the rear fenders on both of my '55s and the f-250 rear fenders are the
same height and width but 3" longer than the f-100. My f-250 also has
2" tubs inside the bed. The tubs look original but if anyone knows
different please let me know.
Thanks for all the advise. Next step is suspension and steering on Old
I have a '56 F-250 and am in need of the center floor piece that covers
the transmission. I have a 4 speed manual and center floor mounted
emergency brake, although cutting an extra hole would not be a problem.
I can be reached at Lynn.Schrum MCI.com.
I have a '57 shoebox I am building. I have many catalogs and more coming. I
can tell you to stay away from RB's Obsolete (500 pages for cars and Ch*vy
trucks - about 50 for Ford trucks!). The best I have so far is John's F-
funhundreds (www.f100.com\). Mac's is ok as is LMC, Sacramento Vintage Ford
(www.vintage-ford.com\). I might try to find one from Bob's F100 Parts and
Obsolete Ford (OK & GA). There is also a shop here in Memphis called Early
Ford Parts (all stock pieces).
How far are you going (IFS, brakes, engine, etc.). Chrome trim is almost
impossible to find. If yours is ok, rechroming may be the only way to go. I
have found a couple of "shoeboxes" in a junkyard near Memphis. I may have
found a few others at another yard I plan to visit this weekend (if the rain
stops - wet junkyards and the snakes that love them are not on my top 10
list). You might be too far for this to be of any help, but its a try. If I
can help you, reply back!
Glenn in Tenn
Soapy the '57 F-100
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 17:30:46 -0400
From: "Paul G."
Subject: Gas tank sealant
When I was redoing my 55 panel last spring, I had what seemed like a
solid tank about half full of gas since 72.
I removed the tank and long metal supply tube and bought the gas tank
kit from Sacremento Vintage, made by POR 15 from Pa, I think.
It's a 3 parter...part 1 cleans, part 2 etches and part 3 coats.
It's supposed to fill hole up to about 1/8 inch and is good for any
fuel. The cost was about $50, but I sprung for it and have never
changed the fuel filter in six months since the truck has been on the
road, so I guess it works.
I followed the instructions for a change too!
This is not a spray, but the type where you have to cover the openings
with masking tape a slosh everything around.
I hope to soon put an overflow thing on my radiator. It seems as if I
need a different rad cap with an overflow tank. Why? I assume it has
to do with allowing antifreeze to return on suction.
What kind of cap (overflow tank use) fits a stock 55 radiator?
Any overflow experts out there?
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 23:00:03, -0500
From: GEGK00A prodigy.com ( DAN LEE)
Subject: Re Voltage Regulator
Thanks for the replies Don and Steve. The pulsing gauges might have
been good enough for Ford, but I'm with Steve. I just bought a 7806
regulator at Fry's Electronics here in Ca. The cost was $1.29, now I
need a 4-40 screw, some heat sink grease, and a couple of wires and I
will have accurate steady gauges. I may even use the metal package
that the bi-metal spring was in to mount it.
When I fill my tank up and the day-time temperature goes up, gas leaks
out of my filler tube. It
seems as though I have a trapped pocket of vapors in the tank that
expand with heat and force the
gas up and out of the filler tube. (SNIP)
Sounds like the basic rule of heat, when something gets warm it expands.
Your fuel is expanding and has no
place to go. The old trucks tanks were not as complicated as newer
ones.. no fancy venting system. I have
worked on aircraft and when a fuel tank is full, and it gets warmer the
fuel goes out the vent system. I have
also work with a fuel storage system and we have to leave 10% of the
tank empty to accommodate "Fuel
Expansion" Not much you can do except not fill the tank to the top, give
the fuel a place to expand too..
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 23:33:50 -0500
From: Charlie Powell
Subject: Y-block for sale
If anyone is looking to restore there F-100 and in need of a complete Y
block engine and a 3 speed manual transmission please contact me. I am
going to Pigeon Forge and could deliver.
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