fordtrucks-digest Wednesday, January 28 1998 Volume 02 : Number 024
Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 And Older Trucks Digest
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Re: fordtrucks-digest V2 #23 [KLaff61624 ]
FOR SALE: 1956 Ford Panel [Bill Bailey ]
52 third member [jc& terry ]
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 18:35:34 EST
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-digest V2 #23
Ken , I have gone to the f-100 show for 6 years and always have a great time.
I took athe family 3 times and went by myself 3 times. The KOA campground is
only about 4 blocks from the grand hotel convention center and is not a bad
walk from the show if anyone wants to camp out are pull their camper. Most
truck owners stay at the grand hotel or Family Inn that is right beside and in
front of the show. Knoxville is only about 30 miles from Pigeon Forge and
there is a airport there. With traffic and getting thru Knoxville it takes 45
minutes to get to Pigeon Forge, however I strongly recomend nobody stay
anywhere otherwhere except in Pigeon Forge because the traffic is murder in
town due to the SHOWS. Yes that is right I said SHOWS! There is always a
chevy show the same weekend just down the street and they feature Mid 50's
chevys and up to Late 60's cars and trucks. There are normally over 500 F-100
and over 200 chevys in town for the shows. There are many motels and
campgrounds within 10 miles but it can be difficult to find vancancy, but it
can be done if you don't make resverations, however expect to take some time
to get to the shows, and pay a higher price for your stay. Seiverville and
Gatinburg are OK but Saturday traffic will be a killer. If possable get there
thursday so that you can enjoy the trucks before the mob shows up. AND I DO
MEAN MOB!! Friday afternoon and Saturday you can not stir people with a stick
and picture taking is very difficult. THUMBS UP FOR THE SHOW IT'S THE BEST!!
Your family can find many things to enjoy if they do not share you enjoyment
for F-100's. God willing I'll see you all in May with my 55 extended cab.
Ken in Lexington Ky.
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 19:01:40 -0500
From: Bill Bailey
Subject: FOR SALE: 1956 Ford Panel
I am a new member to this list. A friend of mine and I are currently
building two trucks. His is a 56 F-100 and mine is better left unsaid on a
Ford list. ;-)
My friend asked me to place the following on the list for sale
1956 Ford Panel
The body is very straight with minimal rust. It does need a new floor pan
and a cab corner. The front sheet metal is gone.
It is a very good project truck and it's located in south central Virginia.
If anyone is interested they can contact me at
and I will give you further details as well as how to contact him.
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 20:13:25 -0800
From: jc& terry
Subject: 52 third member
Did I stump you guy's? I received absolutely no response at all to the
question of a higher rear end gear ratio. I have a 1952 F1 that has been
restored to original. I am looking for a set of differential gears that will
give me a higher gear ratio than the 4:11 that I currently have. I would like
something in the 3:52 range. I would prefer new if I can find them. I have
called most of the more common suppliers of old FORD truck parts and tried to
tract down the leeds that they gave me, No Luck. I am looking for a suggestion
to start me on another path.
tom, i am taking an educated guess here but i would question weather you
could find a higher gear ratio in a stock rearend for your truck. i base
this on the fact that the 57-60 (after the intro of the 9") had only 3:70
and 4:11available in the pu's. the 9" had interchangeable pods and for that
matter the car and truck rears were identical other than possibly width so
you could have switched. this may apply to your 52 as big car factories are
not noted for making too many different large pieces for their different
models as setting up a cast for the rear is expensive and to make 10
different kinds would be ludicrous. check with some gray haired street
rodders locally. they would be able to tell you what swapped and what was
available. remember that when yur truck was built the interstate system did
not exist yet and about the only place that had freeways was california and
they only had a couple. 1/4 mile was the big deal in those days and the 4:11
was one of the best ways to cover that distance. also remember that yur
truck was made fer haulin and pulling stumps not 70 in the fast lane. i bet
you'll find that a passenger car of the same period, big ford coupe or sedan
or maybe a lincoln or big merc would have the same rear with better gears.
the local hotrodders will know.
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