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fordtrucks-digest Saturday, February 21 1998 Volume 02 : Number 047

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 And Older Trucks Digest
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In this issue:

Them Y-blocks!!! ["Don & Teresa Neighbors" ]
Them Y-blocks [Tkaczyk ]
1956 Mercury Truck [MARK AMES ]
Re: More on colors [Rich Garber ]
55 f-100 panel new project ["TRAVIS SHORE" ]
c-6 [jc& terry ]
Re: Admin: trim posts [FRD56F100]
ADMIN: Survey Results Working (Beta) [Ken Payne ]



Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 06:21:39 -0500
From: "Don & Teresa Neighbors"
Subject: Them Y-blocks!!!

Okay, guys and girls, I got my copy of Eickman's "Ford Y-Block" in the
mail yesterday and I THINK I have the answer to the Y-block color
questions. To quote: "The 1954 239cid automotive Y-block was painted an
ivory color. The valve covers and oil-bath air cleaner were painted
red...The 1955 through 1957 272, 292 and 312 had red blocks and heads. This
color is often referred Thunderbird Red...The 1958 292 was again
painted red and had black valve covers and air cleaner. The 1959 292 was
blue or black with red valve covers and air cleaner." Someplace else in the
book I found a reference that said the 1954 239 "Cleveland" was red, while
the "Dearborn" block was ivory. I didn't mark the reference, so of course I
can't find it now.
Dearborn and Cleveland 239 Y-block parts do not necessarily interchange,
and I think I have one of each!!! The book says that truck engines were
made in Cleveland starting late 1954.
The book is pretty good, by the way, but no where as comprehensive as
Steve Christ's "How to Rebuild Your Big-Block Ford", which is the best
repair/interchange manual I've ever seen.
By the way, thanks for all the suggestions for the pulsing gauge problem!
I'll be able to tackle that soon, but it looks like the (vacuum) wiper
motor has taken a powder, so now I need to see if it can be fixed. Alway's

Don Neighbors
'54 F250 Named Grover


Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 07:44:20 -0500
From: Tkaczyk
Subject: Them Y-blocks


Does your book list the colors for the 239 Y-block in a 1955 F100?


Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 14:58:51 -0600
Subject: 1956 Mercury Truck

Is there anyone out there that knows of a 1956 Mercury =BD ton pickup? =
Body condition doesn=27t mater. Finders fee available. I am wondering =
how many people on the mailing list live in or near North Dakota? I live =
near Jamestown, and I would like to get a truck club going, just wondering =
how much interest there would be in this? =20


Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 16:06:16 -0600
From: Rich Garber
Subject: Re: More on colors

At 06:21 AM 2/20/98 -0500, you wrote:
> Okay, guys and girls, I got my copy of Eickman's "Ford Y-Block" in the
>mail yesterday and I THINK I have the answer to the Y-block color
>questions. To quote: "The 1954 239cid automotive Y-block was painted an
>ivory color. The valve covers and oil-bath air cleaner were painted
>red...The 1955 through 1957 272, 292 and 312 had red blocks and heads. This
>color is often referred Thunderbird Red...

All these colors, Just to add, the 56 223 was yellow, The 54 223 is red,
however it is not thunderbird red. Its darker not so orange. Thunderbird
red was introduced in 55 and is very easy to get a hold of. The older
colors(pre 55) are hard to find.

54 F100


Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 18:38:51 -0800
Subject: 55 f-100 panel new project

hoping to find some info on the net for my dad and his new project

1. what is the stock height of the frame front and rear or what is the
height of the frame with a 3 inch drop front and rear?
2. will a 9inch axle assembly change the height compared to a stock axle?
3. any comments on IFS verses mono spring disc with power brakes and
steering or Valerie clip?


Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 18:55:03 -0800
From: jc& terry
Subject: c-6

Fellow ford guys..
> I have a C6 Tranny that i am completely rebuilding. It is going to bolt up
> to a 429, and i was wondering if you guys knew of any tricks or high
> proformance tips that i could use in this process to make it better. Any info
> would be appreciated. Thanks guys.
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HI, I've got the same setup in my '54F100. It's pretty slick and rare.
Had little problems with the install. I rebuilt the C6 and put a shift
kit in it and that's about it. Good luck on your project your going to
like it. Gary

I agree with the above with one caution. i am assuming that you bought a c-6
that will fit the 429. all the trannies are the same but the bell housings
are not. check 1st.

T-bird Terry


Date: Sat, 21 Feb 1998 00:38:20 EST
From: FRD56F100
Subject: Re: Admin: trim posts

'nough said, we understand!


Date: Sat, 21 Feb 1998 01:38:59 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: Survey Results Working (Beta)

I've finally got the survey results working. Rather than continue
to use the brain-dead CGI script for results (it was giving very
bizarre results) I wrote a C++ program that sorts a 450k file
into survey percentages and builds a 300k+ HTML result file.
Your browser displays this file. Fairly quick considering that
its doing about several million parses (takes about 10 seconds) on
a multi-user Sun Workstation. This is a beta version. Although
I've been programming for years this is my first complete dynamic
web content program. It took about 1 day of coding. I think most
everyone will like it. It will be greatly enhanced over the course
of the weekend, with sorting and better catagorization.

Give it a try (its not directly linked on the web site so you
have to use this URL):

Let me know what you think and give me any suggestions.

I'm also working on a program which will allow password protected
access to the web site. This will allow me to give free web
space to users, within reason. Lastly, I hope to replace the
Java chat server with my own C/C++ program. Both these projects
are considerably harder than the survey program.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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