fordtrucks-digest Friday, March 27 1998 Volume 02 : Number 081
Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 And Older Trucks Digest
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In this issue:
Re: vin numbers [Tkaczyk ]
RUNNING BOARD "SKIN" [Bill Heykants ]
Re: '56 RUNNING BOARDS ["Thomas R. Happel" ]
223 [Josh Hamilton ]
ram-horn manifold [KLaff61624 ]
460-gas mileage? [PhatStang ]
new motor start-up [Cathy Greenlaw ]
Re: vin numbers [Brechtjohn ]
web page and truck names ["Abram H. Stauffer"
Slugly trucks/Running Board gaps [Ray Cardogno ]
[none] ["Fagerholm" ]
The VIN is stamped on top of the right side of the frame, 52.5 inches from the
front end of the frame (look for an asterisk). Another way to find it is that
it starts at the rivet holding the rear crossmember to the frame, then the
numbers go to the front of the frame. If you want a replacement data (Rating)
plate for inside your cab, MID FIFTY F-100 PARTS (1-800-252-1956) will provide
one for $75.00, stamped, with all your original numbers, including VIN, if
you certify that you are the legal owner. Good luck.
David Stokes wrote:
> I have a 56 that I need to get a title to. The plate on the inside of the
> cab is missing and the police department is telling me that the VIN is
> stamped on the frame on the front right side on top. I will be darned if
> I can find it. Anybody tell all the places that Ford stamped the 56?
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Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 07:30:11 -0700
From: Bill Heykants
Subject: RUNNING BOARD "SKIN"
RICH; IT MAY BE MIS-LEADING WHEN I SAY SKIN, WHAT I MEAN IS THAT I
COVERED THE RUST FREE BUT ROUGH RUNNING BOARDS WITH A NEW LAYER OF
METAL.THIS WAS DONE BY CUTTING OUT A TEMPLATE OF THE TOP OF THE BOARD
OUT OF CARDBOARD AND TRANSFERRING THIS TO A SHEET OF 18 GAUGE SATIN COAT
METAL.I THEN CUT THIS TEMPLATE OUT WITH A JIGSAW AND WELDED 1/4" BOLTS
TO THE BOTTOM TO HOLD IT ON TO THE BOARD. I THEN GOT THE METAL BENDING
SHOP TO FORM AN EDGE TO COVER THE VERTICAL SIDE CLOSEST TO THE ROAD
SIDE.YOU HAVE TO WORK THE METAL ON THE CURVES THAT GO TO THE FENDERS,
BUT ITS NOT TOO HARD TO DO.I THEN CUT A COUPLE OF PIECES TO FIT THE TOP
OF THOSE CURVES.TO FINISH OFF THE TOP, I WELDED 3/4" STRIPS AROUND THE
PERIMETER TO HIDE ANY CUTTING FLAWS AND TO BRING THE TOP FLUSH WITH THE
SIDES. I'VE ONLY GOT ONE DONE AT THIS POINT, BUT IT LOOKS GREAT.
INCIDENTALLY I'VE BUILT THEM SO THE "SKIN" IS REMOVABLE FOR CLEANING
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 08:39 -0700 (MST)
From: "Thomas R. Happel"
Subject: Re: '56 RUNNING BOARDS
>HOWDY; I AM CURRENTLY DOING UP A '56 F100. THE FRAME , BOX , CAB ,ETC
Are the running boards about an inch from the Cab? If so, there is
a 3" rubber skirt that goes around the Cab between the running board.
do you have this? I have a '53 and there is some room between them.
I'm not sure what the rubber is called but we got it for Sacramento
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 19:35:06 -0600
From: Josh Hamilton
I just got through rebuilding a 1959 223 for my truck. I have the block
in but I haven't got around to putting it all back together yet. Does
anybody have any advice about anything when I am torqueing everything
and getting it ready for its first try at cranking up? I have done this
once before but that one had a crack in one of the cylinder walls. The
guys at the machine shop missed it when they magna-fluxed it(how ever
you spell it). Thanks in advance.
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 21:15:27 EST
Subject: ram-horn manifold
Ram style exhaust manifolds that fit a ford Y-block...... Someone was on ford
chat and looking for a pair. I've found some, and am trying to find out who
was looking for them and how much should I be prepaired to offer for them.
If they are rare, and I believe that they are, and I can't find out who wanted
them, I may buy then to put in my parts bin for a future date. I do mean
future because I don't have a Y-block and don't have any plans to have one
right now. Ken L.
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 21:20:28 EST
Subject: 460-gas mileage?
Hey there everyone I just got on this list and just wanted to try it out
with my first question, so here it goes.
I know the 460 Ford is a vry popular engine in the early 50's trucks. I
maybe want to put one in, bt i want to know what im getting into first. So if
anyone can tell me whjat the gas mileage ford one of those 460s is i would
greatly appreciate it.
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 21:16:08 -0500
From: Cathy Greenlaw
Subject: new motor start-up
Josh Hamilton wrote:
> I just got through rebuilding a 1959 223 for my truck. Does anybody have
> any advice about getting it ready for its first try at cranking up?
> The best advice I've got is to prelube the motor by running the oil pump
> with a drill motor if possible, make sure the ignition is in near correct
> time, and that the cooling system is full and ready to work.Pour some gas
> into the carburator bowl thru the air vent so it's full, try not to get
> any in the engine. I like to add a lttle bit, about two or 3 capfulls, of
> either ATF or Mystery oil to the inital carb fill. Start the motor, check
> for oil pressure and run it at very fast idle 2000-2500 rpm for at least
> 10 minutes and then vary the speed up and down from 1500 to 3000 for
> another 10.( If the cam is used, not new, you only need the 1st 10min.)
> Constantly check for leaks, overheating or oil pressure loss. After 10 or
> 20 minutes, let it idle if it will, and make the final timing and carb
> adjustments. This assumes that all bearings, pistons, rockers and such
> were assembled using plenty of oil soak or assembly lube. The reason for
> the high idle speed is make sure that the cam, piston pins and rockers get
> a real good oil splash, being "nice" to a new motor is bad news.
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 21:58:04 EST
Subject: Re: vin numbers
In the '40s the VIN was stamped on the left-hand frame rail, in the engine
compartment near the steering gear. They also stamped it on the Transmission.
Provided you have the same transmission, you could also look there. I don't
know if Ford continued putting the VIN in those locations into the 50's, but
it is worth a try. Sorry I have a '40 I am restoring, that's the best I can
do. I don't have much company with all you you 50's guys.
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 23:58:04 -0500
From: "Abram H. Stauffer"
Subject: web page and truck names
Guys (and girls):
I had to do a web page for a grad course I'm taking, so of
course I included pics of my truck. It is still not in the shop but I am
still driving it(Tues.and Thurs. to soccer practice and Wed. to class).
The address is:http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.mnsfld.edu/depts/educate/nuggets/abepg.html
And my '54 F-100 is called "Old Betsy".
Keep on Truckin' Abe Stauffer
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 00:04:06 -0400
From: Ray Cardogno
Subject: Slugly trucks/Running Board gaps
>A lot of people comment on the silouette of the panel, as they view it
>on the roads...it is so tall and narrow compared to most trucks, it is
>often called the "meat wagon" since it looks like an old hearse.
I used to call mine the "Slug", but since I got used to it, I call it the
>THE BOARDS SIT
>ABOUT 1" TOO LOW. I HAVE YET TO MOUNT THE FENDERS SO I DON'T KNOW HOW
>THEY FIT ON THEM. HAS ANYONE ELSE SEEN THIS BEFORE? - BILL
Are you remembering the rubber peice that usualy fills in the gap twixt the
cab and boards?
I have a 55 ford f-250 that I aquired from my grandfather. I got it for
free so I figure may be worth the effort of restoring. At first I was
going to restore it to stock but after dismantling the engine, I decided I
wanted something a bit beefier than the 239 overhead. (If any one needs
parts for a 239 overhead e-mail me fagerho8 rconnect.com, and include
your e-mail address) I'm thinkingabout putting in a 1975 360 and then
later boring it to a 390. I waswondering if there was a mouting kit
for this engine, or how to fabricatemounts for it. Also if the360's in
75 were still leaded or not.
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