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pre61-list-digest Monday, May 25 1998 Volume 02 : Number 145



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Pre61 - Advice on buying 53-55 F100
FTE Pre61 - Pickup seats for big guys
FTE Pre61 - Volare front end
Re: FTE Pre61 - exhaust
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Web site updates
Re: FTE Pre61 - "Improved" Fords
FTE Pre61 - 239 V-8 Specs
FTE Pre61 - Stacks on yer Truck
Re: FTE Pre61 - Volare front end
Re: FTE Pre61 - exhaust
Re: FTE Pre61 - Stacks on yer Truck
Re: FTE Pre61 - Motor City Flathead

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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 11:28:39 +0000
From: Kevin Coughlin
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Advice on buying 53-55 F100

Dallas,

TAKE YOUR TIME!! Don't buy the first truck you look at. $3000.00 should
get you a decent daily driver that is in need of paint/interior work and maybe
alittle body work. Areas to look at are, like you said, cab corners, also look
at the cab mounts, especially the mounts that are next to the kick panels on
the floorboard, major rust problem here. Crawl under the truck and look at the
floorpans from the underneath. Aalso consider using a small part of your
budget to maybe fly somewhere else to look at some trucks, maybe somewhere
where rust is no that big a problem. Have pictures sent and ask a lot of
questions before looking at anything that is not local. Maybe go to some shows
and look, although prices tend to be higher at the major shows, some smaller
local shows would be worth looking at. Talk to the truck owners that are
there, most of us love talking about our trucks and the problems we
encountered with them, learn from our mistakes, could save you alot of money
in the long run. Get a parts catalog and check out prices of parts that you
may need to replace, they ain't cheap, steering/suspension and brakes can be
very costly, especially if you have to pay someone else to do the work.

Good Luck,
Kevin

Dallas Lowrey wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I have some questions about buying a 53-55 F100 (OK, maybe a big
> window 56). What I want is something "decent". I can't afford "nice" or
> "fancy", and I don't have the time for a "rebuilder". Actually, I have
> time, but I lack patience :) With a total budget of ~$3000 what can I
> expect to get? There are, however, stipulations. The truck must run. If I
> can't jump in the truck and run to the store for milk and eggs, my wife
> won't let me buy it. I have a garage and some basic hand tools, but I am
> definitely not a mechanic. Next, I live near Chicago, so I know that rust
> will be a problem. What are the hard to fix spots that I should avoid? Cab
> corners?
> As far as originality, it'd be nice to have an all original
> truck, but being realistic, a newer small block and tranny will probably
> go in if I can't find a truck with it already installed.
> Eventually, I want my truck safe and reliable enough to be my daily
> driver. That means ~30 miles each way to work, mostly interstate. At the
> very least, I know that the steering, brakes, and suspension will need
> updating, and probably some higher gears in the rear-end. Not to mention
> the million little things that you never think about. But, this is in the
> future, and I don't need a truck at this level to start with (although it
> would be nice)
> I could go one forever with my wish list, but I'll stop here. Please
> tell me if I'm being realistic, or what to expect when looking, etc. I
> probably start "shopping" this summer, and would like to find a truck
> before the cold weather hits in the fall. I don't want to rush in and find
> out a month later that I'm way over my head, so any and all advice is
> appreciated. Thanks for your time.
>
> Dallas Lowrey
> 3dlowrey email.msn.com
>
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 14:33:17 -0400
From: "Paul G."
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Pickup seats for big guys

I bought a 53 pickup at Pigeon Forge last week, and I have a question
that is fairly basic for you pickup guys, but remember, I have only had
a panel truck until now, so this wasn't a factor.

Is there any good type of seats to give max fore/aft space for a 6'2"
guy? I realize another pickup seat would be fine, but I was thinking
more like buckets. The seat in there now is from a 5th Avenue, and is
super comfortable, but is also super thick.

I realize that looking for the thinnest back seat is best, but I am
asking this just incase another has had this experience and had any
special insight to offer.

Bigfully yours,
Paul Gayda

A 55 panel named "Panel"
A 53 pickup named "Tightfit" (for now)
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 14:39:07 -0400
From: "Paul G."
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Volare front end

This 53 I bought has a Volare front end installed. I want to raise the
front end (it is now about 4" to bottom of bumper) and I figure the
torsion bars have height adjustment bolts.
Any special tips on this? I haven't had it aligned yet, of course.
Remember, I just got this sucker a few days ago, and I've never had a
Volare front end before. Any hints, info, etc. on these front ends
would be appreciated for now or future reference.
Thanks, Paul G

55 panel named "Meat Wagon"
53 pickup named "Yellow Snow Plow"
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 02:41:33 -0400
From: Gary Vandergrift
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - exhaust

I thought the bis show in pigeon-forge was in Ky and couldn't remember
the name when I was entering the question about stacks. Sorry if I
offended.

KLaff61624 wrote:
>
> you can buy stacks wherever big truck parts are sold. Here in ole KY. we
> fellers just go down to the ole trucks parts and equipment store and cart us
> home a pair of them there puppy's, yep make for a real hooting time running
> down main st. You'll ought ta see the town folks heads turning plum near
> clear around just a lookin at our truck. Sorry for the humor but I could
> resist .
>
> Ken L.
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 18:00:34 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Web site updates

- - New links added.
- - Several trucks added to pictorial. I added so many that I had to
split off the Ranger/Bronco II/Aerostar trucks into their own section.
- - Check out the News and Info section. Many new items contributed by
list members have been added.
- - Our history page has been updated.

Finally got a months back log of this stuff finished and can now
concentrate on the t-shirts, free web space, etc.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com


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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 15:24:01 -0700
From: Justin McCrite
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - "Improved" Fords

Like the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.


Ryan Dorman wrote:

> I agree... if you want the most bang for your buck build a chity, If you
> want to spend 25-40% more for an engine that will last 3 or 4 times as long
> with equal/greater performance do it right and
> build a Ford...
>
> TNickolson wrote:
>
> > "KUDOS" to Mr. Tim Piegat. Well written and almost says it all.
> >
> > Tom
> > 52 F1, Flathead
>
> --
> 58 F-100 292 sb 2wd
> 85 Bronco 300 IL6 4x4
> 97 F-150 4.6 sb ext cab 4x4
> (and several others in progress)
> --
> KC7YPJ, Ryan Dorman
> QTH: Victor ID, grid# DN431c
> ICQ #3834602
> kc7ypj pdt.net
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.geocities.com/Baja/Dunes/5496
>
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 18:39:13 -0500
From: "davet"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 239 V-8 Specs

Carquest also carries oil filters (canister type with wire handle) for the
239 flathead V-8. It is number 85006. They can also cross-match points,
condenser, rotor and distributor cap. Anyone ever notice that the Ford F-1
with the 239 flathead V-8 (at least my '52) is designed to be able to use a
hand crank to turn or start the engine? My truck has a knockout plug on the
front below the grill and the bottom of the radiator has a hump so a hand
crank can be routed to the crankshaft pulley on the engine. This would be
handy for turning the engine to locate TDC if I could find a crank that fit.


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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 20:00:35 -0400
From: "Don & Teresa Neighbors"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Stacks on yer Truck

Hey Gary,
I have to confess the last time I saw a pair of stacks on a pickup was on
the few Dodge Li'l Red Trucks you still occasionally see. However, that
doesn't mean it's a bad idea. I thought they looked pretty cool until
everybody that owned a pickup had a set. If you do it right, your '37 would
look pretty sharp with stacks.
By the way, where in Kentucky are you? I'm about 25 miles NE of Lexington.
If there are enough of us here in Kentucky, we should get together some
time! We could organise and call ourselves the Kentuckiana Ford Truck
Entusiasts, or something. Like the Arlo Guthrie song says "If there's 3 of
you, then they'll think it's a consiracy... and if there's 4 of you, then
they'll think it's a movement!" Then we could go together to Pigeon Forge
every year to join up with the rest of the FTE crowd.
Dreamin'....

Don Neighbors
'54 F250 Named Grover
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 21:17:47 EDT
From: KLaff61624
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Volare front end

the front end is adjustable by turning the 15/16 in bolt head to raise or
lower the front. That is the good thing about the volarie. You should have
it aligned as you seem to already know, after you raise the front to the
height that you like. Raising the front will make it ride a little harsher
but not very much. Find the hieght that you like and leave it there.

Ken L.
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 21:19:40 EDT
From: KLaff61624
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - exhaust

No offense , just found some humor in the thought. Hope I didn't offend
anyone.

Ken L.
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 09:27:29 -0400
From: Gary Vandergrift
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Stacks on yer Truck

Don, I am in CT, I forgot the name of the National meet in Pigeion Forge and was
trying to reference it by state (KY). I wanted to see if anyone saw any trucks with
stacks there. BTW, why don't you get the tri-power for your wifes B-day. That way
you aren't buying them for yourself.
As soon as I asked the stacks question I saw a set on a 3500 Dodge.

Don & Teresa Neighbors wrote:

> Hey Gary,
> I have to confess the last time I saw a pair of stacks on a pickup was on
> the few Dodge Li'l Red Trucks you still occasionally see. However, that
> doesn't mean it's a bad idea. I thought they looked pretty cool until
> everybody that owned a pickup had a set. If you do it right, your '37 would
> look pretty sharp with stacks.
> By the way, where in Kentucky are you? I'm about 25 miles NE of Lexington.
> If there are enough of us here in Kentucky, we should get together some
> time! We could organise and call ourselves the Kentuckiana Ford Truck
> Entusiasts, or something. Like the Arlo Guthrie song says "If there's 3 of
> you, then they'll think it's a consiracy... and if there's 4 of you, then
> they'll think it's a movement!" Then we could go together to Pigeon Forge
> every year to join up with the rest of the FTE crowd.
> Dreamin'....
>
> Don Neighbors
> '54 F250 Named Grover
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Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 00:07:20 EST
From: "James H. Boyd"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Motor City Flathead

Addressed to: pre61-list ford-trucks.com
Wes Wigginton

** Reply to note from Wes Wigginton Wed, 20 May 1998 00:52:14 -0500
Wes,

In reference to Motor City Flathead; I can't speak directly to their
machine shop skills, but I have done business with them. I purchased a
billet aluminum T-5 tranny adaptor and an external oil filter adaptor
kit for my 53 F-100 panel. Both are well made; I'm expecially inpressed
with the external oil filter kit. It came with a well written set of
installation instructions that described how exactly to install the
modified oil pump and aircraft quality fittings (through the side of the
oil pan). Very trick for the hot rod flathead lover who wants to keep
his/her engine running clean. The folks at Motor City are also very
personable and will take the time to answer all your questions.

I hope this helps!

Regards,

Jay Boyd
53 F-100 Panel (Almost out of the body shop!)
53 Flathead (200HP!!)


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