pre61-list-digest Saturday, May 30 1998 Volume 02 : Number 152



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In this issue:

RE: FTE Pre61 - Fiberglass Fenders
RE: FTE Pre61 - Wheels
FTE Pre61 - Wheels
Re:FTE Pre61 - Need Aerostar help
FTE Pre61 - Wheels
FTE Pre61 - rear mounted fuel tank
FTE Pre61 - Rear Axle
Re: FTE Pre61 - Wheels
Re: FTE Pre61 - Fiberglass Fenders
Re: FTE Pre61 - Welding skills
Re: FTE Pre61 - Wheels
Re:FTE Pre61 - Need Aerostar help
Re: FTE Pre61 - Wheels

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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 07:00:52 -0400
From: "Christian J Hedemark II"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Fiberglass Fenders

> I've just recieved a pair of fiberglass fenders for the front
> of my 50 F1.
> They look pretty good, and apart from having to drill all the mounting
> holes myself installation should be pretty easy. Does
> anybody have any
> experiences/horror stories they'd like to share with me before I to
> anything permanent to the fenders? Here, finish this
> sentence: Dan, under
> no circumstances should you ever even think of__________. Thanks!

Dan, under no circumstances should you ever even think of_putting a Chevy
engine between those new fiberglass fenders_.

Sorry, it had to be said. :-)


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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 08:19:29 -0400
From: "Tarnoff, Howard"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Wheels

Try Coker Tire, 800-251-6336

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> From: Mike Morton [SMTP:mmorto wgc.woodward.com]
> Reply To: pre61-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 1998 11:48 AM
> To: Ford Trucks
> Subject: FTE Pre61 - Wheels
>
> Does anyone know where I could find 5 matching 15"x 6", or 15" x 6.5"
> stock steel wheels. They need to have the 5 lug x 4.5" pattern to fit on
> my '55'. I have changed to a 9 inch with disc brakes in the back and am
> putting Chrysler rotors on the front. I live in Northern Illinois and
> none of the boneyards around here have any. I can find plenty of 14" but
> want to run 15's
> Thanks
> Mike.
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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 08:52:45 EDT
From: Dustymtn aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Wheels

Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Wheels

>Mike,
>
>Let me share this with you. The restoration shop I use was able to find
>a set of 4 15" wheels on a 54 F100. By the time we got done with sand
>blasting, hand sanding, prime coat, 2 color coats, and 4 clear coats I had
>17 hours of labor plus materials.
>
>If you are doing a show truck it is one thing. If not, try Vintage Wheels
>and
>buy the new copies at less than $50.00 each.
>
>Howard


I agree with Howard. I got some wheels at Wheel Vintiques for $39 ea.


Does anyone have any experience with wheels from Pete Paulsen Motor Sports or
Early Wheels Company? How do you like your "Vintiques" wheels? My '55 F100 has
mid-80's 15 x 8 Ford truck wheels (came with the truck) & would like to have
something that looks a little more like the original. Thanks.

Dusty
'55 F100
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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 07:56:04 -0500
From: John_Maciazek Dell.com
Subject: Re:FTE Pre61 - Need Aerostar help

Roger Fletcher wrote:
"I have a 1987 Aerostar van & need help with a couple of little
problems. I need
to change out heater hoses, not sure how to uncouple the end that hooks
to the
firewall."

Can't help you with the steering problem. But you need to get a special
tool to remove the heater hoses at the fire wall. Heater hose costs
what... about $1 a foot?? This nice "special" tool cost me $60!! Had
to have a parts house order it for me. If you are lucky you might be
able to rent one somewhere.

Good Luck

John Maciazek
1953 F100


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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 09:19:00 -0500
From: "Mike Morton "
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Wheels

I was just talking to a guy that runs a restoration shop here and he
says that Ford had chrome reverse wheels as an option on the 53-56
trucks. I have never seen any or even heard this before. Does anybody
else know whether he is right or not?
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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 11:51:17 EDT
From: MichellHC aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - rear mounted fuel tank

Hi all,

A while back I had ask for any ideas on a rear fuel tank for my 56. I got
several good responces, all very much appreachiated. John Noilon sent me an
article from Custon Classic Trucks that used a 85 Isuzu Trooper fuel tank. I
went to a local salvage yard and bought one for 50.00 dollars. It was
extreamly clean, and came with a skid plate to mount underneath if one so
desires. I brought the tank home and removed the sending unit for the fuel
guage and the tank was just as clean on the inside as the out side. No rust,
no goop, just as good as new. I have since mounted this tank, and it fits just
like it was made for these trucks. The tank is a flange mounted tank so there
is no worry about straps. I bolted it the the lower frame rails, and notched
the left frame rail on the top for the neck to clear. I will run the filler
neck out the left side and to a filler door mounted in the rear of the left
fender. This tank really works good, and was an easy installation. Thank you
so my John, you are a dear. And thanks to everyone else on this list for the
suggestions also.

Michelle
Chelle's 56 Hauler
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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 13:37:07 -0600
From: "Michael L Palmer"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Rear Axle

I have been reading this list for about 6 months now and think its great. So
now I have a question. I have a 57 F100 and someone had put a dana 60 on it.
Would a rear end from a 86 Bronco II fit ok without any major mods? If so
what? Thanks in advance.
Mike (Rescue911 msn.com) & Engine57



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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 19:41:03 -0400
From: "Howard Tarnoff"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Wheels

Mike,

I just went through the expense of taking off 4 new chrome reverse wheels
and radials with less than 100 miles on them. I replaced same with a set
of orig. steel wheels, ford (red script) hub caps, and beauty rings with
the appropriate Firestone bias ply 2!/4" white wall tires.

This was an expensive so you may ask why?

The answer is that our 55 F100 is used only for show. Although it runs
perfect and drives well with all stock components, we are doing the shows
for the next couple of seasons and then will end it's career as a trailer
queen.

I have done my homework and your resto rocket is not correct. I suggest
that you invest in a copy of the "Ford Pickup Red Book" by Peter C. Sessler
from Motorbooks International PO Box 2, Osceola WI 54020 and "Ford Pickup
Trucks - Development history and restoration guide" by Paul G. McLaughlin
from the same source.

If on the other hand you would like to go the chrome route please get an
e-mail to me and you can by my stuff, including baby moons, for a
reasonable investment plus applicable UPS. The wheels are American Racing.

I have done shows with the chome package and lost minimal points. Also
must admit that the ride on the radials is light years better than on the
bias ply. So there it is. If your looking for a 100 point opportunity
stay away from the chrome. Otherwise, the price is right.

Regards,

Howard Tarnoff

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> From: Mike Morton
> To: Ford Trucks
> Subject: FTE Pre61 - Wheels
> Date: Friday, May 29, 1998 10:19 AM
>
> I was just talking to a guy that runs a restoration shop here and he
> says that Ford had chrome reverse wheels as an option on the 53-56
> trucks. I have never seen any or even heard this before. Does anybody
> else know whether he is right or not?
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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 20:56:14 EDT
From: KLaff61624 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Fiberglass Fenders

Dan, use large fender washers with LOCKNUTS on the fiberglass or else they
will viberate loose and be sure to install all fender braces before driving
you truck.

Ken L.
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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 21:00:03 EDT
From: KLaff61624 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Welding skills

He is right, but you better know your metals and be profecient with welding
with a torch first.

Ken L
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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 00:29:50 -0500
From: Ray Cardogno
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Wheels

>Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Wheels
>
>>Mike,
>>
>>Let me share this with you. The restoration shop I use was able to find
>>a set of 4 15" wheels on a 54 F100. By the time we got done with sand
>>blasting, hand sanding, prime coat, 2 color coats, and 4 clear coats I had
>>17 hours of labor plus materials.
>>
>>If you are doing a show truck it is one thing. If not, try Vintage Wheels
>>and
>>buy the new copies at less than $50.00 each.
>>
>>Howard
>
>
>I agree with Howard. I got some wheels at Wheel Vintiques for $39 ea.
>
>
>Does anyone have any experience with wheels from Pete Paulsen Motor Sports or
>Early Wheels Company? How do you like your "Vintiques" wheels? My '55 F100 has
>mid-80's 15 x 8 Ford truck wheels (came with the truck) & would like to have
>something that looks a little more like the original. Thanks.
>
>Dusty
>'55 F100

Vintiques has the "original" type wheels as well as the smoothies They are
great. The only thing you may or may not like about the smoothies I bought
from them is the fact that it has the dual blot pattern (ten holes). For me
it is great because now I don't have to use the wheel adapters anymore. I
also bought the hub cap and trim rings from them. I was happy with the
quality of all of it.


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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 00:33:58 -0500
From: Ray Cardogno
Subject: Re:FTE Pre61 - Need Aerostar help

>Roger Fletcher wrote:
>"I have a 1987 Aerostar van & need help with a couple of little
>problems. I need
> to change out heater hoses, not sure how to uncouple the end that hooks
>to the
>firewall."
>
>Can't help you with the steering problem. But you need to get a special
>tool to remove the heater hoses at the fire wall. Heater hose costs
>what... about $1 a foot?? This nice "special" tool cost me $60!! Had
>to have a parts house order it for me. If you are lucky you might be
>able to rent one somewhere.
>
>Good Luck
>
>John Maciazek
>1953 F100

Ain't that a bunch of happy horseshoes. See why I drive old trucks.

Ray C


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Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 00:38:11 -0500
From: Ray Cardogno
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Wheels

>I was just talking to a guy that runs a restoration shop here and he
>says that Ford had chrome reverse wheels as an option on the 53-56
>trucks. I have never seen any or even heard this before. Does anybody
>else know whether he is right or not?

Never heard that. Let us know what you come up with. Aside from some old
Kelsey Hayes wheels I had, I've not seen chrome wheels from that era.

Ray C


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