pre61-list-digest Monday, June 8 1998 Volume 02 : Number 162

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 and Older trucks and vans
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Drivin' the Dream
flathead v8
ADMIN: Performance Truck List
All Ford Reunion at Ford of Canada in Oakville
Re: Your Ol Truck
FTE in V8 Times Magazine



Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 16:43:57 -0400
From: "Don & Teresa Neighbors"
Subject: Drivin' the Dream

Mike, I think you'll find a lot of us drive our trucks on a regular basis.
I have had my truck, a '54 F20, for just less than a year, and while I
haven't driven ol' Grover a lot yet, I have every intentions of making the
truck a frequent, if not daily, driver. I have been driving vintage
vehicles for over 20 years, if for no other reason than the fact I could
not afford anything but an old car for a long time.
Many of my co-workers have looked at me in horror when I would tell them
that I was driving one of them on vacation or back home to visit (a 750
mile trip, one way) because a lot of people seem to think "old" and
"decrepit" mean the same! Believe me, when I have Grover fixed up, I'll not
only drive to any show I attend, but when I need to haul 3/4 of a ton of
gravel, I'll load the bed down!
An old truck may need more frequent maintenance, but if and when they do
break down, they are a lot easier to diagnose and repair. I say find the
truck you want, and drive it! I do!

Don Neighbors
'54 F250 Named Grover


Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 17:56:08 -0500
From: Craig & Jan
Subject: flathead v8

What year did ford stop making the flat head v8 ,and at what year did
they go to four on the floor?


Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 22:01:01 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: Performance Truck List

Three weeks ago a vote was put up on the web site. The issue:
adding a performance orient truck list. It won by a large

In Favor: 82%
Against: 11%
Don't Care: 5%

List member Keith Srb is going to administer this list. He
should be starting soon. No date yet, I've gotten a little
behind with extra work and my son's 1st birthday party.
I'll post subscribe instructions when the list is ready to
go live.

Additionally, please not that this list will cover performance
issues for **all** years and models. This isn't going to
be the place to discuss tune-ups, but if you're considering
a radical cam you'll like it.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 22:44:51 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: All Ford Reunion at Ford of Canada in Oakville

For list members interested in a get together in Canada, I received
information about the All Ford Reunion in southern Ontarios. This
seems like the perfect opportunity. Can one of our Canadian members
take on the job of organizing a lunch or some other sort of gathering
at this show? Also, Ford is looking for 48-50 F1 owners for the
show, please read this if you have one and can attend.

- -Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

On Sunday August 16th, 1998 the All Ford Reunion is being held at
the Ford of Canada head office between 9:00 and 3:00. This is an annual
event that is open to all stock Ford vehicles up to and including the
1978 model year. This year being the 50th anniversary of the F-series,
the reunion committee would like to have a 1948 F1 at the reunion, but
so far have had no luck in finding one in southern Ontario. I talked to
a member of the committee, a 49 or 50 would be great as well. For more
information, contact Martin Brugmans at (905)-844-1952. Trophies are
given for class winners, winners are determined by participant's votes.


Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 22:56:45 EST
From: "James H. Boyd"
Subject: Re: Your Ol Truck

Forwarding note from: "Roger Fletcher" Sat, 06 Jun 1998 04:38:48 -0700

I saw on the list you were thinking of calling your truck Frankenstein. In
the mid to late 80's a guy from Rose Hill Kansas had a Yellow 53 or 54 (not
sure any more) F-1 monster truck he called Frankenstein. He went all over the
country, we even saw him on the tube a few times--not sure ESPN or TNN.
Haven't heard of the truck for several years now, don't know what ever became
of it. I moved away from KS in 1990 and lost touch.

The same guy had about a 67 'Vette monster truck(?) he called Monster Vette.

Roger Fletcher

Free web-based email, Forever, From anywhere!


I wouldn't know about a truck called Frankenstein, but the Monster truck
called The Grave Digger piqued my interest in panel trucks. Yes, I know,
it's a Chevy; but all that sheet metal looking bad to the bone sparked my
adult interest in old trucks, and panels in particular.

My original intention for "Franky" was to Pro Street the beast with a
honking big block, (Ford of course), Tubs and Mickey Thompsons in the
rear. But the previous owner also sold all the extra parts he gathered in
his effort to start the "re-animation". In that pile of spare parts was
two spare "97" carbs and an original Vic Edelbrock 2+2 aluminum intake.
Circa is unknown, but the configuration of the intake is similar to the
Offenhouser Standard 2+2, with the twin carbs in the center of the
intake. This started me to thinking in terms of a "Period Hot Rod"; using
the techniques and parts from the late 50's - early 60's.

I started my research on the net for vendors, and found several in the
Atlanta area. Now, I'm several K$ in debt and the truck's still not done
in the body shop, six months later. But I'm not complaining, just
anxiously waiting for my panel truck to come back so I can hear that
flathead run for the first time!

Thanks for asking!

Jay Boyd
53 F-100 Panel


Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 22:56:12 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE in V8 Times Magazine

V8 Times did a 1/2 page write up about in their May/June issue!
Anyone interested can order a copy from:

Linda McDonald
V8 Times
1752 Darwin Ave.
Livermore, CA 94550 or they can be ordered via FAX and credit card numbers
from her at (925) 447-2920

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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