pre61-list-digest Wednesday, June 10 1998 Volume 02 : Number 164

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 and Older trucks and vans
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In this issue:

'53 engine ID
Horn Button for '53
Tractors and the Ford reunion in Oakville Canada
Fwd: carlounge's Summer 98 Top Ten Awards
51 F-1 steering suspension



Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 04:51:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: "J. Frederick Griffin"

Someone asked about driving their "older" truck, I have had my 1931 AA long
wheel base since 1976 and have put over 40,000 miles on it since then, I
used it as my work truck for several years (finish carpenter on housing
I have been driving my 1930 Ford town sedan since 1963 and have over 187,000
happy miles on it, miles that I have put on it, and I am pretty sure it has
almost 500,00 on it over all.

Both are stock.

In answer to a question I saw posed here a few days a go, Ford went for 6
volt positive ground to 12 neg ground in 1954 when they changed from the

Anyone else out there have older trucks?


Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 08:30:12 -0500 (CDT)
From: (John Hoke)
Subject: '53 engine ID

Hello Everyone,

I recently purchased a '53 F-250 named Torment. The plate in the
glove box says that there should be an 8 cylinder L-head under the hood but
its an 8 cylinder Y-block. The letters by the distributor on the block are
EGB. I think, they're kinda hard to read. Does anyone know what year
engine this is or what other numbers I need to identify this block.
Thanks. I hope I got this straight, I'm still learning.


John Hoke
University of Illinois
1206 W Green St
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-2328


Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 11:44 -0600 (MDT)
From: "Thomas R. Happel"
Subject: Horn Button for '53

While hooking up the horn button on my'53, I have had some problems
due to a broken tab on the button. So I need a new bottom bezel. This
is the Anniversary Button, so I think I can use the emblem, and the
plastic cover (this has a crack in it, so I need that as well). If
anyone has a good button, or knows where I can order one, please let
me know.

Also...I am trying to build the 12v voltage reducer for the gauges,
but I am having a hard time finding the 7806 voltage regulator. Has
anyone else tried to do this? and if so did you get your parts from
Radio Shack?

Tom Happel
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'29 Model A Business Coupe '53 F-100
'66 Mustang Conv '97 Taurus
ALL ORIGINAL!!! Tom.Happel
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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 10:22:05 -0400
From: Stephen Silverthorn
Subject: Tractors and the Ford reunion in Oakville Canada

For Steve,
"I'm a newcomer to this list, and I'm really enjoying it. Briefly, my
> credentials: I'm a mechanical engineer, a Ford guy, my daily driver is a
> '97 F250HD 4x4, and I'm a staunch regular over on the Antique Tractor
> mailing list. I own, among others, a '48 Ford 8N tractor."

Its amazing how many Ford Truck folks are into the Ford 8N Tractors. I
have a restored 49 8N myself and T Bird Terry and I had an off-line
discussion one day about the fact that he's into the 8N's as well. Just to
deviate from the focus of the group for a minute, how many more Ford
tractor guy's are there? We can go off line after we identify ourselves.

For Ken

"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, I can contact the Southern Ontario Classic Pickup Club (48-56 Ford
pickups) and see if we can get a few 48-50's to the show. Oakville is
about 15 miles from Toronto, Ontario but the group putting on the show is
very strict about original vehicles. They pre-inspect your vehicle to see
if it qualified. I went a few years ago for a look-see but no trucks (lots
of Tbirds though)

Steve from Canada
Black 56 Ford, F-100


Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 20:23:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: Scott
Subject: Fwd: carlounge's Summer 98 Top Ten Awards

> As a member of, you will be pleased to learn
> about The summer '98 Top Ten awards at
> So... here goes:
> 1. Ford Truck Enthusiasts
> 2. Ford Ranger Site
> 3. The Saab Network
> 4. ZR2/Highriders Owners Web Site
> 5. F-150 Online
> 6. Progressive Insurance
> 7. SVT Cobra
> 8. Peugoet Worldwide Resources
> 9. The Idaho Corvette page
> 10. Carsecrets
Way to go Ken!
1952 Ford Pickup now with Chromed bumper and grill!
Come take a look at my 1952 Ford Pickup Page:



Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 02:40:53 -0700
From: "Roger Fletcher"
Subject: 51 F-1 steering suspension

My 51 F-1 has the original front steering & suspension. I have located and plan to give him a 429 to replace the 360 Ford truck mtr now setting in it. I can no longer put off the front end upgrade and hope to live long enough to meet my grandchildren. I'd like to come up with disc power brakes & steering, prefer rack & pinion steering, not real picky either coil or torsion bar suspension. I would like to keep 1 spare and wheel pattern so want same bolt pattern to match my Ford 9" rear end. Probably leaves out the Volare front I've seen unless you've got a good idea for rotor/hub trade at the same time. While going this far I'd like to end up with a tilt steering wheel at the same time.

I already have a power brake booster out of a F-350 UPS delivery van up & running. Gets kinda squirrely & unpredictable with the original front drums.

By the way, when I fianlly get the change done the 360 will be finding a new home. I took it out of a 67 F-250 which had been rebuilt from the place I worked at the time. Nice runner & quiet, mild cam. Just can't resist the big cubes. If interested drop me a note, but don't be in a hurry as I'm pretty slow about getting projects done.

Roger Fletcher

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