pre61-list-digest Thursday, June 18 1998 Volume 02 : Number 172



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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - SMOG LAWS
FTE Pre61 - Re: F250 Stuff
FTE Pre61 - Pulleys and brackets:
FTE Pre61 - Re: F250 Stuff
FTE Pre61 - YBlock crossover pipe
FTE Pre61 - Restoration Tips
Re: FTE Pre61 - YBlock crossover pipe

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Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 04:21:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: "J. Frederick Griffin"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - SMOG LAWS

The reason he can put the "beast" form a modern Lincoln in a '55 truck and
not have smog law problems is, California only looks at the year of the body
of the vehicle and not the power plant, so he will still have a '55 Ford
truck. The smog laws require tests for cars built 1974 and after, hence the
'55 is not subject to the test laws. The only time a pre 74 vehicle will
come to the attention of the law is if it is smoking, then it would need to
be fixed.

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Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 08:10:33 -0700
From: Karl Cunningham
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: F250 Stuff

>While purusing one of the local junkyards, I came across this 55 F250
>with a neat rear bumper. Looks like about 9" of step area all around
>the rear, extending back from the rear wheel cutouts, and about 6"
>thick, with marker lights in the rear rounded corners in the thick
>corners.

These are called "wrap-around bumpers". I have one on my '60. They bolt
to the bed at the rear of the wheel cutout and come all the way around.
They're great until someone hits you from the rear, because it not only
bends your bumper (which can often be straightened), but it trashes your
bed too.


Karl Cunningham
karlc jps.net
1960 F250 factory 4x4
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Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 19:22:01 EDT
From: OBKBEE aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Pulleys and brackets:

Hello,
I have a late 70's ford 400M motor installed in my 55 panel truck and can not
find the proper pulley for the water pump and how the alternator mounts. I
thought it would be fairly easy to set it up. Have been trying for a couple of
months trying to configure something. Does anyone have any input? It would be
greatly appreciated. The 3 groove crank pulley I have came off the original
motor before it was built and is a little bent on the outer groove. I can not
find a 3 groove to replace it. Straightened it as best I could but am afraid
not good enough. Rigged some up for the p/s pump and it is within a 32nd of
the center of the groove on the crank. I can't find any documentation of any
sort or pictures that help.
Thanks-Kent
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Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 22:22:36 EDT
From: HAVOC5L aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: F250 Stuff

I recently purchased a '53 F250 and mine has the rear drum at the rear of the
tranny as well . I am new to older Ford trucks . I own an 84 F150 4x4 but i
got a great deal on my 53 so i picked it up now it is like i have a new hobby
all i do is try to find out more about my truck . I was wondering if anyone
knew of a stock rear end out of a newer truck that would swap in place of the
old stock one as i am upgrading the drivetrain to a 351W & C6 tranny . i think
i have the front end conversion pretty well covered . I am just gonna order a
IFS kit from one of many dealers that make them..

Any info that could help me in any area of this restoration would be of great
help !!!!

Troy K.
83 Mustang L converted to 5L
81 Mustang LX
84 F150 4X4
and my new favorite 1953 F250

P.S. the motor and tranny out of my 53 run and move and are for sale !!!
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Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 22:32:36 -0400
From: "Neal B. Forbes"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - YBlock crossover pipe

HelloTrukkies!
The crossover pipe on a YBlock has an expansion joint in the middle. If
this is clamped or welded, the expansion of the pipe when hot will crack a
cast iron manifold. Enough expansion does take place to keep gases from
leaking, however.
Neal Forbes

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Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 22:45:45 -0400
From: "Abram H. Stauffer"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Restoration Tips

Paul G.,
OK, you can help me. It isn't a problem I'm loosing sleep over. It is
low on my priority list, but since you mentioned it, I'll bite. How do
you fix a droopy glove box lid? This spring I got the WD40 out and was
de-squeaking some moving parts and I gave my glove box door spring a
shot since I thought it needed it. It was working fine, just a little
creak when I opened it. I soon noticed that as I was going down the road
it would come opoen about 1/2 an inch. What's the secret?
Thanks, Abe
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Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 01:11:25 -0500
From: Ray Cardogno
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - YBlock crossover pipe

>HelloTrukkies!
>The crossover pipe on a YBlock has an expansion joint in the middle. If
>this is clamped or welded, the expansion of the pipe when hot will crack a
>cast iron manifold. Enough expansion does take place to keep gases from
>leaking, however.
>Neal Forbes
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The replacement parts I got from the parts house were loose as a goose and
overlaped by 1/2" at an angle. (not parallel)

My original pipes had serious rust at the joint, I don't thik they moved.

I think it's a great concept. Is the expansion thing documented by Ford
anywhere? Does anyone know where quality pipes can be had?


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