pre61-list-digest Tuesday, July 21 1998 Volume 02 : Number 203



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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - Re: Vin #s
FTE Pre61 - '54 gear shift handles
FTE Pre61 - Reflector Flare set
Re: FTE Pre61 - Solid Axle FE-Bump Steer
FTE Pre61 - Something to drool over
FTE Pre61 - Questions
FTE Pre61 - Engine oil coolers

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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 08:07:45 -0500
From: Rich Garber
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: Vin #s

At 04:51 PM 7/17/98 EDT, you wrote:
> I have a '54 F200 long bed that has no VIN plate on it, do any of you know
>were
>a VIN # is on the frame? I have an old title and can not find any #s like
that
>on this truck. I have strpped it down to the frame for a street rod rebuild.
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>On the 54, its located on the frame, pass. side, top, in front of the
radiator support, its stamped. Mine was hard to see (with all the dirt)
but its there.

F.Y.I the engine is not serialized, it is stamped with a date code
(mine was 46, 1954 June)

Rich
54 F100
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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 08:42:39 -0400
From: "Abram H. Stauffer"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - '54 gear shift handles

Attention '54 owners:
Perhaps you can help me solve a little problem. If you have a stock '54
"3 on the tree" (column shift) is your shifter knob round or spherical?
Mine is spherical. The Repro catalouges say '53-55 are round and '56 is
spherical. Emailed Rich Garber last week and he said his is spherical.
Please respond and we can call this an informal survey.
Abe Stauffer '54 F-100
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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 09:02:48 -0400
From: "Abram H. Stauffer"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Reflector Flare set

McLaughlin's book "Ford Pickup Trucks: Development History and
Restoration Guide" has an ad on page 109 that lists the Ford-Designed
Accessories for '54. Listed there is a "Reflector Flare set: complete
kit, 3 flares, flags, flagstaffs...."
Do any of you have this and what does it look like? My truck came with
one when I bought it from my Grandfather in '77. It is a red metal box.
It is made by the Grote Mfg. Co. It is labelled Flameless Flare
Reflector Set, No. 70. In it are 3 reflectors, 3 flags and metal flag
staffs. Nowhere does it say "Ford". Could this be the correct
accessory? Help me out here,
Thanks, Abe '54 F-100
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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 23:58:08 EDT
From: Lookn4iron aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Solid Axle FE-Bump Steer

I have been helping a friend with an 1950 F1 with a serious (dangerous)
bump steer problem .

I do not believe it has a dropped axle but it was dropped about 4"
probably in part by employing a "short stack" on the springs. The Pitman
arm may have been changed and the tie rods were re-enforced (??) by
welding angle iron to them. This was probably done because with the
lowering, the tie rods hit the frame regularly. The steering box is
tight but a small steering wheel together with low profile wide tires
contributed to treacherous handling. Thus far we have replaced the tie
rods so that camber adjustment is now possible, added blocks between axle
and spring to regain some of the height and replaced the steering wheel
with a larger stock wheel. Some improvement ocurredbut It is still not
good.

Has anyone had experience in using sway bars or after market springs or
other changes (other than IFS) to a solid axle FE that will improve
handling and/ or dampen the "bump steer" tendency.


Bill Meglen
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Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 00:01:10 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Something to drool over

Someone sent me an email about a 1947 Ford dump truck that's
been parked in a storage garage for 35 years! Its in really
good shape, if anyone is interested in this gem let me know
and I'll forward the guy's email address.

Ken Payne

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Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 02:37:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: Oldtrukman webtv.net (R. Pietsch)
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Questions

Greetings Josh. I've always been told that the only dumb question is the
one that is not asked.



Rix56 'The Rat'

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Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 02:46:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Oldtrukman webtv.net (R. Pietsch)
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Engine oil coolers

Thanks to those of you that responded to my question about the oil
cooler. Now I have more things to ponder. I am definatly going to look
into that thermostat thing before do any installation. I have to much
invested in that new motor to risk damaging it right off the bat.



Rix56 'The Rat'

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