pre61-list-digest Thursday, August 13 1998 Volume 02 : Number 224



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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - Bed Wood
FTE Pre61 - wiring diagrams, '57 F-100
Re: FTE Pre61 - Bed Wood
Re: FTE Pre61 - wiring diagrams, '57 F-100
[none]
FTE Pre61 - 12V Conversion
Re: FTE Pre61 - 48 Bed
FTE Pre61 - Seat Belts
FTE Pre61 - 9" ford rear end
FTE Pre61 - the tag

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 07:52:30 -0400
From: "Abram H. Stauffer"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Bed Wood

Help me out here folks:
As I was getting red oak bedwood from a local woodworker, he told me an
old sawmill operator he gets wood from told him the wood Ford used on
the mid-fifties pickups was yellow pine not oak. Can anyone confirm
this? I assumed it was oak because that's what everyone sells and it is
known for its strength and durability. He said yellow pine is less
resistant to rot than oak. What do you think. I think I will get a piece
of my old bed wood underneath the metal plate someone put on my truck
bed and try to identify it.
Thanks, Abe Stauffer '54 F-100
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 07:57:42 -0400
From: "Melayne Arnold"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - wiring diagrams, '57 F-100

I was wondering if any of you out there would happen to have a wiring
diagram for a '57 F-100. I just got this truck about 10 days ago, have
tuned it up, fixed exhaust, re-wired taillights, fixed the brakes, and now
it runs like a charm and I am ready to drive her. Problem is, NO BRAKE
LIGHTS!!! As I said before, I rewired them, and headlights and turn
signals work fine, but still NO BRAKE LIGHTS!!! I REALLY would like to
start driving this truck immediately, but can't do it until I have brake
lights! I don't think it is the switch (on front of master cylinder),
because I had brake lights sometimes before I rewired the back end. PLEASE
HELP. ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Kindof working blind
here, as have not found any shop manuals for this year model truck either!
Anyone else out there drive one of these classy looking machines? Thanks in
advance.

Bud
1957 F-100 223, 3-speed (Danny)
1976 F-100 302, 3-speed ('Ol Blue)
1968 F-250 360, C-6 (Double Ugly. The name fits)
1979 F-250 429 P.I., T-18 (Suzie)

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 09:04:06 -0500
From: Rich Garber
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Bed Wood

At 07:52 AM 8/12/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Help me out here folks:
> As I was getting red oak bedwood from a local woodworker, he told me an
>old sawmill operator he gets wood from told him the wood Ford used on
>the mid-fifties pickups was yellow pine not oak.

Abe,

My 61 had yellow pine, weather it came with it or not is the question. I have
a board from my 54, however I havn't had time to idenify it.


Rich
54 F100
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 09:08:06 -0500
From: Rich Garber
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - wiring diagrams, '57 F-100

At 07:57 AM 8/12/98 -0400, you wrote:
>I was wondering if any of you out there would happen to have a wiring
>diagram for a '57 F-100. I just got this truck about 10 days ago, have
>tuned it up, fixed exhaust, re-wired taillights, fixed the brakes, and now
>it runs like a charm and I am ready to drive her. Problem is, NO BRAKE
>LIGHTS!!! As I said before, I rewired them, and headlights and turn
>signals work fine, but still NO BRAKE LIGHTS!!! I REALLY would like to
>start driving this truck immediately, but can't do it until I have brake
>lights! I don't think it is the switch (on front of master cylinder),

Bud,

The turn singals and the brake lights are the same lights. I would
highly suspect the switch, or possibly a problem with the trun singal
switch. Short the wires on the brake light switch, if you get lights
its the switch.

Rich
54 F100
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 08:29:25 -0500
From: "Stephen W. Hansen"
Subject: [none]

I did put a 12 volt starter and a 12 volt Generator on my '50 F-1 V-8, but
before I start wiring it I will get a alternator set up instead of the
generator. My concern was the points and condenser, I didn't want to burn
them out. After a bit of research I found that the points and condensed was
the same part number as a mid-50's year, after they converted to 12v.

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 17:56:01 -0400
From: gvanderg
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 12V Conversion

Thanks all for the information on the 12V upgrade of my '37.
What does the ignition ballast resistor do?
If it is just voltage drop before the coil?
If I upgrade to a 12V coil do I still need a ballast resistor?
Is there electronic iginition for a flatty?
Thanks GV in CT with a '37 -Black and green attack machine.
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 21:50:36 EDT
From: JRFiero aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 48 Bed

Orig message was about a '48 bed, getting the wood our from under the metal,
then jukt hotmail.com wrote
plank set up is the same >>
In '51 Ford once again began exposing the wood planks. Prior to that there
was wood covered by a big ol' hunk of sheet metal. Apparently the wood got so
bad in my '51 that the previous owner just tack welded a sheet over it. Close
enough.
As to the original question, I bet you do have to remove the sheet metal to
replace the wood. No experience, tho.
Good luck,
Jonas
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 23:51:27 EDT
From: FRD56F100 aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Seat Belts

Can anybody help me find a set of seat belts for my 56 F100. The ones I have
right now are incomplete and I will like to replace them. I've seen the ones
advertised in "Classic Trucks" magazine (Juliano's) but I can't afford the
whole set right now. I went to the junkyard the other day hoping to find a
good set, but I didn't find anything good. What will be an excellent donor
vehicle for something like this? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Joe
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 10:31:56 -0400
From: "David M. Ackerschott"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 9" ford rear end

Hello all i pulled the tag off of my 9" rear end that gramps installed
many moons ago in the 53 ford f100 i am rebuilding the following is what
it says, can anyone tell me what this means and whether not this is a
good rear end for my truck??

thanks in advance
dddavid
>>>>attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference>>>>>>
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 10:33:56 -0400
From: "David M. Ackerschott"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - the tag

I forgot the tag SORRY

it reads: WDM - T 8MA
3.50 8 7 31MA
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