pre61-list-digest Monday, September 14 1998 Volume 02 : Number 256

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

FTE Pre61 - 48 Shifter
FTE Pre61 - Flathead overdrive
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Web updates and archives
FTE Pre61 - More questions
FTE Pre61 - Instrument Panel
Re: FTE Pre61 - three on the tree



Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 12:40:09 -0500
From: "Stephen W. Hansen"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 48 Shifter

I think all the 48-50 F-1's could be either floor shift or column
Stephen Hansen
92 F250
50 F-1 (some assembly required)

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Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 12:47:31 -0500
From: "Stephen W. Hansen"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Flathead overdrive

A late 49 or early 50's Merc Trans will bolt up and use the same shifter
style as the F-1.
The same years Ford sedan could bolt up but there are differences. I put the
merc style into my '50 and it was allot of work. In the end I now wish I had
put the auto Trans kit on it. It is longer and required a new crossmember to
be made. I still have to wire it up and get a new driveshaft made. The
Planetary gears of the overdrive were hard to find, it appeared to be the
most common failing part in it. If you have more questions, you can E-mail
Stephen Hansen
92 F250
50 F-1 (some assembly required)

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Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 15:06:56 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Web updates and archives

- - August list archives are now on the FTE web site
- - Over 10 new trucks added to the pictorial.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 16:01:18 EDT
From: RJC988
Subject: FTE Pre61 - More questions


More questions I need help on:

1.) I have asked this before but I don't remember getting an answer -- can I
weld on my truck with the 5.0 V8 installed without worrying about frying some
of the sensors with the computer. The computer module is not installed, but
all of the engine sensors (I don't even know where all of them are) are still

2.) Another question I asked but don't remember getting a response -- there
are 3 straight springs on the bottom of my rear spring set. If I take them
off, I can get an easy 2" drop. Can I do without these?

Thanks again.

Glenn in TN
Soapy the '57 F-100
"If you don't change direction, you will wind up where you are going. Is it
where you want to BE!!"
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Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 17:43:06 -0500
From: "watkins7"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Instrument Panel

I have a 54 F100 that I'm doing a frame up on. It was a basket case when I
got it, but real cheap! I've converted to a 292 Yblock out of a 62 F100 and
have changed to 12volt alternator. Now that I've got the basics out of the
way, my question concerns the original 54 instrument panel. There is a
bracket secured to the side of the instr. panel that has what appears to be
two small relays attached to it, and a bunch of wires which have been cut
short. These relays each have two screw post terminals on them and are
labeled B, H, and A. The B terminal has a jumper strap to the fourth
terminal post. What is this thing? I can't find any reference to it in my
shop manual.
I've been a subscriber for a while and this is my first of what will
probably be many questions. Thanks.
jon watkins
54 F100

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Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 22:25:07 EDT
From: JRFiero
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - three on the tree

In a message dated 98-09-11 22:58:48 EDT, you write:

parts with it including what was told to me as the stock (or original)
steering column. It is a three speed column shift. I just read something
about '48 f1 coming stock with 3 or 4 speed FLOOR shifts. I would really
like to put in the 3 on the tree but want the cab to look as original as
possibly. Does anyone know if '48's came with column shift and floor
shifts or just floor shifts.

Thanks Mig
'48 F1
My understanding is that '51 was the first year for a three on the tree.
They advertised it as more car-like, and more room for your crew.
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