pre61-list-digest Friday, October 30 1998 Volume 02 : Number 302

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

FTE Pre61 - HVLP Painting Guns
FTE Pre61 - generator/alternator
FTE Pre61 - Codes
FTE Pre61 - bed lifting
FTE Pre61 - Pick up beds
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: SoCal Pickups
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Volunteers, an invitation......
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: My deepest thanks
FTE Pre61 - 52 Cab panel replacement



Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 09:06:54 -0600
From: Jeff Hazewinkel
Subject: FTE Pre61 - HVLP Painting Guns

I am looking to upgrade my painting components. I believe HVLP is the
correct route, but I wonder if I should look at the self contained
systems or just purchase an HVLP paint gun and use my current

I am finishing my first restoration and have a couple of others waiting
so I anticipate using this tool for many years to come, but I will not
be using it everyday. Any thooughts ?


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Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 12:00:54 EST
From: MichellHC
Subject: FTE Pre61 - generator/alternator

Hi just plain Bill,

I replaced the one on my 55 F-600 with an alternator. First of all you will
have to convert to a 12 volt system. I replaced mine with a GM alt. because of
the built in volatge regulator they have. With the GM type all you have to do
is to hook your hot wire to your alt. and you are in busisness. Your original
amp, or volt meter you have on your truck will still work just as it always
did. I went to a local rebuilder and he built me a 80 amp for my truck. I
decided on a bigger one because the truck also has air conditioning and it is
used for pulling a trailer from time to time, with lots of extra lights.

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Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 04:02:09 -0400
From: "Miguel Londono"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Codes

Can anyone help me translating some Canadian codes in my truck?

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Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 15:34:45 -0700 (MST)
From: Darcy Lee Davis
Subject: FTE Pre61 - bed lifting

I just had to get this bit of info in on the best way to lift the bed off
a truck. We had three people, but it wasn't enough with the steel sheet
welded in the bed of the truck. Well we were going to just just lift the
front end of the box and as we tilted the bed up it was supposed to slide
back off the frame rails and then we would push it right over against a
shed. When we got it standing on end and it still refused to slide, we
had to formulate a new plan. Fortunately this bed was in too rough shape
to be salvegable. So the other two stabilized the box against the shed,
and me... Well I climbed up in that cab and got that 239 growling and then
BLAMB! I let loose the clutch. The box safely travelled groundward to its
final resting place. Well the shed was at the bottom of a small hill, and
those of you who have tried to go off pavement without your box in place
know what the effect of its absence is. The moral of the story. Don't take
your box off in a place where your going to need traction to get out of.
Darcy Davis

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Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 17:47:12 -0500
From: John Mathieson
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Pick up beds

Having read previous posts about Ford pickups, I was wondering if anyone
knew if pickup beds dating back to the 30's were metal lined over wood or
were they simply wood?


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Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 23:00:34 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: SoCal Pickups

Dear Ford Truck Enthusiasts list members:

We have a new advertiser on our web site. Since the beginning,
our practice with web site advertisers has been to make a brief
announcement for 2 days (this is day 2 of 2). Please show your
appreciation to SoCal Pick-Ups for helping to support the web
site and the lists by checking them out (this is a temporary page
until they have their site up):

"SoCal Pick-Ups started over 25 years ago as the first restoration
parts business to focus soley on the 53-56 F-100's. Now, SoCal
is now under new ownership. With this new ownership there has
come a renewed emphasis in making sure SoCal is THE place to go
to get the help you need to successfully create the F-100 of
your dreams.

SoCal has made changes in all areas of their operation in order
to bring the best possible service to those rebuilding 1948-1966
F-100's. They have a new catalogue that is updated monthly with
new products, a new customer oriented computer system that keeps
track of every item ever purchased by a customer to enhance their
ability to provide personalized service, and even a few new
employees dedicated to making you successful with your truck

We would like to you to let them know you heard about them via
the Ford Truck Enthusiasts group.

Now returning you to our regularly scheduled program...

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 23:04:03 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Volunteers, an invitation......

Ladies and Gentlemen, as some of you know I started a list, called
the "Core" list, to help me in my administrative decisions toward
the Ford Truck Enthusiasts lists. I initially chose those who were
active in responding on the lists and whom I considerd my friends
which was a good way to start but more is needed. As the list
matured I realized we need more help and some of my first choices,
while good people and interested in ford trucks are either not in
a position to participate very much or don't feel qualified but
since they had no say in their selection this is not in any way to
their discredit.

What I would like to do now is invite any who feel they have time
and resources to assist in decision making, committee participation
for events planning and participation, or to hold an office in a
club (which we have already begun discussing on the core list) to
come forward privately via email to my mail box kpayne
stating your offer, including what you can participate in, what
office you may feel qualified for, email and other computer resources
you have etc. so I can compile a list of people to add to the core
list and from which committees can be formed for planning such things
as the Pigeon Forge event next May and working on the club idea etc..

We may split the core list up into committee lists to cut down on your
email traffic and these discussions don't typically generate a lot of
email so it shouldn't add too much to your mail burden in any case.

Please reply ASAP so we can develop the lists and make our selections.
This is a preliminary, group invitation and we expect more respondees
than there are jobs to fill so please do not be offended if you are
not selected. We appreciate all assistance but only need so many for
these functions so some will not be asked even though qualified. I
will be keeping the list in case more openings come up so you may be
asked at a later date and if any do not resond today but feel inclined
later to volunteer, please feel free to email me in this regard and
I will add you to my list :-)

Please remember that those responding will be expected to participate
to some extent in discussions and activities so don't apply if you
are not in a position to do this. Thank you very much for your past
support. We look forward to greater things in the future, with your
help :-)

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 23:14:44 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: My deepest thanks

I just received a gift from one of the list members. It was
through the contributions of many of the list members that
I was given this gift. These contributions were made behind
the scenes, without my knowledge, after the Pigeon Forge
Supernationals show that Ford Truck Enthusiasts participated

Since I don't have the email addresses of all those involved,
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who
contributed towards this gift. It was not an insignificant
gift and I really appreciate the gesture.

Just wait till next year's Pigeon Forge show!
Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 00:02:20 EST
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 52 Cab panel replacement

I recently purchased another cab to replace the badly rust one on my '52 F-3.
The only rust on the cab is on the passenger side lower door pillar and the
driver's side door sill( rocker panel). I have seen replacement panels for
these that you can buy. Has anyone replaced these panels themselves? If so,
please give me some pointers. I am new to this procedure and want to get it
right the first time. Thanks, Paul.
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