pre61-list-digest Friday, April 9 1999 Volume 03 : Number 102



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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - King Pins and bushings??
Re: FTE Pre61 - King Pins and bushings??
RE: FTE Pre61 - King Pins and bushings??
Re: FTE Pre61 - Vin numbers
FTE Pre61 - Are these books worth buying?

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Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 07:45:10 -0400
From: Fred g 454
Subject: FTE Pre61 - King Pins and bushings??

Has anyone replaced their kingpins and spring perch bushings in a '53 to
'56, without having torches and sledge hammers involved? I have a '56 and
am starting to re-assemble the front end sheet metal. I have a nagging
feeling I should do this before I put it all back together. The wheels
don't wobble when I jack it up and try to move them. I find it hard to
believe these would still be good? I have had the truck for a year, and
only drove it a few miles before tearing it down. Because I felt the
mechanical condition of the rest of the truck was unsafe. Any suggestions?
I don't have torches, and hate to think what I might get into... you know
"if it ain't broke, don't fix it" ??

Fred

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Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 08:12:30 EDT
From: PWPTRUCK1 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - King Pins and bushings??

Fred,
I replaced the king pins and bushings on "Betsy", my 52 F-3. I got a kit
from Sac Vintage and it came with new pins, bushings, and pin locks. My front
end was so worn out that I didn't need to use a torch to heat up the pin to
remove it, but I have heard that a lot of times this is necessary. I had to
take the new bushings and the spindle assemblies to a machine shop and have
them pressed in. They also had to ream the bushings to size so they would fit
the new kingpins. Sounds like a lot of hassle, but I believe it was worth it.
The shop charged me 50 bucks to do all this. Not too bad I guess. At least I
know the front end won't be all over the road when I drive her.
Paul
52 F-3
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Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 08:19:47 -0500
From: "Rich Garber"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - King Pins and bushings??

>
> Has anyone replaced their kingpins and spring perch bushings in a '53 to
> '56, without having torches and sledge hammers involved?
>
> Fred
>
Fred,

I replaced both, the kingpins, you will need a sledge, once they start to
move they will come out fairly easy. You will have to take the spindles to
a good shop (make sure its a very good shop, or it could turn out to be
worse than
when you started)to get the bushings installed and reamed.

The spring bushings, I did myself, using a home made press. A local company
wanted $15.00 per bushing. I used harden bolts with course threads (make
sure
there course, or they will strip out) a few different sized sockets (one
that
fits the bushing on one side, one bigger than the bushing on the other side
that
fits the spring and a bolt in between. Worked very well. Installed the new
the
same way using washers on the bushing side). After you press the new
bushing in
it will need to be reamed. I used a brake hone.

The kit for both came from Denis Carpenter, it was complete, although almost
all
suppliers sell the kit.

Hope this helps.

Rich
54 F100

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Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 20:44:37 EDT
From: JRFiero aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Vin numbers

In a message dated 4/6/1999 10:22:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
WinfordR aol.com writes:

> only that the
> series continued from 1949 thru 1950.
Goes into '51, as explained in the book mentioned. Serial number format
changed in September, '51. See page 23, which says '(until September 15,
1951).' 'Course the next mention, page 26, says 'vehicles built after
September 4, 1951,' so take your pick.
The other commonly used reference, the 'Red Book,' says (page 23),
that 'until September 1, 1951, the serial numbers are a continuation of those
used in 1950.'
So I just say September. Guys with '51s and production codes in
September may be able to shed some light on the exact date.
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Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 20:38:47 -0500
From: "Brett L. Habben"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Are these books worth buying?

Folks,
Classic Motorbooks has some books on sale I am thinking of buying. Have
any of you seen these books and can tell me if they are worth buying?
Here are the titles:
American Automobile Paint Code Interchange Manual 1945-1995, 160 pgs.
Rod Powell's Flame Paint Techniques, 128 pgs.
Barris Kustom Techniques of the 50's: Flames, Scallops, Paneling, and
Striping, 128 pgs.
Thanks,
Brett
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