pre61-list-digest Sunday, April 11 1999 Volume 03 : Number 104



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Pre61 - Late 50 Wood bed parts
FTE Pre61 - Mono Leaf Springs-How Low?
FTE Pre61 - truck year question
FTE Pre61 - Stupid question #97
FTE Pre61 - Mystery spring in oil pan
Re: FTE Pre61 - Mystery spring in oil pan

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 09:47:54 -0700
From: Dan Wentz
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Late 50 Wood bed parts

>
> I can't find my documentation on this, but what I recall is that, at
> least nominally, '51 was the first year for exposed wood bed floors.
> Previous years had wood, but it was covered by sheet metal. However, the
> change was a 'running change' in the 1950 model year. Todd Murthum, for
> instance, has several parts that go up to 'early 50,' then change to 'late
> 50' and up.


I would tend to agree here. I determined my 50 was a 'late' 50 partially by
the exposed wood (painted body color, no metal cover). I also have some side
panel differences (all smooth and honestly not as cool as 48-early 50). They
also made some engine changes in late 50--most notable is the switch from cast
to aluminum timing cover (and a different distributor housing to match). I
found that out while trying to figure out what killed my brand new Mallory
distributor--long story short, make sure you have the cast housing if you're
going to run a Mallory on a 239.

~Dan

1950 F1 351C-2v--Awaiting 9" Rear
1992 Mustang --Angry at the $1.55 gas.

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 09:55:18 -0700
From: Dan Wentz
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Mono Leaf Springs-How Low?

I've decided to replace my stock springs with the mono leaf type. The
Sacramento Vintage catalog gives conflicting numbers for how much of a drop
they'll provide. On one page they say standard eye springs will lower the
truck 1.5", and on another they say standard eye lowers the truck 3".
Normally I'd say the lower the better (in front especially) but I'm not too
fond of my oil pan hitting the axle. Nor am I too fond of spending
hundreds of dollars to switch to a rear sump pan and pickup. So does
anybody know how much of a drop I should expect with the mono leaf springs?

~Dan

1950 F1 351C-2v--Awaiting 9" Rear
1992 Mustang --Angry at the $1.55 gas.

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 12:45:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mark A
Subject: FTE Pre61 - truck year question

I have a 59' ford truck. the question is, were there two different
styles that year? because all of the pictures that I see of 59's are
all different the the one I have. Mine looks more like a 60 then a 59.
If anyone has any info on this please e-mail me because it is really
starting to get to me. thank you
mark

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 20:44:32 EDT
From: RJC988 aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Stupid question #97

Guys,

Well, I'm waiting on chassis parts, so I start to see how things are going to
fit in the cab. I put the Lincoln's seats inside and they don't really sit
level -- I'll make spacers to alleviate that. The power brake booster won't
fit where the original brake was at, but maybe in the slot left by the clutch
linkage (and lower) -- maybe that's OK???? But the kicker is that the
steering wheel won't begin to fit. Seems the dashboard on the Lincoln was
more compact that the F100! To make the steering wheel fit below the dash
without cutting, the wheel will be in my lap and blocking every instrument on
the dash.

Question: does this happen to others. I though I had a great donor car, even
though the magazines never talk about a '90 Town Car as one. Maybe I should
have stayed with there examples.

Glenn in TN
Soapy the 57 F-100
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 23:11:57 -0400
From: Ron Byron
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Mystery spring in oil pan

I am getting ready to fire up a 50 truck without rebuilding.
I decided to try and clean the sludge plate out of the 8BA.
I found a mystery spring in the bottom of the pan after about 1/2" of gooey stuff.
It is about 1 1/2" long and about 5/16" diameter.
Where did the spring come from?
Could it possibly be something from the oil pump?
The engine hasn't run in a couple of years, but seemed fine then.
I plan on getting it running, for paint work before tearing into the engine.

Anybody know where to get a supply of gaskets for drain plate in the oil pan?
I believe the plate is only on the later truck engines.

Thanks

Ron Byron


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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 23:24:17 EDT
From: PWPTRUCK1 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Mystery spring in oil pan

Ron,
I made a gasket myself for my '52 oilpan cleanout. I got a roll of
cork-like gasket material from the auto parts store and it worked fine with a
little sealant.

Paul
'52 F-3
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