pre61-list-digest Monday, April 12 1999 Volume 03 : Number 105

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1948 - 1948 truck and vans
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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - Tail Light Wiring
FTE Pre61 - truck year question
Re: FTE Pre61 - Mystery spring in oil pan
FTE Pre61 - mystery spring
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Web site updates
FTE Pre61 - Heat Sensor



Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 11:17:25 -0400
From: Ray or Fran Bell
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Tail Light Wiring

I live in a high "road-rage" area and need good rear lights. Have =
already gone the rear window mounted LED third-light and halogen bulb =
route, but still have had some close calls. As much as I like'em, I've =
pulled my "billets" from the rolled pan and am now installing new larger =
tail lights. I want clean-looking wiring underneath. I will use =
multi-prong "quick connect" plugs on both lights and wiring.

QUESTION: How to best split the five feeder wires two directions? I =
prefer to not use crimp-on "taps" because after you've tapped 'em, taped =
'em, and loomed 'em, they result in a pretty big bundle even if the taps =
are spaced out along the wire path. I'm not aware of a (solder or =
crimp-on) "Y" tap; is there such a thing? I've thought of using a =
terminal block mounted up under the bed (five wires in, ten wires =
out)(in looms). However, I've always used such blocks in weather =
protected areas. Does this make a difference? Is there such a thing as =
a "weather proof terminal block?"


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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 10:02:31 PDT
From: "John Harrison"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - truck year question

Mark, You may have some '60 front end parts on your '59. '59 hood had
a wire mesh insert in the front with the letters F O R D on it. Also
'59 grill was horizontal bars with a seperate panel under the parking
lights. '60 hood had 2 open slots on front of hood with FORD emblem
between them, and a one piece grill with a large horizontal bar
between headlights. Parking lights were also mounted in the grill on
the '60 model. Hope this helps.


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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 13:53:09 -0700
From: Dan Wentz
Subject: Re: 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
>It is about 1 1/2" long and about 5/16" diameter.
>Where did the spring come from?

You just unearthed an old memory of mine. I found a similar spring in my
oil pan (maybe more than one but I can't remember because it's been a
while) lodged in all the sludge. The engine ran fine before and after
finding the spring so wherever it came from I wouldn't worry about it too much.

>Anybody know where to get a supply of gaskets for drain plate in the oil pan?

You can buy large sheets of cork gasket material and cut them yourself. I
used some sealer just to be safe.


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1992 Mustang --Angry at the $1.55 gas.

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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 20:49:12 -0700
From: joyce
Subject: FTE Pre61 - mystery spring

Sounds like it may be as fuel pump spring.

Ken L.
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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 23:13:30 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Web site updates

The following updates have been made to the web site:

Pictorial additions:
1956 F100, 1958 F100, 1984 E150


"The Ranger Station" added.
"Fords of the Fifties" added.

Tech Articles:
"How to convert an oil bath filter to paper element"

Having problems with the flatbed scanner so it will be about
a week before I can post photo submissions. As usual, we
stay about 1 week behind in pictorial submissions.

Ken Payne
Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 23:54:01 EDT
From: SJablecki
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Heat Sensor

Is there one out there that would fit a '57 223 6 cylinder, for sale. Stan
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