pre61-list-digest Saturday, May 8 1999 Volume 03 : Number 131



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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - 55 F100 steering/handling and introductions
Re: FTE Pre61 - 55 F100 steering/handling and introductions
FTE Pre61 - 58 panel rear light -- dang it.
Re: FTE Pre61 - 55 F100 steering/handling and introductions
RE: FTE Pre61 - Pinion Seal
FTE Pre61 - 16" rims
Re: FTE Pre61 - 55 F100 steering/handling and introductions

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Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 08:24:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: shane san miguel
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 55 F100 steering/handling and introductions

Hello list,

I found this list while looking for info on my truck. Specifics are:

55 F100
5.0/C4 9" with 3.70 gears
Holley 600, Edelbrock Performer intake, headers, duraspark II ignition.

I am happy with the performance of my engine but the worn steering
leaves me wondering if even god knows where it's gonna go next because
I sure don't!

I recently acquired a dropped front axle that I will be rebuilding. I
plan to replace the shackle bushings, tie rods (+tie rod drop kit from
So-Cal), king pins, and shocks. So my question is, after all this will
she go straight down the freeway? Is there anything I am missing or
should be aware of? What exactly is "pin-fit reaming" when talking
about the king pins.

Thanks folks,
Shane
55 F100 5.0
15.51 87

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Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 11:56:59 EDT
From: Flathead52 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 55 F100 steering/handling and introductions

Were did you find a dropped straight axle for you truck?

Tom
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Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 08:56:09 +0100
From: "Tim Mortimore"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 58 panel rear light -- dang it.

sorry, i pressed the send button prematurely...........

anyhow, i'm in process of restoring a 58 panel and haven't been able to find
the lens and cover that goes over the rear license/tail light combo that is
on the rear door.

part # B7C 13450-E --COVER
# B7C 13450-B -- LENS

if you've got one, or know where i can get one, please let me know.

thanks,

tim mortimore
'58 Panel / '70 LTD two to make one

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Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 14:42:11 EDT
From: Lookn4iron aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 55 F100 steering/handling and introductions

>I recently acquired a dropped front axle that I will be rebuilding. I
>plan to replace the shackle bushings, tie rods (+tie rod drop kit from
>So-Cal), king pins, and shocks. So my question is, after all this will
>she go straight down the freeway? Is there anything I am missing or
>should be aware of? What exactly is "pin-fit reaming" when talking
>about the king pins.
>
>Thanks folks,
>Shane
>55 F100 5.0
>15.51 87

Hi Shane,

I'm certain that some will disagree but I accompanied a friend in a roll
over at low speed in a similarly equipped 1950 F1 with the additon of low
profile tires. Considerable research, money, and picking of other's
brains concluded that the modified steering geometry with the dropped
axle magnified the "bump steer" characteristics, leading me to believe
that the "right fix" is an IFS graft!

...now thats just my opinion!

Bill
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Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 14:17:22 -0500
From: "Rich Garber"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Pinion Seal

> -----Original Message-----
> I have the pinion seal holding me up on the assembly of my
> differential. My
> local parts
> store didn't have any luck crossing the CR number to National. Can anyone
> give me an
> interchange number or a supplier for a CR 14223-3 pinion seal?
> The rear end
> is from my '50, but may not be original. Gear ratio is 3.73.
>
> Thanks,
> Randy

Randy,

The listed seal from Dennis Carpenter is

BA6-4676-A Drive Pinion Seal 1948-56 $8.00

1-800-476-9653


Rich
54 F100
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Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 14:17:21 -0500
From: "Rich Garber"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 16" rims

Hello All,

My neighbor had a question I hope you guys and/or girls
can answer. He wants to put 16" tires on his 53 F100. He
acquired some used radials, but needs rims. He needs 16x7
rims. What year ford trucks had such rims?

Thanks,

Rich
54 F100

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Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 20:06:32 EDT
From: PWPTRUCK1 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 55 F100 steering/handling and introductions

Shane,
The term "king pin reaming" refers to machining the king pin bushings (not
the king pin!) so they will fit the king pins. I purchased the king pin kit
from Sac Vintage Ford for my 52 F-3. The inside diameter of the bushings were
way to small to allow the king pin to slide thru easily. I believe they are
made like this so they will not collapse when being pressed into the spindle
assembly. I just took the whole kit and the spindles to my machine shop and
let them press the bushings in and then they reamed the bushings to size. It
has a perfect fit with no side to side play.

Paul,
52 F-3
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