pre61-list-digest Thursday, May 27 1999 Volume 03 : Number 150

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Re: FTE Pre61 - "Trouble Shooting for Dummies"???
Re: FTE Pre61 - box wood
FTE Pre61 - Aerostar Suspension Installation
FTE Pre61 - box wood
Re: FTE Pre61 - box wood



Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 08:33:39 -0400
From: "Gayland Crutchfield"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - "Trouble Shooting for Dummies"???

Thanks Shane!!
I'll get started. (right after the six-pack)
I could just get Putt (our local auto guru) to get her
started ...but this is a manly thing I must do. Can always use
Putt later.
Good idea about posting the saga. We'll go from dead in the water
(nothing) to her up and running.
Thanks again!

>Post a list of your symptoms here and everyone, I'm sure, would like to
>55 F100 5.0
>15.51 87

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Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 07:08:11 -0700
From: "oldguy1"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - box wood

actual mesurements 5 3/4
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From: Pat Hester
To: pre61-list ;
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 1999 2:14 PM
Subject: FTE Pre61 - box wood

>Hi folks,
> Coul anyone please advise me of the width of the box wood planks. I am
>going to make my own up vs. buying them precut and grooved.
>Thanks in advance,
> Pat
> 47 pickup
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Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 09:39:37 -0500
From: "Brian C Nyman"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Aerostar Suspension Installation

At the request of "A. D. Dodge," I'll endeavor to share my experience with
installing the Aerostar front end into a '58.

The aerostar front suspension is a single unit IFS. The "crossmember" was
actually used to support the aerostar motor in the minivan. It has wrap-around
arms that clamp from the top down to the crossmember. Now, we took some
liberties with this, as the bolt assembly comes through right at the outside of
the '58 frame we used. The rear bolts (approximately 9" long) fit one on each
side of the frame, so that wasn't too bad, but the front two we just used from
the top side, 2-1/2" bolts. We welded the crossmember to the frame, so the
bolts were more for alignment purposes than support.

Simply put, it's an eight-bolt assembly with a little drilling and some welding.
The IFS is slightly wider than the stock frame, but there's still plenty of
room for some decent tires. We're holding back and buying 235/60R15s, putting
them on 7" reversed rims. Much wider than that and you're looking at problems
with the steering arm(s).

I think a standard-sized motor would work pretty okay, especially a straight
six. We are putting a 390 in my '58 and are having some problems with the
steering column clearing the intended headers. We'll just re-route the headers
and should have a pretty solid steering column assembly.

The IFS has a built-in stabilizer bar, all you have to do is reach it up and
mount it to the underside of the frame. I think we measured it, and it's size
is 1-1/4" in diameter. You can just see it on the picture of my truck on the
pictorial page - the mosaic '58. I don't expect there to be ANY roll to my
truck as I'm also installing a 1-ton stabilizer bar on the rear end.

It's not particularly pretty, and it won't give you a particularly low ride, but
I think the comfort will be worth the effort. Keep in mind, we are still
assembling the truck. The van did drive quite nice before we took it apart,
even to the morning we pulled the van apart. I'm still pretty confident that
this is a really good way to go.

I'd be happy to field any questions or comments.

Brian Nyman
Allina Health Systems Provider Support

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Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 11:39:33 -0400
From: Abe Stauffer
Subject: FTE Pre61 - box wood

I just finished my bed wood this weekend. The wood looks nice, too
nice! I won't want to haul stuff in the truck! The wood should be 3/4
inch x 5 3/4 inches. This allows plenty of room for swelling of the
Do you have the dimensions of the groove? I am at work and don't have
the numbers here. Write if you need them. I had a piece of the old bed
wood and copied that. Be sure you fit everything in and then mark and
drill your holes. the only problem I faced was that after 3 coats of
varnish I had a hard time getting the bolts in the holes. Perhaps you
want to drill them slightly larger than your bolts. Another problem I
had was making the 4 countersunk holes for the bed to frame bolts. A
woodworker friend helped here. He had an old jig for his router to cut
the round hole for the washer then used anouther router bit to make the
deeper conical hole. They came out perfect. I am glad I made my own
boards as the precut and predrilled would not have fit as my bed was not
perfect and holes would not have matched up, etc.
Good luck, Abe
Pat wrote:
Hi folks,
Could anyone please advise me of the width of the box wood planks. I
going to make my own up vs. buying them precut and grooved.
Thanks in advance,
47 pickup
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Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 23:20:39 EDT
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - box wood

I'm also looking at installing a bed (cutting my own) in my '50 F-1. I assume
by notches you are referring to the wheel well indents on each side. The
measurements would be helpful. A friend suggested 1 3/4" wood sleepers
mounted to the frame to raise the bed above them. This would give a better
finished look at the sides, but require some adjustment or finish strip at
the tailgate.

Has anyone taken this approach? Would be interested in pros and cons.

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