pre61-list-digest Saturday, June 12 1999 Volume 03 : Number 166



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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - Aftermarket ring and pinion.
FTE Pre61 - Hooking up a 390 thermostat to stock '60 F100 guages?
Re: FTE Pre61 - Hooking up a 390 thermostat to stock '60 F100 guages?
Re: FTE Pre61 - 351W valve adjustment

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Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 10:36:39 EDT
From: CMou139175 aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Aftermarket ring and pinion.

Will aftermarket or performance gear sets work for the 1958 9 in.? What about
rebuild kits? Anyone know where to find them? (besides richmond gear) Thanks
C.M.
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Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 08:52:49 -0700
From: Tulio
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Hooking up a 390 thermostat to stock '60 F100 guages?

Jeff,

I also have done a conversion on my '60 F100 successfully and also used
the original radiator to give it that nostalgic look. I had the
radiator boiled, washed, painted and lower spout remounted to the left
side. I did have one setback. I am not sure how to hook up the 390
engine thermostat (don't even know where it is!) to the stock '60 F100
dash gauge! So, I don't know how hot it is running but, I have kept my
eye on it to make sure it's not steaming over!.. Would you or anyone
know how I can hook these two components together to work together? You
can see my pics on the FTE site.


> Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 23:33:11 EDT
> From: Jeffben56 aol.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 390 Conversion

yadda ...yadda

> After speaking with a few people, I decided to leave my stock radiator there,
> was assured it would handle a big block (6-cyl truck!). So far, the engine
> runs at about 180-210 degrees, with a 15" flex fan and no shroud. Idling in
> traffic on a warm day will bring it higher, but it cools down again right
> away.

Yadda... Yadda..

> Jeff T 56 F-100

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Tulio Solorzano
'60 F-100 Custom Cab
'79 HD Sportster
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Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 20:31:02 EDT
From: Jeffben56 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Hooking up a 390 thermostat to stock '60 F100 guages?

Hi, Tulio, I guess you're talking about the temp sender for the gauge. On my
'65 390, it's located on the intake in front of the carb, and behind the
t-stat. You should be able to simply splice the stock wire onto the sender
wire-- presumably you have a single wire from engine to gauge? Ford stayed
very standard with a lot of things (for example, I used the dimmer switch
from my '65 Tbird donor for my '56-- even the color codes on the wires were
the same!) so the temp sender might work. I went with a set of VDO's, which
came with their own senders, so I don't know positively. Good luck with it!
Let me know if I can help with anything.
jeffben56 aol.com

Jeff T 56 F-100
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Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 18:40:08 -0700
From: George Miller
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 351W valve adjustment

Don Lewis wrote:
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> A friend of mine has a 351windsor in a '53 and has the
> following question "From 69-71 Ford made a
> nonadjustable rocker arm. I have a lifter that was
> tapping and bought a 60thou longer pushrod to make up
> the difference. The noise is still there and now I
> can't tell whether it is the same lifter or another. I
> hear it at idle or accelerating and at around 40 mph
> the tapping stops. Can someone tell me how to find out
> which lifter it might be? Also, does anyone make a
> locking nut to replace the regular nut on these non-
> adjustable rockers?"

I used Crane's locknuts on my 460 with '69-71 heads. Big
difference. Could you need new lifter(s)?

George Miller
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