pre61-list-digest Sunday, June 13 1999 Volume 03 : Number 167



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Re: FTE Pre61 - 351W valve adjustment
Re: FTE Pre61 - gas tank float
Re: FTE Pre61 - 351W valve adjustment
FTE Pre61 - Uneven Truck

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Date: Sat, 12 Jun 1999 12:50:53 -0700
From: "Dennis R. Fischer"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 351W valve adjustment

Don

I believe Crane Cams (http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.cranecams.com/) makes an adjustable
pushrod for the 351W. I do know they have a rocker arm pedestal shim kit.
The shim kit is what I used when I installed one of their cam in my 1986
351W.

I dont know what is going on in the engine but if it was me, Ide pull out
all the lifters, disassemble them, and clean them up. If you do that,
remember to keep everything in order and install them the same way they came
out.

Dennis

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From: Don Lewis
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Date: Thursday, June 10, 1999 8:15 PM
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 351W valve adjustment


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?"


Don Lewis
'46 Ford 1/2 ton
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Date: Sat, 12 Jun 1999 16:08:57 +0000
From: Kevin Coughlin
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - gas tank float

Hey Meat,

I still have the instructions for the Classic sender I put in my stock tank,
had to cut it also. Let me know and I can scan them and send them to you if you
want. Has the measurements for the cutting and all, should be the same since the
tanks are the same, guess the float arms could be diff lengths though, might
get some ideas to use.

OPD733

Meats56 aol.com wrote:

> Hey Guys, I just purchased a 53-55 gas tank from Mid Fifties. It is the poly
> tank. The sender that they recommended I bought also. Need some info on how
> the float was worked to fit and work on this tank. Instructions I received
> was not to clear for me. It looks as if the rod that the float mounts on has
> to be shortened to even half way work. Any help would be great.
>
> Meat
> 56-100
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Date: Sat, 12 Jun 1999 16:17:27 +0000
From: Kevin Coughlin
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 351W valve adjustment

Don,

When need to identify a noisy lifter, I pull the valve cover and run the
engine at an idle, place a screw driver on the rocker arm nut and put your
thumb over the end of the screwdriver and then place your ear on your thumb
so the knuckle on your thuimb goes in your ear, sounds crazy, but it works.
Listen to all of them so you can tell which one sounds diff from the others,
you will hear the tap. Good luck

Don Lewis wrote:

> 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?"
>
> Don Lewis
> '46 Ford 1/2 ton
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Date: Sat, 12 Jun 1999 21:18:56 -0700
From: Dan Wentz
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Uneven Truck

Thanks to everyone who responded about my uneven truck. I measured the
front of the truck and found...surprise surprise...that the front is higher
on the same side that the back is. On the high side (passenger, fyi), the
distance between the top of the springs and the frame is 3/4" more than on
the low side, so it looks like I've found my problem--49 year old springs
de-arching at different rates.
So it looks like a pair of front springs are in my near future.

On a happier note, I had my truck out today for the first time in nearly a
year. I've added a 9" rear end (w/ 3.50 gears), a shift kit, and a new
driveshaft. The shift kit is a little harsh, but I still fount it a
pleasure to drive--much smoother than before.

~Dan

1950 F1 351C--On the road again and feeling good!
1992 Mustang --Now I know why they say to take the bra off when it rains. :(
1965 Mustang--Coming Soon???

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