pre61-list-digest Friday, February 12 1999 Volume 03 : Number 042



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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.
Re: FTE Pre61 - alternator bracket for flathead
Re: FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.
Re: FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.
Re: FTE Pre61 - Hood strips and rotors
RE: FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.
FTE Pre61 - Vendor Recommendations
RE: FTE Pre61 - Vendor Recommendations
FTE Pre61 - Alt Bracket for flathead
Re: FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.
FTE Pre61 - List divisions
FTE Pre61 - Voting for #2!
FTE Pre61 - speedo gears
FTE Pre61 - HELP - Volare/Aspen Front Suspension
FTE Pre61 - bedwood
FTE Pre61 - bedwood for 52

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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 07:03:47 -0500
From: The Neighbors
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.

I couldn't let the recent pokes at certain "DYI" pass without putting
in my $.02. I've watched "Shadetree Mechanic" and "Hot Rod TV" before,
but not the truck one, and it never ceases to amaze me that the "shop"
is spotless, and you could cook a meal in the oil pans of the engines
they rebuild! Just once I'd like to see them working on a old farm truck
and crawl out from under it (No creeper, mind you) with little greasy
and/or rusty chunks of crud all over their faces, and one eye blinking
madly as they try to dislodge the one that made it past the safety
glasses into the eye!
And to think I'm tickled with a work bench made from a 4x8 sheet of
plywood off to one side of my driveway....
- --
Don Neighbors
'54 F250 Named Grover

"Any dropped tool or part will automatically fall into the most
inaccessible part of the vehicle."

grover ford-trucks.com
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 06:48:13 -0500
From: "Pat Hester"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - alternator bracket for flathead

Gary,

I don't have an extra sorry, To be honest I am not sure if mine is even the
stock one, it looks too new and I am not sure what the original looks like
exactly. Mine is chrome, is yours painted?
What rotors does your kit use?? and would you have their number???
I will have a look around for a strip. a friend of mine has a fleet of
old ford trucks in his business and has a couple of 42-47's.
- -----Original Message-----
From: GILASAILR aol.com
To: pre61-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 11:02 PM
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - alternator bracket for flathead


>Super Bell Axle Co. ask for Vincent. I have Super Stopper on a stock 47
axle
>using the dreaded but common GM calipers (the only GM parts on my truck!)
>They are helpful and manufacture excellent goods.
>P.S. I am searching for 47 1/2 ton hood trim center strip in excellent cond
if
>you know of one or have one available.
>Good Luck
>Gary O.
>47 1/2 t panel
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 08:55:50 -0500
From: "Frank Mester Jr."
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.

Another .02's worth! If you look closelyat the "garage" and "Vehicles" in the
background of these shows, is it my old eyes or are they just painted?

Frank '51 F1 Lizzy

The Neighbors wrote:

> I couldn't let the recent pokes at certain "DYI" pass without putting
> in my $.02. I've watched "Shadetree Mechanic" and "Hot Rod TV" before,
> but not the truck one, and it never ceases to amaze me that the "shop"
> is spotless, and you could cook a meal in the oil pans of the engines
> they rebuild! Just once I'd like to see them working on a old farm truck
> and crawl out from under it (No creeper, mind you) with little greasy
> and/or rusty chunks of crud all over their faces, and one eye blinking
> madly as they try to dislodge the one that made it past the safety
> glasses into the eye!
> And to think I'm tickled with a work bench made from a 4x8 sheet of
> plywood off to one side of my driveway....
> --
> Don Neighbors
> '54 F250 Named Grover
>
> "Any dropped tool or part will automatically fall into the most
> inaccessible part of the vehicle."
>
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 09:43:31 -0500
From: 47Fred
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.

"Frank Mester Jr." wrote:
>
> Another .02's worth! If you look closelyat the "garage" and "Vehicles" in the
> background of these shows, is it my old eyes or are they just painted?
>
> The Neighbors wrote:
>
> > I couldn't let the recent pokes at certain "DYI" pass without putting
> > in my $.02. I've watched "Shadetree Mechanic" and "Hot Rod TV" before,
> > but not the truck one, a
> > And to think I'm tickled with a work bench made from a 4x8 sheet of
> > plywood off to one side of my driveway....
> > --

You got a 4 X 8 bench!! Wow! I'm reduced to using an old radiator on
a trash can 'cause my 5' bench is to covered with treasure to risk
using.

I just wish they'd fix that Toyota that hangs around the shop, maybe
a 460 with a blower would do it some good.
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 10:10:33 EST
From: GILASAILR aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Hood strips and rotors

Pat,
I dont remember what rotors I have; although they have the same bolt pattern
as the originals.
The original hood strips are painted but hey, I would appreciate ANY help in
this dept.
Super Bell's phone # (209) 445-1601
fax (209) 445-0942
Thanks for the help.
Gary O.
gilasailr aol.com
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 07:43:57 -0800
From: "O'Connell, Dennis M"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.

Allright! I'm another home builder with a 11/2 car garage where I do all my
body work, painting, storage, tripping and slipping. I have to lie parallel
to the truck just to slide under it, so I'm always in constant envy of their
shop. I've always said that if I ever win the lotto, keep the big buck
check built cars and just let me have a garage like that. I'll be home and
may never come out.

DMO
55Ford
> ----------
> From: pre61-list ford-trucks.com[SMTP:pre61-list ford-trucks.com]
> Reply To: pre61-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Thursday, February 11, 1999 6:43 AM
> To: pre61-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.
>
> "Frank Mester Jr." wrote:
> >
> > Another .02's worth! If you look closelyat the "garage" and "Vehicles"
> in the
> > background of these shows, is it my old eyes or are they just painted?
> >
> > The Neighbors wrote:
> >
> > > I couldn't let the recent pokes at certain "DYI" pass without putting
> > > in my $.02. I've watched "Shadetree Mechanic" and "Hot Rod TV" before,
> > > but not the truck one, a
> > > And to think I'm tickled with a work bench made from a 4x8
> sheet of
> > > plywood off to one side of my driveway....
> > > --
>
> You got a 4 X 8 bench!! Wow! I'm reduced to using an old radiator on
> a trash can 'cause my 5' bench is to covered with treasure to risk
> using.
>
> I just wish they'd fix that Toyota that hangs around the shop, maybe
> a 460 with a blower would do it some good.
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 07:47:25 -0800
From: GUYETTE Phillip
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Vendor Recommendations

Good morning fellow enthusiasts...I'm 60% into an off-frame restoration on
my 1952 F1 (239, Merc Crank, Isky MAX1), and am looking for some vendor
recommendations for lock cylinders and license plate restorers.
*I don't have a door key, and my local locksmith says he would have
to pry (and destroy) the stainless bezel off the cylinder to re-key it.
Does anyone know of a reputable locksmith who could make a door key for me?
Better yet, I'd like to key the door and ignition cylinders the same.
*Second, I've got a set of 'Pacific Wonderland' Oregon license
plates, one of which is in poor shape. Does anyone know someone who can
either repair badly damaged license plates, or make a replacement?
I sure appreciate all the advice I've gotten from this group! Thanks for
any help you can offer.
Phillip
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 07:56:01 -0800
From: "O'Connell, Dennis M"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Vendor Recommendations

I would try another locksmith. I had the same problem when I bought my 55.
I went to a locksmith and he went out to the truck and proceeded to file a
key to fit. Only took about 15 minutes, He made me two additional keys and
charged $10.

DMO
55Ford

> ----------
> From: pre61-list ford-trucks.com[SMTP:pre61-list ford-trucks.com]
> Reply To: pre61-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Thursday, February 11, 1999 7:47 AM
> To: 'pre61-list ford-trucks.com'
> Subject: FTE Pre61 - Vendor Recommendations
>
> Good morning fellow enthusiasts...I'm 60% into an off-frame restoration on
> my 1952 F1 (239, Merc Crank, Isky MAX1), and am looking for some vendor
> recommendations for lock cylinders and license plate restorers.
> *I don't have a door key, and my local locksmith says he would have
> to pry (and destroy) the stainless bezel off the cylinder to re-key it.
> Does anyone know of a reputable locksmith who could make a door key for
> me?
> Better yet, I'd like to key the door and ignition cylinders the same.
> *Second, I've got a set of 'Pacific Wonderland' Oregon license
> plates, one of which is in poor shape. Does anyone know someone who can
> either repair badly damaged license plates, or make a replacement?
> I sure appreciate all the advice I've gotten from this group! Thanks for
> any help you can offer.
> Phillip
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 10:02:25 -0600
From: "Stephen W. Hansen"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Alt Bracket for flathead

I would recommend "Motor City Flathead, 13624 Stowell Road, Dundee, MI
48131... Phone..313-529-3363
Tons of wonderful flathead parts from mild to wild. the Alt bracket in the
1994 catalog was 69. to 79. dollars. I would recommend getting a catalog
from them
Steve
1950 Ford F-1, (some assembly required)

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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 11:22:29 +0000
From: Fred g 454
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Slamming "Hot Rod TV", etc.

Rather than vent my spleen here (I hate what they do and don't do on those shows)
I decided to go to country.com, motorsports, comments... and told them what I
thought of their shows. I find that guy on My Classic Car really annoying.
Maybe if enough of us did that we could get some real programming on those shows.

Fred

47Fred wrote:

> "Frank Mester Jr." wrote:
> >
> > Another .02's worth! If you look closelyat the "garage" and "Vehicles" in the
> > background of these shows, is it my old eyes or are they just painted?
> >
> > The Neighbors wrote:
> >
> > > I couldn't let the recent pokes at certain "DYI" pass without putting
> > > in my $.02. I've watched "Shadetree Mechanic" and "Hot Rod TV" before,
> > > but not the truck one, a
> > > And to think I'm tickled with a work bench made from a 4x8 sheet of
> > > plywood off to one side of my driveway....
> > > --
>
> You got a 4 X 8 bench!! Wow! I'm reduced to using an old radiator on
> a trash can 'cause my 5' bench is to covered with treasure to risk
> using.
>
> I just wish they'd fix that Toyota that hangs around the shop, maybe
> a 460 with a blower would do it some good.
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 15:55:17 +0000
From: Rob Linden
Subject: FTE Pre61 - List divisions

As the owner of a '59, I would naturally like to see only the 57-60's
grouped. This would be quite a small grouping, of course. But if the
lists are growing so rapidly, you may need to subdivide them again
fairly soon, and might save work eventually by going to smaller groups
now.

Rob
Owner of "Babe the Blue Ox"
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 17:27:52 EST
From: RJC988 aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Voting for #2!

Guys,

My 57 has benefited greatly from the pre-57ers. The body is much different,
but aside from a few exceptions, the chassis is the same.

I'm voting for #2 on the website, Ken. Just wanted to campaign!

Glenn in TN
Soapy the 57 F 100
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 17:58:28 EST
From: PWPTRUCK1 aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - speedo gears

Is there a company that sells different sized speedometer gears? I am going to
change the rear axle gear ratio from 4:86 to 4:10 and want my speedometer to
give the right reading. If I left the original gears in it, it would read
slower than I am actually traveling after I changed the rear end out. Any
suggestions?

Paul
'52 F-3
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 21:04:06 -0500
From: "mark gibson"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - HELP - Volare/Aspen Front Suspension

I presently am rebuilding a 56 Ford Panel Delivery which was started two
owners and 15 years ago and never completed. The front end is from 76-77
Volare/Aspen with transverse torsion bars. The center bushings are shot
where the bars bolt to the frame. Chrysler (along with several others I have
spoken with) indicates the entire torsion bar must be replaced as these
bushings are not replaceable. To add to this frustration, Chrysler has
obsoleted this item and, even if they did have it, the cost is approximately
$400 each. I can not be the only one who has encountered this problem. Does
anyone have any ideas, contacts or know of any alternatives to my dilemma. I
have considered searching the salvage yards, as my last option, but figure
what I find there may not be in much better condition than what I have now.

Appreciate any assistance and really love this pre61-list digest.

- -Mark



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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 21:15:27 -0600
From: "David Claflin"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - bedwood

I want to make my own bedwood but mine was too rotted to get measurements.
Does anyone have dimensions that I can use? Thanks
David Claflin
davida cybertron.com

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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 21:17:17 -0600
From: "David Claflin"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - bedwood for 52

I want to make my own bedwood for my 52 F1, but mine was too rotted to get....


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