pre61-list-digest Thursday, February 25 1999 Volume 03 : Number 056

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1948 - 1948 truck and vans
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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - Re: New Subscriber
Re: FTE Pre61 - '55 F-100 w/ big block?
FTE Pre61 - Re: F-2thru6
FTE Pre61 - Tranny Problems
RE: FTE Pre61 - Primer
FTE Pre61 - Re: 48-50 fenders
FTE Pre61 - Re:Help, Re:Bed Wood Sealer
FTE Pre61 - No split!
FTE Pre61 - New E-mail address
FTE Pre61 - Bed Wood Sealer
Re: FTE Pre61 - gear box



Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 07:06:44 -0500
From: The Neighbors
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: New Subscriber

Brett wrote: "Howdy! Is it OK for an outsider to join this forum and
participate in the conversation?"
Sure, you can join, but you have to sell all your GM products first!
Seriously, welcome aboard! We're always glad to welcom newcomers!
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Don Neighbors
'54 F250 Named Grover

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

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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 08:05:04 -0500
From: 47Fred
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - '55 F-100 w/ big block?

> If you need more info feel free to contact me. A
>note to 47 Fred, I own 5-427s and no there not for sale. Garry

> > I'd sure like any and all input from you experts on the pros and cons
> > of dropping a 427 w/automatic (versus a 351) in my rejuvenated project.

Don't get me wrong on this, I think the 427 was, still is, one damn
good motor. I just make the point that unless you've got one (5???WOW)
or have a burning need to own a showboat, there are lot better choices
these days. A 427 will run rings around most 460's, but you aren't going
to find one in the old Lincoln in the backyard.

Five? really??

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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 07:49:33 -0600
From: "Robert Jones"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: F-2thru6

I was told by person who owns about a dozen or more '48-50 Ford trucks, most
F-2 thru F-6, he told me the F-2 thru F-6 are the same. I traded with him
for two front clips for my F-2 and I think one might have come off of larger
truck, it had large fender turn lights and air horn bracket. The F-1s have
their own fenders and the F-7 &8s are a lot wider. I had a F-4 parts truck,
the fenders were rotted but they seemed to be the same size. You can check
with a parts catalog to make sure.

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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 06:56:47 -0700
From: Ken Toop
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Tranny Problems

I installed a T5 in my '57 F-100 along with the 5.0l HO engine. It's true
that the shifter boot ended up just under the lip of the seat. I don't
find it objectionable. We made up a custom shifter lever--I don't know if
I'd call it a Flamingo leg or not, but that's a colorful concept. In 2nd,
4th and reverse the shifter lever just touches the seat. A large boot just
covers the most awkward part of the lever's bend. I think the aesthetic
compromise was worth it for the gears. Big in back, but fine on the

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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 09:06:26 -0800
From: "O'Connell, Dennis M"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Primer


for new metal POR 15 has a spray on etching material that you can use.
Don't have to wipe it off, just let it dry then apply your pour 15. Should
work for you. I've used Por 15 and I haven't found a better product.

Their 800 number is 1-800-827-6715.

Dennis 55 F100

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> From: pre61-list[SMTP:pre61-list]
> Reply To: pre61-list
> Sent: Sunday, February 21, 1999 7:55 AM
> To: pre61-list
> Subject: FTE Pre61 - Primer
> Hi everybody looking for suggestions on what I should put on the new
> repair
> panels I have installed in my 56 F350. I have read about stuff called Por
> 15 for rusted metal but did not know if I should us that on new metal.
> Areas in guestion are cowl fender panel ,inside of door. Need something
> that will flow into all the nooks and crannes to hopefully keep it from
> rusting again. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
> Marty 56
> F350
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Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 19:23:32 -0500
From: Ed
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: 48-50 fenders

There are three types of fenders for std trucks, F-1, F-2 thru f-6, and
F-7,F-8. I'm running F-6 fenders on my F-2 and there is no difference.
The only for the first two types is the size of the fender wells. (The
F-7/8 are wider, because of the Lincoln engines, but they will bolt up
to an F-1, even tho they look weird.)
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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 17:02:48 -0800 (PST)
From: Dan Lee
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re:Help, Re:Bed Wood Sealer

Re Bed Wood
I used three coats of Minwax Polyurethane Marine Varnish. sand lightly
between coats. One Qt. should do it. You can get it at any Home Depot
or supply store. The directions are on the can. Check my picture on


I hate to give away a secret, but I got mine by searching on-line. After I narrowed it down to a small number,
I did the legwork to see them. I don't want to give away what I paid,
but it was a good deal. Of course I spent another 10K on it, but I
didn't have to replace any metal. The recycler is a So Ca. paper. My
truck was sitting in a garage in a dry climate since '67. If you don't
live near a dry climate, you will have trouble finding a nice truck at
a reasonable price.

Dan Lee
'53 F100

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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 21:31:12 EST
From: RJC988
Subject: FTE Pre61 - No split!

In a message dated 2/24/99 10:33:42 AM !!!First Boot!!!, owner-pre61-list-
digest writes:

Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: List split vote

No majority vote to split the list (even by combining all
the different "split the list" variations). The split
vote has failed. Don't expect to see this come up again
for a long time - its the third time its failed so if
you can't deal with the traffic try s*bscribing to digest
mode. The 97+ group has nearly as much traffic (and
many times it has more) but zero complaints about it.

I can hear Deacon cheering in the background.....

Ken Payne
FTE Admin


Me too!

By the way - the digest works great

Glenn in TN
Soapy the 57 F-100
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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 23:25:42 -0500
From: Dan & Ruth Clark
Subject: FTE Pre61 - New E-mail address

I am changing my Internet provider . Please send my postings from the pr=
61-list-digest to" DRClark at" Thanks. I hope this is th=
right format.
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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 23:19:15 -0700
From: "A. D. Dodge"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Bed Wood Sealer

Subject: FTE Pre61 - Bed Wood Sealer
>This subject came up a few months ago...several of us have used Minwax
>Helmsman Marine polyeurethane. Three coats on top, bottom, sides ans
>especially the end grain. It comes in different gloss levels. There's
>classic Ford restoration company here in Denver that uses
>it on its restoration projects. Good luck! I Hope this helps.
>'55 F100
>What is the proper sealer to use on the bed wood? I am at the point of

>putting the bed together and have got the wood ready to go? What
should I
>go and buy-- how many coats should I put on? Any secrets on this? I
>never done this, however, does not appear to be rocket science!!!!!!!
>> Joebob

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Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 03:09:22 -0600
From: "Terry W. Jones"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - gear box

I'm sure that your gear box is the the same as that of a '59, therefore it
can be adjusted. If you look on the side you will see a nut with a slotted
bolt in the middle of it, the nut is a lock nut, loosen the nut and turn the
screw in until it stops. Don't put a lot of pressure on it, then tighten the
lock nut back and you should be good to go. Good luck
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From: Kemp Farnsworth
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 1999 9:16 AM
Subject: FTE Pre61 - gear box

>Howdy All,
> On a '58 F-100, can the steering gear box be adjusted. The reason I
>ask is that my truck has about a half a steering wheel of play in it.
>Because of this I get pulled over regularly. Also, I 've got a buddy
>with a '64 chevy that can be adjusted...just wondering if my truck was
>the same.
>thank you
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