pre61-list-digest Wednesday, March 3 1999 Volume 03 : Number 063



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

FTE Pre61 - My $.02 on Seatbelts
FTE Pre61 - Re: Magazines
FTE Pre61 - Re: '48 shop manual
Re: FTE Pre61 - Flathead question
Re: FTE Pre61 - Re: '48 shop manual
Re: FTE Pre61 - Re: '48 shop manual
Re: FTE Pre61 - Re: '48 shop manual
FTE Pre61 - Y-Block mags

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Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 06:58:09 -0500
From: The Neighbors
Subject: FTE Pre61 - My $.02 on Seatbelts

After a fruitless day in a junkyard last summer in which I discovered
that Torx fasteners prefer to strip out to coming loose from the
floorboards, I sadly gave up on my plans to use genyoowine Ford seat
belts in my truck and went to the local "Parts and Accessories" type
store and bought seat belts at about $15 a set for simple lap belts. I
then drilled through that brace across the back of the cab (looks like a
2x2 across the floor) since that looks like the sturdiest possible place
to put the mounts. I found I had to cut off a portion of the washers
that came with the seat belt kit because they interfered with the flange
where the cab is welded to the floorboards, but when I got done, I had a
nicely done (If I do say so myself) installation lacking only Ford
logos.
I am interested in hearing how any of you have installed shoulder
harnesses, though. The seat belts are okay for now, but I have to admit
I've gotten used to wearing a shoulder harness.
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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: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 06:51:32 -0800
From: JD Hollingsworth Jr
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: Magazines

Hi Group,

After reading Glenn's post about Classic Truck Magazine, I felt a strong
urge to let the group know about my experience with these people. Three
months after I subscribed to this rag, I started receiving notices every
other month that my sub was about to expire. While I realize that this
is typical with some publishers, I still don't like it! The real rub
came when I received my 8th issue and was informed that it was my last.
After _THREE_ letters with not one reply from these people, I've decided
to simply share my experience with everyone in the hobby that I can.
They did it to me, they'll do it to you!

- --
Regards,
JDH
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Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 08:15:47 -0700
From: "Janet Herron"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: '48 shop manual

Hello,
Does anyone know where I might find a shop manual for 1948 Ford trucks? =
I tried Concourse Parts in Nevada but theirs start with 1949. I did get an =
owners manual from Concourse that's great but would like a shop manual. =
Thanks...
Janet Blazin '48

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Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 19:23:16 EST
From: JRFiero aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Flathead question

In a message dated 3/1/1999 11:48:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, f-1 canada.com
writes:

> some people have told me that in those years there
> were only Mercury trucks made in Canada.
That's what I thought, but you never know. Merc flatheads are 255cid (4"
stroke), Fords are 239cid (3 3/4" stroke).

> Were the Flathead engines basically the
> same from 1948 to 1952?
From 1949-1953 they were basically the same.

>are they the same of those found in Ford cars?
At least the water pumps (front engine mounts) and the pulleys are different.
The pulleys don't matter, the pumps do. Some truck engines have big round
access panels in the bottom of the pan. Mine does, my 52 didn't. Unless you
feel like cleaning the oil pump pickup screen now and then without pulling the
pan, it doesn't matter, either.

> I have three offers of flathead engines, I need some help in how to decode
> the numbers in the block. I think they are only stamped in the bellhousing,
US Ford motors from 49-5? have no engine numbers. Canadian ones do, on top
of the block between the intake and the head on the right rear. 49-5? have
separate bellhousings, so there's no guarantee the bellhousing originally we
with the engine.
Meanwhile, you have offers of three running flatheads? Cool!

> Did the engines had the option of an oil filter?
Yes, they were options. The Canadian trucks I've seen (Mercs) have one twice
the size of mine. None of them are anything to write home about, they're
partial (optional) flow. Better than nothing, but not that much. If I had a
flathead out of a truck, I'd plumb it for full flow.
Your numbers are greek to me. I haven't heard of a book of Canadian numbers.
Any chance it's military?

Jonas
51 F1R1
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Date: Tue, 02 Mar 99 19:32:36 PST
From: "zeener"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Re: '48 shop manual

Classic motors offers reprints of most Ford factory shop manuals, including
the '48

1-800-826-6600

For the '48
$29.50
item # 112221 I think???
475 pages


> Hello,
> Does anyone know where I might find a shop manual for 1948 Ford trucks?
I
> tried Concourse Parts in Nevada but theirs start with 1949. I did get an
> owners manual from Concourse that's great but would like a shop manual.
> Thanks...
> Janet Blazin '48
>


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Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 23:31:29 EST
From: Fordf3 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Re: '48 shop manual

There is no 48 manual
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Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 00:12:52 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Re: '48 shop manual

At 11:31 PM 3/2/99 -0500, you wrote:
>There is no 48 manual


This is, however, a 49-52 manual which should cover most 48
items.

- -Ken

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Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 23:40:07 -0800
From: "Conor Mulroney"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Y-Block mags

Hello fellow truckers,
I saw a recent posting about a Y-block magazine. How can I find it or get a
subscription to it? I just bought a '56 F100 with a Tbird 312/Fordomatic
combo that I am going to put in my '54. The 223 just didn't have enough
power for me and the whole truck was cheap so...... new project!
Any sources of info would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Conor
'54 F100
'79Bronco
and the 223 and '74 E300 Clubwagon have to go (cheap)
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