pre61-list-digest Wednesday, March 17 1999 Volume 03 : Number 077



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Re: FTE Pre61 - '57-60 Custom Cab curved back glass availability?
FTE Pre61 - Re: Pre61 - book
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Daily digests
FTE Pre61 - 1949/50 F-1 Panel VIN
Re: FTE Pre61 - 1949/50 F-1 Panel VIN
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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 07:34:31 -0500
From: "Byron Rosbrugh"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - '57-60 Custom Cab curved back glass availability?

Brett Habben, I am aware of a 1959 Custom Cab Big back glass body in the
weeds near Kansas City. It is available, but could be a lot of WORK
getting it out of the weeds and muck. Would motivate me tremendously if
there was an even swap for a 56 big window, since I am rebuilding one of
those. If any interest in pursuing, let me know. Byron Rosbrugh, Kansas
City

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> From: Brett L. Habben
> To: pre61-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE Pre61 - '57-60 Custom Cab curved back glass availability?
> Date: Monday, March 15, 1999 9:38 PM
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> Folks,
> Is there a source for the curved back glass for the '57-60 Custom Cabs?
> Today I looked at a '58 Custom Cab with Buick 455/turbo400 (!?), $1000.
> Not too bad shape except some yahoo had just busted out the back glass.
>
> I'm OK with anything I can sick my MIG welder on, but what do you do for
> glass?
> Brett
> PS. How's the availability for the '56 curved back glass?
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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 09:42:54 -0700
From: "Janet Herron"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: Pre61 - book

Hi there,
I just purchased mine about two months ago from Mac's Antique Auto Parts =
out of New York. Their number is 800-828-7948 and the item number is =
SRB496AP. The cost was $14.95 plus S&H.
Also, Concourse Parts & Accessories out of Nevada has it listed in their =
catalog for $15.95 plus S&H. Their phone number is 800-722-0009 and the =
item number is TK-L6.
Even though I did not get that particular book from Concourse, I have =
purchased parts for my '48 Ford F6 fire engine from them and they have =
been extremely helpful and great to work with. When I requested their =
catalog they sent it out within a couple of day. The only time I dealt =
with Mac's was to buy two books but have never been able to get them to =
send me a catalog so I do not know what other items Mac's might have.
Hope this helps.
Janet
Blazin'48

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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 13:07:52 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Daily digests

Please do not email me asking why you aren't getting a
digest every day! I'm sick of the dozen queries each
day. Take a small moment to look at the digest numbers
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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 16:33:39 -0600
From: lwblumjr juno.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 1949/50 F-1 Panel VIN

Hi all,

This is my first time posting to this list so bear with me.
My father just purchased a 1949/50 F-1 Panel running
with a good body. It needs a lot of work but he got it
cheap. The original Flathead engine is gone and a
389 4v Pontiac V8 with a Chevy truck granny low 4spd.
is now in its place. (To be replaced with a Ford engine/
trans in the future.) My problem is that we are not sure
if it is actually a 1949 or early 1950. It came with a floor
mounted shifter (which I thought made it a 1949) but it
has a consecutive unit number of 161850. With that
high of a number, could it be an early 1950? Maybe
the early 1950 production trucks had a floor shifter and
then there was a running change during the model
year. The guy he bought it from swears it's a 1949
because of the floor shifter, but the paperwork says
it's a 1950. I have heard that the consecutive unit numbers
ran through 1949 and 1950 almost to the 1951 model
year. The VIN tag numbers are: 98RC161850 and
model 9RC. The tag on the cowl/firewall shows:
98RC(star)1611850(star) EDC (I believe) and
stamped into the top of the cowl/firewall near center is:
XX EG18 564. Any and all help decoding will be
appreciated.


Larry W. Blum, Jr.
lwblumjr juno.com
Pensacola, Fl.

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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 19:22:26 EST
From: JRFiero aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 1949/50 F-1 Panel VIN

In a message dated 3/16/1999 5:37:08 PM Eastern Standard Time,
lwblumjr juno.com (Larry Blum) writes:

> My problem is that we are not sure
> if it is actually a 1949 or early 1950. It came with a floor
> mounted shifter (which I thought made it a 1949) but it
> has a consecutive unit number of 161850. With that
> high of a number, could it be an early 1950?

>I have heard that the consecutive unit numbers
>ran through 1949 and 1950 almost to the 1951 model
>year.

>The VIN tag numbers are: 98RC161850

Hard questions to figure out. The '49 style numbers ran until September
1951. I've seen September 1, September 4, and September 15 as the cutoff, so
take your pick. Column shifts were advertised as a new feature with the '51
trucks, but '51 and '52 also had floor shift trannies as options, 3 and 4
speed.
So we're left trying to figure out the sequential numbers, and which numbers
fit in which years. If anybody knows where the cutoffs are, I'd sure like to
know myself. Anyway, the Red Book says they made 104,803 F1s in '49, 179,693
F1s in '50. But that doesn't mean the serial numbers matched the number of
trucks produced.
Those of you out there with 49s and 50s (and 51s too, for that matter), what
are your numbers, and how do you know what year it really is? Does anybody
know how Ford divied up sequential numbers between assembly plants? Seems
that a plant might have had one big block of numbers, and another plant got a
block of numbers a lot higher, so there may have been a lot of unused serial
numbers. Where are the ol' farts?
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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 99 22:04:52 PST
From: "zeener"
Subject: [none]

Thanks for the help with the book everyone, but I still had no luck!!!! :(

Thanks,
Dennis
KY
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