pre61-list-digest Thursday, March 18 1999 Volume 03 : Number 078



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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - Vehicle ID
FTE Pre61 - Re: serial numbers
[none]
FTE Pre61 - Re: Pertronix Conversion
FTE Pre61 - Battery acid troubles
Re: FTE Pre61 - DSO Numbers
RE: FTE Pre61 - DSO Numbers
FTE Pre61 - Re:
Re: FTE Pre61 - Re: Pre61 - book
Re: FTE Pre61 - Vehicle ID
FTE Pre61 - Weatherstripping
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Virus checking
Re: FTE Pre61 - Vehicle ID
FTE Pre61 - C4/312 Yblock

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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 07:41:54 EST
From: PBRUHN aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Vehicle ID

Can someone help me identify a vehicle I'm interested in - owner thinks it is
a 1952
F-1 - serial # on plate inside of glove box door is *F1D2LU22490* - - also,
plate says engine is 91 Net HP 3400 RPM - this doesn't seem to match up with
anything in the 1949-1951 w/1952 Supplement Ford Factory Shop Manual - but
this must be a 239 V8, right?

Please respond to PBruhn aol.com - Thanks a bunch for any info!
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 08:26:13 -0500
From: Abe Stauffer
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: serial numbers

JR Fiero wrote:
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.

Good question! I often wondered whether the numbers on my truck meant
it was made in that order nationwide or just at my assembly plant. JR's
theory sounds plausible. Does anyone have any definitive answers out
there?
On a similar subject how do you know if your truck was a domestic
special order (DSO)? Is there a number in the DSO space? My truck has 3
astericks (***) in that space. Does that mean anything? What were some
common examples of a DSO?
Abe '54 F-100
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 99 09:21:55 PST
From: "zeener"
Subject: [none]

I have a dumb question, but hey..you guys don't know me!!!! :)


I am going to look at a '56 f-100 tomarrow. Where is the VIN plate
located on this model?? Any specific numbers I should look for?


Dennis
KY
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 06:41:24 -0800
From: Steve Bittman
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: Pertronix Conversion

Regarding the electronic ignition conversion, I installed the Pertronix
poinless ignition in my y-block. Simpliy remove the points and
condenser, slip the magnet over the cam, install the pick up coil in
place of the points, and then hook up the two wires in place of the
primary lead, following the istructions for a ballast or non ballast
resistor installation.
The Pertonix unit will not increase the spark energy, as it is merely a
switch, but the dwell will remain stable and it never needs adjustment.
I opted to purchase the hotter coil Pertronix offers.

The engine starts easier, and remains running the first time on a cold
morning with no massaging of the throttle needed. Idle is better.
Power increase? Nope. I am very pleased, and believe the "ignitor" and
coil are widely avalable for about $120 for both. SB

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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 11:11:54 EST
From: My59f100 aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Battery acid troubles

Hi Guys I had my battery ooze acid onto the inerfenders on my 59. I first
tried to remove the acid with baking soda and water and this did neutralize it
but still have ugly stain. My inerfenders are black satin powder paint by the
way. I then tried hand rubbing with compound then even went at it with a
buffer. No luck the stain is still 80-90% there and I'm starting to get a
gloss finish but not bad yet. I was thinking of wet sanding with 1200 paper
next. Anyone have any suggestions also this powder baked on paint is hard as a
rock the buffing hardly cut it. Thanks MY59F100
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 14:33:57 EST
From: TNickolson aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - DSO Numbers

My serial number is F1R2NR17148, and I know what they mean, I also have a
production code 10MRP767 and DSO,**. I believe the ** for DSO means I have no
special order reference number. What does the production code 10MRP767 mean?

I also found out that FORD has a pamphlet that listed all the factory
accessories available for 1952 F1's. Does anyone have a copy?

Has anyone used wheels from "WHEEL VINTIQUES" in Fresno, CA. They have a set
of wire wheels that I would like to see and get responses from one of you
guys.

Some where along the line, I read that you could write to FORD and get a
history of your serial number. Where do you write? This is something that
Jonas probably knows.

Thanks;


Tom
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 16:03:42 -0500
From: Howard Tarnoff
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - DSO Numbers

Write to:

Historical Resources
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI 48124-4088

Include your serial number, a check for $35.00, and specific questions you want
answered about your vehicle. The operative word here is specific.

Questions like "what can you tell me about my truck?" don't work!

I asked them to verify that my truck was the 9th unit produced in 55 and the colors of
the exterior and seat. Got a very nice letter back and they also sent some copied
data on the 55.

Good luck,
Howard

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From:TNickolson aol.com [SMTP:TNickolson aol.com]
Sent:Wednesday, March 17, 1999 2:34 PM
To:pre61-list ford-trucks.com
Subject:Re: FTE Pre61 - DSO Numbers

My serial number is F1R2NR17148, and I know what they mean, I also have a
production code 10MRP767 and DSO,**. I believe the ** for DSO means I have no
special order reference number. What does the production code 10MRP767 mean?

I also found out that FORD has a pamphlet that listed all the factory
accessories available for 1952 F1's. Does anyone have a copy?

Has anyone used wheels from "WHEEL VINTIQUES" in Fresno, CA. They have a set
of wire wheels that I would like to see and get responses from one of you
guys.

Some where along the line, I read that you could write to FORD and get a
history of your serial number. Where do you write? This is something that
Jonas probably knows.

Thanks;


Tom
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 16:58:47 -0600
From: Scott Ford
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re:

zeener wrote:
>
> I have a dumb question, but hey..you guys don't know me!!!! :)
>
> I am going to look at a '56 f-100 tomarrow. Where is the VIN plate
> located on this model?? Any specific numbers I should look for?
>
> Dennis
> KY
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The Vin is on the driverside front door jam. However it is only affixed
with two
philips head screws, so it may or may not still be there. it is a large
plate
(about 3"X6") right on the front as you open the door, so if it is there
you
can't miss it. As for numbers, I once had a book that deciphered them,
but have
misplaced it. But there are resources out there if you are resourceful
enough:)

Good Luck.

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'92 Ranger 4X4 Scott Ford
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'86 Mustang GT Member
'56 Ford F-100 Alpha Psi chapter
Theta Xi Fraternity

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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 19:07:32 EST
From: PWPTRUCK1 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Re: Pre61 - book

Janet,
I have Mac's catalog but have not purchased anything from them. I can not find
any parts for my '52 F-3. They have parts mainly for F-1's, according to the
catalog.

Paul
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 20:46:36 EST
From: JRFiero aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Vehicle ID

In a message dated 3/17/1999 7:47:32 AM Eastern Standard Time, PBRUHN aol.com
writes:

> serial # on plate inside of glove box door is *F1D2LU22490*
That's a 52 F1 with a 215ci 6cyl one-barrel, 101hp (96net at3400), built at
the Louisville KY assembly plant.
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 18:28:39 -0800
From: denanken oneworld.owt.com (david neumayer)
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Weatherstripping

Can somebody give me some wisdom about weatherstripping? I am about to
remount my doors. Should I put my weatherstripping on before or after I
mount the doors. Does it get in the way of adjusting or does it help?

Dave Neumayer

old yeller 56 F100


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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 21:48:15 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Virus checking

While the list server will reject emails with a virus (it
rejects all attachments), I still get them in my personal
emailbox. In the position I'm in as admin of the lists,
I get lots of email sent to me personally (about 50 each
day). As such, I've been getting exposed on a daily basis
to the Happy99 virus EXE attached to emails. I run a virus
checker and have since McAfee was a nobody shareware company
in the DOS days. IMHO, using a virus checker is a
fundamental pre-requisite for using a computer and they
don't cost much.

Anyone posting an email to me or the lists with the Happy99
virus attached will be blocked from sending email to our
server in order to prevent possible infection. If you don't
know if you have it, don't post or send me email - you will
be cut off without warning! In other words, use a virus
checker.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

PS- You won't get a virus from me or the list server. We
update our virus definition files on a monthly basis.

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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 23:32:31 -0500
From: Kenneth Marty
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Vehicle ID

Test

JRFiero aol.com wrote:
>
> In a message dated 3/17/1999 7:47:32 AM Eastern Standard Time, PBRUHN aol.com
> writes:
>
> > serial # on plate inside of glove box door is *F1D2LU22490*
> That's a 52 F1 with a 215ci 6cyl one-barrel, 101hp (96net at3400), built at
> the Louisville KY assembly plant.
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 22:17:29 -0800
From: "Conor Mulroney"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - C4/312 Yblock

Hello all,
I am tossing out this question to all of you Yblock lovers. Can you hook up
a '74 C4 auto to a '56 TBird 312?
I just got my '56 parts truck in the garage. It was an original 272 V8 with
the Fordomatic trans. The original owner replaced the 272 with the 312 and
that is supposed to have about 10K on a rebuild. The engine looks clean but
I haven't been able to start it (gas tank varnish?). I am going to put it
into my '54 and while I still have a '74 Clubwagon van sitting around with
a bad engine and rebuilt trans, I was wondering if I should try to use the....


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