pre61-list-digest Saturday, December 5 1998 Volume 02 : Number 334



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Pre61 - custom steering wheel for '48 F-1
Re: FTE Pre61 - '54 F-100 air deflectors
Re:FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: A note on language
FTE Pre61 - Custom steering wheels
Re:FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: A note on language
Re: FTE Pre61 - 4-speed tranny gaskets
FTE Pre61 - Big Rear Window Kit
FTE Pre61 - Engine Information
FTE Pre61 - 52 tranny numbers

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Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 08:31:26 +0000
From: Fred g 454
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - custom steering wheel for '48 F-1

Mike, run up to the drug sote and get an issue of custom classic trucks, or
classic trucks, they are filled with sourcs for everything he will need.
Except the cash.

Fred
Hot Rod '56

Mike Foudy wrote:

> My son is restoring / hot rodding an F-1. We have been unable to locate
> a source for custom steering wheels with adaptors that fit the F-1
> steering column spline. Any ideas or sources you can recommend?
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Mike Foudy
> Proud Dad
> '48 F-1
> '89 5.0 GT convertible
> '84 Porsche Targa
>
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Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 08:44:45 +0000
From: Fred g 454
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - '54 F-100 air deflectors

Abe,
All my catalogs show '54 and '55 are the same units. '53 and '56 are different.
Todd Murthum at Northern Classic Trucks makes them, for $75. each. 810-254-2835. He
built the dies too so he would be happy to discuss the differences with you. Mid-
fifties cautions to order by year of grill not year of truck. good luck.

Fred
Hot Rod '56

Abram H. Stauffer wrote:

> Fellow Ford Truckers: can anyone clarify this? I need a left sied air
> deflecter for my '54. I spoke to a guy at Midwest Early Ford in Ohio and
> bought a good used one. My body man says it doesn't fit. I looked and he
> is right. I need the kind that has the 2 little "flanges" or bends in
> them where the cross support rods go. I was sure that '54 and '55 air
> deflecters were identical. The Mid-Fifty catalogue shows them as being
> the same. He says '53 and'54 are identical and I must have had a '55
> front end put on later or maybe my truck was made late in the production
> year and they used the cross support rods and the '55 air deflecters.
>
> Two Questions: #1. My truck was assembled at the Chester, PA plant on
> Aug 15th, 1954. Is this late in the production year and what were tjhe
> average production years for trucks '53-'56?
> #2. Is he right about the '54 air deflecters or am I? You '54 owners
> what do your deflecters look like and do you have the 2 suport rods?
> Thanks, Abe Stauffer
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Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 09:52:14 -0800
From: "Abram H. Stauffer"
Subject: Re:FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: A note on language

3 Cheers for you Ken about your note on appropriate language! Actually,
unless the filters blocked such, I don't think us pre-61 guys have that
problem. It seems that we are all a bunch of classy guys! (and gals!)
Keep up the good work!
Abe
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Date: Fri, 4 Dec 1998 10:26:35 EST
From: SJablecki aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Custom steering wheels

Wheel warehouse in anaheim ca. has them. apx. $400 each.
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Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 10:24:40 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re:FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: A note on language

At 09:52 AM 12/4/98 -0800, you wrote:
>3 Cheers for you Ken about your note on appropriate language! Actually,
>unless the filters blocked such, I don't think us pre-61 guys have that
>problem. It seems that we are all a bunch of classy guys! (and gals!)
>Keep up the good work!
>Abe

The pre61 list doesn't have the problems and I can't recall
anytime the filters caught anything for this list (though
I may be wrong). I caught some flack for the post in private
email and publically on another list. I think some people
missed the point. I'm no saint, but in public I try to be
aware that others are listening. Like my wife is fond of
saying "little ears have big mouths." We never know who's
on the list so I think we ought to represent ourselves as
best as possible.

Ken

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Date: Fri, 4 Dec 1998 11:20:05 -0500
From: "Reynaud, Sean"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 4-speed tranny gaskets

Paul,

Have you tried a local Ford dealer. When I rebuilt the 4 speed on my 57
F-350, I was able to get the gasket set(paper), snap rings, and thrust
washer from a Ford dealer in town. It was one of the older dealers and had
the necessary parts microfiches. Some of the newer dealerships did not have
the old microfiches, but sent me in the right direction. Good luck.

Campbell Ford
Ottawa Ontario
(613) 725-3647

Hope this helps.
Sean


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Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 08:39:54 -0700
From: Mel
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Big Rear Window Kit

Has anyone tried the Big Rear Window fiberglass panel kit for 53 to 55
F-100's? I've seen it advertised in Sacramento Ford etc. Looks great,
just wondering how it looks on a completed truck and how difficult was
it to install?
Thanks, Mel
53 F-100
70 El Camino
99 FatBoy
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Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 14:04:23 -0800
From: "Jason Piccola"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Engine Information

In my 55 Ford I have an engine that I do not think is the original. How
can I find out what size this engine is? Are there casting numbers that
I can decode? Please point me toward any web sites or books that might
help. (My truck should have a 223. I think that the engine is a 223
but I am not sure)

Jason Piccola
55' Ford

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Date: Fri, 4 Dec 1998 23:59:10 EST
From: PWPTRUCK1 aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 52 tranny numbers

I have a '52 F-3 with a 239 flatty and a 4-speed floor shift transmission. I
need help in decoding the numbers on the case of the tranny. The numbers are
as follows:
on the drivers side- W.G. CO. 5A
T8D-1A

on the pass. side- 59T-7006
A member on the list has told me that there are two types of 4-speeds used, a
two-sync and a crash box. Can someone tell me what this is? This is my first
teardown of a 4-speed like this and am unfamiliar with it.

Thanks,
Paul
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