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pre61-list-digest Friday, July 16 1999 Volume 03 : Number 201

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FTE Pre61 - Re: Greetings
Re: FTE Pre61 - Greetings!



Date: Fri, 16 Jul 1999 00:26:36 -0400 (EDT)
From: Dan Lee
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: Greetings

Greetings Shawn,

I have a '53 F100. It is a good looking daily driver.
You can see a picture in
I've had it for two years and am still working on it.

>Well the plan is to make it a daily driver, with a
>small V8 like a 289. as we want great fuel economy.

A 289 will be easy to install, but no easier than a
302 or other Windsor block.

>The previous owner mentioned it was the first year of
>the V8 overhead cam 292?

(overhead valve 239 which is a 'Y' block).

>Some of the concerns are::
>1. the running boards are beyond repair, and need
>replacing. Are there shops who sell new ones? i
>have heard you can also buy replacement panels for

There are many, one is MID-fifties in Arizona.

>2. discovered it is 6 volt so we need to change that
>to 12 volt somehow
>without a complete rewire if at all possible.

Yes, it is possible and necessary if you are going
with a later motor.

>3. Can you also lower F100's a few inches without
>having to go the clip method.

Yes, there are many ways. The way you choose depends
on what you want as an end product.

>4. How much work is involved in installing a 289 if
>the truck apparently came with a V8 from the factory.
>will there be problems with engine mounts etc.or will
>she bolt right up.

It will not bolt right up, but there are motor mount
adapters which can be purchased.

>Also will be installing an Automatic
>tranny in it as well so the wife can drive it.

You should use the auto tranny that mates to the motor
you choose. Don't forget the power steering, unless
your wife is part Moose, she will not be able to steer
it with 50's on it. Power Disc brakes are also a good
idea for a daily driver.

>5. Any suggestions for good must have books, we
>bought the How to Restore your F100, but looking for
>more. Original 54 Shop manual would be great if they
>are available and any others.

I purchased an original '53 F100 manual from a used
book dealer. He had an add in a car Mag.

>6. Whats the best paint to use on the frame after we
>get it cleaned up for rust protection etc.

It's called POR15. It is available from Sacramento
Vintage Ford.

To Ken:
I am sorry for letting this post get long, but there
are a lot of questions here.

Dan Lee
'53 F100

Do You Yahoo!?

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Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1999 21:42:14 -0700
From: Dan Wentz
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Greetings!

>Well the plan is to make it a daily driver, with a small V8 like a 289. as
>we want great fuel economy.

Have you considered a fuel injected 5.0? It's a little more complicated to
install because you have the computer to deal with, but you'll get your
fuel economy and plenty of power.

>Some of the concerns are::
>1. the running boards are beyond repair, and need replacing. Are there shops
>who sell new ones?

Sacramento Vintage has them in steel or fiberglass. You should get their
catalog--it's huge and they have everything.

>2. discovered it is 6 volt so we need to change that to 12 volt somehow
>without a complete rewire if
> at all possible

It doesn't require re-wiring. You're replacing your engine anyway, so your
new one will have 12 volt negative ground charging and ignition systems.
Just get a 12 volt battery and change your light bulbs and you've basically
got it. When you get to the gauge issue write back to this list in a panic
and somebody will give you good advice.

>3. Can you also lower F100's a few inches without having to go the clip

Definitely. For a slight drop you can replace your front main leaf with a
reversed eye leaf--the drop is very slight though (1 to 1.5 inches). For
more of a drop you can use mono leaf springs in standard (3 inch drop) or
reversed eye (5 inch drop). Just watch out for your oil pan--they use a
front sump on small block Fords and it could end up hitting the axle. You
can convert to rear sump if that's a problem.

>4. How much work is involved in installing a 289 if the truck apparently
>came with a V8 from the factory.

Somebody else can probably answer this in great detail, but I think the
mounts are different. This isn't a huge obstacle however.

Before you start pouring vast amounts of money into your truck I'd advise
you to plan what you want the truck to be like and decide what you want out
of it. Do your homework--research all your planned modifications before
you spend any money on parts or tools. It will save you a lot of trouble
later. And when you do get into trouble, remember what Custom Classic
Trucks Magazine doesn't tell you: Everybody screws up once in a
while--don't feel bad.


1950 F1 351C--The seat screams 'cover me' and your butt screams 'ouch!'
1992 Mustang --Nothing noteworthy to report.
1965 Mustang--Coming Soon???

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