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pre61-list-digest Thursday, August 12 1999 Volume 03 : Number 228



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In this issue:

RE: FTE Pre61 - Firewall Cover
FTE Pre61 - Re: Smaller front tires
FTE Pre61 - Re: Lead sub
FTE Pre61 - Trucks for sale
FTE Pre61 - anything I should do before restarting flathead
Re: FTE Pre61 - 6volt to 12 volt
Re: FTE Pre61 - anything I should do before restarting flathead

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Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 09:41:54 -0400
From: "Toomey, Mark"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Firewall Cover

Sacramento Vintage Ford sells a great ABS molded one with the correct holes
(even for overdrives!) and heavy insulated backing. Not cheap at around $100
but I put one in my '55 and it looks great. Strictly speaking, it's not
original, but the original was made of some type of paperboard and won't be
as durable even if you could find it.

Good luck!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: FRD56F100 aol.com [SMTP:FRD56F100 aol.com]
> Sent: Monday, August 09, 1999 11:47 PM
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> Subject: FTE Pre61 - Firewall Cover
>
> Does anybody know who sells the best looking firewall cover for my 56
> F100?
> I am trying to clean the engine compartment of my truck and will like to
> have
> a nice looking and clean firewall cover. Any suggestions will be
> appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
> Joe
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Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 09:53:53 EDT
From: HDMel95 aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: Smaller front tires

In a message dated 8/11/1999 2:45:30 AM, you wrote:


on the rear. Mine has this arrangement, and I was wondering if the smaller
tires make steering easier. I like the bigger tires and need to replace
the front tires on my truck but before I do this I am curious as to whether
it will make it more difficult to steer at low speeds or if this
arrangement is just for show. Thanks>>

A little of everything you wrote is true. The smaller tires will turn a
little bit easier at slow speeds and especially at a dead stop. The more
road contact you have the more resistance you will experience when trying to
turn the wheel. The looks end of it is mostly the reason for the two sizes.
The smaller the tire, the lower the front end is to the ground. I run
235/60/15's on the front of my effie and 285/60/15's on the rear. The
biggest draw back is one can not rotate the tires for longer wear. (But it
looks sooooo good)

Mel
1953 F100/351c
1934 5w
1934 Roadster
1970 El Camino 265/50/15's all around

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Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 10:01:09 EDT
From: HDMel95 aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: Lead sub

In a message dated 8/11/1999 2:45:30 AM, you wrote:



Anybody out there using lead substitute additive in their flathead V8?? Have
a '52 F-1 that has 53,000 miles on it and engine seems to be running better
the more I drive it. Have been using the lead substitute since I got it in
March so don't know if it is any different with or without. Whadda think,
guys???? Bruno>>

The valve in the old flatheads were not made for unleaded fuel. You probably
are experiencing your truck running better all the time. The lead used to
coat and cool valves in the old days and they were able to seat better,
therefore compression was better. The valves in newer engines are treated
for higher temps and therefore don't burn. If your truck had been running on
unleaded before you bought it and you started using lead subs, it is possible
the coating is building up and your compression is getting better.

Mel
1953 f100
1934 5w
1934 roadster
1970 El Camino

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Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 12:49:53 -0400
From: Gary Vandergrift
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Trucks for sale

Found these listings in the Hartford Newspaper in case anyone is
interested.

Ford Dumptruck '47 $1200 - Ask for Gene (860)429-9805 - or leave
message.

F0rd F2 '51 3/4 ton. very good mechanically, extra parts. Negot.
(860)232-4093

Gary V. '37 PU
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Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 16:57:38 -0500
From: Roy Gilbertson
Subject: FTE Pre61 - anything I should do before restarting flathead

Hello,
I have purchased a 48 Ford. Its been sitting for a few years. He said he had just had the
motor rebored and gone over. After having taken the carb off for a rebuild I found it was very
corroded. Should I worry about the rest of the motor? Are there some steps I should take
before trying to start it? Appreciate the help.
Roy
48 Ford

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Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 19:06:54 EDT
From: JRFiero aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - 6volt to 12 volt

In a message dated 8/10/1999 12:44:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
robertr icehouse.net writes:

> Ok.... I have heard that someone out there has a nifty diagram for
> doing the ole 6 volt to 12 volt conversion. I am doing this to three 48
> to 52 trucks I have, and simply want to not waste time making mistakes.
> Help would be most appreciated.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.sonic.net/~sdelanty/6to12to6/
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Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 19:27:19 -0400
From: "C. Greenlaw"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - anything I should do before restarting flathead

Roy Gilbertson wrote:

>
> After having taken the carb off for a rebuild I found it was very
> corroded. Should I worry about the rest of the motor? Are there some steps I should take
> before trying to start it? Appreciate the help.

Anytime I want to start an old motor, I have a little plan worked out, 1, check the oil, make
sure it looks like there is enough in the motor, and that its more or less clean, change it if you
don't plan to ovrerhaul the motor. 2. check that the carb linkage moves and won't bind wide open.
3. Pull all the plugs, and pour a little type F (of course) auto transmission fluid in each hole,
about 1/2 capful. crank the engine with the ignition off, try to see if every piston sucks and
blows, or put a comprerssion checker on, this looks for a stuck valve, and pre lubs the engine. 4.
check the points for spark, that the distributor turns and that's no mouse nest in there. I
ususally check for spark by closing the points, turning on the igniton and wiggling the points
with a spark plug installed on the distributor end of the coil lead. 5. Mix up a batch of fresh
fuel and about 1/2 cup of ATF per gallon. use this as a fuel source for the fuel pump, by
connecting it to the fuel line at any convient point with a short length of hose. 6. crank the
engine and see if fuel is getting to the carb by occasionally stopping and opening the throttle
wide open while loking into the carb, should see a spray. Soon as it fires, look for oil pressure,
leaks and burning fan belts.

PS, remove the starter fuel can BEFORE test driving. I used to use Mystery Oil, then found out
ATF is better, cheaper and usually on one of my shelves. (In a pinch, ok to use the non type F,
brand X stuff). Of course, you can do whatever overhaul you want before you start the thing, but
ATF lubs everything nicly and helps free sticky valves. It gets you running so you can see how
good/bad everthing is, without hurting anything any more than it may be.

47Fred




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