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pre61-list-digest Thursday, September 16 1999 Volume 03 : Number 265



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RE: FTE Pre61 - Road test
FTE Pre61 - Road test
FTE Pre61 - Road test
FTE Pre61 - 1956 Ford F100 Rear Spring Assembly
FTE Pre61 - steering adjustment
Re: FTE Pre61 - steering adjustment
RE: FTE Pre61 - Round Face Radio

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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 06:56:28 -0700
From: "O'Connell, Dennis M"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Road test

George,

I also have a 55 with basically the same setup your thinking about. Mines a
429(same block), with a Thunderbird clip with PS, F/W disc brakes and a 9"
posi. Truck runs, drives, rides and stops great. I have a real high rear
end ratio (2:88 or something) and run about 1800 rpm's at 65mph. The only
problem I have with the setup is trying to keep the rear tires from breaking
loose. The Thunderbird clip is great because it was the original holder of
the 429 so motor mounts and more importantly spring rates were correct to
handle that very heavy motor. The negative to it is there are no after
market parts for the clip so you can't get fancy with the suspension.
Headers were also a slight problem but I was able to hammer fit a pair in.

Hopes this helps.

Dennis
55F100
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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 09:10:44 -0500
From: "Brian C Nyman"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Road test

George,
The 460 seems like a bit of overkill, especially if you are happy with the
performance (65-70 with good comfort). I'd sooner put the 460/C6-combo in the
Cougar - now that's performance !

Brian Nyman
bnyman allina.com

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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 07:39:33 PDT
From: "John Harrison"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Road test

George,
Deciding whether or not to convert drive train/suspension is a matter of
personal preference. A lot depends on what kind of driving you do & how
often. My '60 panel is my work truck which I drive up & down I-95 every day
at 70-80 mph. It feels much more comfortable & safer knowing I can turn &
stop on a dime. Ride is much better now also. Before conversion I used to
loose the brakes regularly when I would drive through flooded streets. If
you can do the work yourself it won't cost too much, but if you farm it out
it could cost as much as the truck to purchase parts & have them installed
PROPERLY (there's nothing worse to drive than a butchered suspension &
steering).

John

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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 22:18:18 -0500
From: "Byron Rosbrugh"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 1956 Ford F100 Rear Spring Assembly

Am assembling the chassis components and have gotten confused on the rear
spring installation. The springs measure from the center, approximately
24inches in one direction to the hanger bushing, and approximately 28 inches
in the other direction to the opposite bushing. Which way goes to the
front, I hope the short end, but could someone give me direction? Thanks,
Byron Rosbrugh

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Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 00:15:21 EDT
From: MilFam3 aol.com
Subject: FTE Pre61 - steering adjustment

surely some one out there can explain how to adjust the steering box on a 56
f-100 ?! many requests but no replys yet. how many out there just rebuild the
stock front end and leave it be? no comment on fuel tanks though !!!! please
help! 56 and lovin it
! Dan
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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 22:19:53 -0700
From: "shawn"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - steering adjustment

yes i would also like to know the same answers about steering adjustment and
stock front ends
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> surely some one out there can explain how to adjust the steering box on a
56
> f-100 ?! many requests but no replys yet. how many out there just rebuild
the
> stock front end and leave it be? no comment on fuel tanks though !!!!
please
> help! 56 and lovin it
> ! Dan
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>

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Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 01:40:20 -0500
From: "Wolfe, Jim"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Round Face Radio

Steve

When relpacing check out the ford tarus radios, they are round also..

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> From: Steve Bittman [SMTP:intergeo earthlink.net]
> Sent: Monday, September 13, 1999 4:49 PM
> To: Ford Truck Digest
> Subject: FTE Pre61 - Round Face Radio
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> has anyone seen an AM/FM conversion for the md-50's round face radios
> that Ford used? I have one in my '56 F-100, and would like modernize
> it. It's either that or have it repaired. It's all there but doesn't
> work. Thanks guys- Steve Bittman
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