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pre61-list Digest Tue, 06 Feb 2001 Volume: 2001  Issue: 030

In This Issue:
Re: 8 stud bolt pattern
Free Canopy '57-'59 Ranchero, Sacramento area
Big back window kits
Re: 59 F-250
59 F-250
Re: 59 F-250
8 lug wheelss

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Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 17:34:11 -0800
Subject: Re: 59 F-250
From: Don <duckdon mac.com>


Hey there

   Well you can use your current frame if you don't mind making a few
parts.  the biggest challenge will be making a crossmember for your
transfercase.

   The front spring width is just right for a 3/4 ton Ford front end up to
1979.   Only drawback will be the width of the front axle is wider than your
current rear axle by about 4" so you tires will stick out on each side.  You
could get a matching rear axle from the donor truck killing two birds with
one stone, same axle width and having the same gear ratio.

Other things that might need some modifications will be the steering linkage
from the steering box to the axle, shock mounts and you will have to add a
lift block to the rear as the front will now sit higher with the stock
springs.  Of course drive shafts will need to be made up.

With a divorce mount t-case you can still use your stock tranmission.  If
Ford front axles are hard to find you can also use a D44 or 60 from a
Chevy/GMC until 87 or so as the spring width is also the same 32" center pin
to center pin.

A 70's frame will need to be modified to fit your wheelbase, all body mounts
will need to be reworked as well but you will have the benifit of getting
lift kits as well as have a newer, possibily stronger frame, power steering,
motor mounts for a larger motor, ect.

Either way a cool project.  Keep us posted, well documented, ect ;)



on 2/6/01 4:01 PM, big red at big_red_59 hotmail.com wrote:

> Quick question for the list. I have a 59 F-250 camper special 2wd. I want to
> make it 4wd. I'd like to put it on a 70's frame. Does anyone know if
> anything has the same wheelbase and whatnot. I really don't want to cut and
> weld the frame. Or would it be better to retrofit my existing frame? Thanks.


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From: "Richard Larsen" <richlars burgoyne.com>
Subject: Re: 8 stud bolt pattern
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 19:33:45 -0700


> if you have a 1950's 3/4 or one ton with 8 stud bolt pattern will late
model
> wheels fit
I believe everything will up until the new Superduties.  Pretty good
selection, eh?


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From: "Carver" <carver ncwebsurfer.com>
Subject: Free Canopy '57-'59 Ranchero, Sacramento area
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 21:44:39 -0800


Spotted this one in the local paper:


Free Ranchero Camper Shell, Years 57 - 59 only
Cab high, 5 window  530-273-0723


Grass Valley, CA area  30 miles east of Sacramento

Don't know if it's still available as it
was in yesterday's paper.

If you end up wanting this and need a place
to store it outside for a short while, I can
store it for you.

Jeff  '64 F100 CrewCab


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Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001 04:40:11 -0600
From: "MARK AMES" <MARK_AMES mail.vcsu.nodak.edu>
Subject: Big back window kits


A few years ago before I found my 56 with BBW  I called a company that was makeing the fiberglass rear cab section for the big back window they told me that you couldn't use the glass window as it was too heavy so they offered a plexiglass rear window instead.  This turned me away imediatly!  Check with F-fun hundred I called last year on the new front steel fenders and they said they would be putting together a big back window kit that would have all the parts needed, steel section, glass, gasket, and stainless trim.


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From: "big red" <big_red_59 hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: 59 F-250
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001 13:59:32


Thanks for the info Don. It'll be a while until I get back into the project.
Too cold here in MN to work without a garage. The truck is set up for a 390
w/C-6 now. Rebuilt both about 3 years ago and still not reinstalled to get
running. Has the original Dana 60 w/4.56 gears I'd like to keep also. Had
too many other projects to do on my other daily drivers and had another
project started, but later sold. I think I'll start my search for a front
axle and see what I can do about making a susp. lift work.
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From: "big red" <big_red_59 hotmail.com>
Subject: 59 F-250
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001 14:13:05


Another question. I just noticed that on the pics on the FTE web site the
other 59 F-250's don't have the wrap around rear window. They just have a
small one. Anyone know if this was an option or for camper specials only or
do I have a wierd truck? Never noticed that until just now and I've had the
truck for 9 years now.
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From: "Ann Wasserman" <meshugga prodigy.net>
Subject: Re: 59 F-250
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 12:06:56 -0800

THE WRAP AROUND WINDOW WAS A CUSTOM CAB OPTION, I HAVE A FACTORY 4X4 1959 TRUCK.  ANNIE
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 Another question. I just noticed that on the pics on the FTE web site the
 other 59 F-250's don't have the wrap around rear window. They just have a
 small one. Anyone know if this was an option or for camper specials only or
 do I have a wierd truck? Never noticed that until just now and I've had the
 truck for 9 years now.
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From: "jacobsen" <jasper interkan.net>
Subject: 8 lug wheelss
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 19:19:17 -0600

Sheldon,

Ford or Mopar 8 hole  wheels should fit.  I have later standard wheels (16") on my 54 f250.    They work fine. Ch--y wheels have a smaller center hole and will not go over the rear floating axle extension.  The bolt pattern is the same for all.  I noticed a post on the classifieds that seemed to indicate the wheels from the new super duties may not work.  I don't know about that.

Del,

54 F250 "Old Smokey"  doesn't smoke any more(460)
48 F5 farm truck.  flattie + 4speed and hoist.  coming home soon from the farmers field


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