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pre61-list Digest Tue, 28 Mar 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 039

In This Issue:
Re: Ready to paint question & other questions?
Re: 50's 15" rims
ADMIN: Nascar Craftsman Truck Series forum added
Re: Electronic Igitions
6v versus 12v--distributor and coil
Headlight Problem
Re: Headlight Problem
y block build-up
Re: y block build-up
Re: which engine oil?
Re: Electronic Ignitions
Headlight problem


Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 07:49:25 -0500
From: David Russow>
Subject: Re: Ready to paint question & other questions? wrote:

> Hi everybody
> In the next couple of weeks, I plan on painting my 55 F100. My question is,
> the outside vent, that you pull open from the inside, does it need to be the
> same color as the rest of the truck or just flat or gloss black? Also, does
> anyone have a tail light license plate bracket, what I'm talking about is,
> where originally the license plate was under the left tail light? One more
> question, about this license plate question another list member brought up, I
> would like to get an Alabama 1955 tag for my front bumper, if anyone knows of
> one, please let me know.
> Thanks
> Jason Maples
> Alabama
> 55 F100


Check on E-Bay for the plates

Good luck

54 FE


Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 08:01:17 -0500
From: Francis Marchand>
Subject: Re: 50's 15" rims

If your 52 F4 is like mine, the inside diameter of the rear brake drums is
15". The F4 used either an 18" or 20" wheel with a 5 on 8" bolt circle.
If you're looking to upgrade your wheels, I would look for a more current
19.5" wheel from a GM application such as a motor home or a Grumman van (of
which I haven't quite figured out.). Keep an eye out for wheels with 10
lugs on 8" B.C. GM used 5 on front (every other hole) & 10 on the rear.

>Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 21:56:23 EST
>Subject: Re: 50's 15" rims
>I have a 52 F4. Would these beauties fit on mine? And what would you think
>shipping would cost to CT 06405? Many thanks.


Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 09:00:49 -0500
From: Ken Payne>
Subject: ADMIN: Nascar Craftsman Truck Series forum added

A "Nascar Craftsman Truck Series" forum has been added to
the web site message boards. In addition being a place for
you to discuss the races, I'll also be posting Ford truck
series press releases there.

Ken Payne


From: "Terry">
Subject: Re: Electronic Igitions
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 10:22:05 -0600

I know that there has been discussion in the past regarding electronic
ignitions for the old engines. Has there been anything new crop up or are
Mallory and PerTronix about the only ones on the market? I'm looking for
one for a 6V '47 1 1/2 ton truck.

Th regular Pertronix modules will work on six volts. BUT you will have to
change to a negative ground. You should have no trouble with installing one
on your truck.


Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 08:23:50 -0800
From: "Hunter L. Wimmer">
Subject: 6v versus 12v--distributor and coil


my old 53 has been converted to 12v--but there some 6v stuff still on the truck.
like the coil/distributor...
the line between the two currently has a "reducer" inline--but this seems weird.
how can i effectively meld my 12v system to the current 6v coil/distributor?
do i just need to get a new 12v coil?
more importantly, does the distributor (and points/rotor/plugs) care about the 6v/12v issue (i.e.: is the current converted by the coil to something the distributor can handle?) any other performance issues?
i'm keeping it no wacky ignition modules in its future...



Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 11:18:36 -0800
From: (Kenneth J. Toop)
Subject: Headlight Problem

Paul, I don't remember seeing a response to your question regarding
headlights. I don't have a ready answer, but would suggest you buy a
volt-ohm meter and try tracing through the circuit to see where you're
losing the juice. Start where you know it's hot and work your way out to
the headlights. It should help you pinpoint the problem.

Kennth Toop (Alias: "el Topo")
Head Librarian, Barge--Lincoln Elementary School

219 East "I" St., Yakima, Wa. 98901
Assisting Librarian, McClure Elementary School
Phone and Voicemail: 573-5207
Yakima School District

"Lo bueno, si breve, mejor."


From: "Gary L. Perry">
Subject: Re: Headlight Problem
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 15:45:21 -0500

There's a wiring diagram in back of shop manual, which you should
have anyway. Ford uses "bullet" connectors and they corrode or fall
apart or wire breaks at connection. There is a wire running in back of
grill or along radiator support connecting lites. I would check it out and
connectors. I didn't catch what year you had. New wiring is available for
the lite buckets and the cross-over. Get the vynil not the cloth covers.


Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 22:52:12 EST
Subject: y block build-up

Hello everybody, did anybody save the articles Street Rodder mag. did last
year on the Y block build up? they did a really great year-long series on
building up a Y block engine, and i managed to get only about half of them.
if anybody out there saved them, and can send them to me i'd be eternally

Greg Schnakenberg


Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 20:07:07 -0800
From: Mike Pacheco>
Subject: Re: y block build-up

I'd be happy to get the half you have, I didn't own a Y-Block till a
couple of months ago.
Mike in Burien


Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 20:56:10 -0800
From: "Ray Cardogno">
Subject: Re: which engine oil?

Thanks for the replies on the engine oil types question. I think I will run what I put in there for 50 miles or so and then change it hot and see if there is crud in it. This was the first change I have done since getting the truck which supposedly has low miles. It was black and cruddy. There is no smoke from the engine. We can put this one to bed but if anyone has any other comments please fire away.

Ray C

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Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 21:09:50 -0800 (PST)
From: Dennis Moody>
Subject: Re: Electronic Ignitions

I was thinking more along the lines of changing to a
12 volt system with a new coil. I know people have
installed the Pertronix unit to a flathead engine...i
just don't know if they used a stock distributor or a
modified one from another vehicle.

Dennis Moody

--- wrote:
> Pertronics won't touch a 6volt system.


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From: "John Harrison">
Subject: Headlight problem
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2000 07:27:58 PST

Check for power coming out of dimmer switch on red/black stripe wire (low
beam). If ok, check for power on red wire at firewall plug (lower plug, top
row, 2nd from left). No power - check for corrosion on plug, or broken wire
from dimmer to plug. Power - check for power on red wire at sealed beam
plug. If no power check for break or bad splice between firewall & sealed
beam. Hope this helps.

John Harrison

60 F-100 Panel Delivery


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