Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 03:50:22 -0600 (MDT)
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Subject: fordtrucks-digest V1 #15

fordtrucks-digest Wednesday, October 8 1997 Volume 01 : Number 015

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In this issue:

'48 F7 [ (Mulberry Lumber & Pallet Company | H.R.Striblin]
ADMIN: For those with 61-79 trucks [Ken Payne ]
Wanted-overdrive for '53 F-100 ["Thomas R. Happel" ]
weld-in panels [Jeff Hazewinkel ]
279 flathead [Jeff Hazewinkel ]
Re: 279 flathead []
Re: weld-in panels []



Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 08:13:02 -0500 (CDT)
From: (Mulberry Lumber & Pallet Company | H.R.Stribling |)
Subject: '48 F7

THANKS for the input on my questions. The F7 (my wife has named Jezibel)
started yesterday, and runs real smooth! With the addition of new plugs it
should be even better. This is a tribute to Ford engineering, considering
the truck set in a field covered with vines and dirt-dobbers nests for 20 years.

The Holley Carb with a "centri-vac" governor will not accelerate, so thats
next project.

Thanks again for everyones's input!

H. R. Stribling, Jr.
Muldrow, OK

48 Ford F7
86 Jeep Grand Waggoneer


Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 10:19:54 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: For those with 61-79 trucks

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Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 10:21 -0600 (MDT)
From: "Thomas R. Happel"
Subject: Wanted-overdrive for '53 F-100

I am new to the list, so let me introduce myself (who cares about me
you want to know about my truck);
I am 95% finished with a complete frame-off restoration of a '53 F-100.
Unlike most F-100's , this truck was brought back to life completely
stock, with the exception of a 12 volt conversion (also dual headers,
and Edmund finned heads), Ok, like every other stock F-100 It's Red!
She runs great except for one little minor's got a three
speed manual tranny (3 on the tree) and once you get to 55, there is
not much left, hence the need for an overdrive, any clues on where
I can find a good one??? I am in the Denver, Co area if that makes
a difference. Please respond if you know, or if you have any questions.

Tom Happel
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The Happel family includes;
1 Papa (the $$$) '29 Model A Business Coupe
1 Dad (me, the grunt) '53 F-100 (Big Red)
1 Wife (...careful...) '66 Mustang Conv.
2 kids & dog '95 Contour, '97 Taurus & other assorted toys
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Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 17:07:40 -0500
From: Jeff Hazewinkel
Subject: weld-in panels

I am beginning to work on my 53 F600 and have a question about the
installation of weld-in replacement panels in areas such as the rocker
panel, cab corners and lower cowl. I have found several sources for the
panels but I wonder if anyone has installed these themselves (I can weld
a little) or do most have them professionally installed ? Do you cut
out the existing area completely or do these attach over the rusted out
areas ?


47 One ton
53 F600


Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 17:22:12 -0500
From: Jeff Hazewinkel
Subject: 279 flathead

I recently purchased a 279 flathead for my 53 F600. This truck
originally came with a 239 flathead but I believe the 279 was an option
for this truck. I am wondering if anyone has found a source for the
required change in engine mounts ? This is of course not a standard
item for most suppliers.



Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 19:42:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 279 flathead

In a message dated 97-10-07 18:26:03 EDT, you write:

originally came with a 239 flathead but I believe the 279 was an option
for this truck. I am wondering if anyone has found a source for the
required change in engine mounts ? This is of course not a standard
item for most suppliers.
Never heard of a 279. The big flathead, in Lincolns, F7s and F8s, is a
337. The thermo housing sticks out of the front of the heads then up, as
opposed to up from the front of the heads on the late 239, and the
distributor is at the back, 'mongst other differences. At least in 52, it
wasn't an option on the F6, according to my books. A little flathead with a
4" stroke (Merc crank) and a 3 5/16 bore (1/8 over) yields a 275.712 cubic
inch motor, but it wasn't a factory option.
No idea where you'll find parts for a 337, unfortunately. Maybe the F7 or
F8 mounts will work.


Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 22:54:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: weld-in panels

I put them in my 52 F1, I purchased them from Dennis Carpenter's and they
were good quality. I marked the old corner's a little smaller than the
replacements, then cut out the rusted peice with a metal blade on a jig saw.
Matched the new peice with the cut out hole. I used a sanding wheel to gring
out the corner to match the replacement peice, then butt welded the new peice
to the cab every couple of inches. Then from the back side I spot welded the
new peice in. I did not make a continous weld on the new peice to the cab, I
was concerened that the metal would expand and be wavey. I filled in the
sanding marks with body puddy till I got it smooth.

It took me a lot of time to do this because I had never done this type of
work before.

Your second question was about motor mounts for a F7, I believe, sorry I can
not help you there.

1952 F1


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