Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 03:50:16 -0700 (MST)
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Subject: fordtrucks-digest V1 #37

fordtrucks-digest Sunday, November 2 1997 Volume 01 : Number 037

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In this issue:

Re: Blasting [Gary Haselbusch ]
About my '55 F350 tire? [John Pease ]
V8 firing order, book to read ["Erik J. O'Daniel"
Re: Blasting ["R. Garber" ]
Engine job first, or bodywork first? ["Mitch Miller" ]
Re: 1949 F-4 "6-volt vs. 12-volt" ["Mitch Miller" ]
Re: fordtrucks-digest V1 #36 []
More about 48-52 Trans. []
Link Info [Jay Phillips ]



Date: Sat, 01 Nov 1997 08:48:06 -0800
From: Gary Haselbusch
Subject: Re: Blasting wrote:
> Hello everyone.
> I started sand blasting the front end frame of my 55' and got this
> material called Black Beauty that does not have the silica (?) as the
> conventional types. I never knew this type was out and it works great. My 2yr
> old niece comes in the garage with her little big eared halloween costume
> (red rain coat with floppy ears on the freckled cheeks,,goes
> over and rubs a cleaned area on the frame and looks up at me with these two
> giant moon shaped eyeballs "ooohhh smooth and shiny uncle kenny :):)it was
> one of those kid killer moments and the goodies were yet to come). Anyway, I
> am wondering if someone could help me here. The truck has a 75' cordova front
> end swapped into it. Underneath the upper A-arm is a plate about 2 1/2 in.
> wide and %? high at a 45(?) degree angle that has a bolt that goes through it
> laterally and ends (?). I can only see so much underneath that I can not
> figure it's purpose. When I tear the components off individually I don't want
> to run into a mistake I could have avoided. Will this have an effect on the
> camber of the spindles when I reinstall them? I'm trying to find some drop
> spindles so I can lower it but I can't find some for a 75' cordova front end.
> Last question...(I doubt it) What would be the best way of lowering the rear
> end? I know I could put the axel on top of the leafs but would that have an
> adverse effect on pinion angle? Thanks in advance-
> More dazed and confused - Kent
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Hi, I'm interested in that blasting material Black Beauty. What is is
and where can I get it? Thanks, Gary


Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 12:13:13 -0600
From: John Pease
Subject: About my '55 F350 tire?

I am the lady who purchased my family's 1955 f350 Ford pickup.
The spare tire was shot. It has at least two of the original
tires on it. The fronts are 7.00-17 and the backs are 7.50-17 with a
heavier tread. My local Farmer's Coop mechanic found a 7.50-17 for $150
including the tube. Will this work for both the front and back as a spare.
The mechanic at the Coop told me never to put two different size tires on
the back, but it wouldn't hurt to do it in the front temporarily. Is this
true? Is this an ok
price? We are having a hard time finding tires so I let the guy
order it for me.

Thank you to Don Neighbors for the manual recommendation. Does anyone know
where I could get a reprint of a Chilton's Blue Book for 1955? I am sure
Dad had one but my sister was "sell happy" after Dad died. . . Also, is
there a good magazine for collectors of old Fordtrucks?

Does anyone know where I can get some parts catalogues that would supply
parts for my f350? I can still order parts for my '64 1/2 mustang without
digging through junk yards, I hope the same is true with my f350,
affectionately referred to in our family as "Bruce" (after my grandfather
who bought it new). Those old vehicles have so much personality I couldn't
resist naming it and it seems so much like family! :-)

Thanks much!



Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 10:53:25 +0000
From: "Erik J. O'Daniel"
Subject: V8 firing order, book to read

I read a book called, appropriately enough, Truck - about a guy
fixing up an old truck. (Touted as the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance for old trucks.) In the book the guy tore apart and
rebuilt the engine, put everything together, fired it up. No go. I
think he had same symptoms as you. He remembered that he'd had
difficulty installing, I believe, the cam - getting the valves up in
the correct position, etc.

Someone already mentioned that the cap may have been installed
180degress off - but maybe not. Maybe the cap was installed
incorrectly and the cam is off 180deg. The other reply mentioned you
might just start swapping the wires at the cap. Try advancing them
all four spaces each, and keep the regular order of course.

And as for that book - in case someone doesn't know about it:

TRUCK: On Rebuilding a Worn-Out Pickup, and Other Post-Technological
John Jerome

I really doubt you can buy it but your local library should be able
to borrow it from a library that owns it. We call it Interlibrary


Date: Sat, 01 Nov 1997 13:05:23 -0600
From: "R. Garber"
Subject: Re: Blasting

At 08:48 AM 11/1/97 -0800, you wrote:
> wrote:
>> Hello everyone.
>> I started sand blasting the front end frame of my 55' and got this
>> material called Black Beauty that does not have the silica (?) as the

>Hi, I'm interested in that blasting material Black Beauty. What is is
>and where can I get it? Thanks, Gary

and how much?


Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 01:40:34 -0600
From: "Mitch Miller"
Subject: Engine job first, or bodywork first?

I have the front clip off of the 1947 Sedan Delivery, and am about to get
going on my winter project.

I am wondering if I should put the engine in first and work on the
drivetrain, or if I should put the front clip on and drop the motor in
before I go to paint it.




Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 01:34:55 -0600
From: "Mitch Miller"
Subject: Re: 1949 F-4 "6-volt vs. 12-volt"

Jan asked, "Am wondering if you could be more specific about the pros and
cons of 6-V vs. 12-V. My '53 Ford F-250 is still in 6-V and was thinking
of converting with the idea that the headlights might be more bright. As a
kind of safety measure, since I plan to ride all over tarnation in her.
What else should I consider?"

Jan, you should consider using a 7-volt battery. Going to 12 volts is a
popular option, no doubt about it. But there are going to be hassles.
Burnt points, changed bulbs, and other mysterious events. If you just buy
a 7-volt battery, not only will your lights be brighter, but you will can
still run with all-original equipment. You just need to perform an
adjustment to the voltage regulator, then you will have brighter lights.
The shop manual will explain step-by-step just how to make the adjustments.

Just another option...

'46 pickup
'47 sedan delivery


Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 16:16:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-digest V1 #36

Thanks Ken, obkbee


Date: Sat, 01 Nov 1997 18:52:40 -0800
Subject: More about 48-52 Trans.

First correction, according to Ford shop manual:
4 sync. was standard on F-6 w/8MTH engine, optional on F-4, F-5 and F-6.
3 spd light duty, top shift,shop manual shows , std. on 48-50
3 spd light duty, remote shift, standard on 1951 F-1
3 spd HD top shift, available on F-1 thru F-5 as optional, not std. on
3 spd.HD remote shift on F-3,5 Parcel Delivery, std.equip.
4 spd. spur gear, std on F-2 to F-6, optional on F-1

To tell the truth I've only seen 3 of the 4sync. in the past 10 years.
They were in a 51 F-6 w/8MTH, a 52 F-6COE w/8MTH and a 52 F-6 w/8MTH
The 8MTH supposedly was available from 48-52, I've never seen one in a
48-50. But listed in my 48 owners manual so I presume they exist. They
do show up regularly in Hemmings.

So now everybody can crawl under every F-4 to F-6 they find looking for
one of these rarities.

48-55 Ford used the T98 w/ LH cut gears
56 up T98Aw/ RH cut gears (did I mix these up)

The 4spd. spur gear trans used in the F-1 / F-2,3 /F-4 to F-6 vary.
They don't directly interchange because of the length of the mainshaft.
F-2/3 originally did not have a rear of transmission emergency brake,
just a yoke. So to change from the rear emergency brake on rear wheels
to on the rear of trans, you have to have the trans with the longer main
shaft and the drive shaft length has to be changed.


Date: Sat, 01 Nov 1997 20:48:22 -0600
From: Jay Phillips
Subject: Link Info

In a past digest there was a link to a very humorus web page, concerning
pickup trucks. Could you repost that link or E-mail me the web address?
I have suffered a computer burp that wiped out most of my bookmarks.


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