fordtrucks-digest Friday, April 17 1998 Volume 02 : Number 105

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In this issue:

desirablity of models ["Paul G." ]
Sam Adams [Ray Cardogno ]
Zap! Oh my head! :-) [Ray Cardogno ]
9" carrier [Stephen Silverthorn ]
lsd [jc & terry ]
mags [jc & terry ]
parts for sale and a question [Scott ]
Lincoln Versailles Rear End [Charlie Powell ]
dimpled fender [David Stokes ]



Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 17:55:21 -0400
From: "Paul G."
Subject: desirablity of models

Regarding styling choices, most prefer the 56. However, a large amount
prefer the flow of the 53-55 windshield style for which the body was
originally designed, and see the 56 squared off looks as being in
conflict with the overall (non squared off) lines. The 56 windshield
was a last minute adjustment to compete with the new Chevys, which had
the wraparound design during 55, if I recall.
I like them both...I have a 55 and my son a 56, and the funny thing I
have noticed is that the 53-55 crowd would own a 56, but most of the 56
crowd won't take anything else.

BTW, the 55 was the last year of 6volt in the trucks; they were a year
behind the cars.


Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 22:21:42 -0400
From: Ray Cardogno
Subject: Sam Adams

>From: Brian Roczen
>Subject: Re: carb inlet fitting
>What is the difference in desirability, worth, availability between 55, 56
>And, How many had the dimpled fender for a spare tire, is this a sought
>after feature??

Brian Roczen
>Dept. of Mathematics
>University of Tennessee
>Brewer, Patriot
Hi Bri,
Thanks for replying to my Carb inlet fitting post. You been drinkin' Sam Adams?
I have 4 slant cabs (53, 54, & 55). My only 56 (sometimes called a sqare
cab) doesn't even have a cab cause it's a milk truck. I think the former
are a little more quaint looking, but my observation is that the 56 is
most sought after. I think the grille is a little boring on a 56. It's
funny, because it looks a lot like the 53, also boring. I had my 53 panel
grille chramed and I added the 6 optional grille teeth. I think it looks
good. My favorite year is the 55. I think the grille and hood emblems are
the most classy. I bet lots of folks like the 56 because it was the first
with a 12-volt system. They are probably all worth about the same. As for
the rear fender mount spares, my observation is that most original
restoration type trucks have them, but the custom folks generally don't. I
see more dimpled fenders at the swap meets cause guys get rid of them. They
don't want their rods looking like some ol' farm truck. All this input is
merely my oppinion. Go for what turns you on baby. After all I bought a
cabover and a milk truck, so you probably ought not consider my oppinions
as general. Excuse me, I got to go meet with a brewer-patriot friend of
mine :-)

Gotta love it,
Ray C


Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 21:54:36 -0400
From: Ray Cardogno
Subject: Zap! Oh my head! :-)

>From: Darcy Lee Davis
>Subject: Re: DC coil transformers
>- ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Ray and Roger. Correct me if I'm wrong (as a teen they say I know-it-all),
>as my knowledge base is mostly from small engines. I thought that the
>points were located in the distributer. If this is true, and the current
>flows from the coil to the points, isn't it impossible for there to be
>changing current in the primary coil?

You need to have both sides of the coil connected to have a complete path
for the juice. Alec said it all.

Ray C


Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 21:15:41 -0400
From: Stephen Silverthorn
Subject: 9" carrier

Well, I'm looking again........
need a ford 9" third member..
equal loc or limited slip - 28 spline
3.25 or 3.50 gears (or close
reasonable priced

I have a 9" Ford rear end in my 56 with a 3.70 gears. I'm not that happy
with it as I do alot of highway driving and want to change it for something
about a 2.75. My 3.7 is a 28 spline and it is excellent "off the mark".
Unfortunately it's not a limited slip but I'd be willing to either buy a
2.75 or make a trade for my 3.7 for someone who wants a little more bottom

Black 56


Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 19:57:38 -0700
From: jc & terry
Subject: lsd


the reason forthe limited slip (or equal loc) is will be
behind a 460/C-6 in a 53 wheel spinning is not
cool...smoke'em both... think the extra traction will be a benefit,
don't you ?

works for me. nothin like a doublwe plume.

T-bird Terry


Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 20:00:28 -0700
From: jc & terry
Subject: mags

For some serious vintage car reading, I would suggest s*bcribing to SKINNED
KNUCKLES. It a pretty good old car mag, though not Ford specific. They have
a deal now: suscribe for a year and get something like fifty back issues. I
did and this and a box full of magazines came. It poses a daunting challenge
to read them all. But, if you are going to be on your back for a serious
length of time, maybe, you could get through them all.

well don't keep us in suspense. what's the address?

T-bird Terry


Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 20:37:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: Scott
Subject: parts for sale and a question

I have the inner and outer door handles from my 1952 for sale if
anyone is interested e-mail me off the list. I also have two sets of
door latch assemblies, three window regulators (to crank the window up
and down), and a vaccum wiper motor. I'll take offers on these parts.
The question is, are the front fender braces the same for both sides
on the 52 because the right one doesn't fit as well as the left and
they both look the same. I'm thinking that mabey the right one would
be bent the other way, so the rib goes forward, like the left one does.


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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 23:09:00 -0500
From: Charlie Powell
Subject: Lincoln Versailles Rear End

Let me try again. I did not make myself very clear when I posted my
first question about the Lincoln rear end. I am building a 55-F-100
with a 302 engine, a C-4 tranny, which has a Volaire front suspension .
I am trying to install a 79 Lincoln Versailles 9" rear end with disc
brakes, and using reversed eye short stack springs. The problem is that
the rear end is only 58 1/2 " wide and the tires are hitting the side of
the bed. I don't want to use wheel tubs, and I would rather use my stock
width rear fenders. Does anyone know the amount of backspace to use on
the wheel, and how wide of a wheel can I use? If I was not so far along
with this set up, I would change over to a wider rear end, but I have to
much money invested in this one.
Also, I need the left and right rubber bake hose that connects from the
caliper to the brake line. The least amount that I have found them for,
is $59.00 per hose. Does anybody have any of these, or does anyone know
of a source? Appreciate hearing from anyone that can help.

Charlie Powell


Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 23:17:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: David Stokes
Subject: dimpled fender

I have a dimpled fender on my current 56 that I would gladly trade anybody
for a non dimpled fender. If in fact you want to use the dimpled fender,
the spare tire and mounting brackets have a tendency to distort the bed
sides over time. Now for the age old debate. Of the four years for the
classy f100's (53-56) the 56 was the only year with the squared off cab
and the last year before the radical body change. Granted the 54's had
the lower production numbers but I still like the 56. Regardless of what
I think, you cant go wrong with any of these classy years

Dave 56F100


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