fordtrucks-digest Friday, April 24 1998 Volume 02 : Number 112

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In this issue:

heater core leaks [Gary Vandergrift ]
Chrome, Gas Gauges, Squeaks, Heaters [Ray Cardogno ]
Re: great F1 web page [Dan Wentz ]
J.Stone F-100 [AZYacht ]



Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 00:44:30 -0400
From: Gary Vandergrift
Subject: heater core leaks

Jan, I have had two heater cores go on me. When they go you cannot
drive. the cab fills up with steam, the windows fog up... you are
blind. Not to mention the antifreeze smell gets into everything. I
think that you should put in a new one unless they can rebuild the one
you have. I tried epoxy, solder, brazing, I could not fix it.


Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 00:47:09 -0400
From: Ray Cardogno
Subject: Chrome, Gas Gauges, Squeaks, Heaters

>From: Alec Fernandez
>Subject: RE: chrome grille
>I need a chrome Grill for my '56. My current plan is to get
>John (Of John's F-Fun Hundreds fame) to take a grill with him
>to Pigeon Forge and swap him there for $340. The grill I have on the
>parts truck which I will use as an exchange is
>very straight with some surface rust but not too bad and I
>was wondering if it would be more cost effective to have
>it re-chromed. Does anybody know what the going rate is and
>where I can get it done? I'm in North Carolina.
>(It's a 6 cyl grill if that makes any difference).

I had mine done for under $200 at Al's plating in Tulsa. I had them do lots
of stuff even though I am an east-coaster, but it's been a few years now.
You might want to get a couple of bids. One plus for the above scenario
with John's is that the plating shop probably does a lot of these and as a
result probably has the right anode setup to get the chrome thick enough
into the hard to get spots. Some places make them look great, but a year
(or less) later they rust through. Are they guaranteed?

Ray C

>Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 08:45:10 EDT
>From: TonyDePaul
>Subject: Ray Cardogno's broken fuel gauges
>About those broken fuel gauges on your '53-'55 Fords...if a guy wants to
>knock on the tank in a '53, he's got to get his tux all
>Unless, of course, your '53 has run out of gas... because you... weren't able
>to knock on the... tank...
>Forget everything I said. ;-)

Could you repeat that please? :-)

Ray C

>Subject: Re: Tilt front ends
>I was going to install the "Caddy" trunk latch on mine like T-bird Terry
>did, but I just never got around to it. I have just let its own weight
>hold down and it has never shown the slightest sign that it ever wanted
>to move around. Not even when the drunk hit us head on and totaled out
>the truck. It's since been rebuilt with a new frame, but still has no
>hood "latch". And it's been that way since 1987.
>Rix56 The Rat

Should'nt you sign off: "The Rat, squeak, squeak"? ;-)

Ray C

RE: Jan's Heater:

>My own feelings about any "stop leak" of any kind (except for
>good old black pepper in an emergency) is just about the same as my feelings
>of "snake oil", it just does nothing or actually causes more trouble than you
>started with. Gang join in here anytime....

I Agree totally. You could even invest in a third party heater to
replace/suppliment the OEM heater. The OEM's are not the most capable
heaters. Depends if you like adequate or luxurios heat. JC-whitney sells
them new. They hide right under the seat. Stay warm and be cool.

ray C


Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 21:56:52 -0700
From: Dan Wentz
Subject: Re: great F1 web page

Thanks Ron, the check is in the mail.


1992 Ford Mustang LX
1950 Ford F1, 351C-2V (Should be legally on the road next month)
Check out my F1 page:


Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 01:31:48 EDT
From: AZYacht
Subject: J.Stone F-100

I lost your Phone number re: the shock mounts.
Please e-mail it and I will call to finish up on them.
Thanks, Gary O.
47 1/2 Panel.


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