fordtrucks-digest Wednesday, April 29 1998 Volume 02 : Number 116

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In this issue:

Voltage Regulator ["Don & Teresa Neighbors" ]
56 rear tanks []
Re: Rear fuel tanks [MichellHC ]
58 ford [kenny ]
Re: Fuel Gauge []
Re: Gas tank - repair or replace? [Bruce Dunne ]
Re: Gas tank - repair or replace? [Scott ]
12V to 6V Gauges [Ray Cardogno ]
ADMIN: New list server working [Ken Payne ]
'40 Gas Tank Quirk [Brechtjohn ]
51 F1 rear end [Rick Barron ]



Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 06:52:32 -0400
From: "Don & Teresa Neighbors"
Subject: Voltage Regulator

In the last Digest, Dan wrote: "I just replaced my worn out OEM fuel gauge
sender with an aftermarket unit. Also included was a six volt regulator..."
Dan, I am using one of those regulators, and the only real "problem" I
have is that the gauges pulse. The one I use is the same as what Ford used
in the late '50s and early '60s for their gauges, so I figured I'd be
better off with an OEM-type part. The pulsing seems to go away after the
engine is running and supplying power via the alternator.
That, or I am bouncing around in the cab so much once I'm under way that I
can't see the gauges pulse any more! :-)
Somebody here suggested that the way that regulator works is that the
swing from 0 - 12 volts averages out to 6 volts. If it was good enough for

Don Neighbors
'54 F250 Named Grover


Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 06:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 56 rear tanks


wouldn't you know it...last box...last book...there it is

Custom and Classic Trucks June 65
Relocating F-100 tanks using Isuzu

This one also requires notching the frame rail...
but makes for a nice install...

again, if you can't find the mag..let me know and I'll copy and
fax/mail to you..

good luck, and sorry it took so long to locate



Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 10:44:15 EDT
From: MichellHC
Subject: Re: Rear fuel tanks


Thanks for the info on the tanks. The trooper tank sounds the most interesting
at this point. I think I will see if I can find on at a local junk yard and
measure it, and go from there. I am not to keen on the Mustang tank because of
the rear filler. Also I am going to check out some early Bronco tanks (before
78) The early Broncos had a narrow frame rail as the Fifties Ford trucks did.
Give me a shout if you find the mag with the Trooper in it.

Chell's Hauler

PS. I will be away from this board intil next Monday. We are going to the Pate
swap meet near Ft. Worth.


Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 11:23:07 -0400
From: kenny
Subject: 58 ford

I am new to the group and truck rebuilding. I have a few questions.
I am redoing a 1958 Ford shortbox F-100 Custom Cab and need to know if an=
yone has =

a good set of front fenders for her. Also need to get the chrome redone b=
ut do not
know where to start. The only other problem is the rear cab corners, rust=
ed out, =

any help would be appreciated.
thank you

Kenny (58)=


Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 10:48:13 -0700
Subject: Re: Fuel Gauge

>sent the first regulator back to the vendor, because I could not get
>6V out of it. The output just bounced between 12V and 0V. Today UPS
>delivered my replacement regulator, I hooked it up and behold,
>bouncing between 12V and 0V. At that point I pried the device open
>and looked inside. it is just a bimetal spring with a contact and a
>heater wire on it.

Yep Dan, that's what they do... they are very crude.

>cycle. Even if I could the state of charge of my battery and my
>alternator output would affect my gas gauge. I think that I am going
>to search for a more accurate method of suppling 6 volts to my gauges.

My prefered regulator is a LM7806 or equivilant, available at Radio Shack
or other electronics outlet. Nice little 6 volt regulator good for up to
1 amp. You should mount it on a small heatsink and use a bypass capacitor
on the input and output pins. Total cost at Radio Shack is likely under $3.
They are easy to hook up, let me know if You want more info or a schematic..


When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
-- Hunter S. Thompson


Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 16:02:16 -0500 (CDT)
From: Bruce Dunne
Subject: Re: Gas tank - repair or replace?


Just went through this experience. Had a couple of bothersome
leaks so I took the tank to a repair shop. They came back to
say that the leak was at the seam, and therefore not repairable
with conventional methods. There is now a process where they
bake an epoxy coating to the entire inside of the tank, so you
basically use the old tank as a cover for the new one. Apparently
they put the stuff in the tank, then spin it very fast to
distribute it evenly, then bake it.

Cost $200.00 with a lifetime guarantee. I've seen replacement
plastic tanks for about that price for my truck, but, hell, I
already had it out and now it looks like stock.

I think that most radiator/gas tank repair shops can farm out the

Good luck,

'53 F100

> Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 20:12:32 -0400
> From: Thomas Teixeira
> Subject: Gas tank - repair or replace?
> We just got our '35 pickup working well enough to get registered and to
> pass the state safety inspection, and also filled up the tank for the first
> time. Unfortunately, it was leaking from at least three places. Two of
> these were easy to fix: by the filler neck (went away after tightening with
> big channellocks), the sending unit (had to re-epoxy the metal adapter ring
> for the modern sending unit), and one or more other places, probably near
> the seam. Any advice on whether to try to repair this tank, or just spend
> the money on a reproduction stainless steel tank. While the truck has
> mostly old or old style parts, it's got plenty of non-original parts so
> that's not an issue.
> My inclination is to spend the money and get a new tank so I won't have to
> worry about rust, et cetera, but if five minutes with J-B weld would fix
> this, it seems like a waste of money.
> Any voices of experience out there?


Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 16:12:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: Scott
Subject: Re: Gas tank - repair or replace?

- ---Rich Garber wrote:
> >My inclination is to spend the money and get a new tank so I won't
have to
> >worry about rust, et cetera, but if five minutes with J-B weld
would fix
> >this, it seems like a waste of money.
Because we are on the topic of gas tanks I was looking at mine and it
looks like it has surface rust IN it. Would one of those gas tank
coatings work well? Has anybody done this? I can't do the shake the
rocks thing because there are baffles in it.
1952 Ford Pickup now with Chromed bumper and grill!
Come take a look at my 1952 Ford Pickup Page:



Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 22:44:11 -0400
From: Ray Cardogno
Subject: 12V to 6V Gauges

>Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 00:46:00, -0500
>From: ( DAN LEE)
>Subject: Fuel Gauge
I think that I am going
>to search for a more accurate method of suppling 6 volts to my gauges.
>Dan Lee
>'53 F100

This is the main reason none of my feul gauges work. I don't bother fixing
them because I now have 12 volts and it won't read accurately anyhow. I was
wondering about trying a variable resistor that you could turn to adjust.
The problem is getting the right range of resistance and wattage. Does
anyone know what the load for a fuel gauge is? Also what resistance/wattage
should be used to step down the voltage for all the other various gauges on
a 53-55 instrument panel? It seems that if you get one rated properly in
the mid-point of it's range, you could tweak it in. ???

Ray C


Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 23:31:06 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: New list server working

New list server is now working. I'll be testing it until Friday
and the lists will be switched over this weekend. Full uns*bscribe,
s*bscribe and posting instructions will get send out to list
members at that time.

The current server seems to be working properly again. For how
long, who knows? Although we have 2.5 more weeks paid for with
the old service they're getting dumped ASAP.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 23:33:02 EDT
From: Brechtjohn
Subject: '40 Gas Tank Quirk

While we are on the subject of gas tanks, I have been experiencing a curious
problem in my '40 3/4 ton Express Pickup. The problem only happens in the
warmer months, (beginning now). When I fill my tank up and the day-time
temperature goes up, gas leaks out of my filler tube. It seems as though I
have a trapped pocket of vapors in the tank that expand with heat and force
the gas up and out of the filler tube. There is a smaller vent (?) tube
inside of the filler tube. When I am filling the tank I notice that gas spits
back up out of it--so it isn't clogged. Does anyone have any ideas or
knowledge of the venting system? The tank in the '40 is under the seat, in
fact the seat sits on it.

Sincerely, John Brecht


Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 23:31:46 -0500
From: Rick Barron
Subject: 51 F1 rear end

I would like to put a 8" or 9" rear end in my 51 F1 . What vehicles
would make good donors.


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