pre61-list-digest Sunday, June 7 1998 Volume 02 : Number 161

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 and Older trucks and vans
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Re: driving my dream truck - reality or pipe dream?
RE: FTE Pre61 - Re: Flathead V-8
Re: FTE Pre61 - Title
53 rating numbers



Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 09:09:46 -0400
From: "bill daly"
Subject: Re: driving my dream truck - reality or pipe dream?

I can't say about the era Ford you dream about, Matt, but my '53 has served
me rather well as a driving vehicle, with plans to restore in the future.
I've spent not too much more on Louise than I would have a new car with a
monthly payment, and I own her outright. Of course, I consider myself
extremely lucky. As time goes on, I'm doing more and more of the work
myself, as I learn and invest in the right tools.

I tend to be proactive with Louise, rather than reactive. When I saw the
transmounts were completely squashed, I researched and ordered some and will
put them in next time the engine comes out for something else, which may be
relatively soon if the oil leak from the front of the engine gets worse
quicker rather than slower. In other words, if you're going to use the
truck every day, you've got to be on the lookout for what your vehicle will
need and have the parts on hand for when it does, rather than wait for
something to happen.

With an old truck, driving has become an active relationship rather than
just getting in it and expecting it to travel. I do a lot of listening and
feeling. Actually, it's a lot like having a large, mechanical pet.

I love it.

Jan & Louise
'53 F-250
223 straight six dual manifold rockabilly baby

- -----Original Message-----
Date: Friday, June 05, 1998 11:44 PM
Subject: driving my dream truck - reality or pipe dream?

>Quick reality check for me - I've been reading the list for a couple months
>now and reading up as much as I can, but I have the itch bad and want to
>your opinions. I am interested in getting a '37-'42 pick-up, ideal being a
>'41 flathead 6 (tall order - I'm dreaming, okay?). Right now I'm looking
>a rebuild, not a restoration. I want to drive this beauty, and don't have
>time or money to do a restoration right now; hopefully later. I can do
>repairs and maintenance, and have access to shop space and people with the
>brains, and all of you (I'll thank you now...).
> My question: is this realistic, getting a driver pick-up of that era
>I can keep going with a "minimum" of $$ and time for now? I want to work
>'er, just can't right now. I'm not proud, give it to me straight, but I am
>itchin' to get started...
> Thanks for your indulgence.


Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 09:02:48 -0400
From: Ethan Vos
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Re: Flathead V-8

I have a 1955 F-500 that has a flathead. I think they used the flathead =
until 1954 in Canada. The truck looks like a 54 so I think it was built =
in 1954 but was not registered or something until it was shipped to a =
dealership in 1955.


- -----Original Message-----
From: James H. Boyd []
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 1998 12:02 AM
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Re: Flathead V-8

** Reply to note from Edward Sedgwick Thu, 04 Jun =
1998 19:33:49 -0700


>From all that I've been able to find in the documentation I have at =
1953 is the last year for the 239 Flathead V-8, although I have heard
reports that there were a few 54's with the flattie prior to the OHV
moving into production. For URL's to look at for more definitive
information, surf on over to:


Flathead-- The Ford V-8 Engine Workshop

Flathead Ford V8 History PAge

Write back if you need more info...


Jay Boyd
53 F-100 Panel
Hotrod Flathead V-8
(no name yet...I'm thinking about Frankenstein,
ya know with a flathead and re-animated from dead sheet metal. :-})


Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 10:34:50 -0400
From: "Earl T. Ingram, III"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Title

At 09:09 AM 5/31/98 PDT, you wrote:
>Hi, I have a 56 F100 Pickup that I bought about 2 years ago and have
>been restoring it. When I bought the truck it didn't have a title, and
>I was wondering what is the best way to get a new one. I've seen adds
>in magazines, and was wondering if anyone has used a certain company or
>got a title a different way. Thanks.
> Billy Carlson
> >= Ford Truck Enthusiasts ==============================================
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>Bill, It shouldn't be a big problem getting a title for your truck.
Contact you state moter vehicle department and they can advise you. In
Virginia you need a bill of sale from the person you got the car or truck
from and DMV can go from there. you will probably have to register it as a
"reconstructed vehicle" but that should be no problem. Good luck on your
Earl Ingram III


Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 13:33:09 -0400
From: Charles Rogoff
Subject: 53 rating numbers

I'm a newby to your crowd and a rookie restorer. I have what I think is
a 53 f-350 but the rating tag is gone. I have the numbers off the fire
wall,tranny and motor, can anyony help me decipher what "Big Ben" is
made of?


Big Ben and Charlie


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