pre61-list-digest Sunday, June 28 1998 Volume 02 : Number 180

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 and Older trucks and vans
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FTE Pre61 - 57-63 (?) 8' "Style" Side Bed Needed
FTE Pre61 - Heater Control Valve
FTE Pre61 - Overdrive transmission and more



Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 13:52:52 -0700
From: Vogt Family
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 57-63 (?) 8' "Style" Side Bed Needed

Having failed to find this particular piece locally, I thought I might
give you guys a seems that this is more common on the '50s
trucks than the '60s ones that were more unibody...

I believe this bed was used from 57-63, it is the *really ugly* 8 foot
slab sided one, with a step-side style tailgate that has latches and
chains that rattle around. I still want it because I think ugly makes
the truck look tough. I have only seen 2 around here but they were
unfortunately for me both installed on running trucks.

I am in Northern California.

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Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 01:10:34 -0400
From: "Don & Teresa Neighbors"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Heater Control Valve

I just bought a Fresh Air heater for Grover, and now I need to know where
the valve is supposed to mount on the firewall. Can any of you owners of
'53 to '55 trucks go out with you tape measures and figure out where I
should put it? Or do you think I'll find the mount holes buried under the
grunge on the firewall?
By the way, this truck has lived with a J.C.Whitney special for some time,
so I don't have much but the factory-installed block-off plate to go by.

Don Neighbors
'54 F250 Named Grover

"Any dropped tool or part will automatically fall into the most
innaccesible part of the vehicle."

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Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 03:35:29 EDT
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Overdrive transmission and more

Hello all,
After a mere 6 monthhs I have gotten my '54 F100 out of the shop. It runs
now after sitting for a decade or so (thanks Mel). My questions to y'all are
these: The truck now has an overdrive transmission attached to the original
223 cyl. On the drive from the San Jose area to Santa Cruz, it ran great but
when I pulled the handle for the overdrive, nothing happened! So, help me. Is
this an original option? What can I do to see if it still can work? Included
with the truck was a extra transmission. The numbers from it are are
C3TR-70503-B. It has 9 bolts on the top inspection cover. What do I have?
Would it be a better option to use the extra trans and replace the rear end
with a better ratio or try to fix the overdrive? It seemed that 55 MPH was
about a safe range for the engine RPM's.
Next, the exhaust exits under the oil pan to the passenger side. Is this
original or did someone not want to here the muffler on the drivers side? I
want to keep the 223 and lower it, but as it sits I can't go very far without
having the exhaust pipe hit the front axle.
Lastly, I have the left rear fender with a hole for a gas filler (?? on
the back side) and would like to trade anyone in this area (No.CA) for one
without. It apperars to be a new replacement, is white and has no dents or
rust at all. If interested, e-mail me at
Thanks in advance. I know you will help!!
Conor Mulroney
'79 Bronco (Tweety)
'74 Van (For Sale) (408) 420-1231
'54 F100 (Lucifer)
'40 Chevy 2 Door Sedan
and an '86 Japanese 4X4 Kingcab (For Sale Too)
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