pre61-list-digest Tuesday, July 7 1998 Volume 02 : Number 189

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 and Older trucks and vans
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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - F250's from the Fifties
FTE Pre61 - pre61...cutting windshield glass
Re: FTE Pre61 - Tranny Change & More
FTE Pre61 - Tech stuff page
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Expanded products page, 100s of items
FTE Pre61 - FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: Forgot the URL!
FTE Pre61 - Engine ID



Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 06:15:27 PDT
From: "William Casady"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - F250's from the Fifties

Just wanted to check and see if there are any other F250's from the
Fifties out there besides Don Neigbor's a Truck named Grover and my
Chuck the Truck. Send a photo to me if you can. I'm especially
interested in pictures of the 1954 F250's tailgate and rear bumper. I'd
like to see what the original body looks like from all sides. Thanks
for any help.
Plain Bill
Chuck the Truck [54F250]

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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 19:05:35 -0500
From: "The Pfrenger's"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - pre61...cutting windshield glass

I know this is a tough subject but, please no speeches on how not to
try. I 've got lots of time till my truck is completed and have the time
to experiment with a little help from my friends. (you) I've heard about
sandblasting, scouring an snapping off about an 1in. at a time, and
grinding. Just to throw one more curve at you this is
a 56 F100 curved windshield and a 4 1/2 in. drop. So maybe that was two
I'm leaning to the grinding of the glass an I know it will take a lot
of time. So any ideas will be helpful, like tools or whatever one might

Ed Pfrenger
Middlefield, Ohio

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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 23:22:38 EST
From: "James H. Boyd"
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Tranny Change & More

** Reply to note from "Royal H. Maul" Sat, 4 Jul 1998 15:52:52 -0700 (PDT)

and for Tom who asked about new tranny's for the old flathead.

An adaptor kit is in order. Write or call to:

Cornhusker's Rod & Custom, Inc.
R.R. 1, Box 47
Alexandria, NE 68303
(402) 749-1932

They make a Chevy T-5 adaptor kit intended to go on the car style bell housing.

Motor City Flathead
13624 Stowell Road
Dundee, MI 48131
(313) 529-3363

They sell a machined aluminum adaptor plate designed for the TRUCK bellhousing
(you use the same motor and tranny mounts!) and adapts the Mustang T-5 and like tranny's.

I'm using this plate with an SR-4 4 speed (close relative to the Mustang T-5);
my experience is that you'll need to make some minor modifications for a good mate-up.

1) A bronze bushing inside the original pilot bearing to keep the input shaft from floating.
2) A pressed-on sleeve over the new tranny's smaller diameter throw-out sleeve to fit
the original size throw-out bearing.
3) The pressure plate will have to be adjusted to the gap size of the clutch disk you choose to
use. Because I have an 11" clutch, the only disk available to me was for a mid-70's F-100.
The disk, and the corresponding pressure plate adjustment is thinner than original stock.
4) Prior to assembly, for best results, have your flywheel machined and the pressure plate

Write back to the list with any other questions.


Jay Boyd
53 F-100 Panel -w-
Hot Rod Flathead V-8

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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 20:39:35 -0700
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Tech stuff page

Hey Guys and Gals...

Well, now that the warm weather is here, sometimes it's too hot in
the house to get to sleep in the evenings. Nights like that I usually
end up propped up in front of the computer until the wee morning hours
when it's finally cool enough to get to sleep...

The result of a few of these "limited sleep" nights was the creation of a
couple of minor tech articles, like; "how to change valve springs and
stem seals without removing the heads", or "transistorized points ignition"
(for those folks who can't put breakerless ignition on their old Fords),
and a "tech links" page with links to a few other tech articles that I
found interesting, as well as ones I've written.
Hopefully more good links to come soon... If You know of a good tech article,
let me know and maybe I'll link it to my page.

If it's too hot to sleep where You're at, and You're bored and wanna
check this stuff out (You ARE bored, aren't You!) goto my homepage and
take the "tech articles" link.

Man, I just gotta buy an air conditioner for the house someday...


"Light fuse and get away. Do not hold in hand.
Use only under close adult supervision.
For outdoor use only."

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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 23:45:45 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: Expanded products page, 100s of items

Many members of Ford Truck Enthusiasts have long asked about
discounts on products and its finally done. We don't have a
shopping cart or secure shopping yet, simply a products page
with prices. We're working on the cart, then the secure
on-line ordering.

Included are items for both old and new trucks:

- - Ford Truck Enthusiasts static cling window sticker.
- - Ford Truck And Ranchero Resources book, if you can't find
a part, this book will tell you where to get it. 100s of
sources listed with tons of information.
- - The Working Mat. The manufacturer is offering a 10%
discount to purchases made though our site. This is a
heavy-duty (long bed mat is 90lbs!) reinforced rubber bed
mat with lift up panels which are used to prevent cargo
slippage. Comes with a 3 year guarentee!
- - Several hundred (no kidding) Ford truck items from Jim
Osborn Reproductions. Items from 1996 all the way back to
the 1920s. Ford Sales Literature, Wiring Diagram Manuals,
Assembly Manuals, Service And Parts Manuals, Performance
Manuals, Air Cleaner Decals, Valve Cover Decals, Engine
Compartment Decals/Tags, Emission Decals, Interior Decals,
Jack Instructions, Chassis And Body Decals, Exterior Decals,
Miscellaneous Decals and Columbia Axle Decals! We offer
these items at a 10% discount off Jim Osborn's retail
prices. We only sell these through the web site. Jim Osborn
Reproductions is a licensed Ford products company.
- - Magazine subscriptions to several popular truck mags. We
actually sell these through the Newstand Network. They
guarentee the lowest subscription rates and it helps us.

All these items help to fund our web site and the mailing lists.
Our monthly costs are substantual and we put in a lot of time
with the site so your support is appreciated but not required.
As is our usual practice, we will increase our free services as
our budget allows.

In addition to getting a shopping cart and secure on-line ordering,
we hope to add more products in the near future.

Now returning you to our regular program....
Ken & Peggy Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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Date: Tue, 07 Jul 1998 00:38:30 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: Forgot the URL!

I forgot to post the URL for the products page:

Its also a link off the menu bar at the top of
most pages.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 06:51:07 +0200
From: "TurboBob"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Engine ID

Hi to all,

I just bought my 'new' 56 F100 and I also need some help to identify the
engine that's installed.
I allready figured out it isn't the original 272 because the distrbutor is
on the front and not at the rear. (small block perhaps?) I do have a 56 shop
manual but this engine isn't mentioned.
Here are all the numbers I could find:
Alu tag on engine: 302C 69 5 (FoMoCo logo) 9A K279 - S
Alu tag on carburetor: Autolite C8 AF BD B 9A - 3
Head front left: 9A 27 L
Intake manifold: C8AE - 9425 - B
Exhaust left: 60E - 9431 - F Exhaust right: 60E - 9430 -F
Any help is welcome!
See you later...

Bob Holleman
56 F100
deserves no name yet (maybe rent-a-wreck)
The Netherlands

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