pre61-list-digest Friday, August 7 1998 Volume 02 : Number 218

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RE: FTE Pre61 - dead brakes
FTE Pre61 - Stuck Valves
FTE Pre61 - door hinges



Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 09:03:33 EDT
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - dead brakes

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My father-in-law had this same problem just a few months ago on his '55 Ford.
After a complete rebuild, he had all the pedal in the world and no braking
action. Stomp on it hard enough and the left-front would lock up, then the
other three wheels.

The problem turned out to be the valve in the back of the master cylinder. I
forget what it's called, but it's the second piece to go into the bore during
the rebuild, right after the rubber cup. You'll likely find that the valve you
remove has been destroyed from your having to stomp on the pedal to get any
braking action.

This was the first time he's run into this problem and he's done literally
thousands of Ford brake jobs. Used to earn his living at it, in the '50s.

When I talked to him last he had no theory on why the valve was bad right out
of the box. Maybe others on the list can confirm his experience.

Hope this helps keep you out of the wall, bud.

Tony De Paul
'49 F-1

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From: "Stephen R Brown"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - dead brakes
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 22:43:11 -0700
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The stock (?) brakes on my '49 F1 aren't quite right. When applying the
pedal, there is no grab for a few seconds though the pedal feels firm.
Suddenly the left front starts to grab and lock up the wheel. Originally=
I had problems with the brakes binding and replaced all wheel cylinders a=
rebuilt the master cylinder as there was corrosion in all cylinders. I
also cleaned and lubed everything. Also adjusted the brakes several time=
This took care of the binding but not the dead feel. I've done lots of
Ford brake jobs in my time and don't see anything out of the ordinary wit=
this setup. No hot spots in the drums and the shoes don't look glazed or
soaked with fluid. My previous ride was a '66 F100 with a manual brake
setup that stopped about a million times better than this. I would
appreciate any feedback or ideas.

Steve Brown
'49 F1
'62 Bird
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Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 20:31:37 EDT
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Stuck Valves

After reading this list service for over a year I have decided to start on my
1950 Ford F2. The truck was driven into a barn and set idle for about 20
years. After I purchased the truck I discovered that the engine would not
turn over. I have begun tearing the engine down (original flathead V-8, 239),
but have found that the valves are stuck. The springs were compressed and the
keepers at the base of the valves have all been removed; however, only one
valve was able to be pulled. I have squirted and sprayed various substances
everywhere I could the last couple of months trying to prevent parts from
sticking together or free parts that were stuck but so far no good. I am
trying to completely tear the engine down to sent to a machine shop. This is
my first attempt at rebuilding an engine although I have several friends with
engine experience that are helping me. We are just about all out of ideas
though. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Gary T

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Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 23:08:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: David Stokes
Subject: FTE Pre61 - door hinges

I have a 56 and I am getting ready to work on the doors. My question is
the doors on my truck have a very tight swing, whereas the doors on my
parts truck have a very loose swing. Which is correct?

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