pre61-list-digest Saturday, September 12 1998 Volume 02 : Number 254

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

FTE Pre61 - Y-block Oiling Problem
FTE Pre61 - Panel gas tank location
FTE Pre61 - three on the tree
Re: FTE Pre61 - Panel gas tank location



Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 07:20:52 -0400
From: The Neighbors
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Y-block Oiling Problem

Well guys, those of you who have trucks with Y-block engines are
already aware of this problem, now it's my turn: Grover's 239 Y-block is
no longer supplying oil to the passenger side rocker shaft. I tried
running a coat hanger through the oil passage to see how bad things
were, and of course the hanger stopped about where the head meets the
block. I have a Y-block up on a stand right now, so I took a look at the
engine to see how that oil passage is routed, and found a passage on the
surface of the head that connects with the oil passage to the cam
bearing and main oil gallery.
On my "project" engine I discovered the little passage on the head
was virtually blocked, so I suspect that is what is stopping oil flow in
Grover's current engine. My questions are these: Once I pull the heads
to take care of the problem, is there any reason I couldn't take my
Dremel tool to that passage and enlarge it a little, polishing it up a
bit in the process? What do I need to be careful of? What do you do with
that oil passage when the heads are shaved, since it would become

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Don Neighbors
'54 F250 Named Grover

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

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Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 19:02:03 -0400
From: Paul
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Panel gas tank location

I know I've asked this about a year ago, but I am still curious:

The gas tank on my 55 panel is on the inside of the drivers side frame,
next to the driveshaft.
The gas tank on the pickups, when mounted low, are on the outside of the
Why did Ford mount the gas tank on the inside on only the panels?
I have never really figured out why.
Why would Ford do one thing two ways on the same frame? Also, the tank
has a different filler hole on the tank. This means 2 different tanks,
plus the different filler tubes, etc...this means money. In mass
production sense, it doesn't make any. Any obvious (?) first thought,
such as "for safety" would also apply logically to the pickup, so isn't
the real reason for only one model and not both.
Also, now that I'm on the subject, why did Ford move the pickup gas
tanks around so much in the short 4 years of the 53-56 body style
anyway? Who ever heard of another company moving the tanks like this?
I never did.
For you conspiracy buffs: Between the panel tank location and different
pickup locations, is this "tank gate?". All kidding aside on this
trivial topic, you have to admit there must have been a heck of a lot of
politics on the tank locations. I wonder why.
Regards, Paul

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Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 22:56:27 -0700
From: mig
Subject: FTE Pre61 - three on the tree

I recently bought a '48 F1. It was partially restored and had alot of
parts with it including what was told to me as the stock (or original)
steering column. It is a three speed column shift. I just read something
about '48 f1 coming stock with 3 or 4 speed FLOOR shifts. I would really
like to put in the 3 on the tree but want the cab to look as original as
possibly. Does anyone know if '48's came with column shift and floor
shifts or just floor shifts.

Thanks Mig
'48 F1

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Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 22:52:01 -0400
From: Mick
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Panel gas tank location

Pauls observation brought a thouht to mind - is there room to mount an
additional panel truck tank on the inside of the frame on my '53 pickup?
I could use the added capacity with my (sorry) blown Chevy 355! Mick
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