pre61-list-digest Tuesday, September 29 1998 Volume 02 : Number 272

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1960 and Older trucks and vans
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FTE Pre61 - Mustang II IFS
Re: FTE Pre61 - Brake System for 1950 Ford F-1 Pickup.
Re: FTE Pre61 - Insurance
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: New advertiser on web site



Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 09:24:35 -0600
From: Randall Colgan
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Mustang II IFS

In reply to your post Eric, I have a 52 F-1 and am presently installing a
cross member for the Mustang II IFS. It's not difficult at all. As for
price, your looking at $300 to $500 for the cross member kit and another
$200 to $500 for the donor car. I have been told the ride improvement over
the straight axle is fabulous. If you would like more info on this, visit
my home page at:
Here you will find some pretty neat links.

I am not familiar with the volaire clip.

Till later,

Date: Mon, 28 Sept 1998 09:50:33 -0400
From: "Eric E. Nesbitt"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Volaire front end.
OK fellow FTE's, I've been subscribing to this list for the past few
months, but this is my first posting, so here goes.
First off, I have a '49 F1 that I purchased back in 1991 in
California while stationed in the military. I had long been wanting a
'53-'56 effie, but when I saw the styling of the '49, I fell in love
with it. The truck had been used for parts on another truck, but the
body was all there minus the wiring, gauges, steering, and front end. I
gave the guy $350 for it, and towed it away. I found another front end
and put it under the truck, and then hauled it all back to my home in
South Carolina, in late 1992.
The truck has sat under a tarp (I don't have a garage) since then,
and I would tinker with it whenever I had the time and money, which was
not very often and never enough. Recently, I have begun to make a
serious effort to get it up and going, which brings me at long last to
my question.
I have been mulling over the pros and cons of the independent
front end vs. the upgraded stock front end. Seeing as how it will cost
just as much, if not more to upgrade the front end as it would to swap in
an independent setup, I have decided to go independent. Being a Ford man
I wanted the Mustang setup, but after talking to a few people about it,
I don't think it would be worth the expense or the headache it seems to
be. Which leaves the Volaire.
I have seen postings with reference to the Volaire and Satellite
front ends. Will any torsion bar front end be the same, the reason I'm
asking is I have access to a '69 Barracuda and was wondering if it's
front end would work under my '49? If anyone knows could you please let
me know. I would also like to hear from anyone who has done the torsion
bar front end swap in a '48-'52 F1. I have seen a cross member kit from
Gibbon, but I have also heard about templates to mount the front end in a
stock frame, has anyone done this? It seems that the templates would be
more affordable than the (in my opinion)"over priced cross member kits".
Does anyone have a set of these templates, or know where I can get them
for an F1?
Sorry I was so long winded, but could really use the advice and
assistance. Thanks in advance.
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Eric Nesbitt

Randall Colgan, BSc.CE, EIT, CET, MCSCE
Superintendent of Public Works, Parks, & Utilities
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
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Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 14:25:45 EDT
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Brake System for 1950 Ford F-1 Pickup.

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The '96 catalog from Joblot Automotive shows '48-'52 brake drums for $60. Call
1-800-221-0172 and ask for James. They're open Monday through Friday, 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., New York time.

Tony De Paul
Cranston, Rhode Island
'49 F-1

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I need some help with finding a set of Brake Drums for my
"Fat Fendered Classic F-1 Pickup". The last time I drove
the old truck was 24 years ago. I have invested a lot of love,
money and time in the old beast. That is 2 years ago I began
the restoration. I didn't realize the nightmare of finding new
Brake Drums for the front wheels only. I have contacted
old Ford parts distributors from North Caroline, Oklahoma City,
Fort Bragg, and Long Island. Is it really a fact that front Brake
Drums are a rare find if found at all. I have been quoted prices
ranging from $59.00 to $100.00 for each Drum. Well... it appears
to me that the price isn't the issue......where can I find the Brake
Drums for the 1950 Ford F-1 Pickup??????
You can see my truck on the following web site:

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Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 18:44:00 -0400
From: Jack Fleming
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Insurance

Howard - Thanks for the advice - sorry to hear about your experience - I
can't imagine what I would do in similar circumstances. I'm definitely
re-thinking my insurance strategy - I want to get coverage for fire and
theft, and something for collision so that I won't lose everything if
something bad happens.

Jack Fleming
'54 F100

>Hope you take this advice seriously. Anyone who expects to recover from this
>type of loss is crazy. You can never replace your Effie. But...only
>a token payment from your insurance carrier is insult upon injury.
>Regards and good luck.
>BTW there are appraisers in PA listed in Hemmings

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Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 21:20:41 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: New advertiser on web site

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