pre61-list-digest Sunday, May 2 1999 Volume 03 : Number 126

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FTE Pre61 - hood alignment
FTE Pre61 - Ford on a Ford!
FTE Pre61 - Tire Question
FTE Pre61 - Differential Bearings



Date: Sat, 01 May 1999 07:02:09 -0400
From: "Abram H. Stauffer"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - hood alignment

Good morning! Guys, I need some help here. My truck is nearing its
long stay in the body shop but we have hit a small snag. My body man is
having a hard time aligning the hood. We tried the methods I know. I
have a shop manual and did what it recommended. The problem is at the
front. The nose of the hood sticks out farther than the fenders. This is
worse on the drivers side. Before the truck went to the shop the hood
didn't fit right. I didn't care too much at that time. If you've seen
the "before" pictures you would understand why! But now I wnat it to fit
like it should. We think the hinges may be worn out. After you close the
hood you sometimes have to push down on the back of the hood on the left
side. Does this indicate a tired spring?
Are '56 springs slightly shorter than '53-55? I was told they were.
Lying in bed late last night pondering this I remembered the truck was
in hit on the left side years ago when my grandfather owned it. Perhaps,
the hinge was damaged and they replaced it with a '56 hinge. I will have
to go to the shop and measure it.
Thanks. If this is the only snafu I have till I get the truk on the
road I'll be happy! Like I told my body man, stuff like this can be
fixed later.
Abe '54 F-100
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Date: Sat, 1 May 1999 16:32:25 EDT
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Ford on a Ford!

In a message dated 4/29/99 9:44:24 AM !!!First Boot!!!,
> writes:
> From: "Brett L. Habben"
> Subject: FTE Pre61 - '53-'56 Cab on later chassis?
> I talked to an idividual who had for sale a '56 F100 that had been set on
> a complete '65 F100 frame and chassis. It was too far away for me to go
> look at, but it got me thinking. He said it rode and drove excellant.
> Have any of you folks seen a truck done this way? What would be the
> strong and weak points of this? Would the twin eye beam front track
> width cause tire/fender interference?
> Good idea or bad idea?
> Brett >>


I looked at a 56 that was mounted on a 72 frame. It looked great from the
street. It still had drum brakes, so no improvement there. When I stepped on
the running board, the whole body tilted about 5 degrees! Upon grabbing the
steering wheel, I found it had about 3" of slack! And he wanted $6000 for
this!!! I can imagine how much this truck "dogtracked". The 351C was a
screamer (straight pipes!) but it took all of my legs and arms to get it
stopped! It didn't handle any better than the $2000 52 ch*vy flatbed Beverly
Hillbillies Special I drove. So I bought the $900 57 F-100, drove it home,
and began to tear it apart. As always, buyer beware! Just make sure you're
wearing clean underwear.

Glenn in TN
Soapy the 57 F-100
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Date: Sat, 1 May 1999 20:46:55 EDT
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Tire Question

In a message dated 4/29/99 4:44:24 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:


I'm not sure about a 1 1/2 ton '47 having 17" tires, I thought they would
have 20 inchers. However, from what I can find out, the '47 "Tonner" or 1
ton was factory equipped with 7:00x17's in front and 7:50x17's in the rear.
My reference shows 7:00 dimensions to be; tread width=5.42", cross section
width=7.20", outside diameter=30.70". 7:50 dimensions are tread width=5.50",
cross section=8.00", and o.d.=33.50". That's what I'm using on my '47 Tonner
Panel. Si
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Date: Sat, 1 May 1999 20:34:02 -0500
From: "Randy Selby"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Differential Bearings

I need a little help. I need the torque spec for the differential housing
bearing caps on my '50 F-1. I think It's a spicer rear end and may not be
original. Gear ratio is 3.73. I have a service manual ordered, but don't
have it in my hands yet.

'50 F-1
'52 F-1
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