pre61-list-digest Sunday, February 14 1999 Volume 03 : Number 044

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Re: FTE Pre61 - Date code
FTE Pre61 - Re: HELP - Volare/Aspen Front Suspension
FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: List traffic solution



Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 09:37:22 EST
Subject: Re: FTE Pre61 - Date code

In a message dated 2/12/1999 10:59:10 PM Eastern Standard Time,

> 03D 4557A does anyone know what the =
> production date means here and what is the 03D
The series of numbers/letters above is the Production Code. It consists of
the day of the month (03), the month (D), and 'the truck produced.'
Your truck was produces the 3rd day of April of the first year of production
for that model year. In the old days, calendar year and model year were the
same, so in April's case, that would always be the same as the year of
production. You didn't mention the year of the truck. I don't know what 'the
truck produced' means - that's how its explained in the Catalog of Ford Truck
ID Numbers, 1946-1972.
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Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 16:21:27 EST
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Re: HELP - Volare/Aspen Front Suspension

I am using a 75' Cordoba 300 front on my 55' Panel, Truck was bought with this
already done, and it is was bolted not welded utilizing the original K-member
Chrysler unit. It appears to be just cut off about 9" aft the center of the
spindle as you look at it. The torsion bars fit in like it was a factory job.
I went and also obtained a Heavy Duty Sway bar from PST In order for it to fit
I had to add 3" of plates to fill the gap created between the bar fitting
through the frame and the upper strut. I did not want to notch those little 45
degree angle frame pieces that the bar goes through. The Cordoba front is
slightly wider than the Volar'e so it's sits with a wider wheelbase. The frame
has to be notched for the upper A-arms to fit and gussets (backing plates to
cover the backside of the notched frame). It was a very sanitary job that was
done. Of course you will be lucky for anyone to align it for you. My friend
and I did the backyard alignment process of string and measure, string and
sight. It tracks freewheel straight with a slight reaction to the road crown
for about 3/4 mile, better than my wheelchair, I bought new tires and judged
camber first by string and by driving and checking the little nipples, and how
they wear. Slow and easy at first. It sounds dumb but I could not find anyone
who would touch it. And after 500 miles I have even wear on them. Hope it
helps/. Kent

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Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 19:06:55 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Pre61 - ADMIN: List traffic solution

As many of you know, it doesn't look like the list split
vote is going to pass. (I'm kinda glad since personally
I'm against it)

However, on the 61-79 list, there have been many strong
opinions expressed for splitting the lists and many of
the reasons are valid. I've figured out a solution that
should take care of the primary reason a split is needed:
lots of list traffic on the 61-79 list.

Until now, our archives have been maintained on the web
site in ZIP compressed format. I'm going to place the
archives on the web site in a searchable text archive.
This creates a sort of "dynamic FAQ." I'm going to
implement an anti-spambot script that fills search text
with bogus email addresses whenever the server recognizes
that an email address harvester is trying to swipe
addresses from these archives. This will allow our
archives to be searchable by humans but useless to
automated harvester programs.

Hopefully, this will be completed in the next couple of
days. When its ready, I'll announce it to the lists.

Ken Payne
FTE Admin

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