pre61-list-digest Friday, December 11 1998 Volume 02 : Number 340

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1948 - 1948 truck and vans
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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - Tailgates, Air Deflectors, and a Question
FTE Pre61 - Air compresser
RE: FTE Pre61 - Rear bumper
RE: FTE Pre61 - SandBlaster
RE: FTE Pre61 - RE: Interior Chrome Trim
FTE Pre61 - '60 flareside longbed
RE: FTE Pre61 - '54 air deflectors
FTE Pre61 - Spare For 37 Stake
FTE Pre61 - Chassis Number



Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 06:59:00 -0500
From: The Neighbors
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Tailgates, Air Deflectors, and a Question

Abe, I'll go out this evening and measure the tailgate and take a look
at the air deflectors on Grover. I'll let you know!
Now a question for you Y-blockers: I am rebuilding a 239, which is all
original, incuding those little "Pal" nuts on the rod bolts. This is the
first engine I've ever torn down that has those, and I wonder how useful
they really are? I tend to put a liberal dose of Loctite on rod bolts
- --
Don Neighbors
'54 F250 Named Grover

"Any dropped tool or part will automatically fall into the most
innaccesible part of the vehicle."
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Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 06:20:30 -0600
From: Mike Garoppo
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Air compresser

Try a catalog from Harbour Freight. They have all major brands,Quincy.Campbell
Hauselfeld,DeVilbiss,Ingersoll Rand,Puma etc. I purchased a Puma two years ago and
have had no problems. It is a two stage, five HP, 80 gallon, 175 max, with 21.2
cfm. It is made in Nashville,Tn. To get a catalog call 1-800-423-2567 This book
carries all major brands of tools. Electric and air. Sk wrenches etc.


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Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 09:06:02 -0500
From: "Howard Tarnoff"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Rear bumper


Effie is still in North Andover. I hope to have her back and buttoned up by
the middle of the month and will measure the bumper then if you are not in a
rush. Also will mail the material then.


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[] On Behalf Of Abram H. Stauffer
Sent:Thursday, December 10, 1998 2:01 AM
Subject:FTE Pre61 - Rear bumper

Stock Experts (and I don't mean Wall Streeters):
What are the measurements (length, height, depth) of the stock rear
bumpers for '53-56 Pickups. Mine never had one (it was an option) and I
think I want to put one on to protect my gate and fenders from little
"fender benders". (Good idea, right?) I have seen some in local junk
yards. Some of these were on newer trucks and I thought they may be
Thanks, Abe '54 F-100
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Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 08:43:16 -0800
From: Karl Cunningham
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - SandBlaster

> I am just going to start cleaning the parts of my F-1 1951, How much
> pressure do I need to run a Sandblaster?. I want to buy a new compressor
> with the sandblaster, what brand is better? price? ect.
> Thanks for your help.

Miguel --

Sandblasters I've used like to run at about 90psi. More than that and it
breaks down the sand too fast, less and it doesn't do the job. But they
tend to take a lot of air. Check the specs for the sandblaster to get an
idea how big a compressor you need.

Home centers like Home Depot usually sell compressors. Also check
industrial supply houses like Grainger. They normally don't sell to
individuals, but for a big-ticket item like that they get a bit easier to
work with. Also, NAPA auto parts stores sell compressors. Have them show
you a catalog. To some extent, you get what you pay for. The quality of
the compressor (translates to reliability) is the big factor that affects

You might want to consider a two-stage compressor. These are more
expensive but are able to comfortably produce 150-180psi air, year in and
year out. The single stage ones max out about 125 psi, which is enough for
most things but I like to use 150psi for air tools, especially if the tool
is old. You can always use a regulator to step down the pressure, but it's
nice to have it there when you need it. Don't confuse two-cylinder with
two-stage -- many single-stage compressors have two cylinders, but
two-stage compressors have two different size cylinders.

Get one with cast iron cylinders, not aluminum. And get one with a
piston-type pump, not a diaphram pump. A good cast-iron piston-type
compressor that is well maintained should last a long time. Mine is a
two-stage DeVilbis from 1948 and is still going strong.

Check how many cubic feet per minute they will put out at comparable
pressures. A 10cfm 90psi unit usually isn't as powerful as a 9cfm
150psi unit.

Listen to it run before you buy it. Some compressors are so loud you
wouldn't want to be in the same garage with them (a friend of mine has one
like that), and others are relatively quiet. Check how much it vibrates
when it runs. A noisy one that vibrates to beat the band probably won't
last as long as a smooth-running quiet one.

Karl Cunningham
1960 F250 factory 4x4
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Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 11:21:16 -0800
From: "O'Connell, Dennis M"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - RE: Interior Chrome Trim


Sacramento Vintage Ford sells the stainless Custom Cab trim kit for the dash
and doors for $60. They indicate its for the 53 - 55 trucks.

55 F100

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> From:[]
> Reply To:
> Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 1998 8:42 AM
> To:
> Subject: FTE Pre61 - RE: Interior Chrome Trim
> Matt, My '55 f-250 custom cab has a chrome trim accross the front of the
> dash and one on each door.
> C. Johnson
> e-mail
> >Date: Tue, 08 Dec 1998 19:56:55 -0500
> >From:
> >Subject: FTE Pre61 - stock seat covers
> > I am looking for a source for original seat covers (two-tone red
> > and white) for 1953 custom cab. also has anyone ever seen a
> > custom cab 53-55 with chrome trim piece that goes on dash and doors?
> > thanks
> > matt
> > 1953 f-100
> >
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Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 16:06:16 CST
From: "shandy erisman"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - '60 flareside longbed

My bed has problems, where the bed wall attaches to the wooden
bed floor is rusted away I have considered welding in a peice of
angle Iron in order to give me something to bolt to but I was afraid it
may look lousy and I was wondering , does anyone manufacture that
section of the bed , or do any of you have experince withthis problem,
any help would be appreciated

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Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 16:55:03 -0600
From: "Rich Garber"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - '54 air deflectors

> '54 owners:
> I need to hear from you. Does the '54 F-100 have the radiator cross
> support rods that would neccessitate the air deflectors to have 2
> flanges on the sides to accomadate these support rods?

Mine has them and I know its all stock

> earlier, the guy at Early Ford in Ohio says the '53 and '54 air
> deflectors were identical and these 2 years did not have the support
> rods. I did want to argue with the guy.

According to the mid fifty's catalog, 53 did not have the support
(no dimples) 54 and 55 are the same.

54 F100
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Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 20:43:09 -0500
From: John Mathieson
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Spare For 37 Stake

I am building a model of a 37 ford 1/2 ton stake bed. As I understand it,
it was the first year that they offered it. My question is where was the
spare tire placed and wher was the gas tank and filler neck. I have seen a
39 1 Ton stake ( i think it is actually a 1/2 ton) that has a spare under
the rear frame and gas tank under the seat. Is thsi what they did in 37?

Thanks in advance.
John Mathieson

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Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 17:50:21 +1300
From: Clive Pedersen - CSERVNZ
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Chassis Number

Where on the chassis is the location of the chassis number? When the
truck was done up the fire wall tag was removed as was the glove box id
tag and not replaced. I don't have a manual yet so your help will be

55 F100 Pickup
Clive Pedersen
Auckland, New Zealand

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