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pre61-list-digest Wednesday, July 28 1999 Volume 03 : Number 213

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In this issue:

FTE Pre61 - Y-Block transmission
RE: FTE Pre61 - Fenders
FTE Pre61 - 70 Maverick rear-end
FTE Pre61 - turn signals
FTE Pre61 - RE: -47 Ford Pickup truck oil pan
FTE Pre61 - Auto show info for Peggy
FTE Pre61 - window regulator shaft repair kit



Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 10:10:15 -0400
From: 47Fred
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Y-Block transmission

I wandered into a local bookstore last night, and picked up a copy of
"Street Rodder". There have been several posts about the article in the
Sept. issue about alternative transmissions for the Y type engines. The
magazine is about 1/2" thick, and looks impressive, but you know as soon
as I opened it up, I remembered why I never buy the darn rag. The ads
have more information than the articles, and you never seen so many shop
built, cookie cutter, ugly cars with god forsaken Chevy motors, one
article had about a 6 page whine about how expensive it was to put a 400
crank in a 350, and still have a "poor rod ratio" so they went out and
bought a aftermarket custom crank kit with a "standard" rod. good lord!!
(still had a lousy ratio).
Anyway the y block article says pretty much any manual 3 speed up to
'79 will fit on a stock bell housing, and that a FMX will bolt onto a
stock Ford-O-Matic cast iron bell housing, with only minor modification,
but you've got to use the FMX converter, add a pilot spacer, and find a
more or less unique flex plate for a Ford-O-Matic. They didn't seem to
mention what year flex plate to look for, I think the article was cut
short to put in a plug for the guy that did a custom converter for them
for $100. Good luck getting one for your car for that price, kind of
like the $150 3 angle with hardened seat valve jobs they get done. Other
than the custom converter, this looks like a real easy swap, if you can
get the right flex plate. I don't think you need to weld on the pilot
spacer, I think a tight slip fit with locktite would be fine, as it
doesn't move, relative to the crank, once in place. Kickdown linkage
might be a bit of a problem, as the stock FMX carburetor has an
overtravel system built in, and a standard rod type system is built to a
specific carb/trans spacing. From bitter experiance, I know the linkage
has to be prety close to right.
What I missed was articles on the fuel injection system they are
putting on this motor, I'd like to see how the manifold was adapted for
a fuel rail with those over and under intake ports. Maybe it was set up
for throttle body, but the trans article did say they were using a 5.0
computer, and since '86 that's multi port. Did anybody struggle thru the
350/350 crud and catch this section?
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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 07:31:41 -0700
From: "O'Connell, Dennis M"
Subject: RE: FTE Pre61 - Fenders


Just finished putting them on my 55 running 11" americans with 285/70 BFG
tires. They look great, almost like that's the way they should have been. A
couple of things to watch out for. If and when you get them, check the
glass inside and out. Mine had a crack inside of one fender, and some very
thin glass on a couple of edges. I reinforced it myself, but should have
checked them out before I took them home. Had them on the truck for a while
and they have held up well.


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> 3" wider fenders. Right now the body is original but I have added fat
> tires and they stick out about 1.5". Thanks, Ken
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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 09:51:21 +0100
From: Chris Griffin
Subject: FTE Pre61 - 70 Maverick rear-end

Ford Truckies,
I'm really interested in an answer to (Ithink?) Mel's question about a 70
Maverick rearend fitting an F-1 easily. I'm running a 52 F-1 with a 302 2V /
C4 with (I believe) the original rear-end (3.92:1?) . It's OK around town
(very small town!) but it would be hard work to get it up to 55 even.(read:
screamin'). I'm really not into (read:capable of) torching and cutting and
fabricating a rearend/driveshaft. Previous owner did a good job mating the
C4 and the stock rear and I'd rather not change those dimensions. I have
access to two large salvage operations that could get me about anything I
want but I have to know what to ask for! so..... 70 Maverick or
?????????anything else??
Thanks !
Chris Griffin
52 F-1 "Black Bomb"
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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 10:09:22 +0100
From: Chris Griffin
Subject: FTE Pre61 - turn signals

on the subject of turn signals;
My 52 F-1 came with the 1952 optional turn signal unit strapped to the
colum.(7wire)(didn't work though). Since I HAD to rewire the whole
truck(repeat HAD to) I did what (I think)Kevin did. replaced the actual bulb
sockets with two-filament type and wired it as a "normal" newer vehicle!.
Check out S. Delanty's notes ..... trust him .... I used his relayed
headlight circuits .... perfect!
( it IS nice to trust the"new" wiring as opposed to the old fabric fire
hazard stuff!)
Chris Griffin
Bloomfield, IA
52 F-1 "Black Bomb"
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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 08:43:43 -0700
From: "Vierra, William BGI SF"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - RE: -47 Ford Pickup truck oil pan

Doug, for your oil pan you should try Flathead Jacks on 3rd in Walnut Creek,

There are many inserts available for your truck the one based on the Dodge
Dakota is the best IMHO. The 9 inch rear end in my 51 F-1 was in the truck
when I bought it. It does not look to have been modified and fits fine. I
have read that late 60's early 70's 9 inch rear ends fit without a problem.
I am not sure about a 47 but I bet it is close to the 51.

Walnut Creek, CA
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Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 03:01:02 -0500
From: "Terry Jones"
Subject: FTE Pre61 - Auto show info for Peggy

I know it took a long time to get this info for oyu as per your request, but
I promise I did not forget. I was having a very hard time finding it.
One of my friends at work told me the web site. The site is
This should give you the info you are looking for.
Sorry for the delay, Terry

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Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 04:32:34 EDT
Subject: FTE Pre61 - window regulator shaft repair kit

Has anyone used the window regulator and or door handle shaft repair kits? If
so how much trouble to replace and are they reliable?? Mine are rounded off
and seen these in several catalogs and was wondering if they were any good.

56 f-100 with rounded shafts
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