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Upgrade advice needed for '59 F100 brakes, generator, & wipers.

 
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Old 08-28-2002, 09:01 PM
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Upgrade advice needed for '59 F100 brakes, generator, & wipers.

[updated:LAST EDITED ON 28-Aug-02 AT 10:18 PM (EST)]I'd like to make my '59 F100 a little safer & more reliable for daily driving, and want to upgrade the brakes, charging system, & wipers.

1) Anyone got tips on changing the single-reservoir brake master cylinder to a dual unit? Will a later model Ford unit bolt in with a minimum of hassle?

2) Is there an easy way to install a modern internal-regulator alternator in place of the generator? It's a 223 inline 6.

3) I've heard that '57 Chevy electric wiper motors are a bolt-in swap. Can anyone confirm this?

Any thoughts or ideas on these topics is much appreciated.

Thanks!

- VJ


 
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Old 08-29-2002, 12:53 AM
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Upgrade advice needed for '59 F100 brakes, generator, & wipers.

Brakes: I've heard that there's a Mustang cylinder from around 1970 that will work.

Alternator: I made a bracket and mounted a Ford 60 amp alternator I scrounged from an abandoned car, then built a solid-state regulator inside the old regulator case. I posted a link somewhere in another thread on this board to a diagram that shows how to wire a Ford regulator on a Falcon.

The easiest thing would be to use a GM 1-wire alternator.
 
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Old 08-29-2002, 09:40 AM
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Upgrade advice needed for '59 F100 brakes, generator, & wipers.

Thanks for the tip on the Mustang master cylinder, I'll look into that.

For the alternator conversion, I agree that the GM alt. is the way to go. I dug around and found this webpage which describes how to do it on a '56 Ranch Wagon, should be pretty much the same for my truck:

http://www.ranchwagon.com/tech/alt/alt.htm
 
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Old 08-29-2002, 09:48 AM
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Upgrade advice needed for '59 F100 brakes, generator, & wipers.

Bingo! Found a page that describes exactly what I need for the brake upgrade, I'm sure lots of you will find this useful:

http://www.octm.com/dane/index29.htm


 
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Old 08-30-2002, 12:43 AM
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Upgrade advice needed for '59 F100 brakes, generator, & wipers.

That's a great page! He's right about replacing the steel brake lines: I've had them spring a leak on the 1960 Merc (and even on an 83 van).






 
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Upgrade advice needed for '59 F100 brakes, generator, & wipers.

I don't know about the Chevy wipers but electric wipers were an option on your truck. Conversion kits are available from many vendors for around $150. We recently went from vacuum to electric on a 60.

Bob
 
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Old 08-31-2002, 01:42 AM
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Upgrade advice needed for '59 F100 brakes, generator, & wipers.

1967 F-100 Dual mastercylinder should be a bolt on. It cost 25.00 at the local parts store 10years ago for a new unit , no core.
 
 
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