jyakel

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About jyakel

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    Retired teacher, live on a small farm, I love family and friends. Every day is a blessing.
  1. Stu, I sincerely appreciate your help and honest opinions stated here regarding my F-3. My F-3 is really a very solid and nice truck. I can replace the broken glass and other minor repairs by myself. However, the mistake I believe I made here was this; there are two ways (at least two ways, maybe more) to enter this hobby: 1. have the skills, tools, shop, etc. needed to repair/restore an anitque vehicle into a running and safe driver. Or, 2. buy something that is already restored or repaired to the point that it is a safe and presentable driver already. With my skill level, I entered via #1 when I probably should have entered via #2. That being said, I plan to work on my F-3 and see if I can get it to the point of being a safe weekly driver. If not, then I do need to make a decision about selling it to someone who has better skills and experience than I do. Actually, I think my F-3 would look great in a truck stop shop, a 50's style restaurant, or something like an Old Navy store. Just a thought. John
  2. Gentlemen, I just purchased a 1949 Ford F-3 pickup. It has a flat bed or 'farm truck' back end. It has a flathead V8 with a 4 speed non-synchromesh transmission. It is an all original truck-as far as I can tell. Here are the strengths of the truck: -Sold body with some surface rust, no rust through holes -No missing body panels. It cleaned up very nicely. -Engine starts easily and runs smoothly; no smoke or oil burn -Clutch engages smoothly, no chattering. However, trying to shift smoothly the non-synchro transmission is a feat in itself. -6 volt system still intact -All guages work (except gas gauge) -Lights, wiper, heater all work Here are the weaknesses of the truck: -It has the dreaded split rim wheels. Stu (truckdog) has been very helpful in educating me about the dreaded split rim wheels that this truck has. I have no solution yet, but I understand the dangers associated with these wheels. -The brakes stick -Emergency brake handle/cable does not engage the brakes -Driver's side door glass is broken -The wiring harness has several bare wire ends exposed -The horn is missing -No signal lights -No headliner So, here is my question: It appears to me that the sought after pickups are the F-1's and F100s. More parts are available for these trucks. And, they seem more popular with collectors and classic hobbiests. The F-3's seem like the poor step-child of the classic truck set. Fewer parts are available it seems. Driving a non-sychromesh transmission is hard. I'm sure I'll improve with practice, but it's hard right now. My intention with this truck is to make it a safe, and fun driver. This will not be a show truck that wins awards. So, should I cut my losses and look for an F-1 or proceed with this F-3? Any thoughts, advice, words of wisdom and experience will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, John
  3. Stu, I read many of your comments on the various ford truck sites. You are to be commended for sharing your knowledge with everyone. Actually, the more I read from different people the more confused I became. So, if I may, let me start here by asking you if you can identify in these pictures if these are the dreaded split rims on my Ford F-3. Sincerely, John PS: Do you have split rims on your F-3 truck? If not, what did you do to resoslve the split rim problem?
  4. Stu, Thanks for the info on the "widow maker" rims/wheels. Sounds like the learning curve here just got a lot steeper. I will jump over to the Ford Truck site and read up on these rims. Sincerely, John
  5. Bob, Thank you for your input regarding the correct engine color of my 1949 Ford pickup F-3. What is interesting (and may be just a coincidence) is that the "Ford" on the hubcaps is painted in the same color green. Sincerely, John
  6. Stu, I really appreciate your help. This will be a long (and fun) learning curve. Sincerely, John
  7. Stu, Again, thank you! The VanPelt site is great. Can you tell me anything about my truck from the serial number? It seems to be different than other standard Ford serial numbers. It is 98RY198311. Does each digit have a code associated with it? Thank you again for your help. Sincerely, John
  8. Hello Stu (Truckdog), Thank you for your help. I am new to all of this so I posted my request for an engine color under someone else's thread. My truck is a 1949 Ford F-3. Can you help me with the correct color of a 1949 Ford F-3 V8? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, John
  9. Dave, Thank you for your good advice. I shall persue as you have suggested. Sincerely, John
  10. Hello gentlemen, I am new (as of 5 minutes ago) to your AACA. Every Google search that sent me to AACA had great answers from knowledgable people. AACA must be a great club. My question is this: I just bought a 1949 Ford F-3 pickup/farm truck from my cousin in Iowa. I think it's a solid and pretty original truck. It has a flathead V8. But, look at the engine is these pictures. Can that be the right engine color for a 1949 Ford F-3 truck? It seems to be a bluish green like an aqua green?? Please advise. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, John PS: I hope I attached these pictures okay. I don't know how to view a reply to this question so here is my email address: jyakel@scrtc.com
  11. Hello gentlemen, I am new (as of 5 minutes ago) to your AACA. Every Google search that sent me to AACA had great answers from knowledgable people. AACA must be a great club. My question is this: I just bought a 1949 Ford F-3 pickup/farm truck from my cousin in Iowa. I think it's a solid and pretty original truck. It has a flathead V8. But, look at the engine in these pictures. Can that be the right engine color for a 1949 Ford F-3 truck? It seems to be a bluish green like an aqua green?? Please advise. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, John PS: I hope I attached these pictues okay. I don't know how to view a reply to this question so here is my email address: jyakel@scrtc.com