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Old 04-09-2014, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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aero assumption? (re: '53-56 F-100's, and '55-57 Chevy pickups)

Subject is comparison between the '53-56 F-100's, and the '55-57 Chevy

It seems with the non eye brow headlight arrangement, and possibly good
air flow off the front fenders, that the Ford is aero superior???

I like both vehicles alot

If I were richer, I'd picture one of these cabs on a modern framed rollback
carrying 2 cars, and a motorcycle, with a nice travel trailer behind
in semi retirement travel bliss.

Anybody else like to travel alot, dream BIG?????????????

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Old 04-09-2014, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know about Chevy PU's of that vintage, but I had a 1955 Ford back about 1975. The aero was lousy. There was a large area in the middle of the hood where the air flowed forward.

It had an OHV six cylinder engine with three on the tree. Top speed was 75 MPH on a slight downhill grade. Best mileage running empty was 20 MPG at 50 MPH on a warm summer day.

At one time, I thought of putting a GM 2.8L between the frame rails under the front seat and converting the engine compartment into a front trunk. "Fillerup and check the oil, willya?"
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Anybody else like to travel alot, dream BIG?????????????
I don't need a flying car, but I do want an amphibious motorhome.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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George Wiseman could tell us all about early pickup aero but alas, he's on sabbatical.


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