Riz, first, let me say, great magazine and great articles. But I have a question: why is the term Effie used to describe anything with an “F” in it. At first the term “F.E.” was an engine series, then glorified to Effie (I had an accountant named Effie). These F-series trucks are not Effies. When someone says they have an Effie I think Ford big-block engine. I know many people have never heard of an F.E engine, and just because people don’t know what the term Effie means doesn’t mean it has to keep being used the wrong way, I’ve only been a Ford man for 69 years and this is just my two cents.

Tom Schiller

Tom, first of all thanks for dropping me a line. The use of slang terms in our hobby is a source of aggravation for some—for others it’s not. Personally, I don’t give ’em much thought, unless it’s such an obscure term that I can’t fathom its meaning. The term “Effie” is one I’ve heard used since I was first getting into classic pickups. I can see where one may be confused by how similar Effie is to F. E. (the first used to identify an F-100 and the second the letter designation of Ford’s big-block engine line), but I wouldn’t let little things like that get your goat. We all know life is short, and there’s plenty of more important things to worry about than some people’s choice of slang expression. That said, I’ll personally try to cut down on my own use of slang in my future writing. Riz

Riz, I just started getting my Classic Trucks mags and I’m enjoying them just as much as I had hoped. I’ve got a few questions for you that may take a while to get covered in the mag since I have a ’54 Dodge, and these seem to be a small minority of what people have. My truck was purchased as an abandoned project and, unfortunately, the original 241 V-8 was disassembled early in the project and not well protected, so it needs full machining in order to be returned to service. I am finding parts to be quite expensive for the truck and my goal for it is to end up with a reasonably budget-friendly daily driver, not a rod or a show truck. I have access to a Chevy 307, which probably only needs a hone and ring job to be useable, and I would like to use a T5 behind it if I take this route. This is my preference because the truck has 4:11 gearing and I would like to be able to keep up with modern traffic and not consume massive amounts of gas or need to walk home. What would you recommend for this particular set of circumstances ? One more question, are you aware of anyone who has a kit to adapt full size passenger car discs to my stock front axle? That would help driveability substantially from what I have heard and read.

Dave Charles

Dave, sounds like you’ve got a cool project going. In my opinion, you’ve got a good idea regarding the use of a small-block Chevy versus the original 241. That said, unless you’ve got your heart set on a manual trans, I’d go with a TH350 automatic and a used GM rearend assembly that’s as close to the width of the original as possible. As far as disc brakes are concerned, I’d check out AAJ Brake Conversions. They’re up in Portland, Oregon, and can be reached at 503-890-1469, or on the web at www.aajbrakes.com. Best of luck. Riz