Edsel Technical Notes
Collected by Jeffrey Sward
 
 
Wheel Size
 

Phil SkinnerThe 1957-64 Ford wheels have the same bolt patterns as Edsel, but are a bit narrower. Even at Louisville, they had problems. The Edsel wheel is a bit deeper so as to accept the 1959 wheelcover, especially on the front wheel. All 1959 Edsel wheels are the same,

Gunther Toody *SOME* Ford wheels are smaller than Edsel's. Ford wheels can be 14 x 5.0 (used with 7.50 x 14" tires) or they can alternatively be 14 x 5.5 (used with 8.00 x 14" tires. No matter what tires were installed on 1959 Edsels, all of them *should* have used the 14 x 5.5" wheel with 4-1/2 bolt pattern, five bolts. You *can* find those on Fords, but not all had them. When in doubt which you're looking at, measure them with a rule and a straightedge, or use a large caliper device. To verify bolt pattern, measure the distance from the outside of one bolt hole to the outside of another two holes away. It should measure 4-1/2", to within 1/16". 1958 Edsels are an entirely different situation, where only the station wagons used the larger Ford wheel. The Ranger, Pacer, Corsair and Citation all used the Mercury 14 x 6.0" wheel with a five-inch bolt pattern. Here's the service bulletin that deals with the smaller Ford wheels being inadvertently installed on some 1959 Edsels.

 
Hub Caps by Year
 

Ken Dye James, something I learned at the parts auction in Portage.........the caps with the offset holes are from the last run of 58 caps made. Phil Skinner made that information known to everyone in attendance at the auction. I bought one, just to be able to have one of the last ones made.

Gunther Toody I know some of us might hear this a lot, but I like to think I "discovered" the "twisted E" variety of Edsel wheel cover, and made the first note of it in club publications. My Roundup spent some time at a Fontana, CA, used car lot, and it had undergone a certain amount of "appearance sweetening" to get a sale. One of the things it got was a brand new, evidently dealer service replacement stock, set of wheel covers. When I got the car around 1981, it had 147,000 miles on it, but you could practically eat off the backs of the wheel covers. They were obviously replaced, and then not driven much at all after that. They were all the twisted "E" variety. I discovered the "twisted E" because I was considering adding spinner appliques, but I couldn't figure out how to align them. When I compared them to my Pacer's, I found the deviation. Again, this was around 1981. No "twisted E" wheel covers have been found in factory photos, and nobody had ever mentioned their existence in FoMoCo or Edsel club publications prior to my discovery, so I lay claim to the first written documentation of their existence. No "twisted E" wheel covers have ever been found with punched holes for the appliques . . . only drilled ones . . . suggesting there was no officially-authorized way to put them on. At the time, I attributed the oddity to the late production date of my Roundup, late August 1958. But later discussions I had with Phil led us both to believe these may very well have been service-replacement wheel covers, remanufactured from original tooling but not subjected to the same rigorous quality-control procedures of the original production runs. Thus, the alignment of the center-punched "E" emblem (which may have been part of a two-piece stamping die, of which the two parts could have been aligned at any desired orientation) wasn't maintained per the engineering and styling specifications. But when the last runs of the Edsel's service replacement wheel covers were made, nobody really gave a hoot . . . they were parts for an unloved marque.

Dave Sinclair 58 style caps are correct for all three years, Jim, it's possible the original owner of your car replaced hub caps with full,wheel covers off the shelf of the parts department, hence the late 58 style covers. Conversely, 59-60 style covers are not correct for 58s.

 
Air Filters
 
Gunther Toody For E400 air filter, use an STP/Champion AF14 available through Autozone, or any of these alternatives: AC A83C, Motorcraft FA15, Lee AFL14, Purolator AFP14, Fleetguard AF272. Fram CA162PL might work, but I find them *very* hard to fit into the cleaner housing. Once they're in, they're fine, though.
 
Electrical Cables
 

Gunther Toody Group, critical information here. Save it, put it away, and bring it out when somebody needs the information. I will not always be here to provide it.

To the best of our knowledge as of Oct 2011:

Positive: FEY-14300-A. 18.0" or 18.5" long, 1958 junior series except with Dial-temp A/C FDR-14300-B, 15" long, alternate service replacement use for 1958 junior series except Dial-temp A/C FEY-14300-B, 20" long, 1958 junior series with Dial temp A/C FAC-14300-C, 21.50" long, alternate service replacement use for 1958 junior series with dial-temp A/C FFA-14300-A, 10.25" or 10.50" long for 1958 senior series 2703340, 15" long for 1959 C0AF 14300-A, 15" long for 1960

Negative: FEY-14301-A, 21" long, 1958 junior series except with air suspension FEY-14301-B, length unknown, believed to be alternate early production 1958 junior series except with air suspension. FEY-14301-C, length unknown (but same as 1958 Ford with A/S), 1958 junior series with air suspension FFA-14301-B, 18.0" or 18.5" long, 1958 senior series FFA-14301-A, length unknown, believed to be alternate early production 1958 senior series 2703221, 20" long, 1959 V-8 2703507, 16" long, 1959 six cylinder C0MF-14301-A, 20" to 20.5" long for 1960

Starter: FEY-14431-A, 18" long, 1958 junior series FFA-14431-A, 23" long, 1958 senior series 2703344, 21" long for 1959 C0MF-14431-A, 27.5" long for 1960

For some dimensions, two numbers are given. Sources vary since some say to measure between terminals or terminal holes, others say to measure from the center of eye terminal to the outside end of battery terminal.

All wire insulators are black number 6 gauge.

All cables extend to the right when battery terminal is installed nearest the observer. Only the positive battery terminal has a rubber covering on the terminal crimp section.

JDGauss

 
 

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