Originally Posted by erikshallbetter
The pins are used for fixturing during assembly.
Not alignment in the sense of aligning the tires or referencing body mounts ect.
but to hold frame exactly where it belongs on the assembly line.
Where you at, Erik? :)
You seen frames on an assembly line have you? :)
I've always wondered if that wasn't another use Ford used them for. :)
They are -strong- -tapered- -and- there's a hole in the upper flange of the
frame -right-above- -every-dangged-one- of those tapered pins! :)
The tapered pins (and their holes) are for stacking bare frames for whatever
reason they needed to be stacked for.
As a kid, 21 years old, just bought a new Ford pickup and saw RR flat cars
rolling by with bare-frames-stacked-as-high-as-they-could-get-away-with-
and there were only a couple steel-shipping-straps to hold each tall stack. :/
...It jumped out at me at the time, there wasn't near enough straps! ;)
Then it dawned on me... it's those stinkin' head-knockin' pins holding the
stack together! LOL :)
They were relying on those pins big-time. We cleaned up lots of stuff that'd
fell off trains and sometimes the dragging equipment would take out a signal
or two (or three) from where a box car's door come open or the load on a
flat car shifted and then come loose etc. Bare frames never come loose that
I ever saw or even heard about.
Steve, doggonit, I thought you'd be the one to figure out their use but I just
couldn't seem to kick you loose from your -silly- "they're only for alignment"
I put this question on a couple other Ford forums and it was fun, Steve why
ain't you any fun? LOL :)
Alvin in AZ