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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-06-2019, 12:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,828
Posted By apbright
Re: The Latest Scam

... & How.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-15-2019, 01:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,847
Posted By apbright
Re: Marvel's Mystery Oil

You may be reacting to a warning, as a result of California Proposition 65, which will inform you that Marvel Mystery Oil contains chemicals which may be, in some way harmful. The correct...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-15-2019, 12:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 844
Posted By apbright
Re: Air conditioning in a open car

I drove my '31 Roadster today from Los Gatos (southern SF Bay Area) to Lake Berryessa and back for some jet-skiing with my son. That's 225 miles of driving round trip, in particularly hot weather -...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-17-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,394
Posted By apbright
Re: Steering Damper


I have read many that say the steering damping simply hides other problems that should be fixed. While I do believe there is truth to this, I nevertheless find the steering damper useful...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-13-2019, 01:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
Posted By apbright
Re: 10 years a roadster!

If that's period-correctness, I feel guilt-free for doing full-on restoration.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-08-2019, 12:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 915
Posted By apbright
Re: Banjo Fracture

Thanks for the comments folks.

This differential underwent a mild re-build about one year and 10,000 miles ago (it was really just to swap the ring-and-pinion gear, to a 1:3.54 ratio).

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-07-2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 915
Posted By apbright
Banjo Fracture

Hi folks,

My Banjo Housing has fractured. Mercifully, my local parts store, All Ford Parts, had a NOS replacement available (for the price of a family dinner at a fancy restaurant), to get me...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-03-2019, 01:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 615
Posted By apbright
Re: Slant Window Body/Floor Repair - Looking for advice

Hi there,

Firstly, I would endorse your intended first steps, i.e. media blast it and then epoxy it.

I have not heard it said that the body must be on the frame for restoration - in fact,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-23-2019, 01:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,518
Posted By apbright
Re: Engine question

A stock, fully restored complete engine ( 'Long Block') can be had for about $3500; you may have to supply a restorable core (these can be found for $200 - $500). If you want higher performance...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-13-2019, 02:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,467
Posted By apbright
Re: Front Crank Seal Replacement Questions

From memory, there are two rope seals, each circumscribing 180 around the front of the crankshaft. One goes into the oil pan, the other into the front valve cover.

1) 'Better,' with respect to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-13-2019, 02:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,212
Posted By apbright
Re: What the...$1000+ for a motometer ???

In Finland, there was a saying 'The stupid one isn't he who asks the high price, but he who pays.' This makes it easier to not be stupid.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-10-2019, 12:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,021
Posted By apbright
Re: Carburetor Swap

Indeed, per KenParker, your picture shows a Weber two-barrel, down-draft carburetor. (Per Todd j's post, those provide increased airflow over stock carburetors, thus increased horsepower, and are...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-10-2019, 12:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 790
Posted By apbright
Re: Foaming Coolant

Foaming used to be a frequent problem for me, on two different cars. This happened even when doubling up on the rubber radiator cap gasket and double-sealing it with Permetex silicone adhesive.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-09-2019, 11:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 666
Posted By apbright
Re: Starter Bendix

I have had this problem happen to me on two occasions, i.e. Bendix/starting gear locked, starter failed to respond even though battery not dead. (As it happens, both occasions happened with a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-06-2019, 01:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,017
Posted By apbright
Re: Pressing in wrist pins

Hi folks,

Your advice was quite apt. Indeed, I spoke with my local machinist, who advised that my connecting rods would need to be honed. He noted that, were I to press these wrist pins in by...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-05-2019, 12:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,017
Posted By apbright
Pressing in wrist pins

New wrist pins have a 1.000" outer-diameter; the bushings on new connecting rods have a 0.990" inner-diameter. Are such pins intended to be pressed directly into a bushing of such a diameter, or,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-03-2019, 02:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,158
Posted By apbright
Re: Best lubrication for transmission ?

Petroleum Services Company (no business relationship to me) offer 600W oil in five gallon pails for a bit over $100. I've bought one, and if I use it all, I will be grateful for my own longevity.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-03-2019, 02:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,427
Posted By apbright
Re: Great day for the A.

That's a nice story. I frequently try to trick elders into talking about their original experiences of the Model A, if not when it was first released, then at least when it was a common vehicle on...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-28-2019, 03:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 698
Posted By apbright
Re: Cadmium Plating finish...

I used a set of Cadmium plated lug nuts on one car, on the thought that 'original design was better.' However, I found that they wore and weathered poorly, turning quite milky after only two years...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-28-2019, 02:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 840
Posted By apbright
Re: Additional Fuses

@MasterCylinder: Oooh, that is elegant!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-28-2019, 02:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,164
Posted By apbright
Re: Mitchell Overdrive Technique

Indeed, I would agree with others, that it would seem that there is something not quite right with your overdrive. That is, at least, if I understood the original post correctly, i.e. that after...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-28-2019, 02:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 591
Posted By apbright
Re: Model A valves

I and others report good experience with those from Richard Falluca, of Anitique Engine Rebuilding. https://www.antiqueenginerebuilding.com/index.html

My understanding is that these are the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-26-2019, 02:27 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,978
Posted By apbright
Re: What's the latest you can remember anyone using an A?

... this afternoon, on the way home from work; and to work this morning, and most every other work day for... going on nearly two years now.

I did have to unclog a fuel-line blockage on the way...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-19-2018, 02:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,734
Posted By apbright
Re: Love our new mitchell overdrive

A lot has been written on other threads (and in other publications) about the merits of the Mitchell overdrive, and I would disagree with none of it. That said, here's another 2:

While in...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-19-2018, 02:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 817
Posted By apbright
Re: 2018 Miles

So far for 2018:

In Roadster: 7000mi
In Town Sedan: 2000 mi.

Not without mishaps, but no regrets!
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