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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Today, 11:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 72
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Trqnsmissions casting numbers

The 78 case was also used in commercials (light pickups) up till somewhere in early 1951. It's the one most folks use to build a what is known as a "39" transmission. The double detent shift tower...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Today, 11:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 183
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Ford script battery for '40?

I wonder if the 6-volt Optima batteries are available again? They had them on back order for a long time.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 10:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 369
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 1931 Murray fordor rear door ?

Didn't Ford make the change to the slant windshield body in July of 1931? Murray made the 165C Standard Fordors and the 155C Town Sedan for 1930 an early 1931. These are three side window types.
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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 06:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Safety Wire

Rebar wire is near .062" so it's pretty large diameter. It may not fit in smaller bolts. If it has a hole bigger than 1/16" it may work OK. I think the standard is 16.5 gauge witch is kind of a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 06:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 625
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: My model A wont go faster than 40-45

A lot of little things can add up to a larger problem. Even if I know who rebuilt an engine, I still wouldn't take condition for granted. I'd make sure it has good compression on all four cylinders....
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Safety Wire

It's close to baling wire size like .040" or so. Soft black steel wire is out there is different gauge sizes but not like it used to be. I've seen the smaller rolls called steel stone wire. Aircraft...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 413
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Saving The 1939 Mercury Coupe From The Rust Lagoon

Metal shapers like the challenge of stuff like this. When things are rare as hens teeth then you take what you can get. The real popular cars like the 32 through 34 Fords are regularly rebuilt after...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 11:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Seized Flathead - is it worth it?

A mercury engine guaranteed to have the 4-inch crank also has value in the oil pan, the half bell assembly, the clutch, and the flywheel for those that want to put a later engine in an earlier car....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 11:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 902
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Please help school me on my model A

The Ford passenger and light commercial vehicles were all closed torque tube drive with a single transverse spring on the rear axle housing. Any of the rear axles from the model A up through 1941...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-22-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 1945 truck in WSJ

The War Department gave the go ahead so Ford started production of the 59 series for commercial use in late 1944. They made 221 41A blocks and 59A blocks at the same time so that farms and shipping...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-22-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Overdrive Quandary

The recommendation for city driving was to start out in second gear from a stop then let off the gas to change to 2nd & over. This was a form of semi automatic shifting that required the clutch only...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-22-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 902
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Please help school me on my model A

Most model A closed cars had an electric wiper as original but it may have been replaced long ago.

The early V8 wouldn't be my choice for a "hot rod" engine. I would find a restorer that needed...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-22-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Model A Ford Fender Debate

Ford Dearborn and the assembly agencies around the US didn't have variation on fender & running board apron unless it would have been a special fleet order. Most fleet orders would have been...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-22-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,862
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Repop Ammeter Junk

This is one of the bad things about having one circuit in a car and no circuit protection. Separate circuits came along a few years after the model A era but it wasn't till the 49 models till they...
Forum: Model T (1909-1927) 08-22-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 214
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Model T Safety Additions

Hundreds of thousands of people get on a motorcycle and ride them every day and the statistics for accidents really aren't all that bad. The Model T is a slow car that would not be safe on any fast...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-21-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,862
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Repop Ammeter Junk

Circuit protection is for the conductor wire. Wire will get hot in a pair of seconds if there is ever a direct short to ground. With a fuel tank in the cowl, that can spell disaster. A lot of cars...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-21-2019, 06:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 605
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Walter O. Briggs Mansion update

Detroit has always been a good location for moving large quantities of stuff around. It's a crossroads for rail road and ship traffic. It fell on hard times sure but it still has a lot going for it....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-21-2019, 06:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 673
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Which tap and die set

All the old USA built Ford stuff with some minor exceptions is Unified type for the most part. I don't know about the UK built cars. It depends on how much was shipped from the USA. The Dagenham Ford...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-21-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 605
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Walter O. Briggs Mansion update

Stephen Foster Briggs isn't directly related to Walter Briggs but their may a be a way back connection.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-21-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,862
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Repop Ammeter Junk

I've had ammeters fry on alternator systems in the helicopters before. If the power wire from the alternator to the buss ever gets directly shorted to ground it will fry the internals of the gauge so...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-21-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 605
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Walter O. Briggs Mansion update

Walter Briggs was also the owner of the Detroit Tigers. His friend James Couzins at Ford in those early years ended up a Senator for the state of Michigan. Walter was a wealthy man for sure.
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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-21-2019, 09:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,862
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Repop Ammeter Junk

It would have to have a somewhat delicate armature and poles with hair like wire windings but stuff like that was out there in that time frame so it wouldn't surprise me. I would like to know. One...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-21-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,153
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: 1930 Ford Model A 4Dr (Inherited Don't Know Much - HELP)

That one appears to be a 170B Briggs fordor sedan. The reason that they are somewhat rare is that the fordors use a lot of wood inside and this makes them more difficult and expensive to restore....
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 08-20-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 112
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Lowering 1951 Shoebox

Shoebox Central carries the 2.5 inch spindle lowering kit. They also have a 2 inch drop coil spring & camber kit. There may a possibility that a bag set up could work with some of that stuff but I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-20-2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 605
Posted By rotorwrench
Re: Walter O. Briggs Mansion update

Briggs was a subcontractor way back into the Model T days and he and his investors did make money from the shear volume of stuff they cranked out. Briggs was one of the first of the coach builders to...
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