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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 08:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 236
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Annoying rattle.

This sneaky rattle is hard to find and very annoying.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-02-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 685
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Fallow up on balance beads

It has been my experience that unbalanced Model "A" wheels start to tamp the road at about 55MPH.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-01-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 778
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Port & Polish Engine

This video is for a single cylinder Flathead motor, but it is similar to the configuration of a cylinder in a Model "A" engine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-Li-mwjvlg
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-01-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 521
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Side mount spares - Left, Right, or Both?

Model "A" trucks were a mixture of parts from the year of manufacture and leftovers from the prior year. Typically trucks had one spare in a fender well.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-01-2020, 07:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 963
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Swirled Glass Shift Knobs

I have seen advertisements of the 1920s and 1930s for the glass swirl shift knobs, so they are vintage accessories.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2020, 12:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 526
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: assembling the Model A engine.

The last engine I overhauled had the main & rod bearings at 0.0015" to 0.002", pistons to cylinder walls at 0.002" to 0.003" and piston pins floating. With new rings fitted, the crankshaft in the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,131
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Manifold Gland Rings

The original purpose of the gland rings, that are used only in the exhaust ports, is to prevent burnout of the manifold gaskets. The rings expand, so they need to have 1/16th gap when installed. If...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 436
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Model B motor

Yes, the Model B motor fits into the Model A using the Model A's engine mounts, but it requires a modification to an oil pan to fit the Model A's flywheel housing.
The oil pan choices are to rework...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 436
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-28-2020, 09:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 681
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Ford model b waterpumps

The Model "B" water pump is a design similar to the Model "A" pump. It uses the same bearings, rear bushing and packing. Thus it has the same functional problems as the Model "A" pump does.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-28-2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 882
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Compression Test Results

Your compression numbers are horrible, so it's no wonder that engine lacks power. You need to correct the compression. Considering you have already run the engine, I doubt the piston rings are not...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-28-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 809
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: What Model "A" Book Do You Read the Most?

It's a tie between Bratton's Catalog, reprint of the Model "A" Ford section of Dyke's and service bulletins.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-26-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,519
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Boy, does this hit close to home

My fantastic wife of 54 years bought for me the 190A we both enjoy today. Our social life, and my best friends are from our local Model "A" Ford club.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-26-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,178
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Vintique

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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-25-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 536
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Batt not holding charge

Many years ago when I didn't have any money, I salvaged batteries. First I would short the terminals for a second to knock debris from the plates. Next I by drained them, flushed-out the debris that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-23-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: U Joint

Attach the u-joint to the transmission, then pack it with grease before installing the u-joint housings.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-23-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 441
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Electrical Issue

If all else fails, replace the rotor. There is a sneaky hi-voltage leak path from the rotor contact to the distributor cam that cannot be seen, and may be erratic with changes in temperature.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-21-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 958
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Front License Plate Hitting Radiator

Henry put the front license plate in a very poor location. Try this simple change. Credit for this change goes to my friend Bob Bader. The change uses a Model "A" tail light license plate bracket...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-19-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 596
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: A Big Thanks to Mr. Endy

When it comes to the Model "A," sharing knowledge, and getting work done it's Saint Endy! Tom is a humongous value to our hobby!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-19-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 862
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Winterizing a Model A


Water @ 32 degrees F changes state to a solid (AKA ice) which expands and has cracked many many Model "A" engines. Drain the water.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-16-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 865
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Shifter spring compressor

With the spring retainer in place, I found that I could screw the spring into the gear shift using Visegrip pliers and grease. The last spring coil would not go past the retainer, so I cut it off....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-16-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 431
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Piston protrusion

Do a clay test. Put a lump of clay on top of each piston, install the cylinder head and hand -crank the engine. Remove the head and measure the thickness of the clays. In my opinion, the clays should...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-14-2020, 07:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 716
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Rear Main Bearing Drain

Big Hammer, in my experience no, the crankcase pressure has no impact. I am convinced that the occasional drip from my 190A is from the transmission. The drip from my 190A is about 75% less than the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-14-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 584
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Model B Carb Issues

Looking at the sectional view of the Model "B" carb in the 1932 Service Instructions, heat would raise the fuel level in the float bowl, and this would cause the fuel to overflow the Main Jet and the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-14-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Subframe / Sub Rail Question

The bodies have base rails that are unique to the various bodies. For example, the 190A Victoria & 400A Convertible Sedan have wood body sub-rails whereas a Coupe and Roadster have integral metal...
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