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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-12-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,653
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Non-Authentic Paint Colors & Schemes

It is amusing that many of the responses to this post are the opinions of purists. I kind of expected lots of negative responses.
There is a recurring theme to this post that a Model "A" is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-12-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 437
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Door Sound Deadning

Originally the doors had a tar-like material smeared on the inside surface of the skin. The purpose of the tar is increase the mass of the door skin to change its dynamic response to vibration & to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-12-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 226
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 30 coupe rumble seat floor panel

The curve is a distortion in the photo likely due to a wide angle lens on the camera. The panel is a flat rectangle (parallel sides) which was originally riveted onto the body.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-11-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,245
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Apologizes to the purist...

There are fewer and fewer purists these days because it is way too expensive to practice, and results in an unsafe Model "A" for touring. So there is no need to apologize to that rare bread, the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-11-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 704
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Conventional oil and Synthetic oil

I made a mistake using synthetic oil too soon in a recently rebuilt engine. The rings did not seat as soon as they should have, so I went back to conventional motor oil for 500 miles. I am now...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-11-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,653
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Non-Authentic Paint Colors & Schemes

More and more I notice that Model "A's" are being painted in non-authentic colors and schemes. Perhaps I am more sensitive to this because I painted my Victoria in colors of my liking, not Henry...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-10-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,321
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Hoof head

The ribs in the combustion chamber appear to be an attempt at causing a lot of swirl in the fuel mixture + an increase in compression ratio, but at the expense flow and flame front. My guess is that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-10-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 680
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Amount of oil remaining in the engine

Thanks Dave for your experiment. So you found a tad over 1/2 quart of residual oil in contrast to the popular belief that there is 1 quart of residual oil in the engine.

Things that may affect...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-09-2020, 08:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 704
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Conventional oil and Synthetic oil

I run synthetic blends and 100% synthetic oils in both of my Model "A" cars, and have been doing so for thousands of miles. Synthetic oil does make a difference in the Model "A" engine. Less wear!
I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-07-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: best thermoatat model B

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41rNXpvymqL._SX466_.jpgWay to go!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-02-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Need help with subrails

The body has lost its stiffness, so alignment of the doors and deck lid have likely been compromised. I strongly recommend that you tack weld the doors and deck into proper alignment before replacing...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-01-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 450
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Fulton Wind Deflectors

I have a set of reproduction clamp-on type Fulton Wind Deflector brackets that I would like to use on my Victoria because they do not require drilling holes in the doors.

Are there any issues...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-01-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,356
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Heater

In my 45B Coupe, I installed a ram air type heater that is a reproduction of an era accessory. This heater may not be available any longer. There is a plenum chamber around the exhaust pipe which has...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-01-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil Analysis

Could it be that once upon a time, you removed Head Nut 8 to get the distributor out of the engine? This would enable coolant to leak into Cylinders 3 & 4.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-31-2019, 11:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 703
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Ways to Start With Obstructed Hand Crank

I had to have a tool box between the front frame rails of my 190A because I do some out-of-state traveling each year. I chose the rectangular tool box because it holds more stuff than the the curved...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-31-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Crank spring lube hole.

Hi again Clem. That hole in the hand-crank bearing lets oil lubricate the auxiliary flat spring which rubs against the front crossmember.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-31-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 794
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil change process

Motor oil gets to the dip tray in the crankcase 3 ways:
1. Oil poured down the breather pipe;
2. Overflow out of valve chamber into the timing gear area;
3. Oil exiting the oil return pipe.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-31-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Speedometer Cable Lube

If you pump gobs of grease into the u-joint, the cavity fills and grease goes into the bottom of the speedometer cable. So whatever lubricant you put into the top of the cable needs to be compatible...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-30-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 794
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil change process

Go play with your trains instead. It's too freaking nasty outside to be driving an "A"!
Here you are driving in miniature!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-29-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 725
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Front motor mount springs wrong

I setup the engine's position so it has a 3 degree slope to align properly with the torque tube angle:
>Loosen the front engine bracket at the center spring;
>Loosen all of the bolts in the rear...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-28-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oil usage/loss in cold weather

I read somewhere that a short trip to vaporize moisture from the crankcase is 14 miles at operating temperature.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-22-2019, 08:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 575
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: front timing cover

Perhaps an industrial application such as driving a commercial generator.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-21-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,003
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: rear main leak

I have been running a rear main bearing drain tube out of the oil and it is not effected by the crankcase environment. Another myth is that the oil pump creates a suction on the submerged tube.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-21-2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,003
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: rear main leak

Try running the engine with a shortened rear main oil tube. Shorten the tube so its exit is above the crankcase oil level. My theory is that the oil cannot drain fast enough because the exit of the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-20-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 802
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Model A, body to subframe, to frame

On a Coupe, the body blocks go into body cross rails. When the body is on the frame, the thickness of the rubber pads establishes the clearance. As I mentioned above, the body sits atop of the...
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