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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-12-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,646
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Seat belts - to be or not to be?

So as far needing belts. There are past accidents posted here. Coupes VS SUV head on. The one with seatbelts both were injured but survived, the one without they died. In both cases the damage did...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-18-2018, 09:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,593
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Looking for rare welt tips

The problem is getting them with the propershape for the welting.
You can see in the photo that it does not fit the welting the person has chose to use. I am fairly sure that is not the correct type...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-19-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: 1931 S/W Door Female Dovetail Latches

So here is the deal...

A&L sells the correct parts, find out where bratton's sources their parts. A&L repro the sliders properly. I personally used some NOS later V8 sliders that were close to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-05-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 744
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: shock effectiveness

No, they should not be hard to move.

Based on my experience with a tool similar to the KRW tool (please reference the service bulletins) conventional advice is not correct.

I would say they...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-10-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 851
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: brake linings

I would say the lining is less of an issue then just doing the brakes properly.

Dont matter much how good the lining grabs if it is not set up to the same radius and centered.

I would worry a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-09-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,269
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Rear Brake Shoe Wear

Did you center the shoes?

Did you take into account the wear that is sometimes at the bottom of the axle bearing race? I have seen fairly pronounced wear on some axles. I am not sure how that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-12-2018, 08:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,175
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Lesser of two evils..cracked main babbit or used replacement?

Umm, Ford didn't use softer babbitt then grade 2.

The copper makes it harder and hotter to pour. The 2 stuff is just what is easy to get and works ok. You have to have a large batch made to the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-11-2018, 09:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,175
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Lesser of two evils..cracked main babbit or used replacement?

By fitting, put the crank in and spin. High spots should be shiny chect fit. Bit of an art to know what to do next, but if the crank turns tight and the clearance if good then you need to bring down...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-11-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,001
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Best oil to use?


You need detergent to keep really small stuff in suspension so it comes out with a change.
You need additives to prevent damaging chemicals from forming.
You need to NOT change it too...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-06-2018, 05:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: 1930 Murray Town Sedan Value

You need to get it running and driving for any good price. This includes taking all 4 wheels off and verifing all 4 'upgraded' brakes are still usable. Sitting usually causes the wheel cylinders to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-04-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,628
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Removing dents from a 31 Radiator Shell

The physics is the same for all steel and well most metals.

When you heat up the metal past the plastic point the surrounding colder metal will put a pressure on the warmer atoms. These atoms at...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-03-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,603
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Piston and rod weights

The key is balance.

Ford made the A rods (according to the print) +-1 grams at each end of a specified weight.

My reading about the factory line says that the piston/rod combo was sorted into 4...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-01-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,620
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: head lights??

Good reflectors, check your grounds and wiring, properly focused bulbs.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-31-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,628
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Removing dents from a 31 Radiator Shell

It is simple you either beat it out and file it smooth and hope you do not cut through or you know enough metalworking to know how to properly get the dent out.

A picture may help people tell you...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-28-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,074
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Stainless buffing question

You are buffing wrong, but you probably figured that out.
I taught myself on all the stainless for my 31. It was not a quick learning curve and it was not cheap to get the right supplies. Even then...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-27-2018, 05:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,721
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Nickel plating

The problem with pot metal is when it starts to pit, the grey soft stuff, it keeps on going. So the plater will try to grind down to good metal and then plate it up to get back to shape.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-23-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,815
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Model A Times Article About Not Using Diesel Oil

The main reason for using diesel oil, at least as told by oil engineers, is the higher level of additives to protect the engine from bad chemicals that form. The A is more likely to develop more bad...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-15-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,981
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Those $2 carbs from IOLA--original jets ! !

Not too long ago I used the info from Vince Falter's website to flow test a large quantity of jets. I used the Ford column length and Ford data.

I found most of the jets were flowing more then...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-13-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,255
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Six volt vs. twelve volt wiring


That is voltage equal current times resistance.
A heavier cable is needed to carry more current. At a higher voltage you need less current to flow so you can get away with thinner wires....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-10-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Water pump sealed bearings instead of packing.

I have seen some leakless pumps start leaking. It is easy enough to have a leakless pump also with the original type seal. Seems like the best solution in my book. Have it all packed and ready to go...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-08-2018, 07:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,321
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Why Use 'B' Camshaft?

It should be noted if you intend to switch to a B cam you also must change to wider head tappets.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-04-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 772
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Round speedometer adjustment/calibration ?

My experience on a couple of speedo's. I made a RPM counter with some electronics and on Bob's website (already listed) there was a chart for some speeds and rpm's.

I just moved the magnet shade...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-28-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 932
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Engine quit ------ Condenser overheated

Go over to the Mustang boards and you will find guys complaining about the new caps. They are sourced from china and the QC is not so good, this is for even the 'better' brands.

Get the A&L where...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-28-2018, 06:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,681
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Whatever happened to the surface mail option?

And if they got in the 2000's they would have electronic copies like other clubs.

The Mustang club has all back issues online and you have the option to read online/ download the magazine.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-26-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,646
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Making A parts with lathe

Custom bushings for the steering sector output was one case.

The bushings they sell do not seem large enough, at least the ones I bought, for new sector shaft. That is the sector shaft fit in...
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