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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-18-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 655
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Stop light staying on

The brake return springs on the Model "A" are inadequate at best.


A solution is to add a tension spring 8.5" long x 0.63" diameter. Where the brake rod connects to the brake pedal, remove the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-17-2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,684
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Where Have All of The Chevrolets Gone?

Having experience with 1935 and 1937 Chevys, the knee action front suspension sent many many Chevys to the junk yard prematurely. Next came the vacuum shift which sent more Chevys to the junk yard....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-15-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,058
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Positive thoughts and Prayers for Ol Jenny

Attitude is very important for surviving cancer, so keep your dad's spirit POSITIVE. I survived cancer and so too can your dad. My prayers are with you and your dad.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-15-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 293
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Headliner questions

I have done a few headliners, and this link will take you to an excellent video by Classtique. Particularly pay attention to the use of cardboard strips.
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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-15-2018, 08:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 236
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Need To Know Weights

In preparation for a Model "A" club technical talk, I need to know the weights of the following Model "A" components:
Engine Short Block
Engine Long Block
Engine Cylinder Block (Bare Block)
...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-15-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,684
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Where Have All of The Chevrolets Gone?

When it comes to the beauty of car bodies, Edsel Ford's creations have no equal. The 1932 thru 1940 Fords, excepting 1938, are the most gorgeous automobiles.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-13-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 997
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Flathead Ted brakes

I have 2 Model A's, one with Flathead Ted's brake floaters and one with recently restored stock brakes. By far, Flathead Ted's brake floaters are superior.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-13-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,664
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: How Fast Will It Go?

I routinely cruise on highways at 55 to 65 MPH, and driving my Model A's since 1962 I have not yet had any bearing fail due to speed.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-12-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Picture of wires on Terminal block

This diagram should help you.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-11-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,664
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: How Fast Will It Go?

RPM is relative to speed. 30 MPH is approximately 1500 RPM with a 3.78:1 differential.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-10-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,664
Posted By Bob Bidonde
How Fast Will It Go?

Please vote your actual highway driving habit.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-08-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,108
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Found a short, here is what it was...

Paint the end of the conduit with a few coats of POR-15, and it will not short again even if it touches the terminal stud.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-07-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,517
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Center main bearing

Unlike the front and rear main bearings, the center main reacts loads from all 4 cylinders. The rear main bearing reacts the flywheel, clutch loads and some of the loads from Cylinders 3 & 4.
Forum: Model-A 05-05-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 146
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Oil Breather Cap

I need an original oil breather cap for a Model "B" engine. This cap is considerably larger in diameter than the Model "A" cap.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-04-2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,266
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: To much advace on the lever

Stock maximum spark advance on a Model "A" is 40 degrees at the crankshaft and 20 degrees at the distributor. The Model "B" has 9-1/2 degrees more than the Model "A."
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-26-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,684
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Where Have All of The Chevrolets Gone?

The 1st generation of the Chevy 6-cylinder engine had issues. We know the Model A's engine with only 3 main bearings puts too much strain on the center main bearing. Now imagine a 6-cylinder engine...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-20-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,684
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Where Have All of The Chevrolets Gone?

Knee-action shocks were introduced on the 1934 Chevy Master Series and they were used up until WW2. Knee-action shocks were a failure, but that does not explain why very few Model "A" era Chevrolets...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-20-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,684
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Where Have All of The Chevrolets Gone?

The sales lead flipped back and forth during the Model "A" production years. Chevrolet led in 1928, Ford led in 1929 and 1930, Chevrolet again led in 1931-34 and Ford in 1935.

Where have all of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-19-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 609
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 1931 S/W Fordor Sedan Dome Light Wiring

Make sure that the dome light body is well grounded or the light will not work. In my Model "A," I soldered a second wire to the metal body of the light and ran it to a screw in the car body that I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-19-2018, 09:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 468
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Spare condenser at the coil

This alternate condenser mounting has been used for several years by my fellow club member Ray Leblond. The top sketch for a roadside fix. Mount the condenser in advance and have a jumper wire...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-16-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 458
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Zenith Carburetor CFM?

BN, we have similar CFMs, and they are in the range of the Number 20 Venturi used in the Model A per the Zenith Company's chart on Vince's site. So I am calling it a 100 CFM carburetor.

I wonder...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-15-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 458
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Zenith Carburetor CFM?

My speculation is the Model A needs to breath 100 CFM in stock form. I base this on the engine's volumetric efficiency.

100% Volumetric Efficiency means that the engine can breath its total...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-28-2018, 09:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,025
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Not a Chevy guy, but...

Why are there so many Model A's, but Chevy's of that period are so scarce?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-27-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,025
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Not a Chevy guy, but...

Chevrolets of the era ride much smoother than Fords because of their semi-elliptic springs at each corner.

Having raced a 1932 Chevy Master Coupe with my Deluxe Model A Coupe, I find the cars were...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-27-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,287
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Stainless buffing question

You can be sure that the Ford Motor Company didn't mass produce the shiny stainless we strive for in our restorations.
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