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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 11:00 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Removed engine; some improvements?

Good time to inspect the starter ring gear on the flywheel.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 08:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 721
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: '28 Phaeton is reborn

Since you are at the bare frame stage, if you haven't already done so, stretch a string across both frame rails to check for straightness. Frame sag is common. Doors and hood will fit much better...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 685
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: 1930 Model A Tudor Value?

Is that rusty coolant stains on the firewall from a leaky water pump?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Gear ratio

I installed a Mitchel 26% overdrive last summer in our Tudor and am very happy. Best of both worlds. Overdrive for country driving and standard drive around town. 3.78 rear end ratio. Stock engine...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Used zenith carbs number one and 2

As always, value depends on condition. How rusty and cruddy? Are the internal passageways lugged? Does the throttle butterfly bushings leak air from wear? The earlier Zeniths had a brass GAV that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Generator Motoring / Cutout sticking

OK. That makes sense. We keep our belts fairly loose on Model A's. Thanks for clarifying. Glad you got another cutout that worked.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 819
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Cold Weather Operation

My uncle Walt bought a 29 Special Coupe new. Come Thanksgiving day here in Southern WI., it turned real cold, and nobody's car would start except for Walt's coupe. So Walt got the job of fetching...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Generator Motoring / Cutout sticking

Seth: I didn't know that a generator could "motor" when connected to the fan belt, the fan belt would keep the generator from turning after shutdown. A stuck cut out would show a big discharge on...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-08-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 905
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: repro exhaust manifold

I've installed two or three repro exhaust manifolds and have had no problems with gland rings.
All the old original manifolds I have, including a late 31 with the extra web have drooped and won't...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-30-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 584
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: New To The Model A Forum

Welcome and lovely car you have there. One of the colors listed for 1930 Town Sedans is maroon. Is this a possibility for what color your car is? I looked it up in the 3rd edition of the Model A...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-26-2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Front Fender Brackets

.What do you mean when you say 'early' 30? Are you referring to the 28/29 style?
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No. The early 1930 brackets were forged, like the 1928 brackets. ...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-26-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Front Fender Brackets

No, the distance between the frame and headlight mounting holes is much longer on the 30-31 front fender brackets. In the first photo, the black bracket is a forged 28. The dirty grey one is an...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-23-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 815
Posted By Mike Peters
Smile Re: Model A Fords to be with us for a LONG time yet

I drove our Model A to a car show this past August, all hot rods, basically. When I left and drove down the line up, I retarded the spark and ran at a very slow idle. Those gearheads stopped...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-20-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,213
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Why did my axle break?

If I want to check the torque on those axle nuts, do I need to remove the wheel or can I just remove the hub cap? May be a stupid question, but I'm having trouble visualizing it.

Alexi_ There is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-19-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 334
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Gurgling

Our Model T gurgles after a run on a hot day, after shutdown. I figured it was continuing to thermo syphon. Normal for a T. Your A may be doing the same thing?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-19-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,213
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Why did my axle break?

The rear axle broke a year ago on our 28 Tudor. Same place as yours. I think the axle nut was tight, but it still broke. Just check your axle nut torque from time to time and hope for the best. ...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 204
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: 30/31 roadster windshield "snaps"?

Open car windshield snaps install with a "friction" fit. You can pry them out with a screwdriver.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-16-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 315
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: sill plates

Body color on roadsters and Phaetons. In this case the color is rose beige.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-12-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,616
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Biggest scare in a Model A

Yes, we drive them because we love them. 2X. We also avoid dangerous situations like then one you describe. Just have fun with your car and accept it for what it is and don't ask for more than it...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-11-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,745
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: What have you found working on your A?

I bought an unrestored 1928 Tudor at an estate auction in 1984. There was a nice set of tire chains under the back seat. The car came from Northern Wisconsin, so no surprise there.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-09-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 228
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: '28 coupe door check straps

This is my 28 tudor, same door as your 28 coupe. No side mount spare. 8" strap. Door swings out to 90 degrees and stops. Works well. Snyders says to use the 6" strap with side mount spare tire....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-06-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 775
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Model A as a mobile studio

I watched the first couple minutes or so, and was mainly interested in how the top brackets were covered and attached to the wood top bows. I have a 28 business coupe waiting for me to start a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-02-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,068
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: starting my A tool collection

If you want the tools you collect for your Model A to be correct, you might consider getting a revised copy of the Model A Restoration Guidlines and Judging Standards from either MARC or MAFCA. It...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-01-2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 659
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: Drivers door sag

To tinman 7:




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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-01-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By Mike Peters
Re: 1929 CCPU Tail Light

Yeah, Joe is right. I was thinking AA trucks. Tail lights on pickups went both ways in 29.
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