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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-29-2021, 09:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 814
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Cabriolet Top Installation

For metal work I bought videos to watch. Shrinking magic I think was the one that really made a difference.

Understanding when it shrinks, when it is stretched and how it affects the dimensions...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-28-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 814
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Cabriolet Top Installation

So I have not done a top as of yet. I have a 68C and have limited clues about it.

I have some questions you will want to think about as you might find a big difference in how the process goes.
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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-22-2021, 06:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,029
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Leaf springs and shocks

It is pretty simple to diagnose your cars suspension.

If you do not have shocks and can drive over 25 MPH then your springs need work.

If you put good springs on a car and try to drive over...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-07-2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,611
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Steering Box 7 tooth vs 2 Tooth vs F100

So the comments over the years for F100 vs 2 tooth after close to 20 years of peoples comments online.

When not moving the F100 is easier to steer. When moving you cant tell the difference.
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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-04-2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 609
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Headlights bulbs

Great headlights come from good properly shaped reflectors and correct bulbs in the focal point of the reflectors. This is proven out by a guy a while ago.

In fact some of the brighter head lamps...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-02-2021, 02:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,038
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: help with Model A market values

This is an inaccurate way of looking at money.

You need to couple in the cost of things. So while the value of money goes up by inflation, we have the cost of things going up beyond inflation.
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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-30-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,531
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Brake question

Just out of curiousity, did you take the drums off and inspect the state of the brakes?

If the brakes are off a bit in center or round then no amount of adjusting is going to get them braking...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-21-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 879
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: upgrade to 1932 brakes?

Not sure of all the mixes of parts. Honestly I am pretty sure if you just rebuild the A brakes properly everything will be great. Truthfully brake rebuilding, any year, requires special tools. Here...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2021, 06:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 968
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Vapor Lock

'Vapor lock' does not really exist in the A. Yes, I know that you can get the fuel in the carb bowl bubbling these days because of the boiling points of parts of gas. That is not vapor lock and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-07-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,811
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Lifetime of Distributor Points ?

Like oil changes and other changes the recommended change interval is driven more by profits. A mechanic and the companies do not make money if they are not selling products.

It used to be a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-03-2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,575
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: 28, 29 vs 30,31 What do you like any why?

From a practical stand point by late 31 some bodies were slightly changed in their steering wheel and seat position. For tall people slant bodies may offer more comfort.

28-29 roadster pickups are...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-28-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 511
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Anyone know how to renew NJ QQ (antique) plates?

You must have missed or the post office lost the renewal form.

They just want the basic info plus I think they want to know the current color.

I am a NJ resident too.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-22-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,885
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Synthetic Oil for Model A

Oil basics.

What I have learn by listening to oil engineers specifically talking about the oil in antique cars. These are people who make a living dealing with the science behind the oil in your...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-20-2021, 12:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,781
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Restoring Ignition Coils

A bad coil will have the spark gap drop significantly from cold to warm.

Good coils have a healthy spark all the time.

I loved testing coils as a kid. The spark was fun to play with and my...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-18-2021, 07:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,781
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Restoring Ignition Coils

There are 6V epoxy cased coils that have a narrow body but do not fit inside the A can.

I had one xrayed and found there was plenty of room to chuck one up on a lathe and cut down the diameter and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-17-2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,492
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Firewall welding

Gas cap on and spark arrestor in the tank, What are you worried about?

The firewall is not close to the actual tank. Unless there is a fuel leak you have nothing to worry about. Just drain the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-12-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 762
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Which Books?

Legendary Model A Ford: This books gives you a historical context for how the cars were run and can run when proper rebuilt.

Fordlandia: About the rubber plantation attempt, but in the middle...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-10-2021, 11:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,137
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Pick hammer dent removal

Shrinking with a torch should only be a last resort by someone with experience. You should not do that on a high crown area like the upper area on the door for 30-31.

Let restate the above, do...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-25-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,696
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Rebuilt Model A Engine: What do I have?

Some other thoughts I had...

It has a header on it, that implies it might have been raced.

In any event, the engine came out for a reason.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-24-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,696
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Rebuilt Model A Engine: What do I have?

Well you have an engine.

You have no clue what is inside it. That tag could be 2 beside the house rebuilds since.

You need to take it apart and see what it really is. It could be worn beast...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-20-2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,289
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Rumble Seat Hinges part 2

Good luck with that project.

I would say that would be a better trunk lid and spend the money on a better inner structure.

My experience with rumble lids. If you have a factory lid only use...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-20-2021, 03:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,089
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: NOS paint thickness

I think you you need to consider some factors.

Were they production year vintage? Or post production?

Were they US made or English?

I do not know if there were any differences, but later...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-20-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 787
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: front fender brace straightening

First off, NO the parts were NOT poorly fitted.

Ford did not want people wasting time on the floor fitting parts. It cost time and money. So most of the production part were much more precision...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-16-2021, 10:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,569
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: converting to 1970 v8 points for model a

The truth about points.

First let me point out that my brothers 31 Coupe has been running the same points that came with the car in 1970.

Yes you read right. 1970

Points can go bad, but...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-04-2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 992
Posted By Kevin in NJ
Re: Coupe fender value

Any fenders with bead repair, not matter how nice, should be considered suspect until test fitted on a car. As I have learned the hard way there are many ways that fenders could be messed up. Any...
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