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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 09:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 998
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Model A Improvements

The Model "A" Ford as Henry built it needs some changes to adapt to today's traffic. Henry would not likely have approved of any of these changes, but my Model "A's" are safer because of them:...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-12-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,182
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: What roadside repairs have you made to keep your A going

Since 1962, I recall:

>Replacing the ignition points once returning from Cape Cod;
>Replacing ignition coils twice while touring on Long Island;
>Replacing the starter motor once in Virginia;...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-11-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,596
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 1931 Coupe Banger Project

Thanks all for your comments and suggestions.

First I want a reliable street runner with more torque for better acceleration. Second I want to cruise at 60 to 65 mph on the highway.

Years...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-11-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-11-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 561
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Interior costs question

Johnnya 101,


I was in the same situation as you are when I had my first Model "A."


I cut panels from cardboard appliance boxes for the interior and covered them using inexpensive black...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-09-2019, 07:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,649
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Lets See Your 190A Victoria

I put a luggage rack on the back of my 190A, but it detracts from that special body curve of the rear panel. I need the luggage capacity the rack provides for runs to the Model "A" Ford New England...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-08-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,596
Posted By Bob Bidonde
1931 Coupe Banger Project

Please don't suggest I go to the HAMB with this topic. The HAMB is too radical for my liking.



I am going to turn my 1931 Coupe into a mild Banger with no body or fender mods. Here are my...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-02-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,133
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Cause of hot ignition coil?

Incorrect timing and or a points gap that has decreased causes the coil to energize longer than normal resulting in its overheating.



A high resistance in the high voltage circuit will cause...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-02-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,133
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Cause of hot ignition coil?

Heat produced by the natural function of the ignition coil should transfer out to case, so the case will get hot to the touch. Coils with an internal resistor will run hotter.


Check this out:...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-02-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Oversize brake rivets?

I have been doing this for many years without any issues.


The rivet holes in the brake shoes do not need to be precision fits to the rivets. To fill oversize holes, I use pop-rivets. Clean-out...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-02-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,498
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Odd Failure

The original starter switches have a spring material contact that is not found in any of the reproductions. The original may be Beryllium Copper. I replace the contact in the reproduction switches...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-23-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,284
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Non-Authentic Paint Schemes

Too much talk about Ford policy is hijacking this post. Lets see more pictures of cars and trucks with non-authentic paint schemes.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-22-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 869
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Not model A related (entirely) Kindig-it-Design

I enjoy street rods, Bangers and custom cars as well as vintage original cars. Kindig-It, the Phantom Works, Graveyard Cars, Street Outlaws, Overhaulin, Wheeler Dealers, Counting Cars, Gearz, Desert...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-21-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Block Sealer, New headgasket

I use Barr's Stop Leak, 1/2 of a jar.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-21-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,284
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Non-Authentic Paint Schemes

Original Model "A" paint schemes are way too conservative, so I did it my way. If your Model "A" has a non-authentic paint scheme, please post a picture of it here.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-15-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Cylinder Head Flatness

Railcarmover,


You make a good point that the clamp-up force is low for the amount of torque (50-55 lbs-ft). The chart is from a study I found online. Note how little of the torque goes to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-15-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Cylinder Head Flatness

Purdy & Patrick,


Thanks for your replies.



The cylinder head is somewhat flexible and it clamps-up on a compressible gasket, so I suspect that the usable run-out of flatness can be more.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-14-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 177
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Cylinder Head Flatness

How much is the maximum usable run-out of flatness across the length and across the width of a cylinder head?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-14-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Cylinder Head Flatness

How much is the maximum usable run-out of flatness across the length and across the width of a cylinder head?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-14-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Ignition Advance vs Crankshaft Rotation

Thanks Dick for confirming my understanding. So at 20 degrees distributor advance, the piston is 40 degrees BFTDC. This puts the piston about 0.92 inches down from TDC.


40/180 = x/ 4.125 where...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-14-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Ignition Advance vs Crankshaft Rotation

The maximum ignition advance for a properly timed Model "A" is 20 degrees. Is the 20 degrees distributor rotation or is it crankshaft rotation BFTDC?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-02-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 486
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 31 Victoria

Art,
Your 190A is gorgeous. Good luck with it. Please post some detail photos of her.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-02-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,025
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Model A vicky

It would much easier and cost effective to find a Steel-Back body. The differences between the Leather-Back and Steel-Back bodies are significant:
>Rear window is larger on the Leather-Back;...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-30-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,655
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: So what is an AR?

"AR" refers to the issue of the engineering drawing. "AR" designates the revision of a drawing. In the early days of Model "A" design, the first release of an engineering drawing was given an A, so...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-30-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 975
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Cast Iron Drum temperaure too high??

The temperature of the brake is a function of physics.


Conservation of energy:
Kinetic Energy = Thermal Energy


mv2/2 = Ffd

where m is mass, v is velocity, Ff is the frictional...
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