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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-21-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,795
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Need to re-torque head, but socket is too fat

You should drain the coolant out of the engine if you are going to mess with the cylinder head nuts. Three weeks ago I broke a perfectly nice outlet casting torqueing the head down. I purchased new...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-21-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 976
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Distilled Water?

When you add anti-freeze to the water it lowers the specific gravity of the solution. In other words, the weight of a gallon of 50/50 solution is less than a gallon of plain water. It makes the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-19-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Gas Shutoff Valve, Indented Firewall

I just figured it out. Remove the handle and the packing nut. Invert the valve body on top of a vice and with a 1/8 in. diameter pin, gently drive out the valve stem. It will bring the packing with...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-19-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By Ed in Maine
Gas Shutoff Valve, Indented Firewall

I would like to clean and rebuild the gas shut off valve on my Cabriolet. How do you remove the old packing without damaging the valve stem or the valve body? Thank you, Ed
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-17-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,239
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Need Help in Identifying Location of Short

Last month I removed the instrument panel on my 31 Victoria and managed to create a short while putting in back in. In my case, the metallic covering on the dash lite wire had gotten up against one...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-12-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,071
Posted By Ed in Maine
Small Fire Extinguisher to Carry in Car

What would you recommend for a small (1-2 pound) fire extinguisher to carry in the car that would not make a terrible mess after using. I have been in the hobby for 56 years and feel negligent for...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-11-2020, 10:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,795
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Need to re-torque head, but socket is too fat

If you have some nuts loose, you should drain the coolant so that it does not flow into the crankcase. I have just changed the cylinder head gasket and managed to break the outlet casting. I got a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-11-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,311
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Cannot Get Rebuilt Ignition Cable to Read 6 Volts on the Points

I apologize, I do see the earlier posts and the difficulties you are having. Be careful when removing the cam screw because the corrosion which is preventing the distributer from coming off could be...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-11-2020, 10:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,311
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Cannot Get Rebuilt Ignition Cable to Read 6 Volts on the Points

I hesitate to get into this discussion because I may have missed some earlier information. First, I assume you have removed the lock nut and screw which retains the distributer to the cylinder head....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-11-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Differential oil leaking on on brake shoes

Leaking oil from the rear axle on to the brakes is a big pain but not as big as the job to replace the axle seals! Before you under take to do this job I would lower the oil level in the rear axle...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-02-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: After Replacing the Headgasket - Update

Thank you for your comments. Yes, the car has been torqued five times and now the settings have stabilized and constant at 55 ft. lbs. I will continue to watch it. ED
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-02-2020, 08:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By Ed in Maine
After Replacing the Headgasket - Update

I have completed the head gasket change due to water getting into the oil. The car starts and runs great but as I mentioned earlier, I don't trust it. Yesterday I decided not to use the car for a few...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-30-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Difficulty with oil pan removal

The picture taken from under the car also shows a crack in the metal next to the pan. Ed
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-29-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 847
Posted By Ed in Maine
After Replacing the Headgasket

I completed changing out the head gasket after finding water in the oil. This was not an easy job, the head was stuck and some of the studs required Helicoils and finally I cracked the gooseneck and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-22-2020, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 488
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Leaking Shock Absorbers

Yes, I did put the hydraulic fluid back in! The rebuilder also told me to use a heavier oil as suggested. I was also advised to have an air space in the shock. Don't fill it to the top. Ed
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-21-2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 944
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Not a Electrician

I also like the schematic that Ruth has shown but like so many you can make comments on them. In this case I have the following:
1. The horn should have two connections.
2. The schematic does have...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-21-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 488
Posted By Ed in Maine
Leaking Shock Absorbers

I have a set of original shock absorbers that were rebuilt by the previous owner. They look very nice and seem to have good action but two of them leak between the cover and locking ring where the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-17-2020, 07:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 588
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Zenith and the Gav adjustment On a 31

Hello Old 31, your statement that the GAV must be open 2 1/2 to 3 turns would indicate that the Main Jet is undersized or plugged. The Main Jet is fed directly from the bowl. At higher speeds, the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-15-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 538
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Water Outlet Casting Cracked

Thank you for your comments. The ear on the passenger side is is cracked, inside the stud, front to back toward the distributer. I do think a skim of RTV is the best. I can see that the paper gasket...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-15-2020, 09:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 538
Posted By Ed in Maine
Water Outlet Casting Cracked

I have been installing a new head gasket. Yesterday, I torqued the head to 55 ft-lbs. and ran the car for 10 minutes. Everything seemed fine. This morning with the car cold, I retorqued everything,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-10-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,006
Posted By Ed in Maine
Cylinder Head Removal Tool

I would like to make the steel plate cylinder head removal tool that was described sometime back on Ford Barn. I have a scrap piece of 1/4 in. plate, would this be thick enough to do the job? Thank...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-10-2020, 07:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,129
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: stripped Threads coolant fitting Model A

The problem you will have with drilling out the hole for the Helicoil is that the drill will try to dive into the hole, cocking the drill to one side and opening up the top of the hole. It is very...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-10-2020, 07:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,161
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Model A cracked block

I would guess that John Charlton has the answer to this one. I would use a 1/8" thick plate. Pray that there is enough metal to drill and tap on the ends of the damage. Use Locktite on the bolt...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-09-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 812
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: Model B carb rebuilds

Hello Old 31, you can refresh your Model B Carb yourself. Get a copy of "Restoring The Model A and B Carburetors" by Rex Reheis. I would also refer you to Steve Pargater's carburetor repair manual....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-09-2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,157
Posted By Ed in Maine
Re: The wife and I drive our 30 coupe in to town

I especially liked the way your lovely wife carefully got out of the car and then did not slam the living daylights out of the door! I can tell there is real love for your Model A. Ed
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