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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-03-2021, 10:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,412
Posted By Russ B
Re: Wood graining

Thank you. I spent a lot of time testing colors and color combinations to get what I wanted. The upholstery shop had many sample books to go through as well.The gear stick knob was the only thing I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-02-2021, 08:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,412
Posted By Russ B
Re: Wood graining

Manuel, the bottom photo was just practice work as I was learning the Grain-it process. I was using several different grain patterns and colors and pin striping, nothing is like original to the best...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-12-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Posted By Russ B
Re: 29 Landau irons

22” 11, 11” 1929 cabriolet
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-06-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 847
Posted By Russ B
Re: 1930 Cabriolet wood belt rail question

Some in progress photos of my top install, focusing on the belt rail

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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-01-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,190
Posted By Russ B
Re: Can somebody shed some light as to what these people are thinking?

Looks like folks having great fun! That is how roads were in the Model T and A era in much of the country.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-30-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 903
Posted By Russ B
Re: '34 Steering Wheel for a Model A

Just graft the upper shaft of the 34 onto the lower shaft of the A. Pick out any favorite steering wheel and with a piece of the upper shaft, it can be grafted to any steering column. Stresses on a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-10-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,669
Posted By Russ B
Re: Andalusite Blue

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I got the PPG Envirobase formula, base-clear for Andulusite Blue, from PPG, and had it shot out with 3 minor variations, pulling out a bit of the black...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-05-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 816
Posted By Russ B
Re: Painting a hood

On my cabriolet, the painter asked me to fully disassemble the hood, including the latches and handles. It is much easier to sand and buff that way. Rivets were mounted on a board and painted...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-05-2021, 01:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,057
Posted By Russ B
Re: Remove hood hinge pins?????

Iíve done it that way successfully. For reassembly, I use SS.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-01-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,147
Posted By Russ B
Re: Why so many upgrades??

Restoration of a Model A can be incredibly difficult because even Henry was constantly making modifications to the cars. I respect the effort, but would never try a proper restoration myself. …and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-29-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 704
Posted By Russ B
Re: juice brakes on model A

That is how my cabriolet is setup now. Around 1960-61 when initially making the conversion, I did not want to cut off the shockís ball mount on the cabrioletís rear end. Then I ran without any shocks.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-28-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 704
Posted By Russ B
Re: juice brakes on model A

Installing backing plates upside down and left to right was the accepted installation of 1940 to 1948 Ford rear brakes back in the sixties. You just had to bleed them fast enough to get the air...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-19-2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,783
Posted By Russ B
Re: What have you done ??

Hundreds of fairly subtle, and not so much, changes were made as I rebuilt my cabriolet. Over two thousand hours of my time were spent doing it. Improvement or not is in the eyes of the beholder, but...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-02-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,437
Posted By Russ B
Re: How many miles?

My cabriolet has been in the family since new. It was my grandmother’s sole transportation for over 25 years. When I got the car in 1958-59,my uncle said it had over 200,000 miles on it then. When I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-28-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,861
Posted By Russ B
Re: Modern engine

The new Terry Burtz engine
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-16-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,310
Posted By Russ B
Re: Wanted 15" Wheels for Model A

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1949-1951 mercury and Lincolnís are the right bolt pattern and the Mercury hub cap looks nice
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-15-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,181
Posted By Russ B
Re: Longest trip you took in a Model A

As a high school kid in the early sixties I used to drive my cabriolet from Yreka, CA to Medford Oregon over the hill on Hwy. 99 as a regular thing. There was one nice stretch of road near Ashland...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-10-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,028
Posted By Russ B
Re: Why do you own a Model A?

It is just a part of me. I am close to 75 and have had the 29 cabriolet since I was about 12. I have a CCPU and a coupe, neither running now, and had a Tudor and a roadster, all 1929s. I just enjoy...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-31-2021, 01:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
Posted By Russ B
Re: Mirrors for the Victoria

The problem I have found with outside mirrors on Model A’s is with the visibility from a right side mirror. The outside mirrors that were made back then were not designed for passenger side...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-31-2021, 01:15 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,827
Posted By Russ B
Re: help with Model A market values

I am a car enthusiast, not a collector or restorer, but to consider the roadster, I would want to be able to get it back to California all for under 10k, before I would consider it. I love to build a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-29-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,541
Posted By Russ B
Re: Wrap the steering wheel with rope?

There are plenty of Model Aís in this world still, after ninety plus years. My dad bought this one new, and it was not his favorite car. He liked hydraulic brakes, temperature gauges, and oil...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-28-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,541
Posted By Russ B
Re: Wrap the steering wheel with rope?

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While my cabriolet was under construction and in shakedown mode, I wrapped my wheel with chord bought at a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-19-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Posted By Russ B
Re: Valve train disassembly question

Thanks for the help. I finished disassembly today. The only thing damaged were a couple valves, one, I cut the stem, and the other, I used a vice grip on the head to break it loose. Once all the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-18-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Posted By Russ B
Valve train disassembly question

I am taking apart the frame number matching motor for my cabriolet. I last had it running in 1963, so it is mostly locked up tight, but is slowly coming apart.

Crank and pistons are now out. All...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,158
Posted By Russ B
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