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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 06:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 184
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: LED taillights and how to wire turn signals

Not knowing what you are trying to use, it may require you getting a new/different turn switch. I happen to like Signal-stat. They are not hard to install.
There may now be electronic flashers that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 184
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: LED taillights and how to wire turn signals

There should be a whole lot of info in search. This is talked a lot.

Any good turn switch will do what you want. A Signal-stat unit [ usually now a 900] looks somewhat period and they work well as...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 07:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 418
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Adding castor to the axle

Why do you think you need 'more' caster ?
Ford built them with 5+ caster which is plenty. Anything from 4-5 is just fine.
I tend to prefer the 4, steering wheel returns better.

I would...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-29-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 730
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Loose Rod

Whats the clearance ? Thats a must know.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-29-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 475
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Cam spring and button

I've shimmed the spring before.

Have you checked the lash ? It should be around .004-.006". Over .010" will make noise.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-26-2020, 07:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 989
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Is My Cam Going Flat?

I guess I don't understand. How are you setting the lash ? It should be set on the heel. Is this something just noticed or has this recently changed ? Are you having a tight guide issue ?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-23-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 306
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Ammeter needle movements

The ammeter may or may not 'wiggle' while cranking depending on how the terminal box is wired, there was a change during production [ forget what year].

The ammeter should not register when...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-22-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Two tooth stearing box

I would suggest a good repair manual as well as the Service Bulletins.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-21-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 492
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Very slow/no cranking

Since you say the engine turns over freely/easily then I too think there is either a battery/ starter/ connection or cable issue.
If your jumper battery and cables are good and heavy enough then I'd...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-21-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 781
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: 6v charging issue

I like the disconnect where you can just reach down and get to it easily.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-20-2020, 03:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 530
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: tie rod

Do the tie-rods need to be removed/fixed ?
The 'death wobble' is caused by something loose, anything from steering box adjustment thru to the wheel bearings and everything in between. Check to make...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-19-2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 781
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: 6v charging issue

My question about charge rate [ vehicle] was not answered.
An alternator has a parasitic draw, so, letting the car sit all winter without charging the battery or disconnecting it will drain the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-18-2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 781
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: 6v charging issue

At 6 amps it'll take awhile to charge.

I didn't think to ask what your vehicles charge rate is and whether it has a generator or alternator. If a stock generator then the charge rate is adjustable...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-18-2020, 04:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 781
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: 6v charging issue

What charging rate [charger] are you using ? Try a slow charge over night. Make sure the cells are covered as mentioned. Did you remove/ clean and reinstall the cables ? You should also hydrometer...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-18-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 368
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: 12 volt ignition coil

Seems to me I recommended a 1.5 ohm coil preferably epoxy filled, but, that is not what was asked. So he can either change the coil which he doesn't appear to want to do or he can check voltage to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 368
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: 12 volt ignition coil

Lots of experience.
It depends on the resistance, 3 ohm is fine. 1.5 ohm is not.
Install the coil, turn it on with points open, measure voltage. Anything over 8 volts will burn the points quickly....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Which wire is positive/negative for ignition coil?

I would doubt it. It is a possibility, but not likely. I would think something else may be the problem.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Which wire is positive/negative for ignition coil?

The polarity tester like 1930 coupe showed is a good thing.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2020, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 313
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Steering Box

The 2 tooth box also has 4 adjustments that can be made, but, need to be made in order. That can be found in the Service Bulletins.
That grease fitting is common, but, the box should have heavy oil...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-16-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Which wire is positive/negative for ignition coil?

It depends on the battery ground. The ignition system is grounded thru the points so the wire to the distributor is wired the same as the battery ground.

Yes, the car will run fine [ usually]...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-14-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,648
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Flywheel Housing Alignment

I'm pretty patient, but, maybe not as patient as you. Plus you've done a whole lot more than I have. I don't think I've tried your method, I've just muddled thru. I'm also doing them in the car. I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-13-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,648
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Flywheel Housing Alignment

I've milled them and then have even hand filed once installed. Its a long process. Mine was the worst [ .032"] and could only get to .008", but its fine.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-12-2020, 06:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 730
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: New clutch: Judder from hell

The V8 clutch and the 'A' aren't the same.
There are several things that can cause the 'judder' ranging from warped flywheel and mis-adjusted pressure plate fingers and mis-aligned...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-11-2020, 08:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 942
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Cam Gear

AH OH, the timing marks don't line up ! :D

They look very nice.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-11-2020, 08:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 824
Posted By Patrick L.
Re: Using Parking Lights For Signal Lights

I added them to the motorbikes. They flash 3 times before going on steady and they get your attention. I should know whether they are legal here or not, but, I don't. So far, I like them.
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