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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2019, 07:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 511
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Dead Short - how do I find it?

Looking for (or reading with a meter) a short of the red wire to ground is a good idea.

The only way to know for sure if the switch is good or bad is to test it with an ohmmeter out of the car.
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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 511
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Dead Short - how do I find it?

Ummm, no, the coil does not get power from the switch. Go study that wiring diagram again. The coil gets POWER from the terminal box, all the time, via the black wire. The switch provides a GROUND...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 511
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Dead Short - how do I find it?

If the engine stops when you push in the pop-out switch, it is successfully breaking the connection between the coil and the points... but if the switch is defective (or if the wires inside the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2019, 06:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 511
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Dead Short - how do I find it?

Maybe, maybe not! It depends on how you wired the car. Ford's original wiring scheme has battery power supplied to the coil all the time, and the key switch interrupts the wire between coil and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-16-2019, 11:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Shift-Speeds

I agree. I forgot about the 4.11 gear. And I tend to over-rev in 2nd. :D
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-16-2019, 11:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 511
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Dead Short - how do I find it?

Is the master cutoff switch installed in the ground cable or the cable between the battery and the starter switch?

Is your ignition switch an original style pop-out switch or an aftermarket key...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-16-2019, 05:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Shift-Speeds

Shift from 1st to 2nd gear soon after the vehicle has started rolling. Anywhere around 5 MPH is fine.

Shift from 2nd to 3rd at around 20 MPH.

You can leave it in 3rd gear and chug around most...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-15-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,795
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Thumbs up Re: LED Headlights

Karl-
Your findings with the headlight focus & aim test machine (not anecdotal assessment) are consistent with my expectations. From the design and layout (position) of the LEDs on these headlight...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-12-2019, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Tie Down Wheel Bonnets

A friend of mine built that as a 3-wheeler from parts. The power plant is a water-cooled motorcycle engine that drives the rear wheel. He built the frame and the front axle.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-11-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Tie Down Wheel Bonnets

I use them on my trailer with E-track. I have towed cars of all widths. Having the track off center to the tire is no big deal.

You need to make sure that the bonnets are designed to attach to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-09-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 882
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: New distributor skips a beat

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!


Ha ha ha! :D


Now that I got that off my chest...

It may not be ignition. It may be fuel mixture. Or a sticky valve. Check GAV and idle mixture.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-07-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 745
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Manual Spark Timing

Tom-
Unless they printed different instructions in NZ from the books they printed in the USA, Ford did not say to run with the advance all the way down.

See attached scans of an original 1928...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-03-2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,596
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: New guy seeking advice

There are a lot of great cars available in the Houston, Victoria, San Antonio areas. I can help connect you with people, drop me a PM or an email through the FB.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-03-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Hemmings Article

Online version:
https://www.hemmings.com/blog/article/1928-29-ford-model-a-roadster-and-phaeton/

You have to be a subscriber to read it!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-25-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 444
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Battery size

Put a spacer under the battery to raise it up and you'll be fine. A wooden block works.

Some batteries are sold with a plastic frame on the top of them that can be placed under the battery for...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-24-2019, 11:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 547
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Upgraded to 12v Elec, Then No Power

Charlie is right.

Or a basic test light where you connect a wire with an alligator clip to ground, and then go around and touch each post, nut, or screw one step at a time -- looking for power...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-24-2019, 11:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 547
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Upgraded to 12v Elec, Then No Power

Slow down, ace. Fuses blow for a reason. If you bypass it, you will end up with an electrical fire. You need to determine why the fuse blew.

I asked what year car this is because the 1928-29...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-24-2019, 10:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: easier way to polish nickel headlamps/shell

This stuff is magic. And it leaves a protective film on the nickel to keep it looking nice longer. It is not at all harsh.

I strongly recommend it.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-24-2019, 10:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 547
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Upgraded to 12v Elec, Then No Power

What year is this vehicle?

Did you change from original positive ground to negative ground when you changed to 12 volts?

The "master fuse" that Ruth asks about IS the one you installed on the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-20-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: How do i identify.....

^^^^^
above is correct for the 7-tooth.

The 2-tooth has a clamp at the top of the gear box that holds the steering column on tightly to the gear box. The clamp is tightened with a large...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-19-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,795
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: LED Headlights

Cool!

With the car 25 feet from a wall or garage door, see if you can focus the high beam on each into a circle with a sharp edge with the lenses off first; then see what that looks like with the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-12-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-10-2019, 11:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 482
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Muffler Clamp Finish?

I think you are confusing the clamp that he asks about, joining exhaust manifold and muffler, with the tail pipe hanger on the rear portion of the tail pipe, behind the muffler. You do want the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-10-2019, 11:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 482
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Muffler Clamp Finish?

MARC does not "allow" or "disallow" anything.

It's your car, you are allowed to do anything you want to it. Many of us strive to rebuild and restore our cars as closely as we can to the way they...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-10-2019, 11:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 482
Posted By Jim/TX/GA
Re: Muffler Clamp Finish?

No, Gary, you are not reading it wrong, but you are not reading it right either because you are only reading part of Area 5. Read it all from the first paragraph.

The very first paragraph of the...
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