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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 374
Posted By Pete
Re: Valve spring issues

The install height will be the measurement taken when the scale reads 60 lb.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 374
Posted By Pete
Re: Valve spring issues

60 lb. on the seat.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-20-2019, 11:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 374
Posted By Pete
Re: Valve spring issues

Do not even bother measuring those springs. They have 2 strikes against them right out of the box.

Go ahead and set up your bathroom scale on your drill press. You will need it to check the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-20-2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 368
Posted By Pete
Re: broken cylinder head studs

Most all of the previous advice is good and will work IF, time is not a factor.

EDM is usually reserved for taking out broken tools too hard to drill or machine. It is slow and costly. I sold my...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-19-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 339
Posted By Pete
Re: 8BA Rear Cam Brg Oil Supply??

Converting the rear cam bearing to priority oiling like the other 2 is relatively simple.
All that is required is a set screw to block the groove (2 grooves in early cores), pull the bushing and tap...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-19-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 498
Posted By Pete
Re: Axel Shims.

If I was going to use axle shims I would want either safety hubs or drum clips.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-18-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 694
Posted By Pete
Re: Mercury crank

Besides all of that, I discovered in the mid 50's that some Merc cranks are cast steel and most are cast iron. The steel ones were obviously the better choice for welded strokers.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-18-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,007
Posted By Pete
Re: Rewiring . . . What would you do different?

I don’t recommend complete rewiring a car unless you have had some schooling in basic electricity, wiring and Ohms law..

Crimping versus soldering needs to be COMPLETELY understood. Both are...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-17-2019, 05:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By Pete
Re: V8-60 Isky Mushroom Lifters

If you have a mill, it is no big deal to make one. Spur gears are more efficient anyway.
Another possibility is, see if Dan McEachern will make you one.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,085
Posted By Pete
Re: Really old gasoline question

Not now days but back in the ancient past, some of the anti-freeze was methanol.
One of the name brands was "Zerone".
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-16-2019, 09:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,085
Posted By Pete
Re: Really old gasoline question

Sign in my shop.

Gasoline is for washing parts.
Alcohol is for drinking.
Nitro makes cars go fast.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-16-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By Pete
Re: V8 60 question

The 40 block is the desired one. It also has bigger journals.

Simca cranks can be made to fit and they will give stroke increase.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-16-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,262
Posted By Pete
Re: Cam Degreeing/Checking Important

Even a cave man can do it.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-16-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By Pete
Re: V8 60 question

They have minimal problems with cracks.
We had the fastest Ford midget in USAC in the late 50's. No Offy could come close.
Email me if you need any info on parts.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-16-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By Pete
Re: Leather seats

Sure, I remember it. It is what I used when I had leather seats and a softball mitt.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-15-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,262
Posted By Pete
Re: Cam Degreeing/Checking Important

I presume you are talking about lobe centerline. This can be diddled around.
The lobe separation angle can NOT be moved after the cam is rough ground.
The tag will indicate lobe separation angle...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-15-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,262
Posted By Pete
Re: Cam Degreeing/Checking Important

A fine go fast engine.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-15-2019, 07:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,821
Posted By Pete
Re: Max Compression Ratio

It is fluid inertia.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-15-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,262
Posted By Pete
Re: Cam Degreeing/Checking Important

Was the first time an Offy or a NOVI?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-15-2019, 04:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,262
Posted By Pete
Re: Cam Degreeing/Checking Important

Here is how I do the cam timing adjust thing on a Ford flathead engine.
I use an early press on timing gear core, usually steel.
I put the crank gear on ONLY far enough to match the cam gear which...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-15-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,821
Posted By Pete
Re: Max Compression Ratio

There is an old saying:

Just because you personally don't believe, doesn't mean the laws of physics don't apply.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-14-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By Pete
Re: adjustable tappets

That is correct, if the cam has an ORIGINAL type grind on it. The original grind had NO clearance ramps. It was of the 3 arc design. Most modern REGRINDS have clearance ramps and can be used with 1...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-14-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By Pete
Re: B4 aftermarket connecting rods “Crauler”

Here is a pic of one in an engine. On most of them the beam and upper end are pretty much the same. Some brands have angle cut caps.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-14-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By Pete
Re: adjustable tappets

The double nut will lock tighter but the face is 1 inch in diameter so make sure your cam is compatible with that. The single lock ones have a larger diameter face and are compatible with an ORIGINAL...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-13-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,304
Posted By Pete
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