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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-18-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 447
Posted By John
Re: Noisy Valves

The tappets can be changed with the block in the car. You are correct that the camshaft and pan along with the radiator and a few other things must be removed. It is easier to remove the head also...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-10-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By John
Re: Cut code for lock cylinder?

A1213 = 23542 for a Briggs and Stratton cut.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-29-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 391
Posted By John
Re: Two tooth setting in a 28/29

The two tooth Gemmer setup for the '29 used a keyed steering wheel connection on the 43 inch shaft like the 44 inch shaft on the '30-31. The 7 tooth column had a splined steering wheel connection. A...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-16-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 668
Posted By John
Re: KR Wilson Combination Machine Raising Block

The Model A engine bore is, if memory serves me right, 1/8" off center from what the Model T bore was. The plate is to raise the block to make up the difference when boring the cylinders.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-13-2020, 11:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 449
Posted By John
Re: adapting a ford pickup steering gear to model a

I am not aware of any "kit" to make this alteration. A write-up of how one person did his installation is here:


Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-07-2020, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 707
Posted By John
Re: Ford Model A engine noise

Remove the fan belt to eliminate the generator and water pump as a source. You can get closer if needed to locate the source of the noise if it persists. With no fan or belt, listening can be done...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-25-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,502
Posted By John
Re: Help diagnosing engine knock

Do check the piston to head clearance. A local club member recently installed a rebuilt engine with a new high compression head and had a similar knock. It turned out that the head was incorrectly...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-01-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By John
Re: Carburetor backfire

It sounds like it is time to get that 'B' carburetor cleaned out.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-22-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,857
Posted By John
Re: How common a practice is this?.

Years ago when my Father had a '53 Chevrolet that turned over very slowly even after the installation of a new starter, the mechanic installed an 8 volt battery that helped a bit. Some time later...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-20-2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,328
Posted By John
Re: Front License Plate Hitting Radiator

Some states, like Virginia, do require 2 plates. I use a Model A rear license plate mount on a front bumper bolt to avoid placing the license in front of the radiator. Before that, I used tape on...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-08-2020, 07:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,122
Posted By John
Re: Rear spring spreader

I vote for the porta power. That way I can spread the spring and stand a few feet away.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-08-2020, 07:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,398
Posted By John
Re: King Pin Retaining Bolts

Sometimes a hand held pneumatic hammer will "rattle" items loose that otherwise seemed to be joined together for good. Add a bit of your own penetrating oil to the joint for luck.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-01-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 837
Posted By John
Re: odd rear brake drum 30 coupe

While I cannot see the rest of the rear end, the early '28 did not have an emergency brake band setup.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-09-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,760
Posted By John
Re: Steering Box LEAKS!!

Sealant on threads of bolts in bottom plate. One of mine was drilled into housing and leaking around bolt after I rebuilt. I pulled bolts and added sealant on threads. It is dry now.

The holes for...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-07-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 894
Posted By John
Re: Rumble Seat Deck Lids 30-31

A good '30-'31 deck or rumble lid is hard to find and thus usually demand a premium price. Even the better ones found have a bit of rust.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-09-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,048
Posted By John
Re: My first iron OHV casting!

Tod, your work never ceases to amaze me!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-06-2020, 09:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 815
Posted By John
Re: Electrical Fuel Pump Wiring??

One option for a fuel pump safety switch can be found here:


The site does list a 6 volt model. I do not know if positive ground is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-29-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,259
Posted By John
Re: Distributor advance problem

There is very little backlash in the cam to crankshaft gear mating. Rotating the crankshaft either way to allow the pin to fit in the recess of the cam gear is acceptable.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-27-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,555
Posted By John
Re: Is My Cam Going Flat?

If you are rotating the crankshaft 180 degrees, then the camshaft is only rotating 90 degrees due to the cam/crank gear ratio. You are checking the valve lash on some point other than the heel of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-08-2020, 09:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,070
Posted By John
Re: Dipstick for Tremec T170 Transmission

For the SKF bearing series used on the Tremec Ford overdrive transmissions, you need a 6308 2RSNR bearing. This bearing has an inner and an outer rubber seal, thus the 2RS designation and the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-15-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,882
Posted By John
Re: steering sector

A good machine shop can make a coupling and then weld the top of of the seven tooth shaft shaft to the lower end of the two tooth shaft. Just be sure to get the correct overall length.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2019, 09:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,850
Posted By John
Re: non adjustable valves

Most of the time the valves can be adjusted in the Model A if adjustable tappets are in place by rotating the crankshaft until the adjustable tappet is at its highest point. With tappet wrenches,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-21-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,254
Posted By John
Re: K R Wilson Combination Machine

Please read the two emails sent referencing the combination machine.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-19-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 896
Posted By John
Re: long speedo cable

Smith and Jones Antique Auto Parts made a speedometer cable up for me several years ago. They made it to my desired length for my Model A overdrive. Contact them at: snjparts@gmail.com to see if...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-10-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,697
Posted By John
Re: Veterans Day

USN Vietnam 1968 aboard the USS Rich DD820
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