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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 11:19 AM
Replies: 21
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Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Main and Rod Shim Sequence ???

Adjusting the bearings was an accepted service procedure back then. In fact, the Model A Instruction Book says "If a bearing has become loose it should be adjusted by an authorized Ford mechanic." ...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 12:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 564
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Main and Rod Shim Sequence ???

Millions of A's have no doubt had their mains 'tightened' with no thought given to any bowing of the crankshaft. How many, percentagewise, then broke their crankshafts? (Not counting the ones...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-17-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 734
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: y-block blow by..

Since you drive the car daily in good weather, the fix may be to modify a set of original valve covers for a PCV system. The covers are very easy to swap out so just put your fancy ones on for...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-17-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 734
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: y-block blow by..

I agree, the PCV style valley pan would be an easy install but just assumed it would be near impossible to find one.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-17-2019, 01:49 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 734
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: y-block blow by..

Converting your engine to a good PCV system from a road draft tube is one of the best things you can do for it! Positive Crankcase Ventilation removes corrosive combustion blowby gases that would...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-16-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 734
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: y-block blow by..

It might be worthwhile to copy most '70's or so Ford systems: That is, fresh air into the engine through one valve cover, then fumes out the other valve cover through the PCV valve into the intake...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-16-2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 734
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: y-block blow by..

To add to this, some years back (late '80's-earluy '90's) some vehicles (I think Ford Ranger was one) specified that the PCV valve be changed to a different part# after break-in. That's how specific...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-16-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 734
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: y-block blow by..

That would be a step backward! Those road draft tubes only worked at highway speeds, and not too effectively then. Around town. speeds were too slow to generate any draft at the road tube. One...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-16-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,161
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Interesting read in Hemmings about restoration costs.

Having been a mechanic (or 'auto service technician', to be fancy) for about 40 years, I have come to a different opinion. Reliability and longevity have greatly improved over the years. In the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-12-2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: failed sealer gas tank cleaner, alcohol ?

You'll never get all the nooks and crannies with a power washer. And rocks might crumble a little and leave grit behind. Try a box or two of roofing nails and strap to the mixer. If a nail or two...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 959
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Making an A axle steer easier

Try removing some weight. Switch to an aluminum radiator, for starters. Get the block and heads recast in aluminum also. Have the flywheel lightened. Take off oh, maybe 150-200 pounds. Drill...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2019, 01:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,439
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: One note to modern engine oils

A main feature of "High Mileage" oil is that it contains seal softening and swelling agents to stop/slow down/prevent leaks. Since there are no neoprene seals to swell and soften in an A, High...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2019, 01:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Backfire or popping when going down hill

"confirmed the timing is correct." Since the timing is set by the "spark" (or timing) lever, how do you know when the timing is correct? Is it with the lever at 9 o'clock? 8 o'clock? somewhere...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 01:10 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 3,466
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Spark Plug Protrusion into Head?

How about this scenario: reach of plug without gasket (total shank length)=13/16". Reach of plug with gasket installed=3/4" (assuming gasket is 1/16" thick). Anyway, the end result is what's...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 12:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,011
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: XXXX it !!!!!!! Crabs ????

Lost track of how many times I've pulled off a brake drum to find the primary and secondary shoes reversed on one side. I think I finally figured out how this happened so often. Picture the guy...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 12:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 357
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: proper gearing

Something is terribly wrong if your highway speed is only 50 MPH! Does it lack power? Simply find and fix the cause. When the car was new (or when owned by a high school kid 10 years later) it...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-07-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 843
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Update on transmission plug

What kind of valves are in the transmission? And, what size bolts hold the pan on the transmission? :)
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-06-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 761
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Brakes quiz!! ID the mistery system.

I first saw JC Whitney and Warshawsky catalogs in the late '50's. Back then Warshawsky seemed to be the wholesale branch of JC Whitney. Their catalogs were identical but Warshawsky's prices were...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-06-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,424
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Flathead Valve Adjusting Methods ??'s

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Say Pete, How often do you need to recharge the magnets in your kitchen wall mounted CrankaTalk...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-04-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,424
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Flathead Valve Adjusting Methods ??'s

If I may ask, what is your method to tighten the lash if it is too loose?
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-04-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Radio Shack Capacitive Discharge Ignition

What I was getting at is the fact that a lot of people seem to think that if they buy a 50,000 volt coil, it always fires with 50,000 volts to the plug. That is not true. When the points open (or...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-04-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Radio Shack Capacitive Discharge Ignition

Don't forget: A coil only produces the voltage needed to jump the spark plug gap! If 5,000 volts is sufficient to fire the plug, the coil can only produce 5,000 volts. If 10,000 volts is needed,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-04-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,031
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: VIN number ???

I agree whole heartedly! In fact, I was just about to say the same thing.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-04-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 795
Views: 72,391
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: tell a Model A related story

Could very well have been that those children's books were slanted toward homosexuality. Seems like Q***s are always looking for fresh meat! So make it seem OK to innocent kids!
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-03-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,424
Posted By 40 Deluxe
Re: Flathead Valve Adjusting Methods ??'s

This won't apply nowadays, but years back a mechanic described how he did it in a Chicago Ford dealership in the early '50's. He kept jars of lifters on his bench, sorted according to length. If...
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