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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 11:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 412
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Main bearings Babbitt unusual

Looks like that block was set up for full pressure oiling, with a drilled crank for oil to the rods.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 10:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 574
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Lightened Flywheel

Engines are beyond dumb, and well into stupid, the crank doesn't know or care what is behind it. I'd go with the 33 lbs. The lighter weight will accelerate and de-celertate quicker, and make...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 10:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 681
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Best in class head

Adding compression and a bigger carb are the quickest and easiest ways to more power. Hard to beat a Winfield, unless it is a BRIERLEY head. I'd post a pic but posting here is too complicated for...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-03-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Was there once a Model A open bus on Catalina Island?

Brad, that is one cool lookimg bus!!!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-03-2020, 11:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Rod and Main Nuts

As John says, castelated nuts were common for years. I workd as a mechanic in a GMC dealership back in the 50's and 60's. Another mechanic had done a complete rebuild on a 503 CID gas engine. A...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-02-2020, 11:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Rod and Main Nuts

ARP #300-8333 is a 10-pack of 12 point rod nuts. Another advantage of them is when an A pan is used on a B block, the pan needent be dimpled. On the last few engines I built, I machined wheel lug...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-01-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 450
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Model B motor

As John says, you don't need to dimple the A pan if you use ARP 12-point nuts, they are stronger yet smaller in O.D.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-01-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,561
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: My first iron OHV casting!

The original Miller/Cragar's required A LOT of spark advance to develope good power, Dodgde's suggestion is very good. Also, the originals used 6 cyl. Buick rocker arms, 1.25:1 ratio. I would...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-01-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 506
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: 1930 Coupe front end shimmy

The axle looks crappy but I doubt that is the problem. Wobbble is usually caused by looseness in 1) drag link 2) tie rod ends 3) steering gear. Front end alignment is also critical.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-01-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 575
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: OT- My Connection To The Model A Community

Welcome back 1930-P! You find a wide variety of people here, most if not all really try to be helpful. The ones I have an issue with those that don't even try to answer the question, but try to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: assembling the Model A engine.

I would never, ever, set up an engine that tight! I've had a local babbitter do a couple of engines, and/or just rods for me. I have added a .001" shim to each an every bearing during assembly, and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Diamond block engine complete

Diamond engines, both A and B, were produced at least up to the war. They have a date cast into the block on the lower right front. Sometimes the dates are hard to decipher, but are there. Most,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,240
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Swirled Glass Shift Knobs

Not rare, but not common either. They were readily available at stores like the Pep Brothers, Western Auto, etc. I got the one in my wide-bed out of a wrecking yard, it sorta fell into my pocket as...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,973
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: When is a "Model A" no longer a "Model A"

I call my cars "Vintage Hot Rods", My body has had a hip, Eye lenses, and a few other things reoplaced, so guess I am vintage too, and I'm only 83 years of age!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-30-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,360
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Slamming into first gear

I doubt it is a pilot brg problem, likely the clutch pressure plate and disc need replacement, if all linkage checks out. Also look at the motor mounts, if float-o-moters are installed, all bolts...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-30-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,973
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: When is a "Model A" no longer a "Model A"

grumpy rick, The modified class rules clearly state it has to be an A or B block, read the rules and you won't be disappointed. I have modified Model A's, and can easily keep up with freeway...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-29-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 834
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: What Model "A" Book Do You Read the Most?

If interested in performance, get my [I]4-bangers and me[I] book.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-29-2020, 11:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 540
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Brakes

All Ford drums after late '31 were cast iron. To check this, use your pocket knife to peel a sliver off your drums. If they are iron you will not get a sliver off, just small particles, steel will...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-29-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,360
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Slamming into first gear

A little grinding is normal because the trans has no syncronizers. Remove some of the free-play and before trying to go into 1st, push the clutch all the way down and wait several seconds to let the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-28-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,172
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: oil pump shield

On a full-pressure system the most important thing is to baffle the oil so it doesn't run away from the pump on acceleration, deceleration or hard right turns. On some of my engines I don't even run...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-28-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 705
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Ford model b waterpumps

The '32 B pump is longer than the '33-'34 because of the later's slanted radiator.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-26-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 905
Views: 102,938
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: tell a Model A related story

I know nothing about airplanes other than I'm smart enough to not jump out of a perfectly good one. I worked as a mechanic for a GMC dealer back in the 50's and 60's, a customer once brought in two...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-25-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Fossils and 1930 Ford ute.

Yes, the one I spoke of was US built, all steel. The AAA is a California Club, still very active.

A few 1931 Model A's were first sold in '32. A friend has a wide-bed pickup registered as a '32.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-24-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Fossils and 1930 Ford ute.

The "Utes" were used for many interesting things. A friend restored one several years ago that had been used by the AAA (auto club) to map the roads in Mexico. There was a video about that outing,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-21-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,228
Posted By Jim Brierley
Re: Model A Estate Plans

when my friend the pack-rat passed, myself and another club member were asked to put a price on everything. First question we asked the family was, do you want to try and get top dollar, or to sell...
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