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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-08-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,222
Posted By ursus
Re: Oil grooves

I should clarify that my earlier comment regarding lack of grooves on Model B engine with 40,000 miles of use applies only to the lower caps. The upper caps did have singles grooves per the Ford...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-06-2021, 08:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,222
Posted By ursus
Re: Oil grooves

I recently dismantled a B engine after 40,000 miles of use by the former owner. It had no grooves whatsoever, but it did have the oil wells at the parting lines. Keep in mind that the
Model B had...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-17-2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 678
Posted By ursus
Re: California 1935, Wilshire Blvd in color (remastered film)

The original black/white version of this had no sound of horns or other cars although someone had dubbed in a looping audio of pauses in engine sound with a soft click sound for gear changes.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-06-2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,627
Posted By ursus
Re: Changing of the Guard

Quoting Mister Moose, above: "The monster in the closet? Lawyers. Insurance companies. Who will drive these cars if insurance becomes multiples higher than it is now?"

Other monsters in the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 03-05-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Posted By ursus
Re: Four ring piston?

From the photo it looks like there are only 3 groves in the piston. The older pistons typically used a built up oil control ring assembly that was like a sandwich composed of two thin rings with a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-28-2021, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 762
Posted By ursus
Re: Old Ford truck at work

My uncle told of how some logging outfits were stingy about maintaining the trucks. Whatever it took to keep them running up to the cutting side but no so much about safety coming down the mountain....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-10-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,428
Posted By ursus
Re: Fatigue Cracks In Model "A" Parts

The front crossmember is another high stress point and many are found with cracks.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-02-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,522
Posted By ursus
Re: Picture perfect

Gramps still had a wagon and harnesses and rigging hanging in the barn into the 1960's. When we asked why the answer was that he almost threw it out until the Depression and World War II made him...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-28-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By ursus
Re: Type of paint typically used in the 1960's

Duco was a lacquer and Dulux was an enamel, both made by Dupont.

I recall an Earl Schreib $29.99 paint job that I had done when making $1.85/hr. Not bad if you put some effort into the prep work...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-23-2021, 12:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 636
Posted By ursus
Re: Zenith Q - Do I have this right?

To maintain the idle upon a hard stop, some have made another modification which is to enlarge the idle port in the throat. This may have worked for that situation but it results in a fast idle that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-17-2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 735
Posted By ursus
Re: 1931 valve cover gasket question

The Model B engines were cast with a number pad like the Model A but no numbers were stamped in that location. Your engine was likely a replacement for the original and the pad was stamped by the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-16-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By ursus
Re: U-Joint rebuild

You have to release the tension from the spring. Mount the U-joint securely in a vice and place a chisel over the center of the spring clip and give it a solid rap with a hammer. The spring clip...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-01-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,637
Posted By ursus
Re: Old sayings

We grow too soon old and too late smart.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-01-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 586
Posted By ursus
Re: Modern Grease For Steering Gears

Some guys are using John Deere Corn Head Grease because of its thixotropic property, which sounds perfect for the steering gear. However, note that it is a polyurea type grease and is listed as...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-29-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,349
Posted By ursus
Re: Mode A Piston expander/ knurling tool to Buy

Which side of the piston is considered the thrust side?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-26-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,006
Posted By ursus
Re: Signs, back in the day

In an auto repair garage near my childhood home:

Tune-up Service:
Points and plugs pitted - $10
Plugs and pits pointed - $10
Pits and points plugged - $10
Get all three for $25.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-30-2020, 10:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,521
Posted By ursus
Re: Starter Mechanism

And yet the Model B engine with 19 degrees of initial advance was supplied with a starting crank. I have had several guys tell me that they have started such an engine with the crank without...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-23-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,316
Posted By ursus
Re: Remove sludge from bottom of gas tank

Let me emphasize Ronn's directive to have the shop vac on BLOW! Full suction on a flammable vapor will turn that shop vac into a bomb. I saw this first-hand and it was a miracle that nobody was...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 392
Posted By ursus
Re: U joint rebuild

Be careful with those C-rings! They are made of spring steel and will fight you when pressing them on. Wear eye protection in case one takes flight and grip it securely so it doesn't get away from...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-13-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,308
Posted By ursus
Re: Loose Pitman Arm

Thanks to all that responded to my query! The sector shaft shank is fully up to the Ford dimension of 0.9375 inches and there is plenty of gap for the pinch so I am just looking at a sector arm that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-11-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 889
Posted By ursus
Not Model A but Model A Era

Found this today and curious what kind of car this is. The driver charged folks 10 cents for the ride and jump. Times were different then - kids were skinny and more daring.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-10-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,308
Posted By ursus
Loose Pitman Arm

I have a reballed Pitman arm that I bought from a vendor at a swap meet (remember those?) several years ago. When I began to install it I found that it is too loose even after cranking down hard on...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,306
Posted By ursus
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,329
Posted By ursus
Re: Why are there so many more 1930 grill shells than 1931s?

Unlike the previous models, the '31 shells were assembled from several pieces. With all of the impact and twisting that comes to bear on this part of the car, many of them simply fell apart.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-22-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,349
Posted By ursus
Re: Your most useless NOS parts

I have an NOS cluster gear on which they failed to cut the bevels on the second gear section of the cluster. Maybe I can find somebody to take that on.
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