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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-17-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 347
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: king pin assembely

The purpose of the shim washers is ensure that the roller bearings carry the vertical loads from the wheels. If not shimmed correctly, the king pin lock bolts incorrectly carry the vertical loads.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-16-2019, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Paint, urethane and acrylic urethane

Acrylics are vulnerable to softening from gasoline.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-16-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Front Fenders

1928 and 1929 front fenders are the same in fit, form and function.

1930 fenders are unique because they have a piece of the running apron. So the 1930 running board aprons are unique also.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-14-2019, 09:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,133
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Problems with windshield hitting gastank

There is a difference in height of one inch between a slant-windshield frame and a straight windshield frame. At their vertical edges, a slant-windshield frame measures 14.2" in height, and a ...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-10-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 31 A rear axle shaft damage

I have replaced rear axles with used originals more than once without any negative consequences. The 190A in my avatar has a driver's side axle salvaged from another axle, and it runs quiet.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-08-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,106
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Spring Lube ?? Additional....

Leaf springs are designed to have a certain amount of friction between the leaves. It is not an apples to apples comparison between the springs on Model A's and Ford V8's.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-08-2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 655
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Running board anti squeak.

Both of my 1931 A's had a black cloth anti-squeak material between the running boards and their brackets.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-06-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 784
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Chicle/Copra Drab Color Combo + Black painted wheels

The first 2 editions of the paint chips are said to be wrong. The 3rd edition is said to have the correct color chips. Until there is an original car with Copra Chickle Drab colors to examine, these...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-05-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,278
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Original Vicky interior

Hi Art, Hi Bill,
In the record of surviving 190A's, I believe that Art's 190A 28359 (Line 208) is the oldest Steel-Back. There is one other earlier Steel-Back in the list (Line 207), but I do not...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-04-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,017
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Blown HG results

Are copper head gaskets for the Models "A" & "B" still being made? I don't think so.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-29-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Truck pictures

Nice pictures. Here's a suggestion for another. Take a picture with the truck offset to the right or left. This will make a background picture for a business card having text opposite of the truck.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-29-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Spark and accelerator control rods...

What follows is conjecture.

Disassembly of the rods for restoration is not practical in my opinion. At best, clean the rods and have them plated or use a rattle can of dull aluminum paint to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-28-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 924
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Quiet Ride Sound Deadening and Insulation

This is an extract of an article I wrote on this topic.

Roofing Shingles to Reduce Noise
Rolled roofing starter strip with a sticky backing is heavy, itís easily cut and readily available. Use...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-28-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,074
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Something different....

There was a vintage belief that 21-inch wheels enabled the Model "A" to go faster.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-27-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 455
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Why the switch from electric to vacuum wipers in 1930?

My guess is cost and reliability. Electric wipers suffered from poor electrical grounding and failures of their internal mechanism. From Ford's service bulletins, I deduce:
Page 247: Wiper fails to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-27-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,434
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Tom Endy update

I received an email from Tom yesterday (1/26), and he is still recovering his health. Tom feels he will be well enough to publish the April "Bustle" for the Victoria Association.

Please keep Tom...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-26-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 923
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Brake Pills

It is not unusual to find one side of the front service brakes differs from the other. I suspect it occurs because of variations in the frame. To be sure you are judging the 15-degree angle...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-24-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 894
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Bad manifold gaskets

Here's are some tips for installing the manifold gaskets:
> Take out the 2 bolts connecting the intake manifold to the exhaust manifold;
> Install the manifolds being sure to use gland rings in...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-23-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,482
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Cave in victim?

The firewall indicates the car is an early 1928 product.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-22-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,238
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Winter antifreeze

Where do all of the witches tales re Model A's come from? What you heard about modern antifreeze is total "BS." Go to Walmart and buy the least expensive one.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-21-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 269
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: 32Partsguy Has Outstanding Headlight Bar for Ď32 Grill

Please post a link to 32Partsguy. I need a bar too.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-21-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Dome lights

This is an original dome light for a Deluxe Coupe.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-20-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,120
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Front and Rear Spring Restoration

For a non-driver show car, rebuilding the springs is reasonable. For a driver, rebuilding original springs is a NO NO, and here is why:
> Remaining fatigue life is an unknown, and little can be done...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-19-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,379
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Matching photos, I think.....

The taxi lacks the "A" Pillar protruding from the cowl, but the sedan in the vinatage photo has the classic 1928-29 "A" Pillar....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-17-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 849
Posted By Bob Bidonde
Re: Squealing engine

A common and loud squeal occurs when the camshaft plunger in the timing cover is not lubricated when assembling an engine. If you had the front timing cover off, this may be the culprit. This squeal...
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