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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-16-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 427
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Radiator overflow

There is a simple test that can be run on any engine called a "block test kit" to check for a bad head gasket, crack in head, crack in block, etc. I got mine at NAPA.

It sniffs for combustion...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-16-2019, 03:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By Jim/GA
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-13-2019, 05:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: GPS charging on an unregulated 6v system

The various car chargers out there for GPS and cell phone use have varying grades of voltage regulator chips built into them. Some are more tolerant of a noisy 6 volt signal coming into them than...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-13-2019, 05:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 907
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Re Insurance

I have seen repeatedly in court that waivers are not worth the paper they are printed on. The courts throw them out. Waivers just intimidate average people from suing, but if there is a claim of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-12-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 907
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Re Insurance

You are correct about the risk to any member that volunteers to be an officer or a director of a local club. If there is an incident, they will be sued for negligence and their personal assets are...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-12-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 975
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Radiator fill question

You will not see coolant above the baffle when engine is cold. I use a little wooden stir stick that I picked up at Starbucks as a dipstick on the side to the baffle.

When out on a drive, engine...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-08-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 529
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: transmission oil

No. Big mistake. Don’t do it.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-06-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 400
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Gas tank cap venting?

^^^^

The most important first question to ask! The '28-29 caps are pretty reliable; the '30-31 reproductions are a real pain, not venting.

You should never hear pressure escaping when you take...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-06-2019, 11:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 939
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Original Price?

All good points.

And remember, Ford was a private company through all this. Henry had bad experience with shareholders early in his career and HATED them. So he kept Ford private for a long...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-06-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 422
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Need help near Atlanta diagnosing motor issue

I agree with Brent, now that I see the compression numbers. They are all high enough and close enough to each other to make a valve problem unlikely.

As he said, incorrect coil polarity can...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-05-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 308
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: 31 Carburetor Adjustment

Did you check the faces of the manifolds where they bolt to the block with a straightedge, or have the assembly milled by a machine shop, to make sure that the 5 surfaces all at the same level?
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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-05-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 422
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Need help near Atlanta diagnosing motor issue

What compression numbers are you reading using the rubber stopper? I suspect sticky valve or burnt/leaky valve. This would show up in the compression numbers.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-05-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 939
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Original Price?

I have an original invoice for a new Sport Coupe from 1928. The buyer had the dealer put 2 wheel wells in the fenders on the car and the invoice had the extra cost listed for 1 wheel and 1 tire&tube....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-05-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 939
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Original Price?

The page on the left was a preview, pre-release, advance notice ad to prompt people to go to the showroom on Dec. 2nd, 1927, and the drawings were not 100% accurate. All retail cars sold included...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-04-2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 495
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Battery Discharge

Remove the fuse and connect a test light across the clips of the fuse holder. If it lights, you have a drain. If no light, then no drain (at that time). Wiggle and jiggle things until the light...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-28-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 577
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: How do you guys keep your lights on!!??

How many candlepower are the bulbs you are using? 32-32? 32-50?

At 6 volts, you will be drawing a lot of amps with most of the headlight bulbs we use today (except LED). The slightest...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-27-2019, 08:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Fog Light Switch Connection Question

I have mine connected at the terminal box on the firewall. Connect it to the post that has the yellow/black wires on it, the side that then goes down to the generator. Then the ammeter will show...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-24-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,012
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Spinning stud on rear wheel

You will have a hard time removing the wheel and drum as a unit on the rear wheels. The tapered axle shaft into the rear hub is not easy to separate.

Try wedging something like a pry bar between...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-10-2019, 04:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 695
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: 1928

What you describe is classic bad condenser problem. They become heat sensitive and short out internally when hot.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-10-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 549
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Model B Coil Wiring

If you want to quickly and easily confirm proper coil polarity, you need one of these:

https://www.brattons.com/ignition-spark-and-coil-tester.html

It's a nice item for a club to own in their...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-22-2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 532
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: GPS Operation

First, you need a Garmin GPS model that supports "custom waypoints" to be downloaded into it. Not all GPSs can do it. You need an upper end model.

Once you have that, you can put a custom route...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-17-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,017
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Map software

I refer to my maps as my Analog GPS. The kids understand that.

:D
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-16-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,017
Posted By Jim/GA
Lightbulb Re: Map software

I use the TripTik website offered by AAA.

https://triptik.aaa.com/

It allows you to say you want to avoid highways. It will program in rest stops at a time interval, if you want. Sometimes, to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-11-2019, 05:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,348
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Kerosene

It will not clean any serious sludge out. Drop the pan. Then you know what you have and know it is clean when you are done.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-10-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,653
Posted By Jim/GA
Re: Preferred Speed

You may be looking at the bridge where I-10 goes over the Mississippi River. Go north a short distance and use the US-190 route. In fact, I'd stay off of I-10 whenever possible.

Look at the...
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