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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-08-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,552
Posted By eagle
Smile Re: Fuel Tank Purchase

Yeah, maybe. But there are a LOT of model As out there. Using the numbers you give, when the demand is in the multiple hundreds the 100 break even point seems like a no brainer. I have a 50's chev...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-07-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,552
Posted By eagle
Re: Fuel Tank Purchase

When the supply dries up, there will be someone who will start building them. The price will be high, and then a second company will start producing and as the supply goes up, the price will come...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-05-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 672
Posted By eagle
Re: Burning out headlight bulbs

First make sure you have a 6v battery and not an 8v. Second, if you have a battery disconnect make sure you never disconnect it while engine is running. Third, get yourself a fun projects voltage...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-04-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 767
Posted By eagle
Re: Rust!!

I haven't had good luck with the rust converters. Of course we are up here in the salty road country and the salt gets into the metal pores and continues its degradation process. I think the best bet...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-04-2020, 07:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 900
Posted By eagle
Re: Paint situation

Typically any reputable paint shop is going to want to get down to clean metal before applying new paint. Its gonna be expensive anyway you look at it. Sandblasting is a good option for rusted areas,...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 02-02-2020, 10:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 608
Posted By eagle
Re: Don't mess with my quail

I bought one from Macs about 5 or 6 years ago. Came with a good rubber seal and does not leak. I love the look of the flying quail and have been very satisfied with the quality. It is the one with...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-25-2020, 07:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By eagle
Re: Not Model A related!

I havent had good lock repairing plastic gas tanks with epoxy. The parts houses such as Napa and others have products but for me they didn't last. I have, however, had good results with using donor...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-22-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 659
Posted By eagle
Re: Voltage meter

An analog meter can handle the noisy power of a running A. A good quality digital can too. However, most readings can be taken with the motor off, then even a cheapy will be fine.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-21-2020, 10:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 945
Posted By eagle
Re: 6 volt horn in 12 volt vehicle

buy a voltage regulator off of ebay. Hook it up to a 6 volt battery with an ammeter inline and check the current requirements, times it by two, and get that size or larger regulator. Very cheap on...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-21-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 571
Posted By eagle
Re: 1929 Model A-Wood

If it was a fordor you would be stonecold drunk by now. If the wood is still good enough to hold its shape, probably best to just cut your own. If its too far gone buy one of the kits available and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-15-2020, 10:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 787
Posted By eagle
Re: Cracked Head

Its not too difficult to check it out to see if there are more cracks. I had a Model T that had a similar head crack when I got it, nothing else was damaged.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-14-2020, 10:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By eagle
Re: Electric speedometer

They make an electronic speedometer that uses a magnetic pickup on wheel, but they too need to be calibrated. I used one on a tractor. Otherwise run a speedometer APP on your phone and once you...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-14-2020, 10:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Posted By eagle
Re: Current 6 Volt Positive Ground Turn Signal Recommendation

Go to a swap meet and buy an old period correct turn signal switch . Easy to wire them up to your existing system. They look and function much better than the new ones made in China. You'll see them...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-14-2020, 10:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 988
Posted By eagle
Re: Tire Pressure

This has been discussed at great lengths, but like oil, everyone has 3 opinions. I like to run them harder, over 40 lbs. Improves handling and tires wear more evenly. Of course I have a 29 so not...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-12-2020, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 593
Posted By eagle
Re: Fresh overhaul & modern lube'

Lucas oil stabilizer makes the tranny shift very smoothly. Makes the shifter feel slick and gears mesh easily.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-11-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 574
Posted By eagle
Re: time for new starter brushes I suppose

When slow cranking, first thing to do is connect a voltmeter right AT the starter and check voltage when cranking, and not. Do it when it is working well, then remember the numbers so you can use...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-11-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 628
Posted By eagle
Re: charge battery via alternator lug

No need to disconnect battery to charge it. The best way to charge any battery is with a trickle charger. 2 amps or less. Leave it on for 24+ hours. Much better for the battery than fast charging....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-11-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By eagle
Re: Fun project voltage regulator

Macs sells them on ebay. Just search ford model a voltage regulator. 85.00, free shipping.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-06-2020, 12:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 696
Posted By eagle
Re: Headlight amperage

The only real way is to put an ACCURATE ammeter in the circuit and test it. Fuse or breaker at double running amperage. The ammeter in the car is not accurate. Car needs to be started and at running...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-03-2020, 12:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 816
Posted By eagle
Re: Running Poorly

lift the spark plug straps just a hair off the top of the plugs and start it. Works best if you have a dimly lit area. Watch for steady blue spark, that will give you some good info as to look into...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-01-2020, 06:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,339
Posted By eagle
Re: Quick question

The original AirMaze wire mesh gets coated with oil after cleaning. By the amount of dirt it collects, it is definitely doing something. My original element is 90 years old and still works well.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-30-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,659
Posted By eagle
Re: Clutch slipping.

Slipping that much should have caused some pretty serious stink. I would troubleshoot it first before pulling engine. Tie tow strap from a tree to the rear end, should kill the engine. No grinding or...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-23-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,095
Posted By eagle
Re: Ford Model A Coolant Overflow Tank

Whether you need it or not its kind of a neat accessory and isn't really a modification, more of just an add on. I top off my radiator every spring when I get the car out, it then blows water for a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-22-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 987
Posted By eagle
Re: The Old Opportunity Motor

Is the existing babbitt shot? If not you could make a spare engine pretty cheaply, and gain some good experience at the same time. Fun too.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-22-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,257
Posted By eagle
Re: Generator vs Alternator

I use a generator with a voltage regulator and original type headlights. Generator maintains battery well, and I have plenty of light at 45mph. If you plan on hopping up the A to go 55+ at night,...
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