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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-15-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 716
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Why wire up brake "dog bone"?

I agree. My 28 is also working fine.
Maybe someone was trying to fix a problem that didn't exist. Seems to happen quite often.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-15-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,085
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Gear ratio

I put a 5.5 head and a 3.27 ring and pinion on my friend's 31 wide bed pickup, and it's the perfect driving machine.
The rest of the engine and pickup is all stock.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-07-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 14,606
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: U-Joint Prepacking

I thought that worthless Photobucket stopped holding people's pictures hostage, but I guess they are back at it again.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 900
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: DId Model "A"s Come With a Spare Tire?

Yep, even in the 70's, the new Chevy pickups only came with a bare wheel, and I installed the tire as part of the dealer prep.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,400
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Mysterious chips in the oil

Probably junk from the rebuild, but at this point the safest thing to do is pull the pan, oil pump, and crankshaft, then thoroughly clean the engine.


Adding a valve cover oil filter would be...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,683
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: What revs at 60MPH

I would say yes, and for more speed, I'd install 3.27 gears or overdrive.
40 to 45 is an enjoyable speed, but you need to find some good Wisconsin roads for that. Too many fool drivers in Minnesota.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Distributor Part Fits

Yes, and that's one reason I balance my distributor rotors.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-02-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 425
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: adjustable lifters

I do the same as Jim and Bob. Never remove the head unless there is a REAL need to.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-31-2019, 04:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: radiator question

1" on my 1928 with solid motor mount and original pump and radiator.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-31-2019, 02:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Generator problems

I like to adjust the cutout to close at 6 to 7 volts.
A car battery connected to the cutout case and input will close at this voltage, but many won't close until a higher voltage is reached.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-28-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 937
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: 28 Tudor Sedan

Smart move to keep everything original. That'll make it much easier to fix, and keep the value up. I'd forget the rear luggage rack, as they bounce a lot. Tudor's can carry a lot on the rear floor if...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-28-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Radiator support rod length?

I had to extend a pair of original radiator rods so they would fit a repro radiator with brackets that were made too short.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-28-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 624
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Perch Pin Play...

Like Jim, I'm also wondering exactly what part you are talking about.
No matter which part, 3/64 is a lot of wear.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-27-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 889
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: 1930 Tudor Brake Light Switch Location

It doesn't matter which wire goes to each terminal.
The only time that matters is when using some of the bad repro switches that were sold.
They were so poorly made that one contact hit the case...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-27-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Pan Gasket Install

Cement the gaskets to the block, then use grease on the pan side.
Next time the pan is removed, the gaskets should stay good.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-26-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,649
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Failing gas tank sealant

I have heard that planes can NOT use corn crap gas because it is known how it can mess things up.


Be a shame to see a plane fall out of the sky and hit an ethanol plant. LOL
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-26-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 802
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Number 8 Exhaust Valve sticking

A can of Sea Foam in the oil, and another in the gas should fix it.
Just a can in the oil fixed a long time stuck hydraulic lifter in an Olds in less than 5 miles driving.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-26-2019, 06:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 964
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Roadster getting harder to start

When you try to start it cold, first have the coil wire 1/4" from a head bolt to make sure you have a strong blue spark. Even new points can have continuity problems from oil or hands touching the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-26-2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 698
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Front end problems

My temporary front end has worn out spindle bushings, so the tops of the tires can move in and out at least an inch, yet I've never had the death wobble.
First thing I'd check is the toe-in, but...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,283
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Really old gasoline question

Just put it in an old metal bucket and burn it.
If you leave it in an old bucket, it will also just evaporate, but them we will get to smell and breath it.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,279
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Why did my axle break?

Unless that groove was deep and had sharp edges I wouldn't think it will be a problem.
I think worn wheel bearings and axle tube could allow more flex and could be a contributing cause to broken...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: 1928 will not stay running

Put the battery on a long slow charge, like use a 6 amp charger for at least 8 hours on a discharged battery.
Lead/acid batteries can be ruined by leaving them discharged or running them to a deep...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,283
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Really old gasoline question

It's normal for the new CRAP gas to do this kind of damage. That corn crap attracts moisture and corrodes (rusts) things like crazy. At least the new vehicles with plastic gas tanks don't have to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Powerhouse generator armature restoration

I took my Powerhouse to an old generator shop about 10 years ago, and the shop owner said he didn't know of anyone that would rewind it, and if he did, it would cost too much. Like Kurt, I just keep...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-21-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 707
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Rare Very Early 28 Abell starter drive Conversation Piece

Yes, the spacer is actually a concave part for the lightweight spring to compress inside, so it doesn't get damaged from the pressure. I posted very detailed pictures years ago, and they may show up...
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