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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-28-2021, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 573
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: 1,196
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: 1,281
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: 456
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: 533
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: 652
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: 508
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: 3,412
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: 555
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: 1,196
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: 4,480
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: 1,438
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: 1,239
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: 375
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: 1,221
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: 865
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: 1,221
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: 4,978
Posted By ursus
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-09-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,217
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: 2,210
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.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-14-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,456
Posted By ursus
Re: Starter . . . Rebuild or Rebuilt?

What is the secret to removing the end plate bushing?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-06-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,833
Posted By ursus
Re: Loud Noise when car decellerates while i n first and second gears

I experienced this problem with a rear axle in which the pinion bearing retainer nuts had come loose. The result was a driveshaft that was no longer fixed in place and was able to move back and forth...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-01-2020, 10:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,492
Posted By ursus
Re: "The Eviscerator". Is this OT? Or Almost OT? Or Right On The Money?

Cut the bolts shorter with a hacksaw and mount them with 1/2 inch acorn nuts coated with surgical lubricant. The victim will get a high speed massage and no bleeding.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-18-2020, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By ursus
Re: Axle shims

The working life of an aluminum shim in such a critical area will be sadly short.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-14-2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 591
Posted By ursus
Re: Follow up to the "counter weight" thread.

The Model A engine produced by Ford was already reasonably balanced as produced at its 1928 - 1931 era price point. The Volkswagen bug engines produced in the many millions had no counterweights for...
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