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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-22-2021, 01:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 762
Posted By MikeK
Re: Fact or Fiction: Headlight Lens Gasket

The original composite cork gaskets were bonded with vulcanized latex. Vulcanization is a cross-linking process that uses sulfur. Those gaskets would, upon gradual deterioration, out-gas sulfur...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-18-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 539
Posted By MikeK
Re: How to test vintage oil gauge

No gauge hook-up kits include flow restrictors. After seeing two cars experience Niagara Falls when gauge lines failed I always use them.

You could make your own by solder plugging the first...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-18-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 539
Posted By MikeK
Re: How to test vintage oil gauge

Use water. Head pressure from elevated water is 1psi per 2.31 feet.
If you connect a hose and fill it with water 'till it is 6' 11 3/16" above the gauge it has exactly three psi, middle of the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-26-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,674
Posted By MikeK
Re: Never Tried To Restore

Re-machining the casting well and making new oversized paddles for a warped pot metal vacuum wiper would be an interesting 3 axis challenge that I no longer have the mental drive to do. I have a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-08-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,740
Posted By MikeK
Re: So, ...how many Model-As can actually do the 'Three S's reliably?

Paul Shinn's video was nice, and he still has a flip phone? :eek:

If the three S'es were Stall, Shimmy, and Short-circuit I'd say 50%. Without those maladies half the posts here would disappear.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-01-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,525
Posted By MikeK
Re: Ford Model A Camshaft Inspection and Evaluation

The original poster stated in the second paragraph: "Let me know what you think!" The four items I posted were unaddressed unknowns and directed toward that point, not open ended questions.

I...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-01-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,525
Posted By MikeK
Re: Ford Model A Camshaft Inspection and Evaluation

Your title line includes the words "Inspection and Evaluation".

1) How much measured wear is on each bearing journal?
2) How much bend/ runout when the first and last bearing are on V blocks?
3)...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-12-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 831
Posted By MikeK
Re: Headlight Focus Procedure

As many of today's A's have different tires and who-knows-what springs, the ground to center height of lamps on your particular vehicle may vary from what came off the assembly line. Keep this in...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-02-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,508
Posted By MikeK
Re: Hydraulic Brake Blunder

Make up some bolt-on brackets that you can weld the parts to. Makes it a lot easier to remove if you need to service it or decide you do not like it.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-18-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 575
Posted By MikeK
Re: Light Question

On my '31 roadster I have have 6V amber fog lamps that are used as the front turn signals. My initial experience with them was that during daylight driving the forward and low projected amber...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-20-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,647
Posted By MikeK
Re: Model A Estate Plans

Not leaving a single rusty washer. No-one gets anything. Who said you can't take it with you? LINK (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D6AXWVOWW4)
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-07-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 918
Posted By MikeK
Re: O/T What material would you use for new axle shafts?

1144 'stressproof" and do not heat treat it. You need to watch what you buy with 1144, as some of it is approx RC30, some as low as RC15. I would avoid anything supplied under RC20. Keep the feed...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-06-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By MikeK
Re: ODD QUESTION- aa TRUCK

No. The AA has a different bolt circle.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-28-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,154
Posted By MikeK
Re: iPhone App to Track Maintenance, Fuel Ups, Etc.

It appears the societal regression from books and paper to apps and internet has redefined behavior. Anal retentiveness, once an oddity, has become the norm. I realize this as I type . . . on my...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-27-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,154
Posted By MikeK
Re: iPhone App to Track Maintenance, Fuel Ups, Etc.

Grew up just south and east of Belmont/Central. Now near Oriole Park, just south of Res. Hospital and the Kennedy. You should know that area :D LOVE SUPERDAWG. . .
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-26-2020, 08:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,154
Posted By MikeK
Re: iPhone App to Track Maintenance, Fuel Ups, Etc.

When I think back about all the maintenance and repairs I've done on cars over the years I would like an app to make me forget!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-26-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 849
Posted By MikeK
Re: How to age Caledon tubing?

The original gas line was terne coated seamed steel tubing. Terne is an alloy of less than 20% tin, sometimes 1 or 2% antimony, and the remainder lead. It quickly aged to a dull 20% brightness gray...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-21-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,405
Posted By MikeK
Re: Distilled Water?

Getting back to the OP's original Q, in many municipalities the tap water contains additives to prevent the water from attacking the iron water system street feed pipes and rusting them through.
...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-18-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By MikeK
Re: How do gauges attach to dual bracket?

Many small gauges have a "U" shaped bracket over the back that draws the gauge bezel tight against the panel.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-18-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,386
Posted By MikeK
Re: LED headlights in a 6 volt car anyone?

You will see a reduction in use-able road beam pattern! Bright appearing, but in the wrong directions. You will also have headlamps that put out almost no photons in the orange and red wavelengths...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-16-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By MikeK
Re: Ammeter hookup

The alternator max output has nothing to do with what shows on the amp gauge! Don't fall into that trap.

The amp gauge ONLY shows what is go in/out of the battery while running. NOT what the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-16-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,878
Posted By MikeK
Re: Title

The original vehicle identification number is stamped on the frame under the body about where your left foot rests. Some states will require you to remove the body from the frame to verify that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-16-2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 623
Posted By MikeK
Re: Grease

You can either use the original grease gun or get a fitting from most of the Model A parts vendors to use on a modern grease gun.

If you like things restored and historical rather than modified...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-16-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 888
Posted By MikeK
Re: model A with a stromberg 97 stalls at highway speeds

If your pump feeds fuel at a faster rate than gravity flow to it then a slight negative pressure is produced in the tank feed line. That is why I said check for full flow at the pump inlet, not it's...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-15-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,101
Posted By MikeK
Re: How to mount the piston rings from above?

It looks like this:
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