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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 08:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 303
Posted By ursus
Re: Drain plug

This sounds all too familiar to me. A previous owner had cross-threaded the drain plug and responded to the resulting leak by twisting the plug so tight that he cracked the case, which allowed for...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-20-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 458
Posted By ursus
Re: Early V8 axle under Model A front end

Chris Haynes: How did you get your tie rod to cross over above the wishbone? On a Model-A axle mounted with '37-'41 spindles the tie rod will pass below the wishbone. Did you have to bend the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-20-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,036
Posted By ursus
Re: Why did my axle break?

I have some axle shafts that are in nice shape except for an annular groove worn into the shaft where it rides in the seal inside the housing. Is this a potential site for breakage or not a concern...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-19-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 856
Posted By ursus
Re: What do you make of this

This engine is sporting one of those High Corrosion Heads recommended by Ferrous Buehler for a fine rustoration. With the accessory acorn nuts it provides a horsepower boost you can feel in the seat...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-18-2019, 09:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 211
Posted By ursus
Re: 1930 bumpers

And, there are a various alloys regarded as stainless steel and some will attract a magnet.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-18-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By ursus
Re: Front Axle Fasteners

Randy, I am aware of the requirements for the conversion as detailed in Les Andrews "Model A Mechanics Handbook, Vol II".

Of note is an error in Les Andrews directions: he states that the "Long...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2019, 10:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 844
Posted By ursus
Re: Any AA trucks running 55mph?

One good thing about high speed in an "AA" is that the massive brakes make for a quick stop. Fasten your seatbelt!
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-17-2019, 09:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By ursus
Re: Front Axle Fasteners

Joe K, thanks much for your sound thoughts regarding '40 Ford hydraulics on a Model-A. The '40 backing plate bolts are indeed 1/2 inch versus 3/8 inch for the "A". Strange that the Model-A rear 7/16...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-16-2019, 11:28 PM
Replies: 769
Views: 68,547
Posted By ursus
Re: tell a Model A related story

Your mention of the use of humans to help orient crop duster pilots in the application of various pesticides reminds me of the potential risks involved. Back in the '60's and '70's the work as a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-16-2019, 11:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By ursus
Front Axle Fasteners

I'm in the process of rebuilding a front end on a car that was converted to 1940 Ford hydraulics back in the 1960's, including the use of 1940 Ford spindles. The '40 Ford spindles utilize a tie rod...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-16-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 832
Posted By ursus
Re: Fan cracked!!

I could see a real market for an original appearing fan made with a steel pulley to which a plastic blade is molded. The fan blades would flex to lower drag at higher speeds and unit would be less...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-12-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 350
Posted By ursus
Re: Identify steering arm?

The spindles and brakes on my Model A were taken from a '40 Ford. These are the typical roundback spindles common to '37-'41 cars and mine have a raised "78" next to a "P" inside of a circle.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-11-2019, 07:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 618
Posted By ursus
Re: Need to move front spring across

An accumulation of hardened grease and road dust over the years can leave the spring locked in the cross member. Mine was stuck firmly and it too a fair bit of effort to lever it out.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-09-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,532
Posted By ursus
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-08-2019, 10:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,652
Posted By ursus
Re: UPS loses Package !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yet one can order a bar of soap via Amazon for next day delivery 3000 miles away...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-08-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 636
Posted By ursus
Re: Gear Tooth Pitting

You have the makings of a real howler and hardly a worthwhile candidate for a "spare".
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-08-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 721
Posted By ursus
Re: Just a little nostalgia

Growing up in the 1950's, the neighbor boys always had several hot rod projects going at any one time. Old cars were towed home on the end of a rope, the torches and hammers came out, and amazing...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-08-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,022
Posted By ursus
Re: Working in the garage

Metal slivers are a big risk! A friend suffered an amputation of most of his right foot after a metal sliver found its way in while he was puttering around barefoot in his shop. Started out as a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-06-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Posted By ursus
Re: Front Wheel Cylinders

Thanks for the heads-up on cylinders from China. As I recall, Chairman Mao's Great Leap Forward did not come with a braking system.

Is there an alternative source to the product from China?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-05-2019, 11:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Posted By ursus
Front Wheel Cylinders

I have found significant pitting in my 1939-41 front wheel cylinders (1"" / 1.25"). These are evidently no longer available from the vendors, who suggest changing to the 1942-48 wheel cylinders (1"...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-05-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By ursus
Re: 1940 Ford Brakes

I appreciate the correction! What started me in this inquiry is that the brakes in question were installed on a Model-A by the previous owner following the instructions in Les Andrews Model-A Ford...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-05-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,487
Posted By ursus
Re: Information on "Transition" (1927) Model A

The piston looks like the typical split-skirt piston sold during the 1930's through 1960's as replacement for the Model-A. I have several sets in the original boxes made by such long-gone companies...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-03-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By ursus
Re: 1940 Ford Brakes

The diagram in post #4 shows the long shoe toward the front of the car. Isn't that diagram from the Green Book? This is confusing.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-03-2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By ursus
Re: 1940 Ford Brakes

Thanks for the answers. I suspect that the previous owner was familiar with the more common Bendix type brakes and thought the short shoes go to the front.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-02-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By ursus
1940 Ford Brakes

Just started in on a brake job and noticed that the front brakes shoes were mounted by the previous owner with the short shoe on the front and long shoes at the rear. My understanding is that the...
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