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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-14-2020, 12:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 970
Posted By ursus
Re: "B" Distributor timing with an "A" front cover

The "B" distributor actually has 19 degrees of initial timing when timed with the "B" cover. Ford wouldn't have used it if it kicked back on the starter. Ford also supplied a crank for starting the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-11-2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,040
Posted By ursus
Re: Throttle shaft brass plug for zenith carbs

Now there is a bit of genius! I never would have thought of that.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-09-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By ursus
Re: Question for "B" Carb expert

I believe the other hole is the outlet for the power jet circuit.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 01-07-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 630
Views: 262,595
Posted By ursus
Re: Model A commercial vehicles picture thread!!

I recall a similar vehicle from my childhood, except that it was a '33-'34 Chevrolet and the chill came from block ice. On a hot day the driver was kept busy with shifting his ice around to keep the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-06-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 695
Posted By ursus
Re: Making your own gaskets

I found a set of inexpensive hole punches at Harbor Freight that are in SAE sizes up to 1/2 inch and make sharp precision cuts in the gasket material.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-02-2020, 01:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,089
Posted By ursus
Re: 1933 essex terraplane. John Dillinger's favorite car

When I was in college back in the early '70s there was a fellow student with a '33 Essex Terraplane coupe that he had driven the 800 miles from his home in California. The car was completely...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-19-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,701
Posted By ursus
Re: A pic from the time

My father bought his first car in 1939, a '29 Chev 4-door, for $75. He wanted a Model-A but those were running $90, and sometimes $100 for a nice one. He recalled that Fords were the most popular...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-18-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 880
Posted By ursus
Re: Transmission gear/shaft question

On the other hand, it is possible that the vendors' main shafts are sized to match the gears they sell and are not to the original Ford specs.

Also, I have found that even a new and unused NOS...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-15-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 858
Posted By ursus
Re: Coupe versus Tudor survival rates

Years ago I recall seeing a lot of coupes that had been converted to pickups, either by using kits sold for that purpose or by cobbling up something to suit the owner's needs. Most of these had seen...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-07-2019, 11:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,200
Posted By ursus
Re: What did I just buy?

Looks just like the rig they used to use for pulling salmon dories off the beach at Pacific City back in the day. That drum load of cable proved very handy when the tide was unwilling to give up a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-06-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 834
Posted By ursus
Re: U Joint Quality

There was some discussion of the needle-bearing U-joints on the Early V8 Forum a while back and the consensus seemed to be that this type of bearing was unnecessary in an application where there was...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-26-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 583
Posted By ursus
Re: 1950 vs Modern Quaker State Oil Comparison

Dad spent 45 years working for Texaco, starting when it was called The Texas Company. I recall lots of research reports regarding engine lubrication laying around the house back in the 50's and 60's....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-19-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,305
Posted By ursus
Post Re: Main and Rod Shim Sequence ???

I agree, and recall my Dad telling me to adjust the front and rear mains first and the center main last. He also said that I might not be able to get the center as tight as the others and that was...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-13-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,817
Posted By ursus
Re: Interesting read in Hemmings about restoration costs.

When did the price go up? in 1970, Earl painted my '49 Chevy for $29.99, including some overspray on the tires. When I complained, they told me the overspray was a bonus. Scheib always gave you a...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-07-2019, 01:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,515
Posted By ursus
Re: Nice German Brunette

Only 77 amp/hours? I never met a German brunette with less that 500.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By ursus
Re: Rear Spring

Good idea! Henry Ford put 10 leaves under the rear of the Tudor for a reason.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-01-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,507
Posted By ursus
Re: Oil for model a+ t

Also the same as slidivity.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-27-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 583
Posted By ursus
Re: Tranny/diff service

I recall that his refill capacity listed for the Gemmer steering gear is likewise incorrect on the high side. There are some other errors in both Volumes I and Volume II books. One would think that...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-23-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,250
Posted By ursus
Re: IL-2 and AA collison

I find your postings of GAZ car and truck photos to be interesting. My father took part in a number of US Army reconnaissance ventures into Czechoslovakia and Hungary during the few weeks of...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 10-22-2019, 08:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,023
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: 651
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: 1,597
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: 1,240
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: 347
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: 470
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...
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