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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-03-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,518
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Taking the plunge into Model A ownership!

I concur with others that $10,500 is too much for a car in this condition. For $12K (and often $10K) you'd be able to get one that you can drive home.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-31-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,222
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Manifold Gland Rings

We could possibly distinguish here between "are gland rings needed" and "are gland rings helpful." My understanding is that they're helpful in preventing manifold drop and damage to the gasket from...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-30-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Nu Rex

I had an issue during the installation where the flat spring somehow was the wrong shape. Whether it came that way from the factory, or was bent in shipping, or I bent it without noticing, I dunno....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-29-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 548
Posted By alexiskai
Re: assembling the Model A engine.

This video series was the subject of a marathon thread last fall when it aired.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-28-2020, 09:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 236
Posted By alexiskai
Re: 1929 Business Coupe - Need more leg room

Take a look at this thread, in which I describe how I moved the seat in my '29 Std coupe back a few inches.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-19-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,173
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Model A - 2 bucks

It's a Vermont plate from '52, '54, or '56
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-09-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 988
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Timing and hand throttle levers

The OP might want it in place too in case the auto distributor ever develops a problem or needs to be swapped out for troubleshooting.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 07-03-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 18,284
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Dumbest Reproduction Parts

Had to bring this thread back because I'm watching Hagerty's new YouTube series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ua4RyfsFes), in which a guy is doing some basic repairs on his dad's '30 coupe, and...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-09-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 28,622
Posted By alexiskai
Re: The Terry Burtz 5 main bearing engine blocks are back on track.

I note that Terry has gotten several questions along the lines of "Why give this business to China?" I think this quote from Apple CEO Tim Cook in 2017 shows exactly why:

You can read more about...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-08-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,930
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Which Car-Like Vehicles Can Tow a Model A?

Is there any risk in using a tow dolly due to the A rear end being engaged for the entire trip? Wear on the differential or anything?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-27-2020, 12:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Which modern valve kit and valve guides?

Oh yeah, you are that guy. :) Mike's also carries them, I believe.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-26-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Which modern valve kit and valve guides?

Somebody on here a couple months ago was recommending the Snyder's-type guides with the shoulders, because I think he was saying if you don't use the shoulder type then the spring is a different...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-25-2020, 11:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,197
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Feedback on modern tube shocks for Model A's

The Ken Davis shocks are working fine for me so far. Here's my thread with pictures of the install.

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-24-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 761
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Hi all. New guy. Model A engine rebuilder questions.

James is down to part-time last I heard. Phone is probably the best way to reach him. 828-775-1257
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-21-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 744
Posted By alexiskai
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-13-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,376
Posted By alexiskai
Re: OT: "An Alternator is a Battery Maintainer, -NOT a Battery Charger."

This is the correct take. The quote at the top is best understood in the context of charging a completely dead battery. This is a not-uncommon situation in modern cars: battery is dead, somebody...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-08-2020, 03:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 697
Posted By alexiskai
Re: First Compression Test

I had very similar results on my compression test. I ended up also doing a vacuum test and a leak-down test, both of which also indicated valve problems. Here's my thread for the leak-down test if...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-07-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 870
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Balancing tires/wheels

I also use the beads, good results up to 55 so far. Haven't gone faster.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-06-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,333
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Misnomer - Front Engine Support

Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-06-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,371
Posted By alexiskai
Re: painting a license plate questions

One thing I also did that helped, I can't remember where I saw it, was to take a wax pencil and shade the sloping edges of the characters. It really helps to outline the edge when the whole plate is...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-04-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,371
Posted By alexiskai
Re: painting a license plate questions

If the goal is to be indistinguishable from the original at a car show where people can examine it up close, I agree that a pro is the only option. However, I had a lot of fun doing mine. My wife...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-04-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,371
Posted By alexiskai
Re: painting a license plate questions

YouTube is the best teacher here. I did mine using this video and a sequel:

There are all different methods out there; this is the most DIY one...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 05-01-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 781
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Why the roller on top of the float?


Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-29-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,954
Posted By alexiskai
Re: 600w leaking out of steering box

Follow-up: 24 hours later, the TS 00 grease holds its shape, but you can see that some part of it is separating and wicking out across the metal surface. I think whatever this is would still leak out...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 04-28-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 436
Posted By alexiskai
Re: Anyone know this instrument panel

Interesting that no one knows what make this is from, because it's such a distinctive typeface and each brand tended to arrange these gauge clusters differently. I know REO arranged their gauges the...
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